Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California....

Baseball, Trible To Your Bass

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

Setting The Stage For World War Westbrook

When the devastating news broke that Kevin Durant would be missing anywhere between six to eight weeks of action, I admit...

Podcast: Public Apologies, The Best Live Sporting Events And Rants Galore | 0 Comments

On the latest edition of The UC Show, Ed leads off by admonishing Tinsley and Kenny for his assertion of disrespecting the Indiana Pacers, their head coach and everything they stand for with their proclamation on last week’s show that the series would end in four games. Never one to back down though, Tinsley retaliated because he’s a real man and he doesn’t back down from being attacked. Later, after being prodded by peers, Kenny...

Big KRIT, Lance Stephenson And Always Going Hard For The People | 2 Comments

There’s no worse feeling in the world than feeling like you didn’t get your money’s worth. There are three instances where I supremely felt cheated about the money I spent for a particular item or service: When I spent $22 on a date to go see “A Vampire In Brooklyn” (good grief that movie was terrible). When I spent $60 to get into a club in Las Vegas (most crowded club of all-time, too many dudes not enough alcohol...

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Racial Identity And Being True To Oneself | 3 Comments

Between the eight and ninth inning in an otherwise meaningless baseball game, Hyun-Jin Ryu stepped back onto the field and walked toward the mound with South Korean pop sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style” blaring through the speakers at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers and the Angels, who are collectively paying over $350 million in salaries this season, have a combined .411 winning percentage on May 29. There was nothing compelling about this...

Shock The World Chronicles: Phillies Vs. Red Sox At Fenway Park On Memorial Day | 6 Comments

With the onslaught of the “new old” stadiums erected the past 25 years or so beginning with Camden Yards and Jacobs Field, there are only a precious few historic holy grails left in the sport. The two most famous and longest tenured are, without question, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Last summer, I was lucky enough to shock the world in Chicago to see the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley, and this past Memorial Day weekend,...

The 5 Legacies On The Line For The San Antonio Spurs In The 2013 NBA Finals | 6 Comments

Can’t say I saw this coming. No, not that I couldn’t not see the San Antonio Spurs playing in the 2013 NBA Finals. Hell, I lowkey expect these guys to be in every single NBA Finals as the season begins. Five times in 14 years? For some perspective, there’s only one hitter in baseball that has a higher batting average this season than the rate in which the Spurs head to the championship series. So no, it isn’t that I couldn’t...

Why No One Will Ever Live Up To Michael Jordan | 4 Comments

As a teenager, my brother got us tickets to a Washington Wizards game. The only memory that remains is of a player at the free throw line wearing a tucked-in t-shirt and pants up to his waist. They weren’t baggy. He stood out among the loose-fit warmup-wearing ballers. His appearance reminded me of a nerd. I was a teenager. Before any joke cracked about this player at the free throw line, I realized who it was and I didn’t dare. It was...

The Player Loyalty Fan Debate, Continued | 8 Comments

Last week, fellow TSFJ writer Justin Tinsley wrote a great piece on the NBA’s Player Loyalty Fan Debate. The premise of the article struck a chord with me because above all of the arguments that sports exist to facilitate, the debate of where your loyalties lie for players and teams is one that truly exists with yourself. The article made me sit down and evaluate my own experience as an NBA fan. As a kid, my first exposure to the league was...

Miguel Cabrera: American (League) Terrorist | 11 Comments

Earlier this week, I received a text from a friend who’s a fan of the Texas Rangers. She shot straight from the hip and asked me: “Is Miguel Cabrera on steroids? He did the Rangers wrong the other night, and I was like, ‘Why can’t they stop this fool?’” As I replied back explaining that he isn’t on steroids, and why he’s just an amazing hitter, it occurred to me that steroids may not even be a good enough explanation for what...

Release Reminder: Reebok The Answer 1 Drops Today In All Its DMX Glory | 3 Comments

By Daniel Dover / @DanStillDapper Remember that 37-point game when then rookie Allen Iverson performed that crazy, ankle breaking crossover on Michael Jordan? Yeah, we all do. “Will Allen Iverson end up being the next Jordan?” was the question on every reporter and NBA analysts mind. The guy was accidentally a role model in ways similar to Charles Barkley and a hood favorite. These same qualities were found in his signature sneaker line. The...

Summer On Smash: We Are The Process Gears You Up To Own The Summertime | 2 Comments

You can always tell when the summer season is around the corner. Dom Kennedy usually has a new album worth cranking loudly in your stereo, women are wearing sundresses in abundance and sitting in the stands for a baseball game feels like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Summer is awesome. Another great reminder that the summer is on its way is that our friends over at We Are The Process annually try and dip us with the tees, caps and other...

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Of Sports Television | 8 Comments

With all due respect to one of the most respected play-by-play announcers in the business, Mike Tirico kinda ticked me off this weekend. Something he does quite often – whether on ESPN’s Monday Night Football or on NBA telecasts – is bring up a handful of storylines that have been discussed endlessly in national and local media. In the NBA playoffs, where these angles are retold over a minimum of four games, it can feel a little bit like Groundhog...

Podcast: The NBA Conference Finals, Rudy’s Chicken And Fandom Philosophy | 2 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, the three amigos (well, two; Ed refused to co-sign) made a bold proclamation about how long the Pacers/Heat series would go… ….fo’. That’s right; in the words of The Great Philosopher Moses Malone, the series will be over in fo’ and by the time The UC Show returns next week, the Heat will be waiting on the winner of the Western Conference Finals. Ed strongly disagreed and even got...

Original, Vintage And Retro Sneakers, And The Hypebeasts And OG’s That Love Them | 5 Comments

By Daniel Dover / @DanStillDapper 1985 arguably marked the year that sneaker enthusiasts marked their territory as a “culture.” Before the old heads come at my neck about Cons, Adidas, Puma and Ellesses (drive slow, homie), I am speaking solely on THE greatest basketball player of all time and his first signature shoe, Air Jordan 1. The dress code for sneakers was always 51% black and white until Nike created the black/red mock-up, which immediately...

Remembering That George Karl Was A Major Jerk | 4 Comments

On Monday, Ed wrote a nostalgic piece on Shawn Kemp and the Seattle Supersonics taking on Charles Barkley and Phoenix Suns 20 years ago in a Western Conference Finals for the ages. As I’m sure you all know, those 1993 Sonics were coached by none other than current Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl. After reading the retrospective, I immediately harkened back to the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, in which the Philadelphia 76ers — led by MVP...

Being From The State Of Oklahoma, Tornadoes And Persevering Through Tragedy | 6 Comments

I had a job interview on Monday afternoon. With my corporate square suit on, my wingtips shined up and my game face ready to roll, I was headed to a second-round interview with an organization that would hopefully like to pay me for my services. Seeing that I wanted to focus on the individuals in front of my grilling me with questions about my past work experience and where I see myself in the next three to five years, I knew it would be wise to...

Sports Are The Ultimate Friendship Finders | 2 Comments

A close friend lives in Oklahoma. He works in Oklahoma City. My Gmail account sent him an email recapping a conversation about the NCAA tournament. It sent before a deadly tornado swept through Oklahoma City. Fear overtook any rationale for the email. A joke about the NCAA tournament could be the last thing I sent his way. What a terrible thought. At last, it became clear that he stood untouched. A road trip kept him away from the awful winds. All...

Showtime Boxing: Lucas Matthysse Auditions To Be The King Of 140 Pounds | 4 Comments

Showtime’s boxing card on Saturday epitomized much about what there is to love about the sport. Devon “The Great” Alexander and Lamont Peterson are classic examples of the rags-to-riches stories that are common in the sweet science. Lee Purdy’s ability to take a beating, although difficult to watch for some, is the stuff that year after year shocks and oddly amazes crowds, leaving onlookers wondering, “How is he still standing?” And Argentine...

Elephant In The Room: The NBA’s Player Loyalty Fan Debate | 13 Comments

Unwritten guidelines are present in basketball fandom. Is being a fan of a player over a team politically correct? Maybe this shouldn’t be exposed to the world, but perhaps it should. My grandfather – J.D. Marshall – was a flawed individual. He never won “Husband of the Year” for a variety of reasons prior to him and my grandmother divorcing in the ’70s. J.D. never once denied any of his flaws to me, however, and...

20 Years Ago, Shawn Kemp And Charles Barkley Battled For Western Conference Supremacy | 10 Comments

Watching Zach Randolph struggle on Sunday afternoon versus Tim Duncan and the graybeards that are the San Antonio Spurs, it just felt like a process. No, not the process of the systematic Spurs, their coach plodding on the sidelines, the players in steady rhythm and the fans applauding like a bloodthirsty mob, just waiting for more. No, this process was more about finding out who the king of the block was. A clash of styles on just how the game should...

UFC on FX 8: Main Event Debuts End In A Bang And A Whimper | 0 Comments

On Saturday, two Strikeforce standouts made their UFC debuts. Luke Rockhold, Strikeforce’s last middleweight champion, faced off against Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, while Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, faced off against Chris Camoozi. Although both fights ended inside of the first round, they spoke volumes about the future of the middleweight division. Souza stepped out into the first round of the co-main...

Mike Greenberg, Dwyane Wade And The Clothes That Make Men | 4 Comments

NBA Fashion Fever moved to the media world? No bueno! By now we’ve all seen Dwyane Wade’s notorious “European style” suits he’s been wearing to the arenas (which, by the way,  is still NOT cool by us Americans), but now it’s become infectious. Mike and Mike’s Mike Greenberg said this week on his show that his wife loved the way Wade dressed, and Greeny decided to dress up just like him. Now, Greeny can actually get away with...

The Other Side Of K.O.B.E. | 4 Comments

Last month, Thomas Golianopoulos of Grantland wrote a revealing piece titled “The Secret History of Kobe Bryant’s Rap Career,” in which we found out that Kobe’s pursuit as a rapper was more serious than any basketball-turned-rapper foray we’ve ever made fun of. Among the most interesting tidbits — you know, aside from the fact that he spent three weeks living at Steve Stoute’s mansion — he once rapped for 15...

Zach Randolph Is A Man, Part 2 | 2 Comments

You know, I grew up on basketball that was played in the paint. As a youngster, big men roamed the earth and battled down low like real men are supposed to. Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaq, to name several. Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Tim Duncan and others were power forwards and had perimeter games, but they still were able to make a living down low. While there are a few players left that play like throwbacks, there aren’t...

For The Love Of The Game And The Moment | 4 Comments

I was that kid. I was the kid that jumped at the opportunity to not only see my favorite ballplayers, but to actually meet them as well. See, I came to age in the early 90’s, when being a young black kid meant having no shortage of stars that we could relate to. From Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas to Joe Carter, Barry Larkin, Barry Bonds, Tony Gwynn, Andre Dawson and a host of others. This was a relatable time, and the product of that time is...

The Rumors And Secrets Of The Boxing Gym: The Rise Of An Olympian | 4 Comments

Errol Spence Jr., 2012 boxing Olympian. You probably haven’t heard of him. You’ve got to be a boxing fanatic for him to even register on your radar. But in the week leading up the Floyd Mayweather vs. Roberto Guerrero fight, everyone in the boxing world was saying his name in hushed tones. What were they saying? Why does it matter? To really understand it, you’ve got to understand gym rumors have a special place in boxing. Seldom do rumors...