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...

The 15 Most Electrifying Kick Returners In College Football Since 1985 | 8 Comments

The art of returning kicks is a craft designed for the player with no fear. In fact, you have to have no pulse for about five seconds while you watch the ball in the air and make that catch with everyone on the opposing team running at you with a full head of steam. Many guys have graced us with the ability to get into the end zone, but not many can do it in a spectacular fashion. Some players are fast, and when they hit the corner you know that...

Goal Of The Weekend: Edin Dzeko And Manchester City Welcome Back David Silva | 2 Comments

Before we get to the soccer, we’d be remiss if we didn’t dedicate a paragraph to our veterans, both American and foreign. The beautiful game, international as it is, benefits more than any other sport from the sacrifices of soldiers. Appropriately enough, Arsenal kicked off the weekend with a French-German partnership in both the back and up front. Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker formed the central defense while Lukas Podolski and Olivier...

Concussions And Quarterbacks: Vick, Smith And Cutler All Hit The Showers On Sunday | 0 Comments

I can vividly remember being at that party that I didn’t have any business being at when I was in high school. There was good looking women around, music was turned up and libation might’ve been passed around even if we were all underage. Of course, you (probably) had some home training, and you knew you needed to be home by a certain hour (11 p.m.) of time. Even as a young Ed would try to push the limit by coming home at 11:15 p.m. (and...

The Lakers Fired Mike Brown, Smush Parker And Stan Van Gundy Are Probably Celebrating | 4 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron I’m not sure if anyone’s ever seen this TV ad for The Mob Doctor. At the 22-second mark, the main character gets handed a note that says “KILL HIM.” This is kind of how I imagine things ended for Mike Brown this week: Kobe handing a note to Jim Buss with the words “FIRE HIM” on it. It’s been a wonderful two weeks for Smush Parker and Stan Van Gundy, whom I imagine have been doing shots of Diet Pepsi with...

Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Dallas Cowboys: The Rev And Tinsley Square Off For NFC East Incompetency | 8 Comments

  The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys have been absolutely disasters of football teams. The two sit a 3-5 and finally take on one another Sunday at 4:25 in the City of Brotherly Love. With this disgusting NFC match-up about to take place, resident Eagles fan The Rev and resident Cowboys fan Justin Tinsley had a lengthy email exchange, one that turned as ugly as these two teams at times. Enjoy.

Rampage’s Last Stand: Respecting The Charisma Of Quinton Jackson | 2 Comments

Late on Wednesday an announcement was released stating that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would take place in his last UFC event of his career. In UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago, Rampage’s Last Stand will commence: Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and fast-rising contender Glover Teixeira have agreed to fight Jan. 26 in Chicago, the promotion announced Wednesday night on its website. Jackson (32-10)...

A Shakespearian Tragedy: The 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes | 11 Comments

By Dr. Jeffrey A. Glenn / @jagadelic Buckeye fans like myself knew that we were in for a strange ride this year. Due to sanctions resulting from the meta-foolish behavior regarding tattoos and memorabilia a couple of years ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ineligible to play for the Big Ten Title or a bowl game of any sort. (Yes, even the Poinsettia Bowl.) Well, that’s no big deal. We’re coming off a 6-7 season, and it’s Urban Meyer’s...

Podcast: Cowboys, Eagles And Knicks Oh My! | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Tinsley and Ed are joined by special guest host The Rev as the three-man weave talks about the upcoming game of the year, the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles. Yes, this is the game of the year, two 3-5 teams. Why? Because this game will be full of entertainement, that’s why. Also we’ll be joined by the great Jonathan Tillman, a.k.a. The Till Show, as we have a conversation about…the...

All Hail Barack Obama: The Two-Time, Two-Time Defending President Of The United States Of America | 2 Comments

All the great ones try and find a way to get better, even after they’ve achieved their ultimate prize. Michael Jordan added three-point range to his vast offensive arsenal after winning his first title. Kobe Bryant added a lethal post-game after winning another title. Randy Johnson learned an off-speed pitch to counter his heat after winning the Cy Young. Aaron Rodgers began to become a better scramble quarterback after winning a Super Bowl. Time...

The 4 NFL Story Lines That Matter In The 2nd Half Of The Season | 3 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron You know that the NFL season is headed into the home stretch when you start to check the playoff standings and analyze all the tie breakers that go into deciding the wild card or even division title spots. We’re here now. For the first time this season, I clicked on the playoff standings yesterday. Football as a land of parity is a well-trotted-out narrative — because it’s pretty much true. Even within...

Are We Ready For Charles Barkley And Inside The NBA To Part Ways? | 6 Comments

Inside The NBA has become a permanent staple in my NBA television viewing experience. No matter if its a 30-point blowout or a triple-overtime thriller, even if I got to get up early the next morning I’m watching the best post-game show in sports history. Period. For the last 13 years, the combination of Ernie Johnson, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Charles Barkley has been the trio that made the greatness happen in the late-night hours....

The Philadelphia Eagles And Their Helpless Fans | 7 Comments

“Well, unfortunately it’s out of your hands,” a text message before Monday Night Football read. The message was in response to the nervousness that came before the Philadelphia Eagles next game in New Orleans. Out of your hands. That’s the reality. For every moment that feels like a team is willed to victory, there are dozens that end up helpless. No control exists over a football team. Although control seems achievable, it...

Alabama And Chicken Wings: Ranking The 6 Undefeated College Football Teams | 8 Comments

I have a slight issue with the program schedulers of the major television networks when college football Saturday rolls around. You see, I usually wake up at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (noon for you East Coasters) to start my college football day. I take a quick walk to Starbucks, purchase my soy grande caramel macchiato and make it back in time to watch mediocre Big East, ACC and Big Ten football. Then, about three hours later, the Big 12 and SEC games...

Goal Of The Weekend: The Premiership’s Most Hated Luis Suarez Closes The First Quarter | 1 Comment

For years the English Premier League had operated under the “Big Four” paradigm. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool shared the top four spots while the rest of the league was left to scrap its way into fifth place. But the rise of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and other challengers has brought with it a paradigm shift. Suddenly the big four has shrunken to three, with Arsenal and Liverpool falling by the wayside as Manchester...

NFL Midterm Report Card: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not | 7 Comments

In a constant effort to stay on top of what has been taking place in the NFL this year I have spent several days watching and re-watching games on NFL Short Cut. For the fantasy football enthusiast, it’s always good information to have, but for the football fan, it gives you more insight into why teams are struggling and why other teams are having success. NFL football has been all over the place this year. Teams that were expected to win are losing,...

Alabama Vs. LSU: This Time, It Seems, There Will Be No Round 2 | 0 Comments

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 The Game of the Century 3.0 is almost here, and for the first time in a year, there’s a legitimate argument that these aren’t actually the two best teams in the nation anymore. This is LSU’s last shot at revenge, perhaps the college football world’s last shot at seeing the crystal football truly up for grabs. Outside of Baton Rouge, Oregon’s rolling with the nation’s most potent offense and a top...

NBA Question Of The Day: Should Derrick Rose Return During The 2012-13 Season? | 3 Comments

In an earlier discussion this week, the homies Garfield and Whitener debated if there was a darkhorse candidate that could make a run at the 2013 NBA Finals. While the discussion lingered about the possibility of the Nuggets, Pacers, Sixers and a few other teams making an appearance in the NBA Finals, there was one team that didn’t receive much of a chance. The Chicago Bulls. Of course, the reason they weren’t given much of a chance is...

Nothing to Prove: Why the New York City Marathon Shouldn’t Go On | 3 Comments

Disclaimer: This is the opinion of only me, and does not reflect that of anyone else affiliated with The Sports Fan Journal. The most prevalent taglines, mantras, and yes, buzz words after a chaotic event all revolve around two words: toughness and resilience. And despite what you’ve heard about quite a few of my fellow NYC residents, we don’t hold a monopoly over such grit. No one place does. While we definitely have a fair share of trials and...

Notre Dame Is Well On Their Way To Glory | 5 Comments

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 Whether we like it or not, for the time being, it seems that Notre Dame is back. Recent SEC dominance notwithstanding, Brian Kelly has built up a sturdy rushing attack and rugged defense in his three years in South Bend. The surge in recruiting resulting from the hire definitely paid dividends. The funniest thing about their resurgence is that if you look at Notre Dame’s roster, you’ll notice that since Kelly...

NBA Question Of The Day: Who Needs A Title More, Carmelo Anthony Or Dwight Howard? | 5 Comments

The coronation of LeBron James occurred this past Tuesday night, as the ring ceremonies, commercials and commentary that surrounded the return of the King to the NBA. Now as an NBA champion, LeBron no longer has the pressure of winning his first ring, rather winning a series of rings to cement a legacy one of the greatest players of all-time. However, while LeBron now has his first, many others are still without the precious hardware. Two notables…Carmelo...

#theUCshow Podcast: The Most Disheartening Sports Weekend In TSFJ History | 1 Comment

On this week’s edition of The UC Show, the three amigos recap what was easily the worst collective sports weekend they’ve ever had. It started on Saturday night for Ed and bled over into Sunday afternoon for Kenny and Tinsley. For Ed, the state of Oklahoma got repeated shots in Norman and a devastating blow in the state capital. For Kenny and Tinsley, their pain was courtesy of (who else) the Dallas Cowboys. Royce Young from @dailythunder...

NBA Question Of The Day: Who Are The Darkhorse Candidates To Make The NBA Finals? | 8 Comments

The NBA season kicked off its 2012-13 campaign last night, and everything for a moment felt right in the world. Twitter/Facebook/G-Chat/text messages were on fire, basketball bloggers everywhere had purpose again and the chances to see the greatest athletes in the world on center stage was the coronation of day one of the season. Of course, the talk of who will win the NBA title has already been narrowed down to five teams: Miami, Oklahoma City,...

MCA, Rucker Park And Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot In The NBA | 5 Comments

As I was trying to decide what to write for The Sports Fan Journal to usher in the 2012-13 NBA season, I couldn’t help but harken back to a piece I wrote over at my original home base entitled “You Ugly as Shit, Donte.” The post is about the documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot,” chronicling a few of the high school players chosen for the inaugural Elite 24 game in New York’s historic Rucker Park. The reason...

NBA Question Of The Day: Who Runs New York, Knicks Or Nets? | 4 Comments

The NBA kicks off its 2012-13 season tonight as three games will tip off on Tuesday. The Cavs vs. Wizards, Heat vs. Celtics, and Lakers vs. Mavericks all will kick off our 2012-13 season and bring all the basketball heads back to life. Of course, those with a “New York State of Mind” will only care about the game that tips off on Thursday night. Knicks vs. Nets. Manhattan vs. Brooklyn. In part two of the NBA Question of the Day series,...

Kronk, Detroit and Rolls Royces: A Conversation About Emanuel Steward With Morgan Campbell | 1 Comment

Legendary trainer and boxing commentator, Emanuel Steward, passed away on Thursday, October 25th due to diverticulitis and after effects of colon cancer. A former Golden Gloves champion with an amateur record of 94-3,  Steward is most known for training 41 world champion fighters throughout his career. Guys like Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Thomas Hearns learned under his tutelage and became elite fighters in their respective classes. Steward...