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RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some...

Soccer, The Fam

We’ll Always Have You: TSFJ’s Lasting Memories Of The World Cup

Yesterday’s World Cup final, Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina, was the culmination of 63 other games featuring...

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TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 2 Results: Finding A Reason To Make A Change

Last week, most of the runners in TSFJ Run Challenge were sure they were going to die. The courage it took to even try the...

Has Orlando Given Dwight Howard Too Much Power? | 5 Comments

Every day there are new rumors as to where Dwight Howard should go. It doesn’t really make a lot of sense when you think that the Magic have mortgaged its front office to keep the big man happy. Brooklyn is adamant about getting the big man, and the Nets are willing to make any blockbuster trade they can to lure him to NYC. For the Nets, it’s Howard or bust. Brooklyn feels that Howard and Deron Williams would be a formidable combination and help...

Kevin Durant Stars In The Documentary “From My Hood To Your Hood” | 0 Comments

It seems like eons ago, but the Kevin Durant World Tour that the DC native went on in the Summer of 2011 is something worth remembering. As we embark on the journey towards Game Five of the Western Conference Finals, its worth remembering the fact that this season wasn’t promised to us. Miami and Boston might actually give us a series worth a damn, and the Spurs and Thunder might give us a series of the ages. Kevin Durant carried the torch...

Starting Lineups: Kevin Durant Yams On Tim Duncan; Thunder Dubs The Spurs In Game Three | 0 Comments

Kevin Durant’s throwdown on Tim Duncan was the beginning of a long night for the Spurs and when the smoked-down Thunder fans finally put one in the win column. One down, three to go. (Tins, if you’re reading this, then it’s seven to go. Salute.) The Oklahoma City Thunder did what many said they could not. The Thunder made adjustments, played with a renewed focus and fed off of Loud City to triumphantly win Game Three of the Western...

Before You Knock the Miami Dolphins’ On ‘Hard Knocks’… | 6 Comments

Are there any more Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian jokes that haven’t been used yet? Feel free to get them out of the way now before you continue reading. Yep, that one, too. Done? Good. The announcement that the Miami Dolphins will be featured in the seventh edition of HBO’s Hard Knocks was greeted with as much joy as… okay, there was little-to-no joy in the announcement. On the sports world’s real-time stage that is social media, the decision...

Starting Lineups: The New Orleans Hornets Won The NBA Draft Lottery? I Call Shenanigans | 5 Comments

Maybe David Stern is still mad at Michael Jordan for gambling back in the early 90′s (this is Bill Simmons’ age-old theory) or maybe The Commissioner felt like he still owed the New Orleans Hornets a sold after trading away Chris Paul and turning down a potentially better offer from the Los Angeles Lakers in the process. I call shenanigans. From the folded envelope for the New York Knicks in the 1985 draft to the lack of championship...

Podcast: There Is Trouble In OKC; Can The Thunder Storm Back To Make This A Series? | 0 Comments

On this edition of #theUCshow, the three amigos chop it up about the current state of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Currently down 2-0, Eddie Maisonet shows some concern, but he is surprisingly stoic. Leave it to Kenny and The Rev to provide additional analysis and concern about the chances of the Thunder coming back to make this a series. We also hear from Till and The Great Myles Brown, as they provide their consistent wisdom. Make sure to check out...

The Quiet Storm Is Over: Barry Bonds Is Back | 10 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan It’s storm season, and a familiar forecast is on the horizon. Barry Bonds is looking for a way back into baseball. Now stop for a second and think about that: how oddly correct it is…because he never really was officially kicked out. But in all truth, the all-time home run king was all but thrown out the Major Leagues with a style that only Uncle Phil and Jazz could really appreciate. Since the end of 2007 when...

Starting Lineups: What If The Oklahoma City Thunder Ran The Triangle? | 1 Comment

Watching my favorite team get bludgeoned repeatedly last night by the San Antonio Spurs made me remember a particular snippet from an article Chuck Klosterman wrote titled, “What Ever Happened To The Triangle Offense?” I’d suggest reading the entire piece, as Klosterman in general is one of my favorite writers, but this passage always makes me wonder what if: When the Bulls ran this offense in the ’90s, the key adaptation...

Baseball Is Back In The Beltway | 3 Comments

Take a look at the standings in the vaunted Eastern Divisions in Major League Baseball and try not to spit out your coffee. Those aren’t misprints. Two months into the 2012 season, the AL and NL East have been flipped on their respective heads. On the AL side, the Baltimore Orioles are no longer at the bottom looking up at the big, bad Yankees and Red Sox. Instead, it is Baltimore sitting atop the division with Tampa Bay, while the Sox and...

Starting Lineups: Why Won’t The Chicago Bears Pay Matt Forte? | 3 Comments

So this is what its come down to, huh? Matt Forte’s been in the league for four years, and last season was the first time that Forte missed any playing time. Forte was out for the final four games of the regular season after spraining the MCL in his right knee. Now, with Forte’s contract up, and the Chicago Bears known to be a bit of a tight-wad organization when it comes to their finances, the Bears brass dropped us with this gem of...

Heat Vs. Celtics: Come and Get It, Boston. | 4 Comments

If the sporting world ever needed example of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, LeBron James certainly gave it one. After being fouled on a layup attempt in the waning minutes of the Miami Heat’s 93-79 Game One win over the Boston Celtics, James stood. Ball in hand, he raised it next to Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. He held it there and, while laughing, he menacingly spoke. “Yeaaaaaahhhh, yeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh, yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh,”...

Breaking Down The Fascination With Tim Tebow | 3 Comments

It seems Tim Tebow garners the entire craze these days. When every play you run in OTAs gets publicly tweeted and several people are following, you know that you have officially arrived. Why all the love for a backup quarterback? Why all the hype over a quarterback that really hasn’t done anything of significance to warrant the attention he’s getting just yet? Is it because he brought his team back to win a football game or two? Honestly, he’s...

Justin Verlander and Forcing History’s Hand…on Repeat | 2 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan Time to say something rare, something that’s only been said six times in his last 46 games: Justin Verlander lost yesterday. Granted, he only gave up two runs in eight innings and only got one run of support to work with, but it is what it is. The thing is though, that’s often more than enough for him. See, the Detroit Tigers defending Cy Young winner is basically becoming a solid bet to make the impossible...

Starting Lineups: Miami Finishes Off Indiana, Who Will They Face Next? | 2 Comments

Well, that was fun. A few elbows here, a few slaps on the mouth there, and the resurgent duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade later, the Miami Heat rolled off three straight wins to finish off the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Give Miami a ton of credit; many thought when Indy had them down two games to one that the Heat would fold like lawn chairs at a cookout. So now we’re at a crossroads. Everyone believes that Boston’s...

The Lost Conversation Between Pat Riley And Michael Jordan | 23 Comments

During the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, soon-to-be New York Knicks head coach Pat Riley sat down with Michael Jordan for what resulted in one of the most revealing interviews of His Airness’ career. Think of your hero. It could be your parents, grandparents, siblings, friends or whoever. It could be an athlete. It could be an entertainer. It doesn’t matter. We love heroes because we remember them at their strongest. They fit the mold...

Starting Lineups: Andre Iguodala Almost Gives Paul Pierce An Obituary | 1 Comment

I have a rule about writing an obituary on someone getting destroyed into oblivion, getting sonned by a superhuman feat, getting dunked on with no regard for human life, or any other form of egregious embarrassment. To that degree, I was working my usual 9 o’clock shift on The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, and I missed when Paul Pierce got YULEEEEEEEE’d on by Andre Iguodala in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The texts...

Do You Want an NBA Rivalry or What? | 4 Comments

When the Miami Heat faced the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the broadcasts wouldn’t go five minutes without some allusion to the league’s last great rivalry. From 1997-2000, these franchises took part in basketball that was absolutely ugly, yet sublimely beautiful. If you watched basketball with the strong belief in defensive tenet of “no layups,” then Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Alonzo Mourning and P.J. Brown...

Podcast: The Lakers Go Fishing And Allen Iverson Impromptu Appreciation Night | 2 Comments

On this edition of #theUCShow, the phone lines ring off the hook as Bryan Crawford and Danielle first share views on the demise of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Soon after, Cuffs The Legend came on to share some insight, and he also touches on the impact of Allen Iverson, which has everyone on the phone taking trips down memory lane. Per usual, we also got wisdom from The Great Myles Brown and concluded the show with a call from none other...

Starting Lineups: Converse & Undefeated Unveil The Summer 2012 Jack Purcell Collection | 0 Comments

Here are your dope kicks for the summer, courtesy of Converse’s Jack Purcell brand and Undefeated. Boasting a white, black and a limited-edition red version, Converse First String will serve as a limited-edition summertime Jack Purcell collection for fans of the brands along with casual shoes for lounging at a cookout or for that late night drink with the crew.  The following are words by a suit from Converse. “We are excited to collaborate...

When The Hell Is He Going Retire? An Ode To Martin Brodeur | 5 Comments

Martin Brodeur has tortured a lot of opposing fan bases in his 20-year NHL career, and at the very top of the list are Philadelphia Flyers fans. I’ve watched Brodeur be dominant for so long, while my own franchise has struggled to find a man to stop the puck. It’s been amazing and incredibly frustrating to watch all these years. So frustrating that I regularly ask myself, “When the hell is Martin Brodeur going to retire?” Year...

Moving On Up? Conference Realignment Hits Home in Virginia | 2 Comments

Disappointment set in once it became clear that conference realignment had trickled down to the little ol’ Colonial Athletic Association. The Colonial, or CAA as it’s most commonly known, has always been a beacon of Virginia’s mid-major schools. At one point, six of the fine institutions in the Commonwealth were members. In 2001, the University of Richmond left for the Atlantic 10. The Spiders’ city-mate, Virginia Commonwealth,...

Starting Lineups: The Stephen A. Smith and Miami Heat Saturday Night Live Skit | 0 Comments

As much as some of you may dislike the great Stephen A. Smith, it is a sign of ultimate respect when you are mocked. In this case, Jay Pharaoh mocked Stephen A. on Saturday Night Live, and threw in some hilarious sketch comedy involving LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Consider this skit killed; well done. “ONLY ONE MAN, FOR THE MIAMI HEAT, SHOULD HAVE THE BASKETBALL, IN THE 4TH QUARTER…and that is LeBron James.” — fake Stephen...

The Top Ten NBA Players In The Post-Jordan Era | 22 Comments

Recently, the argument of the Jordan era as the best in basketball surfaced, and it is hard to argue with anyone who agrees with that. The Jordan era revitalized the NBA and made it more stable and fun to watch. If you think of the best twenty players in the history of the game, they probably played in the Jordan era (with a few exceptions, of course). However, the NBA hasn’t been left for dead since the retirement of Michael Jordan. In fact, I...

Starting Lineups: The Five Players To Watch In The UEFA Champions League Final | 0 Comments

The biggest game on Saturday will be taking place and it’s possible that many of you will not be watching. No, I’m not talking about the Spurs vs. Clippers. No, I’m not talking about the Thunder vs. Lakers. No, I’m not even talking about Rangers vs. Devils. Nope. I’m talking about the UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm Eastern. (Set the DVR, trust me.) The UEFA Champions League...

Magic, Stan and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ $2 Billion Plan | 3 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan Now that the ink is dry on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ purchase, it really has set in that it’s a brand new day for one of baseball’s most iconic franchises. It feels like it’s been years since Manny Ramirez’s arrival supercharged baseball in Dodger Stadium and made it a focal point for the first time since the Hideo Nomo/Mike Piazza days. But it’s been a long time since there was some legit, annual winning...