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TSFJ Run Challenge: Escaping The Cubicle And Competing With Friends

We’ve all heard a variation of the following cliche before, most often when an athlete faces difficult situations...

Soccer, The Fam

Premier League Review: Everton and Arsenal Clash In Familiar Affair

Everton was founded in 1878 so the parish of St. Domingo’s Church could play football during the fall and winter....

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Meet The Fan: A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Keeps The New York Jets In His Scenario

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4 Bold (But Real) Predictions For The 2013 MLB Season | 3 Comments

For most of Major League Baseball, the 2013 season got underway Monday. However, at the start of the MLB road, the story is just getting started, and it’s assured to be as wide open of a year as we’ve seen in a while … yet not in the ways you’d expect. As the resident TSFJ baseball enthusiast, it’s my job to get the masses ready for what’s to come, and that’s what I’ll be doing this week. Let’s get...

Podcast: Coaching Tirades, Real American Heroes And Names That Should Not Be Said | 0 Comments

On this recent edition of #theUCshow, Tinsley took the night off, but leave it to Kenny and Ed to hold down the fort in his absence. First, they discussed Mike Rice and his firing from Rutgers University. There was an overall disbelief at some of the images that were broadcast to the masses, and Ed and Kenny made it painfully clear that Rutgers did the right thing by getting the head coach on up outta there. Next, the talk shifted to The Great Kevin...

How The Hell Is He Still In The NBA? | 9 Comments

Being an NBA basketball player is one of the toughest jobs in the entire world to get. There are just 15 roster spots apiece on each of the 30 NBA franchises. For those of you counting, that’s just 450 jobs total for an NBA player. Unlike baseball and its 25-man rosters, football and its 53-man rosters and hockey with its 20 guys suited up, the NBA has a true scarcity of positions. That’s why it’s always amazed me how certain players...

The 2013 All-Cyborg Team | 6 Comments

Truthfully speaking, athletes are otherworldly creatures. If you think about just how long most professional athletes, on average, have been playing said sports you come to the realization that by the time most of them are in their early 20s they’ve reached the pinnacle of their sports. If you’re doing the math, it means they’ve likely been playing for 10-12 years if not more. Sports does a great job of filtering people who aren’t built...

Reassessing The True Worth Of 10 Of The Most Valuable Players In Sports | 4 Comments

By Brandon Caldwell / @dayandadream A few weeks back, like most random items of life that lead to sports conversations, Jason Clinkscales hit me on Facebook wondering if I agreed with Bill Simmons’ assessment that LeBron James – if basketball had an open market much like football – would be worth $75 million a season. To note, I responded absolutely without hesitance given the fact that LeBron has swung an entire local economy in TWO...

The Final Four Has Louisville Written All Over It | 2 Comments

Saturday, we’ll watch the Final Four. Monday, we’ll watch the National Championship game. TV timeouts will rule the two nights, and we’ll hear “One Shining Moment” at the conclusion. After it’s over, we’ll wonder why we watched what we already knew was going to happen. Louisville will cut down the nets. The Cardinals are the best team in college basketball. If there was doubt about that before the conference...

Michael Jordan Went To North Carolina Because UCLA And Virginia Were Lazy | 2 Comments

Andrew Wiggins will soon make the decision on where he will take his talents for his freshman year of college to play basketball, take classes with 200+ people and have regular interactions with college-aged women. They say college days swiftly pass, imbued with fond memories, and for Wiggins his choice has narrowed down to either Florida State or Kentucky. FSU, being the school he grew up learning about from his parents, both of whom are alumni,...

Kevin Ware, Catastrophic Injuries And Being Certifiably Insane While In Shock | 6 Comments

You can just say the name of the athlete and everyone knows exactly what you’re talking about. Shaun Livingston. Joe Theismann. Marcus Lattimore. Trent McCleary. Baron Davis. Willis McGahee. I won’t bother linking you to the clips of these injuries. You know how to use the Google/YouTube machine. It’s those skin-crawling moments that you always hate to see, and unfortunately in sports these moments are unavoidable. After Sunday...

The 10 Things You Need To Be Reminded Of For The 2013 MLB Season | 0 Comments

We are on the verge of the breaking of the sports spring, because next Monday is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. While there’s no shortage of MLB season previews, predictions and prognosis’ (we’ll actually have our version of one here on Monday), it’s time to properly observe the ten reasons to look forward to the first pitch of the spring.. From the usual array of trades, money grabs and scandals, there’s certainly...

Because Running Zone Is For Cowards, But Syracuse Is The Dinosaur That Won’t Die | 3 Comments

At some point early in the second half of the Syracuse vs. Indiana game, while laying up on my coach, I fell asleep. (I may or may not have also drooled on my pillow as well) Like Nyquil, long lectures and watching any combination of golf/poker/bowling on television, watching the Syracuse Orange(men) play basketball usually has the tendency to put me right to sleep. I mean, it’s not like ‘Cuse doesn’t have some exciting players...

When He Comes Out Of The Closet…What Will The Youth Say? | 2 Comments

It’s coming. You know it, I know it, your family and friends know it, your co-workers and classmates know it, your bookie and fantasy football league manager know it. Even the new Pope knows it, sort of. This week has been an eventful one for those who are attuned to the travails of gay and lesbian Americans. On a wider-ranging front, the United States Supreme Court has been hearing arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage...

QOTD: When Did West Coast Collegiate Basketball Officially Curl Up And Die? | 9 Comments

I can honestly say that I’ve watched college basketball with an intense focus for about the last 20+ years or so. Over that time, I’ve had a chance to cultivate my sincere hatred for the Duke Blue Devils, watch the Oklahoma Sooners (all hail Eduardo Najera and Hollis Price) and Oklahoma State Cowboys (all hail Big Country Reeves and Desmond Mason) waffle between points of mediocrity and seemingly unbelievable success and also become a...

Podcast: Beards, The Streak And March Madness Is In Full Effect | 0 Comments

On this edition of #theUCshow the three-man weave is back in full effect for two weeks in a row. God is good indeed. Kenny leads the three amigos in a talk as to why following your team towards a goal isn’t always the brightest idea. The man hasn’t shaved in over two months, and it’s all because the Dallas Mavericks vowed not to shave until they reached .500. What initially was a fun idea has become a bad dream that he wishes...

The Shock The World Chronicles: The NCAA Tournament Almost Killed Me | 2 Comments

Over the span of three days, I attended six college basketball games at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for what is now considered the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. As I am writing this Tuesday afternoon, I am coming off a 103.9 fever, a day of being incapacitated and delirious, a bit of vomiting, and a diagnosed case of the flu. Basically, the NCAA Tournament almost killed me. And you know what? I wouldn’t trade the...

My Personal Pre-Game Anthem, Making The Team And Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Victory’ | 3 Comments

In the spring of 1998 I was just finishing up 9th grade at Eisenhower Junior High. I was a 6’1″ freshman who now was coming into his own as a basketball player, and after finishing the season as a full-time member on the varsity squad for the junior high, I was spending all of my free time hooping after school, hooping on the weekends, and trying to get a run wherever I could across various parts of my hometown. (Sidenote: Reflecting...

Fan’s Perspective: Ed Bradley Interviews Mike Tyson In Prison | 1 Comment

Credit: UNT Hundreds of items are littered throughout my unwritten bucket list. Pipe dreams like going to NBA All Star Weekend, visiting Dubai, having work published in Rolling Stone, you know, stuff like that. One meaning more than most happens to be meeting and having a full-fledged conversation with Mike Tyson. For as long as I can remember, Mike’s personality and views on life have been more intriguing than his career inside the ring. Here’s...

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles: Not Just Another Plucky Underdog | 6 Comments

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles don’t seem to fit the mold of the plucky underdog we’ve all grown to love when March rolls around. There’s a difference between this team and teams of the past – besides being the first 15-seed to reach the Sweet 16. FGCU looks the part with no luck and last gasp miracles required to advance. If anything, this group of royal and green are the perfect portrait of the game’s parity. Quite...

The Big Dance x Muse Present: Some Kind of ‘Madness’ | 0 Comments

We enter each March like modern Nostradamuses, offering bold predictions in vague statements: giants will fall at the hands of the meek. Soon enough the Florida Gulf Coasts, Wichita States, and La Salles of the tournament validate our prophecies. Though, of course, no one is impressed. We associate March Madness with insanity, craziness, and utter chaos; buzzer beaters, alley-oops, and upsets. Above all else, an air of unpredictability undermines...

The Good Doctor’s Prescription On Fixing A College Hoops Hypocrisy | 5 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece in which I stated that college basketball is not nearly as exciting as it used to be due to the fact that the best players only stay for a cup of coffee and no real personalities are developed at this level anymore. I also lamented that nothing can be done about it since every able-bodied adult has a right to go out and make a living if he so chooses. Well, since I’ve written...

That Awkward Moment When The Crowd Turns On The Favorite And Pulls For The Upset | 3 Comments

At some point I could feel it, watching the game on my 13″ laptop while in an arena filled with 18,000 people not giving a zero damn about said game that was on my 13″ laptop. I’m sure all the people could feel it around the world, be it if they were playing hooky from the job or took the day off like a responsible corporate citizen, I knew they could feel it too. And I’m positive that the people in the EnergySolutions Arena...

The ‘Anomaly’ – Remembering the 2007-08 Houston Rockets’ Winning Streak | 3 Comments

Above was the NBA’s reminder of the least expected stretch of regular season excellence in its history. In what seems like a league FAR different from the one we see today, the Houston Rockets pulled off an incredible 22-game winning streak from January 29th – March 16th, 2008. Over the course of this impressive undefeated streak by the defending champion Miami Heat, what those Rockets achieved five seasons ago has been repackaged as an anomaly,...

Podcast: Because The Miami Heat Need The Streak And The Immortality It Brings | 0 Comments

On this edition of #theUCshow, the three-man weave is back in full effect, and everyone is better off for it. Let the true shenanigans and tomfoolery begin. Somehow Kenny was the gall and the audacity to come back onto this show and become a bandwagon fan, hopping onto the Dominican Republic’s glory-ride while making fun of Ed’s team (Puerto Rico) suffering in defeat in the process. Shame on him. The fellas get into an interesting discussion...

Survive and Advance: The Jim Valvano Story | 6 Comments

Last night, the greatest event known to man tipped off, and for all intents and purposes, the madness truly gets underway tomorrow. I’m not even sure I can properly explain how excited I get this time every year. Not only does my favorite thing in the entire world – the NCAA Tournament – arrive, but so does spring and my birthday, both of which happen to be today, March 20. Throw in St. Patrick’s Day and spring training, and...

About Miami’s Streak, Going Through The Motions And Ultimate Success | 7 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron On Monday, the Heat took their 22-game win streak into Boston, on the second half of a road back-to-back, against a Celtics team that for several years running has always given Miami the toughest competition in the regular season and playoffs. And so, if it’s possible for there to be writing on the wall for a team that hadn’t lost since the start of February, it seemed that way as they were down double digits in...

Grits And Biscuits: The Anquan Boldin Trade Happened After A Phone Call Between Harbaugh Brothers | 0 Comments

Grits are delicious, especially with a little sugar, milk and butter in it. Biscuits are also delicious, especially with some honey or apple butter. Having grits and biscuits for breakfast? Best thing ever. Enjoy some quality reading material for the day.  The Anquan Boldin Trade Happened After Phone Call Between Harbaugh Brothers: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh called his brother, Jim, to see if he would be interested in a trade for veteran...