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What Else Can Really Be Said About Ray Rice At This Point?

Yesterday after the video hit the internet, our editor-in-chief spoke on how much the Ray Rice story absolutely sucks. Ed...

Football, Soul On Ice

The Transformation Of Brandon Marshall

When it comes to the game of football and playing wide receiver, Brandon Marshall has always been up there as one of the...

Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Randy Moss And ‘The U Part 2′ Highlight ESPN’s Newly Revealed Fall 30 for 30 Lineup

ESPN is rolling out its fall lineup for the upcoming 30 for 30 season, and there is something for all sports fans here....

VIDEO: The NFL Chick’s 2012 NFL Predictions | 3 Comments

September means the end of summer, back to school and the beginning of NFL season. Every year, NFL experts and analysts like to give their predictions on how teams will fare for the upcoming season. It’s only right that I chime in and do the same since, in my mind, I’m an expert anyway (more like a Twitter analyst, but I’m okay with that). Since I’ve been more interested in sharing my thoughts via video lately, I figured this...

What Happened To All The Great Pennsylvania Quarterbacks? | 2 Comments

Unitas. Namath. Montana. Marino. These are men on the Mount Rushmore of NFL quarterbacks. And they are all products of the great state of Pennsylvania. No state in the country has produced more NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks than the Keystone State, with six in all: Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and George Blanda. Pennsylvania is the quarterback factory. At least it was. But as I was watching Sportscenter on the eve...

Podcast: The Angry Corner Strikes Again, Tuesday Edition | 2 Comments

On this special NFL eve edition of The UC Show, Kenny goes on a rant about fast food, while Ed and Tinsley shake their heads and, eventually, jump in and share their frustrations as well. Kenny makes his visit in The Angry Corner an extended one by railing against the masses who have criticized Savannah State for their massacre at the hands of Oklahoma State and their impending match-up against Florida State this weekend. The discussion becomes heated,...

Shocking The World In Blacksburg: A Graduate Returns To His Alma Mater | 2 Comments

As I stood beneath the north end zone bleachers at Lane Stadium, I could hear the thousands of feet jumping above me. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared over the loudspeakers, the stadium did just as it had the seemingly hundreds of times I’d been there before. It erupted. I stood for much of the first quarter, peeking through the iron gates that separated the field from the entrance. The jumbotron gave me what I needed to see. With...

Chipper Jones, Brett Favre And Being A Man At 40 | 6 Comments

“I’m a man, I’m 40!” Those were the words of current Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. While Gundy was ranting and raving after Daily Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson asked a few tough questions about his quarterback Bobby Reid, those five words put every 40-year-old man on alert across the country. My manhood at 40 years of age shall not be questioned, and you will respect my authority. While many of us make a big deal...

The NFL QB Youth Movement: Out With The Old, In With The New | 3 Comments

A consistent trend is that very few rookie or second-year quarterbacks get the nod to start in the NFL. There is usually a learning curve that is expected to take place before a player is handed the keys to the franchise. The exceptional player is the exception, and that guy usually struggles before he breaks through. Oftentimes that guy will crumble under the pressure as well and becomes a shell of his former self, like David Carr did when the Houston...

Starting Lineups: The Oklahoma Sooners Are The Flawed Girlfriend That I Hate To Love | 6 Comments

I pride myself on being a rational guy when it comes to sports and such. Usually, I can consume what I see for what it is and try not to overreact. Everything in life is all about perspective. Unless it’s about my Oklahoma Sooners. I melt down like Lindsay Lohan does when life smacks her in the face. Anyway, last night I got on my computer after Oklahoma won an abysmal game 24-7 versus UTEP on Saturday night. Oklahoma played putrid, the Oklahoma...

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”...