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Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume Two – On Top Rank, Golden Boy And The Road Ahead

Often, a fighter needs more than a clever matchmaker to sit on one of the thrones in boxing. Sometimes he needs a good lawyer,...

Basketball, Lists, The Fam

The 8 X-Factor Players Of The 2014 NBA Playoffs: West Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the NBA Post Season officially getting underway this upcoming Saturday....

Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear

Chan-Lo Kicks Off Season 2 Of Chicks N’ Kicks By Featuring Tinashe And The Air Jordan 11 “Gamma”

Our blogger sister-in-crime Channing has done some awesome stuff over at here own corner of the internet at Chan-Lo.com....

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 1992 NCAA Regional Final – Duke 103, Kentucky 102 | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th 20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Bryan Crawford on how he began to hate Duke. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) Although it doesn’t seem that way anymore, Duke University spent more than 20 years as arguably the most hated basketball program in the country. Most...

Podcast: Welcome Home, Justin Tinsley | 0 Comments

After a month-long trek to Dubai, Justin Tinsley has returned home to The UC Show and the fellas made sure to give him a proper greeting by giving the man his own theme music. Granted, it took him about two years to finally get some theme music and we’ll probably take it off after the show, but the point is the man was missed and we were glad to welcome him back. Among the many topics discussed were the Wichita State Shockers and their 31-0...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2008 NCAA Final – Kansas 75, Memphis 68 | 5 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th 20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. First up, is Justin Tinsley losing $200 because he decided to wager on Memphis. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) Talk about bittersweet. The 2008 Men’s National Title took place during my last full month in undergrad. It’s...

LeBron James And His 61 Points Of Madness | 1 Comment

There’s something about those Charlotte Bobcats where NBA magic always seems to happen at their expense. Earlier this season, Carmelo Anthony set a career and franchise high for the New York Knicks as he dominated his way to a 62-point performance. As single-game performances would go this season, Melo provided one of the lone bright spots for the Knicks. Unfortunately, when your team is 21-40, it’s easy to forget as the NBA gears into...

Starting Lineups: Here’s Our All-Time Greatest Dunkers Who Could Do Nothing Else Squad | 5 Comments

After finishing a gutting read from Pacific Standard yesterday, the boss tweeted this: That dunk Keon Clark did on Shawn Bradley still remains legendary as far as I’m concerned. — Eddie Maisonet, III (@edthesportsfan) March 3, 2014 And in that moment, a quick challenge was issued (originally without knowing why the boss mentioned Clark) … @edthesportsfan Idea: In-Game Dunkers with No Actual Discernable Basketball Game team. — Jason Clinkscales...

John Lucas Ruined Philadelphia Basketball … Twice | 3 Comments

Exactly 10 years ago this past Sunday, the St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball team completed a perfect regular season, blowing out St. Bonaventure by 32 points to improve to 27-0. The Hawks, led by Naismith Memorial Player of the Year Jameer Nelson and fellow NBA-bound running mate Delonte West, did lose their first game of the Atlantic-10 Tournament to Xavier but still earned themselves a No. 1 seed. They were the last team to...

What Are Your Thoughts On The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ New Nike Uniforms? | 3 Comments

I remember when the Denver Broncos converted over to the new Nike uniforms back in 1998, as they progressed from those all-orange tops into a blended blue/orange uniform combination. I liked them. They were sleek, had that Nike swoosh on the pants and I could comfortably feel like I looked good walking the halls in high school wearing a John Elway #7 jersey. That same season, in those new uniforms, the Broncos won their first Super Bowl. (Here’s...

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...