Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California....

Football, Trible To Your Bass

Mississippi State, Ole Miss And The Power Of ‘That One Year’

If this country still exists in 25 years, two men might sit in a Mississippi bar. Hank Williams will twang in the background...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

Setting The Stage For World War Westbrook

When the devastating news broke that Kevin Durant would be missing anywhere between six to eight weeks of action, I admit...

An Oakland Raiders Fan Feels Sorry For Cincinnati Reds Fans (And Johnny Cueto) | 5 Comments

[Note: I am an Oakland Raiders fan. The Raiders have been the losingest football team in the NFL since 2003. Despite how bad things get for the Raiders, something always sucks for another team. I'm here to provide company for your misery.] “I really thought it started with the crowd, it started with our atmosphere,” said Andrew McCutchen on the Pirates’ first playoff win since I was entering the first grade. “It was great...

Starting Lineups: Arsenal Rises | 1 Comment

Arsenal has faced its fair share of criticism over the past eight years. A trophy drought of that length for a club that ended 2004 with an unbeaten Premiership record, the legendary “Invincibles” team, is simply unfathomable. After a 2013 that saw the Gunners not only exit the Champions League early, but also struggle to qualify for the 2014 tournament, derision from Arsenal supporters reached an all-time high this summer. Buy a striker they...

Pick A Team For The 2013 MLB Playoffs | 7 Comments

With baseball, everything feels so long ago. As a kid, I listened on my clock radio to the playoff games — sometimes falling asleep before the seventh-inning stretch. The call of Sandy Alomar Jr.’s home run off Mariano Rivera still plays in an archive within my head. As critical as I am of baseball, it’s hard to let go of the golden Octobers. Here, we see who the heroes are and where the goats truly stand. Ragged arms are flailing towards the...

Starting Lineups: Major League Miami Marlins No Hit Fans | 0 Comments

To round out the regular baseball season on Sunday, the most unlikely of all no-hitters took place in Miami, Florida when Henderson Alvarez threw nine full innings of hitless baseball, yet still his work was not quite done. Because Alvarez is a member of the Miami Marlins, and nothing quite comes easy when that is a condition of your existence. Yet, as he stood on deck ready to take some swings to help his own cause and finally bring an end to the...

QOTD: If You Were USC’s Athletic Director, Who Would You Hire As The Next Head Coach? | 2 Comments

It’s a simple question that has a potentially very complex answer. As USC’s athletic director Pat Haden tried to re-create the opposite of Spike Lee’s memorable film, “Get On The Bus” early Sunday morning with Lane Kiffin, the former golden boy head coach was told to Get Off The Bus and never return to Trojanland. Losers of 7 of their last 11 games going back to last season, the fanbase of LA’s “professional” football team were fed...

Do Or Die: The Wild Card That Woke Up Baseball | 0 Comments

Change is not exact something that is embraced when it comes to Major League Baseball. Baseball has long been in a monogamous relationship with tradition, which has sometimes done more harm than good. In all honesty, it was a game that pioneered integration, but only when forced and still did not completely adapt it until 12 years after the fact. A game that still divides its league along the lines of the use of the designated hitter, and has two...

The 2013-14 NHL Season: Being Roberto Luongo | 0 Comments

Believe it or not, the puck drops on 2013-14 NHL regular season tonight, with a triple header (Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens, Capitals vs. Blackhawks, Jets vs. Oilers). This season, there will be no shortened schedule, few stretches of condensed games for individual teams, and overall, better quality hockey as players and coaches get back the time they weren’t afforded thanks to the lockout. While the story lines are aplenty in this upcoming campaign...

Starting Lineups: America, Welcome to PNC Park | 6 Comments

Five summers ago with three great friends of mine, we embarked on one of the best road trips four mid-twenties city guys could ever go on. It was part of the ongoing, almost clichéd and always tremendous quest to visit every Major League Baseball park in North America (Toronto, we love you!). With four fourth-row seats between first base and the right field foul pole and rather large appetites, we took in a 14-inning interleague game between eventual...

Here Is The Baby Blue Sleeved Los Angeles Clippers Uniform You’ve Always Wanted | 1 Comment

There’s something intoxicating about the colors, shades and hues of baby blue and its relationship to sports uniforms. From the greatness that has come from the University of North Carolina’s basketball program and their Carolina Blue, to the spins, jukes and sprints of Barry Sanders in the Detroit Lions Hawaiian Blue, to the George Brett pine-tar rage that we’ve grown to love in the Kansas City Royals baby blue, it’s a beautiful...

Superman Stevenson Soars And Chavez Jr. Plummets | 0 Comments

On the same night that Adonis Stevenson showed the world he’s more than just a knockout artist, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. proved that his claim to the Chavez legend his father started is only name-deep and certainly doesn’t extend into the ring. HBO kicked off what will certainly be a boxing fall season for the ages with Saturday night’s split-site doubleheader in Montreal and Carson, California. The Montreal fans were treated to an exciting bout...

The NBA Store Online Sale Purchasing Guide | 2 Comments

When I went to New York a few months ago, I went to the NBA Store and considered buying an Andrew Bynum Philadelphia 76ers jersey because how often do you get a chance to own a jersey of a player on a team that he never played a single game for? Unfortunately, this was before Bynum signed with the Cavaliers so the jersey was still regular price. Last week, my friend Albert reminded me that this jersey was now on sale at the online store, and then,...

Starting Lineups: The Re-Introduction Of Reggie Bush And Finding The Right Fit | 1 Comment

I buy my jeans from American Eagle. I know that might sound weird, coming from someone like myself, but it’s true. I buy my jeans from a store whose age demographic is somewhere in the range of folks who love music from One Direction and Miley Cyrus. (I have no idea who those people are.) It’s not that I haven’t tried to find other quality denims to rock, but while Levi’s are just a tad unkind to the husky brother and I refuse...

For The Love Of Kids And Cadillacs: An Interview With Giants Legend Jessie Armstead | 0 Comments

These days when the New York Giants are mentioned in the news, it’s completely focused on the team’s poor start to the 2013 season. Certainly predicted to get an early jump on the NFC East, the 0-3 start has provided more sports talk jokes and speculation than actual analysis. Yet, for the doom and gloom that comes with #SeptemberFootball, the team still found a moment to step back and reflect on something good. The franchise recently honored...

Staring Lineups: The Return Of ‘NBA Inside Stuff’ And Remembering Summer Sanders | 1 Comment

For NBA basketball fans of my generation, “NBA Inside Stuff” was the go-to source for NBA entertainment. Hosted by former NFLer Ahmad Rashad and notably U.S. Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, the show brought a light, entertaining view into the sport and its athletes. “NBA Inside Stuff” made the NBA fun. Well, it turns out that “NBA Inside Stuff” is returning in November, though sadly there will be no Rashad or Sanders...

Previewing The Nike LeBron 11 ID: Power Harnessed, Creativity Unleashed, So Many Colorways | 0 Comments

From the Glow-in-the-dark material to the paint speckle and chroma color-shifting options, this new shoe that LeBron James will be wearing for the 2013-14 NBA season looks to be quite the eye-catcher. The Nike LeBron 11 ID will hit the online retail shelves on October 7th, NIKEiD took insights from LeBron and brought to life LEBRON 11 customization options that include: Overlay options of 17 solid colors with an added paint speckle option. 7 NIKEiD...

EA Sports Loses the Battle to NCAA Lawsuit, Former College Athletes Win Settlement, What’s Next? | 1 Comment

Today, EA Sports announced in a press release the making of NCAA football games after its latest iteration has come to a halt. “Given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.” The NCAA has been involved in a number of ongoing lawsuits brought forth by former student athletes for profiting off of their likenesses without proper compensation. It...

Starting Lineups: Did Bill Russell Provide Evidence That Supports The Jordan Retirement Conspiracy? | 2 Comments

Twenty years ago next week, Michael Jordan retired from professional basketball for the first time. Somehow that anniversary has been lost in the hoopla of MJ’s 50th birthday, King James’ growing constituency in the LeBron vs. Michael debate, Jordan’s baffling incompetence as a franchise executive, and perpetual reruns of “Space Jam” on HBO Family. We should discuss that first retirement, because conspiracy theorists still suggest...

Keith Olbermann’s Show Strikes A Blow For Smart Fans | 3 Comments

There’s no shame in admitting caution upon the announcement that Keith Olbermann would return to ESPN. As good as he was during his first stint on the network, his political ventures soured the taste. Olbermann needed to find middle ground between his start and his latest. Thus far, he’s done a damn good job. His show is thought-provoking and filled with expansive vocabulary. He runs highlights and features interviews with strong, well-informed...

Starting Lineups: Everybody Hates Colin Kaepernick | 0 Comments

It is not a good time to be Colin Kaepernick. Which is perhaps the oddest thing to say considering that for the last nine months, there has arguably not been anybody that it was better to be than Kaepernick. But with his undeniable burst on the scene, revolution within the pistol offense and near-fantastical Super Bowl comeback effort in the rear view, the demand on the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has changed. Now he is burdened by the weight...

Podcast: NBA Nicknames And Doing It For The Kids | 1 Comment

On this edition of #theUCshow, the three amigos kick the show off by discussing the 20th anniversary of the all-time classic football film The Program. From the greatness of Joe Kane, Alvin Mack and Steve Lattimer, to the role that Omar Epps played as Darnell Jefferson (along with every other athlete role he’s ever played in) as the new freshman phenom tailback. This is one helluva movie. Then, the crew discusses Shaquille O’Neal’s...

20 Random Thoughts About ‘The Program’ On Its 20th Anniversary | 10 Comments

Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Company Much of the discussion in the pop culture world today centers around Drake, as it’s been for the past two weeks now. His highly anticipated third album, Nothing Was The Same, officially hits shelves and is expected to sell more copies in its first week than any album not associated with a fancy Samsung package deal. I’ll more than likely end up heading to Best Buy at some point to purchase the LP because (along...

Starting Lineups: Tormentor Turned (Part) Owner – Shaq And The Sacramento Kings | 3 Comments

News that current NBA on TNT/NBA TV analyst and future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will become a part-owner of the Sacramento Kings brought back reminders of the infamous “Sacramento Queens” quip he made at the start of the 2001-02 season. For those who need a reminder, this is also what The Big Aristotle once did to the Kings. This made me wonder which torturous rivals should find a way to take Shaq’s lead. Though there are plenty of...

For The Late Arrivers: The 9 Things That Put The 2013 MLB Season In A Nutshell | 0 Comments

As the final week of the regular Major League Baseball season sets upon us, there will be a crowd of fan that begins to descend on the game shortly: the playoffs only crowd. This is a varied group that ranges from the casual fan, to the American or National League only viewer, to the regional pride fan. The baseball season is long and strenuous trip, and everybody is not made for it, which is fine. Luckily enough today is your day to get up to speed...

Disputed Kingdom: The Victory of Jon Jones at UFC 165 | 4 Comments

UFC 165 marked the end of Tito Ortiz’s record of five successful light heavyweight title defenses—but only in name. Jon Jones limped out the Octagon with the help of two corner men with the title, but without the aura of invincibility he came into the fight with. Almost no one gave the Swedish-born fighter, Alexander Gustafsson, much of a chance against Jones. Some sports books had him down as a 9-to-1 underdog. Even that was gracious odds making,...

NFL Week 3 Winners And Losers: The One-Liner Edition | 0 Comments

This is my fifth attempt at writing this column. In the first one, I tried to write about Trent Richardson. The second and third were attempts at ranking the teams while making a bunch of references to Breaking Bad. The fourth was an empty WordPress box. I then opened my e-mail to tell editor-in-chief and new SB Nation weekly columnist Eduardo “Eddie” Maisonet that I needed until Tuesday for this. But then I decided, maybe we can get...