A Sports Scribe, Baseball

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge...

Boxing, J. Tinsley

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons,...

Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a...

Giving Honor To God: Tony Wroten Unleashes A Disgusting Shammgod Crossover | 0 Comments

Excluding the the handful of ball players competing in the two NBA Summer Leagues, July is essentially the official month of vacation for hoopers. As legendary tales from summer pro-am leagues pop up around the country, there will always be some schmuck on the other end of a 50+ point game. It happens. Brandon Jennings lit up the Los Angeles Drew League for 57 in the first weekend NBA players were allowed to suit up. SOMEONE gave up that 57 — and...

UFC 175: The Story Of Legitimacy And Longevity | 0 Comments

For champions Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman, UFC 175 was about respect. Despite a pristine 9-0 record going into her fourth UFC title defense, Rousey continued to be plagued by critics and doubters — many of whom based their criticisms largely on her fight persona and antics on The Ultimate Fighter 18. For Weidman, although he’d twice felled the greatest mixed martial artist to ever live, his victories came under such bizarre circumstances that...

Dave Chappelle Absolutely Nails The Donald Sterling Case In 5 Minutes Of Standup | 3 Comments

Dave Chappelle hasn’t hosted his world famous sketch comedy show “Chappelle’s Show” in almost eight years, and yet there are always times in my life where a situation will arise and one of his skits will perfectly sum up what I’m experiencing. Same goes for his standup specials that he rarely gives us these days. Still, sometimes the only person who could nail a situation is Chappelle. So when I found that the internet...

Shock The World Chronicles: Stephen Curry’s Magical Night At The San Francisco Pro-Am | 0 Comments

Image by @LetsGoWarriors I remember sitting in my usual 2 p.m. Wednesday meeting at the gig, listening to the mindless drivel that was being spewed across the table while casually scanning my laptop. I was browsing Facebook when I saw the following words from the homie Bonta. Steph Curry will be playing tonight at the SF Pro-Am. It will be packed silly tonight at Kezar. There wasn’t anything else that needed to be read or said. My plans were...

How 4 Games Forever Changed Jermaine Jones’ Legacy At The World Cup | 3 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Anytime anyone mentioned Jermaine Jones in reference to the U.S. Men’s National Team in the run-up to this World Cup, words like “liability” and “reckless” were sure to follow. People say that because he was both of those things. He has always been a threat to get a yellow card because of things like this, crunching tackles that just seemed to happen without much warning. Watch Jones in...

Tim Howard Deserved Better And America’s Hope-Filled Roller Coaster Ride Is Over | 1 Comment

“F*ck.” It was the only word I could utter when Belgium sent Romelo Lukaku onto the pitch in extra time. I knew what was about to happen, even if I really didn’t. And when it did happen, I couldn’t do anything but wallow in my misery. When Lukaku setup the goal for Kevin De Bruyne to score in the 93rd minute, the same minute that Asamoah Gyan scored on the United States just four years ago in the Round of 16, I thought the...

In Search Of Soccer In New York City | 3 Comments

Every bar on Bleecker Street from Wicked Willy’s to The GMT Tavern hung miniature flags of World Cup participants off their awnings. ESPN flashed on the flat screen TVs. The chalk board advertisements implored customers to stop by with promises of drink specials and noise. “Watch the World Cup with sound here!” one establishment boasted. It was August-hot on a June Wednesday, proving that Brazil had invaded New York as much in weather as...

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars – Volume 2 | 2 Comments

The 81st game and technical halfway point of the Major League Baseball season has been met for each of its clubs, while the ceremonial midway mark is two weeks from today as the All-Star Game looms in Minneapolis. And with that, it is time to take the top-of-the-month look at what the 2014 MLB All-Stars should REALLY look like. This time it is just before the rosters are made official, as the full lineups for both leagues will be announced this Sunday...

6 Things You Need To Know Before USA Vs. Belgium | 0 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt In the weeks and months leading up to the World Cup, there was one goal for the USMNT: survive one of the two (three? Italy and England got unceremoniously dumped by Costa Rica and Uruguay) groups of death in this World Cup. We’ve escaped from that four-man brawl of a group by a slim margin. (Thank you, Cristiano. I hate you, in all your perfection, but thank you.) Now what? Now comes Belgium, a country with a population...

The USMNT Needs The Real Michael Bradley To Step Up | 0 Comments

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley right now. The soccer star, who recently returned to the MLS following a wildly successful stint in Europe, was widely considered if not the most recognizable soccer player hailing from the United States, perhaps the best. Well, the best outside of goalkeeper Tim Howard anyway. Yet ever since the U.S. team’s first game against Ghana in...

The Magic Is Back In Omaha: Terence Crawford KO’s Yuriokis Gamboa | 1 Comment

There’s another fight of the year candidate, and this one confirmed there will soon be waves in the already stacked 140-pound division. Terence Crawford, a native son of Omaha, brought back championship boxing to his hometown for the first time in over 40 years. Against Yuriorkis Gamboa, a Cuban-national and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist, Crawford delivered a career-defining performance that will not be soon forgotten by boxing fans — and probably...

4 Takeaways From The World Cup Weekend: How Do You Define “Penalty”? | 3 Comments

Take a breath. You need it. This World Cup has shown no regard for people’s health. It has sent atheists to confessional booths and Catholics to the altar of the heretical soccer gods. If the group stages and first four round of 16 matches are any indication, we’ll all need heart transplants by tournament’s end. Here are four takeaways from the weekend in Brazil. Brazil 1 (3), Chile 1 (2) : Brazil survives … for now Brazil...

The TSFJ Run Challenge Is Here | 18 Comments

Picture courtesy of Zack Sylvan. Sometime in May, Crazy Joe Simmons and I were talking about different types of workouts when he told me about a running group he was in with some people all across the country. It was made possible by the Nike+ Running App they all had on various electronic devices they used regularly. I have a love-hate relationship with cardio, which basically means that I get all my cardio in when I’m on the basketball court...

Here’s The 5 Reasons Why You Should Watch WWE’s Money In The Bank | 0 Comments

By The Hot Tag / @kellendaniel x @brehwyatt Hello all! Welcome to the Hot Tag! Where we’re going to try to invite you into the world of World Wrestling Entertainment, little-by-little. Or a lot by a lot. Whatever your dose, we got you covered. This week myself, Kellen Daniel, along with my partner Kyle Hoffman invite you to check out this Sunday’s Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View Special Event on the WWE Network. Money In The Bank is special, because...

We Should All Send Our Kids To Nick Young’s Basketball Camp | 8 Comments

It’s officially the summertime all across the country and with the solstice in full effect, that really means only one thing for parents. The kids are home from school and they must be entertained for the next two-plus months. You see, my mother had nothing to worry about, as she’d get me dressed in the morning just like I was going to school, but then she’d hit a detour on 67th and Cache Rd. and take me right over to my grandma’s...

They’re Plenty American Enough | 3 Comments

If there is one thing that infuriates me more than that silly ass chant, it’s the questioning of how “American” this US Men’s National Team is makes my blood boil. Let me just put all of my cards on the table. I’m a son of an Army serviceman. My father is Puerto Rican. My mother is African-American. Every man on both sides of the family tree have served in the military…except me. I am the first man in my family...

Here’s The 6 Takeaways From the 2014 NBA Draft: Because Adam Silver’s The Real MVP | 1 Comment

Months of speculation were finally brought to an end, and honestly I wish the NBA season was starting next week. Fortunately, we’ll have summer league and plenty of time to ponder what will become of this 2014 class. Last night was an event that lived up to the hype, and in addition to the draft itself it was very honorable and heartfelt of the NBA to allow Isaiah Austin to embrace the moment he’s prepared so long for. Not a bad start...

5 Big Questions Heading Into The 2014 NBA Draft | 2 Comments

Tonight, the fate of NBA franchises everywhere will be altered in some way, shape or form, as is the case every year during the NBA Draft. This year there is no shortage of intrigue — from the injuries to the alleged draft depth to the Cleveland Cavaliers getting a mulligan on their Anthony Bennett pick first overall a year ago. Essentially, we could come up with interesting topics all damn day centered around the 2014 NBA Draft. But nobody has...

That Escalated Quickly: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Kick That Humbled America | 2 Comments

When “poking the bear goes wrong. Horribly wrong. Beer tickets were $5 a piece. So, naturally, my buddy Vaughan and I bought four. Not having the first clue what to expect from Richmond’s outdoor USA-Portugal World Cup watch party, if nothing else, drinking beer outside on a unusually cool June Sunday afternoon among the people couldn’t be a bad deal. Everyone was draped in patriotic colors. Except me. Everyone talked strategy, how many...

The World Cup Brings Wayward Souls Together | 2 Comments

The first organized team sport I played growing up was soccer. I played for three or four years and had a good time at first, but lurking in the distance was a 6’6’, 195-pound product of the University of North Carolina playing in the red, black and white of the Chicago Bulls. My dad, who introduced me to soccer and played the game his entire life, knew this and squeezed his grip on me and his childhood sport tighter. However, it was all for...

2014 NBA Draft: Here’s Why We’re Buying In On Dante Exum | 5 Comments

For the past several months, there has been this relatively unknown, intriguing NBA draft prospect garnering interest. He’s impressed NBA scouts since he dazzled at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. Those who were fortunate enough to have seen that game live walked away convinced they had witnessed something special. Then as fate would have it, this man of mystery would compete at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship and show those same witnesses that...

Watch Nike’s Live Stream Unveiling Of Kevin Durant’s Nike KD 7 | 0 Comments

Wednesday will be a day for multi-tasking. Whether you’re grabbing lunch, knee-deep in spreadsheets and powerpoints, school work or watching the World Cup by any means necessary…sneakerheads from all across the globe will come together in the name of Kevin Durant and his latest signature sneaker release, the Nike KD7. Nike Basketball will proudly unveil Kevin Durant’s new signature shoe, the KD7, in a live online broadcast event next...

Luis Suarez Is Clearly A Vampire And We Simply Weren’t Paying Enough Attention | 2 Comments

For a moment there, Luis Suarez’s brilliance was going to overlap my hate for a man that might’ve been built up over a few random events that I deemed very racist. Suarez, the Uruguayan and Liverpool striker extraordinaire, is so friggin’ good. He’s brilliant in a way that makes you believe that some people are just put on this earth to play the game. Everything seems fluid when he moves. He’s always in the right place...

The Decision, Part II: LeBron James Opts Out And Fans Lose Their Minds…Again | 9 Comments

I’ve been awake exactly 90 minutes as of writing this, and I’m already disgusted. LeBron James, in a move that was 100% not shocking at all, did exactly what he was supposed to do this Tuesday morning. Per SB Nation’s Jason Patt: Miami Heat star LeBron James has exercised his early termination option, making him a free agent this summer, SB Nation has confirmed. The news was originally broken by ESPN. James is the first of the...

Pour Out A Little Liquor: Remembering Spain’s Golden Generation | 2 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Yesterday was surreal for anyone who has watched international soccer over the last seven or eight years. Spain was ranked first in the world and were first out of the 2014 World Cup. The most dominant international soccer team winners in recent memory, and perhaps of all time, deserved a more graceful exit. The 3-0 win over an Australian team is likely the last important match for several key players from Spain’s...