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Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination,...

Basketball, J. Tinsley

Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t...

Ed The Sports Fan, Football, Kicks & Gear

Miami And Florida State Got New Nike Football Uniforms, They’re Pretty Cool

I don’t care who you are, how old are you and what sport it is, there’s nothing like getting new uniforms. Hell,...

Starting Lineups: Western Conference Supremacy Holds For The NHL Too | 2 Comments

You hear it all the time in NBA chatter, that the Western Conference is so much superior than the Eastern Conference that something should be done to rectify the situation. Never mind that these things are cyclical and dependent more on management than anything else. The West’s supremacy as a whole is accepted as fact. For those of you paying attention, you might already know that the same is true of the NHL these days. Take one look at the...

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 75-51 | 0 Comments

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here.] As the case always is, the game’s elite talent is spread around the diamond at every stop and in every role. While thus far only the first half of the list is being revealed, here is how the talent is split out across the field of the 2014 top 100 baseball players overall: Starting Pitchers: 27 First Base & Right...

Latino Star Power Dominates Boxing In The First Half Of 2014 | 0 Comments

Latinos. Hispanos. La Raza. Whatever you call them, the immigrants and their progeny, from Mexico down to the tip of Argentina, are making waves in the world of boxing in the first half of 2014. Last week, HBO put on an exciting bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., heir to the biggest boxing brand in a generation, and a game Bryan Vera (who speaks through clinched teeth and looks like Clint Eastwood doing it). About 1.4 million viewers tuned in to...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2008 NCAA 2nd Round – Davidson 74, Georgetown 70 | 0 Comments

By David Dennis / @DavidDTSS (Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is David Dennis of The Smoking Section who also just so happens to be an alum of Davidson. Enjoy this quick personal story. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) Davidson set up a projector for the few students...

The Meaning Of Being Team Captain In Modern Sports | 1 Comment

Earlier this week, an embittered Ian Kinsler took aim at his former boss with the Texas Rangers, general manager Jon Daniels. Among all of the vitriol he spewed toward Daniels, Kinsler did express his dismay on filling the leadership void created when Michael Young was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies prior to last season. Because Texas lost several players who were instrumental to two American League pennants, it was hoped that the intense second...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2004 Women’s Final Four – UConn 67, Minnesota 58 | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Dillon Friday, who puts on for the ladies of Minnesota. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) I’d like to paraphrase Forrest Gump, if you don’t mind. It’s funny what one recollects. I can remember watching the entirety...

Starting Lineups: Ronda Rousey Thinks She Could Beat Floyd Mayweather | 0 Comments

Ronda Rousey has quickly become not only the voice of women’s MMA, but a substantial voice in MMA in general. She’s not shy in using it, either. On Wednesday, Rousey dropped in to a radio interview on Power 106 FM and was asked if she could beat Floyd Mayweather inside the Octagon. She said she could and explained her strategy: “I wouldn’t even stand up. I wouldn’t even be anywhere near him. I would just do like a little army crawl...

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 100-76 | 8 Comments

  To say that winter has been rough this year would be like saying Willie Mays was just a “decent” ballplayer. But somewhere in the world, where sun is shining with God’s favor, baseball is being played. And with the season on the verge (and hopefully a true and just spring along with it), it is time to get back the business of baseball and the best in the world at it. It has become an annual tradition for me to break down my Top 100 players...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 1992 NCAA Regional Final – Duke 103, Kentucky 102 | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th 20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Bryan Crawford on how he began to hate Duke. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) Although it doesn’t seem that way anymore, Duke University spent more than 20 years as arguably the most hated basketball program in the country. Most...

Podcast: Welcome Home, Justin Tinsley | 0 Comments

After a month-long trek to Dubai, Justin Tinsley has returned home to The UC Show and the fellas made sure to give him a proper greeting by giving the man his own theme music. Granted, it took him about two years to finally get some theme music and we’ll probably take it off after the show, but the point is the man was missed and we were glad to welcome him back. Among the many topics discussed were the Wichita State Shockers and their 31-0...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2008 NCAA Final – Kansas 75, Memphis 68 | 5 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th 20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. First up, is Justin Tinsley losing $200 because he decided to wager on Memphis. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) Talk about bittersweet. The 2008 Men’s National Title took place during my last full month in undergrad. It’s...

LeBron James And His 61 Points Of Madness | 1 Comment

There’s something about those Charlotte Bobcats where NBA magic always seems to happen at their expense. Earlier this season, Carmelo Anthony set a career and franchise high for the New York Knicks as he dominated his way to a 62-point performance. As single-game performances would go this season, Melo provided one of the lone bright spots for the Knicks. Unfortunately, when your team is 21-40, it’s easy to forget as the NBA gears into...

Starting Lineups: Here’s Our All-Time Greatest Dunkers Who Could Do Nothing Else Squad | 5 Comments

After finishing a gutting read from Pacific Standard yesterday, the boss tweeted this: That dunk Keon Clark did on Shawn Bradley still remains legendary as far as I’m concerned. — Eddie Maisonet, III (@edthesportsfan) March 3, 2014 And in that moment, a quick challenge was issued (originally without knowing why the boss mentioned Clark) … @edthesportsfan Idea: In-Game Dunkers with No Actual Discernable Basketball Game team. — Jason Clinkscales...

John Lucas Ruined Philadelphia Basketball … Twice | 3 Comments

Exactly 10 years ago this past Sunday, the St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball team completed a perfect regular season, blowing out St. Bonaventure by 32 points to improve to 27-0. The Hawks, led by Naismith Memorial Player of the Year Jameer Nelson and fellow NBA-bound running mate Delonte West, did lose their first game of the Atlantic-10 Tournament to Xavier but still earned themselves a No. 1 seed. They were the last team to...

What Are Your Thoughts On The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ New Nike Uniforms? | 3 Comments

I remember when the Denver Broncos converted over to the new Nike uniforms back in 1998, as they progressed from those all-orange tops into a blended blue/orange uniform combination. I liked them. They were sleek, had that Nike swoosh on the pants and I could comfortably feel like I looked good walking the halls in high school wearing a John Elway #7 jersey. That same season, in those new uniforms, the Broncos won their first Super Bowl. (Here’s...

The 10 Things We Loved About UConn Shocking The World Vs. Duke In The 1999 NCAA Championship | 5 Comments

I was 15 years of age when the Connecticut Huskies and the Duke Blue Devils squared off in Tropicana Field to determine who would win the Men’s Title, college basketball’s highest team honor. I can remember sitting in my bedroom and taking out a notebook from my backpack and creating four different brackets. I can remember my mom yelling at me, asking if I wanted some sweet tea, and I yelled back, “NO MA’AM!” I was focused. You...

Starting Lineups: Joakim Noah Is The Best Center In The NBA (And It’s Not Even Close) | 4 Comments

It’s been stated on this very site that the elite big men in the NBA have gone missing, but I think it’s time to re-examine that issue. Are the days of big men getting 30 points and 15 rebounds on a nightly basis gone forever? Probably, but the game has also evolved a bit, and big men are now having to find new ways to contribute to their teams’ success. When it comes to the center position, this contribution has become harder and...

Why LeBron James Nor Kobe Bryant Can Ever Be The G.O.A.T. | 7 Comments

What does it mean to be the greatest of all time? To be the best you have to have been dominant. I don’t mean for a few years — I am talking about to your generation as a whole. When you peak as an athlete, you shut it down for your generation. The NBA is a beacon of tradition and historical feats. Greats all have signatures to their games that make them memorable to generations of fans. We can remember Bill Russell holding it down with blocked...

Addressing OKC’s Demons: On Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks And The Thunder Youngsters | 4 Comments

There is a fine line between being a good and being a great team in the NBA. The worst thing that a team could be in in the NBA is a middle-of-the-pack team, more so than any of the other major sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder in its short time together has experienced life on both sides of the line. They’ve been a good team that no one expected much from and then ascended to a perennial contender that has risen to the top of the Western Conference....

Starting Lineups: Allen Iverson Reaches The Rafters | 1 Comment

As of today, the Philadelphia 76ers have a grand total of seven numbers retired in franchise history. They include five Hall of Famers (Hal Greer’s 15, Wilt Chamberlain’s 13, Billy Cunningham’s 32, Julius Erving’s 6 and Charles Barkley’s 34), a guy who should be in the Hall of Fame (Maurice Cheeks’ 10) and the beloved defensive stalwart on the organization’s last team to hold the Larry O’Brien Trophy...

Sam Hinkie And The Philadelphia 76ers: Searching For The Next Allen Iverson | 9 Comments

On Saturday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3 jersey, raising it to the rafters in front of most likely one of the largest crowds the Sixers have seen or will see all season long. For many fans, it will be the highlight of the year … or at least the biggest highlight since leading Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Carter-Williams burst onto the scene in Game 1 by toppling the reigning NBA champions in historic...

Starting Lineups: Hey Guys, We’re Screening The Lenny Cooke Movie In Oakland Today! | 0 Comments

If you follow me on any of my social media channels then you may have seen me acting like a Don King impostor. The reason I’ve turned quasi-promoter for the last month is because on Thursday night in the Bay Area, TSFJ and friends will be screening our second sports documentary film “Lenny Cooke“. This film, directed by The Safdie Brothers and produced by Adam Shopkorn and Joakim Noah, debuted in Tribeca last year and just recently...

Carmelo Anthony’s Race Against Time | 6 Comments

Long known as one of the NBA’s premier scorers, Carmelo Anthony finds himself at an extremely delicate point in his career.  The lights in Madison Square Garden operate under a different temperature. Beaming from the arena’s highest crevices to every conceivable angle barreling downward, they illuminate the iconic blue and orange hardwood as the familiar identity of the world’s greatest playground. Michael Jordan saw playing in...

Starting Lineups: The Jimmer Fredette Era Is Coming To An End In Sacramento | 0 Comments

Jimmer Fredette might as well be known as Spaceman. Well, kinda. If you ever saw the movie Sunset Park, then you know that Spaceman (played by Terrence Howard) was the 12th man on the Sunset Park High School basketball team. He was a carefree and quirky guy who was a virtual mystery to anyone involved with the basketball team. Eventually, Spaceman got a chance to prove what he could do, and then he took over in a leading role for the squad. For...

Starting Lineups: You Need To Hear The Wild Recruiting Stories Of Barry Switzer Immediately | 0 Comments

Barry Switzer might as well be a member of my family, at least to my Uncle Bill and my Grandpop. While hearing the legendary tales of the greatness that is the Oklahoma Sooners football program, no one moved my family’s collective needle like Barry Switzer did. Sure, Bud Wilkinson was the precursor, and Bob Stoops now sits on the throne, but for the elder statesmen in my family, it was all about the legend of Switzer. So when I was alerted...