Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

Cinderella Is Dead: It’s Heavyweights-Only Season In The MLB | 0 Comments

At the beginning of the end, baseball’s cream has risen to the top. After a season where the field was level and all things seemed to be created equal, with no one, true dominant club, the four teams left standing as the League Championship Series begin are all members of the MLB elite, both in 2013 and in time. But despite all having division championships and big-win pedigrees coming along with them, each comes from a very different place. The...

Starting Lineups: Sports Can Save Us All | 0 Comments

The past year and a half has been one of the most difficult periods of my entire life. I’m not sure I can honestly say it’s been the most difficult, as I’ve endured plenty of hardships in the past, including but not limited to the loss of freedom and the ensuing struggle to get it fully back. However, the past year and half has been taxing for me physically, mentally and emotionally. The reasons vary — the passing of loved ones,...

Things You Need To Listen To: Steven LeBron Vs. Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams | 0 Comments

I think everyone who is familiar with Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams has their favorite story. While some remember the epic Oral History he did on the 1980’s Houston Rockets and the reflections he’s done on players like Tracy McGrady, Stephen Jackson and Korleone Young, my favorite will always be the storytelling he penned on two guys I literally have grown up with over 20 years in Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace. The way Abrams...

Starting Lineups: In Appreciation Of The St. Louis Cardinals Franchise | 5 Comments

Count me among the masses who wanted to see the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Without a rooting interest, the feel-good story of the baseball season tugged on some heartstrings throughout the summer and into early autumn. Still, it’s hard not to appreciate any Cardinals team let alone this Cardinals team that has now advanced to the National League Championship Series for the third year in a row. Adam Wainwright’s complete-game...

Because The Nike x Air Jordan “Triangle” Art Collection By Larry Luk Is Pretty Freaking Cool | 3 Comments

It’s funny how life works sometimes. I remember when I was a young sports fan living in my mother’s home always having a desire to collect things. At first it was the trading cards and the Starting Lineups figurines, but then I gradually went over to posters. Man, did I ever have way too many posters on my wall. The Michael Jordan free throw dunk on one side, the Shawn Kemp “Reign Man” poster on the other. My Charles Barkley...

Podcast: Discussing The Past And Future Struggles Of The Cowboys And Jaguars (Eff The Broncos) | 2 Comments

On this edition of #theUCshow, the highs and lows of fandom are experienced by the three amigos. And Then There Were Three: The fellas discuss the undefeated teams in the NFL as the Saints, Chiefs and Broncos keep stomping a mudhole into all the teams that come across them on the football field. The Rollercoaster of Fandom: From Tinsley and Kenny expressing their emotions post the epic battle between the Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys to the oncoming...

Starting Lineups: The Miami Heat Are Becoming John Cena | 0 Comments

The NBA is gearing up to be back by the end of the month, and this means that Miami Heat are preparing to run for their third straight title, which is about as safe of a bet as there is in sports today. But is this what is “best for business”? Yeah, there’s LeBron James and the spotlight of having maybe the most famous athlete in the world, playing at his absolute best, in leading the charge from pole to pole for the year. But is having an...

Jordan Burroughs: The Greatest (Active) Athlete You’ve Never Heard Of | 10 Comments

I hope I’m wrong. I hope that you know all about Jordan Burroughs — his insanely impressive recent victory in Budapest, his win streak and, of course, his gold medal. But more than likely, the modern face of USA wrestling isn’t too familiar to you and that’s a problem. In the past 20 years, wrestling hasn’t done itself many favors, both internationally and domestically. The governing bodies of the sport haven’t been...

A Lesson Learned On The Red River Rivalry’s Importance | 0 Comments

This weekend’s college football slate will feature something of lore and mythology. A game played on the premise that the winner owns the Red River until next time. Despite the hype, many of the recent games have been blowouts between the Horns and Sooners. It got me to wonder what the big deal is about this game known as the Red River Rivalry. It’s been on my screen before and normally warranted a channel change. Maybe it’s the way those burnt...

Why Jadeveon Clowney Shouldn’t Be Punished For Protecting Himself | 10 Comments

“Same sword they knight they gon good night you with, sh*t/that’s even half if they like you, that ain’t even the half of what they might do/don’t believe me ask Michael/see Martin, see Malcolm/you see Biggie, see Pac, see success and its outcome/see Jesus, see Judas/see Caesar, see Brutus, see success is like suicide/Suicide it’s a suicide/if you succeed prepare to be crucified …” —Jay-Z, Grammy Family freestyle. I don’t know...

Philly’s Most Unwanted: Ed Snider Is Going The Way Of Al Davis | 2 Comments

As any hockey fan knows by now, the Philadelphia Flyers fired their head coach, Peter Laviolette, yesterday morning, just three games into the 2013-14 campaign. After a pathetic 0-3 start in which the Flyers really only played one strong period of hockey, Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren and owner Ed Snider had seen enough. Now, I’m not here to talk about whether or not firing Peter Laviolette this season was the right or wrong move. Truth be...

On Death’s Doorstep: MLB Playoffs Deliver Like No Other | 0 Comments

The narrative around baseball quite often is that it is “boring” or “slow and unexciting.” Baseball is in fact a marathon, a game of pace and positioning. But with all things considered, baseball in October is a completely different beast. Say what you will about it, but yesterday in the MLB playoffs, something happened that is undeniable … October 7, 2013, punched the narrative around baseball square in the month and stood over it, like...

Starting Lineups: The Dodgers Laugh At Your Schadenfreude | 0 Comments

Instead of lamenting the decision to not bring Craig Kimbrel into the game for a two-inning save or wondering why the Atlanta Braves didn’t have a stone-cold playoff killer like Juan Uribe on the roster, it’s a little easier for this Scribe/Braves fan to actually give props to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yasiel Puig is, without a doubt, TSFJ’s current MVP because of his attitude and all-world talent, but this is also a Dodger team that boasts...

Puerto Rico Stand Up: Miguel Cotto Wows Fans With A Vintage Performance | 3 Comments

From the opening bell of his fight against Delvin Rodriguez, Miguel Cotto looked transformed. At 32, with back-to-back losses on his record and hints of disinterest in the sport coming out through HBO’s documentary series 24/7, there were a lot of reasons to think that not only were Cotto’s best days behind him, but that what still remained in the tank would only blemish his Hall-of-Fame career. But on Saturday night he put on a vintage performance...

Tony Romo Is The Most Empathetic Figure In Sports | 6 Comments

TSFJ’s Steven LeBron wrote a similar piece last January. I recommend reading here.  You have an opinion of Tony Romo. He leads a team you either love or despise. He’s a good quarterback who can’t seem to break the wall we’ve built for him. When he makes mistakes, we roll our eyes or laugh because we knew it was inevitable. If he plays well, we simply wait for the other cleat to drop. Romo is a conundrum. He can out-throw Peyton Manning...

NFL Week 5 Winners And Losers: Romo Romo Romo Edition | 3 Comments

“Cowboys QB Tony Romo throws 506 yards in loss to Broncos” is probably the most Romo of all Romo headlines. Just 48 yards away from tying the all-time NFL record for passing yards in a game and having kept pace with Peyton Manning and the record-setting Broncos for four quarters, Romo got the ball back late in the fourth of a tie game, and almost true to form for an overdone narrative begging to move in another direction at this point,...

Watchin’ The Ships Roll In: Navigating The Highs And Lows Of The Georgia Bulldogs | 0 Comments

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 Trying to summarize the events behind the national perception of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, post-2008 preseason No. 1 ranking, is daunting, quite frankly. There’s far too many recruiting battles, injuries, dismissals and flat-out bad luck to wade through. If I had to illustrate it using music, I’d have to go with Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” “Looks like nothing’s...

After The George Parros Incident, We Need To Reconsider Fighting In The NHL | 6 Comments

The NHL returned Tuesday night on the same day that the United States government shut down, or should we say, locked out its workers. Gary Bettman must have felt some vindication. The opening games showcased the good and bad of the current league. Coming out of the lockout (lockout? What lockout?) the Chicago Blackhawks went on an unprecedented unbeaten run that ultimately culminated in a Stanley Cup. The reigning champs celebrated in style before...

Starting Lineups: Some ‘Fans’ Need To Just Stay Home | 0 Comments

Wednesday night, I attended the Philadelphia Flyers’ season-opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it turned out to be perhaps the least enjoyable live sporting event viewing experience of my entire life. Now, it wasn’t the most unenjoyable experience simply because the Flyers, after dominating the first period and taking a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, lost 3-1 to begin their 2013-14 campaign. No, the reason I had such a horrible time...

The 2013-14 NHL Season: Rangers, Islanders, Devils And Switching Trains | 2 Comments

Most people who encounter the NYC metropolitan area — whether as natives, commuters or tourists — will find themselves on some sort of public transportation. Rarely do any of us stick to one vessel to get where we need to. We transfer from local buses to local trains to get to school. We pack ourselves in front of doors of subway cars in hopes of rushing to wait on station platforms for more packed trains. Commuters who left the city long ago...

Put Your Money Up: Handicapping The 2013 MLB Playoffs Field | 2 Comments

The dance partners are set for the series round of the MLB playoffs, in a year that may be the most balanced offering of candidates for the World Series. And while there are good reasons to get behind any of these clubs, there are dynamics that each carries to the field that will tell the truth of how well the team will fare. So, without any further delay, here is the 2013 MLB Playoffs field, presented for quick consumption: Boston Red Sox (97-65,...

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...