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History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge...

Boxing, J. Tinsley

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons,...

Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a...

NFL’s Perception Vs. Reality In “Bounty Gate” | 15 Comments

*Disclaimer – My opinion is not a popular one and does not reflect the views of the rest of the writers at TSFJ* If you haven’t heard by now, the NFL passed down major disciplinary actions among those involved in “BountyGate”. Saints head coach Sean Payton received a one-year suspension and former-Saints-now-Rams-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely by the league for their roles in paying players for tackles,...

Podcast: Peyton, Tebow, and Kenny Turns Into a Super Saiyan Over Kobe Bryant | 2 Comments

All hail Bryan Crawford for being Vegeta, crashing the show and bombarding Kenny Masenda with a discussion about Kobe Bryant with him. The man hadn’t been back on #theUCshow for no longer than five minutes and 42 seconds, and all hell broke loose. Justin Tinsley and I decided to chill in the rafters while the shenanigans and hijinks ensued. Oh yeah, Alfie Crow of SB Nation’s Big Cat Country (Jacksonville Jaguars blog) joined us to tell...

The Sports Fan’s Bucket List: Five To-Do’s From The Rev | 6 Comments

A couple weeks ago, our editor-in-chief shared five things on his sports fan’s bucket list. Here are five of my own. Catch a game at all 30 MLB stadiums. Maybe it’s because I’ve been going to baseball games longer than any other professional sports outings, maybe it’s the relaxing atmosphere and dog days of summer, or maybe it’s the beauty and uniqueness of each ballpark, but there’s nothing I want to do more than...

Why A Tournament Style Playoff Will Not Work in College Football | 8 Comments

By Chris Mitra / @chrismitra The NCAA Basketball Tournament.  It is the finest time of the year for college basketball.   Watch parties.  Office bracket pools.  Andy Katz going over brackets with President Barack Obama.  Viewers are through the roof.  Fun for Corporate America, fun for Main Street America, right? This is also the time of year where a large group of college football fans ask, “Why can’t we have that in football?” I’m...

Mile High Quarterback: Peyton Manning’s New Challenge In Denver | 6 Comments

Peyton Manning will have a navy blue Broncos helmet on this season. You might need to read that again to let it sink in. No more white and royal blue; no more horseshoe for one of the game’s best quarterbacks. It seems sacrilegious and, yet, it’s the perfect example of how sports work today. The bottom line is, was, and always will be the almighty dollar. For Colts GM Jim Irsay, it simply didn’t make sense to back a dump truck of money up to...

Score: We Are The Process and the “Nokohama” Snapback | 1 Comment

Sometimes, you need your cap to say to folks that you mean business, in a way a Braves or a Yankees cap could. This “Nokohama” cap, a variation to the original Braves logo for Chief Noc-a-homa literally screams “DON’T F*CK WITH ME” while you order your mid-day caramel macchiato from Starbucks. The good folks over at We Are The Process are releasing in three different color variations of the Nokohama cap. (Green/Yellow,...

In The Cards: The Tony Dorsett Rookie Card | 8 Comments

Let the record show that I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan my entire life. I’ve lived, loved, and cried Dallas Cowboys football for most of my days on this planet. It all started when I watched my first game on television, as the Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks. I had seen football before this, but I had never really watched it like I was on this day. The scene was set, and there was a one-man show dictating the offense. His name was Anthony...

Sunday School: Allen Iverson’s Run To The Elite 8 | 0 Comments

16 years ago, the one-man wrecking crew that is known around the world as Allen Iverson, was a sophomore at Georgetown University. Under the tutelage of Big John Thompson, the Hoyas would return to their glory days as Iverson and Co. got all the way to the Elite 8 in the 1996 NCAA tournament. Rocking the patent leather Jordan XI’s, rocking a taper fade with no braids and the iconic Hoya blue and gray…it all seemed like a blur back then....

Shocking The World at the NCAA Tournament, Part I | 4 Comments

I really didn’t know what to expect from the Columbus regional. I knew it’d be good to see Michigan State in action (because I picked them to win the whole shebang). I knew I’d get a kick out of watching Georgetown play in person for the first time vs. Belmont. I knew that Memphis vs. Saint Louis would at least entertain me (ended up as the best game of the day in Columbus). I knew that I didn’t know anything about N.C. State...

The Five Takeaways That Matter Following the NBA Trade Deadline | 2 Comments

The NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday, and while the trade that everyone thought could happen (Dwight Howard being moved) didn’t, about 215 other transactions did occur before 3:00 pm that set Twitter, Facebook and any other form of social communication ablaze. The face of the lockout was cast away for a bag of peanuts, and the “ultimate teammate” has been summoned by the greatest power forward who ever lived. 1. The...

Nike Sportswear Laces Syracuse, Michigan St., Kentucky, Duke, UConn and Florida For March Madness | 0 Comments

In life, you are taught to dress for the occasion and dress for success, and if you look good, then you’ll feel good. Nike Sportswear has generously blessed six basketball programs and their fans with a limited edition set of apparel so that fans can be “styling and profiling” for the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse, Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, Connecticut and Florida will all be hoping to cut down the nets on April 2nd in New Orleans,...

Podcast: March Madness Is Finally Here, Plus Dwight Howard and Knicks Slander | 0 Comments

March Madness  is finally here, and our podcast will serve as the precipice of bracket burnings and upset specials. Justin Tinsley, Jonathan Tillman and Ed carry the torch in the hour of power. Our special guest on the show was none other than ESPN Truehoop writer Myles Brown to talk about the aftermath of Ricky Rubio’s knee exploding at the hands of Kobe Bryant, and we’ll reminisce what could’ve been with this Minnesota Timberwolves...

The New York Knicks: Where Instability Happens | 6 Comments

Change was gon’ come; short season or not. Mike D’Antoni essentially had a season; maybe less, to take the New York Knicks to the next level. Though Donnie Walsh, the architect of the NBA’s biggest reclamation project in years, was shuttered out, three years of D’Antoni’s free movement offensive system were to finally come to fruition. And then, they didn’t. It’s easy to lament D’Antoni’s resignation or light a pitchfork to chase...

In The Cards: The Frank Thomas Rookie Card | 5 Comments

Like most young American males, one of my biggest hobbies as a child was collecting and trading sports cards. And while I had cards for all the four major North American sports, baseball definitely ruled the day. I remember sitting in my friend’s garage or my cousin’s room, flipping through our card books or shuffling through the disorganized shoeboxes, trying (and often succeeding!) to rip everyone off and get the best card collection...

2001 Hampton Vs. Iowa State: The Greatest Upset In Tournament History | 6 Comments

By Cole Hampton I’m pretty sure everyone in the room was thinking the same thing that Sunday evening when we saw Hampton pop up on the Selection Show screen as a 15-seed. No, it wasn’t the fact we’d probably get blown out by at least 30 against some power conference team, take a few pictures, get a free t-shirt and come back home. Collectively, we thought, where the hell is Boise, Idaho? After completing one of the best seasons in the history...

My Lifelong Quest for the Elusive Winning Bracket | 3 Comments

ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil — a fellow Penn State alumnus and former Philadelphia Daily News writer, by the way — encapsulated the spirit of the NCAA tournament and filling out your bracket perfectly yesterday. She made a great point about how damn near everyone has a rooting interest, whether that person knows anything about college basketball or not, and another about how the old woman picking teams solely on the color of the their uniforms...

The Legend That Is T.J. Ford | 2 Comments

There are some players who help shape the way you view sports. The impact they made is long-lasting, and you may end up comparing any and every player to that particular one. In the state of Texas, there are fixtures here: The State Fair, UGK, The Red River Shootout, and the UIL Basketball Tournament in Austin, to name some. It was at the latter, in 2000, when my eyes saw not only the best high school point guard, by far, that I’ve ever seen in...

The Talented Ten: Your Favorite Bloggers and Writers Pick College Basketball’s National Champion | 4 Comments

We are less than 48 hours away from the beginning of the greatest sports jamboree known to civilization. March Madness will finally be here with all its splendor and glory, as brackets will be laid to waste and teams will be shown the exit door. Of course, it seems whenever this happens, I get bombarded with the question, “Who’s gonna win?” Truthfully, I have no idea. (My best guess is at the bottom.) However, I enlisted ten of...

The Top Ten Most Memorable College Point Guards That Never Made The NBA | 18 Comments

This article is another case of a twitter debate gone haywire, so much so that a list needed to be created immediately. We joke all the time about certain players in college that seem to have been there forever. It seems that Robbie Hummel has been at Purdue since 1999, or that William Buford was at Ohio State when Jim Jackson was running the two in Columbus. It’s not only a testament to a player leaving a lasting mark on our brains, but, unfortunately,...

Memo To Harrison Barnes: It’s Time To Put Up Or Shut Up | 7 Comments

At the beginning of his freshman season, no player had as much to live up to as UNC forward Harrison Barnes. Barnes was labeled pre-season All-American. No freshman in the history of college basketball had ever garnered that title. The pressure, along with the bulls-eye on his back, made it tough for Harrison Barnes to live up to the accolades bestowed upon him. That year, there were a lot of talented players in college basketball, but Barnes drew...

Score: New Era Reveals the 2012 NFL Draft 59FIFTY Caps | 1 Comment

There are certain items you receive that signal that you have officially achieved greatness. For some, it’s the drivers license at age 16; for others, it’s their college degree. For degenerates like myself, it was the first drink I was legally able to purchase. However, if you’re an amateur football player, the one item that can truly signify the moment that you’ve made it is when you get that hat from the team that’s...

Sunday School: Norfolk State Earns Their First Trip To The NCAA Tournament | 0 Comments

An embrace. A fist pump. A look on a man’s face that is a blend of aggressive celebration and tears of joy. This Sunday will not only bring another day of worship, but a day of praise for many college basketball programs that have matriculated to the glory that they only could dream of. Pictured above is Norfolk State University celebrating after winning the 2012 MEAC Championship. This win secured their first-ever birth into the NCAA Tournament....

Did the Washington Redskins Overpay For Robert Griffin III? | 3 Comments

The Washington Redskins have decided to put all their chips in, as the completed trade with the St. Louis Rams will yield two future first round picks and this year’s second round pick to move four spots to select Robert Griffin III with the number two pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Give credit to the Redskins, a team that’s never been afraid to throw money at their problems. In this case, the Redskins threw their future draft picks at their...

Motivation Music: Big K.R.I.T. – “Boobie Miles” | 1 Comment

“Get money, don’t be no lame Bench warmers never ride foreign, so play the game Never drop the ball, never accept a loss, get back up if you fall And when your number’s called, you better give your all I hope you give your all You gotta play until the end The only difference between a winner and a loser is a winner plays until he win.” — Big K.R.I.T. It’s a song that I’m going to make a certain family member...

Almost Forgotten: The 1994-95 UCLA Bruins | 7 Comments

The 1990s gave college basketball fans some of the most talented and, at times, ‘controversial’ teams in history. Tark & the Running Rebels. Dook. 48 Minutes of Hell. The Fab Five. The Untouchables. Four Corners full of future NBA stars. Yet, there’s one team that tends to be forgotten from that era: The 1994-95 UCLA Bruins. They were another team of the era who pro scouts drooled over, with a slick-haired (read that as shady) head coach...