A Sports Scribe, Baseball

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...

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...

Starting Lineups: Nike And Kobe Bryant Embark On Their 7th Tour Of China | 0 Comments

Basketball never stops. Even for the man with 16 NBA seasons under his belt, 5 world championships and 2 gold medals. Nike and Kobe Bryant touched down in China for their seventh tour since the Black Mamba signed with The Swoosh. Kobe made three stops in Jinan, Wuhan and Guangzhou, China, this past week in partnership with Nike’s “Find Your Greatness” campaign. Kobe exclusively worked with young players, coaching them up and mentoring them...

Get Familiar: 5 NFL Rookies You Do Not Want To Forget | 5 Comments

Every year, there are players who you probably haven’t heard of who may make an impact in the NFL. Their impact may not be immediate, but you can almost take it to the bank that they will be a force to be reckoned within the next four-to-five years. These players usually aren’t drafted very highly or, in many cases, drafted at all. One of the perks of watching preseason football is that you can see kids who may be a little raw. They have...

An Open Letter To Blaine ‘Sunshine’ Gabbert | 14 Comments

Dear Sunshine, I hope you don’t mind me calling you Sunshine. You know Sunshine, right? Ronnie Bass from Remember the Titans? The California Kid with the slingshot arm? The young man with an eclectic personality? I’m sure you’ve heard of him, because when you first came to my Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011 with the shoulder-length hair, you resembled him to a tee. Sure you weren’t from California, but hey … maybe you’d...

Starting Lineups: The 2012-13 Premier League Season Starts Tomorrow, You Ready? | 1 Comment

The beginning of football season is upon us on Saturday. Folks….relax. I’m talking about what you Americans disrespectfully call “soccer.” Everyone else in the world knows this great game as football. (Wait….what? I’m American? I am? Oh….) Anyway, the beginning of the Barclay’s Premier League season kicks off on Saturday morning. For many football fans, Saturday will bring a time where its okay to get...

BOOM! A Late Appreciation For John Madden | 4 Comments

As a nation preps its veins for its greatest addiction – football is America’s heroin, if you don’t know – there’s something that even three years later seems a bit … off. No, it’s not just replacement officials, the apparent end of the diva wide receiver era or the painful void of a good touchdown celebration. As crazy as this might sound, I miss John Madden. It hasn’t been that long since the legendary coach and analyst parked his...

Starting Lineups: The Greatest Story About Terrell Davis Ever | 2 Comments

This is pretty much serving as Kris Rothstein appreciation day on The Sports Fan Journal. Last night on The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Kris hopped onto the show and spit the usual gospel on all things Andrew Bynum, Andrew Luck and about life in general. Then, a reference to the greatest story of all-time was made. Promises were made, laughs were had, and what was promised would be delivered. This is the greatest story you’ll ever hear about...

Podcast: The Dark Knight Rises Movie Review by Kris Rothstein | 2 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, we bring back Kris Rothstein X, the man behind the well-known Terrell Davis Story, to give us a review of the summer blockbuster hit, The Dark Knight Rises. Also, Ed goes to The Angry Corner in regards to Tinsley and Kenny ridiculing his decision to participate in a fantasy football draft during the show last Wednesday night. We also talk about the greatness of Usain Bolt and how this show, and its affiliates, will...

Shocking The World At Wrigley Field | 7 Comments

A few weeks ago, I went to a Sunday afternoon Phillies game with my friends Matt and Pete. During what was yet another loss in a season full of far too many losses, Pete told us how he was going to Chicago on a business trip in a few weeks and extending his stay in the Windy City through the weekend with the intention of taking in a game at Wrigley Field. Every baseball fan alive grows up wanting to catch a game at Wrigley Field. Along with Fenway...

The 2012 Houston Texans Will Win The AFC Championship | 4 Comments

Don’t confuse the headline of this article for something for “shock value” purposes. As soon as the Houston Texans lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the 2011 NFL playoffs, it was something I truly believed in my heart, and it was the proclamation I knew I would have to make, publicly. The Houston Texans will win the AFC Championship and take their talents to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. Please do the necessary...

The 15 Best College Running Backs Since 1980 | 8 Comments

Anytime you would like to start a good argument among sports fans, just offer up your list of the best of anything of all time. Honestly, I don’t see how you can ever do an all-time list on anything because you haven’t been alive for eternity. In essence, when you say all time you can only really speak about what you have seen. It’s easier for me to keep it in my life span when putting these lists together. I know there are guys...

Ladies Doing Work: The Olympics Edition | 0 Comments

Admittedly, these Olympics, for reasons I have yet to completely nail down, have kept my attention more than any Olympic season ever. They’ve got me staying up well past my 8:00 bedtime, thus making my morning struggle even more of a struggle than it already is. On top of that, the usual events (basketball, namely) have barely made a blip on my radar. In their place, there’s been beach volleyball, gymnastics, swimming and track (well, I’m always...

Starting Lineups: I Can’t Tell If My Fantasy Football Team Is Terrible Or Not; Please Help | 6 Comments

On Wednesday night, while my two brothers in crime were doing God’s work in producing the internationally-acclaimed podcast The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, I was doing something that I deemed far more important and necessary in my life. The fourth Annual ETSF Fantasy Football Draft was conducted at Mecklenburg Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio. I don’t think you all understand how hard it is to get 12 individuals in one room at the same,...

A Pirate Rises: Andrew McCutchen Is Saving Baseball In Pittsburgh | 8 Comments

There’s something special happening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this summer. A city that’s become accustomed to the sports summer being nothing but an extended punishment for being so dominant in the winter is getting its gifts early this year. A record-setting losing streak is nearly a thing of the past, and finally, there is the light of day. Baseball in Pittsburgh has been bad for a while. Barry Bonds leaving town back in ’93 was basically...

Podcast: Usain Bolt Is The Man | 1 Comment

On this recent edition of The UC Show, Tinsley and Kenny tell the world about the greatness that is Usain Bolt and how the man basically held people’s Sunday hostage with his impending performance in the 200. Also, we make fun of Ed for missing the show for a fantasy football draft, as well as talk about the upcoming season and the return of Floyd Mayweather. Check us out!! Other listening options for the people, be sure to check us out. iTunes: #theUCshow...

Will Obama’s Hoop Dreams Be Deferred This Time? | 0 Comments

While he played, many a writer wondered if Michael Jordan – a man whose popularity could only be eclipsed by … well, Jesus – would ever use his profile to support any candidate for office. He was heavily criticized for not endorsing Harvey Gantt when the former mayor of Charlotte twice ran unsuccessfully against Jesse “Senator No” Helms in races for U.S. senator in North Carolina. You might remember the line, “Republicans buy sneakers,...

Starting Lineups: Jordan Brand Unveils ‘Golden Moments’ Pack Featuring Air Jordan VI & VII | 0 Comments

Three points that popped into my mind before I read anything about these shoes. 1. Every member of Alpha Phi Alpha and The Golden Lords would salivate at the thought of owning these shoes. 2. These shoes will cost a combined $400. 3. The re-sell of the Jordan retro shoes phenomenon will never end. Per the good folks of Nike Communications, the black and gold colorways will be available late next week. Plus, they’re actually under $400. To continue...

The Mirrored NFL Paths Of Randy Moss And Terrell Owens | 8 Comments

With the news on Monday that the Seattle Seahawks signed Terrell Owens to a one-year contract, it got me thinking about Owens and fellow star receiver Randy Moss both returning to the NFL in 2012 after missing all of 2011 despite both being healthy. When you take a step back and look at the careers of surefire Hall of Fame wide receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, it’s astonishing just how their careers mirror each other. It’s almost...

Starting Lineups: ESPN Films Unveils Fall Schedule For 30 For 30 Vol. II | 2 Comments

It’s official. Don’t call/text/tweet/facebook/smoke signal/carrier pigeon me on Tuesday nights beginning in October. I’m serious bro. ESPN announced on Friday that it will bring back the highly celebrated 30 for 30 series this fall as Volume II will provide sports fans with six new documentary films for us to enjoy. From knowing broke to knowing Bo, this surely will have all of us captivated once again. Courtesy of ESPN’s...

It’s Time To Rally Around Andy Reid | 5 Comments

For the Philadelphia Eagles fan, passion is rarely questioned. Year after year, the person clad in green ends up on the short end of the stick. The disappointment is furthered by rivals’ successes. Failure is the norm. An old uncle once told a boy, “The Eagles will always let you down.” His prophecy is fulfilled every season. Through the past 13 years, the large man in black has roamed the sidelines. Calculated in all things aside...

Josh Hamilton, Summertime Struggles And Being A Prisoner Of The Moment | 3 Comments

I was asked a question last week about what I thought about how the tides have turned for Josh Hamilton. How a man that was being compared rather favorably to the better efforts of Mickey Mantle, among others, just a few months ago could now barely take a home at-bat without his own fans nearly raining down their disapproval on his recent downturn. This would seem impossible, right? An all-star starter, former MVP,that’s well in the mix for another...

Starting Lineups: NBC Held Us Hostage, But Usain Bolt’s Still The King Of 100 Meters | 5 Comments

I can’t remember being so pissed off at a network in my entire life. I cleared my schedule, work up early, cooked myself breakfast and did everything else I needed to do so that I could watch my favorite events of the Olympics. The track and field events. I won’t go into the pageantry of why I like the track and field events so much, but all I can remember is that my mama would jump out of her seat when Carl Lewis and Florence Griffith-Joyner...

Are You Ready For Some Football? 6 Thoughts On The Eve Of The NFL Pre-Season | 5 Comments

Finally, we have a steady stream of real football news to talk about and obsess over. Oh sure, the offseason antics of Dez Bryant and his momma, the arrest of Adrian Peterson, and the marijuana struggles of Nick Fairley were news for the media, but the football fan in me wanted something of substance to grab a hold of. I don’t really go for the bad news media. I want to see football. The NFL preseason football is finally here. You may not be...