Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California....

Football, Trible To Your Bass

Mississippi State, Ole Miss And The Power Of ‘That One Year’

If this country still exists in 25 years, two men might sit in a Mississippi bar. Hank Williams will twang in the background...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

Setting The Stage For World War Westbrook

When the devastating news broke that Kevin Durant would be missing anywhere between six to eight weeks of action, I admit...

Podcast: Intervention Is Needed – Ken’s Turning 30 Years Old And He’s Scared To Death | 0 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, what was supposed to begin with a Justin Tinsley public service announcement (for Kobe Bryant of all people, as he enters “The No Win Zone”) turned into a barrage of happy birthday messages, along with some much-needed intervention. While Eddie Maisonet turned 29 last weekend, Kenny turns 30 today and the man is scared to death. The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Community did their part to calm the man’s...

Wheelin’ And Dealin’ In The MLB | 3 Comments

Baseball is cut from a different cloth from other sports. The fields are different dimensions. One league plays by a different set of rules than another. An exhibition game in the middle of the season determines home-field advantage in the World Series. These examples and more make baseball completely different. Baseball fans love the unique nature of the game. In fact, they embrace “pastime” as a description rather than “game”...

Why Does Football Use A Coin Toss To Decide Possession? | 3 Comments

Yesterday, I was searching around the internet seeking out a video I had seen some time ago on how NFL captains decide whether to call heads or tails at the coin toss. It was a video — I’m pretty sure produced by NFL Films — that I’ll never forget because Troy Vincent of the Philadelphia Eagles, one of my favorite players ever, looked dead in the camera and said, “Tails. Tails is it.” And he said it as if anyone who chose...

The Olympics Seem Different This Time Around | 0 Comments

Something’s different about these Olympics. It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why it’s different, but it’s different nonetheless. Perhaps the American sports fan is drowned in overexposure. It’s possible that the baseball fan is glued to the TV to find out if the team he or she loves made a trade. Football fans are following along on Twitter for every hitch-and-go route their favorite wide receivers make. The camps...

Starting Lineups: The Entire Team USA Squad Hugged Up On The First Lady | 1 Comment

Yes, Team USA took care of business against France on Sunday in an impressive 98-71 victory in London. It was the opening game of the Men’s Basketball tournament of the 2012 Olympics and all of the things we expected happened. LeBron James showed out. Kevin Durant went off. Even Anthony Davis got in there and did some thangs. Oh, and Tony Parker had the rec-specs in full effect. None of that really matters though, because after the game was...

Robert Griffin III, The Athletic Quarterback, And The Future Of The NFL | 4 Comments

Has there been anyone as polarizing as Robert Griffin III this offseason? The man won the Heisman Trophy. He’s been on every endorsement commercial offered to players who can play the game at a high level. The man was even spotted at the Women’s Final Four this year rooting for his alma mater. A lot of folks have been asking me how I feel about Robert Griffin III as a football player. The most important question they should be asking me is how...

The 5 Games That Will Never Be Watched Again | 19 Comments

It didn’t take much. It never does, honestly. We’ll sporadically hit each other up to shoot the breeze, and the next thing you know, a collaboration post is in the works. See, this is a process that isn’t unique to TSFJ. We have a stable of writers who respect each others’ work, love to write with each other, support each other, push creative limits and challenge each other. So when Ed and I chopped it up on Gchat on Saturday night, the...

This American Wants To See Usain Bolt Dominate…Again | 0 Comments

Four years in the making all comes down to the next two weeks. Four years ago this time, I was living in Chicago, looking for a full-time job, watched damn near every waking moment of the Olympics in Beijing and almost went for broke dining off strictly Harold’s Chicken. Coincidentally, the one moment from the 2008 Games which went missed by yours truly was Kobe Bryant donning his Superman cape and executing arguably the most clutch moment...

Podcast: Football Is Upon Us | 0 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, the three amigos take some time to talk about the men’s basketball team and why Kenny has no desire to watch or hear about them at all. From there, we take it to football where all hell breaks loose. Tins lets loose, Ed goes on a tirade, Kenny loses his mind, and…..yeah, it’s that time and football is the one topic that makes all of us go nuts. Be sure to give us a listen and stay tuned for more!!!! Other...

The Yankees Pulled A Fast One By Trading For Ichiro | 2 Comments

We’ve seen this before, and “this” means several things at once in this situation. We’ve seen the New York Yankees make big, unexpected deals. We’ve seen superstars moved from the outhouse to the penthouse in July before. It’s not even unprecedented that a superstar whose shine is fading ends up out of there. But that doesn’t mean that it’s any less of a shock to see Ichiro Suzuki in the pinstripes of the New York Yankees now. Although...

Starting Lineups: Team USA Defeats Spain 100-78, Now What? | 0 Comments

After a shaky first quarter which saw our beloved American hoopers go down by nine points to a game Spain squad, Team USA surged ahead to a lead in the second quarter and never looked back in a 100-78 victory in Barcelona’s beautiful Palau Saint Jordi arena. Couple of points, quickly. Serge Ibaka and Pau Gasol went a combined 14-19 shooting from the floor. That’s a 74% shooting percentage. Yikes. Marc Gasol didn’t play at all. Tyson...

The 1992 Olympics: Beyond The Dream Team | 2 Comments

Believe it or not, it was 20 years ago today that the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, brought basketball to the national stage like never before. It was July 25, 1992, when the Dream Team took a stroll through Olympic Stadium before running roughshod on the world. While the Dream Team came to define the ’92 Olympics, there was a whole lot more going on than just the greatest collection of basketball players ever taking basketball to new...

Starting Lineups: LeBron, Kobe And KD Show Off Nike’s Olympic Hyperdunk+ iD, Kobe VII System And KDIV iD | 1 Comment

The USA Men’s Basketball squad debuted a new Olympic design on Sunday as they defeated Argentina 86-80 at the world famous Palau Saint Jordi in Barcelona for an exhibition game. The team wore USA-inspired NikeID designs during the contest, most notable of which were LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant showing off their new signature shoe designs for the world to see. The Nike Olympic Hyperdunk+, worn by LeBron James, can be found here. The...

A Man’s Best Fan | 14 Comments

When I was a wee 9-year-old, I received a basket for Easter that included a puppy. At that point, we were still a year away from the Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa home run race that brought baseball back. In fact, during the chase I begged and pleaded and searched for a Chicago Cubs fitted hat. I got the hat, and not long afterwards, the puppy chewed up the brim. It was the first and last time I got mad at that dog. My timeline of the events in life...

Starting Lineups: All Hail Barry Larkin, Hall Of Famer, His Life In Pictures | 4 Comments

Go on ahead and try to say anything negative about Barry Larkin here in Cincinnati. I dare you. I double dog dare you to. You might not make it out of the room alive. “I consider myself an amoeba man, I’ll assume any shape to help the team. If the team needs someone to lead by example, I do that. If it needs someone to steal, I do that. If it needs someone to bunt or move a runner from second to third, I do that.” — Barry...

Put Out An APB: 5 Reasons The NBA Big Man Has Gone Missing | 10 Comments

Interestingly enough, there are so many teams that covet the services of Dwight Howard since he is a rarity in the NBA right now. When you take a long, hard look around the league right now, there are only two legitimate big men in the league. Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum are the cream of the crop, and both have contracts that expire next year. The NBA hasn’t had a truly dominant big man since Shaquille O’Neal. Don’t get it twisted; I am...

Question Of The Day: Who Has The Best Backcourt In The NBA? | 13 Comments

I was reading an article by Sam Gardner from Fox Sports about the tug-of-war that is about to take place with NYC basketball fans with their longstanding hometown New York Knicks and the new imports from New Jersey in the Brooklyn Nets. In the piece, Gardner points out that The Big Russian (Mikhail Prokhorov) has assembled arguably the best backcourt in the NBA in re-signed point god Deron Williams and recently acquired via trade isolation extraordinaire...

Starting Lineups: The Big Dirty (Eli) Manning-wich, Courtesy Of Epic Meal Time | 1 Comment

Meat. Liquor. Friends. This should be the formula for everything, but in two instances this has become the formula for ultimate success. Tailgating at football games, and an online cooking show based in Canada. Epic Meal Time is an internet phenomenon that averages 1 million page views a week per video that’s posted every Tuesday. Yes, it is an online cooking show, but it is of the egregious variety in every way, shape and form. Tons of bacon....

Nas, Black Boi Pachino and Shocking The World at Rucker Park | 6 Comments

Living in the shadows of the Polo Grounds in modern times means that in some way, your Harlem life is shaped by the sporting history of 155th Street and Fredrick Douglass Boulevard. Where Willie Mays once roamed the abnormal outfield and Bobby Thompson inspired arguably the greatest radio call in sports history has stood one of New York’s most notorious housing projects for over 40 years. Across from that very development is another piece of...

The 10 Biggest Baseball Difference Makers In The Second Half | 5 Comments

Intro baseball is over, and the run to October is officially underway. There are more teams in the race for the postseason this year than ever before, but business is about to pick up and survival of the fittest is going to be realer than ever. Some squads are going to get there by sticking tight with what’s been working, while others are going to be making moves to make sure they get to the baseball promised land. Basically it’s simple: big-time...

Starting Lineups: Tommie Smith Wins 200m Gold In The 1968 Olympics | 0 Comments

Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated. A raised fist never said so much quite like Tommie Smith’s. Could be because you’ve triumphed at the highest peak of your profession or because you are tired of how things are around you presently. Smith’s most iconic photo is the one most of you remember him for, as the 200-meter champion and bronze medal winner John Carlos defiantly raised their fists in a black power salute to say to the world...

Jordan Brand Presents The ‘Olympic’ Air Jordan VII’s And Jordan Super.Fly’s | 4 Comments

When the Olympics come around every four years, the patriotic colorways of some of our favorite kicks are instantly in full bloom. The red, white and blue (plus some gold trimming) get the American treatment by the Jordan Brand with an iconic shoe from ’92, and a new entity for 2012. Dropping on Saturday, Jordan Brand will release the Air Jordan 7 “Olympic”  for $160. A retro variety of the kicks worn by The Jordan as a member of the gold...

Shocking The World, TSFJ Crew Love And The Nike World Basketball Festival In D.C. | 8 Comments

**Ed’s note: This is the first time that Bryan Crawford has written a “Shocking The World” post, so kudos to the man for stepping up and knocking this post out the park. However, let this serve as a disclaimer that points made in this article could possibly be “stretched truths” and flat-out lies. I hate you Bryan Crawford, but that’s why you my dog. End aside. TSFJ was definitely in the building over the weekend...

Podcast: Ed’s Encounter With Triple Crown Royalty | 0 Comments

On the latest episode of #theUCShow, what started out as an innocent recap of the TSFJ weekend in DC turned into chaos, confusion, catastrophe, and outright clown behavior from all parties involved. Ed was accused of bribing four thoroughbreds who were bad enough to be in The Triple Crown to take a picture. Kenny quickly came to his defense, but was shot down not only by Trible (who did backflips off Ed’s hotel bed; just gotta listen to understand),...

Starting Lineups: Adidas And Robert Griffin III Amp Up For Football Season In ‘Do What Light Does’ | 0 Comments

Robert Griffin III is a creep. In his new adidas commercial he’s a creep, that is. As the former legendary Baylor Bear signal caller has officially signed his 4-year deal with the Washington Redskins this week, RG3 shines in his latest spot where he haunts a scared football player that can’t escape seeing the locked-up quarterback in “Do What Light Does.” The adidas adiZero 5-Star cleat, out now at adidas.com, has officially kicked...