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Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Soul On Ice

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes,...

Watch Deion Sanders’ Beyond The Glory Documentary Because Football Is 54 Days Away | 1 Comment

Seven weeks, five days. The 2013 NFL season can’t get here fast enough. So while we toil away with the second half of the baseball season, cookouts and happy hours, playing an egregious amount of video games and sprinkling in 20-30 minutes with your significant other/kids/loved ones, we’ll continue to count down the days until grown man football can officially be played. With that being said, I was browsing the internets the other day...

Jay-Z’s Interview With The Breakfast Club Highlights His Cowboys Fandom, Roc Nation Sports And More | 0 Comments

From what started as arguably the greatest hype build up for an album since the days of Kanye West and 50 Cent beefing on album sales, Jay-Z’s three-minute takeover of the NBA Finals with his commercial announcement of his Magna Carta Holy Grail album reminded the world that S. Carter can still captivate the masses. These days, Hov has decided to get our attention not only with the July 4th release of MCHG, but also by leaving his relationship...

While You All Try To Vilify Yasiel Puig, I’ll Be Over Here Enjoying The Swag | 3 Comments

On Wednesday night, the three amigos joined together on #theUCshow to discuss the latest and greatest that’s happening (and not happening) in the sports world. One point in particular riled up our own Justin Tinsley, as MLB has decided to suspend many of their players for a multitude of games for violating their performance enhancing drug policy. Players like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are in the headlines for their repeated shenanigans...

Mike Maroth: Ten Years On From A 21-Loss Season | 0 Comments

I once threw a one hitter in the semifinals of Northern Minnesota’s biggest Little League All-Star tournament. In the words of Dizzy Dean, “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true.” That same summer, a 24 year old left hander out of the University of Central Florida took the mound for his first big league start for the Detroit Tigers. It was against Randy Johnson and the defending World Series Champions Arizona Diamondbacks. The...

The NBA’s Forgotten “What If” Case Study – Dajuan Wagner | 4 Comments

A disappearing act. DaJuan Wagner’s NBA career was a vanishing act, and it had very little to do with what he was capable of producing on the court. A fabled debate in NBA discussion is the infamous “who would’ve been better had it not been for injury?” There’s the normal cast of characters – Penny Hardaway, Bill Walton, Grant Hill, Brandon Roy. The list could extend for days, really. A name never mentioned, however,...

Kendrick Perkins May Or May Not Be Planning Kevin Durant’s Bachelor Party | 4 Comments

Late last week, the second greatest basketball player in the world decided that the single life was no longer for him. Kevin Durant went down on one knee and asked his basketball-playing girlfriend Monica Wright of the Minnesota Lynx to be his for life. (Sidenote: The fact that KD ended up wifing a chick named Monica Wright is amazing. The fact that she’s an elite hooper, is dumbfounding. Love and Basketball ain’t ever been this real.)...

The 4 Teams Scribe Wants To See From The Owner’s Box | 1 Comment

Netflix has a treasure trove of instantly-streaming sports documentaries that can help a fan compliment their game viewing during the lighter schedule that the summer provides. Recently, this Scribe took advantage of the bounty by watching the 2011 soccer doc The Four Year Plan. The Four Year Plan centered on the nearly-bankrupt Queens Park Rangers after new owners bought the team in 2007. Since being relegated from the Premier League after 1996,...

Podcast: Dwight Is H-Town Bound, Floyd Mayweather Is A Soothsayer And Fans Gotta Chill | 2 Comments

On the latest edition of The UC Show, the three amigos are back at it discussing the biggest move of the NBA off-season: Dwight Howard heading to Houston to join forces with The Beard and the Rockets. We’re not sure if this is a match made in heaven or hell, but we do know that Howard has a plethora of big man resources at his disposal. He has Kevin McHale as his coach, with Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming a phone call away. He’s definitely...

It’s Time To Bring The (Throwback) Jersey Back Into The Wardrobe Arsenal | 3 Comments

If you have free internet at your location along with either decent coffee and/or food and are within walking distance to my home in Oakland, I will frequent your place constantly. From the Sweet Bar Bakery, a chill locale with huge windows bringing in sunlight, to Cafe Lizzi in Jack London, where I can get delicious breakfast burritos, and even the Starbucks here on Grand Ave., with all the free internets I can use and an unlimited supply of coffee...

Someone Needs To Take The Keys Away From Joe Dumars During Free Agency | 10 Comments

With the NBA free agency frenzy that took place the past week, there are two concrete things we learned. Number one, NBA GMs and accountants did not learn a damn thing from the most recent lockout if all these contracts they handed out are any indication, so please, spare us the crying poor routine as a league. If you can pay bench players and question marks ridiculous sums for multiple years, you’re doing just fine. And number two, Joe Dumars...

The Manifesto Of An Out Of Town Sports Fan | 3 Comments

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell when fandom started and where naivety ended. Sometimes, it comes back like yesterday. The smell of the bar where you watched a game that converted you wafts into your nostrils. A play like the one you saw before takes you back to the goosebumps and quick decision of your now beloved. This writer recently looked back on the things that molded his fanhood. The truest of loves – the Philadelphia Eagles – came into...

All Hail Reggie Jackson, The King Of The Summer League | 3 Comments

You know it when you see it. When you see a garden of flowers, and one flower just sits taller from the rest. A crisp dollar bill in a group of crumpled and wrinkled bills. A fine ass woman with a group of regular women. They all have a way of standing out. For Reggie Jackson, a 3rd-year guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA’s Summer League has been his professional playground. Saddled on the bench for two years of a NBA title contender,...

The MLB All-Star, All-Snub Team | 5 Comments

It’s rare, but sometimes you don’t want to go on vacation, especially if you have done nothing to deserve it. Every year, there’s the cry for who should have made the MLB All-Star Game and who made it that should not have. The fact of the matter is that even with 34 initial spots, there will always be at least a team’s worth of guys who were overlooked and some with no clear reason why. Here is a look around both leagues for a best...

The 5 Reasons Why ESPN Had To Pull Playmakers: Because It Predicted The Future | 15 Comments

The fear of the unknown is very real. The fear of the truth is something Jack Nicholson told us that we couldn’t handle. When ESPN decided to bless the masses with its own original drama series titled “Playmakers,” it became a little too real. Playmakers, now 10 years old, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the Cougars, a fictional professional football team located in Parts Unknown, USA. With 11 episodes laid down for the first...

UFC 162: Silva’s Loss And Everything Else | 2 Comments

Anderson Silva’s loss at UFC 162 has writers, fans and fighters in a tailspin. The shocking conclusion to a night of enjoyable performances across the board eclipsed everything that came before it. Applauding Tim Kennedy’s defensive jujitsu against one of the greatest Brazilian jujitsu (BJJ) practitioners in the world, remarking how weak NCAA Wrestling National Champion Mark Munoz’s double-leg defense was at the beginning of his fight, or noting...

The Week That Was In All Things Dwight Howard | 2 Comments

(photo via @BlameSanjay) It’s over. It’s finally over. Last Friday at around 6 p.m. EST, having just started digging in to a three-piece meal from Popeyes (what up KD, I’m keeping it trill like you), I had to use a couple of greasy fingers to scroll Tweetdeck as news started rolling in that Dwight Howard was informing teams of his decision. On a day where I was convinced that Howard was finally ready to make a decision about whether...

Glutton For Punishment: Klitschko Vs. Povetkin Gives Hope For The Heavyweight Cause | 0 Comments

I should know better than to be excited about a heavyweight fight. The last time I dared to feel eager anticipation for one, I was let down in the most tragic of ways: one man didn’t fight at all and the other, even in victory, destroyed all illusion of his potential. I shouldn’t hold out hope that the recently signed deal between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin will deliver boxing fans the type of excitement, tension, and significance...

Podcast: Our Favorite Storylines Of 2013 And Tinsley Gets To Gloat | 0 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, Kenny and Tins spoke about NBA free agency and the ramifications for them as fans. See, it was only three years ago when LeBron-a-pa-looza took the world by storm, and since then, it seems like coverage has tried to mimic that. Whether it is players meeting with multiple teams and the media feeling like they have to let fans know to the constant “Will he or won’t he” questions, free agency in...

TSFJ Presents: The 2013 MLB All-Star Game Starters, AL Edition | 6 Comments

The deadline for the vote of the summer is coming to a close tomorrow, but we are continuing to get ahead of the game here at TSFJ. Just a day after we broke down how the National League should represent at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the local seamheads here at TSFJ — The Rev and Matt Whitener — are now rolling out the carpet for the American League’s mid-summer honor roll. In the same fashion as yesterday: one position,...

Jrue Holiday: It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye | 3 Comments

Last Thursday night, as the 2013 NBA Draft was about to kick off, I was on my way to a bar in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, which I like to call the suburbs, for a date. As such, I was not actually watching the NBA Draft and didn’t think much of it with the Philadelphia 76ers holding the 11th overall pick. In an underwhelming draft class, I really wasn’t all that invested in who selected whom, if I’m being quite honest....

TSFJ Presents: The 2013 MLB All-Star Starters, NL Edition | 13 Comments

The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star break is, believe it or not, just two weeks away, so TSFJ’s resident baseball fanatics — Matt Whitener and the Rev — thought now was as a good a time as any to roll out the players who got their votes as MLB All-Star starters. While a lot can happen in the next two weeks, here’s where we stand as of right now. Today, we kick it off with the National League. Tomorrow, we give you our American League...

Rappin’ About Kobe Bryant’s Rape Charges, 10 Years Later | 9 Comments

In July 2013, the most important items on Kobe Bryant’s “to-do” list are fully recovering from a season-ending Achilles heel injury and ensuring Dwight Howard returns to Los Angeles next season. That’s quite the contrast from where he found himself this time exactly 10 years ago. Mark Trible and Justin Tinsley examine the darkest phase of Kobe’s career — his rape case, which ignited conversations about America’s...

Good, Great, Golovokin: GGG Proves He’s The Best Middleweight On The Planet | 0 Comments

On Saturday night, HBO Boxing came back with a vengeance. In a card that had great potential on paper, every fighter showed he was worth the airtime. But none made a statement as emphatically as Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, otherwise known as GGG. On Saturday, the 31-year-old Kazakh fighter showed the doubters that he’s got the goods. For months now, I’ve been excited about the tools and results GGG has displayed in the squared circle. His...

Aaron Hernandez And The Things We’ll Never Know About Athletes | 4 Comments

For me, the strangest part about finding out another side to an athlete you follow is the part where you go back and scour through interview clips and read articles looking for clues that make sense after the fact, to layer in the additional context that comes with new information. In the past couple weeks, the Aaron Hernandez story has developed and evolved, first linking the former Patriot to the murder of Odin Lloyd not as the main suspect, then...

Rest In Peace To Jim Kelly, The Coolest Karate Man Ever (1946 – 2013) | 0 Comments

I can remember one of the OG’s who used to hang around my family at different social functions who would get excited when my mom would pick me up from my Tae Kwon Do dojo sessions and bring me out while still wearing my gi. Immediately, he would scream out to all that could hear, “Jim Kelly is the coolest karate man ever!” Me, being a delusional 10-year old would be disrespectful as hell and say, “but Jim Kelly plays quarterback...