Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Wild Impact Of The MLB Wild Card Game: A Working History

By force of habit or by resilience to preserve tradition, which is all-important in tying together the ends of the game,...

Football, Soul On Ice

The Transformation Of Brandon Marshall

When it comes to the game of football and playing wide receiver, Brandon Marshall has always been up there as one of the...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

What Eric Bledsoe’s 5-Year Contract Extension With The Phoenix Suns Means

It’s not often that NBA players hold out when negotiating their rookie contract extensions. The allure of a guaranteed...

Starting Lineups: What If The Oklahoma City Thunder Ran The Triangle? | 1 Comment

Watching my favorite team get bludgeoned repeatedly last night by the San Antonio Spurs made me remember a particular snippet from an article Chuck Klosterman wrote titled, “What Ever Happened To The Triangle Offense?” I’d suggest reading the entire piece, as Klosterman in general is one of my favorite writers, but this passage always makes me wonder what if: When the Bulls ran this offense in the ’90s, the key adaptation...

Baseball Is Back In The Beltway | 3 Comments

Take a look at the standings in the vaunted Eastern Divisions in Major League Baseball and try not to spit out your coffee. Those aren’t misprints. Two months into the 2012 season, the AL and NL East have been flipped on their respective heads. On the AL side, the Baltimore Orioles are no longer at the bottom looking up at the big, bad Yankees and Red Sox. Instead, it is Baltimore sitting atop the division with Tampa Bay, while the Sox and...

Starting Lineups: Why Won’t The Chicago Bears Pay Matt Forte? | 3 Comments

So this is what its come down to, huh? Matt Forte’s been in the league for four years, and last season was the first time that Forte missed any playing time. Forte was out for the final four games of the regular season after spraining the MCL in his right knee. Now, with Forte’s contract up, and the Chicago Bears known to be a bit of a tight-wad organization when it comes to their finances, the Bears brass dropped us with this gem of...

Heat Vs. Celtics: Come and Get It, Boston. | 4 Comments

If the sporting world ever needed example of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, LeBron James certainly gave it one. After being fouled on a layup attempt in the waning minutes of the Miami Heat’s 93-79 Game One win over the Boston Celtics, James stood. Ball in hand, he raised it next to Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. He held it there and, while laughing, he menacingly spoke. “Yeaaaaaahhhh, yeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh, yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh,”...

Breaking Down The Fascination With Tim Tebow | 3 Comments

It seems Tim Tebow garners the entire craze these days. When every play you run in OTAs gets publicly tweeted and several people are following, you know that you have officially arrived. Why all the love for a backup quarterback? Why all the hype over a quarterback that really hasn’t done anything of significance to warrant the attention he’s getting just yet? Is it because he brought his team back to win a football game or two? Honestly, he’s...

Justin Verlander and Forcing History’s Hand…on Repeat | 2 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan Time to say something rare, something that’s only been said six times in his last 46 games: Justin Verlander lost yesterday. Granted, he only gave up two runs in eight innings and only got one run of support to work with, but it is what it is. The thing is though, that’s often more than enough for him. See, the Detroit Tigers defending Cy Young winner is basically becoming a solid bet to make the impossible...

Starting Lineups: Miami Finishes Off Indiana, Who Will They Face Next? | 2 Comments

Well, that was fun. A few elbows here, a few slaps on the mouth there, and the resurgent duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade later, the Miami Heat rolled off three straight wins to finish off the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Give Miami a ton of credit; many thought when Indy had them down two games to one that the Heat would fold like lawn chairs at a cookout. So now we’re at a crossroads. Everyone believes that Boston’s...

The Lost Conversation Between Pat Riley And Michael Jordan | 23 Comments

During the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, soon-to-be New York Knicks head coach Pat Riley sat down with Michael Jordan for what resulted in one of the most revealing interviews of His Airness’ career. Think of your hero. It could be your parents, grandparents, siblings, friends or whoever. It could be an athlete. It could be an entertainer. It doesn’t matter. We love heroes because we remember them at their strongest. They fit the mold...

Starting Lineups: Andre Iguodala Almost Gives Paul Pierce An Obituary | 1 Comment

I have a rule about writing an obituary on someone getting destroyed into oblivion, getting sonned by a superhuman feat, getting dunked on with no regard for human life, or any other form of egregious embarrassment. To that degree, I was working my usual 9 o’clock shift on The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, and I missed when Paul Pierce got YULEEEEEEEE’d on by Andre Iguodala in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The texts...

Do You Want an NBA Rivalry or What? | 4 Comments

When the Miami Heat faced the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the broadcasts wouldn’t go five minutes without some allusion to the league’s last great rivalry. From 1997-2000, these franchises took part in basketball that was absolutely ugly, yet sublimely beautiful. If you watched basketball with the strong belief in defensive tenet of “no layups,” then Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Alonzo Mourning and P.J. Brown...

Podcast: The Lakers Go Fishing And Allen Iverson Impromptu Appreciation Night | 2 Comments

On this edition of #theUCShow, the phone lines ring off the hook as Bryan Crawford and Danielle first share views on the demise of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Soon after, Cuffs The Legend came on to share some insight, and he also touches on the impact of Allen Iverson, which has everyone on the phone taking trips down memory lane. Per usual, we also got wisdom from The Great Myles Brown and concluded the show with a call from none other...

Starting Lineups: Converse & Undefeated Unveil The Summer 2012 Jack Purcell Collection | 0 Comments

Here are your dope kicks for the summer, courtesy of Converse’s Jack Purcell brand and Undefeated. Boasting a white, black and a limited-edition red version, Converse First String will serve as a limited-edition summertime Jack Purcell collection for fans of the brands along with casual shoes for lounging at a cookout or for that late night drink with the crew.  The following are words by a suit from Converse. “We are excited to collaborate...

When The Hell Is He Going Retire? An Ode To Martin Brodeur | 5 Comments

Martin Brodeur has tortured a lot of opposing fan bases in his 20-year NHL career, and at the very top of the list are Philadelphia Flyers fans. I’ve watched Brodeur be dominant for so long, while my own franchise has struggled to find a man to stop the puck. It’s been amazing and incredibly frustrating to watch all these years. So frustrating that I regularly ask myself, “When the hell is Martin Brodeur going to retire?” Year...

Moving On Up? Conference Realignment Hits Home in Virginia | 2 Comments

Disappointment set in once it became clear that conference realignment had trickled down to the little ol’ Colonial Athletic Association. The Colonial, or CAA as it’s most commonly known, has always been a beacon of Virginia’s mid-major schools. At one point, six of the fine institutions in the Commonwealth were members. In 2001, the University of Richmond left for the Atlantic 10. The Spiders’ city-mate, Virginia Commonwealth,...

Starting Lineups: The Stephen A. Smith and Miami Heat Saturday Night Live Skit | 0 Comments

As much as some of you may dislike the great Stephen A. Smith, it is a sign of ultimate respect when you are mocked. In this case, Jay Pharaoh mocked Stephen A. on Saturday Night Live, and threw in some hilarious sketch comedy involving LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Consider this skit killed; well done. “ONLY ONE MAN, FOR THE MIAMI HEAT, SHOULD HAVE THE BASKETBALL, IN THE 4TH QUARTER…and that is LeBron James.” — fake Stephen...

The Top Ten NBA Players In The Post-Jordan Era | 22 Comments

Recently, the argument of the Jordan era as the best in basketball surfaced, and it is hard to argue with anyone who agrees with that. The Jordan era revitalized the NBA and made it more stable and fun to watch. If you think of the best twenty players in the history of the game, they probably played in the Jordan era (with a few exceptions, of course). However, the NBA hasn’t been left for dead since the retirement of Michael Jordan. In fact, I...

Starting Lineups: The Five Players To Watch In The UEFA Champions League Final | 0 Comments

The biggest game on Saturday will be taking place and it’s possible that many of you will not be watching. No, I’m not talking about the Spurs vs. Clippers. No, I’m not talking about the Thunder vs. Lakers. No, I’m not even talking about Rangers vs. Devils. Nope. I’m talking about the UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm Eastern. (Set the DVR, trust me.) The UEFA Champions League...

Magic, Stan and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ $2 Billion Plan | 3 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan Now that the ink is dry on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ purchase, it really has set in that it’s a brand new day for one of baseball’s most iconic franchises. It feels like it’s been years since Manny Ramirez’s arrival supercharged baseball in Dodger Stadium and made it a focal point for the first time since the Hideo Nomo/Mike Piazza days. But it’s been a long time since there was some legit, annual winning...

Sean Taylor And A Boulevard Of Broken Dreams | 10 Comments

Death packs the uncanny ability to provide perspective with everything in life, especially sports. A Dallas Cowboys and Florida State Seminoles fan remembers the late Sean Taylor. These words weren’t supposed to happen. Truthfully, I’m not even sure what triggered them. This time of the year has always been catered to the NBA playoffs. My stance this year is well documented and, apart from that, I just love the game of basketball itself....

Starting Lineups: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce Must Think It’s 1999 | 1 Comment

Paul Pierce dunked on the Philadelphia 76ers, twice. In the same game. Actually, in the span of five minutes. Kevin Garnett was calling for the ball, in the post, on numerous occasions. Shaming whoever had the gall and audacity to try and guard him. *cues Prince’s 1999 anthem and sings aloud for a few minutes* The Celtics 107-91 thrashing of the Sixers on Wednesday night was downright scary. Kevin Garnett looked like the primetime performer...

“Free C-Webb!” – An Appreciation for Chris Webber, the Analyst | 9 Comments

Just about a year ago, as NBA fans fretted about the eventual lockout, TNT announced that it would add Shaquille O’Neal, the recently-retired legend, to its Inside the NBA team. The bidding war between the Time Warner network and ESPN had to have been fierce considering he was a walking quote machine during his playing career. When he was signed, there were already ponderings on how he would mesh with friend and former on-court adversary, Charles...

Podcast: Justin Tinsley Finally Explodes, Comedy Ensues | 0 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, Justin Tinsley officially had his first on-air tirade. The man has been backed into a corner and after some goading by The Bearded One, Tinsley proceeds to launch into a profanity-laced rant for the ages. He continues by telling the world to su—–well, you’ll just have to tune in to hear it yourself. Also, we have guest appearances from The Rev, Till, Mark Trible, and The Great Myles Brown. Check...

Andre 3000, Shawn Michaels, Manu Ginóbili, James Harden and Deferred Destinies | 4 Comments

Let me break this down in stages. Bear with me… ***** If you’re not familiar with the talents of Andre 3000, then let me explain it to you. You see, Andre 3000 is one half of the most talented rap duo of all time in Outkast. The Georgia boys from Atlanta have been doing work in the hip-hop game for 20 years, and between Andre 3000 and Big Boi, no one has done it better. While Andre 3000 has always shined greatly on many highly-touted albums,...

Starting Lineups: Brett Lawrie Went YOLO On The Umpire Last Night | 1 Comment

Toronto Blue Jays infielder, Brett Lawrie probably doesn’t know what “YOLO” is, but he definitely did go “YOLO” last night. Lawrie assumed that he’d earned a ball four walk versus the Tampa Bay Rays not once, but twice, so when Lawrie took a called third strike, dude flipped his lid. Figuratively and literally. Okay, technically he didn’t throw the baseball helmet at the umpire, but he did give the helmet...

Stop the Debate: Chris Paul Is The Best Point Guard In The NBA | 14 Comments

It was only a few short years ago that Chris Paul was getting the torch passed along from the likes of Steve Nash and Jason Kidd as the best point guard on the planet. But as a few nagging injuries and turmoil in New Orleans began to hamper Paul, a funny thing started to happen. People began forgetting about Paul and proclaiming new heirs to the NBA point guard throne. The case was made for the whirling dervish that is Russell Westbrook. Others declared...