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Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume Two – On Top Rank, Golden Boy And The Road Ahead

Often, a fighter needs more than a clever matchmaker to sit on one of the thrones in boxing. Sometimes he needs a good lawyer,...

Basketball, Lists, The Fam

The 8 X-Factor Players Of The 2014 NBA Playoffs: West Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the NBA Post Season officially getting underway this upcoming Saturday....

Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear

Chan-Lo Kicks Off Season 2 Of Chicks N’ Kicks By Featuring Tinashe And The Air Jordan 11 “Gamma”

Our blogger sister-in-crime Channing has done some awesome stuff over at here own corner of the internet at Chan-Lo.com....

An Open Letter To LeBron James | 9 Comments

*Ed’s Note: There are a variety of reasons why an individual would choose to write an open letter:  To state the author’s position on a particular issue, an attempt to start or end a wider dialogue around an issue, to criticize someone’s actions, an attempt to focus attention on the letter’s recipient and prompt action, for sheer humor’s sake and finally to make public a communication that must take place as a letter...

It’s Long Past Time to Respect Tom Coughlin | 3 Comments

*Today on The Fam, we have the legend that is Jason Clinkscales. You might remember the man making ESPN’s Top Ten and “C’Mon Man” with an awkward encounter with Eli Manning at the Giants post-game press conference. See video above if you’re unaware. He is the Giants beat writer for the New York Beacon and he is a friend of all things TSFJ.* By Jason Clinkscales / @asportsscribe Regardless of where one plies the trade,...

Ladies and Gentlemen, #8 Kobe Has Returned to the Lakers | 12 Comments

One of the underlying stories of the chaotic 2011-12 NBA season was the following: “What would the Los Angeles Lakers look like with a new regime change, with new role players and an aging Kobe Bean Bryant?” At the onset, there was an immediate shift in casual fandom, as the Lob City era officially became a movement by the arena-sharing Clippers and the Lakers now had competition within their own area code. Things didn’t seem optimistic...

Kobe’s Explosion, LSU’s Dominance and a Quick Note About LeBron #theUCshow | 1 Comment

On this edition of #theUCshow, we’ll have the homie Justin Tinsley of The Smoking Section sub in for Kenny as the bearded one has the night off. We’ll start things off with some commentary on the performances of LeBron and Kobe on Tuesday with Myles Brown of ESPN Truehoop. Then, we’ll bring on Michael Felder of In The Bleachers for some perspective on the LSU vs. Alabama national title game.  Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio stops...

Les Miles Did Jarrett Lee Dirty | 10 Comments

By all accounts, LSU head football coach Les Miles is a player’s coach, the type of guy every player loves to play for. That’s what makes his decision Monday night to completely turn his back on a senior quarterback, who had steadied the ship while Jordan Jefferson was out due to suspension, all the more perplexing. Jarrett Lee did everything Les Miles asked of him and more during his four years down in The Bayou, and without Lee, LSU...

ACC Football Has Officially Curled Up and Died | 2 Comments

When the fantastic man who runs this site asked if something could be written about the ACC and their football situation, something ran through my mind. Why? Who cares? That thought is pretty emblematic of the ACC and their football situation. No one outside the ACC and their schools cares about the football that goes on inside the conference. Really, there’s no reason why they should. Once a basketball conference, always a basketball conference....

That Sly Devil: Nick Saban Is The Best College Football Coach In America | 3 Comments

Nick Saban won his second national title at Alabama Monday night. He added it to the shelf with another championship he had won at LSU, the team he defeated to get this one. Saban probably won’t stop here. If a poll of college football followers were taken across the globe, many would think he’d have another before it’s all said and done. Maybe just one, perhaps two more, and possibly three. He’s the best college football coach in America. Unlike...

Dare I Say, Kevin Love Is The Best Power Forward In The NBA | 15 Comments

There are many debates about NBA basketball, and several of them have merit. I, on the other hand, am very careful about starting a debate about hoops, because the first thing most people throw at me is that I was a football player and that I don’t know much about basketball when, in fact, I have more college basketball experience than most of the guys who claim they know the game, because they played on a high school or YMCA team. That being said,...

TSFJ x Chris Paul x Jordan Brand Present: The Jordan CP3 V in Los Angeles | 1 Comment

By Phillip Barnett / @imsohideous Late last week, I took the elevator up to the 11th floor of the Cooper Building in Downtown Los Angeles to check out the release of Chris Paul’s fifth signature shoe, the Jordan CP3 V. The event included a semi-gallery that highlighted different parts of the Point God’s life: his childhood rec jersey, his high school jersey, and his Wake Forest jersey — with a different colorway of his new kicks to represent...

Three The Hard Way: The Steve Nash Conundrum | 6 Comments

There’s always that one friend. The one who’s stuck in a relationship (or even worse, marriage!) they really have no business being in. They’re usually the one sacrificing the most, putting up with all forms of disrespect (sans abuse, hopefully) and everything under the sun that’d pretty much tell any other person to throw up the deuces and call it a day. And that person would, too, if it weren’t for two measly –...

Long Live The Dream: Hakeem Olajuwon Appreciation Day | 5 Comments

In the late 80s and throughout the 90s, basketball fans my age were treated to a player that was the best at his position and made it virtually impossible for anyone to think we’ll ever see another like him. He has spoiled us to the point where we think every single center and/or power forward should flock to his home over the summer to learn from him. The man is so talented, so brilliant, so amazing and so in demand that he doesn’t have to move...

The Reason Aaron Rodgers Is The NFL’s Regular Season MVP | 7 Comments

Everyone has been quick to anoint Drew Brees the MVP after he broke Dan Marino’s passing record, but let’s keep things in perspective: Aaron Rodgers is the league’s MVP, and there really shouldn’t be any second-guessing it. Rodgers is the best player on the best team in the toughest league in the world. First of all, putting together a run like Rodgers did after winning a Super Bowl is amazing. Taking in to fact that the run started during...

The Five Things That Truly Matter on NFL Wild Card Weekend | 3 Comments

Image courtesy of @ChefofChill Did you know that there are only 11 games left in the NFL season? Let that sink in for a minute. Yes, while we openly pined for the lockout to end so that we could get our beloved professional football in our lives, it seems like the season just got started yesterday. Super Bowl XLIV is just 30 days away in Indianapolis, and as much as I love the blessed day of football finality, there will be much sadness that comes...

Hustle and Flow: The NCAA Will Not Shoot Themselves in the Foot | 7 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn – @jagadelic Notre Dame, Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, USC, Florida No, this is not the top ten as far as how well the programs did on the field. This is another top ten. These are generally considered the ten schools with the top drawing power (or, to put it in you young folks terms, these are the schools that make it rain.) When these teams are playing, TV ratings get a nice little...

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...