Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume One – Bernard Hopkins Is An Alien

There are two types of thrones in boxing: the one for titles and the one for money. Usually, to sit on one throne means...

Basketball, J. Tinsley

Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t...

Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan

Avian Flu: Josh McRoberts Got All Types Of Sick On Chris Andersen

Happy Easter, everybody. A cool thing happened today, as I decided to try and acquire a new skill to help myself become...

The 10 Things We Loved About UConn Shocking The World Vs. Duke In The 1999 NCAA Championship | 5 Comments

I was 15 years of age when the Connecticut Huskies and the Duke Blue Devils squared off in Tropicana Field to determine who would win the Men’s Title, college basketball’s highest team honor. I can remember sitting in my bedroom and taking out a notebook from my backpack and creating four different brackets. I can remember my mom yelling at me, asking if I wanted some sweet tea, and I yelled back, “NO MA’AM!” I was focused. You...

Starting Lineups: Joakim Noah Is The Best Center In The NBA (And It’s Not Even Close) | 4 Comments

It’s been stated on this very site that the elite big men in the NBA have gone missing, but I think it’s time to re-examine that issue. Are the days of big men getting 30 points and 15 rebounds on a nightly basis gone forever? Probably, but the game has also evolved a bit, and big men are now having to find new ways to contribute to their teams’ success. When it comes to the center position, this contribution has become harder and...

Why LeBron James Nor Kobe Bryant Can Ever Be The G.O.A.T. | 7 Comments

What does it mean to be the greatest of all time? To be the best you have to have been dominant. I don’t mean for a few years — I am talking about to your generation as a whole. When you peak as an athlete, you shut it down for your generation. The NBA is a beacon of tradition and historical feats. Greats all have signatures to their games that make them memorable to generations of fans. We can remember Bill Russell holding it down with blocked...

Addressing OKC’s Demons: On Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks And The Thunder Youngsters | 4 Comments

There is a fine line between being a good and being a great team in the NBA. The worst thing that a team could be in in the NBA is a middle-of-the-pack team, more so than any of the other major sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder in its short time together has experienced life on both sides of the line. They’ve been a good team that no one expected much from and then ascended to a perennial contender that has risen to the top of the Western Conference....

Starting Lineups: Allen Iverson Reaches The Rafters | 1 Comment

As of today, the Philadelphia 76ers have a grand total of seven numbers retired in franchise history. They include five Hall of Famers (Hal Greer’s 15, Wilt Chamberlain’s 13, Billy Cunningham’s 32, Julius Erving’s 6 and Charles Barkley’s 34), a guy who should be in the Hall of Fame (Maurice Cheeks’ 10) and the beloved defensive stalwart on the organization’s last team to hold the Larry O’Brien Trophy...

Sam Hinkie And The Philadelphia 76ers: Searching For The Next Allen Iverson | 9 Comments

On Saturday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3 jersey, raising it to the rafters in front of most likely one of the largest crowds the Sixers have seen or will see all season long. For many fans, it will be the highlight of the year … or at least the biggest highlight since leading Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Carter-Williams burst onto the scene in Game 1 by toppling the reigning NBA champions in historic...

Starting Lineups: Hey Guys, We’re Screening The Lenny Cooke Movie In Oakland Today! | 0 Comments

If you follow me on any of my social media channels then you may have seen me acting like a Don King impostor. The reason I’ve turned quasi-promoter for the last month is because on Thursday night in the Bay Area, TSFJ and friends will be screening our second sports documentary film “Lenny Cooke“. This film, directed by The Safdie Brothers and produced by Adam Shopkorn and Joakim Noah, debuted in Tribeca last year and just recently...

Carmelo Anthony’s Race Against Time | 6 Comments

Long known as one of the NBA’s premier scorers, Carmelo Anthony finds himself at an extremely delicate point in his career.  The lights in Madison Square Garden operate under a different temperature. Beaming from the arena’s highest crevices to every conceivable angle barreling downward, they illuminate the iconic blue and orange hardwood as the familiar identity of the world’s greatest playground. Michael Jordan saw playing in...

Starting Lineups: The Jimmer Fredette Era Is Coming To An End In Sacramento | 0 Comments

Jimmer Fredette might as well be known as Spaceman. Well, kinda. If you ever saw the movie Sunset Park, then you know that Spaceman (played by Terrence Howard) was the 12th man on the Sunset Park High School basketball team. He was a carefree and quirky guy who was a virtual mystery to anyone involved with the basketball team. Eventually, Spaceman got a chance to prove what he could do, and then he took over in a leading role for the squad. For...

Starting Lineups: You Need To Hear The Wild Recruiting Stories Of Barry Switzer Immediately | 0 Comments

Barry Switzer might as well be a member of my family, at least to my Uncle Bill and my Grandpop. While hearing the legendary tales of the greatness that is the Oklahoma Sooners football program, no one moved my family’s collective needle like Barry Switzer did. Sure, Bud Wilkinson was the precursor, and Bob Stoops now sits on the throne, but for the elder statesmen in my family, it was all about the legend of Switzer. So when I was alerted...

Starting Lineups: With Jadeveon Clowney’s 4.47 40-Yard Dash, His Run As The Modern-Day Van Wilder Is Over | 5 Comments

For Jadeveon Clowney, this was a means to an end. The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine has been in full force in Indianapolis over the weekend, and while hundreds of elite pro football prospects put their bodies and souls under the microscope, the former defensive end from South Carolina knew that this was the day he’d been waiting on for two years. Per SI’s Ben Eagle, Clowney put on a show in Lucas Oil Stadium: Jadeveon Clowney guaranteed that...

Daniel Cormier’s Quick Debut And Sweet Revenge | 0 Comments

“I made him cry. I broke him every time we wrestled, and on Saturday night I’m going to break him again.” That’s what the recent barista and former All-American wrestler Pat Cummins promised the world on every microphone and TV camera put in front of him as of 10 days ago. The one-time wrestling teammate of Daniel Cormier promised to shock the world. He had a little over a week to bask in the glory of the media before reality was...

Starting Lineups: 16 Years Ago, Vince Carter’s Swag Was On High At North Carolina | 1 Comment

It’s amazing what a conversation via Twitter can spawn. The Worldwide Leader was doing it’s usual promotion of the next battle between two teams that engage in the best rivalry in the history of college basketball. Per ESPN’s flashback, they took the wayback machine to 2012, when Austin Rivers shook off Seth Curry and rained home a 25-foot bomb over Tyler Zeller to give the Duke Blue Devils another triumph against the North Carolina...

Fight Like Sugar Goes 12 Rounds On His T-Shirt Line, Sugar Ray Robinson And The Best Round Ever | 1 Comment

Round 1: Everyone has a passion in life, and when you get to know people in this world it doesn’t take much time to figure out what those passions are. Simply put, Paul Navarro knows his shit. When it comes to the fight game, that being of the boxing or the mixed martial arts variety, the man is a connoisseur. It was a humbling experience when I reflect on it now, as I used to pride myself as really being knowledgeable in the sport of boxing...

The Ultimate MLB, 30-Team Mount Rushmore | 3 Comments

Recently, the craze has been to fill out a “Mount Rushmore” of (fill in the blank) sports immortality. In reality, it is most often a hopeless, fruitless endeavor that has one or two easy answers and then opens up to an endless stream of debates and arguments — which is perfect. So, in my endless pursuit to overdo myself in figuring out the game of baseball, one Mount Rushmore was not enough. Why not climb to the top of every Major League Baseball...

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Assessing The Defensemen In The USA-Canada Hockey Semifinal | 0 Comments

Admit it. Aside from T.J. Sochi and the vibrancy of the Slovenian team, both in uniform and spirit, this has been a dull Winter Olympics hockey tournament so far. The host Russians celebrated hard but bowed out early. The Slovaks, semifinalists four years ago, didn’t win a game. The aging Czechs wheezed their way through a quarterfinal loss to the Americans. The Swiss, a dark horse favorite entering Sochi, failed to leave an impression as they...

Who’s Really Watching Sports? Q&A With Paulsen Of Sports Media Watch | 0 Comments

Television ratings are discussed nearly as much as player statistics these days in sports media. They are also some of the most misunderstood statistics in the world. Debates rage about their accuracy, yet select ratings seem to move the meter more than others. Plus, when it comes to market sizes, hype machines and groupthink, the numbers are spoken of as a misguided declaration of quality, as Super Bowl 48 proved earlier this month. Recently, Paulsen...

Starting Lineups: Ladies First? Jennifer Welter’s Futile Attempt To Run The Rock | 5 Comments

I learned early on growing up that there was a way you played with boys and a way you play with girls. Simply because you can’t play as rough with girls (mostly because they’d run and tell). However, there were a few girls who just did not get the message, and they kept on coming over and playing with us for as long as they could. Now usually, this was just the occasional girl who would come on the basketball court and give it a run — and sometimes...

Doug McDermott And The Return Of The Big Fundamental | 1 Comment

One play stood out in Creighton’s 101-80 blowout of then No. 6-ranked Villanova. On the right-side of the lane, he caught the ball, dribbled and picked it up. A pivot to the outside moved the defender. The next pivot inside the lane created an easy layup. Somewhere, Kevin McHale likely smiled at the textbook usage of the up-and-under. The play showed us in a moment what we already knew — Doug McDermott is the best player in men’s college basketball. He’s...

Ilya Kovalchuck Is Still Here | 0 Comments

I’m not going to lie — until Saturday’s Olympic hockey clash between Team USA and Team Russia, I completely forgot about Ilya Kovalchuk. I mean, I didn’t forget about him in the sense that he existed. After all, he played in the NHL just last season. No, I forgot about him as a current hockey player since he’s no longer in the league I actually watch. But it didn’t take long to remember him in the USA’s 3-2...

Starting Lineups: When David Lee And James White Threw Down | 3 Comments

Tomorrow night, Terrence Ross will try to defend his NBA Slam Dunk Contest championship against Paul George, John Wall, Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard and Ben McLemore. Even without LeBron James in the mix, it’s an interesting collection this year that will hopefully result in some memorable moments. And that’s what the Dunk Contest is all about — imprinting indelible moments in the minds of fans everywhere. Dr. J from the foul line....

Taking It Back: Scottie Pippen Rises At The 1994 NBA All-Star Game | 4 Comments

With the NBA All-Star Weekend upon us, one couldn’t let this year’s festivities pass by without reflecting on the games of old. While many tune in to the weekend-long festivities that the NBA has spent years creating hype for, at the end of the day it is still about the game itself. You have a collection of the Association’s best players putting on an offensive display that will have each one trying to outdo the other. Every year...

Can’t Stop The Reign: When Shaq Dominated The 1996 NBA All-Star Game | 3 Comments

The 1996 NBA All-Star Game was defined by one man. And his name wasn’t Michael Jordan. Turning 28 isn’t a milestone birthday. At least not in the way 16, 18, 21, 25, 30, 40, 50 and so on are. Yet, for me, it was. I turned 28 Feb. 1, and with the gift of seeing another year rang in a slew of realizations. Being 24 months away from 30, only so much time remains to be featured on some publication’s “30 Under 30″ list. It’s...

adidas Unveils Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s ‘The Blueprint’ Crazy 8 For The People | 1 Comment

On October 27th, 1969, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made his 4th of 22 total appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The topic of the feature article was focused on Kareem’s transition from being arguably the greatest college basketball player of all time to stepping into the pro game. Per Arash Markazi, the man formerly known as Lew Alcindor quickly realized that he was a different type of big man than what the pros were used to. “This...

Derek Jeter And His Everlasting ‘It Factor’ | 1 Comment

  Derek Jeter may be the best player ever who was never the best player in baseball at any point in his life. Think about it: From Bonds and Griffey, to Rodriguez and Pujols, to Cabrera and Trout, there’s never been a time where anybody sat down and said in any inarguable manner that “Derek Jeter is the best player in baseball.” But that is just the thing with Jeter — he never had to be because there has been no player since Joe DiMaggio...