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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...

Sunday School: Le’Veon Bell Hurdles People; Alabama Embarrasses People | 1 Comment

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 You just wasted nearly 12 hours of your life on Saturday, sitting in front of your television, consuming inordinate amounts of food and yelling at people you’ve never met in your life. You’ve decided to congregate with a group of your best buddies, or you’ve decided to sit in your house by yourself. You only return phone calls when necessary; yet, you text/facebook/tweet when something crazy...

Oregon, Florida State and USC Unveil New Nike Uniforms For Season Openers | 0 Comments

Saturday, September 1st, might be one of the greatest days of the entire year. College football, is finally here. Just like when you go to your first day of school, mom has properly outfitted you to make sure that you shine brightly in the hallways in classrooms as you matriculate down your educational path. Nike, in their usual fashion, has done the same with three big-name institutions in college football. Oregon will take the field late Saturday...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2012 USC Trojans | 2 Comments

This is kind of a weird season to have a perspective on Southern Cal. Before even playing a game, the narrative about this team has about 304 backstories that link a Heisman hopeful, a high-powered offense and a championship contender to scandal, vacated wins and championships, one shady coach being replaced with a more shady coach and a ban from postseason play in the past two years. This year, Lane Kiffin (the more shady coach) will not just try...

TSFJ Presents: The Real AL MVP And NL MVP Power Rankings | 10 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday The Most Valuable Player award has long defined legacies in Major League Baseball. Who doesn’t remember the great Dolph Camilli, Jackie Jensen or Zoilo Versalles? In a similar vein, the 2012 candidates are establishing legacies of their own. In the National League, Ryan Braun is out to prove that he can kill the ball with or without performance-enhancing drugs. David Wright is reminding everyone that he still might...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2012 Missouri Tigers | 2 Comments

It’s like the first day of school. You know what you’re doing there, but it’s a lot different than you thought it would be and you have no idea where you are quite yet. That’s what moving to the SEC has been like for me watching my Missouri Tigers since they switched conferences. But if the Big 12 was high school, we’re definitely ready for the next step. Because for a school that sits in the top 5 in wins over the last five years, there’s...

The Real 2012-13 College Football Preseason All-American Team | 6 Comments

Over the past month you’ve probably seen numerous Preseason All-America Team lists produced by countless publications across these here internets. However, over the last four years, no one has meticulously been as biased, unremorseful and downright stubborn when it comes to putting together the definitive (yeah right) college football preseason All-American team as yours truly. This is the the 2012-13 edition of the REAL college football preseason...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2012 Penn State Nittany Lions | 8 Comments

Never in the history of college football has a program been turned on its head seemingly overnight more dramatically than the Penn State Nittany Lions. For a half century, Penn State football was synonymous with Joe Paterno and held in high esteem for the way it went about business. Then a scandal of horrific proportions was exposed, and everything changed. Suddenly, Penn State football is unrecognizable. No longer is a legend with Coke-bottle glasses...

Podcast: NFL Football Is On The Horizon | 0 Comments

On this recent episode of The UC Show, the three amigos prepare for the upcoming college football season the only way we know how: by turning a civil conversation into a conversation that included passion, preposterous positions about the pigskin and a declaration for a public apology by Ed to a faithful member of the TCU Horned Frog fan base. Does that apology take place? You’ll just have to log on to listen. Also, we discuss the recent Dez...

Big Blue Dynasty? Can This Be The Era Of The New York Giants? | 5 Comments

For as much as we enjoy the concept of parity in sports, there’s a tendency to talk more about dynasties than unexpected champions. Whether it’s hailing the greats of the past, despising those of the present or laughing at out-of-context quotes of potential ones, dynasties write the histories of our games, for better or worse. The thing about dynasties is that while they enthrall us over time, we don’t think about the auspicious beginnings....

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2012 Florida State Seminoles | 7 Comments

Jay-O, Brandon, Ryan and myself never see eye-to-eye on most sports. Brandon’s a self-professed Kobe Bryant fan (since 2008). Jay-O’s a Boston Celtics supporter. Ryan’s a Bulls fan who somehow hasn’t kidnapped Carlos Boozer yet. And myself, well, I’m the only one with sense by exercising my right to support the most talented basketball player on God’s green Earth. Jay-O’s a Florida State basketball fan....

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2012 Wisconsin Badgers | 3 Comments

By Christian Braxton / @braxfacts If you’re like me, you’re from New York, (Ed’s Note: Nope) have zero ties to the state of Wisconsin and the closest you have gotten to Madison is knowing that Rodney Dangerfield’s classic “Back to School” was filmed on the Wisconsin campus. I don’t know what it is, but every year, I find myself going crazy for that cardinal and white clad team from up north. The Badgers always seem to stand on the...

Starting Lineups: Ray Lewis Will Give Anybody A Motivational Speech | 5 Comments

Ray Lewis gives a motivational speech to Stanford’s basketball team. Football season is just one week away as the Dallas Cowboys will face the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants next Wednesday. A new season brings hope to all 32 teams (even my Jaguars) and also the opportunity to get the one thing we can’t seem to live without. Ray Lewis motivational speeches. What’s interesting though is that evidently Ray-Ray doesn’t...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2012 LSU Tigers | 0 Comments

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 Up until they hired Nick Saban in 1999, the LSU Tigers were your normal, middle-of-the-pack SEC program. Honestly, if not for their national championship in 1958 and a handful of conference titles scattered around from the 1930s through the 1980s, we’d probably look at LSU the same way we look at Ole Miss. Coaches like Bear Bryant, Pat Dye, Steve Spurrier and Phillip Fulmer had the conference in a stranglehold...

Everything Must Go: The Tragic Red Sox Yard Sale | 4 Comments

There’s failure, then there’s what’s been going on in Fenway Park for the last 500 or so days. Not even two full years after their stunning spending spree on the biggest names on the market in Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, the club is getting a face lift that even Harvey Dent would cringe looking at. The malfunction of the entire system around the Boston Red Sox makes this next statement resoundingly true. It’s official now: The...

Starting Lineups: Chopping It Up With Ben Hooper Of Bumpy Pitch | 0 Comments

Figuring out who you want to be and what you want to do will invariably cause people to laugh at you. I can distinctly remember one of my best homies do it when I thought about starting Ed The Sports Fan. It’s not meant to be disrespectful, but usually when you come up with some fly-by-night scheme in a fleeting moment, your closest friends realize how much of a disaster you are and are amazed that you’d think to start up a blog called...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: 2012 Virginia Tech Hokies | 3 Comments

In Blacksburg, VA, the time for the hot summer days in an evacuated college town is coming to an end. Everyone’s all moved in and ready for the school year. Right near the Appalachian Mountains, the orange and maroon is everywhere. The student body is painting cornhole boards. The alumni are booking the nearest hotel rooms. Football season is here. At Tech, football season is the top of the list when a student enrolls. Like many big state schools,...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide | 5 Comments

Being located in one of the most uncelebrated states in the Unites States doesn’t deter the University of Alabama from being one of the most celebrated football teams in the country. I don’t personally have anything bad to say about the state of Alabama because every time I Roll through, the Tide shows me nothing but love. (See what I did there?) Alabama had a fierce run of glory under the great Paul Bear Bryant, but after the great one stepped...

Starting Lineups: Robert Griffin III and adidas ‘Light Up’ Washington D.C. | 0 Comments

There’s nothing like a dope housewarming party, right? Robert Griffin III will officially be touching down in Washington, D.C. and will try and walk in the footsteps of other illustrious quarterbacks like Billy Kilmer, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Heath Shuler Mark Rypien to be the next leader of DC’s favorite football team. Per the good folks at adidas Public Relations, the Three Stripes “lit up the town”...

Andrew Bynum: Already Feeling The Brothery Love | 8 Comments

When Mr. Editor-in-Chief Eddie Maisonet asked me to write about my hometown Philadelphia 76ers acquiring Andrew Bynum, he presented the following pitch: Andrew Bynum, Big Men In Philly and Beyond: From Wilt to Moses, Bynum’s stepping into the holy grail … but what’s the buzz in Philly? When I read that, I almost spit out my beverage and broke into a roar of laughter. The holy grail of big men? Philadelphia? Hardly. While it’s...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: 2012 Miami Hurricanes | 7 Comments

This was The U, crystallized in memory. This program changed the sports world – collegiate, pro or otherwise – whether you liked it or not. This is The U, crystallized in the present. Oh boy … One year ago last week, the University of Miami was embroiled in what was called the biggest scandal in NCAA history. Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson launched a journalistic nuke with a lengthy, detailed investigation of former booster Nevin Shapiro,...

3 Questions Hanging Over The Philadelphia Eagles | 4 Comments

For the first time in a long time, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of buzz surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2012 NFL season. The entirety of the offseason talk around this team has centered around Michael Vick’s overblown “dynasty” comment and the heart-sick death of Andy Reid’s son, Garrett. Other than that, the Eagles haven’t gotten much play outside of Philadelphia, a rarity during the...

12 Of Your Favorite Bloggers React To The $300 Nike+ LeBron X | 15 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Nike Basketball and LeBron James will release their latest shoe, The Nike LeBron X with Nike Plus technology. The Nike Plus technology embeds motion sensors in the shoe to track various metrics including a player’s vertical leap, distance ran, etc. Of course, the news of the day wasn’t the evolution of one of the best basketball shoes (from a technological, materials, support standpoint)...

Starting Lineups: Nike Sportswear’s Latest Release In The AF1 XXX Pearl Collection Reminds Me Of Gold Alpinas | 0 Comments

Over the course of 2012, each month Nike Sportswear has released a limited edition Nike Air Force 1 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Air Force 1. With Nike’s latest release in the AF1 XXX Pearl Collection, you could easily make it as a member of the Golden Lords and play Dom Kennedy’s Gold Alpinas on repeat. (Side note: This is the second shoe Nike’s released that made me reference the Golden Lords, which if you don’t...

Rick Reilly And Pimpin’ Notre Dame On The Sly | 3 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic We’ve all seen those political shows that profess to condemn negative ads. Then they show the negative ads and have a 20-minute panel discussion on how terrible they are. Of course, what they’re really doing is giving the negative ads free airtime while using them to get good ratings. Well, Rick Reilly is doing the same thing with Notre Dame. Not that Notre Dame is similar to a negative ad. On the contrary,...

Armed And (Not) Ready? How Baseball’s Best Could Fall | 8 Comments

This year is the widest open season of Major League Baseball of all-time. Due to the additional Wild Card spot coming into effect, there are no less than five American League teams and six National League squads that are still within three games of heading to the postseason in their respective leagues. The pressure will be on like never before when September hits, and it should create a pressure cooker that runs thick through the game nonstop. The...