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What Else Can Really Be Said About Ray Rice At This Point?

Yesterday after the video hit the internet, our editor-in-chief spoke on how much the Ray Rice story absolutely sucks. Ed...

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...

Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Randy Moss And ‘The U Part 2′ Highlight ESPN’s Newly Revealed Fall 30 for 30 Lineup

ESPN is rolling out its fall lineup for the upcoming 30 for 30 season, and there is something for all sports fans here....

Nas, Black Boi Pachino and Shocking The World at Rucker Park | 6 Comments

Living in the shadows of the Polo Grounds in modern times means that in some way, your Harlem life is shaped by the sporting history of 155th Street and Fredrick Douglass Boulevard. Where Willie Mays once roamed the abnormal outfield and Bobby Thompson inspired arguably the greatest radio call in sports history has stood one of New York’s most notorious housing projects for over 40 years. Across from that very development is another piece of...

The 10 Biggest Baseball Difference Makers In The Second Half | 5 Comments

Intro baseball is over, and the run to October is officially underway. There are more teams in the race for the postseason this year than ever before, but business is about to pick up and survival of the fittest is going to be realer than ever. Some squads are going to get there by sticking tight with what’s been working, while others are going to be making moves to make sure they get to the baseball promised land. Basically it’s simple: big-time...

Starting Lineups: Tommie Smith Wins 200m Gold In The 1968 Olympics | 0 Comments

Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated. A raised fist never said so much quite like Tommie Smith’s. Could be because you’ve triumphed at the highest peak of your profession or because you are tired of how things are around you presently. Smith’s most iconic photo is the one most of you remember him for, as the 200-meter champion and bronze medal winner John Carlos defiantly raised their fists in a black power salute to say to the world...

Jordan Brand Presents The ‘Olympic’ Air Jordan VII’s And Jordan Super.Fly’s | 4 Comments

When the Olympics come around every four years, the patriotic colorways of some of our favorite kicks are instantly in full bloom. The red, white and blue (plus some gold trimming) get the American treatment by the Jordan Brand with an iconic shoe from ’92, and a new entity for 2012. Dropping on Saturday, Jordan Brand will release the Air Jordan 7 “Olympic”  for $160. A retro variety of the kicks worn by The Jordan as a member of the gold...

Shocking The World, TSFJ Crew Love And The Nike World Basketball Festival In D.C. | 8 Comments

**Ed’s note: This is the first time that Bryan Crawford has written a “Shocking The World” post, so kudos to the man for stepping up and knocking this post out the park. However, let this serve as a disclaimer that points made in this article could possibly be “stretched truths” and flat-out lies. I hate you Bryan Crawford, but that’s why you my dog. End aside. TSFJ was definitely in the building over the weekend...

Podcast: Ed’s Encounter With Triple Crown Royalty | 0 Comments

On the latest episode of #theUCShow, what started out as an innocent recap of the TSFJ weekend in DC turned into chaos, confusion, catastrophe, and outright clown behavior from all parties involved. Ed was accused of bribing four thoroughbreds who were bad enough to be in The Triple Crown to take a picture. Kenny quickly came to his defense, but was shot down not only by Trible (who did backflips off Ed’s hotel bed; just gotta listen to understand),...

Starting Lineups: Adidas And Robert Griffin III Amp Up For Football Season In ‘Do What Light Does’ | 0 Comments

Robert Griffin III is a creep. In his new adidas commercial he’s a creep, that is. As the former legendary Baylor Bear signal caller has officially signed his 4-year deal with the Washington Redskins this week, RG3 shines in his latest spot where he haunts a scared football player that can’t escape seeing the locked-up quarterback in “Do What Light Does.” The adidas adiZero 5-Star cleat, out now at adidas.com, has officially kicked...

The Truth Shall Set You Freeh | 6 Comments

As anyone who reads this site or my own humble origins knows, I am a Penn State graduate and lifelong Nittany Lion. For the past eight months, I’ve seen heroes fall, legends rightfully besmirched, administrators put on trial and a monster put behind bars far, far too late. I’ve listened to and read about young boys being subjected to living hell and a community left reeling. And now, as the dust finally begins to settle following the...

Being A Working Square Has Destroyed My Sports Fan Life | 6 Comments

The last post I wrote for this site was over a month ago, and it was immediately following the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat Game Seven contest when the Heat topped Boston to move onto the NBA Finals.  Prior to that, I wrote a post about Kevin Garnett.  Before THAT, I wrote a post about Floyd Mayweather before his fight against Miguel Cotto, and before that, there was a post written right after I completed Shaun T.’s 60-day maniacal workout,...

People Are People, Athletes Included | 4 Comments

A quick glimpse at the headlines on a national sports news site looked more like a tabloid. Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil showed a gun in a traffic incident. Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested for a domestic violence misdemeanor.  The Paterno family planned to fight against the Freeh report. Knicks guard Jason Kidd was cited for driving while intoxicated. Tomorrow, the headlines may change, but certainly similar stories will be...

Starting Lineups: Justin ‘Jus Fly’ Darlington’s Egregious Dunk At WBF 2012 | 2 Comments

The man did a cartwheel,  (flawlessly, I might add … go try to do one when you get some free time. I almost threw my back out – mid-cartwheel he picked up a ball off the ground, finished the cartwheel and sprang up with the ball, put it between his legs, and dunked the ball with authority. The man is Justin “Jus Fly” Darlington. The dunk is one of the greatest dunks I’ve ever seen. The occasion was just another Sunday...

2012 National Team, Kobe Bryant And The 1992 Dream Team Snubs | 9 Comments

While on vacation this week, the buzz around the condo that I was staying in was about the statements that Kobe Bryant made about the 1992 Dream Team. Yes, Kobe feels the 2012 team is superior, and I blogged about it (inside the numbers) on my personal site because it was intriguing to me. If you are a basketball fan like me, you love it when personal challenges are thrown out there because it gives you an opportunity to compare generations of hoops...

The Converse Pro Leather, Stalley + The Dream and Block Parties at the World Basketball Festival | 1 Comment

How dope is it that you can wake up one day, step outside and go hoop, eat good food, listen to good music and stare at good-looking women? God bless America. Why the patriotic salute? Well, right up the street from Howard University, Converse and the World Basketball Festival decided to roll out the necessary resources at Banneker Community Center in Washington, D.C. to host a block party to celebrate local street culture through basketball, music,...

Nike and USA Basketball Put On For The Troops At The World Basketball Festival | 0 Comments

Bryan Crawford and I were arguing over who would win in a shooting contest hosted at the Team USA basketball practice between Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. Bryan and his usual homerism towards the state of Illinois clearly had him talking crazy about Deron and how he used to be chunky back in the day. I, on the other hand, was clearly leaning towards Mr. Zero Appreciation, my own homerism towards the Oklahoma City Thunder, and his buzzcut...

Kyrie Irving Is My New Favorite Player, Challenges Kobe Bryant To Play 1-On-1 For 50 Racks | 7 Comments

This is an impromptu post, as I’m not usually as reactive to crazy things that are randomly said without proof or evidence. But I’ll be damned if this wasn’t on videotape, and I saw Kyrie Irving talking crazy to Kobe Bryant, getting Kobe riled up and getting Kobe to accept a $50,000 wager on the two of them to play 1-on-1. A few points quickly. 1. Kyrie Irving is possibly having the best week out of any basketball player in the...

Starting Lineups: Rudy Fernandez Dunking On Dwight Howard In 2008 Makes Me Happy | 0 Comments

First off, hat tip to @Jubanator14 for the inspiration. Salute to you sir. Secondly, it’s possible I’m going to be raging against the Dwight Howard machine repeatedly until he’s on a new team. So, anytime I feel like poking fun at him, I will. Thirdly… #GOTDAMNDOGDIDYOUSEERUDYDUNKONDWIGHTSNECK? Yes, the United States won the game in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Yes, that was Kobe Bryant that got shook at the three-point...

The MLB Awards At The Half (It’s Time To Pay Attention) | 4 Comments

The anchor is getting lifted on the All-Star break in Major League Baseball today, and the opening act of the summer is over. The pre-All-Star break is always entertaining and gets the scene warmed up and ready, but the real season starts today: the push for October. There’s no shortage of drama coming into play now. With the bump provided by the extra Wild Card spot in play, there’s nine teams in the immediate competitive picture, sitting three...

Starting Lineups: The Miami Heat Signed Ray Allen And Rashard Lewis (SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS) | 3 Comments

Yes, that LMFAO song with Lil’ Jon called “Shots” is what ran through my head when I realized that Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen had both officially signed with the Miami Heat on Wednesday. I tweeted this yesterday, and there was a range of reactions from, “Ed you’ve lost your damned mind,” to “OMG that could be the scariest thing ever.” Potential starting lineup….Allen, Wade, LeBron, Rashard, Bosh....

How Perception Of The Commissioners Shapes How We See The Leagues | 3 Comments

Look at the photo above and ask just ask yourself which guy has it together the most. Truthfully, they all do. These four men – Allan “Bud” Selig, David Stern, Roger Goodell and Gary Bettman – are not exactly poor. They’re paid handsomely to represent the financial interests of team owners while shepherding the operations of their leagues, including but not limited to marketing, player development, discipline and style of play....

Podcast: Dwight Howard Is Dead To All Of Us | 1 Comment

There comes a point where folks will just say, enough is enough. Dwight Howard, that time has come with us the fans and you  and your shenanigans and tomfoolery. On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, we discuss why Shoulders Man has reached “ad nauseum” status with us, plus the social media implications that come along with Howard holding us hostage. Plus, we’ll talk about the second-half of the MLB season with Matt...

Starting Lineups: Will Saints Fans Lose Their Minds If Drew Brees Holds Out? | 3 Comments

That Super Bowl win just feels like a long, long time ago. The New Orleans Saints were bordering on being the next America’s Team. After that dirty trick Katrina ransacked New Orleans, the Saints became the new freedom riders for everyone in the Big Easy. Soon thereafter, the Ain’ts converted to the Super Saints and a Lombardi Trophy was brought home to Louisiana for the very first time. Now, in 2012, things have definitely changed for...

The 10 Most Memorable MLB All-Star Game Moments of the Past 20 Years | 6 Comments

The MLB All-Star game, no matter what your feelings are on its merits to determine home field for the World Series, always manages to provide a few truly memorable moments. Last night’s fireworks started right away and kept on coming. Here, I take you for a walk down memory lane and provide the 10 best MLB All-Star game moments from the last 20 years. Ichiro’s inside-the-park home run, 2007 The saying often goes that a triple is the hardest...

Starting Lineups: Remembering Tyson-Holyfield II, 15 Years Later | 0 Comments

I meant to post this awhile back, but there’s never a bad time to reflect on anything Mike Tyson-related. Holyfield-Tyson II was brought to the sporting world on June 28, 1997, in which Tyson decided to take a chunk out of Holyfield’s ear. In a fight that was originally billed as “Holyfield-Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury,” the bite served as the loudest sound in the world, and the aftermath of the fight furiously derailed...

The All-Time, Dead Or Alive Home Run Derby Contest | 12 Comments

Major League Baseball’s All-Star week is upon us again, and with it comes the greatest skill exhibition in pro sports as well, the Home Run Derby. The annual gathering of each league’s best at attacking the boundaries set by outfield walls displays some of the most awe-inspiring moments of the season. In a few hours, Robinson Cano will look to keep Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista and Price Fielder, among others, off his heels as he looks to defend his...

The 10 Best Wide Receivers of All-Time Not Named Jerry Rice | 32 Comments

Trying to put a list like this together when you were born in the mid 1970s is pretty hard to do, simply because you missed so much football played throughout the years. It’s obvious that Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is the best wide receiver ever, but ranking the rest hasn’t really been clear. It’s hard to rank wide receivers because the air attack didn’t really take off until the mid 80s as teams began to realize a good passing attack was needed...