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Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball...

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...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

Tempering Expectations For Derrick Rose

One of the hardest things to cope with in sports is realizing that a beloved athlete may have lost his edge. It’s such...

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”...

Andrew Bynum: Already Feeling The Brothery Love | 8 Comments

When Mr. Editor-in-Chief Eddie Maisonet asked me to write about my hometown Philadelphia 76ers acquiring Andrew Bynum, he presented the following pitch: Andrew Bynum, Big Men In Philly and Beyond: From Wilt to Moses, Bynum’s stepping into the holy grail … but what’s the buzz in Philly? When I read that, I almost spit out my beverage and broke into a roar of laughter. The holy grail of big men? Philadelphia? Hardly. While it’s...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: 2012 Miami Hurricanes | 7 Comments

This was The U, crystallized in memory. This program changed the sports world – collegiate, pro or otherwise – whether you liked it or not. This is The U, crystallized in the present. Oh boy … One year ago last week, the University of Miami was embroiled in what was called the biggest scandal in NCAA history. Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson launched a journalistic nuke with a lengthy, detailed investigation of former booster Nevin Shapiro,...

3 Questions Hanging Over The Philadelphia Eagles | 4 Comments

For the first time in a long time, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of buzz surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2012 NFL season. The entirety of the offseason talk around this team has centered around Michael Vick’s overblown “dynasty” comment and the heart-sick death of Andy Reid’s son, Garrett. Other than that, the Eagles haven’t gotten much play outside of Philadelphia, a rarity during the...

12 Of Your Favorite Bloggers React To The $300 Nike+ LeBron X | 15 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Nike Basketball and LeBron James will release their latest shoe, The Nike LeBron X with Nike Plus technology. The Nike Plus technology embeds motion sensors in the shoe to track various metrics including a player’s vertical leap, distance ran, etc. Of course, the news of the day wasn’t the evolution of one of the best basketball shoes (from a technological, materials, support standpoint)...

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...