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Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Soul On Ice

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes,...

The Invisible Superman: Matt Cain Throws A Perfect Game | 5 Comments

Let me tell you a story about the invisible man, an invisible man that has it all. This is a guy that’s been to the mountain tops of the game, both early and late, yet somehow he still slides beneath the radar. No matter what he does, no matter how big of a boom he makes, it never seems to register. Maybe that will change with his latest feat, but I wouldn’t be surprised if somehow it doesn’t…because he’s invisible, you know? Well no matter...

The Top 10 Charles Barkley Quotes From The Dream Team Documentary | 8 Comments

Charles Barkley’s gregarious personality is the reason why we love Inside The NBA. The man is brutally honest, personable and unafraid of what people may say or think about him. The man we know now is currently 49 years old. The 29-year-old version who was dominating for the Philadelphia 76ers and would move to the Phoenix Suns? Off the chain. The Dream Team documentary aired on NBA TV on Wednesday night, and while I’ll probably watch...

Starting Lineups: My Twitter Sabbatical For Game 1 Of The NBA Finals | 4 Comments

I’ve been known to tweet my life away when my squad is on the Hoshitoshi 5000. Not being in Oklahoma makes it tough to stay connected with my fellow Oklahoma City Thunder fans, and along with the rest of the basketball fan universe, being on Twitter is akin to going to the bar, Buffalo Wild Wings or any watch party at a partner’s house when watching the game. However, there’s something to be said in watching the game at the house...

Shocking The World At Camden Yards: Three Cities, Three Days & A Phillies Party In Baltimore | 4 Comments

There seems to be a point in every person’s life when he or she begins to slow down on the partying side of things. And when the partying does ensue, it’s much tamer than the days of the wild youthfulness. As I approach 30, I definitely am not the same partier as I used to be. It takes longer to recover, and sometimes I’d rather just chill at home and be a hermit. Having said that, I do not spend much time with people of that ilk,...

Steve Bernier Assists The L.A. Kings To The Cup | 6 Comments

New Jersey Devils forward Steve Bernier boarded Los Angeles defenseman Rob Scuderi. He hit him from the back, smashed his face into the glass and created a nasty cut on Scuderi’s mug. It was a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. It was just about halfway through the first period. It was also effectively the end of the series and the 2011-12 NHL season. A five-minute power play can be a death sentence. The Kings were the judge,...

Starting Lineups: Christian Laettner’s Humbling Experience On The Dream Team | 1 Comment

If there were ever an ugly duckling of the 1992 Dream Team USA men’s basketball Olympic squad, it was undoubtedly Christian Laettner. Not only was Laettner the lowest on the proverbial totem pole on the most dynamic basketball squad of all time, but Laettner was also not the people’s choice to even be the lone collegian on the team. That choice was for Shaquille O’Neal, and it’s something that Laettner understood firsthand. Jack...

Wade Davis, The NFL And Homophobia | 5 Comments

Most of you sports enthusiasts remember a show called “Playmakers” that debuted on ESPN a few years ago. The show was an instant success as a predecessor to “The Game.” It starred Omar Gooding as a star running back, and it had centralized themes that varied from rampant steroid abuse to homosexuality in the NFL. The show was starting to peak, and everyone including women sports enthusiasts were locked in to the plot “Playmakers”...

The End Of An Era | 2 Comments

A sizable percentage of the basketball world called the potential NBA Finals match-up before the season started. An even bigger percentage of the basketball world wanted this NBA Finals match-up, and now they will get it. However, before this fan moves on, I need to reflect on the team, the organization and the unit that the Miami Heat defeated to get to the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics are not my team.  It would be disingenuous to suggest they...

Starting Lineups: Pick The Winner of UEFA Euro 2012, Win Free Stuff | 12 Comments

This Friday, the world’s second greatest international soccer competition will begin taking place in Poland and Ukraine, as 16 teams in Europe will clash to determine who the kings of UEFA Euro 2012 will be. I know that there are some of you that love football (futbol), there are some of you that like soccer, and there are some of you that could care less about the game. Totally understandable. However, I’m sure when the World Cup took...

Pulling the Pastime Into The Present | 3 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan Pastime (noun): an activity or entertainment which makes time pass pleasantly. This definition is long what baseball has represented in America; a major part of the fabric of the country’s identity. However, you can take this same term, break it apart and also tell a story of what a major part of Major League Baseball’s on-field policy has become: past its time. There’s nothing wrong with tradition. It’s central...

Starting Lineups: Derek Fisher’s Ultimate Contribution | 8 Comments

When the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame being down 2-0 in a series, a 20-game winning streak from the opposing San Antonio Spurs, an 18-point deficit in game 6 and won the Western Conference Finals last night, it reminded me of a lyric by Nasir Jones, a.k.a. Nas. “My child, I’ve watched you grow up to be famous … And now I smile like a proud dad, watching his only son that made it.” — Nas, “Ether” As a fan...

To Be The Man: The Four Ways To Determine Which Player Is Better | 2 Comments

By Johnathan Tillman / @thetillshow Rajon Rondo’s remarkable play this postseason has a growing number of people suggesting that he is the best point guard in the NBA. Rather than go on an extended rant about why he is not, I’m going to take it a different route. Normally, people demand that great or poor play be sustained in order for someone to move up in the “best player” rankings. However, when the comparisons are so close,...

Baseball’s Anonymous Future: Anyone Else Feel That Draft? | 3 Comments

Did you know that the MLB Draft was this week? Okay, let’s rephrase that. If you aren’t very active in social media, did you know that the MLB First-Year Draft was this week? Probably not. It’s the conundrum baseball has been faced with for decades. And though the first round was televised on MLB Network for the third consecutive year, the relatively small spotlight on the Draft is still stunning when you consider the bandwidth the sport takes...

Podcast: Justin Tinsley And The Five Stages Of Grief | 1 Comment

On this edition of The UC Show, Tinsley and Kenny started off with a talk about the Eastern Conference Finals. However, Tinsley started to sound just a little too calm for Kenny’s liking and it forced Kenny to bring up The Five Stages of Grief. Luckily for Tins, The Rev called in to let him know he, too, has experienced the stages and to let him know things can always turn around. We also talk some football for the first time in ages, as well...

Starting Lineups: Kevin Garnett Is No Longer The Good Michael Jordan | 0 Comments

I make it a point to read the historical writing of Ralph Wiley. You should too. RIP. Late last night, after watching LeBron James and the Miami Heat lose in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals, I went on the digital joy ride that supplanted the automobile joy ride that I used to go on after chaotic events happen in my life. Why? Because gas is expensive, dog. Anyway, I came across this gem Wiley wrote five years ago, and Kevin Garnett was...

The 4 Shots That Changed The NBA Conference Finals | 7 Comments

Heading into weekend, it looked as though the top seeds left in each conference were on a collision course to face each other in the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs had just demoralized the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first two games, extending their winning streak to an absurd 20 games, while the Miami Heat took care of the Boston Celtics behind some truly emphatic performances by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But there’s a saying that...

Starting Lineups: Russell Westbrook’s Alley-Oop Dunk Is Chaos In Motion | 0 Comments

I’m probably really close to getting kicked out of my apartment after Monday night. Usually, I come here and leave a few hundred words with witty commentary on whatever interesting events that might have occurred from the previous night. Unfortunately, I’m going to be unable to do such a thing. Game Five took something out of me. Maybe my nerves. Maybe five years off my life. Maybe more grey hair. Who knows? The Oklahoma City Thunder...

Charlie Hustle’s Sad Song | 4 Comments

Pete Rose wasn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. He isn’t there today. He won’t be there tomorrow. Somber and sobering words for one of the game’s greatest players. Yet, the fiasco that has surrounded Rose for years continues to draw attention. It’s a subject that can start a sports conversation from a mile away. Should Rose be in the Hall? Or was breaking the sport’s number one rule too much? This post...

Nike and XBox Introduce ‘Nike + Kinect Training’ | 0 Comments

If you love video games and need an excuse to begin working out, then Nike and the XBox Kinect might have a solution for you. There have been plenty of video games on the Nintendo Wii that will make you break a sweat. Hell, I’ve even broken a sweat bowling on the Wii once. (Gotta generate that spin.) However, playing mini-games and other kid-like games is one thing, having a brand that focuses on getting the best out of athletes and a trainer...

Starting Lineups: Can Boston Or Oklahoma City Win A Road Game? | 0 Comments

They say a series isn’t a series until the road team wins a game. So far in the NBA’s Conference Finals, everything has gone according to plan. Miami and San Antonio defended their home courts as the higher seeds and won at home. Boston and Oklahoma City overcame 2-0 deficits in their respective series to tie it back up at 2-2. Two teams are still in control; two other teams have all the momentum. We’re being blessed with an end...

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...