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Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination,...

Basketball, J. Tinsley

Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t...

Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

BBSketch Paints The Perfect Picture Of Patrick Ewing & The Ewing Center Hi

It’s not a fair thing to say, but it’s the absolute truth. Patrick Ewing will always go down as one of the most...

C.J. Leslie Is Finally Becoming What We Thought He Would Be | 4 Comments

Sometimes, staying in place can do wonders for your confidence. After having the opportunity to bounce to the NBA after his debut season, C.J. Leslie made the right choice by returning to the Wolfpack and honing his skills for another year. I first noted his improvement this summer at the NC Pro-Am, especially in terms of his outside jump shot. C.J. has always been known as a freak athlete with a deadly first step. Adding a jumper only makes him...

Sunday School: Saturday Night Live Nails The Past Week Of Jeremy Lin | 0 Comments

As I have grown older (and grayer), I have come to have more of an appreciation for the sketch comedy of Saturday Night Live. I won’t go so far to say that SNL is must-see television, but it’s kind of like watching an NFL game…you might get a dud, but you might get a nail-biter as well. SNL opened up their show with a sketch that addressed everyone’s new favorite player, Mr. Jeremy Shu-How Lin of the New York Knickerbockers....

Score: Million Dollar Ballers Present The ‘Hardwood Collection’ | 2 Comments

Magic, Clyde “The Glide,” Bird, and Isiah. When I hear the terms Showtime, Jail Blazers, C’s, and Bad Boys, those are the four names I immediately associate with them. They are the some of the preeminent stars of the 1980′s and representation for four of the dominant teams of the era. Awhile back, we profiled the work of Million Dollar Ballers, as their t-shirt collection pays homage to the legacy of the NBA back in the 1980′s....

25 Years Later, We Remember Michael Jordan’s 37.1 PPG | 4 Comments

Four of the top five scoring seasons of all-time belong to Wilt Chamberlain. From 1959-63, Chamberlain used his 7-foot frame, sheer power and dominance over his diminutive counterparts to score upwards to 50 points a game in a single season. The fifth-highest scoring season of all-time, however, belongs to the man we revere as the world’s greatest basketball player ever, and that man’s birthday is today. Michael Jeffrey Jordan turned...

The Greatest That Never Were: The 1990′s Edition | 6 Comments

The ’90s had the L.A. Riots, as well as a buffet-esque amount of classic albums. The ’90′s had the most famous blow job in the history of mankind (Clinton-Lewinsky). The ’90s had classic television sitcoms (Martin, Fresh Prince, Seinfield etc.). The ’90s had a mother and young goon such as myself in tears when Torres died on New York Undercover. Seriously, that’s one of the saddest moments in entertainment history,...

The Dummy’s Guide to Fixing Voting on the NBA All-Star Game | 3 Comments

By Jason Clinkscales / @asportsscribe Kenny disrespected a box of rocks, so call this a defense of said solid matter. Actually, this is more of a consideration. Voting in the All-Star games of all sports is, at best, a flawed exercise in high-wattage entertainment. There’s no doubt of the popularity principle for the fans and the matter of familiarity (or laziness, some say) for coaches causes conniptions among the sporting nation. From injured...

The Jeremy Lin Townhall Meeting #theUCshow | 1 Comment

Justin Tinsley, Jonathan Tillman, Bryan Crawford and Eddie Maisonet have a roundtable discussion about the emergence of the New York Knicks sensational point guard, Jeremy Lin. From the internets going nuts, to Floyd Mayweather’s callout, to the Lin’s future with the Knicks (and the Knicks future with him), a candid discussion ensues. Enjoy. P.S. – Enjoy a story at the :45 mark of Ed’s no-show at the DMV to hoop, due to a...

The Winner of Mayweather Vs. Cotto Will Face…Canelo Alvarez? | 1 Comment

May 5th was supposed to be a glorious occasion. On the first Saturday of May, Coronas would be consumed, random parties of Hispanic influence would be planned and a tremendous day on the sports calendar would ensue for all to enjoy. If you haven’t noticed, the first weekend in May has turned (somewhat) into a national sports holiday. The NBA and NHL playoffs will be in full swing, the Kentucky Derby holds court in the late afternoon, and the...

Why I Stopped Being a Professional Sportswriter | 10 Comments

I have a problem. A big problem. You see, my entire life, I’ve been obsessed with sports. From the moment I began playing catch with my father, I was hooked. Every day of my youth was spent playing and watching sports. It started out with tee ball and soccer, progressed to live pitching, football, basketball and moving up the ladder a bit in soccer, and once my official playing days were over in high school, it continued with pickup games after...

Randy Moss Is A Free Agent? Here Are Three Teams That Should Sign Him | 4 Comments

In this day in age with the advancement of technology running wild like Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania did back in our childhood, many of our favorite athletes are relying on social media to make their “announcements” public to the world. From Kevin Durant putting out a simple tweet to the world that he had re-signed with his OKC Thunder to Shaquille O’Neal putting out a 20-second video, via TOUT, on Twitter announcing his retirement,...

Happy VaLintine’s Day | 5 Comments

As a sportswriter, a free Friday night during high school basketball season is rare. Last week, the rare opportunity presented itself. In the chance there is no work, a free night is far from a sports night. No offense to sports, but the opportunity to hang out with a few friends or grab a movie is enticing. The decision to meet up with an old friend at a local restaurant was made. After discussing options for the night, the main idea that pounded...

The NBA Coaches Who Vote On All-Star Reserves Are Dumb As A Box Of Rocks | 9 Comments

Sometimes, I truly sit back and wonder what is going through the minds of the coaches from the Eastern and Western Conference when it is time to make selections for the All-Star reserves. There are times when they get it right; there are times when they get it wrong, and there are times when they screw it up so bad that it makes you wonder if they really watch basketball outside of the teams they coach. This year, as always, there are guys who shouldn’t...

The Reason LeBron James Lacks The ‘Clutch’ Gene | 10 Comments

Whether you’re trying to solve a tough problem, handle a critical situation, write an essay or have deliberate but inspired sex with a partner, creative thinking is crucial. The process boils down to changing your perspective and seeing things differently than you currently do. Earlier last week, I witnessed Duke freshman Austin Rivers perform an act against the North Carolina Tar Heels that I haven’t seen from many freshmen over the past few...

Sunday School: Could Venus Williams Be Forced To Stop Playing Tennis? | 2 Comments

An interesting read about Venus Williams dealing with a rare disorder called Sjogren’s disease. Can Venus come back? Check that article, along with ten other dope blogs, videos and other shenanigans to serve as your reading material this fine Sunday. The Basketball Jones: Jay-Z is creating some very expensive Nets suites Complex: Ahmad Bradshaw Doesn’t Think The Cowboys Can Win A Super Bowl As Long As Tony Romo Is The Quarterback CSN Washington:...

Jay Williams, Ten Points In 54 Seconds And Duke’s 2001 Comeback Vs. Maryland | 4 Comments

This will probably be the most I’ve ever consistently written about the Duke Blue Devils in my entire life, but it’s something that I needto discuss . If you had a heartbeat, you probably heard about the shot heard ’round the world on Wednesday night, as Austin Rivers put the team on his back and put the North Carolina Tar Heels out of their misery with a game-winning three. It was jaw-dropping to watch, and surreal to see, because...

Fan’s Perspective: When Kevin Garnett Realized Winning Was Everything | 4 Comments

“I came out the womb, man. This how I am. I’m built like this.” There’s an elephant in the room. What is it exactly? Kevin Garnett’s career is almost over. This could be his last year. Or he could go on to play two more seasons. Either way, it’s something I’ve come to grips with and realized in three stages. The first is when his game began shifting away from the post into the classic old man mid-range jump...

Austin Rivers Owns The Moment, Finishes Off North Carolina | 5 Comments

There are some people that are capable of owning the moment, and there are others who shy away from it. When I first watched Austin Rivers hoop during a high school game that aired on ESPN, and watched him (in the words of Kenny Masenda) get his “Kyle Lee Watson” on, there was no doubt that Rivers was going to get his. You just better get yours when you can. Fast-forward to Wednesday night for Duke versus North Carolina, and there was...

Bryan Crawford Talks NBA All-Star Reserves, Team USA Basketball #theUCshow | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Justin and Ed come to grips that we witnessed the last NFL game of this season with Super Bowl XLVI. Not only did Wes Welker cost Big Boi $100K of his smoke money, but he might have cost us an Outkast album in the process. This is flat-out unacceptable. We’ll talk with local scribe, Bryan Crawford, as we chat about the NBA All-Star reserves that will be announced tomorrow. Should Tony Parker...

Tar Heels Vs. Blue Devils: It’s Round One. Let’s Go! | 3 Comments

One of the great things about living in the Bull City is the biggest college basketball game on the planet occurs here twice a year. That’s right; twice a year. The fact that the campuses of the University of Chapel Hill and Duke are only eight driving minutes apart makes it great if you live in the area. This year is no different. The trash talk used to only be face-to-face, but technology gives the average fan a perspective of some of the legendary...

Duke vs. North Carolina in the NBA: Perception vs. Reality | 17 Comments

Historically in the battle of Tobacco Road, North Carolina has been perceived as the superior program as far as turning out productive NBA players and stars. For as much success as the Duke program has had under Coach K, there was always that knock that the highly regarded college players he molded into winners rarely panned out with that promise at the highest level. Names like Jordan, Worthy, Wallace, Jamison and Carter trumped those of Ferry,...

Seattle, Plus Three Other New Cities That Should Get A Chance Host The Super Bowl | 4 Comments

Earlier Monday afternoon, the Seattle Seahawks franchise officially submitted the initial paperwork to show that they do have interest in hosting a Super Bowl in the future. Having spent time in the Pacific Northwest for awhile and having family that resides in the area, it’s a thought that had definitely crossed my mind. With a stadium that was opened just ten years ago, a city that is revered for its scenic values and good-looking women,...

What A Difference A Year Makes. The Fall Of The UConn Huskies | 2 Comments

Last season, UConn won the NCAA National Championship. Before this season, the Huskies were ranked number four in both the AP and coaches polls. After a home win over St. John’s on New Year’s Eve, Connecticut extended its winning streak to seven games and moved to 12-1 on the season. Then, the Huskies fell off. They lost by 12 at Seton Hall and by seven at Rutgers. After that, they got back on track by beating West Virginia and Notre Dame. The...

Two Smiths That Deserve Liberation: Josh and J.R. | 10 Comments

Note: despite the fact that I adhere to The Great Bomani Jones’ creed of “Life is not about deserve,” it was the only word I felt comfortable using. Using “need” or any other word instead was just…nah. For some people, two of the biggest head cases in the game of basketball bear the same last name. They are both immensely talented, multi-dimensional players who, at times, have clashed with their coaches during their time in the NBA. Both...

Just Call Me Elite Manning, ‘Cause I’m Clutch | 7 Comments

Several people have been critical of the greatness that is Eli Manning. Anytime I have been asked to do a quarterback list, I never let the fact that the man wasn’t flashy and didn’t have but one title deter my thoughts about his ability. The way I see it, the quarterback can only lose games when they play horrible, and when they are the reason you lost. This has not been the case in the career of Eli Manning. I made the same argument about the...

Reading Material: Frank Sinatra, Shaquille O’Neal and the Next Generation | 6 Comments

One of the few benefits that comes from breaking your leg is that people will have sympathy on you and will bring you gifts. From folks bringing you random “casseroles,” to DVD’s and video games, to ice cream, there can be some sweet perks in the deal. (Of course, I’d take being able to walk on my own over all of this.) However, the best gift I received thus far was a pair of books my local dentist and part-time contributor...