Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

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...

Who Saw This Coming From Danny Green Besides The Spurs? | 5 Comments

If you were to have asked me what UNC players would be making the biggest impact in the NBA from that 2009 UNC basketball team, my answer in 2009 would have easily been Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson. In fact, I would have bet any amount of money on it. Upon entering the NBA in 2009, it appeared that I was correct. Lawson played a vital role in his rookie season and is now a star for the Nuggets. Hansbrough became a big part of what the Pacers was...

Starting Lineups: Five Takeaways From The Thunder’s Mollywhopping Of The Lakers | 0 Comments

The Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals On Monday night, and as I prepared to bunker in with all of my support behind my hometown squad, the realization that I had been nervous  about this potential matchup since the playoff draw was apparent. I’d been mostly nervous about facing the Lakers just out of sheer respect for Kobe Bryant and the frontcourt duo of Pau Gasol and Andrew...

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...