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Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 3: Different People, Same Mission

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about the importance of exercise and why it’s so hard for everyone to commit to...

Debating LeBron James Versus Michael Jordan | 14 Comments

No matter how much basketball fans want to spark up controversy about who is great, you always get the argument of dominance by certain individuals. There is no mistaking the legacy of Michael Jordan, but there appears to be a disconnect about the player and his supporting cast. Regardless of whom you ask, there will always be a perception of the greatness of Jordan. You will hear things like “Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player to...

Motivation Music: Stalley’s Savage Journey to the American Dream Project | 1 Comment

Sometimes, you just need some music that you can turn on before you go to work, before you hit the weights, or before you prepare to entertain your significant other that will help you set the mood accordingly. No, I’m not talking about romantically; more so, something that will help you focus and stay at attention while you do your dastardly deeds. As it goes with Stalley, the former hooper and Ohio native, the man’s music will serve...

Derrick Rose’s Groin and adidas Present the adizero Rose 2.5 ‘Playoff’ Edition | 1 Comment

The Chicago Bulls have done a miraculous job playing basketball without their superstar, Derrick Rose. Suffering from a groin injury that has caused internal bleeding (all the men reading this are now wincing in pain) and forced Rose to miss his 12th game on Thursday night. Even with the Bulls carrying an 8-4 record without their MVP, the fate of the Bulls postseason is reliant on the Chi-town native’s ability to play in May. If and when Rose...

The 1998 Eastern Conference Finals: When Tins Sold His Soul | 6 Comments

Before moving forward, a massive congratulations goes to Reggie Miller for being inducted into the Hall Of Fame this year. As one of the signature players from an era which formed my love for the game of basketball, this honor is long overdue and regardless if his career numbers pale in comparison to whomever’s in your top five, he’s a Hall Of Famer off sheer legend alone. That legend never truly affected yours truly as a young kid in...

The Pains of Ryan Leaf | 4 Comments

During this time of year, NFL fans probably flip coins to determine the biggest bust in history between JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf. It’s a somewhat predictable exercise this time of year as we move closer and closer to the NFL Draft later this month. Both quarterbacks were high picks in their draft classes after stellar junior seasons in college. Unfortunately, both men were players whose talents were undermined by surly personalities, inability...

The Five Things I Learned From The Nike Elite 51 NFL Uniform Launch | 2 Comments

This week, I attended Nike’s NFL Uniform Launch, showcasing the changes (or lack thereof, depending on your standpoint) that were made to the jerseys now that they’re the new supplier. As with any experience I have had, I also learned a few things during this exciting event. Here are five important things I took home with during Tuesday’s awesome event. 1. Nike is top-notch at everything. This isn’t the first Nike event I’ve...

Podcast: Allen Iverson Slander, Kentucky’s New Era and an Announcement | 1 Comment

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, we have the treacherous threesome of Justin Tinsley, Kenny Masenda and Eddie Maisonet hop on the air to talk about the launch of Nike’s new NFL uniforms. Does Seattle’s jersey pass the sniff test? Then the fellas ramp up the discussion on the NBA and the Kentucky Wildcats. Should John Calipari continue to get the bad rap? Shenanigans and tomfoolery ensues. Plus… Bryan Crawford hops...

Today’s Obituaries: Pau Gasol i Sáez (1980-2012) | 10 Comments

There’s nothing quite like taking a leisurely stroll. You can notice the petunias flourishing next to the tulips, young lovers smooching under a sycamore tree, kids running amuck doing what kids do while without parental supervision. It’s the feeling of ultimate bliss and innocence that only one can have when they are without a care in the world. That’s what Pau Gasol i Sáez, 31, was doing during the opening minute of Tuesday night’s...

Baylor Goes 40-0, Brittney Griner’s Dominance and Ranking the All-Time Greats | 1 Comment

26 points, 13 rebounds and a thorough domination on the basketball court have given Brittney Griner and the Baylor Lady Bears their elusive national championship after their 80-61 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday night. What has come along with the victory in Denver is a perfect season and a 40-0 record (first men’s or women’s team to do so). An amazing feat for a once humble basketball program out of Waco. The question...

John Calipari Is Good For College Basketball | 2 Comments

In the weeks encompassing this NCAA tournament, a tournament in which John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats were crowned National Champions, there has been a whole lot of chatter about why John Calipari is bad for college basketball. He’s the king of the one-and-done epidemic. He makes a mockery of higher education. His players don’t stick around. The critics go on and on. And you know what? His critics can shove it, championship or...

Shocking The World at the Nike Elite 51 NFL Uniform Launch in NYC | 3 Comments

Roger Goddell, the Nike brand ambassadors and player representatives from all 32 NFL teams kicked off the new joint venture between the National Football League and the Nike global empire in Brooklyn with pomp and circumstance that would make the Macho Man proud. Nike formally introduced their “Elite 51″ jersey to be worn by all 32 teams beginning in the 2012 season. With integrated Flywire, Pro Combat and Dri-Fit technologies, the Elite...

Kentucky is King Again | 0 Comments

When everything was said and done, Kansas was just the 38th butt in Kentucky’s ashtray. If that sounds too dismissive of the Jayhawks, it should. Coming into the tournament, and subsequently, the championship game, everyone knew that Kentucky was the team to beat. This tournament had all the makings of the UK Invitational. The Cats were bigger, stronger, quicker, and more talented than every other team. Monday night, they were once again bigger,...

How North Carolina’s Early Departures Affect Next Season | 1 Comment

Things are shaping up with Carolina basketball now that a few announcements have been made.  With John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes going pro, along with Tyler Zeller graduating, the Heels are going to lose a lot of fire power. Good news is that it appears freshman James Michael McAdoo is going to return, if you listen to his father. Word on the street is that the Tar Heels are pursuing Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi and...

Team Bring It Strong: The Rock, Cena, Taker and the Wrestlemania 28 Recap | 3 Comments

Photo courtesy of @withleather By Kellen Daniel / @KellenDaniel WHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I’m literally minutes removed from watching WrestleMania 28, and I must say, I am pleasantly surprised. Any time there’s this much hype for an event, the only thing you don’t want to have happen is for it to suck. The 78,000 in attendance at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium filed in with expectations of a blow-away show, and that’s exactly what they got. We saw two...

The Curse of the 2011-12 College Basketball Second-Year Player | 3 Comments

The 2011-12 college basketball season is nearly in the books.  For four players in particular, four who were sure-fire lottery picks in last year’s Draft and decided to come back and play their sophomore years, all four of them have not improved to the point where a fan who is invested in the NBA game thinks they will be a quality player on the next level. So how exactly did this happen? Each player’s journey has been different.  Some have...

Sunday School: In 1988, Every Oklahoma Sooner Fan Hated Danny Manning | 0 Comments

Danny Manning, the current Kansas assistant coach and former legend for the Jayhawks, has agreed to become the next head coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane basketball team on Thursday. Excuse me while I puke for one second. Its nothing against Mr. Manning, personally. I don’t know the man outside of his injury-plagued NBA career and being one of the most underrated players in NBA Jam history. Nah, my beef goes back 24 years ago, when my beloved...

John Calipari’s Chance To Rewrite History | 4 Comments

The time was April 2008. It was my senior year in college, and by this time of the school year, the last thing on anybody’s mind who was graduating was class. There were those enjoying the last few weeks of undergrad before “real life” gave us all the finger. There was the mad rush to sleep with whoever it was you had missed out on the previous four (or five or six) years. Then, there were the people who were drunk and/or high all...

The REAL All-Time NCAA Tournament Team | 16 Comments

Every now and then, great thinkers need something to ponder about. Today, the sports aficionados at The Sports Fan Journal decided to collaborate. Since we are all from various parts of the United States, and most of us are followers of different teams, our collaboration of ideas lead to collective observation and insight that should select a formidable group of talent that should hold up generations from today. Each of these players served as a...

The G.O.A.T.: Happy Hour With The Baltimore Orioles | 5 Comments

Sometimes, just sometimes, the greatest moments in life arrive completely unexpected. As an American male who’s been through the life-altering phase that is college and still in my mid-20′s, my segment of the population has been drunk more times than we care to remember. Consider it a prerequisite before entering your 30′s. Most times, each individual occasion being drunk is pedestrian. By that, you have a few drinks with friends,...

Podcast: The Legacy of Harrison Barnes Is Put Under The Microscope | 1 Comment

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, we have the fearsome foursome of Mark Trible, Justin Tinsley, Kenny Masenda and Eddie Maisonet hop on the air to talk about the upcoming Final Four in New Orleans. Of course, we get about five minutes into the discussion before it totally derails and becomes a Harrison Barnes town hall meeting. Shenanigans and tomfoolery ensues. Plus… The Till Show gets his theme show music back, plus declares...

Ohio State Basketball Deserves Better from the Bucknuts | 2 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic “Never wearin’ no Levis, battle me? Why try? I’m a treat you like a stepchild, so tell Mommy bye-bye!” — James Todd Smith This quote comes to us from James Todd Smith, AKA LL Cool J. But he could easily have been talking to Thad Motta, the Buckeye basketball coach. He is the forgotten stepchild in the football insane world of Ohio State Athletics. (Bro. Trible – you’re not...

Hollywood Divorce: There’s A New Day in Dodgerland | 3 Comments

By now, you’ve probably heard that baseball’s most high profile nightmare is over as the Los Angeles Dodgers – the franchise of Valenzuela, Hershiser, Koufax, Sutton, and many more – have been pried from the scheming fingers of Frank McCourt. There are plenty of write-ups not only about the face of the new ownership group, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, but about the other, and likely more powerful broker of this group, Stan Kasten. The former...

The Final Four Team No One Is Talking About: The Kansas Jayhawks | 8 Comments

Is it just me, or does everyone seem to be talking about every Final Four team but Kansas right now? Understandably, the intrastate rivalry between Louisville and Kentucky, already an intense battle enhanced even more by Rick Pitino’s history on both sides of the fence, has been the focal point so far. The Wildcats have the best player in country, a coach looking to finally get over the hump and a roster full of future NBAers, while the Cardinals...

Forget Me Not: Rick Pitino and Louisville’s Knockout Chance | 2 Comments

“Don’t call it a comeback. I been here for years.” — James Todd Smith That quote comes courtesy of LL Cool J. Most of you probably know that, and if you don’t, you should. It could also easily come from the mouth of Rick Pitino. How many years has Rick been here? Well, his first trip to the Final Four happened in 1987 when he guided Providence here. He’s been coaching since 1975. He’s been to five Final Fours...

Is The Real Tiger Woods Finally Back? | 2 Comments

For the past few years, Tiger Woods has been pulled in several directions. After news of Woods’ infidelity hit the wire, everyone has been on Tiger about becoming a better man. In fact, Woods has gone out of his way to show the world that he can be a better man. In the process, he lost something that he may never recapture. A lot of people have put their differences about Woods on the back burner, and now, everyone wants Tiger the Champion...