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...

#theUCshow Podcast: Thoughts on ‘Benji’ and Pimpin’ at the Raiders Game | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Justin Tinsley, Bryan Crawford and Eddie Maisonet roll out the three-man weave by having a candid discussion about ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary film, “Benji.” Callers chime in to talk about silly violence in our inner-cities and losing young lives in the process. Then the discussion changes to the lighter side as Ed discusses his trip to the Oakland Coliseum to Shock The World...

Fighting For Possession: The Greg Willard Story | 5 Comments

Washington, D.C. is a beautiful city. There’s the history. There’s the culture. There’s the late Chuck Brown. There’s the ever-evolving demigod Robert Griffin III who, somehow, in less than a half a season has etched his claim as the most beloved athlete Chocolate City has seen since some guy named Sean Taylor. There’s the sex, drugs, lies, controversy and video tape that is politics. There’s Stadium, if you’re...

ESPN’s 30 For 30 Film ‘Benji’ And Chicago Urban Legends | 6 Comments

When Ben Wilson was shot and killed in Nov. 1984, I was just eight years old. Far too young to grasp what his death meant, but old enough to know that it meant something. When you see the bigger kids on your block all huddled up and crying over it, when you see his picture on every news channel and in every newspaper, it isn’t hard to decipher that this wasn’t just an ordinary human being. Not even as a small child. Originally ran at NBC Chicago,...

Penn State And Ohio State Showing Their Mettle | 4 Comments

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Big Ten football conference is going to live up to its moniker. Thanks to the sanctions levied on Penn State and Ohio State, the 12-team Big Ten has been reduced to just 10 teams eligible for the second Big Ten Championship Game. And wouldn’t you know it, as the Ohio State Buckeyes travel to State College to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions this Saturday, there may not be two teams in the conference...

The 2012-13 Denver Nuggets: Embracing Limitations As A Positive | 5 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron It hit me the other day, a realization as I was sorting through the over/under win totals for each team in the NBA: I’ve always had an extremely cynical and bleak view of how the league operates from a competitive standpoint. Great teams are by the handful, and that handful rarely changes. Occasionally, teams will invite themselves into this elitist club — Oklahoma City is there for now and a case could be made...

The Life And Times Of A St. Louis Cardinals Fan – Game 7 Edition | 2 Comments

This is The Sports Fan Journal, and at the heart of it all, that is exactly what we all are. So for a moment here, I’m going to step aside from analysis and presenting things as they are and be just that, a sports fan. I’m going to be a sports fan that’s in the grip of the absolute most crippling part of fanhood: the devastating loss. But not just so much for the gist of losing a season, but for everything that sports truly is for some of us....

Sports Superstitions Make Fans Feel Like Part Of The Game | 2 Comments

It was evident the St. Louis Cardinals were headed back to the World Series. After an 8-3 win in Game 4 of the NLCS, admission was all but formally granted. The Redbirds had dominated the Giants across the diamond. The Sports Fan Journal’s Matt Whitener tweeted that the Cardinals were headed back to the Fall Classic. I saw the tweet. I replied to Matt, a young man who will forget more baseball than I’ll probably remember. I had seen this...

Goal Of The Weekend: Unlikely Improvisation From Wigan’s Emmerson Boyce | 0 Comments

In the pantheon of great plays, the improvisational has a unique home. Improvisation doesn’t rely on context. It is the product of split-second thinking when one is presented with unfortunate circumstances. The spectacular nature of the play comes from the build-up rather than the result. The how or why trumps the it. Soccer provides endless opportunities for improvisation because it is played almost entirely with the feet. To put it more bluntly,...

Derrick Rose: The Return Is For Real | 2 Comments

My Sunday morning started off with the usual pre-game football to the max and my Joel Osteen Motivational Tape (shoot, I didn’t get up to go to early service, so I had to do the next best thing). Then I visited the SLAM website and saw a link for The Return, which featured a spot called “Drive” about Derrick Rose and his comeback from an ACL injury he sustained in the opening round of the playoffs last season. Granted, I’ve been exposed to...

Kansas State: The Best College Football Team Nobody Is Talking About | 5 Comments

Watching the dismantling of West Virginia has become routine the past two weeks in the Big 12. You can even argue that teams are deep into West Virginia’s tendencies, as there is enough tape out on the Mountaineers for coaches to prepare for the dynamic offense. Heading into the game with Kansas State, everyone was talking about Geno Smith’s chances of winning the Heisman, but when then game was over, a new Heisman leader had been introduced...

2002 World Series: When Barry Bonds Was 1 Game Away From Championship Immortality | 7 Comments

In 2002, some guy named Thomas Edward Patrick Brady found himself in the Super Bowl, ball in hand with 1:30 left to play on American sports’ biggest stage against Kurt Warner and the “greatest show on turf.” Instead of taking the great John Madden’s advice and running out the clock and trying for an overtime win, the second-year quarterback only came right out and completed three straight passes to get the drive started with no timeouts....

The New York Yankees’ Self-Inflicted Grave Gets Deeper | 6 Comments

The worst thing that could have possibly happened to the New York Yankees was to keep winning. You’re always in it to compete and take the year as far as it can go, but in the case of these Yanks, it’s like the dog that should have been put down only the owners don’t know when to say when. This is a team that’s clearly been around for too long and is taking the marathon beating route out of the season. After being chased from April all the...

On ‘Steve McNair: A Football Life’ And Paying A Legend Respect | 4 Comments

Behind Steve Young, the Hall of Fame’s only left-handed quarterback, Steve McNair was my other all-time favorite signal-caller. Those two players had so much in common in terms of styles, intelligence and absurd amounts of “you gotta KILL me to get me off this field” within. They lived the cliché of willing their teams to victory, even as tremendous physical tolls were undertaken in their careers. The amazing part about McNair, though, was...

#theUCshow Podcast: Alex Rodriguez Is A Choke Savant | 1 Comment

On this edition of The UC Show, Tins and Kenny recap the events of shocking the world at M&T Bank Stadium last weekend for the Cowboys/Ravens game. Kenny tells a story about a night at Buffalo Wild Wings for some elimination baseball, while Tins speaks highly of the Ravens fans while mentioning that no one had the initiative to sell even one article of Cowboys paraphernalia at the stadium. Also, the three amigos rant on Kobe Bryant’s recent...

Andy Reid Is Running Scared | 12 Comments

Andy Reid has been both wildly successful and highly infuriating since he took over the head coaching duties for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. He selected Donovan McNabb with his first draft pick as an NFL head coach. With McNabb and the late, great Jim Johnson calling the defense, Reid took the Eagles out of the dregs of the Ray Rhodes and Rich Kotite eras to become a perennial contender. But as Philadelphians will remind you, he’s also...

MLB Playoffs Momentum Meter: The Bronx Is Officially Burning | 0 Comments

When the idea to follow the Major League Baseball run through October with the Momentum Meter came to me, I had no idea that the sprint would take off quicker than I could put it to type. It’s really not a problem that happens with baseball too often. But even in the first ever Division Series to play out across the maximum 20-game total distance, the rate it all unfolded at was impressive for even an Olympic sprint. Now halfway through each League...

Generational Legends Like Peyton Manning Prove There Will Be No Country For Young Men | 0 Comments

Peyton Manning isn’t the same quarterback he was when his Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl. Take a look in the mirror and tell me if you’re the same person you were when he accomplished that. Time has moved on, and we’re in another decade. It’s funny how fast the minutes turn into days and those days turn into months. Before we know it, the calendar has turned to the next 20-something. Manning’s changes have been...

U.S. Vs. Guatemala World Cup Qualifying: The Most Important Game In America | 6 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday A misconception exists in the soccer world. Ask fans when the next World Cup is and they’ll tell you 2014 in Brazil. In reality, the tournament is ongoing as I write. What we’ve come to know as the World Cup is really the culmination of a multiyear competition. In fact, outside of the U.S. you will commonly hear fans and pundits alike refer to the main event as “The Finals.” This can cause great confusion...

Shock The World Chronicles: Cowboys At Ravens | 6 Comments

Last Friday morning, I made the trek from Dallas, Texas to Baltimore, Maryland with the sole purpose of rooting on my Dallas Cowboys. Rooting them on to what, you might ask? Certainly not victory, because the Cows have stunk up the joint all year long and there was no reason to think the game on Sunday would be any different. However, as it was stated in a piece written about living in America as a Cowboys fan, that’s what we do: We continue to...

Ride Or Die With Tony Romo | 18 Comments

As a Dallas Cowboys fan, there are three things that you expect from your team. You should have a dominant running game, a fast but furious defense, and a quarterback that can take you to the promised land. As much as it pains me to say, today’s Cowboys team is lacking production from all of these areas. It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have been in trouble the past few years. When you look at our storied history as of late, Tony Romo is...

Week 6 Heisman Power Rankings: Is Geno Smith More Andre Ware Or Robert Griffin III? | 3 Comments

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 (Ed’s Note: God bless our resident Yale alum for spitting poetic on the top contenders for John Heisman’s trophy, but a question was raised at the barbershop last week that I found compelling. One of the old man barbers in the shop said that Geno Smith wouldn’t do anything in the NFL and would be the next Andre Ware. Everyone was up in arms when he said it, and I wanted to get “up in arms”...

The Name Game: The Changing Of The Sports Lexicon | 3 Comments

Maybe it’s a result of most the TSFJ staff coming of age in the 1980s and 1990s, but we may all remember the times where talking sports meant talking batting averages, rushing yards and ice time. My, how those times have changed. Sports conversations – whether they take place at the barbershop, at the office, at home or even your dorm room – have always been built on performance, dream matchups and generation gaps. It’s easy to debate the...

The Cincinnati Reds’ Collapse: What In The Hell Happened? | 4 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic Is it possible to have too much early success? Can it be that jumping out to too big a lead can actually be a detriment? I’ve heard of long distance runners who stated that they had such a big lead it was hard to push themselves with no one challenging them and they ended up not breaking a record or even getting passed at the finish line. Intensity is a funny thing; without someone pushing you, you can lose...

Podcast: Everybody Is Shocking The World This Weekend | 0 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, Ed and Kenny talk about their upcoming plans to shock the world, as Ed will be heading back home to Oklahoma for Homecoming, and Kenny will be getting on a bird to head to Baltimore to watch the Dallas Cowboys take on the Baltimore Ravens. Also, there was a recent firestorm regarding one of the greatest women to ever walk the earth, but Justin Tinsley saves the day by letting her know the masses still love her. Tune...

For One More Night, The Party Goes On In Oakland | 1 Comment

I suppose it takes a team like the Oakland A’s to keep us up past our bedtimes. With the Athletics headed to the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night – or Thursday morning – I glanced at the online stream. The alarm comes early on Thursday, I needed to go home. There’s something about sports – notably playoff games in sports – that keep you up a little bit later. Well, why not see if Oakland has a comeback...