Baseball, The Book Club, The Rev

Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball...

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

Tempering Expectations For Derrick Rose

One of the hardest things to cope with in sports is realizing that a beloved athlete may have lost his edge. It’s such...

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...

The Liberation Of Earl Smith III | 6 Comments

J.R. Smith, the newly crowned Sixth Man of the Year, is on the postseason scene for all to see. There are people who have thrown shade his way, people who have come for my head for my disgust with the Eastern Conference coaches for leaving him off of the All-Star roster, and people who had once labeled him as one of the 10 players you would never want on your team. The fact that J.R. Smith is here is a testament of several things: hard work; dedication;...

Jack Johnson And Black Manhood Before Malcolm X And Muhammad Ali | 5 Comments

By @fightlikesugar “Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.” – Joyce Oates The 1960s are often looked upon as the decade of free love, the era of civil rights and the British musical invasion. But to many African Americans, the decade stands out more than any other as the harbinger of modern black manhood. No two men defined that manhood more than Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. But...

What’s So Important In Sports Today? | 5 Comments

There was something ironic about the way this column started. Allow me to share it with you. In writing the first 100 words of why nothing strikes me as important enough to write about, my keystrokes deleted my work. It was accidental, but likely a message from the universe. Perhaps everything is important enough to write about. Here goes. *** The NHL playoffs are almost here. We can only hope that the final puck is dropped on the ice in a Game...

One Man’s Beef With Advanced Basketball Stats And The Bloggers Who Misuse Them | 10 Comments

via Bryan Crawford / @BryanCraw4D I always laugh when people label me as “the guy who hates basketball stats and is always mad.” Whenever I hear that, it makes me realize the person making that comment has a real lack of understanding about me as an individual and this game that’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’m passionate about basketball, and my anger is directly attributed to discovering there is an entire group...

Jason Kidd, Ray Allen And Others Prove There Is A Country For Old Men In The NBA | 2 Comments

As we watched the NBA playoffs unfold over the weekend, a few of my questions were finally answered about the mind-set of the NBA general manager. I kept asking myself why teams were so hell-bent on bringing in old veteran players right before the playoffs started. After watching the first playoff weekend, the answer was right in front of me. If you watched the games, you saw veteran players take control and decide the outcomes of the games. More...

The Monday Morning Script: Where ESPN’s BottomLine Threw Shade On Carmelo Anthony | 8 Comments

You are going to be so inundated with the 2013 NFL Draft this week by every media outlet, publication and blog (maybe even us, I’m sorry) that at some point you might just want to yell HURRY UP AND BRING ON THIS FRIGGIN DRAFT SO I DON’T HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT ANYMORE JEEEEEZ or something to that effect. The draft will come on Thursday evening, and then you will probably watch the entire thing and then become infuriated that you only got...

2013 NBA Playoffs Player Power Rankings: Because Andre Miller Wants His Denny’s Senior Discount | 3 Comments

I have had the honor and the pleasure to spend the weekend with my legendary elder, Uncle Bill, here in Seattle for the last couple of days. I call my Uncle Bill “an old man” out of sheer respect, not because the man has been on this earth for 64 years as of three weeks ago. Anyway, there’s something about watching “an old man” do work in something he truly loves, and for my Uncle Bill, watching him cook breakfast was...

Here’s Your 2013 NBA Playoff Schedule, Try To Keep Up | 0 Comments

In my mind, we’re set up for one of the greatest NBA playoff seasons in quite some time. Granted, one can say that every year, but I can’t remember the last time I was THIS excited for so many different playoff matches, in the first round. With the schedules already out on various sites, there’s going to be plenty of “don’t text me between these hours because I’m likely going to be watching the game.” Other sites have already listed...

Canelo Alvarez Vs. Austin Trout: Fight Hype, Bad Comparisons And Finding Legitimacy | 1 Comment

By @fightlikesugar Hype and boxing go together hand-in-hand like collard greens and BBQ ribs. Hype builds interest in a fight and creates a sense of urgency and anticipation that makes it easier to dish out $70 for the HD PPV to your cable provider. But let’s not confuse a side dish with a main dish. I’m excited for this weekend’s junior middleweight unification bout. I have no doubt that both fighters will bring their best and that the...

How African-Americans Changed The Channel On Baseball | 11 Comments

For close to 15 years now, the April optimism that comes with the arrival of a new Major League Baseball season is tempered a bit by some stark realities. The PED and steroid cloud has never taken a season off, bad owners continue to swindle their markets and the Cubs still attempt to be competent at baseball to maddening results. And ever since Bud Selig issued the call for Jackie Robinson’s 42 to be retired throughout the league in 1997, many...

Matt Kemp Is Easily The Best Teammate Ever | 4 Comments

Usually when a baseball brawl breaks out, it’s the ultimate “you better get him” fight, where there’s a lot of jumping over shoulders, pointing and yelling. Very rarely is there an actual moment where something happens and you think, “Damn, it just got real.” The infamous Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer discus throw and the Johnny Cueto flying sidekick come to mind, but other than that, it’s usually pretty tame. But last week, when one of...

Newtown, Boston And The Gift Of Play | 6 Comments

Everything I write from here on out will fall offensively short of the standard I wish to achieve. I have experienced tragedy in my life but nothing to the extent of what the families in Newtown, Boston and various other places in our great country are currently going through as a result of violence. A feeling of helplessness rots in my stomach as I see more images, I read more words and I hear more facts that stem from these events. I’ve sent...

Chip Kelly Is Different And No One Knows If That’s A Good Thing | 8 Comments

When Andy Reid lost his job, it was clear things would be different for the Philadelphia Eagles. After 14 years of the same mind-boggling timeout decisions, change was afoot. At some point last season, amid the losing and joking, the die hard in me came to a conclusion. It was a final decision that the same old thing had grown tiresome. Yes, there was success and consistency. But, there was also a stale odor that drove me to speak words I hope my...

Podcast: Kobe Bryant Appreciation Night….Sorta. | 0 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, the three-man weave started off the night paying tribute to the good people of Boston and extended our thoughts to everyone affected by the events of the Boston Marathon. We went on to discuss The 3 To See and how it would be in the WNBA’s best interest to ride the 3 until the wheels fall off. From there, we brought on Forum Blue and Gold‘s Darius Soriano, who spoke with confidence about the Lakers...