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...

It Seems Like Yesterday: The D-Train Calls It Quits | 3 Comments

There’s something about a player who takes a sport by storm. The polarizing nature of some athletes is nothing short of incredible. Hype, the ability to live up to it, and making a large name for one’s self is no easy feat. To do it on a scale where observers must take notice, well, that’s pretty special. Dontrelle Willis did that. Monday, he retired. Now, don’t we all feel old? It seems like yesterday the herky-jerky pitching...

Starting Lineups: Dwight Howard Has Officially Turned Into “That Guy” | 0 Comments

In my almost 29 years of existing on this earth, no matter what the socioeconomic conditions may be, there’s always one guy in the crew who is just “that guy.” You see, “that guy” is the person that may or may not be a good dude, he may be extremely smart or as dumb as the coffee cup holding my caramel macchiato. None of the descriptions of the person really matter, except for one. No matter what that person has come...

The Casual Fan’s 21-Point Guide To Baseball Season | 2 Comments

Well, it’s finally here, that part of the summer where the major team sports world is a one-trick pony. It’s the heart of the summer, also known as BASEBALL-ONLY SEASON. The NBA has drafted and Hard Knocks is months off. Now I am not naïve in the slightest, for I know that stretch of the year seems like Death Valley for a lot of sports fans. The NBA and NFL are big business/high interest. Life without them seems unbearable for some, and Sportscenter...

Gunslingers Can Only Carry You So Far: Franchises Are Bigger Than Just Quarterbacks | 9 Comments

When you think of a franchise player, you think of an athlete who is not simply the best player on his team, but a player that the team can build its “franchise” around for the foreseeable future. The misunderstanding that a franchise player is only “the best player on a team” disregards the fact that an inordinately bad team will undoubtedly still employ a player with superior skills, relative to his team. There seems to...

Starting Lineups: A Quick Conversation With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Personal Stylist | 0 Comments

The 2012 NBA Draft officially came and went. Teams like New Orleans, Sacramento and Houston came up immensely in the draft. Other teams like Cleveland and Toronto left us scratching our heads per usual. Players like Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones and Draymond Green fell down the draft board – players who were once revered were now draft casualties. Of course, one of the interesting subplots of the NBA Draft is always the suit game. In our childhood,...

College Football Fans: Talkin’ Out The Side Of Your Neck | 5 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic The celebrating has begun. College football appears certain to institute a four-team playoff and add a Championship Game starting in 2014. The fans are making a joyful noise. The university presidents and AD’s are delighted. ESPN is delirious. Jerry Jones, who everyone expects to win the bidding for the first Championship Game, is doing backflips. Just one thing, did college football fans forget about the players? Another...

The Nightmare Of Fantasy Football: Three Types Of Owners We All Loathe | 6 Comments

It’s virtually impossible finding worthwhile pictures of fantasy football online. The only thing worse I’d imagine is Google’ing “air.”  There’s rules to everything in life. Relationships. The workplace. Ten crack commandments. Prison. Spades. Hell, even sex. On the flip side, these same rules are broken every day, making for this strange form of normalcy we’re used to in life. Another facet of how the Earth...

Moving Target: The Absurd Need To Find A New Sports Villain | 4 Comments

It’s been over a week since the Miami Heat won the NBA title, yet it’s hard to be sure if the vitriol towards the franchise or LeBron James has abated or not. If you caught the post-championship appearance on “Late Night” where the three-time MVP was given a standing ovation from the crowd, you’d probably have a little more hope for humanity after all. Or, you probably seethe even more at the mere mention of his name than eight nights ago,...

Podcast: It’s LeBron James Appreciation Night | 2 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, Justin Tinsley’s long-awaited celebration came to life for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The man was as joyous as anyone associated with the show could be, and that was due to the Heat winning the NBA Championship one week ago. We had Cuffs the Legend join us, and he gave us his experiences being down in South Beach to witness The Coronation, as well as the parade and other celebrations taking place in Miami. Bryan...

Starting Lineups: Baron Davis Is “Heads Up” For Street Safety | 0 Comments

Baron Davis really is that dude. The current (former?) New York Knicks point guard is standing up for New York City’s Department of Transportation and encouraging the locals to be “Heads Up” when traversing Gotham City. Yes, if anyone can prevent folks from walking like zombies with their headphones on, driving into a crosswalk full of pedestrians and generally obeying the rules of the road, it would be the bearded based God Baron...

The 30 Best Fitted Caps In Baseball – The Finale | 13 Comments

If the echoes that came my way from the first half of this article mean anything, then the outcry over the second half of my countdown of the 30 best fitteds in baseball should be deafening. But that’s all good, the spirit of a lot more than just the game is tied up in the headwear it puts out. This is the soul of cities, of lifelong allegiances we’re talking about here. It’s only right it goes to the heart. In this second-half finale to the...

The 3 Biggest Snubs of the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Class | 5 Comments

Yesterday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its four newest inductees: Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates. All four men are worthy of the honor for sure. Sakic was a no-brainer, winning two Stanley Cups, a Hart Trophy and Conn Smythe to go along with his impressive numbers: 9th overall in career points and 15th in goals. Adam Oates is sixth all-time in assists, Sundin just missed cracking the top 20 with his 564 goals and Pavel Bure...

Starting Lineups: The Floyd Mayweather Success Guide To #NABJ12 In New Orleans | 8 Comments

God bless NABJ. God bless New Orleans. God bless my feet for making it the entire trip. Man. It was my first time ever in New Orleans. A shame really, since I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and never made the trip to The Big Easy in my 23 years living just a 12-hour drive away. However, at age 28, I took my first voyage to the place I would later affectionately come to know only as “Nola.” The reason? The 2012 National Association of Black...

The 4 Things To Watch While Waiting For Football Season | 4 Comments

With the Miami Heat’s NBA Finals championship only lasting five games, folks are wondering, “What the hell do we do now?” while waiting for the NFL season to begin. But there’s no need to be discouraged, because there are other things to watch to keep yourself occupied while you await the season to start (if you need a tracker, it’s 71 days from today). I’ve decided to give you a few ideas on what to watch while you patiently wait...

The BCS Helped Move College Football Forward For The Better | 8 Comments

As the BCS takes its final breath with the perpetuating inevitability that a playoff will be installed, many shout for joy. The system that has brought about computer calculations and poll averages has been hated for a number of years now. Fans of the game spew vitriolic words towards the system. It has become the enemy, the wicked witch of the sport. Now, the BCS we’ve come to know for the past 14 season will die. While that’s all and...

Starting Lineups: So Ed Chopped It Up With Bobbito Garcia Last Week | 1 Comment

Last month here on The Sports Fan Journal you might remember us featuring a trailer for a new documentary film by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau called “Doin’ It In The Park.” The film, set to capture the essence of pickup basketball in New York City, has been screened from coast to coast and the feedback has been insanely positive. I was fortunate enough to chop it up with Bobbito and Kevin earlier on FOX Deportes to talk about...

Michael Vick: The Best Athlete Without A Championship | 8 Comments

It wasn’t that long ago that Michael Vick was the NFL’s highest-paid player. People often forget that he endorsed many products during his six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. But Vick lost everything following his 2007 arrest on dog fighting charges, for which he served 18 months in federal prison. Everyone who follows professional football has to wonder what is next for Michael Vick. Two seasons ago Vick arguably had the best season of...

Starting Lineups: All Hail The King, The Miami Heat Are World Champions | 4 Comments

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t genuinely happy for LeBron James last night. I’d bunkered myself in a corner, shut myself out from the real world and put everything I had into being an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. You don’t have the opportunity to ride this wave often, and by the time the thrashing was in full effect in the fourth quarter, I’d already checked out of Homer-land. Now that reality has sunk in, there’s...

The 30 Best Fitted Caps In Baseball – Part 1 | 6 Comments

Baseball hats have the most crossover appeal of any single piece of sporting apparel. Everyone from diehard fans to soccer moms own one. Young, old, rich, less rich and everywhere in-between; the top piece of the game is a part of everyday life. However, once you get into it a bit deeper, that’s where the culture of the cap comes into play. Where it’s known by its true name to those in the know, The Fitted. This is where it starts to get serious,...

The 4 Wrestling Storylines You May Have Missed | 0 Comments

By Okori Wadsworth / @okoriwadsworth *Ed’s note: If you are unfamiliar with Okori, the man is a wrestling aficionado of the utmost degree. So much so that the man doesn’t watch mainstream wrestling and has to get his fix elsewhere. Enjoy this piece for all its splendor and glory as this is my form of repaying him a solid I’ve owed him for almost a year. Shame on me.* The funny thing about being a wrestling fan who, for a variety...

Podcast: The NBA Finals And The Moment Of Truth | 0 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, Ed is on the hot seat as he calmly explains why he feels the Thunder are down. However, the calm suddenly became a boiling rage which was unable to be tamed. Till called in to give some insight and, as always, the chat room held it down. Tinsley was noticeably quiet throughout the show, as he is preparing his mind for the best and the worst that could follow. As for Kenny? Well, he has a man-to-man chat with James...

Complicated: Remembering Five Years Since The Chris Benoit Murder-Suicide | 3 Comments

These days, it’s become a media staple to look back on somber anniversaries and ask what’s almost become a clichéd question: what have we learned since? Whether they are moments where society at-large can’t help but to avoid the remembrances of or the passing of time of an intense, but localized, tragedy, there’s a tendency to wonder what has changed since tears were shed and anger was thick in the air. More than anything, these “what...

Starting Lineups: What Would You Be Willing To Trade On Your Favorite Team For Percy Harvin? | 4 Comments

Evidently, Percy Harvin wants to be traded from the Minnesota Vikings. Source confirms Percy Harvin has requested a trade from #Vikings. Seen a lot of speculation about Harvin’s beef. The idea that Harvin is mad about contract vs. mad about role aren’t mutually exclusive. Vikings are wary of paying him. If he wants to get paid elsewhere, he needs to prove he can stay on field — and they don’t think he can. — Tom Pelissero...

I’m Ready To Talk About Joe Paterno and Penn State | 14 Comments

As I’m sure you’re all well aware of, the trial of former Penn State defensive coaching legend and accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky is currently taking place. It’s something I’ve spent a considerable amount of energy trying to stay away from, selfishly not wanting to learn more of the lurid details the alleged victims had to share, not wanting to see my alma mater brought once again to the limelight for this horrible scandal. It’s...

Starting Lineups: New Era Caps’ Windy City Battle Continues With Nick Offerman And Craig Robinson | 1 Comment

The City of Wind’s two hilarious actors Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Craig Robinson (The Office) are doing battle once again. This time, with an ode to baseball’s favorite song for the 7th-inning stretch, courtesy of New Era Caps. Even the suits have something to say about these spots. “New Era is a valued member of both the White Sox and Cubs family of corporate partners and we are thrilled to have our rivalry selected...