Baseball, The Cheap Seats

Clarifying The Confusion: 4 Reasons Why The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour Matters

There has been an odd habit that has become popular as the baseball summer draws to a close and subsequently is taking the...

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...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

What Eric Bledsoe’s 5-Year Contract Extension With The Phoenix Suns Means

It’s not often that NBA players hold out when negotiating their rookie contract extensions. The allure of a guaranteed...

Why The Philadelphia 76ers Should Re-Sign Andrew Bynum | 7 Comments

Back in August, the Philadelphia 76ers did something they hadn’t done in forever, swinging for the fences and acquiring all-star center Andrew Bynum in a four-team, blockbuster trade. It brought excitement and optimism to Philadelphia as the long-suffering Sixers fans waited for the first true player with superstar potential since Allen Iverson was chucking his way into their hearts. The problem is the Sixers and their fans kept waiting … and...

Why I Started Paying Attention to the Chicago Bulls | 2 Comments

I think it’s time we all forgot about the starting point guard who’s not playing for the Chicago Bulls and start focusing on the Chicago Bulls as a team. I won’t front, I’ve largely ignored the Bulls for much of the year. Don’t be upset. Why on Earth would I want to watch a team missing their mvp and most exciting player? How much enjoyment could I possibly receive from watching Carlos Boozer yell profanities while failing to box out or...

The Memphis Grizzlies Offer Salvation To Old NBA Fans | 2 Comments

If you’ve ever encountered the species of former NBA fan-turned-anti-NBA viewer, you’ve grown familiar with their excuses. Once Michael Jordan left the NBA, many people shut the league out. Maybe Allen Iverson’s tattoos pushed them away. It may have been the game’s tick-tack foul calls that sent them packing. If those things didn’t shut off the television, LeBron James’ televised decision probably did. One way...

The Real Reason Andrew Wiggins Can’t Choose Where To Play Basketball Next Season | 8 Comments

Everyone is up in arms about Andrew Wiggins holding back on his decision on where he will play college basketball next season. The kid is really taking his time, and plenty of people are getting very frustrated about where the high school phenom will land. He has it narrowed down to about four schools, and they are all keeping an offer open because this kid could be the difference between a second- or third-place team and a national champion next...

You’re Killing Me, Smalls: 4 Reasons Why Smalls Is The Worst Character In ‘The Sandlot’ | 10 Comments

“The Sandlot” is one of the greatest baseball movies of all time, and if you don’t agree, you can just stop reading this right now. I’m not even joking. Go away. If you’ve never seen “The Sandlot,” first off, shame on you. Secondly, where the hell have you been the past 20 years? Third, go watch it right this instance. It is a classic … a timeless classic at that. If you have seen it and don’t like it, there’s a better than excellent...

The Ebbs And Flows Of Knicks Fandom | 2 Comments

By Johnathan Tillman / @thetillshow (I began this immediately after Game 6.) I am a 49ers fan. I watched that team lose painfully in consecutive years, within reach of the Lombardi Trophy. I saw them lose and did not watch a sports broadcast for days. I say all that to say this: I have never felt like this. For the first time in at least five years, I am fully invested in the New York Knicks’ season. I placed expectations on them. Success was...

May Day: The Return Of The King, Floyd Mayweather | 9 Comments

By @fightlikesugar Floyd Mayweather Jr. has often warned would-be challengers, “It’s different when you get in [the ring].” Mayweather’s critics, from pundits to those hoping to dethrone him, say that he’s slowed down, has started to fight flat-footed, and has spent more time in the pocket where he can be hit. They bring up statistics, like Mayweather’s modest KO percentage since stepping into the welterweight class. In rote fashion,...

Nate Robinson Pukes And Jukes His Way Into My Heart, Again | 2 Comments

Watching Nate Robinson play basketball is infectious, even if at times it feels like a train wreck ready to happen. When I watch Nate Rob hoop, I used to be compelled to make all the short man comparisons to his game with other diminutive hoopers like Spud Webb and Muggsy Bogues. However, now that I’m in seven seasons in with Nate, there’s only one person he reminds me of. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith. Yep, it’s...

Leaving The People You Grew Up With To Be A Better You, A Breakdown Of J. Cole’s ‘Cousins’ | 2 Comments

In case you haven’t heard, J. Cole, aka “light-skinned Jermaine,” dropped off another EP last week titled “Truly Yours 2.” It’s the second version in this series, which finds Cole trying to re-establish himself with the listeners and ramp up new interest in his sophomore album, “Born Sinner.” Cole is infamous for his raps about Sallie Mae and student loans, but he’s also known for having a remarkable affinity to pen songs dealing...

Podcast: The Angry Corner, NFL Draft, And Cinco De Mayweather | 2 Comments

On this recent edition of The UC Show, Ed leads off by going crazy on the newly-drafted quarterback of the New York Jets, Geno Smith. See, it’s one thing that Geno didn’t get drafted in the first round. Teams are going to do what’s in their best interest. It’s been like that since day one. However, for Geno to commit this abomination is something that none of the three amigos could let slide. All three of us went in, but Ed...

Oklahoma City’s Game 5 Performance Vs. Houston Was Pathetic And Embarrassing | 4 Comments

I don’t write about my favorite teams often. Reason being, sifting through my emotions when trying to process what’s happening to the players and teams that I really care about can be quite difficult, therefore I usually refrain from doing such things. However, what transpired in Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena as the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets squared off in Game 5 of the first round in the Western Conference...

All Geno Smith Had To Do Was Put On A Damn Suit In Round 2 Of The NFL Draft | 10 Comments

Geno Smith’s been all in the news today, as word has come out that the now rookie quarterback of the New York Jets has decided to leave his agency representation, Select Sports Group. The choice of Smith was made for a variety of reasons, including the fact that he felt he was sold a dream that he would be the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Moreover, news from Smith’s camp has leaked that the former West Virginia signal caller...

Zach Randolph Is A Man | 7 Comments

A couple of years ago, I wrote The Zach Randolph Gospel on ETSF, a work that was long overdue. I’ve always been a fan of Z-Bo, but I’ll admit that as much as I love the man’s game, I do take it for granted. It’s not an excuse or some sort of rationale to try to get off the hook. Simply, it’s the truth. However, leave it to Z-Bo to remind not just me, but the entire basketball-watching world, why he is what that is. During...

The 5 Differences Between The NBA And NHL Playoffs | 3 Comments

After the artist formerly known as Roy Halladay gave up an eight-spot in less than four innings of work, I was able to focus my undivided attention to the NBA and NHL playoffs. OK, so since I have two televisions in my living room with the NBA on one and the NHL on the other, I guess my attention was, in fact, divided. But that’s beside the point. With the NHL dropping the puck on the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs last night to join the NBA that already...

The Way Too Damn Early MLB Awards – Vol. 1 | 5 Comments

In the spirit of crowning the king way too early (which Rev absolutely hates by the way), this is the first entry in a season-long series of me jumping to conclusions on purpose. However, it’s all in the sake of gauging the game for where it is at the moment, and what a first month of baseball it’s been. As the last day of the opening month of MLB 2013 comes to a close, only one division is separated by more than three games. So in the spirit...

The 10 Things To Focus On In The 2013 NHL Playoffs (Hint: One Of Them Is Beards) | 10 Comments

Well that felt shorter than usual, didn’t it? After just 48 games, we’re about to embark on the perilous journey we call the Stanley Cup Playoffs. You may be fully immersed in the NBA at the moment, and really I can’t blame you, but the NHL playoffs offer the most exciting playoffs in sports. Stars shine, underdogs win it all, cities riot whether they win or lose, and players honor tradition by growing ridiculous amounts of facial hair. Then...

Jason Collins, Personal Opinions And The Pursuit Of Happiness | 4 Comments

Whether or not you like it, Jason Collins is gay. There’s no debating that fact. We don’t know if his courage will inspire others. But, no matter what happens in the future, Collins did what he needed to do to insure a happier existence. That’s honorable enough. Yesterday, my car failed inspection and some reaction to Collins’ announcement did too. It’s not worth pretending that everyone’s comfortable with homosexuality. It’s also not...

Chris Webber And Million Dollar Ballers Deliver For The Fans | 1 Comment

Watching Chris Webber do work on TNT for the NBA Playoffs is always a treat. We’ve proclaimed how great of a job we think C-Webb does on TSFJ before, but the reality of things is this. When Charles Barkley decides to descend from his throne on Inside The NBA, it will be Shaquille O’Neal that slides into his spot, and C-Webb that slides into Shaq’s spot. Inside The NBA will transform before our very eyes, but the show will still...

Today’s Obituaries: JaVale Lindy McGee (1988 – 2013) | 3 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Today’s Obituaries is a satire series that runs on The Sports Fan Journal. Don’t be lame and get offended. Thanks.) JaVale Lindy McGee, 25, passed away on Sunday, April 28th, 2013, during game 4 of the first round of the 2013 Western Conference Playoffs. McGee, the son of a former WNBA star and lover of kisses from Julius Erving in Pamela McGee, is known for having the wingspan of an albatross and for being the leading character...

QOTD: Who Won The 2013 New Nike NFL Uniforms Contest? Jaguars, Dolphins Or Vikings? | 0 Comments

What transpired in 2012 for the Seattle Seahawks was nothing short of electric and awe-inspiring. From the emergence of a wavy-haired rookie quarterback from Wisconsin/NC State to the Skittles-loving dreadlocked beast of a tailback, to the hail-mary catch that was(n’t), to the shit-talking cornerback we all grew to hate love and a head coach who looked like he listened to James Brown 24 hours a day…we’d never seen anything like...

Book Review: ‘Earl the Pearl: My Story’ | 2 Comments

For so many players in the past 30-plus years, he was the father to their styles. He brought the improvised creativity from the South Philadelphia playgrounds to the rigidity of the college and pro game. He was part of the “Rolls Royce backcourt” that was known for its flair on the hardwood and its style through the streets of the early ’70s New York. And yes, he was the inspiration to one of the greatest fictional names in sports film...

The Prayer List: Geno Smith And Kris Humphries Really Wanted To Just Get Away | 3 Comments

Thursday night in the sports world was supposed to follow a certain script. That script would include another easy win for the Miami Heat over the Milwaukee Bucks, another knock’em out drag’em out slobberknobber between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies and the 2013 NFL Draft would consume roughly five hours of our life on a work night. However, there were two glitches in the matrix that occurred that caused us all to...

Champions League Recap: Germany 8, Spain 1 | 7 Comments

It’s that simple isn’t it? Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund stormed through their more heralded Spanish opponents in what will go down as the most shocking two days in Champions League history. Ever since the mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo migrated to Madrid from Manchester, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated European soccer behind the world’s two best players, its best rivalry and the core of its best national team. In a 24-hour period,...

Podcast: Public Apologies, Debates Over The DPOY, And One Man’s Path To Greatness | 0 Comments

On this recent edition of The UC Show, the three amigos led off with Kenny giving Justin Tinsley the opportunity to publicly apologize for his rants against Kenny’s campaign for JR Smith to be in the All-Star Game over Uncle Drew. Did Tinsley use the forum to apologize for his misgivings? There’s only one way to find out. The fellas then move onto a spirited discussion about the newly-crowned NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Marc Gasol,...

Are We Allowed To Call Harrison Barnes ‘The Black Falcon’ Now? | 9 Comments

For the first time on Tuesday evening, I felt totally okay referring to Harrison Barnes as “The Black Falcon.” For what seemed totally preposterous when I first heard him refer to himself as such an audacious nickname, tonight seemed fitting. Not that I’d actually know a black falcon if one pecked at me with its beak (which in that case I’d try to ring its neck with my bare hands and show him or her who’s boss, because...