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Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination,...

Basketball, J. Tinsley

Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t...

Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear

Jordan Brand Officially Unveils The Air Jordan XX9

Life must be great for Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin these days. Their teams are considered title contenders for the...

Adidas x The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Present: The Lightest Mid-Cut Cleat in Football | 0 Comments

Kids can be easily motivated. Be it money, women or any other form of temptation, kids have a way of being influenced by what their rubbery brains perceive as being “cool.” However, the one constant that’s been cool since I was a youngin’ and the youngsters of present day will always be influenced by are other kids that they look up to and respect. Adidas took advantage of the opportunity on Thursday night to unveil the “Lightest...

The Sam Hurd Struggle and the Story of Laugh At LeBron #theUCshow | 2 Comments

On our first podcast of 2012, we were honored and privileged to have two esteemed colleagues join our shenanigans and tomfoolery that is #theUCshow. First up, we’ll have Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago hop on the air to discuss the craziness that is the ongoing Sam Hurd case. Is this really the same man who says, “I’m blessed” to everyone in the locker room the guy who’s moving weight like Avon Barksdale and Stringer...

Five of the Most Entertaining Big Ten Ballers Ever (No Fab Five) | 13 Comments

I have a confession to make: despite being a graduate of a Big Ten school, I hate Big Ten basketball. Like really, really hate it. A lot. My favorite teams growing up have always been Temple first and North Carolina second, thanks in part to my love for Michael Jordan and completely sealed by my love for Philadelphia native, Rasheed Wallace. Penn State was an afterthought. Something about the Big Ten style of play just rubbed me the wrong way, and...

Score: 1960′s Miami Hurricanes Skull Cap at Rad Vintage | 1 Comment

Now Playing – Fabolous “Throwback” Throwback this, Throwback that It aint where you from; it’s where you wear ya throwback at I rock the Reds Pete Rose when I’m in the ‘Nati And 4X, You can’t see the semi-automati When I’m in the Chi’; you think they aint that shocked To see the kid roll through in the St. Pats socks So pull out the Chicago and the script to wear on Soul Train The Bulls, when...

What The Ryan Brothers Could Learn From The Harbaugh Brothers | 5 Comments

When the NFL speaks of brothers as coaches, no one gets more media hype than Rex and Rob Ryan. The Ryan brothers, who are descendants of the great Buddy Ryan, are the most vocal and borderline obnoxious group of coaches in the league. All they do is talk about success and make guarantees and, quite frankly, they never live up to expectation. Granted, Rex had a good run for the past two years, but he really didn’t do much until the playoffs hit. Since...

The Five Coolest of 2011: #1 – Dirk Nowitzki | 7 Comments

Come on, people. Was there really any doubt as to who would be number one on this list? Sure, there are other candidates; some who we’ve seen highlighted already. Shoot, for a while there, I contemplated putting a name on here to be number one that no one had brought up, and if her team was able to win the World Cup, the entire TSFJ Family would have been shocked, because Abby Wambach would not only have made the list, she would have been number...

Bomani Jones and John Gotty Talk Concords and Sneaker Culture #theUCshow | 0 Comments

Tonight on the final edition of #theUCshow in 2011, we’re honored and privileged to have two guests on the air to help Ken and Ed close the show. First, we chopped it up with Bomani Jones of SB Nation about the release of the Nike Air Jordan XI’s, aka “The Concords,” and the impact they have economically (supply and demand, branding, etc.) as well as the perceptions of the “chaos” that ensues with purchasing these...

The Five Coolest of 2011: #2 – Kevin Durant | 4 Comments

This post always had my name on it but, in reality, I never wanted to be the one to write it. It’s not because I’m not capable of writing why Kevin Durant is one of the coolest motherfuckers alive. No…that’s actually easy. It’s the fact that writing this post without sounding like a complete and utter homer seemed insanely difficult. We tend to use clichés like  “for the love of the game” when speaking...

We Reminisce: Nike’s Lil’ Penny and the Fun Police Commercials | 6 Comments

Recently, Grantland published an entertaining list of NBA players in commercials, which is well worth a read. However, the so-called “YouTube Hall of Fame” post had two glaring omissions that I spotted right away. Somehow, some way, every writer who contributed to the article failed to include two of the greatest commercial series of my lifetime: Lil Penny and the Fun Police. For those of you who don’t know — does anyone really...

What Ever Happened To Earning Your Keep? | 1 Comment

With all due respect to the many kids who do compete for things in sports, the current state of athletic competition across the country has me baffled. If you think about it, kids in college athletics and, in some cases, the professional leagues opt for the easy way out of a situation instead of competing. The transfer rates of kids who can’t hack it or opt for something easier makes being a good coach and teammate almost impossible in college,...

The Five Coolest of 2011: #3 – Robert Griffin III | 8 Comments

In Dallas/Fort Worth, on ESPN Radio’s Galloway and Company, he’s known as RG1033 (one-O-three-three.) To others, he’s more known as RG3. To us at TSFJ, he’s known as cool and, to me, he’s known as Heisman, Jr. See, there’s a reason to me giving him this name and my attempt to make sure I refer to him as said name for the rest of my life.  To this day, I refer to Charles Woodson as The Heisman for not only winning the Heisman...

The Five Coolest of 2011: #4 – Aaron Rodgers | 5 Comments

There was a time when I thought that Aaron Rodgers was just another up-and-coming quarterback in the NFL; you know, along the lines with a Philip Rivers, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan and other QBs who hadn’t quite made the leap to Brady/Manning/Brees/Roethlisberger territory but was still a franchise-building QB that your team can believe in. I never envisioned in the 12 months of the 2011 calendar year that Aaron Rodgers would go from an above-average...

The Five Coolest of 2011: #5 – Tim Tebow | 8 Comments

What in Lord’s name? Now, now, now…just relax and take notes for what is about to be said. 99% of the time, your grandmother would want you to carry yourself in a fashion quite similar to how Tim Tebow does. As for the remaining 1%? Well, that would be the “getting tackled ferociously on the football field” part that grandma might not approve of. And you know what? That’s okay. Believe it or not, doing things that your grandmother...

Who Are The Five Coolest People In Sports For 2011? | 5 Comments

UPDATE: Here are The Sportsfan Journal’s Five Coolest People In Sports for 2011. Don’t like our 5? Let us know yours. Have a happy new year from everyone at The Sportsfan Journal! 1. Dirk Werner Nowitzki 2. Kevin Wayne Durant 3. Robert Lee Griffin III 4. Aaron Charles Rodgers 5. Timothy Richard Tebow ***** Last year, we started something new over at Ed The Sports Fan, and our hope is that we will be able to do the same here at The Sportsfan...

The First Person Jerry Jones Should Fire Is Himself | 1 Comment

It has been 16 long years since the Dallas Cowboys last won a Super Bowl. There have been five head coaching changes, good players have come and gone and coordinators have left to become excellent fits in other places. The defense has been overhauled multiple times going from 3 – 4, to 4 – 3 and back to 3 – 4. The coaching changes have really affected the talent pool. Some players have been run away from the program, while others should...

Fan’s Perspective: Bernard King’s Iconic Christmas And Carmelo’s Chance At Big Apple Immortality | 2 Comments

Twelve consecutive hours of NBA basketball? If there’s a better Christmas present out there, Herman Cain hasn’t invented it yet. Here’s to you and yours enjoying a safe and fulfilling season, regardless of the holiday your faith calls you to celebrate. Right now though, the only religion that matters – okay, not the “only” one, but the one we’re focusing on here – is that which is worshipped in The...

Russell G. Westbrook is the Best Point Guard in the NBA | 8 Comments

If you’ve been following me on twitter then you know that I have ended every session twitter with the following tweet to the people: “Russell Westbrook is the best point guard in the NBA.” From tweeting this out to the general public I’ve received a wide variety of responses, including: lost followers, been told that I’ve lost my got damn mind, been told that there are at least 7 point guards better than Russ, and that...

The Dallas Cowboys And The Moment Of Truth | 5 Comments

This season has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the Dallas Cowboys. Through 15 weeks and 14 games, they are in the driver’s seat to win the NFC East. With a Giants loss and a Cow win on Saturday, they have another division title and one home playoff game. That’s something for Dallas Cowboys fans to get excited about, right? Well, there’s only one problem. The Dallas Cowboys have blown games all season where they had leads, had...

Playing The Odds: Who Will Win the 2011-12 NBA Championship? | 1 Comment

A few months ago, I vividly remember having a few conversations with the homies about the chances of having a 2011-12 NBA season, with the shenanigans of the lockout looming. With three days until Christmas day, every basketball fan is getting the present they always wanted: NBA basketball. Per the folks at GR88.com, they released the odds on who will win the 2011-12 NBA championship. Here are five things to consider while looking at these odds (and...

Have You Prayed For a Lakers Fan Today? #theUCshow | 0 Comments

Photo Source: @Jose3030 The agenda for #theUCshow on Wednesday, December 21st. Hosted by Eddie Maisonet @edthesportsfan and Kenny Masenda @soulonice6: :0 – :20 – Have you heard of this new thing in L.A. called “Lob City?” Oh, and those old guys that wear purple and gold. in L.A. too? Kenny will introduce the recent “Have you Prayed for a Lakers Fan Today?” movement. :20 – :40 – How much does home field...

No One Wants to Face the Philadelphia Eagles | 5 Comments

Heading into the 2011 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles were the talk of the NFC — if not the NFL. No team made more high-profile offseason acquisitions: everything from trading the former heir apparent to Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to signing sack specialist Jason Babin and interior force Cullen Jenkins to reeling in the supposed top free agent prize in Nnamdi Asomugha, not to mention...

Today’s Obituaries: The Los Angeles Lakers Casual Fan Base (1960-2011) | 8 Comments

The Los Angeles Lakers casual fan base, 51, passed away on Monday, December 19th, 2011. The casual fan base began in earnest with Hall of Famers, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain. The eternal casual fan base flame was lit when the Lakers won their first title in Los Angeles in 1972. In the 1980′s, the Lakers won five championships in a nine-year span. This team featured Hall of Famers in Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy,...

Today’s NBA: Too Many Teams, Not Enough Talent | 9 Comments

Has anyone besides me noticed that today’s NBA seems more like a staged reality TV show than an actual sports league where athletes compete on their own merits? In what other sport does free agency and the off-season overshadow the actual regular season and the sport’s championship event? Between a public relations machine spiraling out of control and player salaries being on par with the GDP of some small countries, the NBA has a problem…A...

The Sports Fan’s Four Maxims of Manhood | 3 Comments

*Note: This post is an adaptation from the book I received in the mail a few days ago (thanks, Meghan) called “The Maxims of Manhood”, by Jeff Wilser. Inside the book, you will find the fundamental truths of modern manhood — a code of behavior that leaves your father proud, your buddies in awe and your girfriend (mostly) satisfied. Through TSFJ, the book is discounted for just $10.50 and would serve as a great stocking stuffer for...

AB Grades The NBA Trades & Free Agent Moves | 0 Comments

Funny how things can change over the course of a month. Just a few weeks ago, I was cursing David Stern and the NBA’s ludicrous millionaires vs billionaires pissing match. After the new labor deal was struck, camps opened, and with an unprecedented flurry of trades and free agent moves, the NBA’s preseason kicks off tonight as my Wizards host the 76ers.[1] It goes without saying, but of course, all is forgiven. It may seem like an exaggeration,...