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...

The Nomad’s Next Stop: Larry Brown Touches Down At SMU | 4 Comments

To take a line from Johnny Cash, Larry Brown has been everywhere, man. His most recent stop was announced officially Monday, and it’s Southern Methodist University. The 71-year-old coach will guide the Mustangs in his final stop (maybe, probably; ah, who knows). Plenty of sly jokes have been (and will continue to be) made about Brown never knowing when to call it quits. The man won a title in the NBA and NCAA. He’s bounced around more...

Starting Lineups: The Elbows of Ronaldo, ‘Bones’ Jones and Metta World Peace | 0 Comments

What a wild weekend in sports that was. From the NHL playoffs going “Bash Brothers” on us, to Manchester United and Everton giving us a whale of a game, to the Red Sox fan booing Bobby Valentine into oblivion, it seemed like something awesome was taking place every single moment. Of course, when you get to the office, school or any other place of social interaction Monday morning, there will be three things that everyone will probably...

Money Has No Relatives: The Rocky Relationship of Prince and Cecil Fielder | 13 Comments

About ten years ago I was at a party in Florida visiting my college roommate, who was working for a prestigious law firm in South Florida. One day while visiting my friend at work I met Cecil Fielder. I was like a kid in a candy store as the man I referred to as Heavy “C” shook my hand, signed a hat for me, and just gleamed from ear to ear the whole time he was in the room. What I didn’t know at the time was that Cecil was going through financial...

adidas Kicks Off VIP Exclusive Run Grassroots Basketball Tournament | 0 Comments

One day, I’ll tell the story on when Shelden Williams almost dunked on me in a summer league tournament. Today just isn’t the day…I don’t need the flashbacks. With the high school hoops scene officially coming to a close across the country, the return of the AAU hoops circuit will be ramping up once again. adidas has always focused on the prep scene, and they’ve wasted no time getting the ball rolling by launching a...

TSFJ Presents: ‘The NFL Draft Diaries’ With Texans OL Wade Smith | 1 Comment

For part two of our NFL Draft Diaries, I decided to speak with a seasoned NFL veteran who’s still playing in the league. Texans OL Wade Smith was more than willing to share his draft-day experience. Drafted by the Dolphins in the 3rd round of the 2003 draft, Smith made stops with the Jets and the Chiefs before finally making a home with the Texans in 2010, blocking for Matt Schaub, creating lanes for Arian Foster and helping the Texans with...

Starting Lineups: The NCAA Football 13 Official Gameplay Trailer | 0 Comments

With the 2012 NFL Draft now less than a week away, it’s easy to forget how crazy and wild the last season in college football truly was. A team that didn’t win its DIVISION won the national championship. A quarterback who plays for the BAYLOR BLEEPING BEARS won the Heisman trophy. Oh, and no team from the state of Florida was worth a damn. Crazy and wild indeed. So while the focus on last year’s superstars will shift to New York,...

Allen Iverson’s Most Honest Moment | 11 Comments

The most intriguing job I’ve had was being a summer camp counselor in the early to mid-2000’s. Kids, more than any age bracket, are honest. Sometimes to a fault, but more than not, it’s always admirable. I had a young kid, probably 11 or 12, once tell me Allen Iverson was “the realest dude ever.” I asked what he meant by “realest,” and his answer stemmed around the fact he was referring to someone not in...

Podcast: The State of the Sports Programming in 2012 Townhall | 0 Comments

“We just care about what’s happening on the field, on the court and anywhere else that the game is being played.” — The Fellas On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, the fellas touch base on the current state of sports programming and how we, as sports fan, receive it. Is this the new trend? With talking heads spewing slanted opinions and condescending facts while becoming their own brand, is this the new reality...

Starting Lineups: Pat Summitt Made Me Respect Women’s Basketball | 5 Comments

Pat Summitt was the first women’s basketball coach that made me care about what was really going on in the women’s game. In the middle of the 90’s, it was a tough market. Duke and North Carolina were atop men’s college hoops and I was just formulating an opinion on what was going on. Every once in awhile, I’d catch the Tennessee Lady Vols on television, and I’d see this coach who acted just like Pat Riley…except...

An Ode to John Tesh’s “Roundball Rock” | 4 Comments

Since the dawn of television, every generation has been able to point to theme songs as a way of not only recalling an idyllic golden age – even if there’s no such thing – but their own memories and dreams. Comedies and dramas may evoke more emotions, but sports aren’t exactly devoid of their own stirring sounds. In fact, they feature some of the most inspiring, emotionally-gripping, and blood-pumping compositions you’d ever hear. And though...

The Disintegration of Sports Television (It’s Our Fault) | 11 Comments

Here’s a question for sports fans everywhere: When did we decide we’d rather see people yell at each other about the sports and athletes we love than see highlights, analysis and real, honest-to-goodness journalism? It’s a question I’ve pondered for quite some time, to be honest, and it’s something that was brought to the forefront with the Skip Bayless/Jalen Rose/Stephen A. Smith debacle from last week. How did we go...

Starting Lineups: Which Kentucky Draft Class Will Be Better; 2010 or 2012? | 1 Comment

Yesterday evening, members of the National Champion Kentucky Wildcats decided to host a press conference to announce they’d be taking their talents to the NBA next year, with freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb and senior Darius Miller all declaring for the draft. We haven’t seen anything this extreme with one team importing talent into the NBA since…2010....

TSFJ Presents: ‘The NFL Draft Diaries’ with Bucs’ DE, Steve White | 5 Comments

With the NFL Draft right around the corner, I wanted to get a closer look at what goes through players’ minds as they prepare for the draft process. How they handle the preparation and anxiety leading up to the big day has always been something to wonder about. So we at TSFJ decided to do a series we like to call the Draft Diaries. It allows us to let current and former players give us a breakdown of how they weathered the storm that is known...

Necessary Roughness: Hockey Playoffs or Slay-offs? | 5 Comments

If you turned on hockey for the first time this season in the last week, you may have been looking for high intensity. Chances are good you found it. The NHL playoffs are unlike any other when it comes to break-neck speed, competitive play, and electric atmospheres. However, you probably noticed something else as well. You probably saw some vicious play that resulted in injury. Maybe you witnessed a fight against an unwilling participant. Perhaps...

Starting Lineups: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Gives The Double Bird Salute | 4 Comments

H/T to SportsGrid I’ll be honest….I didn’t know how to take this photo when I first saw it. Yesterday was the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 65th birthday, and the proper respects were paid all across the internets and folks who respect basketball and history. Kareem always seemed poised, calm and composed on the court. Yes, he had his moments where he’d talk crazy and wag his finger in someone’s face, but that’s...

Nike Football Unveils Home Kits For UEFA Euro 2012 | 0 Comments

In preparation of the second greatest international soccer competition (behind the World Cup, ahead of the Olympics)  known as the UEFA European Championship, Nike has unveiled the new kits for some of the leading football nations in the world. Five countries – Croatia, France, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal – receive the royal treatment from the Swoosh by rocking (in Nike’s opinion) the “most environmentally-friendly kits...

Miles Simon and Mike Bibby Star In, “Floaters and Foams” | 9 Comments

Fifteen years ago when the Arizona Wildcats won the National Championship, two trends were set that would lay dormant for over a decade but have now become more popular than ever, of late. First, there was the floater. Derrick Rose added it to his repertoire a couple of years ago and it’s become his signature shot these days. He can get it off from virtually any angle and he famously used it to take out the Lakers on opening day of the NBA...

Starting Lineups: The Afro Boy Officially Won with the Knicks Cheerleader | 0 Comments

Secretly, every man likes an older woman. Case in point: check out the little brother who was at half court dancing with the New York Knicks cheerleaders on Sunday. The young man had the crowd under his control, made sure his ‘fro was straight, dusted his shoulders off and went and got the woman he had his eyes on. The rest is history. Live life this Monday like the young man in the video and enjoy quality reading this morning. Bull City: Josh...

Winning Championships Is Not The Only Measure Of Greatness | 8 Comments

There are times when you begin an argument and you know where every one is going to go with it before it even starts. When you ask anyone about sports greatness, the first thing that usually comes out of peoples mouths is usually well “insert athlete here” has “insert number here” rings and your guy has none. If championship rings are the measure of greatness, then why do we even debate who is the greatest. The answers should be simple and...

Native Pride: Kevin Durant Unveils the New Nike N7 Zoom KDIV | 0 Comments

Kevin Durant and Nike have released their latest effort to support the N7 Fund with the latest edition of the Nike Zoom KDIV. N7 is a community program and fund dedicated to providing access to sport and physical activity for Native American and Aboriginal communities with a focus on youth. Growing up in Oklahoma, embracing the Native American culture isn’t an option, it’s just a way of life. Thinking about the friends I grew up with...

Russell Westbrook Tells The World IDGAF and YOLO Simultaneously | 4 Comments

I’m convinced that Google Chat has spawned some of the greatest conversations, controversies and inspirations in history. Almost like clockwork, the homie Tins will hit me up on the Macbook Pro with the consistent greeting. “YO” My response: “YO” Then the conversation begins. Two months ago, Tins and I began to have our usual discussion about the NBA. From the LeBron struggle, to Kobe shenanigans and the strife of the...

Taking It Personal: The First Take Debate | 8 Comments

It’s been said countless times that any time ESPN First Take is viewed, or at least mentioned, Skip Bayless wins. The most notorious hater in sports has made the morning program into the live, in-person manifestation of #TwitterSports; where rushing to be first or trying extra hard to be funny trumps actually learning something about the games we love. Truthfully, he’s the loudest carnival barker in the biggest circus there is, and he gets paid...

Starting Lineups: Quai 54 – The World’s Greatest Streetball Tournament | 2 Comments

This is the new addition to my bucket list that I must attend before I kick the proverbial. The Quai (pronounced “k”) 54 International Streetball Tournament has been held in Paris, France for almost a decade. When Jordan Brand decided to co-sign the event and make it worldwide spectacle, the expectations had been raised. The Quai 54 court, which was nestled in the Trocadero with a ridiculous view of the Eiffel Tower behind the court,...

Starting Lineups: Blake Griffin Baptizes Serge Ibaka | 3 Comments

Two things quickly. One, I have a rule that if I didn’t see the dunk live (or within a reasonably close time of detonation), I can’t do an obituary. Two, Blake Griffin’s going to receive his own wing of the Obituary Hall of Fame. This is getting out of hand. A conversion from our Sunday School posts, here are your daily links to start your morning off right. The Smoking Section: Which Coach Had The Bigger Fail – Ozzie Guillen...

Podcast: The Battle for Theme Music Continues and The NBA’s Old Men Are Back | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Ed has to take his talents to Memphis, so Kenny and Justin pick up the reins. Jonathan Tillman, a.k.a. The Till Show, steps into the third position to bring the heat this Wednesday evening. Discussion topics include the following: Tins is obviously still upset about not having theme music,  although Till is a co-host and Kenny egregiously still played HIS theme music. Is it time to take the Boston...