Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California....

Baseball, Trible To Your Bass

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

Setting The Stage For World War Westbrook

When the devastating news broke that Kevin Durant would be missing anywhere between six to eight weeks of action, I admit...

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...

The Illusion Of Clean: Why Ben Johnson’s Positive Test Still Resonates | 1 Comment

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday Twenty-four years ago, Ben Johnson lost his Gold medal in the most damning way possible. He tested positive for steroids. (Probably going to have to go to California Drug Rehab) To call Johnson a sacrificial lamb would be hyperbolic. To call him a scapegoat would be to pardon him. In some ways he took the ax for a broken system that had long turned a blind eye to rampant performance-enhancing drug use. ESPN’s...

What Legacy Will Alex Rodriguez Leave? | 9 Comments

Once upon a time, Alex Rodriguez was one of the most beloved players in baseball. As a youngster in Seattle, he was the exciting, up-and-coming superstar set to fill in for the departed shoes of his former teammate and mega superstar in his own right, Ken Griffey Jr. That perception changed somewhat as A-Rod developed into the best player in the game and commanded an absurd contract with the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez was certainly still respected...

The 2012 MLB Playoffs New Format And Its Great Advantage | 11 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic A bit of controversy has erupted during the Divisional Series of the 2012 MLB playoffs. This year, the teams with the better records played on the road for the first two games and will be home for Games Three, Four and Five. Previously, the format had been 2-2-1; games 1-2 and 5 were at home for the team with the better record. This was done to gain a travel day because the wild card games had extended the season...

MLB Playoffs Momentum Meter: Cincinnati Owns The Bay Area | 4 Comments

The newly-minted Wild Card round was exactly what it was advertised be, wild..er than anything seen in before in baseball: a virtuoso one-game Game Seven. And from the intro day to the MLB playoffs, there are two things to draw from last Friday’s baseball: #1) there is a clear misunderstanding about the infield fly rule, from all sides. And… #2) it was the launching point for two underdogs into the playoff scene, full-speed. After Friday’s...

Steve Spurrier: Long Live the Ol’ Head Ball Coach | 4 Comments

Last Saturday, the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs faced off against longtime foe, Steve Spurrier. Spurrier’s Gamecocks blew them out of Columbia, 35-7. The team in garnet and black played ferocious defense. Star running back Marcus Lattimore ran punishingly. Quarterback Connor Shaw rarely threw it. When Shaw did put it in the air, he was successful. It was a big game. The Ol’ Head Ball Coach had the first, second and last laugh. South...

Book Reviews: Concussions And Our Kids | 3 Comments

Prior to reading “Concussions and Our Kids,” my knowledge of concussions was limited to football. Literally, if someone asked me about a concussion, I would have said it was due to contact on the football field, and that would be it. For example, I spend just about every weekend like plenty of sports fans: watching the NFL on television or live at a stadium. In any given game, a quarterback leaves the pocket and goes to slide, only to get his...

Shocking The World at the Infield Fly Rule Wild Card Classic | 5 Comments

Pre game festivities at Turner Field By Larry Luk / @wearetheprocess (Ed’s Note: Today, we are fortunate to have one of our brothers give his testimony as to what happened during the infamous “Infield Fly Rule” game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves. Larry Luk “Shocked The World” at Turner Field, and his story will be heard today on TSFJ. Enjoy.) Friday morning, I went to work, much to the exasperation...

Goal of the Weekend: Spain’s trash (Santi Cazorla) is Arsenal’s treasure | 1 Comment

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday Every two years, soccer blesses us with month-long tournaments of limitless grandeur. If Americans watch soccer at all, they watch during the World Cup and its cousin, the European Cup. It’s great advertisement for a sport that has an awkward home in America. Like the neighborhood stray dog, some embrace the foreigner, while others ignore him. You never quite know if he’s here to stay. As your questioning the...

A Football Fan’s Guide To A HBCU Homecoming | 9 Comments

A few years ago, I paid tribute to the HBCU homecoming, but I don’t think I gave it its proper due. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s fall and it’s football season for all professional, college and high school teams in the United States. That means one thing to me, personally, as a person who attended a HBCU: it’s homecoming time. Sure, many colleges have homecomings; however, an HBCU homecoming can be a little bit different than...

Do The Heisman: The Way Too Early Heisman Trophy Power Rankings | 3 Comments

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 I know, I know. If anyone knows, it’s me. We’ve barely begun conference play. There hasn’t even been a mid-season firing yet. There are more possible outcomes than we can realistically account for. We’re just getting into the swing of things. If it wasn’t clear before, those precious fall Saturdays have officially arrived. The lengths of days have started contorting with the changing of the seasons...

The One-Game Playoffs: Orioles vs. Rangers, Cardinals vs. Braves | 1 Comment

Playoff baseball is finally here. What does this mean? Well, outside of the die-hard of die-hard baseball fans who sat through a laborious 162-game schedule, watching baseball that is truly worth a damn is now a real option. Goosebump City can occur on any pitch or swing of the bat, and to answer Maximus’ ultimate question…yes, that is why we are here. What’s even more astounding is this: along with the fact that this is the first...

Podcast: TSFJ’s 2012 Family Reunion, Review of ESPN’s 30 for 30 ‘Broke’ | 0 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, we have one of our family members, @thetillshow, make his triumphant return. The man’s theme music played, he received a rousing welcome and he was more than ready to go. Along with him, Tins and Kenny ranted about many things. Kenny visited The Angry Corner while Till had the opportunity to do something he hasn’t done on the show in previous years: gloat about his favorite football team being one of the...

Melky Cabrera’s Suspension and Baseball’s First Asterisk | 4 Comments

Major League Baseball made a pretty big decision about a week ago that’s gone without much fanfare. However, the implied statement that was made by the decision to remove Melky Cabrera from the upcoming awarding of National League batting champion is huge. It is the first time that an official statistic and categorical league champion will not receive recognition due to a positive result for performance-enhancing drugs. By this being allowed, it...

Will Sports Biographies Give The Future Legends Color As The Past | 4 Comments

Last week, Kenny reviewed the recently released Michael Vick biography “Finally Free.” A player who became THE cultural touchstone in the United States because of his involvement in a dog fighting ring, Vick has tantalized and frustrated football fans since arriving on the NFL scene in 2001 for his play and demeanor. Cynics who may never glance at the book might see it as a continued scripted mea culpa for his crimes, but the curiosity on how...

The MLB Playoffs Momentum Meter: Midnight Oil Edition | 5 Comments

Baseball’s October dramatics went into overdrive in game 162 last year, but this season they just couldn’t wait that long. Last night in game 161 around the league, the A’s dramatically pulled to a tie in the American League West, while the Orioles continue to refuse to ease off their shove on the Yankees for the AL East crown. Meanwhile in Detroit, Miguel Cabrera pulled completely apart from the pack to be the sole presumptive owner of the...

How To Make It In America (Being A Dallas Cowboys Fan) | 11 Comments

Look at this. Even the First Lady of the United States is disgusted with America’s Team. A week following the NFL’s most controversial Monday Night Football finish ever, we knew something unique was bound to happen between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Either Chicago would use the platform to really stick it to Jay Cutler, allowing DeMarcus Ware to perform the first decapitation on live television. Or Dallas – much to the...

Breaking Down MLB’s Cy Young Candidates | 5 Comments

Way back in July, our very own Matt Whitener provided the MLB awards at the season’s midway point, and on Monday, our newest addition, Dillon Friday, shared the updated AL and NL MVP power rankings to usher in October. Now as Major League Baseball’s regular season comes to a close today, I thought it would be prudent to take a look at the Cy Young race in each prospective league. My apologies to guys like Johnny Cueto, Kyle Lohse and...

Ladies, Show Your Man It’s Real And Get Him NBA 2K13 Today | 2 Comments

By De’Shay Turner / @iSportPolitics Today marks the release of the much anticipated NBA 2k13. The 2K series has been the leader in NBA video games for a number of years now, and by the looks of what’s taking place over at EA Sports, that won’t be changing for a while (NBA Elite … The Passion of Bynum … Enough Said). In lieu of the NBA lockout at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, 2K Sports dug deep into its bag of tricks, packing last...

Legends Retire Hard: The Truth Of Brian Dawkins Must Survive | 6 Comments

At Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, the Philadelphia Eagles closed the 2008 edition of their training camp. After a final meeting on the field between players and coaches, camp broke. The players joked and laughed as they walked to the locker rooms. Like kids who go to summer camps, the players were excited their time away from home was over. It was almost time to head back to Philadelphia. Time to head back to their homes and families. The full-capacity...

Goals of the Weekend: Gareth Bale, Demba Ba, and Insalata | 0 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday It’s a three for one Monday. Unable to choose from a trio of splendid goals, I offer all three for our loyal readers. Enjoy. Gareth Bale is Faster than You (start video at 2:55 mark) There is a tendency amongst commentators to compare players across sports. Tiger Woods as the Michael Jordan of golf. Roger Federer as the Tiger Woods of tennis. Maurice Richard as the Babe Ruth of hockey. It is a trope, but it is...