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Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume Two – On Top Rank, Golden Boy And The Road Ahead

Often, a fighter needs more than a clever matchmaker to sit on one of the thrones in boxing. Sometimes he needs a good lawyer,...

Basketball, Lists, The Fam

The 8 X-Factor Players Of The 2014 NBA Playoffs: West Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the NBA Post Season officially getting underway this upcoming Saturday....

Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear

Chan-Lo Kicks Off Season 2 Of Chicks N’ Kicks By Featuring Tinashe And The Air Jordan 11 “Gamma”

Our blogger sister-in-crime Channing has done some awesome stuff over at here own corner of the internet at Chan-Lo.com....

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 25-11 | 2 Comments

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here, Nos. 75-51 here and Nos. 50-26 here.] We are finally rounding third with the top 100 baseball players of 2014, and predictably it’s getting tighter and tighter the closer we get to the end. If fantasy baseball was “real,” the clubs would be headed up by the guys left to come. There is no more potential to fill or...

Starting Lineups: All Eyes On Chelsea In The Champions League | 0 Comments

Now that Bayern Munich dismissed Arsenal with a walk-in-the-park performance on Tuesday, and Barcelona did the same to Manchester City on Wednesday, England’s Champions League hopes fall on Chelsea and Manchester United. England’s winningest clubs over the past decade find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum, relatively speaking of course, which makes their tactics in next week’s return fixtures all the more intriguing....

Podcast: The Annual Frenzy That Is The First Day Of NFL Free Agency | 0 Comments

On this recent edition of The UC Show, Tinsley and Kenny led off by bidding farewell to DeMarcus Ware, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys after nine years with the team. Despite both being life-long fans of D-Ware, they soon acknowledged that the move was best for all parties. Surely, there are Cow fans who do not agree, but the decision had to be made and it was. Later, the fellas discussed the dog days of March in the NBA. When fans think of...

Starting Lineups: The Summer Of ‘The Yes’ And Daniel Bryan | 4 Comments

Since the middle of last summer, there has been a movement rumbling up in the World Wrestling Entertainment world, and it’s summed up singularly by the word “Yes.” Daniel Bryan has brought the people to their feet in WWE arenas across the country, and the upward pointing/chanting “Yes!” gesture has even crossed into college arenas as well. Along the way, Bryan has become the greatest underdog in the promotion’s history. On Monday,...

16(0) Sweet Words of March Madness: 2011 Final Four Semifinal – UConn 56, Kentucky 55 | 1 Comment

If I’ve learned nothing else from sports, it’s that history only acknowledges winners. Case in point, the 2011 face-off between UConn and Kentucky. Despite being the penultimate chapter of the greatest postseason run I’ve ever witnessed courtesy of Kemba Walker, it was also the final chapter of an underrated Kentucky run anchored by Brandon Knight. I remember vividly watching Knight along with DeAndre Liggins and Terrence Jones...

Thoughts On Rich Peverley’s Collapse | 2 Comments

It would have been too easy to romanticize the irony: hockey player dies of a heart condition. All hockey players have a heart condition. They have too much of it. But in the moments during and following Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley’s collapse Monday night, he ceased to be a hockey player. He became a son, a friend, a husband, a father, a fallen teammate. The result against the Columbus Blue Jackets no longer mattered. His opponents, most...

2004-05 Flashback: The Last Los Angeles Lakers Losing Season | 3 Comments

The Los Angeles Lakers will finish the 2013-14 NBA season with a losing record. For the franchise with the second-most championships in league history — 16 to the Boston Celtics’ 17 — this is a rarity. How rare? It will be just the second time in past 20 seasons (including this season) that the Lakers have finished below .500. The last time this happened was the 2004-05 season. That was the year following Los Angeles falling to the Detroit...

Starting Lineups: This Is Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s Last Fight | 5 Comments

Living in one of the few newspaper cities in existence, you always catch a glimpse of what the people of this New York are keeping tabs on. Normally, they’re nose deep in the drivel of Page 6 or trying to impress the young redhead by flipping through the Arts section of the New York Times. However, while observing the surroundings on the southbound D train yesterday morning, the words stunned me as if they were a punch he would have thrown in a...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2002 NCAA Final – Maryland 64, Indiana 52 | 1 Comment

(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 Jason Clinkscales, as relives the greatness of the Maryland Terrapins from 12 years ago. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) In 2002, the long-awaited stranglehold the “Big Four” schools from North Carolina was supposed shake when...

Starting Lineups: All Hail The Wichita State Shockers | 5 Comments

34-0. I can’t remember the last time I won anything 3-4 times in a row, much less 34 in a row, which makes what’s happening in the heartland of Kansas all that more amazing. The Wichita State Shockers are back, as guys like Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker, Mitchell Wiggins and Cleanthony Early have put the wood on all foes thus far this season. What’s been fascinating with Dubb State has been its mantra of “Play Angry,” as the...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2001 1st Round – Hampton 58, Iowa State 57 | 3 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 Justin Tinsley again, as this time he speaks the gospel of being an alum of Hampton University. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.)  I chose the university I would attend the spring of my freshman year in high school. I wasn’t...

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 50-26 | 3 Comments

  [Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here and Nos. 75-51 here.] It is the midway point in of the top 100 baseball players for 2014 countdown, and now the climb toward the top moves into the top 50. Quite honestly, this is where it gets difficult. The balance between potential, a “good year” and standard bearers begins to get hazy, as the ever-evolving group...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 1982 NCAA Final – North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62 | 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 Joe Simmons, as the North Carolina legend represents for his home state. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) Game Changer. In 1982 basketball took on a different vibe for me. I had recently moved to the area and all I heard about was...

Basketball Is Fun: Here’s Russell Westbrook Dunking On Kent Bazemore | 2 Comments

The Oklahoma City Thunder are struggling since Russell Westbrook returned to the lineup. The team is just 3-4 with their starting point guard back, and the struggles can mostly be attributed to losing two other starters (Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha) and their defense going to hell. On Sunday afternoon, things took a terrible turn as the Los Angeles Lakers avenged their 48-point loss with a stunning defeat of the Thunder. Me personally….I...

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...