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...

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...

Mario Balotelli: The Most Hated Man In The World, My New Favorite Soccer Player | 6 Comments

Every sports fan has a penchant towards supporting certain types of players. One friend in particular always likes the same kind of athletes. Quiet, humble, hard-working, disciplined. If I could just add one more adjective to this, I’d add boring. I, on the other hand, seem to be the polar opposite of my friend. I like brash, arrogant, cocky, loudmouth personalities. Some might even call them jerks. From players like Russell Westbrook to Cam...

Starting Lineups: Three Thoughts On The Great LaDainian Tomlinson | 3 Comments

LaDainian Tramayne Tomlinson, aka L.T., that’s right I said L.T., because even Lawrence Taylor can appreciate the career this latest version of L.T., ver. 2.1. The man we’ve affectionately called L.T. for the past 15 years (4 for TCU, 9 for San Diego, 2 for the New York Jets) had to leap a variety of hurdles that seemed one part foolish and one part unfair. From the inability to spell or say his name correctly, to doubting his talents...

So You Really Want To Blame Russell Westbrook? | 9 Comments

On all social media notes, people have a hate/hate relationship with Russell Westbrook. Sure he gets a little out of control sometimes, but make no mistakes about it; Russell Westbrook is a great player. No one can really argue against the fact that he is one of the 15 best players in the NBA. Russie just happens to play with a top 3 player who everyone thinks should be getting the majority of the shots. Kevin Durant deserves the ball. As much as...

DefyDC Puts On For Len Bias with “Original Lensanity” | 1 Comment

26 years ago today, Len Bias was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft. The Celtics were going to continue their franchise reloading ways. With Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish’s eventual evolution into dinosaurs about to take place, the opportunity to bring on Bias to the squad was going to be a Celtics’ fans dream come true. Then, tragedy struck. You know the story. Well, unless you’re...

Isiah Thomas: The Necessary Evil Villain of the Dream Team | 6 Comments

Every good drama or action story needs a great villian. The fortitude, courage and charisma of the hero is measured by the degree of difficulty needed to vanquish the bad guys. Without Lex Luthor, Superman is just a cross-dresser running around in tights and a goofy cape. This is why I submit that Isiah was, in his absence, an important facet in the success of the Dream Team. The documentary emphasized how good the chemistry and comaraderie was with...

Starting Lineups: Remembering Magic’s Hook Shot, 25 Years Later | 4 Comments

There are certain moments that come to mind that clearly define an NBA Finals series. The Flu Game… Nick Anderson’s missed free throws… The push-off… The Iverson step-over… Olajuwon’s teaching lesson on Shaq… Just to name a few. Who knows if we’ll get one of those in this NBA Finals series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat. It’d be nice to bet on, but you can’t predict...

Hello, Brooklyn! A Conversation with Nets CEO Brett Yormark | 5 Comments

Back in March, TSFJ featured a manual of sorts for the newly rechristened Brooklyn Nets as they played out the string (and 35 years of roots) in New Jersey. This is a team not only bringing back major league professional sports for the first time since the Dodgers left in 1957, but one entering hostile territory with the long established New York Knicks capturing the NBA interests of all five Boroughs once again. For those of us who are just fans,...

Starting Lineups: The Nike Air Uptempo’s My Mom Took Away From Me On My Birthday | 3 Comments

Saw the re-release of the Nike Air Uptempo kicks over at Nice Kicks and had a sad flashback to my childhood. First the pertinent information on the release of one of my favorite shoes. Nike Basketball pulls out all the stops in honor of this year’s Olympic Games. The Air More Uptempo, which was made famous by Chicago Bulls superstar Scottie Pippen, has been styled in an obsidian mainstay with white lettering, red trim and a 360 Degree Air Max unit....

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...