A Sports Scribe, Baseball

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge...

Boxing, J. Tinsley

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons,...

Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a...

Your Required Weekend Reading: Because Kevin Durant Should Be The 3rd Nike MVP Puppet | 1 Comment

I read a lot of stuff on the internet, and I figured I’d stop being selfish and share it with the people. Here are the dopest articles I actually read this week, enjoy. The Smoking Section - Why Nike Basketball Should Make Kevin Durant The Third MVPuppet: The new addition is a no brainer. A Kevin Durant puppet must be brought into the mix. During the original advertising reign, Durant was still an on-the-cusp star whose signature shoe line...

Calvin Johnson, Barry Sanders And Escaping Mediocrity | 6 Comments

“Mama, as soon as I get the chance, I’m moving out of Oklahoma and I’m never coming back.” — Young Ed, circa 1992. My mom will tell me that story all the time, usually when I’m homesick or she’s missing her only child who lives 1,500-plus miles away. I knew at 9 years old that I didn’t want to live in my hometown of Lawton anymore. It’s not a diss to my hometown, because I love my hometown and...

NBC Launches The Barclays Premier League: Where Every Game Will Be Televised | 0 Comments

Football season begins Saturday. I don’t mean American football, but football football. The kind you actually play with your feet that we narrow-minded Yanks like to call soccer. In truth, the European season is already underway. Germany’s Bundesliga, home of Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, began play last weekend, as did French Ligue 1 and its uber-rich clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco. But for...

Million Dollar Ballers Puts On For Harden, Carmelo And Rondo With The Headband Collection | 1 Comment

Before going into my two main critiques about these Million Dollar Ballers t-shirts, let’s all take a moment to golf clap for MDB in celebrating their two-year anniversary. The American Dream has always been to start your business and see a profit with some degree of success from doing so. The team behind owner Greg Beers (awesome last name, by the way) appears to be doing so. “We started our business because we were inspired by many...

Podcast: The Angry Corner Strikes Again, Donovan McNabb Edition | 2 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, The Angry Corner got off to a quick start with Kenny railing against Robert Griffin III for his, in Kenny’s terms, State of the Union conferences with the media all the damn time. Kenny thinks RG3 should shut the hell up and stop putting his foot in his mouth, along with some other things that Kenny railed about. After that came to pass, Ed (surprisingly) took Donovan McNabb to task for his comments towards...

What If Fox Sports 1 Revived ‘Beyond The Glory’? | 4 Comments

By now, sports media nerds and super fans have been staring at this Saturday, August 17, as if the date will run away if they blink. There’s great reason for it as the latest apparent competitor to ESPN, FOX Sports 1, hits our cable and satellite boxes this weekend. Much has been said about the network’s arrival – from its idea of making sports “fun” again to the lengthy roster of on-air talent to even its effect on the channel...

How To Survive 4 Types Of NFL Fans | 5 Comments

When America’s present-time kicks off in two weeks, droves of fans will come out of the woodwork. The nation’s big-ticket item will sprawl across televisions from Atlanta to Seattle. Jerseys, hats and car decals will fill every glance in each direction. Suddenly, the guy who lives two doors down will reveal who he follows when he walks out in a Chicago Bears hoodie. You’ll know a bit more about those who root and how their allegiances began. Somewhere...

Why Don’t All Sports Use The NHL’s ‘Control Room’ Replay Review System? | 3 Comments

Last week, Katie Baker wrote over at Grantland about the 15 things that should never change about the NHL. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Baker’s list, I was more than a little surprised that she left off what I consider the one thing the NHL does better than any other professional sports league in North America: the way it handles replay reviews. For those of you who are not NHL fans, let me do a quick rundown for you. The NHL...

Deontay Wilder: Climbing The Heavyweight Ladder 1 KO At A Time | 0 Comments

Last week, heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder was pitted against Siarhei Liakhovich in the hope of finding out exactly what kind of fighter Wilder really is — and to answer the question in heavyweight boxing: How close is Wilder to a shot at a Klitschko brother? Liakhovich isn’t a top 10 contender. He’s lost five of his last seven fights. But the man has one unique statistic: He’s never been knocked down before the ninth round....

An MLB Culture Shift Is Not Just On The Players | 2 Comments

A revolution could be stirring in Major League Baseball. Unlike never before, more and more players are coming forward with strong opinions on what needs to be in place to prevent performance-enhancing drug scandals, such as BALCO and Biogenesis, from rearing their heads again. Unlike when the issue originally appeared, players are not taking to a code of silence on what needs to be done to eradicate the problem. Just this weekend, Evan Longoria...

Hard Knocks: Larry David Edition | 0 Comments

Hi everyone, this is Larry David here. I’m the new head coach of your favorite football team, and I’m here to tell you how, why and all your other pressing questions. Now this is unusual for me, because while my pal Seinfeld is in effect producing his own sitcom under the guise of a web series, I prefer to keep my public appearances to a minimum. You know, being anonymous doesn’t always pay, but you have to try anyways. By now,...

The 5 Reasons Why We All Lowkey Love Major League II | 4 Comments

Here’s the thing about baseball movies: as a whole, they are supposed to somehow inspire you, yet provide some levity and not take itself so seriously the whole way through. The hallmarks are easy to rattle off – Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, The Natural, League of Their Own and even the original Bad News Bears provided baseball fans a sense of authenticity and redemption. They tugged at our heartstrings and maybe reminded us why we’re fans...

Because Coaches Who Don’t Like Each Other Is Fun For Everybody | 0 Comments

Brawls, barbs and discouraging words top some of my favorite things about football. Games – like battles – take place between two sides hell-bent on victory. It doesn’t mean they are wars. But, if we subscribe to the romanticism athletics create, it’s easy to see the combat. Put them in the coliseum, put them at Thermopylae, put them at Soldier Field. Let’s see who comes out on top. Let’s see who’s better. There shouldn’t be love...

Podcast: Discussing Who The Top 10 QB’s In The NFL Are Today | 0 Comments

If you haven’t seen our post on The Real Top 10 Quarterbacks In The NFL today, then catch up on it here. On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, the three amigos kick off the conversation by discussion who the top quarterbacks are in the NFL. Should a rookie quarterback like Robert Griffin III really be ranked in the top 10? What about Peyton Manning? Does he deserve to be higher or lower due to his past post-season successes and...

NikeID Allows You To Go Into Chameleon Mode With The Nike KD VI Chroma iD | 0 Comments

Confession time. I haven’t bought a pair of Nike KD’s since the KD III. That’s right, I’m a terrible human being. I tried to buy the Nike KD IV Galaxy’s when they were available for online purchase at midnight, only to to strikeout with finding a size 13 at 12:04am. Bummers. The Nike KD V’s were going to be a pass for me, and then they unveiled the low-cut versions and I was enamored. Of course, all that talk was...

Because Some Of You All Forgot How Great LenDale White Was | 3 Comments

Ever since I was a child and my mother would take me into the Husky section when shopping for pants at our local K-Mart, Sears or anywhere else you could find low-priced clothing options for rapidly growing children, I would always look out for my fellow brethren who were shamed by shopping in this section. Now as a grown man, this is no big deal at all, but at the time … oh buddy, I HATED shopping there. I’d rather do chores like mow the...

Blake Bell’s Chance To Channel Cam Newton And Become What Bob Stoops Always Wanted | 4 Comments

Three years ago, Bob Stoops saw the future. Cam Newton, the then former Florida Gators quarterback, was polishing off his all-world skills as a signal caller at Blinn Junior College. The man who would eventually become the #1 most recruited player in his class, be it out of high school our JUCO, had earned the trained eye of Bob Stoops’ desire. The physical gifts were astounding, but the play-making ability and field awareness are what sparked...

Baseball’s Pennant Chase In The Wake Of Biogenesis | 2 Comments

The majority of the Biogenesis story is now in the books. The big names have been named, the sources have had the light of day shined on them and over 900 games of baseball suspensions have been dealt out. Overall, 17 players took the fall in perhaps baseball’s most page-turning scandal yet, and in the end 14 were dealt fresh penalties yesterday. Among the carnage are two former Most Valuable Players as well as three All-Stars from just a month...

Important: Adam Jones’ Popeyes Cake Is Not The Best | 7 Comments

Last week, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles got a Popeyes cake for his birthday, and sure enough, I’ve decided to associate myself with Popeyes, several people alerted me to this cake via Facebook, Twitter and email, including the editor-in-chief of this site. This was cool and all, but when I saw this article call it “the most impressive cake I have ever seen,” frankly, I felt a little defensive, upset even. You see, last year...

Wrestling: The Great Equalizer To Every MMA Match | 4 Comments

Mixed martial arts has come a long way since the Gracie family brought the Ultimate Fighting Championship to the United States in 1993. In the past 10 years alone the sport has undergone drastic changes, not just in the rules that make up the sport, but in the fighting styles that combatants bring into the cage. Today’s fighting styles can be broken down into three general categories: striking, wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Of these categories, wrestling...

The 2013 Edition Of The Real Top 10 Quarterbacks In The NFL | 11 Comments

We’ve done this list plenty of times in the past, but admittedly this is all Ron Jaworski’s fault. As is custom to this time of year, different media outlets are always trying to figure out how to get the people going as the beginning of another NFL season is about to commence. Ron Jaworski was tabbed to deliver to the masses a comprehensive ranking of the 32 best quarterbacks in the National. Football. League. While we found Jaws’...

Yes, An American Football Coach Potentially Coaching Tottenham Hotspur Sounds Like An Awesome Idea | 7 Comments

There are two football teams in this world that I despise. The Dallas Cowboys and Tottenham Hotspur. Somehow, in some glorious way, the folks over at Saturday Night Live were able to dream up a skit in which a Texas football coach dressed up in coach speak, Bill Parcells-ian shorts, and a total disregard for the football that’s typically played across the pond (soccer, y’all) and in 4-plus minutes of comedy gold we can all watch Jason...

Triple Crown: Nick Saban’s Quest For Immortality | 12 Comments

A three-peat in college football last occurred between 1944-1946 — the same stretch of time that saw the end of World War II and Dean Martin and B.B. King begin their musical careers. The always-stoic Nick Saban and Alabama have a chance to rewrite history in 2013. Success is America’s finest medicine. LeBron James completed the sort of celebrity photosynthesis that’s seen him matriculate from the league’s most despised player...

Someone Explain How Tim Brown Isn’t In The Hall Of Fame | 3 Comments

When Randy Moss held court during Super Bowl Media Week last January, he said something that was just short of starting coast-to-coast riots. A reporter asked him if he believed he was the greatest wide receiver of all time, to which he basically replied,“uh, YAH!” Having the gall of wearing the uniform of the San Francisco 49ers and saying such a thing was spitting in the face of the man who actually is the greatest wide receiver to ever lace...

Riley Cooper: Sad, But Not Shocking | 7 Comments

By Jesse Taylor of Warriors World / @JesseTaylor74 I don’t really know where this article is going yet, but it’s something I need to just write out to get this Riley Cooper issue off my mind. It won’t be about the Warriors, though I’m sure I’ll find a way to weave them into this. As sports fans, I’m sure Cooper’s words have impacted you in some way. It’s caused me to walk back through some of my experiences. Some are sports-related;...