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Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Soul On Ice

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes,...

Tales From The 1982-83 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers Locker Room | 11 Comments

Exactly three weeks from today, I will turn 29 years old. That means I was not even conceived yet when the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers completed a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers to win the 1983 NBA title. I never saw a single second of that team take the court, never saw the madness of a playoff game at the Spectrum or the pandemonium that took place on Broad Street the night the Sixers hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in Los Angeles in May...

Steven Jackson Makes His Decision And Will Test Free Agent Waters, You Want Him? | 2 Comments

Three years ago, when Kevin Garnett had finally matriculated from the outhouse in ‘Sota to the penthouse in Beantown, he was able to give a young LeBron James a lesson that would eventually (in my opinion) lead to a “Decision” of some sort. This is what KG had to say to young Bron after Game 6 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals: “Loyalty is something that hurts you at times, because you can’t get youth back. I can...

If It’s Good Enough For The BCS, Maybe The HBCU’s Should Give It Some Thought | 5 Comments

In today’s society there are the haves and the have-nots. We see colleges repositioning themselves to make superconferences that will be able to compete at a high level and that will draw more and more money into match-ups that could possibly happen on a yearly basis. The Big 12 has accepted schools to make its roster complete. The Pac-10 has expanded to the Pac-12 conference now. The Big 10 has even added schools and continues to add. Even...

The Never-Ending Bond Between A Son And His Father | 9 Comments

On the second floor of an old white barn on the property where I grew up and still live today, there’s a basketball court. It’s half of a court, with a wooden floor that was pieced together by my father’s hands. He wanted my brother and me to have a place to practice and play. We could play at night there, and there was a space heater for the winter. If we wanted to shoot hoops, there was always a place to do it. He wanted us to enjoy the sport...

The Way Of Wade, Li-Ning And Giving Other Sneaker Brands A Chance | 3 Comments

This past Sunday I decided to get started early on some spring cleaning in my house. You see, I’ve lived in my new place here in Oakland for about 6 months, and for those 6 months I’ve lived like a normal person in about 75% of my residence. See, I live in a 2-bedroom apartment, and I’d like to think it’s pretty dope. My bedroom is set up, kitchen/dining area is cool, the bathroom is respectable and my living room is my sanctuary...

The 2013 Top 100 Players In Baseball, Part 5: The Top 10 | 9 Comments

(Ed’s Note: To catch up on the top 100 players in baseball breakout, here’s the links. 100-76, 75-51, 50-26 and 25-11) It’s tough to do an intro to the very best of the game and just why they are, so I won’t bother. The credentials on the best of the top 100 players in baseball are below and speak for themselves. But just to quantify why they are who they are, this is a rundown of just what they have accomplished along the way: 10...

Taking A Leap Of Faith, As Depicted By James Harden & Daryl Morey | 8 Comments

Change comes about in two ways. Either it’s forced upon you, or you force it. In the NBA this season, there’ve been a host of changes, as there are every year. The NBA is a makeover league. One predicated on who can look the prettiest, who can make the biggest splash, who can outdo the next person since we are dealing with a team sport marketed by individuals (which has helped spawn it into a multibillion-dollar, international conglomerate)....

Ashy To Classy: The 5 Players Who Went From Nobody To Somebody In The NBA | 6 Comments

This is true story I’m about to tell. I’m probably going to get into my emotions and all but whatever, let me live. I can remember back in the 7th grade, I was a discombobulated preteen with a lack of guidance and polish. I can distinctly reflect on a few things about myself back at the age of 12: I had a wide variety of X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and WWF T-shirts in my arsenal of school clothing.  I hadn’t quite hit...

It Is Impossible To Completely Hate Dwight Howard | 7 Comments

It is time to come to the defense of Dwight Howard. Throughout the 2012-13 NBA season, Dwight Howard has been called everything but a child of God. He has been ridiculed for not playing through pain by legends of the game, maligned by fans of the game and challenged by the old dog of the Lakers who wants nothing more than to win another championship and for Howard to outwardly display the intensity he shows on a game-to-game basis. He is arguably...

The 2013 Top 100 Players In Baseball, Part 4 | 7 Comments

Here it is: the top 25 players in the game. If a true dream team of baseball was to be put together (not those watered-down versions they run out for the World Baseball Classic), this is what it would most likely look like. To be at this point, you’ve got to be in your prime and playing the best ball of your life. But what exactly is a prime? As this list has shown so far, you can play elite level baseball at age 20 all the way up to 43, so narrowing...

Because We Always Forget Oscar Robertson | 10 Comments

The tidal wave of commentary in Michael Jordan /LeBron James discussion may have angered, excited, or at least exhausted fans, but it has appeared to solidify what has been a remarkable shift in views on James’ career. A player once viewed in the vein of Magic Johnson when he was a high school junior because of his all-world versatility is now perceived as having a bit more than a high-wattage smile and genetic unselfishness. There are few questions...

Coming Full Circle: A Lecture With John Carlos | 2 Comments

February 21 is a day that homage is paid from the time the hand strikes midnight until the hand is sitting on 11:59 P.M. The reason that is the case is because it marks the day that Malcolm X was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in New York. The masses like to regurgitate other dates of fallen figures in history, and I get it. However, February 21st is the day that means the most to me, and while I grew up with a dad in the house, as well as...

Podcast: People Were Paying $300 To Get Into The Strip Club In Houston Last Weekend | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, its officially time to unwind from the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend and prepare for the home stretch of the NBA season. Highlights of tonight’s show include: Floyd Mayweather will be taking his talents from HBO to Showtime, as “Money” signed a 6-fight, 30-month Pay-Per-View deal with the premium cable provider which could make him beyond the highest paid athlete ever. But really,...

White Boys Balling At HBCU’s, And Why That’s Dope As Hell | 4 Comments

Eleven years ago, I can remember reading an article about my school’s (Langston University, an HBCU in Oklahoma) new starting quarterback, Ross Smith. This was the first line of the story in the Daily Oklahoman: Movie fans will remember the 1981 film, Grambling’s White Tiger, starring Bruce Jenner as the first white quarterback to play at Grambling University and Harry Belafonte as legendary Grambling coach Eddie Robinson. Three things...

The 2013 Top 100 Players In Baseball, Part 3 | 6 Comments

[Rev note: Spring training is upon us and the 2013 MLB season right around the corner. With that, our own Matt Whitener is counting down the Top 100 Players in Baseball. View part 1 here and part 2 here.] In day three of the 2013 Top 100 Players in Baseball, we hit the middle of the mountain and start into the Top 50 players in the game today. At this point, the free agency season is nearly at a close (with the exception of the Kyle Lohse rumors),...

ESPN Films And espnW Unveil Summer Slate For Nine For IX | 1 Comment

Go ahead and scan ahead on your DVR’s and hit the record button, it’s that time of year again where ESPN Films brings the people another series of documentary films for us to enjoy again and again and again. Following the spirit of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, ESPN Films and espnW have partnered together to produce nine new films that focus on captivating stories of women in sports told through the lens of female filmmakers. The...

It’s Not Easy Being Tom Crean (But He Sure Makes It Look That Way) | 3 Comments

Right now, life is good for Indiana Hoosiers head basketball coach Tom Crean. His brothers-in-law faced off in the Super Bowl, where John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens bested Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers. His Indiana squad started out the season atop the rankings and is back at No. 1 yet again. And he has reincarnated one of college basketball’s powerhouses in the same time that his former star at Marquette, Dwyane Wade, captured...

The 2013 Top 100 Players In Baseball, Part 2 | 6 Comments

[Rev note: Spring training is upon us and the 2013 MLB season right around the corner. With that, our own Matt Whitener is counting down the Top 100 Players in Baseball. View part 1 here.] In this year’s Top 100 Players in baseball, the talent is spread out all over the diamond’s 11 positions/roles in the everyday game. The totals by position are as follows: 27 starting pitchers 10 center fielders Nine third basemen Eight each from right...

Hoop Dreaming: Remember When High School Hoops Was Everything? | 4 Comments

I would like to think that had I seen Jesus’ jump shot, I would consider it less perfect than Michael Jordan’s. However, I’ve never seen it. Perhaps it was better than Mike’s. There is a topsy-turvy moment about town. We’ve celebrated Jordan and mourned Dr. Buss. The television has found a few more college games as the NCAA tournament draws nearer. An all-star game full of all stars and bereft of meaning came and went, like it does nowadays. For...

When Keeping It Real Goes Right On The 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend | 4 Comments

By G. Hylton / @realgoesright Welcome to the The Sports Fan Journal All-Star Weekend Recap. I’m your host, RealGoesRight. Over the last few years, I haven’t given more than a cursory glance to the All-Star Weekend festivities, choosing to mostly pay attention to the game on Sunday and ignore Friday and Saturday night events. During that stretch I missed 2 dominant games by Kevin Durant in the Rookie/Sophomore (now Rising Star) challenge as well...

The 2013 Top 100 Players In Baseball, Part 1 | 4 Comments

It’s spring training, and it’s time to break in the season with the greatest debate in any sport: Who’s the best at it? And in the case of Major League Baseball, which has the longest marathon to crowning its champ, there are a lot of players to consider. Who’s truly trending up, holding their places and standing among the rest in the game of baseball right now? This week, I’ll be working my way from the 100th best down to who is the best...

I Don’t Believe in GOATS (Blame The Stans) | 14 Comments

My late father pledged allegiance to Jim Brown and Johnny Unitas. See, growing up with parents who actually saw them play was enlightening in ways most people could never understand. Whereas most of my friends had parents who were born in the 1960s and early 1970s, my parents were in their twenties and thirties during those days with two young daughters and fascinating lives being lived between Philadelphia, New York and Boston. A young, black “middle-class”...

Matt Cooke Should Be Banned From The NHL | 20 Comments

Last year the rehabilitation of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cooke became one of the league’s best stories. Following a 2011 season that saw him suspended for the final 10 games, Cooke served only 44 minutes in penalties in 2012, a career low. His reputation as the league’s dirtiest player influenced partial owner/franchise savior Mario Lemieux to issue an ultimatum: Clean your act up or you’re gone. To Cooke’s credit,...

QOTD: Forget The Rules, Who Would You Pick #1 In The 2013 NFL Draft? | 7 Comments

Go ahead and give me an honest answer right now. Who would you take if you were the Kansas City Chiefs sitting with the #1 pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft? Do you even have a real clue? Many of us don’t, and I imagine many NFL general managers and scouts don’t have a clear-cut answer either. Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports noted that phenom South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney could easily go #1 in this draft if the...

Podcast: Slam Dunk Contests And Isiah Thomas Conversations | 2 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Justin and Ed get the show started by talking a little bit about Valentine’s Day and rubbing up on someone you care about, amongst other things. It’s time to have a conversation about the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend, as Ed makes a bold proclamation that this could be one of the five greatest slam dunk competitions of all-time. Why? Because of James “Flight” White, that’s...