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Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball...

Football, Soul On Ice

The Transformation Of Brandon Marshall

When it comes to the game of football and playing wide receiver, Brandon Marshall has always been up there as one of the...

Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Randy Moss And ‘The U Part 2′ Highlight ESPN’s Newly Revealed Fall 30 for 30 Lineup

ESPN is rolling out its fall lineup for the upcoming 30 for 30 season, and there is something for all sports fans here....

NFL Sundays Aren’t The Same After College | 3 Comments

You’d think the opening week of college football would make me feel nostalgic about my time in Blacksburg, VA. The turkey legs, tailgates and wins give plenty of reason. Long walks to the stadium and friends escorted to the tank due to too many swigs of moonshine, stories of stories with details aplenty. College football was great at a big state school. Pro football was better. At 12:15 on a Sunday, I rolled out of bed. Long Saturday nights made...

Here Is The Most Unwearable Jersey For All 32 NFL Teams | 21 Comments

In the late summer of 2005, Terrell Owens, star wide receiver of the Philadelphia Eagles, was doing sit-ups in his driveway instead of catching footballs from Donovan McNabb at training camp. To this day, I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps T.O. realized that he would go broke soon after his career ended and would be forced to sue his agent in hopes of escaping bankruptcy. So he memorably employed said agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to aid him in holding...

Podcast: Discussing The Killer B’s – Braxton, Bridgewater And Boyd | 0 Comments

On this recent edition of The UC Show, Ed, Tinsley and Kenny discuss the opening weekend of college football. They speak about Clemson’s impressive outing against Georgia as well as the debut of Jameis Winston as he made his first collegiate start at quarterback on prime-time against the Pitt Panthers. The three amigos keep the theme of college football alive by discussing The Three Bs: Braxton, Boyd and Bridgewater. After week one, they talk...

Tommy Morrison, Tommy ‘The Machine’ Gun, AIDS And The Death Of A Complicated Champion | 9 Comments

(Ed’s note: Tommy Morrison passed away on Monday, and two of the scribes on TSFJ penned reflections on the troubled former heavyweight champion. Paul Navarro and Jason Clinkscales discuss the life of “The Duke.”) Tommy “The Duke” Morrison died yesterday at the age of 44. He may have been the best white American heavyweight of the 1990s. By the time he appeared in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky V, the Duke’s come-forward style...

Starting Lineups: The Famous Jameis Winston Era Has Officially Begun At Florida State | 8 Comments

I know way too many Florida State Seminoles fans. It’s really a shame too, because I don’t go in on them about the time they only scored TWO POINTS in the 2001 Orange Bowl versus my Oklahoma Sooners because Josh Heupel is a GAWD and Snoop Minnis was ineligible and would’ve made no difference whatsoever in the game’s outcome. (Cry those thug tears Flawda State fans!) As it were, because I am cool with so many fans of the Seminoles,...

UFC 164: Benson Henderson Falls To Anthony Pettis And Showtime Rises Again | 1 Comment

After UFC 164, there’s a new UFC Lightweight champion, and his name is Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Three years ago he took Benson “Smooth” Henderson’s WEC title in the waning seconds of a five-round fight with the now infamous “Showtime kick” that looked like a ninja had been unleashed into the cage. This time it only took about 4 minutes for Pettis to get the job done. Henderson’s official nickname might be...

The NFL’s Concussion Settlement: A Problem That Remains Without Too Many Answers | 4 Comments

The NFL’s $765 million settlement of concussion lawsuits is, on the surface, a monetary conclusion that will compensate a lot of former players and their families for physical damages that have arisen as a result of the game of football. Beyond that, it’s just another reminder that the concussion issue in football remains without many answers. The most troubling aspect of all this is that the league that is both responsible and perhaps...

Ryan Mathews Can Go To (Fantasy) Hell, And 4 Other Guys I’ll Never Draft Again | 7 Comments

Last season in my fantasy football league, I was given the 11th pick in the draft. I usually hate draft picks that are early in the round or late in the round. Yeah, it feels good to be able to pick players twice in relative succession, but the stress of waiting all those picks to get to your turn is agonizing. The agony is even worse when it’s the first round and elite talent can be hard to come by. Player after player went off the board,...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Miami Hurricanes | 2 Comments

So, hell hasn’t risen from underneath the grounds at Coral Gables. Oh, right, the NCAA is too busy being … the NCAA. When we rolled out this series a year ago, the entire staff here — and the nation — wondered if the Miami Hurricanes would soak in all of the sun South Florida has before Mark Emmert and company channeled their inner Les Grossman. Somehow, someway (and probably thanks to some kid in College Station), the NCAA put the alarm...

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: The 2013 Hamilton College Continentals | 5 Comments

Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, forever condemning the founding father’s football team to perpetual failure. Like football, the duel was supposed to resolve a conflict between gentlemen. Most duelists, to preserve their honor, missed their foes intentionally when they turned and shot. Hamilton College’s football team took after its namesake. The rest of Division III’s NESCAC, the New England Small College Athletic...

The 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes: Probation Is Over And Columbus Is Ready To Celebrate | 8 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic As a longtime Buckeye, I’ve seen the fans of our boys in Columbus get ridiculously amped up for football season. The ’75 team had Heisman Trophy winning Archie Griffin returning and the ’95 team with Eddie George, Terry Glenn and Orlando Pace stirred everyone’s hearts. The ’06 team was #1 wire to wire from preseason until Troy Smith walked off with the Heisman. (Of course, I must disclose...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Missouri Tigers | 2 Comments

Last year, I described the coming of the Missouri Tigers to the SEC as being similar to the first day of school. However, after a year into said new school, which just happens to be the most dominant entity in major label American sports, the SEC, a few things are very clear that this is not just a brand-new campus; it is a whole new damn game. The classes are the same length but much faster. You can’t afford to not study, because you will fail....

The 2013 NBA Retirement Manifesto: A Class For The Ages | 6 Comments

Since the calendar flipped over to 2013, five of the most influential basketball players of the 1990s and 2000s formally announced their retirement from the NBA. First, it was Rasheed Wallace hanging up the laces for what we assume is the last time in April. Then, in a form of poetic justice, 1994 co-Rookies of the Year Grant Hill and Jason Kidd retired just days apart in June, entering the league together and then departing together. And in the...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Texas A&M Aggies | 3 Comments

Want to know the most impossible task in sports this summer? Writing anything Texas A&M-related and not mentioning Johnny Manziel, so screw that, I won’t even attempt to act like I’m not. Johnny Football isn’t black. His mother wasn’t a Black Panther (to my knowledge). He never grew up poor or slept on a mattress with wires poking out. He never had the Vice President of the United States breathing down his back for his...

The Real 2013 College Football Preseason All-American Team | 3 Comments

“Can y’all feel that? Can you feel that thing that’s squeezing at your doggone hand? That thing that’s beatin’ in your doggone chest right now, man? Can you feel that? Can you feel what’s about to happen on this field, man?” — Brian Dawkins, Clemson ’95, 2nd-Team All-American College football has a way of drawing you in. Regardless of who you are, where you’re from and what you stand for, rooting...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: 2013 Virginia Tech Hokies | 3 Comments

Each time I see the phrase, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” I’m reminded of a shirt that used to be a hot seller in Blacksburg, Va. The good was obviously represented by the Hokie bird. Bad sat next to West Virginia’s hideous yellow logo. All you have to do to find the ugly is visit Charlottesville. I wish I owned that delightfully petty and mean item. It said everything holy, except there was no other convenient insult to throw towards...

Podcast: Tuesday Night Raw And The Opening Week Of The 2013 College Football Season | 0 Comments

On the first-ever Tuesday edition of The UC Show, the three amigos speak about how the move to Tuesdays came to pass, and some of the things they learned from doing shows on Wednesdays. They make it a point to thank the people, because without them, there is no UC Show, let alone a move to a new night. After that, the three discuss college football being back on the horizon this Thursday, and there’s no better way to start with the Jadeveon...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Florida Gators | 4 Comments

It’s the MOST. WONDERFUL. TIIIIIIIIMMME of the year! College football season is underway, and I’m pulling out the orange and blue as I chomp clap for my Florida Gators! Last season was a great yet unexpected ride, but will the Gators recapture the magic that they had in 2012 (minus that awful Sugar Bowl game, of course)? Here are my thoughts on what to expect from the 2013 Florida Gators. Good: Muschamp and the Rising Potential There’s no doubt...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide | 4 Comments

Roll Tide … Does this sound familiar? It should on the premise that every year, Alabama seems to be in the picture as the team to beat or at least present as a legitimate contender for a national championship. Nick Saban has redefined the college football landscape as he has become the dominant figure of the 21st century in coaching. At the turn of the century, it appeared as if Urban Meyer would be that dude, but Saban has stepped his game all...

Ichiro And The 4 Greatest ‘What If’ Careers In MLB History | 10 Comments

Last Thursday, Ichiro Suzuki topped a career total of 4,000 professional hits. It sparked a breadth of reaction, ranging from awe to skepticism. Both probably have a place in regards to the accomplishment, as of his now 4,003 career hits, 1,278 of them came in the Japanese professional league with the Orix Wave from 1992 through 2000. Yet, there’s a bit of a problem with that as well, because for a guy who did not have his first Major League at-bat...

Because This 1991 Sports Illustrated Article Basically Told The Future Of Sports | 5 Comments

In the July 22, 1991, issue of Sports Illustrated, William Oscar Johnson looked at how the sports world would look a decade later in 2001. Using a fictional character named Ulysses S. Spectator, Johnson crafted a piece that described the world where the ozone layer is a bit more depleted and the resulting greenhouse warmth made winter pretty nice, which Al Gore would probably agree with, then and now. Spectator also boasted of a world where she’s...

VIDEO: The Mystery Of Flying Kicks Attempts To Shed Light On An Urban Legend | 0 Comments

Sneakers on telephone lines. It’s one of those things I’ve always been enamored by, but I’ve never actually had the courage to actually do myself. Why in hades would someone actually throw their sneakers up on telephone lines? (I know why I wouldn’t throw my shoes up there, because my mother would find the strongest leather belt she had in the closet and go to town on my high yellow hind parts.) This random act by folks all...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Penn State Nittany Lions | 5 Comments

When I was tasked with laying out the good, bad and ugly of my alma mater heading into the 2012 college football season, Penn State football was in complete disarray. No need to go into the particulars, since everyone knows about what happened. The thing is, no one knew exactly what would happen last season on any level. As it turned out, Penn State football did not die. Far from it, in fact. Somehow, I correctly predicted the Nittany Lions’...

The Wish List: ESPN Films Presents The “Nine for IX DVD Gift Set” – In Stores October 15 | 2 Comments

As a woman who indulges in sports heavily, I’m extremely grateful for ESPN doing the Nine for IX series. It puts women in sports on a platform that no other network has taken the chance on. Far too many times, we as women are told we aren’t, “in our place” when we express our love for sports. These documentaries show that not only are we intelligent but that we can also be dominant. The stigma of women pretending to be knowledgeable...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Florida State Seminoles | 9 Comments

I’ve often said being a fan of Florida State football is akin to being in an abusive relationship. Every Saturday during the college football season, I sit on the couch with bated breath hoping for victory. You’d think after winning 31 games against 10 losses, being defending ACC/Orange Bowl champs, having the No. 1 recruiting classes, and sending numerous players to the NFL draft would calm my fears, but no. There is no such thing as “calm”...