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The Annual NBA Playoff Cookout Just Isn’t The Same Without Craig Sager

Dedicated to Craig Sager, the man who never met a color combination he didn’t like and the man who should introduce...

Basketball, Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Because You Need To Watch This Trailer For The ‘Iverson’ Documentary

Sneak a peek at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson documentary ‘Iverson,’ debuting Sunday night at the Tribeca...

Basketball, Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Because You Need To Watch This Trailer For The ‘Iverson’ Documentary

Sneak a peek at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson documentary ‘Iverson,’ debuting Sunday night at the Tribeca...

Here’s Your 2013 NBA Playoff Schedule, Try To Keep Up | 0 Comments

In my mind, we’re set up for one of the greatest NBA playoff seasons in quite some time. Granted, one can say that every year, but I can’t remember the last time I was THIS excited for so many different playoff matches, in the first round. With the schedules already out on various sites, there’s going to be plenty of “don’t text me between these hours because I’m likely going to be watching the game.” Other sites have already listed...

Canelo Alvarez Vs. Austin Trout: Fight Hype, Bad Comparisons And Finding Legitimacy | 1 Comment

By @fightlikesugar Hype and boxing go together hand-in-hand like collard greens and BBQ ribs. Hype builds interest in a fight and creates a sense of urgency and anticipation that makes it easier to dish out $70 for the HD PPV to your cable provider. But let’s not confuse a side dish with a main dish. I’m excited for this weekend’s junior middleweight unification bout. I have no doubt that both fighters will bring their best and that the...

How African-Americans Changed The Channel On Baseball | 11 Comments

For close to 15 years now, the April optimism that comes with the arrival of a new Major League Baseball season is tempered a bit by some stark realities. The PED and steroid cloud has never taken a season off, bad owners continue to swindle their markets and the Cubs still attempt to be competent at baseball to maddening results. And ever since Bud Selig issued the call for Jackie Robinson’s 42 to be retired throughout the league in 1997, many...

Matt Kemp Is Easily The Best Teammate Ever | 4 Comments

Usually when a baseball brawl breaks out, it’s the ultimate “you better get him” fight, where there’s a lot of jumping over shoulders, pointing and yelling. Very rarely is there an actual moment where something happens and you think, “Damn, it just got real.” The infamous Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer discus throw and the Johnny Cueto flying sidekick come to mind, but other than that, it’s usually pretty tame. But last week, when one of...

Newtown, Boston And The Gift Of Play | 6 Comments

Everything I write from here on out will fall offensively short of the standard I wish to achieve. I have experienced tragedy in my life but nothing to the extent of what the families in Newtown, Boston and various other places in our great country are currently going through as a result of violence. A feeling of helplessness rots in my stomach as I see more images, I read more words and I hear more facts that stem from these events. I’ve sent...

Chip Kelly Is Different And No One Knows If That’s A Good Thing | 8 Comments

When Andy Reid lost his job, it was clear things would be different for the Philadelphia Eagles. After 14 years of the same mind-boggling timeout decisions, change was afoot. At some point last season, amid the losing and joking, the die hard in me came to a conclusion. It was a final decision that the same old thing had grown tiresome. Yes, there was success and consistency. But, there was also a stale odor that drove me to speak words I hope my...

Podcast: Kobe Bryant Appreciation Night….Sorta. | 0 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, the three-man weave started off the night paying tribute to the good people of Boston and extended our thoughts to everyone affected by the events of the Boston Marathon. We went on to discuss The 3 To See and how it would be in the WNBA’s best interest to ride the 3 until the wheels fall off. From there, we brought on Forum Blue and Gold‘s Darius Soriano, who spoke with confidence about the Lakers...

Chris Andersen: Tattooed Tears And Broken Wings | 9 Comments

Rarer than a four-leaf clover, Chris Andersen is a living testament of taking full advantage of a third lease on life. The same blessing a young man 1,000 miles north prays for every day from his jail cell. Slightly hungover about three weeks ago, I decided to force myself out of bed Saturday morning and clean my apartment. Doing so wasn’t life or death. Everything was clean for the most part. Yet, like every person suffering from too much...

Jerry Tarkanian’s Revolution | 6 Comments

The famous growl had diminished to a gravelly whisper. The cracking voice slowly spoke over the phone. “I don’t think much about a legacy,” Jerry Tarkanian said several months ago. “I did the best I could, got along with other coaches and treated people well.” Villains go hand-in-hand with sports. Entertainment value necessitates figures in a shroud of darkness. Tarkanian fit the bill. With a bald head, bags under his eyes and a towel in...

Following Your Team Into A Pact Can Be Stupid And Liberating At The Same Damn Time | 4 Comments

On February 7th, with the Dallas Mavericks at a God-awful record of 21-28, word got out that the Mavs made a pact within their basketball team. Legend has it that O.J. Mayo was the ringleader, and he suggested that the Mavs grow their beards out as a sign of solidarity and not to shave until they reached .500. Soon after, word of the pact got out to the fans and the Mavs even made it a formal thing, making a pledge on their official Facebook page...

The Monday Morning Script: Where Things Other Than ‘The Masters’ Happened | 3 Comments

For some of you, your Saturday started with the news that one of the 10 greatest basketball players of all-time had his achilles tendon cry “uncle” while Los Angeles Lakers fans began to cry tears in their Kobe Systems. For a few more of you, your weekend may have ended with the news that some Australian dude won The Masters, thus bringing home the only green jacket that Bishop Don “Magic” Juan doesn’t own, to Aussieland...

Being Draymond Green: A Man Of The People, A LeBron X Fan And Someone Who Loves Scandal | 8 Comments

Draymond Green is just a likeable dude. This isn’t my immediate opinion of him, this is what every person that’s ever talked to him in person has relayed to me when I ask about him. This is what the people I trust as basketball confidants say when they observe him. This is what I hear whenever I’ve been on Twitter watching him play at Michigan State or at Golden State. People just like the guy. Heck, just listen to what his former head coach...

Kobe Bryant Achilles Says ‘No Mas,’ Lakers Fans Everywhere On Life Alert | 2 Comments

I’m not a Los Angeles Lakers fan, but the trials and tribulations that Showtime has had to go through this season has been simply unfathomable. The death blow to the Lakers may have officially come late in the 4th quarter versus the Golden State Warriors, in a basketball play that Kobe Bryant’s probably made 1000′s of times prior, No. 24′s achilles said “no mas.” The Lakers believe Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles....

QOTD: If You Could Only Choose One Jersey To Wear Ever Again, What Would It Be? | 17 Comments

When I was formatting Jason Clinkscales’ excellent story on the release of the movie 42, based on the story of Jackie Robinson, one thing I wanted to do is make sure that the photos in the article were awesome. These are the things you think about as the editor: “Does that headline make sense?” or “Is this the right photo?” or “Should I use its or it’s?” (If you knew how much cussing out I receive from...

Louisville and Syracuse’s Addition To The ACC Should Have Duke, UNC And The Rest On Alert | 2 Comments

Conference realignment seems to be set up to attract football fans. There have been several conferences that have benefited from the movements and others that have you scratching your head on why they chose to go where they went. For many fans, it seemed like a good idea to allow Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Louisville into the ACC for football reasons, but one has to wonder if the ACC didn’t see the big picture. For years, UNC and Duke have been...

Your Champions League Update: Germany And Spain Play The Best Football In The World, Apparently | 2 Comments

If you didn’t watch the Champions League quarterfinals, you missed out on sporting television at its best. On Tuesday, Galatasarray, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Malaga turned in an evening for the ages. Gala faced a 3-0 aggregate deficit at the start of the match and went down early to a Cristiano Ronaldo tap in. By conceding at home, the Turkish club needed to score five times to advance to the semifinals. To their credit, Gala nearly...

Remembering The Story Before ’42′ And Knowing The Real ’42′ | 11 Comments

With the much anticipated release of ’42: The Jackie Robinson Story’ and Major League Baseball’s annual celebration of Jackie Robinson next Monday, you have likely noticed the deluge of media that has shined a deserved spotlight on the iconic man and Hall of Famer once again. For those of us born long after his final at-bat, this weekend is a reminder of why he matters beyond his career .311 batting average. For those who lived the trials and...

Podcast: Don’t Let Derrick Rose Eye-Ball Your Chick In The 6th Grade | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, we’re fortunate to have special guests Sherm from Chicago’s WGCI show The Morning Riot and 17-time All-Raphael De La Ghetto nominee Johnathan “Till Show” Tillman, join the crew for shenanigans and tomfoolery. Did you ever think you’d meet someone who has a legitimate grudge with Derrick Rose, even if he may have supposedly dunked on him? You will tonight with Sherm....

Jermaine O’Neal Helps Rockets Clinch Playoff Berth, Lakers Recapture 8th Seed | 0 Comments

The Rockets clinching their first playoff birth since 2009 wasn’t odd. It was how they did so. Tied at 98 with the Phoenix Suns with regulation ticking away, James Harden launched what proved to be the always entertaining game winning missed three pointer. That’s because Jermaine O’Neal was whistled for basket interference effectively ending the game giving Houston the 101-98 victory. Chances are Jermaine was merely attempting to...

Peyton Siva, Jenna Shea And “Ho Bidness” | 9 Comments

First off, congratulations to the Louisville men’s team for winning a very entertaining men’s championship game. I don’t watch much college basketball and I didn’t have high hopes for the championship either. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of hooping I watched on television and even found myself rooting a bit for the Cardinals to pull it off. Them being future ACC’ers and whatnot. After the game was over Peyton Siva, who had...

Because Buster Posey Doesn’t Need Your Spotlight…Dammit | 0 Comments

It was Buster Posey Day on Saturday at AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants honored their best post-Bonds player. It was a day where he was officially given his 2012 Most Valuable Player Award, joined by past Giant MVPs Jeff Kent, Kevin Mitchell, Willie McCovey and the GOAT Willie Mays, the pageantry was on full display. He was also awarded a ring which commemorated his batting championship from the previous year as well. This was his second...

The Day An 18-Year Old Dirk Nowitzki Gave Scottie Pippen 52 Points, As Told By Charles Barkley | 2 Comments

“I have to go to the army.” — Dirk Nowitzki, age 18 Its the gift and the curse of living in the day and age where Youtube, camera phones and TMZ exist. Its a gift because we get to see so much, so fast by just stroking a few keys on the keyboard or just keeping your eyes peeled to Facebook/Twitter. Many times its inescapable, and sometimes you see things you wish you hadn’t seen. This is not one of those moments. Per Patrick...

The 10 Things I Learned After Louisville Defeated Michigan For The National Title | 10 Comments

I went with a few of my fraternity brothers up to a bar to watch the national championship between Louisville and Michigan. Usually with big games I like to stay at home, be close to my selection of free libation, not have to wait in line to use the got damned bathroom and to be able to watch the game in peace. However, sometimes watching the big game with the people is a good thing. As we sat down in our seats, everyone seemed to want to know who...

TSFJ x Warriors World Play 3-on-3 For The Kids | 1 Comment

When I first moved to the West Coast, one of the first people I got to know was the homie Rasheed. Now, I’ve known Rasheed for a minute from afar, because social media has a way of bringing the people together. Plus, he’s the lead dog over at Warriors World, an ESPN Truehoop blog for the Golden State Warriors that I read semi-regularly. When I moved out here, we linked up and immediately clicked, and I’m fortunate enough to know...

Trey Burke, Peyton Siva And The Heroic Point Guard | 2 Comments

Bring up the name Ed Cota or Wayne Turner to a fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels or the Kentucky Wildcats. Bring up the name Bobby Hurley or Mateen Cleaves to a fan of the Duke Blue Devils or the Michigan State Spartans. It could be Mike Bibby, Andre Miller, Mario Chalmers, or Khalid El-Amin….or any other famous point guard from college basketball lore…these names roll off your tongue as easy as a person of the opposite sex whom you...