Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California....

Baseball, Trible To Your Bass

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

Setting The Stage For World War Westbrook

When the devastating news broke that Kevin Durant would be missing anywhere between six to eight weeks of action, I admit...

The 2013 NFL Playoffs Player Power Rankings: Richard Sherman Is Awesome | 11 Comments

I’m going to attempt to do a weekly power rankings of all the players, coaches and personalities that mattered (or didn’t) during the 2013 NFL Playoffs. These rankings will have no statistical analysis behind them, outside of the amount of times someone may or may not have made my head hurt or eyes bleed while watching him on television. On to the rankings … 1. Russell Wilson: Not only did the cover model for the Duke Texturizer...

The NHL Returns: Why You Should Watch | 4 Comments

Sports fans, rejoice. After 113 days of night, the NHL lockout is finally over. I refuse to write another word about the most embarrassing episode of Gary Bettman’s very embarrassing reign as commissioner. If you would like words on the lockout, I suggest you turn to my previous work here and here, or to my friend Jason Clinkscales’ thoughtful piece here. I won’t implore any fan to return to the league either. We have been taken...

Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide Machine Rolls Over Notre Dame | 11 Comments

On the first play from scrimmage in Monday’s BCS National Championship, Notre Dame stuffed Alabama running back Eddie Lacy for a one-yard gain. Then, the Irish didn’t stop the Crimson Tide again. Less than three minutes into the game, the Tide started to roll. It rolled through the first quarter to a 14-0 lead. It rolled in the second quarter to a 28-0 halftime lead. It rolled all second half to the 42-14 final. By the time the Tide stopped...

Robert Griffin III, Playing Through Injury And The Audacity Of Hope | 8 Comments

What transpired on FedEx Field Sunday evening was an attack on the conscience of sports fans everywhere. The Washington Redskins and their sensational yet hurt quarterback Robert Griffin III left the NFC wild-card game versus the Seattle Seahawks in the second half after re-injuring his right knee. A botched shotgun snap caused Griffin to make an awkward attempt to recover the ball, and during the recovery attempt his right knee (which was fitted...

Why You Should Watch The BCS National Championship Game: So Much Hate For Everybody | 1 Comment

There is one question that everyone who follows the bowls should be asking. If there is only one bowl that matters, why do we have 200,00 of them in the first place? Some of the bowls are set up for those of us who just want to check out the women. There are also bowls that try to help us prove that one team isn’t really as bad as everyone thinks it is. Then there are bowls that help us prove that Goliath is rarely beaten by David. The BCS National...

East Coast vs. West Coast Beef, NBA Edition | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I began tweeting about the dynamic in Los Angeles with the Lakers struggling and the Clippers playing the best basketball that franchise has ever seen. I opined that the dichotomy of the Lakers and Clippers has switched on the court, but it wouldn’t necessarily switch in terms of where the heart of the city lied. As long as both franchises exist, the Lakers will always have more fans, but the Clippers are definitely becoming the...

The NHL Stops, Hockey Does Not | 11 Comments

As I begin to write this, it’s January 1, 2013, the scheduled date of the most anticipated Winter Classic yet. Emphasis on scheduled. As you’ve likely heard by now, the NHL’s annual marquee event was canceled along with over 50 percent of the regular season thus far as part of a truly crippling lockout. Hockey fans must now look back at 2012 with a rueful eye. The memories of Drew Doughty leading the Kings on a sterling 16-4 Stanley...

Before The Last Ride Of Ray Lewis | 9 Comments

In 2004, FOX Sports featured one of its strongest editions of the underrated “Beyond the Glory” series on what seemed to be a defiant Ray Lewis. Like many young, hot-blooded men seeming to act without direction, Lewis was angry about an absent father. Like many players who once tasted the sweetest championship nectar, he was angry about a team not returning to the Super Bowl because of a stalled offense. Most of all, as someone almost completely...

The 10 Athletes With The Most To Prove In 2013 | 2 Comments

Happy New Year, and welcome to the next time around … for the real world. But as real sports heads, you know the year never ends really. There’s still business to be handled. So with 2012 out the way, whose year is it in 2013? All around there are expectations for the next level to be reached. However, with so many hands reaching for the same grail, somebody has to make it and somebody has to fall back down. Coming into this year, there’s...

Podcast: Let’s Start This Thang Off Right! | 0 Comments

In the first episode of The UC Show, the three amigos start it off by talking about sports and their impact on life as us as fans. One of the best things about live radio is the unexpected and the three hosts all did their part on elaborating on this special thing we call sports. The Rev also called in and provided an excellent word on three separate events that have left an indelible impact on his life as a sports fan. Once that passed, the ratchetness...

The 5 Uncoolest People In Sports Of 2012 | 4 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron Sports is fun. It’s always fun because it can be so rewarding. The stories of Serena Williams or LeBron James — people who made the cool list — are partly why we watch sports, to see athletes mesmerize and dominate to the point where it seems what they’re doing is incredibly boring because the superb becomes the routine. But on the flip side, sports can be frustrating. Individual players not living up...

Why You Should Watch The Sugar Bowl: Because Someone Needs To Troll The SEC | 3 Comments

Sometimes in life people get left out of something big because they aimed for the stars and missed. Georgia was the undisputed champion of its division in the SEC, but because the Bulldogs were granted the opportunity to play in the SEC Championship game and lost, they lost out on an opportunity to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Well, sometimes in life we find out that things aren’t always fair. At some point, we learn to just take advantage...

It’s Time To Put Sports Fan Violence To Rest For Good | 3 Comments

A few weeks ago, I went to the Wells Fargo Center to witness the Chicago Bulls defeat the Philadelphia 76ers. It was something I’ve done hundreds of times, taking the el and the subway to and from the arena. As it turns out, I was incredibly lucky to make it home after the game without incident. Because on that very same night, on the very same public transportation I took home, a couple of Sixers fans got annoyed at some Bulls fans who were...

Today’s Obituaries: All Michigan Players With Dreadlocks (2009-2013) | 14 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Today’s Obituaries is a satire series that runs on The Sports Fan Journal and Ed The Sports Fan. Don’t be lame and get offended. Thanks.) Every single player of the Michigan Wolverines, 4, passed away on the first day of 2013. Technically, the person in question was tailback Vincent Smith, but it might as well have been Denard Robinson, or any other player who wears locks in their head, because what transpired between the Wolverines...

Why You Should Watch The Orange Bowl: Hey, At Least There Will Be Beautiful Women In The Stands | 2 Comments

Why is it that everyone loves to watch a David vs. Goliath match-up? Is it because we love to see the big guy fall, or is it because we want to see Goliath finally destroy David’s will to compete? The Discover Orange Bowl The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl will be the feature David vs. Goliath game of the bowl season as the ACC Champion Florida State University will take on the MAC Champion Northern Illinois Huskies. Many people were scratching their...

Why You Should Watch The Rose Bowl: Because Wisconsin Isn’t As Terrible As You Think | 2 Comments

College bowl season is among us, and every day in essence is a Saturday when it comes to college football bowl season. In fact, bowl season brings us an array of match-ups and games that sometimes leaves us appreciating the game, while others have us scratching our heads about how some of these match-ups even came to be. After you filter through the match-ups that mean very little, you come across the BCS games. Most years the BCS games are money...

6 Ways To Improve Fanhood In 2013 | 3 Comments

In the vein of the New Year’s resolution, here are some things to keep in mind this next sports year. Being a fan can be a tricky proposition. After hours upon days upon years of watching the games, we can start to fall into some ruts. Hopefully, some of these tips will vibe with a few of you and make you think a bit extra in the next year. With a few tweaks, we can all enjoy our fan experience a bit more. In fact, our improvement can change...

The Honor (And Dishonor) Roll: 2012 NFL Awards | 3 Comments

I don’t write about the NFL during the entire season, but as a multi-year NFL Sunday Ticket subscriber, I watch a ton of it. And in that vein, here is my definitive take on NFL awards season … with a few personalized honors for a few clubs and players to run with too. Take heed, for the truth is waiting below on 2012 NFL Awards season for the 32-team warm-up part of the year. Most Surprising Squad—Indianapolis Colts: There’s nobody else even...

The 5 Coolest Of 2012: #1 – Usain Bolt | 8 Comments

It’s rare that an athlete can captivate the attention of the sports public in the span of one week. Well, to be technical about it, I’ve never known of an athlete that was able to capture the imagination of sports fans over the course of six days. In six days, the coolest of 2012 won his three main events that he set out to conquer. Not only did he conquer, he repeated what he did four years earlier. He did so in a way that was equally fascinating...

Wake Up: Why The Brooklyn Nets Will Never Be | 2 Comments

Just because you pour syrup on it doesn’t make it pancakes, and just because you act like a big dog doesn’t make you one. The firing of Avery Johnson conclusively proved one thing about what’s going on with the Brooklyn Nets: They still have no more of a clue of what’s going on than when they were still over in Jersey. The Nets have been for the majority of the last 20 years the NBA’s longest rebuilding project. It’s like the highway...

The 5 Coolest Of 2012: #2 – Serena Williams | 10 Comments

In the world of sports, players are ranked through a variety of scales. In basketball, there’s a leader for points per game, rebounds per game, assists, etc. In football, quarterbacks are measured by passing yards, touchdown passes, interceptions, so on and so forth. In baseball, players are measured by batting average, home runs, runs batted in as well as other categories. While there may be stats that can be measured in tennis, there is one that...

Fixing The Baseball Hall Of Fame, Via The Vote | 6 Comments

Back in 2010 before I landed at TSFJ, I had the good fortune of joining up with the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, a national pool of freelance beisbol writers that has since fed some rather reputable outlets the last few years. As part of this affiliation, I’ve cast an internal Baseball Hall of Fame ballot the last two years, following the official voting procedures.  And ever since that began, I’ve dreaded what 2013 was to bring: a decision...

Podcast: Cowboys. Redskins. Sunday Night Football. | 0 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, Ed made the grave mistake of leaving his two co-hosts to run the show while he was on a flight back to the west coast. Well, with the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins facing off on Sunday Night for the NFC East championship, naturally, that was all we were going to talk about. Okay, we squeezed in some talk about Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson and the juggernaut known as the Seattle Seahawks, but the...

My Journey To The LeBron X Christmas Sneakers | 7 Comments

There’s a saying that has lasted the test of time. It is safe to say that everyone, from all walks of life, has applied it to at least one situation in his or her life. It is very simple, yet eloquent and open to interpretation … You always remember your first time. At 30 years old, there are many firsts that I will always remember. The first album I ever bought with my own hard-earned money, the first girl I ever kissed and the first time I...

The 5 Coolest Of 2012: #3 – LeBron James | 12 Comments

That Samsung Galaxy Note II commercial is dope as hell. Who cares that it’s a contrived view into the “real” life of LeBron Raymone James? They say even in a lie there’s at least an ounce of truth. In reality, the commercial shows us what LeBron wants us to think of him. A family man who makes his kids breakfast (OK, cereal) in the morning (his son’s drawing skills are legit). A dude who goes to the barbershop (and watches...