Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

ESPN, NHL And Searching For The Limelight | 6 Comments

The headline patiently waits on the ticker, stuck behind three for the NBA, two for the NFL, and one for an early season highlight between the American League’s best teams. Finally the screen flashes to display the grinning face of ESPN’s NHL mascot. Barry Melrose, nothing more than a mullet and a Canadian accent, spends two minutes discussing the previous night’s action in spurts of hyperbole and superlative. One team was awful, the other...

The Juice & The Deacon Share A Moment | 0 Comments

Photo: TGADeacon Jones passed away this week at the age of 74. Appropriately nicknamed the “Secretary of Defense,” the 1980 inductee into Canton is seen here photographed alongside O.J. Simpson. The two represent this unique generational bridge in the game of football. Jones’ induction occurred six years before I was born and the O.J. I know played a hilarious supporting role on the Naked Gun movies and there’s also that...

Oh, So THAT’S What Beautiful Basketball Looks Like: Spurs 92, Heat 88 | 4 Comments

In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Indiana Pacers committed 21 turnovers as they fell to the Miami Heat 99-76. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and the West champion San Antonio Spurs, both teams combined to commit just 13 turnovers. In fact, there were no technical fouls calls, no player on either side committed more than four fouls and the game was finished at a brisk time of 2 hours and 29 minutes. Ladies and gentlemen,...

30 Years Ago, Moses Malone Made A Bolder Declaration Than Anything LeBron James Could Imagine | 4 Comments

Fo. Fo. Fo. I turn 30 years old in precisely 51 days. I can’t speak for anyone else who has surpassed the 30-year milestone, but I’m hear to tell you that you do a ton of reflecting about your past living as you begin to inch up on the magical 30-piece. Is this the life you expected to have? Should you be doing something different? Did I mess up in not hollering at that chick who was giving you rhythm in the club back in ’04? You...

The 5 Sports Autobiographies That Need To Be Written | 3 Comments

Phil Jackson’s latest book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success,” hit bookstores last week, and based on reviews from many in basketball media, it’s a worthwhile read by the retired coach who won’t ever stray far away from the spotlight. Though some lament the lack of salacious fodder as he granted in “The Last Season: A Team in Search for Its Soul,” there may not be much more to be said about Jackson’s life in the...

Podcast: It’s Time For The NBA Finals | 0 Comments

On the latest edition of The UC Show, the three amigos discussed The NBA Finals, the most anticipated time of the year for NBA fans. Justin Tinsley, now free from the burden of a seven-game battle with the Indiana Pacers, issued a public apology for his words against them for the past couple of weeks, but he did make it a point to single out a particular member of the Indiana Pacers who bit off more than he could chew before it was time. That Pacer...

Domonic Brown Is Suddenly Must-See TV | 3 Comments

Anyone paying even a little bit of attention to baseball the past few weeks know that Philadelphia Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown is the hottest hitter in Major League Baseball this side of Miguel Cabrera. And he has the accolades to prove it, earning the National League Player of the Month for May by hitting .303 with 12 home runs and 25 RBIs … and it was just the tip of the iceberg. Brown’s assault on MLB pitching has continued, as...

Power And The People: The Life And Times Of Hank Greenberg | 3 Comments

Of all the many parts of the lore of the history of Major League Baseball, perhaps the story of Hank Greenberg gets overlooked the easiest. Yet, the transcendent impact that the first great Jewish sports superstar had on both baseball and America truly aligns with both the times and progression of sports and America at large. In the film “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” director Aviva Kempner brought to life the story of one of the great...

Dwyane Wade’s Knee Still Works, LeBron’s Miami Heat Marches To The NBA Finals | 2 Comments

I remember sitting down yesterday eating two tacos from Jack in the Box. These tacos cost a grand total of $1. While I was eating said tacos, I began to think about the upcoming contest between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. My stomach began to toss and turn as I began to process what would be happening in a few short hours. (Not to be confused with those cheap and disgusting tacos that I devoured...

Sports Guy, Where Art Thou? | 7 Comments

Call it personal preference. Maybe it’s inability to embrace the mainstream. It could be disappointment or fatigue. Regardless of reason, what Bill Simmons became seems wrong. Make it clear from the start. Simmons is popular, rich and cutting-edge. He’s been willing to explore the vague intricacies of sports and communicate them. His 30 for 30 series became a tremendous hit with gripping stories and fantastic film production. He regularly puts...

When Lance Armstrong Hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ In 2005 | 1 Comment

In October 2005, Lance Armstrong — several months removed from announcing his then-retirement from cycling — hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Of course, armed with a serious case of revisionist history of what’s happened to his career and legacy since, there’s almost too many connections you can make between the humor that was broached on the show and the not-so-funny real-life comparison. In the monologue, Lance willingly...

Game Seven: Where Legends Are Born And Others Are Solidified | 8 Comments

I hate Game Seven. Anyone who has ever talked sports with me knows this. The Godfather of the TSFJ, Dr. Jeffery Allen Glenn, does not agree with my take on Game Seven and neither does the Reverend Paul Revere. Let them tell it, Game Seven is the most action-packed, suspense-filled and greatest scenario in sports: two teams meeting at the end of the summit, deadlocked at three wins and three losses apiece with the winner of the final game standing...

Manny Machado: The Worst Secret Baseball Is Keeping | 4 Comments

The best shortstop in baseball three years from now is already in the Majors and killing it with regularity now. It’s not Troy Tulowitzki, Elvis Andrus, Alcides Escobar, Jean Segura or Ian Desmond. It’s not even Jurickson Profar, who’s got even more buzz than the real owner of the title has. Maybe it’s because he’s not even playing shortstop yet that it is not as obvious, but the coming of age of Manny Machado has started well before he...

Flopping: Basketball’s Timeless Red-Headed Stepchild, Not New-Age Phenomenon | 7 Comments

Contrary to popular watercooler discussion, flopping has been around for decades. Just ask Red Auerbach. Allow me to run through two things prior to getting started. 1. In the near future, I’m going to create my own job as YouTube Research Pop Culture Specialist. What does this position entail? Well, for one, my office would be wherever a strong wi-fi signal was, and it definitely wouldn’t drug test. Two, I would find amazing but low-viewed...

The Stanley Cup Playoffs: Hawks Win Twice | 2 Comments

Who breathes the biggest sigh of relief? Steve Walkom, the referee who inexplicably called coincidental minors to nullify Niklas Hjalmarsson’s apparent series-clinching goal? Brandon Saad, to whom Chicago’s penalty was charged on the play? The Blackhawks players? The Blackhawks fans? Or the police and citizens of the great city of Chicago who surely would have endured a riot for the ages? The fiasco at the end of Wednesday night’s game 7 brought...

The People’s Choice: Floyd Mayweather Meets Canelo Alvarez In A Battle Of Unbeatens | 0 Comments

Here I was preparing an article about Canelo Alvarez’s recent comment that he would only face Floyd Mayweather at 154 lbs, when Mayweather announced via twitter: “I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez. I’m giving the fans what they want…” And with that, the stage was set for the best matchup that can be made in boxing today. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand and will serve as a junior middleweight unification...

Al Haymon: The Most Powerful Quiet Man In Sports | 8 Comments

Al Haymon. In the boxing world few other names are more respected or feared. What makes Al Haymon unique is his nearly religious aversion to publicity. I doubt there’s another figure in all of sports who has so assiduously maintained a vow of silence with the press while at the same time wielding industry-wide power. For years, Haymon has managed to avoid the headlines. But in 2013, as his number one advisee, Floyd Mayweather, signed quite...

The Player Loyalty Fan Debate, Part III | 3 Comments

Like “The Hangover,” yes, there’s a Part III to this. (If you missed the first two installments of TSFJ’s “Player Loyalty Fan Debate” series, here’s PART 1 and PART 2.) Loyalties to a specific player go back to the days of Babe Ruth, whose home runs and off-field life attracted fans in unprecedented levels for a Yankees franchise that spent its first two decades in New York in the doldrums. Looking at superstars...

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...