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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,...

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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...

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Jordan Brand Officially Unveils The Air Jordan XX9

Life must be great for Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin these days. Their teams are considered title contenders for the...

Podcast: Enjoying Kid-N-Play Shenanigans As George Foster Joins The Crew | 0 Comments

From Kid-N-Play shenanigans to players talking crazy before the game and then getting curb-stomped after the fact, we here at The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show love hijinks and tomfoolery. 9-year NFL veteran George Foster joins the crew to share in the crazy on the football field while spreading light on concussions and Georgia Bulldogs football. Plus, the great Johnathan Tillman joins the show and discusses the impending doom headed towards the New...

Funniest Sports Celebrations In Recent Memory | 14 Comments

Monday Night Football featured the Kansas City Chiefs traveling up to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, and while I had absolutely little-to-no desire to watch the game, I woke up Tuesday morning wishing that I did. However, it wasn’t because I missed an amazing game. No, it was due to an act after a sack of Big Ben Roethlisberger that had me regretting going to bed early last night (the incident is described at the end). Once I saw what...

Lockouts And Our Youth | 8 Comments

There is a poignant moment in “Field of Dreams” when Ray Liotta’s Shoeless Joe Jackson laments his role in the “Black Sox Scandal.” Upon issuing a soliloquy on his love of the game — “the sounds, the smells” — Shoeless Joe ruefully proclaims, “I’d play for nothing.” This is a sentiment we’d all like to believe in. Athletes accept the checks because by law they have to. But when it comes down to it, they agree with...

A Look Back At The 2009 NBA Point Guard Draft | 10 Comments

We here at The Sports Fan Journal have spent a lot of time debating who the best point guard in the NBA is. Anymore, if you don’t have a legitimate man running the point, your squad is already doomed. The NBA has become a point guard league. With that, I thought it would be prudent to look at what I like to call the NBA Point Guard Draft, aka the 2009 draft. The name is more than apt, with an absurd 12 point guards taken in the first round....

Shocking The World: Miami Heat Vs. Houston Rockets (The Hairline Vs. The Beard) | 8 Comments

By Brandon Caldwell / @_brandoc Ed’s Note: The internet is a beautiful thing. One of the good guys out here on the net is Brandon Caldwell of the Houston-based music and culture blog Day and a Dream, a site I peruse on a daily basis. The H-Town native has been in my doghouse ever since James Harden was jettisoned to the 713 by my Oklahoma City Thunder. Since then, Caldwell made a promise that when the Heat came to Houston that he’d be...

National Championship Races Make Strange Bedfellows | 3 Comments

You probably can’t recall off the top of your head what happened December 5, 1998. Kansas State fans can. The biggest game in the school’s football history was a loss. The Wildcats fell in the double overtime to Texas A&M, 36-33. A tailback named (brilliantly) Sirr Parker scored the game-winning touchdown. Parker caught a third-and-17 pass from Aggies quarterback Brandon Stewart. Parker split through the defense and ran towards the...

Tuesday’s Thoughts: Too Bad Jay-Z Couldn’t Make Dwyane Wade’s Free Agent Meeting With The Nets In 2010 | 3 Comments

Ed’s Note: This is an evolution of the Starting Lineups. The feeling here is, “less is more.” Plus, you deserve quality reading in your life. So support good words and get a good read in the process.  The Basketball Jones’ Seth Rosenthal on Jay-Z, LeBron and D-Wade Possibly Being Nets In 2010: Dwyane Wade, like the rest of that summer’s free agent class, met with a number of teams before settling back in Miami to form...

Mike D’Antoni To The Lakers: The Return Of The Pringles Man | 2 Comments

Monday morning, the Los Angeles Lakers shied away from 11-time world champion Phil Jackson and plucked Mike D’Antoni to be their next coach. Um, what? Darius Soriano of, ‘Forum Blue and Gold,’ gave his reaction last night. My initial take is twofold: first, I’m a bit disappointed that Phil isn’t the guy. I’ve long respected him and thought he’d have been a great fit with this roster, even though there would have been some...

The 15 Most Electrifying Kick Returners In College Football Since 1985 | 8 Comments

The art of returning kicks is a craft designed for the player with no fear. In fact, you have to have no pulse for about five seconds while you watch the ball in the air and make that catch with everyone on the opposing team running at you with a full head of steam. Many guys have graced us with the ability to get into the end zone, but not many can do it in a spectacular fashion. Some players are fast, and when they hit the corner you know that...

Goal Of The Weekend: Edin Dzeko And Manchester City Welcome Back David Silva | 2 Comments

Before we get to the soccer, we’d be remiss if we didn’t dedicate a paragraph to our veterans, both American and foreign. The beautiful game, international as it is, benefits more than any other sport from the sacrifices of soldiers. Appropriately enough, Arsenal kicked off the weekend with a French-German partnership in both the back and up front. Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker formed the central defense while Lukas Podolski and Olivier...

Concussions And Quarterbacks: Vick, Smith And Cutler All Hit The Showers On Sunday | 0 Comments

I can vividly remember being at that party that I didn’t have any business being at when I was in high school. There was good looking women around, music was turned up and libation might’ve been passed around even if we were all underage. Of course, you (probably) had some home training, and you knew you needed to be home by a certain hour (11 p.m.) of time. Even as a young Ed would try to push the limit by coming home at 11:15 p.m. (and...

The Lakers Fired Mike Brown, Smush Parker And Stan Van Gundy Are Probably Celebrating | 4 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron I’m not sure if anyone’s ever seen this TV ad for The Mob Doctor. At the 22-second mark, the main character gets handed a note that says “KILL HIM.” This is kind of how I imagine things ended for Mike Brown this week: Kobe handing a note to Jim Buss with the words “FIRE HIM” on it. It’s been a wonderful two weeks for Smush Parker and Stan Van Gundy, whom I imagine have been doing shots of Diet Pepsi with...

Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Dallas Cowboys: The Rev And Tinsley Square Off For NFC East Incompetency | 8 Comments

  The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys have been absolutely disasters of football teams. The two sit a 3-5 and finally take on one another Sunday at 4:25 in the City of Brotherly Love. With this disgusting NFC match-up about to take place, resident Eagles fan The Rev and resident Cowboys fan Justin Tinsley had a lengthy email exchange, one that turned as ugly as these two teams at times. Enjoy.

Rampage’s Last Stand: Respecting The Charisma Of Quinton Jackson | 2 Comments

Late on Wednesday an announcement was released stating that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would take place in his last UFC event of his career. In UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago, Rampage’s Last Stand will commence: Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and fast-rising contender Glover Teixeira have agreed to fight Jan. 26 in Chicago, the promotion announced Wednesday night on its website. Jackson (32-10)...

A Shakespearian Tragedy: The 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes | 11 Comments

By Dr. Jeffrey A. Glenn / @jagadelic Buckeye fans like myself knew that we were in for a strange ride this year. Due to sanctions resulting from the meta-foolish behavior regarding tattoos and memorabilia a couple of years ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ineligible to play for the Big Ten Title or a bowl game of any sort. (Yes, even the Poinsettia Bowl.) Well, that’s no big deal. We’re coming off a 6-7 season, and it’s Urban Meyer’s...

Podcast: Cowboys, Eagles And Knicks Oh My! | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Tinsley and Ed are joined by special guest host The Rev as the three-man weave talks about the upcoming game of the year, the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles. Yes, this is the game of the year, two 3-5 teams. Why? Because this game will be full of entertainement, that’s why. Also we’ll be joined by the great Jonathan Tillman, a.k.a. The Till Show, as we have a conversation about…the...

All Hail Barack Obama: The Two-Time, Two-Time Defending President Of The United States Of America | 2 Comments

All the great ones try and find a way to get better, even after they’ve achieved their ultimate prize. Michael Jordan added three-point range to his vast offensive arsenal after winning his first title. Kobe Bryant added a lethal post-game after winning another title. Randy Johnson learned an off-speed pitch to counter his heat after winning the Cy Young. Aaron Rodgers began to become a better scramble quarterback after winning a Super Bowl. Time...

The 4 NFL Story Lines That Matter In The 2nd Half Of The Season | 3 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron You know that the NFL season is headed into the home stretch when you start to check the playoff standings and analyze all the tie breakers that go into deciding the wild card or even division title spots. We’re here now. For the first time this season, I clicked on the playoff standings yesterday. Football as a land of parity is a well-trotted-out narrative — because it’s pretty much true. Even within...

Are We Ready For Charles Barkley And Inside The NBA To Part Ways? | 6 Comments

Inside The NBA has become a permanent staple in my NBA television viewing experience. No matter if its a 30-point blowout or a triple-overtime thriller, even if I got to get up early the next morning I’m watching the best post-game show in sports history. Period. For the last 13 years, the combination of Ernie Johnson, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Charles Barkley has been the trio that made the greatness happen in the late-night hours....

The Philadelphia Eagles And Their Helpless Fans | 7 Comments

“Well, unfortunately it’s out of your hands,” a text message before Monday Night Football read. The message was in response to the nervousness that came before the Philadelphia Eagles next game in New Orleans. Out of your hands. That’s the reality. For every moment that feels like a team is willed to victory, there are dozens that end up helpless. No control exists over a football team. Although control seems achievable, it...

Alabama And Chicken Wings: Ranking The 6 Undefeated College Football Teams | 8 Comments

I have a slight issue with the program schedulers of the major television networks when college football Saturday rolls around. You see, I usually wake up at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (noon for you East Coasters) to start my college football day. I take a quick walk to Starbucks, purchase my soy grande caramel macchiato and make it back in time to watch mediocre Big East, ACC and Big Ten football. Then, about three hours later, the Big 12 and SEC games...

Goal Of The Weekend: The Premiership’s Most Hated Luis Suarez Closes The First Quarter | 1 Comment

For years the English Premier League had operated under the “Big Four” paradigm. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool shared the top four spots while the rest of the league was left to scrap its way into fifth place. But the rise of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and other challengers has brought with it a paradigm shift. Suddenly the big four has shrunken to three, with Arsenal and Liverpool falling by the wayside as Manchester...

NFL Midterm Report Card: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not | 7 Comments

In a constant effort to stay on top of what has been taking place in the NFL this year I have spent several days watching and re-watching games on NFL Short Cut. For the fantasy football enthusiast, it’s always good information to have, but for the football fan, it gives you more insight into why teams are struggling and why other teams are having success. NFL football has been all over the place this year. Teams that were expected to win are losing,...

Alabama Vs. LSU: This Time, It Seems, There Will Be No Round 2 | 0 Comments

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 The Game of the Century 3.0 is almost here, and for the first time in a year, there’s a legitimate argument that these aren’t actually the two best teams in the nation anymore. This is LSU’s last shot at revenge, perhaps the college football world’s last shot at seeing the crystal football truly up for grabs. Outside of Baton Rouge, Oregon’s rolling with the nation’s most potent offense and a top...

NBA Question Of The Day: Should Derrick Rose Return During The 2012-13 Season? | 3 Comments

In an earlier discussion this week, the homies Garfield and Whitener debated if there was a darkhorse candidate that could make a run at the 2013 NBA Finals. While the discussion lingered about the possibility of the Nuggets, Pacers, Sixers and a few other teams making an appearance in the NBA Finals, there was one team that didn’t receive much of a chance. The Chicago Bulls. Of course, the reason they weren’t given much of a chance is...