Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Wild Impact Of The MLB Wild Card Game: A Working History

By force of habit or by resilience to preserve tradition, which is all-important in tying together the ends of the game,...

Football, Soul On Ice

The Transformation Of Brandon Marshall

When it comes to the game of football and playing wide receiver, Brandon Marshall has always been up there as one of the...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

What Eric Bledsoe’s 5-Year Contract Extension With The Phoenix Suns Means

It’s not often that NBA players hold out when negotiating their rookie contract extensions. The allure of a guaranteed...

Its A Family Affair: Meet The New Cousins Of The Nike Air Force 1 | 0 Comments

I was having a conversation with a fellow sneakerhead during a holiday party this past Friday and one of the talking points revolved around Nike’s Air Force 1. I mentioned how I really wanted a pair of Sbeed AF1’s (because Sheed is what that is) and when I said that the man almost sneered at me. They’re way too heavy. Now, the man who said this was no more than 5’6″ and 150 pounds while I’m about seven inches taller...

Josh Hamilton To L.A.? Tomorrow Never Knows | 6 Comments

It’s been a spontaneous year in Los Angeles Angels baseball, first with the signing of Albert Pujols to kick off the year, then the coming of age of Mike Trout throughout the summer. Add in Jered Weaver’s no-hitter and the rent-a-gun trade for Zack Greinke, the only constant has been that the Angels have proven to be the biggest band on the run of them all. But Thursday afternoon’s deal may be the biggest splash yet. Finally, the Josh Hamilton...

Podcast: Laugh At Lakers Night | 0 Comments

On the recent episode of The UC Show, the three amigos did an Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show first: we laughed at the Lakers all night long. Hell, they’re 9-13, in complete disarray with their own fan base being a mixture of frantic and bewildered. We mixed in some boxing as well, covering the fiasco in Las Vegas last weekend, but we quickly went back to making fun of the Lakers some more. Gotta get those jokes in while we can….and we did. Thanks...

Local Flavor: Why Your Team’s Hall Of Fame Should Mean More | 5 Comments

One of the consistently great scribes at ESPN, Seth Wickersham, wrote the feature piece in the latest edition of The Magazine where he ponders the case of Eli Manning when it comes to potential Hall of Fame induction. For subscribers, the article in itself is worth the read, especially for those of you who live outside the specter of the New York Giants, but it had me thinking less about #10 himself (he’s in, as well as his draft classmate Ben...

The Passing Potential Of Andrew Bynum | 3 Comments

By G. Hylton / @realgoesright As you may have heard, Andrew Bynum hasn’t played any basketball this year. As a matter of fact, there’s a slight chance he may not be playing any basketball this year, as according to 76ers GM Tony DiLeo, the timetable has yet again shifted. “Bottom line is Andrew is out indefinitely,” DiLeo said (per ESPN). “There are no timelines; we just have to wait and see how he reacts.” Whether...

Greg Monroe Is The Most Reliable Player From The 2010 NBA Draft | 5 Comments

Take a relatively short walk down memory lane with me, if you will, back to the 2010 NBA draft. You remember that draft, right? The one where five — count ‘em, five — Kentucky Wildcats were selected in the first round, including the No. 1 overall pick along with a guy who didn’t even start for John Calipari. That was the draft that centered around John Wall being the clear-cut No. 1 pick and Evan Turner, the reigning Wooden Award...

Issues With Sports Rules, Instant Replay And Blaming Officiating | 7 Comments

Something about instant replay really irks me. I guess it’s in everyone’s best interest to get most of the calls correct. Games were lost long before the replay booth on plays that the black box could have corrected. Plausible, sure. With the way the rules are now, do we really want things to be right all the time? There isn’t a fall weekend in my life where football has been absent from the television. All that and I still don’t...

Repeat From 3 Weeks Ago: Nobody Believes In The Atlanta Falcons And Houston Texans | 5 Comments

Seriously, didn’t we just have this conversation like three weeks ago? I could’ve sworn we did. Of course I did. The Houston Texans came out on Monday Night Football with America once again willing to give the other team from Texas a shot to prove its worth versus a legitimate, formidable foe in the New England Patriots. Hell, the Texans were 11-1 for goodness’ sakes. This is the team I picked to win the AFC Championship.  This...

Carmelo vs. LeBron: Rivalry Revived? | 10 Comments

Remember 2003? When a freshman was taking the world by storm as a double-double machine in Syracuse while the entire world was focused on an 18-year-old already built like Thor, taking Ohio hostage? Those were good times, back when the hype had a chance to build on multiple levels, to see who was really the greatest. In other words, the coming of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony was the biggest story in sports. It had all the elements of the greatly...

UNC Tar Heels Basketball, The Point Guard And NCAA Championships | 5 Comments

This weekend as I continued to “Shock The World,” I made it a point to attend a UNC Tar Heels men’s basketball game. My daughter and I had good seats in the fourth row, and we sat there with our popcorn and lemonade observing the Heels beat the brakes off of East Tennesee State. That victory was no surprise, but I did notice something about the team that let me realize why the Tar Heels will not win a national championship this...

Adrian Peterson, The Real-Life Terminator | 6 Comments

Adrian Peterson is the midst of an all-time great season. No surprise considering he’s well on his way to becoming an all-time great himself. Bar none, my buddy Nick is one of my best friends on Earth. But we absolutely hate each other from September to August. Blame it on the NFL. Blame it on him never letting me forget his New York Giants have won two Super Bowls since our last year in college. Blame it on the fact we’ve been doing...

Million Dollar Ballers Gives Back With The Unveiling Of The Playground Collection | 2 Comments

There’s nothing quite like earning a nickname. Most folks earn a nickname based off a rhyme of their name, a particular experience or background, or there are just evil people in your life that hate you and want to give you an embarrassing nickname for cruel purposes only. Back in the ’80s, my two favorite players in the league also happened to have stellar nicknames. Charles Barkley, a.k.a. The Round Mound of Rebound. Dominique Wilkins,...

VIDEO: Robert Griffin III Unveils New adidas quickframe Cleats | 1 Comment

On Tuesday night, Robert Griffin III stepped into his seats courtside to watch his new city’s favorite (and worst) basketball team do battle with the world’s best basketball team. The Washington Wizards weren’t given much of a chance to beat the Miami Heat, but it seemed like since a special someone was in the building, the Wiz were inspired. Four quarters later, Washington handed Miami a shocking loss, the hometown fans went nuts,...

Isn’t There A Difference Between Overrated And Overhyped? | 10 Comments

Here are two of the nearly 30 definitions of the word “rated,” courtesy of dictionary.com: 15. to estimate the value or worth of; appraise: to rate a student’s class performance. 16. to esteem, consider, or account: He was rated one of the best writers around. Here are two of the seven given for “hyped”: 2.  to create interest in by flamboyant or dramatic methods; promote or publicize showily: a promoter who knows...

Podcast: The Lakers (Literally) Cannot Trade Pau Gasol | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, the three-man weave features a pinch-hitter in Johnathan Tillman as Ed and Tins chop it up about the Washington Wizards pulling off a heist of a victory over the defending NBA world champion Miami Heat. Then, the conversation devolves into a ragged discussion about the Los Angeles Lakers and their beleaguered big men. From Dwight Howard and his missing of free throws, to Pau Gasol and the cries...

The 4 Reasons Why Every Basketball Fan Should Read David Halberstam’s ‘The Breaks Of The Game’ | 7 Comments

I really just wanted Bill Walton to shut the hell up. That was my thought of the big red-head whenever he’d call NBA games as a color commentator. His constant criticisms of big men, his berating of players who showed off their personalities (see Wallace, Rasheed) during the game, and the constant references to Jerry Lucas and the Grateful Dead. My feelings weren’t anything evil towards him, but there was just an inability to relate to...

A Different Approach To The Jovan Belcher Case | 3 Comments

By De’Shay Turner / @iSportPolitics At this point, nearly all who make up the world of sports aficionados have caught wind of the news surrounding former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. The story is one of domestic violence, sadness, confusion, mystery, despair, broken hearts and camaraderie. There were only a few individuals present on that morning in Belcher’s home, and two of them are no longer among us to provide answers amid...

A Tribute To Brad Lidge, The Perfect Closer | 1 Comment

The closer is one of the most pressure-packed positions in all of sports. The Mariano Riveras and Trevor Hoffmans of the world are the exception to the rule. They’ve made the closer position look effortless, sustaining excellence for nearly their entire careers. But the life of the mere mortal closers is one of wildly successful highs and psyche-crushing lows. And no closer in the history of baseball represents that dichotomy better than Brad...

Money, Cash, Throws: Zack Greinke And Big Dodger Dollars | 7 Comments

The Los Angeles Dodgers are at a crossroads. On one hand, they enter into baseball’s annual winter meetings as one of the spotlight teams to spend, while on the other they have the reality of the market to respect. Since their acquisition by “Team Magic,” there’s been no cost, no measure outside of their reach. And while the club has added a fantastic amount of talent in the last half year (Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford,...

The Hate For Notre Dame | 6 Comments

I don’t understand Notre Dame. I know what it is. I know a bit of what it represents to people. I know everyone aside from Fighting Irish fans hates Notre Dame. But, I don’t get it. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never met an alumnus of the Indiana school. I heard that those who gain their diploma from South Bend are pompous. People tell me most of their fans are jerks, pretty much because they root for the gold helmets. There...

Dez Bryant Is Officially My Favorite Dallas Cowboy Of All-Time | 9 Comments

July 18, 2008. That was the date that started it all, and while one can see the title of this post and wonder what that has to do with anything, allow me to explain. On that date, The Dark Knight was released in theaters nationwide, and I was anticipating this movie for two reasons. One, Batman is my favorite superhero of all-time, and two, The Joker is my favorite villain of all-time. I love The Joker, but I had severe reservations about the role...

The Diary Of A New York Knicks And San Francisco 49ers Fan | 4 Comments

By Johnathan Tillman / @thetillshow December 2, 2012. For the second straight Sunday, I was blessed with the rare occurrence of my favorite NFL and NBA teams playing on the same day. This one was especially nice because for a period of time, the viewing of both games overlapped. The New York Knicks had a noon tip with the Suns, and the San Francsico 49ers kicked off an hour later in St. Louis against the Rams. I had both games on simultaneously,...

Forgotten Stars: Remembering Rodney Rogers’ Impact On The Game Of Basketball | 13 Comments

I remember taking some time and visiting a friend in Durham, North Carolina, for the first time. I lived about two hours away, and my friend who had gone to school a year earlier was there. I was visiting one of my friends who attended Duke University, and he along with everyone else kept talking about a kid still in high school and how good he was. Seriously, it was like people telling old wives’ tales about guys who were superhuman. At one...

Dear Miguel Cotto, It’s Time For You To Retire | 7 Comments

The photo you see above is during my 25th birthday extravaganza in Las Vegas back in 2008. There were plenty of memorable moments that took place in Sin City, from seeing the 2008 Redeem Team play before heading to the Olympics, to having Gabrielle Union blow a kiss at me during Dwyane Wade’s party at the Wynn, to going dumb on the monorail while on our way to get some food. Those are the few stories that I’m allowed to tell you. However,...

Rasheed Wallace Gets Tossed For Telling The Truth | 3 Comments

People, one of our basketball heroes is the victim of a basketball injustice today. The people’s champion, Rasheed Wallace, was ejected from an NBA basketball game earlier today for telling the truth in the face of officiating incompetence and striped-shirted blasphemy. He was seen screaming, “Ball don’t lie!,” following a missed free throw on an egregious technical foul called on him. For those unfamiliar with the phrase,...