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...

Starting Lineups: Baron Davis Is “Heads Up” For Street Safety | 0 Comments

Baron Davis really is that dude. The current (former?) New York Knicks point guard is standing up for New York City’s Department of Transportation and encouraging the locals to be “Heads Up” when traversing Gotham City. Yes, if anyone can prevent folks from walking like zombies with their headphones on, driving into a crosswalk full of pedestrians and generally obeying the rules of the road, it would be the bearded based God Baron...

The 30 Best Fitted Caps In Baseball – The Finale | 13 Comments

If the echoes that came my way from the first half of this article mean anything, then the outcry over the second half of my countdown of the 30 best fitteds in baseball should be deafening. But that’s all good, the spirit of a lot more than just the game is tied up in the headwear it puts out. This is the soul of cities, of lifelong allegiances we’re talking about here. It’s only right it goes to the heart. In this second-half finale to the...

The 3 Biggest Snubs of the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Class | 5 Comments

Yesterday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its four newest inductees: Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates. All four men are worthy of the honor for sure. Sakic was a no-brainer, winning two Stanley Cups, a Hart Trophy and Conn Smythe to go along with his impressive numbers: 9th overall in career points and 15th in goals. Adam Oates is sixth all-time in assists, Sundin just missed cracking the top 20 with his 564 goals and Pavel Bure...

Starting Lineups: The Floyd Mayweather Success Guide To #NABJ12 In New Orleans | 8 Comments

God bless NABJ. God bless New Orleans. God bless my feet for making it the entire trip. Man. It was my first time ever in New Orleans. A shame really, since I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and never made the trip to The Big Easy in my 23 years living just a 12-hour drive away. However, at age 28, I took my first voyage to the place I would later affectionately come to know only as “Nola.” The reason? The 2012 National Association of Black...

The 4 Things To Watch While Waiting For Football Season | 4 Comments

With the Miami Heat’s NBA Finals championship only lasting five games, folks are wondering, “What the hell do we do now?” while waiting for the NFL season to begin. But there’s no need to be discouraged, because there are other things to watch to keep yourself occupied while you await the season to start (if you need a tracker, it’s 71 days from today). I’ve decided to give you a few ideas on what to watch while you patiently wait...

The BCS Helped Move College Football Forward For The Better | 8 Comments

As the BCS takes its final breath with the perpetuating inevitability that a playoff will be installed, many shout for joy. The system that has brought about computer calculations and poll averages has been hated for a number of years now. Fans of the game spew vitriolic words towards the system. It has become the enemy, the wicked witch of the sport. Now, the BCS we’ve come to know for the past 14 season will die. While that’s all and...

Starting Lineups: So Ed Chopped It Up With Bobbito Garcia Last Week | 1 Comment

Last month here on The Sports Fan Journal you might remember us featuring a trailer for a new documentary film by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau called “Doin’ It In The Park.” The film, set to capture the essence of pickup basketball in New York City, has been screened from coast to coast and the feedback has been insanely positive. I was fortunate enough to chop it up with Bobbito and Kevin earlier on FOX Deportes to talk about...

Michael Vick: The Best Athlete Without A Championship | 8 Comments

It wasn’t that long ago that Michael Vick was the NFL’s highest-paid player. People often forget that he endorsed many products during his six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. But Vick lost everything following his 2007 arrest on dog fighting charges, for which he served 18 months in federal prison. Everyone who follows professional football has to wonder what is next for Michael Vick. Two seasons ago Vick arguably had the best season of...

Starting Lineups: All Hail The King, The Miami Heat Are World Champions | 4 Comments

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t genuinely happy for LeBron James last night. I’d bunkered myself in a corner, shut myself out from the real world and put everything I had into being an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. You don’t have the opportunity to ride this wave often, and by the time the thrashing was in full effect in the fourth quarter, I’d already checked out of Homer-land. Now that reality has sunk in, there’s...

The 30 Best Fitted Caps In Baseball – Part 1 | 6 Comments

Baseball hats have the most crossover appeal of any single piece of sporting apparel. Everyone from diehard fans to soccer moms own one. Young, old, rich, less rich and everywhere in-between; the top piece of the game is a part of everyday life. However, once you get into it a bit deeper, that’s where the culture of the cap comes into play. Where it’s known by its true name to those in the know, The Fitted. This is where it starts to get serious,...

The 4 Wrestling Storylines You May Have Missed | 0 Comments

By Okori Wadsworth / @okoriwadsworth *Ed’s note: If you are unfamiliar with Okori, the man is a wrestling aficionado of the utmost degree. So much so that the man doesn’t watch mainstream wrestling and has to get his fix elsewhere. Enjoy this piece for all its splendor and glory as this is my form of repaying him a solid I’ve owed him for almost a year. Shame on me.* The funny thing about being a wrestling fan who, for a variety...

Podcast: The NBA Finals And The Moment Of Truth | 0 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, Ed is on the hot seat as he calmly explains why he feels the Thunder are down. However, the calm suddenly became a boiling rage which was unable to be tamed. Till called in to give some insight and, as always, the chat room held it down. Tinsley was noticeably quiet throughout the show, as he is preparing his mind for the best and the worst that could follow. As for Kenny? Well, he has a man-to-man chat with James...

Complicated: Remembering Five Years Since The Chris Benoit Murder-Suicide | 3 Comments

These days, it’s become a media staple to look back on somber anniversaries and ask what’s almost become a clichéd question: what have we learned since? Whether they are moments where society at-large can’t help but to avoid the remembrances of or the passing of time of an intense, but localized, tragedy, there’s a tendency to wonder what has changed since tears were shed and anger was thick in the air. More than anything, these “what...

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...