Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

2012 National Team, Kobe Bryant And The 1992 Dream Team Snubs | 9 Comments

While on vacation this week, the buzz around the condo that I was staying in was about the statements that Kobe Bryant made about the 1992 Dream Team. Yes, Kobe feels the 2012 team is superior, and I blogged about it (inside the numbers) on my personal site because it was intriguing to me. If you are a basketball fan like me, you love it when personal challenges are thrown out there because it gives you an opportunity to compare generations of hoops...

The Converse Pro Leather, Stalley + The Dream and Block Parties at the World Basketball Festival | 1 Comment

How dope is it that you can wake up one day, step outside and go hoop, eat good food, listen to good music and stare at good-looking women? God bless America. Why the patriotic salute? Well, right up the street from Howard University, Converse and the World Basketball Festival decided to roll out the necessary resources at Banneker Community Center in Washington, D.C. to host a block party to celebrate local street culture through basketball, music,...

Nike and USA Basketball Put On For The Troops At The World Basketball Festival | 0 Comments

Bryan Crawford and I were arguing over who would win in a shooting contest hosted at the Team USA basketball practice between Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. Bryan and his usual homerism towards the state of Illinois clearly had him talking crazy about Deron and how he used to be chunky back in the day. I, on the other hand, was clearly leaning towards Mr. Zero Appreciation, my own homerism towards the Oklahoma City Thunder, and his buzzcut...

Kyrie Irving Is My New Favorite Player, Challenges Kobe Bryant To Play 1-On-1 For 50 Racks | 7 Comments

This is an impromptu post, as I’m not usually as reactive to crazy things that are randomly said without proof or evidence. But I’ll be damned if this wasn’t on videotape, and I saw Kyrie Irving talking crazy to Kobe Bryant, getting Kobe riled up and getting Kobe to accept a $50,000 wager on the two of them to play 1-on-1. A few points quickly. 1. Kyrie Irving is possibly having the best week out of any basketball player in the...

Starting Lineups: Rudy Fernandez Dunking On Dwight Howard In 2008 Makes Me Happy | 0 Comments

First off, hat tip to @Jubanator14 for the inspiration. Salute to you sir. Secondly, it’s possible I’m going to be raging against the Dwight Howard machine repeatedly until he’s on a new team. So, anytime I feel like poking fun at him, I will. Thirdly… #GOTDAMNDOGDIDYOUSEERUDYDUNKONDWIGHTSNECK? Yes, the United States won the game in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Yes, that was Kobe Bryant that got shook at the three-point...

The MLB Awards At The Half (It’s Time To Pay Attention) | 4 Comments

The anchor is getting lifted on the All-Star break in Major League Baseball today, and the opening act of the summer is over. The pre-All-Star break is always entertaining and gets the scene warmed up and ready, but the real season starts today: the push for October. There’s no shortage of drama coming into play now. With the bump provided by the extra Wild Card spot in play, there’s nine teams in the immediate competitive picture, sitting three...

Starting Lineups: The Miami Heat Signed Ray Allen And Rashard Lewis (SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS) | 3 Comments

Yes, that LMFAO song with Lil’ Jon called “Shots” is what ran through my head when I realized that Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen had both officially signed with the Miami Heat on Wednesday. I tweeted this yesterday, and there was a range of reactions from, “Ed you’ve lost your damned mind,” to “OMG that could be the scariest thing ever.” Potential starting lineup….Allen, Wade, LeBron, Rashard, Bosh....

How Perception Of The Commissioners Shapes How We See The Leagues | 3 Comments

Look at the photo above and ask just ask yourself which guy has it together the most. Truthfully, they all do. These four men – Allan “Bud” Selig, David Stern, Roger Goodell and Gary Bettman – are not exactly poor. They’re paid handsomely to represent the financial interests of team owners while shepherding the operations of their leagues, including but not limited to marketing, player development, discipline and style of play....

Podcast: Dwight Howard Is Dead To All Of Us | 1 Comment

There comes a point where folks will just say, enough is enough. Dwight Howard, that time has come with us the fans and you  and your shenanigans and tomfoolery. On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, we discuss why Shoulders Man has reached “ad nauseum” status with us, plus the social media implications that come along with Howard holding us hostage. Plus, we’ll talk about the second-half of the MLB season with Matt...

Starting Lineups: Will Saints Fans Lose Their Minds If Drew Brees Holds Out? | 3 Comments

That Super Bowl win just feels like a long, long time ago. The New Orleans Saints were bordering on being the next America’s Team. After that dirty trick Katrina ransacked New Orleans, the Saints became the new freedom riders for everyone in the Big Easy. Soon thereafter, the Ain’ts converted to the Super Saints and a Lombardi Trophy was brought home to Louisiana for the very first time. Now, in 2012, things have definitely changed for...

The 10 Most Memorable MLB All-Star Game Moments of the Past 20 Years | 6 Comments

The MLB All-Star game, no matter what your feelings are on its merits to determine home field for the World Series, always manages to provide a few truly memorable moments. Last night’s fireworks started right away and kept on coming. Here, I take you for a walk down memory lane and provide the 10 best MLB All-Star game moments from the last 20 years. Ichiro’s inside-the-park home run, 2007 The saying often goes that a triple is the hardest...

Starting Lineups: Remembering Tyson-Holyfield II, 15 Years Later | 0 Comments

I meant to post this awhile back, but there’s never a bad time to reflect on anything Mike Tyson-related. Holyfield-Tyson II was brought to the sporting world on June 28, 1997, in which Tyson decided to take a chunk out of Holyfield’s ear. In a fight that was originally billed as “Holyfield-Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury,” the bite served as the loudest sound in the world, and the aftermath of the fight furiously derailed...

The All-Time, Dead Or Alive Home Run Derby Contest | 12 Comments

Major League Baseball’s All-Star week is upon us again, and with it comes the greatest skill exhibition in pro sports as well, the Home Run Derby. The annual gathering of each league’s best at attacking the boundaries set by outfield walls displays some of the most awe-inspiring moments of the season. In a few hours, Robinson Cano will look to keep Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista and Price Fielder, among others, off his heels as he looks to defend his...

The 10 Best Wide Receivers of All-Time Not Named Jerry Rice | 32 Comments

Trying to put a list like this together when you were born in the mid 1970s is pretty hard to do, simply because you missed so much football played throughout the years. It’s obvious that Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is the best wide receiver ever, but ranking the rest hasn’t really been clear. It’s hard to rank wide receivers because the air attack didn’t really take off until the mid 80s as teams began to realize a good passing attack was needed...

Live Or Let Die: The Plight Of The Phillies | 4 Comments

It’s the end of the first half of baseball season, but it’s starting to seem like both a whole lot more and a whole lot less all at once in Philadelphia. See, the Phillies have been bad; no other way to say it. By the lofty standards of the most consistent club in baseball over the last half-decade has set, it’s been a loud fall back to Earth. One that has seemingly come out of nowhere, but by looking a bit closer, the Phillies have been prone...

#SourcesTellMe Players Need To Be The Sources | 2 Comments

Michael Jordan stans, by and large, love to remind LeBron James sycophants that their legend announced his 1995 return to the NBA via fax, not an elaborately staged television special. (Though let us not forget that Pat Riley’s use of the fax a season prior was the genesis of the NBA’s longstanding version of the nWo. Remember that, LeBron fans!) The fax didn’t exactly start a revolution in transaction announcements, but it was one of the rare...

Lane Kiffin’s Chance To Complete 2012’s Unholy Trinity Of Sports | 5 Comments

In 2012, winning championships takes an odd road to paradise. Hopefully Lane Kiffin’s GPS is working.  Each year in sports represents something. You know, sort of like how the Chinese calendar has its year of the ox, tiger, rabbit, snake and, everyone’s favorite, dragon. Each animal holds some sort of significance, basically dictating how the year will pan out. Sports, in a roundabout manner, is the same way. 2010 introduced the phrase...

Jordan Brand Presents #RiseAbove Expectations | 0 Comments

It’s still dope to see how sports can help tear down barriers, barriers that many of us never knew existed. In a story captured in a documentary by the folks at Jordan Brand, an Iraqi girl falls in love with basketball in a Country where tradition says she shouldn’t. Laylan, a determined girl, rises above expectations to become a college basketball player despite the cultural challenges surrounding her. This is the first of four documentaries...

Score: The Million Dollar Ballers Title Collection | 0 Comments

I was born and raised in the state of Oklahoma. I am an Oklahoma City Thunder fan since the team came to the Sooner State after Kevin Durant’s rookie season. You might ask yourself a question, “But Ed, who did you root for before the Thunder got to Oklahoma City?” Good question. The answer? The Seattle Supersonics. Oh the irony. I was raised on the glory days of Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton courtesy of my Uncle Bill, the old man who...

Barbecue, Fireworks And Baseball On The Radio | 2 Comments

Today is the 236th birthday of our nation. As a native Philadelphian, I’m reminded of July 4, 1776, every time I run through Old City or hop off the el at 5th Street. The Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence, Independence Hall, those things are engrained in my city’s culture. It’s where our nation was born. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend visiting the City of Brotherly Love, particularly around this time of year....

Starting Lineups: Should New Orleans Re-Sign Eric Gordon? | 8 Comments

These types of questions usually come with a backstory. Let me share. I’m minding my own business when I notice my phone ringing. It’s the one and only Bryan Crawford. We go through the usual greetings, salutations, insults and all the pageantry that comes with chopping it up with your homeboy that you haven’t talked to in awhile. Good times. Inevitably, we started talking about the NBA Draft, in particular the situation brewing...

It Seems Like Yesterday: The D-Train Calls It Quits | 3 Comments

There’s something about a player who takes a sport by storm. The polarizing nature of some athletes is nothing short of incredible. Hype, the ability to live up to it, and making a large name for one’s self is no easy feat. To do it on a scale where observers must take notice, well, that’s pretty special. Dontrelle Willis did that. Monday, he retired. Now, don’t we all feel old? It seems like yesterday the herky-jerky pitching...

Starting Lineups: Dwight Howard Has Officially Turned Into “That Guy” | 0 Comments

In my almost 29 years of existing on this earth, no matter what the socioeconomic conditions may be, there’s always one guy in the crew who is just “that guy.” You see, “that guy” is the person that may or may not be a good dude, he may be extremely smart or as dumb as the coffee cup holding my caramel macchiato. None of the descriptions of the person really matter, except for one. No matter what that person has come...

The Casual Fan’s 21-Point Guide To Baseball Season | 2 Comments

Well, it’s finally here, that part of the summer where the major team sports world is a one-trick pony. It’s the heart of the summer, also known as BASEBALL-ONLY SEASON. The NBA has drafted and Hard Knocks is months off. Now I am not naïve in the slightest, for I know that stretch of the year seems like Death Valley for a lot of sports fans. The NBA and NFL are big business/high interest. Life without them seems unbearable for some, and Sportscenter...

Gunslingers Can Only Carry You So Far: Franchises Are Bigger Than Just Quarterbacks | 9 Comments

When you think of a franchise player, you think of an athlete who is not simply the best player on his team, but a player that the team can build its “franchise” around for the foreseeable future. The misunderstanding that a franchise player is only “the best player on a team” disregards the fact that an inordinately bad team will undoubtedly still employ a player with superior skills, relative to his team. There seems to...