Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

Kevin Durant And Nike Finally Shows Us What’s In The Backpack | 0 Comments

I can remember being in high school and college and remembering how much I actually didn’t use a backpack. I think I was too busy trying to unsuccessfully talk to women, or I just carried one of those Five-Star notebooks and my textbooks at a time. Hey, that’s what lockers and three-hour breaks before my next class are for, right? Now that I’m an old man (29), I now take my backpack pretty much everywhere. From my corporate accessories...

Mr. Almighty Dollar’s Tight Grip On Sports | 3 Comments

Once again, our old friend has come to join us. He came to ruin the once-sacred. His delight increases with each waking hour. The crooked grin he wears shows how much he cares. With both feet in the pool of athletics, he earmarked and curtailed. His proficiency remains clear to the observer. The bottom line has spoken, and he transcribed the words. Mr. Almighty Dollar, so sad to see  you again. — I remember the improbability of Duke’s...

Should Alex Smith Get Ready To Meet Mr. Wally Pipp? | 8 Comments

There are a few of you youngsters who have no clue who in hades Mr. Wally Pipp is. If you don’t know who he is, then I’m going to redirect you and encourage you to read this first before you proceed. Now, after a Monday Night Football monstrosity for the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers owned the home field with an impressive 32-7 win. While the rushing attack was strong all night and the defense was bludgeoning Jason Campbell at...

Temporary Excitement And The New York Knicks | 6 Comments

Have you ever tasted excitement from something that has kept you disappointed for years? The truth is I taste that excitement now. I have been a New York Knicks fan since the early 1980’s, and they have taken me to highs and lows that only a real fan can imagine. I lived through the years of Ewing and the four funnies. I lived through the John Starks debacle and the Charles Smith layup disappointment. Years and years of disappointment have piled...

Your Favorite NFL Team Is 9-1 And Nobody Cares | 3 Comments

The homie Brandon Caldwell tweeted me early on Sunday as soon as the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars squared off for battle at Reliant Stadium. This is what he said: I’m not even going to troll @edthesportsfan today. Nope. — Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) November 18, 2012 Trolling me would’ve been fine, as he is a Texans fan and I am one of 37 Jaguars fans in the world (jokes … kinda) not living in Northern Florida. Hell,...

Goal Of The Weekend: Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon Unleashes A Firecracker [VIDEO] | 3 Comments

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is six feet five inches tall. He should not, nor should anybody save for maybe “Episode III” Yoda, be able to do this. Every goal from here on out will be rated 1-10 on the Zlatan scale, 10 being equal to the big Swede, one being Dill Friday vs. Cazenovia College. Okay, enjoy that. Why must we always talk about Arsenal? The first quarter of their season can only be described as schizophrenic. Once the league’s stingiest defense,...

Changing Of The (Shooting) Guard | 13 Comments

You all like lists, right? Well, try to make these lists: top five shooting guards NOT named Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade in the NBA today and future Hall of Fame shooting guards NOT named Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade or Ray Allen since 2000. Shockingly shorter lists than you imagined, right? It was once the glamor position of the league, much of that having to do with Michael Jordan, a man who quite honestly was more deified than the Pope himself if you...

The 5 Reasons The Memphis Grizzlies Should Scare Everyone | 7 Comments

You remember back in high school when there was always that one kid who was cool with a lot of people? Everyone knew not to mess with him though because, for whatever reason, he just had “don’t fuck with me” written on his forehead. The entire school knew it without even saying a word. Well, yeah, that was until someone actually did and proceeded to have the Hands of God laid upon him. In a roundabout sense, this represents the...

The Price is…Wrong? Josh Hamilton vs. Free Agency | 4 Comments

Big money, big talent, bigger risk? That’s the theme around the pursuit of Josh Hamilton on the open market this winter. For all of his prodigious talents, the battle with balancing his downside versus his dollar amount is the bigger story. We all know it’s not the best policy to invest highly in injury and slump-prone player that is losing his mobility past the age of 30. Add in the fact of his well-known substance abuse history, and the stock...

Michael Vick, Nick Foles And New Beginnings In Philadelphia | 6 Comments

By G. Hylton / @realgoesright “The Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) take on the Washington Redskins (3-6) this Sunday afternoon. The Eagles, led by All-Pro QB Michael Vick are coming off their last win against the Dallas Cowboys. They have a stranglehold on the NFC East and have one of the best records in the NFL.” That’s how this article WOULD have started if the universe was aligned properly. Instead, I’m pretty much debating on skipping my 3-6...

Podcast: Enjoying Kid-N-Play Shenanigans As George Foster Joins The Crew | 0 Comments

From Kid-N-Play shenanigans to players talking crazy before the game and then getting curb-stomped after the fact, we here at The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show love hijinks and tomfoolery. 9-year NFL veteran George Foster joins the crew to share in the crazy on the football field while spreading light on concussions and Georgia Bulldogs football. Plus, the great Johnathan Tillman joins the show and discusses the impending doom headed towards the New...

Funniest Sports Celebrations In Recent Memory | 14 Comments

Monday Night Football featured the Kansas City Chiefs traveling up to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, and while I had absolutely little-to-no desire to watch the game, I woke up Tuesday morning wishing that I did. However, it wasn’t because I missed an amazing game. No, it was due to an act after a sack of Big Ben Roethlisberger that had me regretting going to bed early last night (the incident is described at the end). Once I saw what...

Lockouts And Our Youth | 8 Comments

There is a poignant moment in “Field of Dreams” when Ray Liotta’s Shoeless Joe Jackson laments his role in the “Black Sox Scandal.” Upon issuing a soliloquy on his love of the game — “the sounds, the smells” — Shoeless Joe ruefully proclaims, “I’d play for nothing.” This is a sentiment we’d all like to believe in. Athletes accept the checks because by law they have to. But when it comes down to it, they agree with...

A Look Back At The 2009 NBA Point Guard Draft | 10 Comments

We here at The Sports Fan Journal have spent a lot of time debating who the best point guard in the NBA is. Anymore, if you don’t have a legitimate man running the point, your squad is already doomed. The NBA has become a point guard league. With that, I thought it would be prudent to look at what I like to call the NBA Point Guard Draft, aka the 2009 draft. The name is more than apt, with an absurd 12 point guards taken in the first round....

Shocking The World: Miami Heat Vs. Houston Rockets (The Hairline Vs. The Beard) | 8 Comments

By Brandon Caldwell / @_brandoc Ed’s Note: The internet is a beautiful thing. One of the good guys out here on the net is Brandon Caldwell of the Houston-based music and culture blog Day and a Dream, a site I peruse on a daily basis. The H-Town native has been in my doghouse ever since James Harden was jettisoned to the 713 by my Oklahoma City Thunder. Since then, Caldwell made a promise that when the Heat came to Houston that he’d be...

National Championship Races Make Strange Bedfellows | 3 Comments

You probably can’t recall off the top of your head what happened December 5, 1998. Kansas State fans can. The biggest game in the school’s football history was a loss. The Wildcats fell in the double overtime to Texas A&M, 36-33. A tailback named (brilliantly) Sirr Parker scored the game-winning touchdown. Parker caught a third-and-17 pass from Aggies quarterback Brandon Stewart. Parker split through the defense and ran towards the...

Tuesday’s Thoughts: Too Bad Jay-Z Couldn’t Make Dwyane Wade’s Free Agent Meeting With The Nets In 2010 | 3 Comments

Ed’s Note: This is an evolution of the Starting Lineups. The feeling here is, “less is more.” Plus, you deserve quality reading in your life. So support good words and get a good read in the process.  The Basketball Jones’ Seth Rosenthal on Jay-Z, LeBron and D-Wade Possibly Being Nets In 2010: Dwyane Wade, like the rest of that summer’s free agent class, met with a number of teams before settling back in Miami to form...

Mike D’Antoni To The Lakers: The Return Of The Pringles Man | 2 Comments

Monday morning, the Los Angeles Lakers shied away from 11-time world champion Phil Jackson and plucked Mike D’Antoni to be their next coach. Um, what? Darius Soriano of, ‘Forum Blue and Gold,’ gave his reaction last night. My initial take is twofold: first, I’m a bit disappointed that Phil isn’t the guy. I’ve long respected him and thought he’d have been a great fit with this roster, even though there would have been some...

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...