Baseball, The Book Club, The Rev

Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball...

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...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

Tempering Expectations For Derrick Rose

One of the hardest things to cope with in sports is realizing that a beloved athlete may have lost his edge. It’s such...

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...

Live Or Let Die: The Plight Of The Phillies | 4 Comments

It’s the end of the first half of baseball season, but it’s starting to seem like both a whole lot more and a whole lot less all at once in Philadelphia. See, the Phillies have been bad; no other way to say it. By the lofty standards of the most consistent club in baseball over the last half-decade has set, it’s been a loud fall back to Earth. One that has seemingly come out of nowhere, but by looking a bit closer, the Phillies have been prone...

#SourcesTellMe Players Need To Be The Sources | 2 Comments

Michael Jordan stans, by and large, love to remind LeBron James sycophants that their legend announced his 1995 return to the NBA via fax, not an elaborately staged television special. (Though let us not forget that Pat Riley’s use of the fax a season prior was the genesis of the NBA’s longstanding version of the nWo. Remember that, LeBron fans!) The fax didn’t exactly start a revolution in transaction announcements, but it was one of the rare...

Lane Kiffin’s Chance To Complete 2012’s Unholy Trinity Of Sports | 5 Comments

In 2012, winning championships takes an odd road to paradise. Hopefully Lane Kiffin’s GPS is working.  Each year in sports represents something. You know, sort of like how the Chinese calendar has its year of the ox, tiger, rabbit, snake and, everyone’s favorite, dragon. Each animal holds some sort of significance, basically dictating how the year will pan out. Sports, in a roundabout manner, is the same way. 2010 introduced the phrase...

Jordan Brand Presents #RiseAbove Expectations | 0 Comments

It’s still dope to see how sports can help tear down barriers, barriers that many of us never knew existed. In a story captured in a documentary by the folks at Jordan Brand, an Iraqi girl falls in love with basketball in a Country where tradition says she shouldn’t. Laylan, a determined girl, rises above expectations to become a college basketball player despite the cultural challenges surrounding her. This is the first of four documentaries...

Score: The Million Dollar Ballers Title Collection | 0 Comments

I was born and raised in the state of Oklahoma. I am an Oklahoma City Thunder fan since the team came to the Sooner State after Kevin Durant’s rookie season. You might ask yourself a question, “But Ed, who did you root for before the Thunder got to Oklahoma City?” Good question. The answer? The Seattle Supersonics. Oh the irony. I was raised on the glory days of Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton courtesy of my Uncle Bill, the old man who...

Barbecue, Fireworks And Baseball On The Radio | 2 Comments

Today is the 236th birthday of our nation. As a native Philadelphian, I’m reminded of July 4, 1776, every time I run through Old City or hop off the el at 5th Street. The Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence, Independence Hall, those things are engrained in my city’s culture. It’s where our nation was born. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend visiting the City of Brotherly Love, particularly around this time of year....

Starting Lineups: Should New Orleans Re-Sign Eric Gordon? | 8 Comments

These types of questions usually come with a backstory. Let me share. I’m minding my own business when I notice my phone ringing. It’s the one and only Bryan Crawford. We go through the usual greetings, salutations, insults and all the pageantry that comes with chopping it up with your homeboy that you haven’t talked to in awhile. Good times. Inevitably, we started talking about the NBA Draft, in particular the situation brewing...

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...