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...

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...

TSFJ Presents: The Updated AL And NL MVP Power Rankings | 8 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday New historic vs. old historic. This is the theme of the 2012 MVP race. One is redundant, the other an oxymoron. The person writing it is a regular moron. Recall our late August MVP rankings where I said this: “Hopefully [Joey Votto] returns and doesn’t make me look like a moron [for putting him this high in my rankings].” Yep. Moron. As the season comes down to the final week, we’ve reduced the number of...

Doomsday Scenario: How LeBron James And Kevin Durant Were Almost Teammates | 14 Comments

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the two best players in basketball. Now just imagine if they were on the same team. And we’re not talking the Olympics either. The same NBA team. ESPN’s pre-preseason circus, its ranking of the 500 “best” players in the NBA, is about the closest thing we have to a classic barbershop debate online. This year LeBron James and Kevin Durant ranked #1 and #2 in the rankings surprising exactly zero...

NFL First Quarter Report Card: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not | 11 Comments

Today we take our fandom to the streets and evaluate the performance of the good and the bad around the NFL. There are players who have been stellar, and there are players who have underperformed. Here we take a look at both sides of the coin. In a league where fans want to see their teams getting the most for their money, you have to wonder how some guys go unappreciated while others get passes. Today we take an in-depth look at who is hot and who...

Ed Reed Motivational Tactics | 1 Comment

One can never go wrong with some Ed Reed Motivation. Live life, be merry, and watch football. Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

The MLB Playoffs Momentum Meter, Vol 1. | 1 Comment

Major League Baseball has gotten a major facelift that even Nick Cage and John Travolta would have to pay homage to this year. A sport that, rightfully to an extent, is bogged down by an image of being as exciting as a root canal narrated by the Clear Eyes guy is now vibrant and pushing the limits of competitive balance. Just last night alone, there were 11 games on the schedule and all of them had an impact on the postseason picture. It’s coming...

Why You Might Have Forgotten About The Other Lockout | 3 Comments

With yesterday’s news that the NFL and the referees’ union are close to a deal, there’s a huge sigh of relief from the football-obsessed nation. From podcasts to America’s least-respected tabloid, the referee lockout has been the biggest conversation going because three weeks of missteps culminated in the biggest officiating gaffe in recent memory. The joy spreads far and wide from coast to coast, fan to fan, even from Silicon Valley to Madison...

The 7 Reasons Why It’ll Be Almost Impossible For Florida State To Make The Title Game | 18 Comments

The landscape of the Atlantic Coast conference now falls on the shoulders of the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State has a dominant team. Almost as dominant as any we have seen the great Seminoles field. As a matter of fact, they look good in every phase of the game outside of their passing game, which continues to be a work in progress and is improving from week to week. The Seminoles have weapons, and they are decimating their opponents. However...