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...

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...

NBA Question of the Day: Who Wins Rookie of the Year, Anthony Davis or the Field? | 13 Comments

The NBA kicks off their 2012-13 season this week as basketball fans across the land rejoice for a variety of reasons. Some are happy to see their favorite teams come back and try to make another title run. Others are just in need of a break from their terrible pro or college football teams that they love. Either way, the game on the hardwood is coming back into our lives, and here at TSFJ, we’re opening up our five-part series with a “Question...

Goal of the Weekend: Carlos Tevez Puts Man City On His Back While Controversy Reigns | 5 Comments

A series of contentious refereeing decisions in the biggest matches marred a weekend of great soccer. The men with the whistles were featured prominently in Liverpool at Everton as well as Manchester United at Chelsea. The former ended 2-2 when it should have been 3-2. The latter ended 3-2 when it should have been 2-2. In the Merseyside Derby, Luis Suarez’s 93rd minute winner was incorrectly ruled offside by the assistant referee. In London, it...

World Series Momentum Meter: The San Francisco Giants Are The Greatest TEAM in Sports | 5 Comments

And in the end, the game’s most undeniable team in recent baseball history was paired against the hitter with the best season in over forty summers, Miguel Cabrera, with it all on the line. And the game’s greatest weapon couldn’t even shoot. Could there possibly be a more improbably fitting end to a season that what the San Francisco Giants did last night? In a year that was defined by the run and inspired its postseason to be measured by the...

Follow The Leader: 3 Reasons Why David Stern Will Leave The NBA A Better Place | 6 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron It was announced yesterday that David Stern will step down as commissioner of the NBA in 2014, passing on the position to Adam Silver as successor. When you’ve run a league for as long as Stern has, in a game with players as volatile and unpredictable as the NBA, there’s going to be a long list of positives and negatives. We’ll debate forever about the envelope that delivered Patrick Ewing to the Knicks,...

Welcome Back, NBA – The Streets Have Missed You | 7 Comments

Last fall, the NBA lockout had hoops fans drowning in their tears, civic leaders fretting about arena lease payments, and television cameras feeling bare without the suits of Craig Sager and Walt Frazier. It was certainly bad when you consider everything within a stone’s throw of the action, but there was one other place where the effect was close to the nuclear winter, as Kobe Bryant theorized. The streets. The hood. The ghetto. Where I live,...

Oklahoma’s National Championship Is Saturday Versus Notre Dame | 4 Comments

The Oklahoma Sooners are one of the true powerhouse programs of college football. When their schedule was released for the 2012 season, every Sooners fan circled a couple of games. The Red River Rivalry Shootout is always the first game circled, as making the annual trip down I-35 South down to Dallas to play the Texas Longhorns has become a right of passage for the boys from Norman. It’s the marquee rivalry game that everyone across the country...

World Series Momentum Meter: Watch The Throne | 4 Comments

Momentum has been the theme, and if it hadn’t reared its truth before, last night in San Francisco it yelled its prophecy in every way possible. This year’s World Series pits two clubs that bludgeoned their opponents into submission in their respective League Championship Series and now have run into each other full speed. Both teams took on legend headfirst and humbled it. The Giants hawked the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals off a three-game...