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The Annual NBA Playoff Cookout Just Isn’t The Same Without Craig Sager

Dedicated to Craig Sager, the man who never met a color combination he didn’t like and the man who should introduce...

Basketball, Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Because You Need To Watch This Trailer For The ‘Iverson’ Documentary

Sneak a peek at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson documentary ‘Iverson,’ debuting Sunday night at the Tribeca...

Basketball, Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Because You Need To Watch This Trailer For The ‘Iverson’ Documentary

Sneak a peek at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson documentary ‘Iverson,’ debuting Sunday night at the Tribeca...

The Reason LeBron James Lacks The ‘Clutch’ Gene | 10 Comments

Whether you’re trying to solve a tough problem, handle a critical situation, write an essay or have deliberate but inspired sex with a partner, creative thinking is crucial. The process boils down to changing your perspective and seeing things differently than you currently do. Earlier last week, I witnessed Duke freshman Austin Rivers perform an act against the North Carolina Tar Heels that I haven’t seen from many freshmen over the past few...

Sunday School: Could Venus Williams Be Forced To Stop Playing Tennis? | 2 Comments

An interesting read about Venus Williams dealing with a rare disorder called Sjogren’s disease. Can Venus come back? Check that article, along with ten other dope blogs, videos and other shenanigans to serve as your reading material this fine Sunday. The Basketball Jones: Jay-Z is creating some very expensive Nets suites Complex: Ahmad Bradshaw Doesn’t Think The Cowboys Can Win A Super Bowl As Long As Tony Romo Is The Quarterback CSN Washington:...

Jay Williams, Ten Points In 54 Seconds And Duke’s 2001 Comeback Vs. Maryland | 4 Comments

This will probably be the most I’ve ever consistently written about the Duke Blue Devils in my entire life, but it’s something that I needto discuss . If you had a heartbeat, you probably heard about the shot heard ’round the world on Wednesday night, as Austin Rivers put the team on his back and put the North Carolina Tar Heels out of their misery with a game-winning three. It was jaw-dropping to watch, and surreal to see, because...

Fan’s Perspective: When Kevin Garnett Realized Winning Was Everything | 4 Comments

“I came out the womb, man. This how I am. I’m built like this.” There’s an elephant in the room. What is it exactly? Kevin Garnett’s career is almost over. This could be his last year. Or he could go on to play two more seasons. Either way, it’s something I’ve come to grips with and realized in three stages. The first is when his game began shifting away from the post into the classic old man mid-range jump...

Austin Rivers Owns The Moment, Finishes Off North Carolina | 5 Comments

There are some people that are capable of owning the moment, and there are others who shy away from it. When I first watched Austin Rivers hoop during a high school game that aired on ESPN, and watched him (in the words of Kenny Masenda) get his “Kyle Lee Watson” on, there was no doubt that Rivers was going to get his. You just better get yours when you can. Fast-forward to Wednesday night for Duke versus North Carolina, and there was...

Bryan Crawford Talks NBA All-Star Reserves, Team USA Basketball #theUCshow | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Justin and Ed come to grips that we witnessed the last NFL game of this season with Super Bowl XLVI. Not only did Wes Welker cost Big Boi $100K of his smoke money, but he might have cost us an Outkast album in the process. This is flat-out unacceptable. We’ll talk with local scribe, Bryan Crawford, as we chat about the NBA All-Star reserves that will be announced tomorrow. Should Tony Parker...

Tar Heels Vs. Blue Devils: It’s Round One. Let’s Go! | 3 Comments

One of the great things about living in the Bull City is the biggest college basketball game on the planet occurs here twice a year. That’s right; twice a year. The fact that the campuses of the University of Chapel Hill and Duke are only eight driving minutes apart makes it great if you live in the area. This year is no different. The trash talk used to only be face-to-face, but technology gives the average fan a perspective of some of the legendary...

Duke vs. North Carolina in the NBA: Perception vs. Reality | 17 Comments

Historically in the battle of Tobacco Road, North Carolina has been perceived as the superior program as far as turning out productive NBA players and stars. For as much success as the Duke program has had under Coach K, there was always that knock that the highly regarded college players he molded into winners rarely panned out with that promise at the highest level. Names like Jordan, Worthy, Wallace, Jamison and Carter trumped those of Ferry,...

Seattle, Plus Three Other New Cities That Should Get A Chance Host The Super Bowl | 4 Comments

Earlier Monday afternoon, the Seattle Seahawks franchise officially submitted the initial paperwork to show that they do have interest in hosting a Super Bowl in the future. Having spent time in the Pacific Northwest for awhile and having family that resides in the area, it’s a thought that had definitely crossed my mind. With a stadium that was opened just ten years ago, a city that is revered for its scenic values and good-looking women,...

What A Difference A Year Makes. The Fall Of The UConn Huskies | 2 Comments

Last season, UConn won the NCAA National Championship. Before this season, the Huskies were ranked number four in both the AP and coaches polls. After a home win over St. John’s on New Year’s Eve, Connecticut extended its winning streak to seven games and moved to 12-1 on the season. Then, the Huskies fell off. They lost by 12 at Seton Hall and by seven at Rutgers. After that, they got back on track by beating West Virginia and Notre Dame. The...

Two Smiths That Deserve Liberation: Josh and J.R. | 10 Comments

Note: despite the fact that I adhere to The Great Bomani Jones’ creed of “Life is not about deserve,” it was the only word I felt comfortable using. Using “need” or any other word instead was just…nah. For some people, two of the biggest head cases in the game of basketball bear the same last name. They are both immensely talented, multi-dimensional players who, at times, have clashed with their coaches during their time in the NBA. Both...

Just Call Me Elite Manning, ‘Cause I’m Clutch | 7 Comments

Several people have been critical of the greatness that is Eli Manning. Anytime I have been asked to do a quarterback list, I never let the fact that the man wasn’t flashy and didn’t have but one title deter my thoughts about his ability. The way I see it, the quarterback can only lose games when they play horrible, and when they are the reason you lost. This has not been the case in the career of Eli Manning. I made the same argument about the...

Reading Material: Frank Sinatra, Shaquille O’Neal and the Next Generation | 6 Comments

One of the few benefits that comes from breaking your leg is that people will have sympathy on you and will bring you gifts. From folks bringing you random “casseroles,” to DVD’s and video games, to ice cream, there can be some sweet perks in the deal. (Of course, I’d take being able to walk on my own over all of this.) However, the best gift I received thus far was a pair of books my local dentist and part-time contributor...

Ochocinco’s Last Fiesta and Super Bowl Sacrifice | 4 Comments

“All I do is talk shit and celebrate.” – Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots The relationship a fan (Stan) has with his favorite player is something that can only be akin to having kids. You only want the best for them, you stick up for them at any given moment, and when they mess up, you’re not nearly as mad as you are…disappointed. The 2011 season for Chad Ochocinco as a member of the New England Patriots has been...

Sunday School: Boston and New York Square Off One More Time | 0 Comments

Boston versus New York. New York versus Boston. Super Bowl XLVI will reunite these two rival cities as they do battle in Indianapolis later this evening. Remember the good and the bad between these two cities as we deliver the eleven dopest blogs, videos, articles and other shenanigans to serve as your reading material before the big game. Enjoy. 6 Magazine: An open letter from Gunner Kiel to Les Miles Beyond The Arc: Allen Fieldhouse, Cameron aren’t...

The Washington Redskins Last Super Bowl Win Turns 20 | 2 Comments

By Deandra D. / @dduggs11 The Redskins aren’t in the Super Bowl this year, but I do remember when they were. Allow me to wax poetic about my favorite Super Bowl memory to date. 1992 was one of the most memorable years for me – I was the ripe age of 7 and witnessed, for the first time in my active memory (considering I was only 3 when they won in ’87), my favorite team winning their third Super Bowl. This year marks the 20th anniversary of...

This Dunk MIGHT Be Better Than Blake’s. UAPB, Stand Up | 1 Comment

It’s the gift and the curse of the internet: There’s always something new to trump what was hot just the day before. What transpired just a few days prior with Kendrick Perkins getting Shang Tsung’d by Blake Griffin, and folks simultaneously crowning that dunk one of the greatest of all time, another side debated followed: Was that even a “dunk” from Blake? While I find such a debate “rubbish and bologna,”...

The Real Reason Carlos Boozer Is Struggling | 8 Comments

Let’s take a look at the obvious: Carlos Boozer has not looked like Carlos Boozer since coming to the Bulls. One reason is that he has had to guard some pretty talented power forwards in the East. The real problem Boozer is facing is that fans and teammates don’t really know from night-to-night what they are going to get from him. I think the solution is simple. He is not the same without a pass-first point guard. I know the floodgates are opening...

The 5 Shoes I Plan To Buy Once I Can Walk Again | 2 Comments

Last weekend here in Cincinnati, I prepared to go out with a few of my buddies and hit the town and have some drinks after a long work week. I was tired and needed some libation. However, Mother Nature was being a tad temperamental and wanted to grace us with her presence by constant rain and cold weather. Now when you mix freezing cold weather and rain, things can tend to get icy. You know….like the steps in front of my house. Yep, it didn’t...

Cotto Vs. Mayweather: Has Money May Officially Been Exposed? | 13 Comments

By Dave E. Gold How many of you are already bored of this whole Mayweather vs. Pacquiao talk? I know I am, but yet, here I am writing about it, and here you are here reading about it. We can’t deny that this bout intrigues us to the fullest and that perhaps we only have ourselves to blame for thirsting so much for a fight that really should have taken place years ago, thus, making the matchup itself almost pointless and, dare I say, overhyped?...

Big Boi Talks Betting $100K On The Patriots, Bowling And More #theUCshow | 0 Comments

On this special birthday edition of #theUCshow, we celebrate the day of birth of one of the scribes of The Journal, as Justin Tinsley celebrtes another year on this Earth. Plus, we’re honored and privileged to have one half of the greatest rap group of all-time, Big Boi from OutKast, on the show with us. Big talks with the fellas about his fandom towards Boston sports teams, especially the Patriots and the Celtics, and we get his thoughts about...

Even In Adulthood, Being “Like Mike” Is Still A Childhood Dream | 5 Comments

Here I am, on the eve of my 26th birthday (by the time you’ll read this, I’ll already be 26, but whatever), and I feel like a kid again. My mother has this tradition every year around this time to run through the story of how she was in labor, in pain and still told every intricate detail a woman can muster about her own pregnancy experience. I let her tell it because, to be honest, I’d be worried if she didn’t turn into the...

The Real Top Ten Quarterbacks in the NFL | 19 Comments

When it comes to the quarterback position, it’s undoubtedly the most scrutinized position in the game of football. Quarterbacks get the glory and they can be the goat. They receive the love and also take the loathing of fans, admirers, and football people alike. As much appreciation as we have for all the players who comprise the game, the quarterback position will always be the one that’s talked about the most and, with that, will garner the...

Derrick Rose Loves His Mama. Adidas Presents the adiZero Rose 2.5 ‘Brenda’ | 1 Comment

One of the things that I believe are truly universal with mothers are the anecdotes that they speak to their children. My mother was keen on letting me know that anytime I messed up in school or didn’t do my chores in the house, she was perfectly capable of eliminating me from this very Earth. “I brought you into this world, and I’ll take you out of it if I have to! Now, clean your damn room!” Yes, ma’am. So when the...

Andre Iguodala is the Most Unappreciated “Best Player on His Team” in the NBA | 7 Comments

Two weeks ago, my esteemed colleague, Joe Simmons, announced the 10 most underappreciated players in the NBA today. It’s a very worthwhile list and most definitely worth a read. One thing I noticed about the list is that only a few of the players – Zach Randolph, LaMarcus Aldrige, Monta Ellis and Andrea Bargnani – can be considered the best player on their respective teams, and only Bargnani was drafted to be the guy on his respective...