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Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball...

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

Tempering Expectations For Derrick Rose

One of the hardest things to cope with in sports is realizing that a beloved athlete may have lost his edge. It’s such...

Hollywood Vs. Broadway: We Need A Kings Vs. Rangers Stanley Cup Final | 4 Comments

The NHL, ever growing in popularity, has reached the semifinals stage of its fantastic Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers lead the New Jersey Devils, 1-0. Out west, the Los Angeles Kings lead the Phoenix Coyotes. That’s a good thing. Make no mistake about it, the NHL needs L.A. and New York in the finals. Last season, the league experienced fantastic viewership when Boston and Vancouver met in the finals....

The Last Of A Dying Breed: Kevin Garnett | 10 Comments

There’s something about having a favorite player in any sport that makes you tune in even more than you already do. The investment you put in is beyond the comprehension of someone who doesn’t watch sports, and it’s really only appreciated by a fan who is as hardcore as you are about the game. For instance, in the case of Ed, no one can tell him anything about Russell Westbrook (and that’s not even his favorite player; merely one of his favorites)....

Starting Lineups: Manchester City Wins The Premiership In Preposterous Fashion | 1 Comment

On Sunday, Manchester City won their first Premier League title in over 44 years by defeating Queens Park Rangers 3-2. Just on the simple fact alone that a team hoisted the gold for the first time in over four decades makes what transpired in Ethiad Stadium impressive. Of course, we’re just getting started in discussing the chancery and tomfoolery that occurred on the pitch. You see, City reminds me of one of my best friends I know. Blessed...

Should We Be Worried About Terrell Owens? | 7 Comments

If you have followed the world of sports for the past twenty years, there are a few things that you can bank on. The one thing that is a constant is that almost 75% of professional football players are going to be broke within five years after they finish playing football. There are many reasons why, but the most typical is that someone stole money from them. The most typical come from financial consultants who make bad investments and take an athlete...

The Till Show’s Year-End Review of the New York Knicks | 3 Comments

By Jonathan Tillman / @thetillshow I have had two days to think this over.  So, I present to you the Knicks season-in-review on the day after in which Game Six of the team’s first-round series with the Miami Heat was to be played.  I chose this day because it is a microcosm of the Knicks’ entire season: “what if?”  Rather, this Knicks’ season is a boulevard of broken dreams. — Till Where do I begin?  I’ll...

Game Seven Is Gut Check Time For Kobe Bryant | 6 Comments

For a future first-ballot Hall of Famer who has proven so much in his career and, arguably, the most accomplished player this side of Jordan, Saturday’s Game Seven marks one of the most pivotal moments for Kobe Bean Bryant.  Following Tuesday’s Game Five between the Nuggets and Lakers which saw Andre Miller look more like Magic Johnson and JaVale McGee resemble a NBA Jam character, my best friend Brad (diehard Lakers fan) and I had this...

Starting Lineups: Where Do The Chicago Bulls Go From Here? | 2 Comments

I’m just glad the series is over. This is no dis to the Philadelphia 76ers and the remaining members of the Chicago Bulls, but watching those two teams play basketball for six games was enough for me. That series was as an excruciating of an experience as I can remember when it comes to playoff series are concerned. The 76ers were just mediocre enough to squeak out four wins as the Bulls partook in what seemed to be a real life demolition derby. There’s...

Nike Sportswear Goes ‘High-Frequency Digital Camouflage’ With The Air Force 1 Pearl Collection | 0 Comments

This is one of those types of shoes that you really want, but you have no idea how in the hell you’d ever pull them off.  This is what Nike is calling “Digital Camouflage,” and they’re wrapping it up around their 30th anniversary editions of the Nike Air Force 1. Of course, this was nothing knew to me, as I play Call of Duty, and I see this type of camouflage all the time as I try to take out my digital counterparts on my...

The Ever Present Past & Future of Bryce Harper | 5 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan I’m going to cut to the chase here; Bryce Harper is the real deal. There’s no need to dress it up any more than it’s been suited and booted since he was an early teen hitting bombs that some MLB guys couldn’t hit already. No, the hype machine around the Washington Nationals’ teenage outfielder is a well-practiced and full-speed ahead machine. However, the machine has shifted into its final gear now, and...

Starting Lineups: The Day The 1992 Dream Team Lost, Kinda | 0 Comments

Yes, you read that right up there at the title, the day the 1992 Dream Team lost. It happened…kinda. Courtesy of the New York Times, it seems that the ancient films have been unearthed and have been turned into an upcoming documentary “These young kids were killing us,” Scottie Pippen said in the documentary; he and the assistant coach Lenny Wilkens said the team played tentatively. “We didn’t know how to play with each other,” Pippen...

Why Do People Hate on the San Antonio Spurs? | 13 Comments

The San Antonio Spurs. They are the team some of you forgot to hate. And if the rest of you had your way, they wouldn’t be here, with a rested team after sweeping Utah to reach the Western Conference Semifinals. For years, the basketball media elite have begged of you to respect the team in south central Texas, because it has managed to shine above larger market teams with shrewd management (R.C. Buford), outstanding coaching (Gregg Popovich),...

Podcast: The Dallas Mavericks Are Dunzo And Justin Tinsley Is Officially Nervous | 3 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, Kenny decides to break his silence and vent his frustrations in “The Angry Corner” about the demise of his Dallas Mavericks. The fellas do their best to keep the man from going overboard, but the attempts were futile, as Kenny could not be calmed down at all. We also speak about the Floyd Mayweather win over Miguel Cotto last Saturday night, as well as the presence of the newest member of The Money...

Nike Sportswear Goes Hyperfuse Color Crazy With ‘What The Max’ | 0 Comments

I can’t front; the first time I put on a pair of Nike Hyperfuses, I thought there was something wrong with the shoes. Is there a hole in my shoe? Why can I feel all this air on my toes? Why is the shoe so light? I feel like I’m walking with just socks on.  That’s the point, Ed. Duh. Nike introduced Hyperfuse construction to create a breathable, stable and resilient basketball shoe called the Hyperfuse, and The Swoosh is now taking...

Starting Lineups: Doin’ It In The Park Documentary Trailer | 0 Comments

There’s nothing like playing pick-up basketball. It’s the beautiful thing about basketball; doesn’t matter if people playing with each other have never met each other, don’t speak the same language or believe in the same things, hoops are universal and the game has a language all to its own. Two men, directors and producers (the legendary) Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, hopped on their bikes, carrying cameras and a ball...

The Same As He Ever Was: Mike Richards and the L.A. Kings | 4 Comments

If you’ve been watching the 2012 NHL Playoffs (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?), you know there’s been no shortage of stars rising to the challenge. Big names like Brad Richards, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin have come up big. Young superstars like Claude Giroux and Zach Parise have put their talents on full display. Netminders like Jonathan Quick, Henrik Lundqvist and Mike Smith have stolen the show and a...

Pencil In The Miami Heat; The East Is A Mere Formality | 8 Comments

As the first round of the NBA playoffs wind down, the Western Conference is compelling. The young Thunder will most likely face the Mamba and his Lakers. The reinvigorated Spurs will tip it off against the young Clippers or Grizzlies. Out west, the treacherous journey will be long and arduous. Incredible matchups, tough teams, and wily vets with multiple rings, with some long series mixed in with the unpredictability of who will advance. Every shot...

Starting Lineups: Remembering Roy Jones, Jr. Vs. Bernard Hopkins In 1993 | 9 Comments

I watched this entire fight after staying up way too late to watch the Memphis Grizzlies trick off another game versus the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s the wondrous ways of Youtube; it’s amazing that these gems can be found at a moment’s notice. I was having an argument with folks in the barbershop about the greatness of Roy Jones Jr., and these young whippersnappers said that Roy wasn’t a top ten all-time fighter. I about lost...

How Do You Want It? The Case for Matt Kemp vs. Josh Hamilton | 7 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan This has been a season of surprises thus far across Major League Baseball. The Nationals are dominating the NL East. The Pujols-less St. Louis Cardinals haven’t skipped a beat…while the Pujols-plus Los Angeles Angels can skip a beat(ing). There’s a lot that’s different in an unpredictable way, yet still enough has stayed the same: Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton are doing work. In the spirit of the election year...

Starting Lineups: Baron Davis Deserved Better | 2 Comments

It’s easy to say that life isn’t fair, but in the case of watching Baron Walter Louis Davis hoop, it’s truly not fair that we rarely got to see the L.A. legend hoop at the height of his superpowers. If you didn’t know, during Game Four of the first round of the playoffs between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, Davis dislocated his right knee cap while dribbling down the court. Not being cruel, but it was a disgusting...

Something Has To Change: NFL Players And Post-Career Safety Measures | 11 Comments

Every year more and more evidence shows up to support the notion that post-career medical evaluations are needed for NFL veterans. The NFL keeps preaching player safety but it seems as if something is not right with their agenda. One minute they are constructing rules changes, then the next minute they want to extend the game schedule by a couple of games. The NFL has a conundrum to worry about as more and more players are suffering from severe concussions...

Starting Lineups: Terrell Suggs and Mariano Rivera Are Gone For Foolishness | 4 Comments

In the span of 24 hours, the sporting world lost the NFL’s defending defensive player to a torn ACL and baseball’s greatest closer to a torn Achilles. While it’s not uncommon for athletes to get injured, the way these two got injured is mind-blowing. It has been alleged that Terrell Suggs tore his achilles tendon playing basketball, although Suggs has come and said he was “running conditioning tests” for the Ravens. Mariano Rivera suffered...

Floyd Mayweather Cannot Be Stopped* | 4 Comments

Note: the only exception is Father Time. This Saturday night will be a action-packed one for sports fans everywhere. For fans who are into hockey, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be on for them to partake in. For followers of baseball, there are bound to be games all over national television, as well as their respective local affiliates. Basketball fans are busy enjoying the first round of the playoffs, which will feature game threes and fours for...

Nike Creates Custom Bespoke Air Force 1 For Dirk Nowitzki | 0 Comments

Alexander, you are one lucky dude. Alexander’s a 19-year-old basketball fan from Frankfurt, Germany. The teenager won a Facebook contest, courtesy of Nike Basketball, with a simple purpose: dream as crazy as Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk’s crazy dream 14 years ago was an understated one: to play in the NBA. Shy, introverted, and nervous, Nowitzki came in with the deer in headlights look on his face. Watching Dirk and his Dallas Mavericks play earlier...

Starting Lineups: Parents, Letting Kids Stay Up Late To Watch Overtime Games Is Cool | 3 Comments

You’re conditioning your child for greatness; trust me on this. Mike Emrick, the play-by-play announcer for the NBC Sports Network, for Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers had to be worn out. The two teams could only score one goal apiece and were now three overtimes deep. Goodness gracious. When it seemed like the game would never end, Marian Gaborik’s game-winning goal...

Junior Seau’s Last Play | 5 Comments

“Why do you care so much about sports?” It’s come up often over the years. Mostly, the question has come up in a cynical manner, as if each of us have blinders to everything else in the world. It comes from good-natured souls who are disillusioned by how apparently society’s attention span tends to be skewed away from ‘the real issues.’ The answer is rather simple on the surface, but the underlying layers are what give you and...