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RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 3: Different People, Same Mission

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about the importance of exercise and why it’s so hard for everyone to commit to...

Starting Lineups: Doin’ It In The Park Documentary Trailer | 0 Comments

There’s nothing like playing pick-up basketball. It’s the beautiful thing about basketball; doesn’t matter if people playing with each other have never met each other, don’t speak the same language or believe in the same things, hoops are universal and the game has a language all to its own. Two men, directors and producers (the legendary) Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, hopped on their bikes, carrying cameras and a ball...

The Same As He Ever Was: Mike Richards and the L.A. Kings | 4 Comments

If you’ve been watching the 2012 NHL Playoffs (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?), you know there’s been no shortage of stars rising to the challenge. Big names like Brad Richards, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin have come up big. Young superstars like Claude Giroux and Zach Parise have put their talents on full display. Netminders like Jonathan Quick, Henrik Lundqvist and Mike Smith have stolen the show and a...

Pencil In The Miami Heat; The East Is A Mere Formality | 8 Comments

As the first round of the NBA playoffs wind down, the Western Conference is compelling. The young Thunder will most likely face the Mamba and his Lakers. The reinvigorated Spurs will tip it off against the young Clippers or Grizzlies. Out west, the treacherous journey will be long and arduous. Incredible matchups, tough teams, and wily vets with multiple rings, with some long series mixed in with the unpredictability of who will advance. Every shot...

Starting Lineups: Remembering Roy Jones, Jr. Vs. Bernard Hopkins In 1993 | 9 Comments

I watched this entire fight after staying up way too late to watch the Memphis Grizzlies trick off another game versus the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s the wondrous ways of Youtube; it’s amazing that these gems can be found at a moment’s notice. I was having an argument with folks in the barbershop about the greatness of Roy Jones Jr., and these young whippersnappers said that Roy wasn’t a top ten all-time fighter. I about lost...

How Do You Want It? The Case for Matt Kemp vs. Josh Hamilton | 7 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan This has been a season of surprises thus far across Major League Baseball. The Nationals are dominating the NL East. The Pujols-less St. Louis Cardinals haven’t skipped a beat…while the Pujols-plus Los Angeles Angels can skip a beat(ing). There’s a lot that’s different in an unpredictable way, yet still enough has stayed the same: Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton are doing work. In the spirit of the election year...

Starting Lineups: Baron Davis Deserved Better | 2 Comments

It’s easy to say that life isn’t fair, but in the case of watching Baron Walter Louis Davis hoop, it’s truly not fair that we rarely got to see the L.A. legend hoop at the height of his superpowers. If you didn’t know, during Game Four of the first round of the playoffs between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, Davis dislocated his right knee cap while dribbling down the court. Not being cruel, but it was a disgusting...

Something Has To Change: NFL Players And Post-Career Safety Measures | 11 Comments

Every year more and more evidence shows up to support the notion that post-career medical evaluations are needed for NFL veterans. The NFL keeps preaching player safety but it seems as if something is not right with their agenda. One minute they are constructing rules changes, then the next minute they want to extend the game schedule by a couple of games. The NFL has a conundrum to worry about as more and more players are suffering from severe concussions...

Starting Lineups: Terrell Suggs and Mariano Rivera Are Gone For Foolishness | 4 Comments

In the span of 24 hours, the sporting world lost the NFL’s defending defensive player to a torn ACL and baseball’s greatest closer to a torn Achilles. While it’s not uncommon for athletes to get injured, the way these two got injured is mind-blowing. It has been alleged that Terrell Suggs tore his achilles tendon playing basketball, although Suggs has come and said he was “running conditioning tests” for the Ravens. Mariano Rivera suffered...

Floyd Mayweather Cannot Be Stopped* | 4 Comments

Note: the only exception is Father Time. This Saturday night will be a action-packed one for sports fans everywhere. For fans who are into hockey, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be on for them to partake in. For followers of baseball, there are bound to be games all over national television, as well as their respective local affiliates. Basketball fans are busy enjoying the first round of the playoffs, which will feature game threes and fours for...

Nike Creates Custom Bespoke Air Force 1 For Dirk Nowitzki | 0 Comments

Alexander, you are one lucky dude. Alexander’s a 19-year-old basketball fan from Frankfurt, Germany. The teenager won a Facebook contest, courtesy of Nike Basketball, with a simple purpose: dream as crazy as Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk’s crazy dream 14 years ago was an understated one: to play in the NBA. Shy, introverted, and nervous, Nowitzki came in with the deer in headlights look on his face. Watching Dirk and his Dallas Mavericks play earlier...

Starting Lineups: Parents, Letting Kids Stay Up Late To Watch Overtime Games Is Cool | 3 Comments

You’re conditioning your child for greatness; trust me on this. Mike Emrick, the play-by-play announcer for the NBC Sports Network, for Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers had to be worn out. The two teams could only score one goal apiece and were now three overtimes deep. Goodness gracious. When it seemed like the game would never end, Marian Gaborik’s game-winning goal...

Junior Seau’s Last Play | 5 Comments

“Why do you care so much about sports?” It’s come up often over the years. Mostly, the question has come up in a cynical manner, as if each of us have blinders to everything else in the world. It comes from good-natured souls who are disillusioned by how apparently society’s attention span tends to be skewed away from ‘the real issues.’ The answer is rather simple on the surface, but the underlying layers are what give you and...

Podcast: Floyd Mayweather Is A Money-Making Genius; Miguel Cotto Is Up Next | 0 Comments

On this edition of #theUCshow, we’re fortunate to have two esteemed guests chop it up with the fellas as boxing and the NBA playoffs take center stage this weekend. Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star will join us on the show to talk about about the upcoming mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Morgan points out that Floyd’s business model is impeccable, and that being the bad guy keeps him paid. Plus, does Cotto have...

The Most Hateable Players in the NBA Playoffs | 9 Comments

Every time a game takes place, there is typically one player who stands out as a hateable sort; some deservedly so, and some not. And there is certainly no shortage of hateable players in the NBA playoffs. Here’s a quick rundown of the most “hateable” player in each NBA playoff series. Eastern Conference (1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) Philadelphia 76ers: Joakim Noah This one is pretty self-explanatory. Noah is the type of agitator and relentless...

Starting Lineups: Derrick Rose’s Depressing Return To The United Center | 0 Comments

Whoever makes these decisions for the Chicago Bulls needs to be fired. Okay, maybe not fired, but a stern talking to seems to be in order. Goodness gracious, I haven’t seen a more pathetic and depressing sight in this world than watching Derrick Rose slowly limp his way towards half-court with the game ball. Seriously, Rose looked JUST like me, walking on the court with the ball in his hand. I instantly realized how pathetic I must look, walking...

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Bad Advice In All-Star Games | 11 Comments

This article is probably two-and-a-half months late, but this is the result of watching way too many old clips of NBA All-Star games and talking with fellow basketball fans. That All-Star game would be the 2001 edition, and that fellow basketball fan would Justin Tinsley. Tins and I spend way too much time talking about a player’s legacy. If you’ve read Tins long enough, you know that the man’s number one focus is the legacy of...

Ed’s Inconsistent Relationship with Hockey | 5 Comments

None of this is the Philadelphia Flyers fault. This is all on me. I can remember one night, maybe two years ago about this time, when the Flyers were battling the Chicago Blackhawks for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Flyers were on and were doing well; thus, giving me the opportunity to tweet about it. Now, for many (me being “Ed The Sports Fan”), it seems natural that I’d talk and tweet about hockey. This is kinda what I’m...

Fixin’ The NBA Playoffs: A Radical Idea To Shift From 16 to 24 Teams | 19 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic Considering all the foolishness that preceded it, the NBA regular season was a qualified success. However, I think we can all agree that the last month or so was a snooze since most playoff positions were set and teams just mailed it in. Miami didn’t seem to care about challenging Chicago for the best record; the Clips didn’t put up much of a fight to get the division title from the Lakers or the home...

Starting Lineups: Amare Stoudemire Loses His Damned Mind, Punches Fire Extinguisher | 4 Comments

Two tweets, and a quote represent what happened between Amar’e Stoudemire and that damn fire extinguisher. First, from Amare: I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start — Amar’e Stoudemire (@Amareisreal) May 1, 2012 Then, from the internet prophet that is Dragonfly Jonez: Punk ass Amare beating up fire extinguishers and shit. Fight yo nose (redacted). —...

Shocking The World At The 2012 NFL Draft In New York City | 3 Comments

The 2012 NFL Draft has come and gone, but not before I documented my journey as I took part in last week’s big events in New York City. Being an NFL fan is easy and fun, but being an NFL blogger means event after event after event. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, so to give folks insight on how I fared for this year’s draft, I decided to pen everything to share with the readers. Hope you enjoy. Wednesday, April 25th: Pre-Gaming...

Starting Lineups: The Grizzlies Give Up The Ghost; Clippers Comeback For 99-98 Win | 3 Comments

Source: @Jose3030 I was already thinking about Monday. Most of you were already asleep. The Memphis Grizzlies had a sound 22-point advantage, fans were already headed out of the FedEx Forum to see what Beale Street was talking about, and Caron Butler had already went in the locker room to put his three-piece suit on. The game was over. Of course, no one told Reggie Evans, Nick Young, Eric Bledsoe and Chris Paul that. Reggie Evans started boxing out...

Making Logic Of Michael Jordan’s Roster Moves in Charlotte | 12 Comments

One has to ask what in the hell Michael Jordan is doing to the Bobcats? You know your team is bad when your go-to player is former Duke star, Gerald Henderson. The Bobcats took the former Duke Blue Devil a few years ago in the lottery, and everyone was wondering if he would become the star athlete that everyone made him out to be as a prep star. The Bobcats mortgaged their team away last year as they traded Gerald Wallace to Portland and sent Stephen...

Nike Basketball Unveils Its 2012 Elite Series Kicks In The NBA Playoffs | 0 Comments

The NBA Playoffs causes everyone to raise their game. From the players, the coaches, the referees, and even the fans, they all seem to take it to another level. Everybody knows what time it is: it’s game time. Where is Cliff Levingston when you need him? Not be left behind, Nike has decided to raise the bar when it comes to the footwear their athletes will be wearing on the court. Three shoes have been selected by The Swoosh in the 2012 Elite...

Derrick Rose’s Torn ACL Messes It Up For Everyone Else In The Playoffs | 5 Comments

I don’t feel at my best unless I have the fresh cut. Doesn’t matter if it’s a big corporate meeting or taking a woman out on a date; if my ears have not been sufficiently lowered, then I’m self-conscious about it. I might not show it, but I am. When the Chicago Bulls were closing the show against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday afternoon, Derrick Rose was playing at his usual MVP-level. He was closing in on a triple-double,...

LeBron James And The Return Of Forever | 6 Comments

The 2012 NBA playoffs are upon us, and with it comes the controversy, the excitement and the pressure that has built some of the greatest legacies in the league’s long history. No one player, possibly ever, finds himself under the microscope like LeBron James. And in the case of TSFJ, our very own LBJ apologist, Justin Tinsley, stands possibly on the edge of one of the greatest postseason runs of all time or the biggest letdown any of us can...