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...

The 4 Shots That Changed The NBA Conference Finals | 7 Comments

Heading into weekend, it looked as though the top seeds left in each conference were on a collision course to face each other in the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs had just demoralized the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first two games, extending their winning streak to an absurd 20 games, while the Miami Heat took care of the Boston Celtics behind some truly emphatic performances by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But there’s a saying that...

Starting Lineups: Russell Westbrook’s Alley-Oop Dunk Is Chaos In Motion | 0 Comments

I’m probably really close to getting kicked out of my apartment after Monday night. Usually, I come here and leave a few hundred words with witty commentary on whatever interesting events that might have occurred from the previous night. Unfortunately, I’m going to be unable to do such a thing. Game Five took something out of me. Maybe my nerves. Maybe five years off my life. Maybe more grey hair. Who knows? The Oklahoma City Thunder...

Charlie Hustle’s Sad Song | 4 Comments

Pete Rose wasn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. He isn’t there today. He won’t be there tomorrow. Somber and sobering words for one of the game’s greatest players. Yet, the fiasco that has surrounded Rose for years continues to draw attention. It’s a subject that can start a sports conversation from a mile away. Should Rose be in the Hall? Or was breaking the sport’s number one rule too much? This post...

Nike and XBox Introduce ‘Nike + Kinect Training’ | 0 Comments

If you love video games and need an excuse to begin working out, then Nike and the XBox Kinect might have a solution for you. There have been plenty of video games on the Nintendo Wii that will make you break a sweat. Hell, I’ve even broken a sweat bowling on the Wii once. (Gotta generate that spin.) However, playing mini-games and other kid-like games is one thing, having a brand that focuses on getting the best out of athletes and a trainer...

Starting Lineups: Can Boston Or Oklahoma City Win A Road Game? | 0 Comments

They say a series isn’t a series until the road team wins a game. So far in the NBA’s Conference Finals, everything has gone according to plan. Miami and San Antonio defended their home courts as the higher seeds and won at home. Boston and Oklahoma City overcame 2-0 deficits in their respective series to tie it back up at 2-2. Two teams are still in control; two other teams have all the momentum. We’re being blessed with an end...

Has Orlando Given Dwight Howard Too Much Power? | 5 Comments

Every day there are new rumors as to where Dwight Howard should go. It doesn’t really make a lot of sense when you think that the Magic have mortgaged its front office to keep the big man happy. Brooklyn is adamant about getting the big man, and the Nets are willing to make any blockbuster trade they can to lure him to NYC. For the Nets, it’s Howard or bust. Brooklyn feels that Howard and Deron Williams would be a formidable combination and help...

Kevin Durant Stars In The Documentary “From My Hood To Your Hood” | 0 Comments

It seems like eons ago, but the Kevin Durant World Tour that the DC native went on in the Summer of 2011 is something worth remembering. As we embark on the journey towards Game Five of the Western Conference Finals, its worth remembering the fact that this season wasn’t promised to us. Miami and Boston might actually give us a series worth a damn, and the Spurs and Thunder might give us a series of the ages. Kevin Durant carried the torch...

Starting Lineups: Kevin Durant Yams On Tim Duncan; Thunder Dubs The Spurs In Game Three | 0 Comments

Kevin Durant’s throwdown on Tim Duncan was the beginning of a long night for the Spurs and when the smoked-down Thunder fans finally put one in the win column. One down, three to go. (Tins, if you’re reading this, then it’s seven to go. Salute.) The Oklahoma City Thunder did what many said they could not. The Thunder made adjustments, played with a renewed focus and fed off of Loud City to triumphantly win Game Three of the Western...

Before You Knock the Miami Dolphins’ On ‘Hard Knocks’… | 6 Comments

Are there any more Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian jokes that haven’t been used yet? Feel free to get them out of the way now before you continue reading. Yep, that one, too. Done? Good. The announcement that the Miami Dolphins will be featured in the seventh edition of HBO’s Hard Knocks was greeted with as much joy as… okay, there was little-to-no joy in the announcement. On the sports world’s real-time stage that is social media, the decision...

Starting Lineups: The New Orleans Hornets Won The NBA Draft Lottery? I Call Shenanigans | 5 Comments

Maybe David Stern is still mad at Michael Jordan for gambling back in the early 90′s (this is Bill Simmons’ age-old theory) or maybe The Commissioner felt like he still owed the New Orleans Hornets a sold after trading away Chris Paul and turning down a potentially better offer from the Los Angeles Lakers in the process. I call shenanigans. From the folded envelope for the New York Knicks in the 1985 draft to the lack of championship...

Podcast: There Is Trouble In OKC; Can The Thunder Storm Back To Make This A Series? | 0 Comments

On this edition of #theUCshow, the three amigos chop it up about the current state of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Currently down 2-0, Eddie Maisonet shows some concern, but he is surprisingly stoic. Leave it to Kenny and The Rev to provide additional analysis and concern about the chances of the Thunder coming back to make this a series. We also hear from Till and The Great Myles Brown, as they provide their consistent wisdom. Make sure to check out...

The Quiet Storm Is Over: Barry Bonds Is Back | 10 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan It’s storm season, and a familiar forecast is on the horizon. Barry Bonds is looking for a way back into baseball. Now stop for a second and think about that: how oddly correct it is…because he never really was officially kicked out. But in all truth, the all-time home run king was all but thrown out the Major Leagues with a style that only Uncle Phil and Jazz could really appreciate. Since the end of 2007 when...

Starting Lineups: What If The Oklahoma City Thunder Ran The Triangle? | 1 Comment

Watching my favorite team get bludgeoned repeatedly last night by the San Antonio Spurs made me remember a particular snippet from an article Chuck Klosterman wrote titled, “What Ever Happened To The Triangle Offense?” I’d suggest reading the entire piece, as Klosterman in general is one of my favorite writers, but this passage always makes me wonder what if: When the Bulls ran this offense in the ’90s, the key adaptation...

Baseball Is Back In The Beltway | 3 Comments

Take a look at the standings in the vaunted Eastern Divisions in Major League Baseball and try not to spit out your coffee. Those aren’t misprints. Two months into the 2012 season, the AL and NL East have been flipped on their respective heads. On the AL side, the Baltimore Orioles are no longer at the bottom looking up at the big, bad Yankees and Red Sox. Instead, it is Baltimore sitting atop the division with Tampa Bay, while the Sox and...

Starting Lineups: Why Won’t The Chicago Bears Pay Matt Forte? | 3 Comments

So this is what its come down to, huh? Matt Forte’s been in the league for four years, and last season was the first time that Forte missed any playing time. Forte was out for the final four games of the regular season after spraining the MCL in his right knee. Now, with Forte’s contract up, and the Chicago Bears known to be a bit of a tight-wad organization when it comes to their finances, the Bears brass dropped us with this gem of...

Heat Vs. Celtics: Come and Get It, Boston. | 4 Comments

If the sporting world ever needed example of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, LeBron James certainly gave it one. After being fouled on a layup attempt in the waning minutes of the Miami Heat’s 93-79 Game One win over the Boston Celtics, James stood. Ball in hand, he raised it next to Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. He held it there and, while laughing, he menacingly spoke. “Yeaaaaaahhhh, yeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh, yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh,”...

Breaking Down The Fascination With Tim Tebow | 3 Comments

It seems Tim Tebow garners the entire craze these days. When every play you run in OTAs gets publicly tweeted and several people are following, you know that you have officially arrived. Why all the love for a backup quarterback? Why all the hype over a quarterback that really hasn’t done anything of significance to warrant the attention he’s getting just yet? Is it because he brought his team back to win a football game or two? Honestly, he’s...

Justin Verlander and Forcing History’s Hand…on Repeat | 2 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan Time to say something rare, something that’s only been said six times in his last 46 games: Justin Verlander lost yesterday. Granted, he only gave up two runs in eight innings and only got one run of support to work with, but it is what it is. The thing is though, that’s often more than enough for him. See, the Detroit Tigers defending Cy Young winner is basically becoming a solid bet to make the impossible...

Starting Lineups: Miami Finishes Off Indiana, Who Will They Face Next? | 2 Comments

Well, that was fun. A few elbows here, a few slaps on the mouth there, and the resurgent duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade later, the Miami Heat rolled off three straight wins to finish off the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Give Miami a ton of credit; many thought when Indy had them down two games to one that the Heat would fold like lawn chairs at a cookout. So now we’re at a crossroads. Everyone believes that Boston’s...

The Lost Conversation Between Pat Riley And Michael Jordan | 23 Comments

During the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, soon-to-be New York Knicks head coach Pat Riley sat down with Michael Jordan for what resulted in one of the most revealing interviews of His Airness’ career. Think of your hero. It could be your parents, grandparents, siblings, friends or whoever. It could be an athlete. It could be an entertainer. It doesn’t matter. We love heroes because we remember them at their strongest. They fit the mold...

Starting Lineups: Andre Iguodala Almost Gives Paul Pierce An Obituary | 1 Comment

I have a rule about writing an obituary on someone getting destroyed into oblivion, getting sonned by a superhuman feat, getting dunked on with no regard for human life, or any other form of egregious embarrassment. To that degree, I was working my usual 9 o’clock shift on The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, and I missed when Paul Pierce got YULEEEEEEEE’d on by Andre Iguodala in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The texts...

Do You Want an NBA Rivalry or What? | 4 Comments

When the Miami Heat faced the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the broadcasts wouldn’t go five minutes without some allusion to the league’s last great rivalry. From 1997-2000, these franchises took part in basketball that was absolutely ugly, yet sublimely beautiful. If you watched basketball with the strong belief in defensive tenet of “no layups,” then Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Alonzo Mourning and P.J. Brown...

Podcast: The Lakers Go Fishing And Allen Iverson Impromptu Appreciation Night | 2 Comments

On this edition of #theUCShow, the phone lines ring off the hook as Bryan Crawford and Danielle first share views on the demise of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Soon after, Cuffs The Legend came on to share some insight, and he also touches on the impact of Allen Iverson, which has everyone on the phone taking trips down memory lane. Per usual, we also got wisdom from The Great Myles Brown and concluded the show with a call from none other...

Starting Lineups: Converse & Undefeated Unveil The Summer 2012 Jack Purcell Collection | 0 Comments

Here are your dope kicks for the summer, courtesy of Converse’s Jack Purcell brand and Undefeated. Boasting a white, black and a limited-edition red version, Converse First String will serve as a limited-edition summertime Jack Purcell collection for fans of the brands along with casual shoes for lounging at a cookout or for that late night drink with the crew.  The following are words by a suit from Converse. “We are excited to collaborate...

When The Hell Is He Going Retire? An Ode To Martin Brodeur | 5 Comments

Martin Brodeur has tortured a lot of opposing fan bases in his 20-year NHL career, and at the very top of the list are Philadelphia Flyers fans. I’ve watched Brodeur be dominant for so long, while my own franchise has struggled to find a man to stop the puck. It’s been amazing and incredibly frustrating to watch all these years. So frustrating that I regularly ask myself, “When the hell is Martin Brodeur going to retire?” Year...