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RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 2 Results: Finding A Reason To Make A Change

Last week, most of the runners in TSFJ Run Challenge were sure they were going to die. The courage it took to even try the...

What Separates Ray Lewis From The Rest | 6 Comments

(H/T to Tins for this vid, as this might be arguably the greatest post-game loss speech of all-time.) If you are a real football fan, you appreciate greatness. Greatness doesn’t just come around all the time. Sometimes, we forsake greatness until it has gotten old and slow, and then we realize how great a player was. In my generation, greatness has been amongst us in several instances. I was able to watch the greatest wide receiver to ever play...

Sunday School: Quarterback Joe Paterno, Brown University | 0 Comments

QB Joe Paterno, Brown University Eleven dope blogs, videos, articles and other shenanigans courtesy of my Google Reader. Consider this your reading material for the week; enjoy. 6 Magazine: Sean Taylor’s Pro Bowl Destruction Ball Is Life: The Lakers Are Interested In Gilbert Arenas; Hibachi’s 60-point Game Vs. L.A. Beyond The Arc: Why are there no dominant teams in college hoops? DC Sports Bog: Rent Wizards suite; meet Gheorghe Muresan ESPN...

Kevin Durant Doesn’t Care Who The Best Player On The Team Is, So Should We? | 9 Comments

Seizing power can be a beautiful thing. Once it’s attained by the person who clamors for it, it can lift that person’s abilities as far as anything we could quantify on our own. In basketball, we’ve seen the clash for power take place between owners, coaches and players, and the end result has broken some teams, while others have flourished because of the change. Of course, when the issue is skewed slightly when the question is...

From Aggravation to Admiration: The Victor Cruz Story | 3 Comments

There are some players who simply have a way of having attention come their way without having to do too much. In the NFL, especially at the wide receiver position, we see players perform demonstrative exhibitions all the time. It’s almost as if it’s a prerequisite to the position: A receiver has to be outwardly sure of himself and his abilities. A receiver has to talk trash and let everyone know that there is not a defensive back who can stop...

Appreciating The Greatness of Serena Williams | 8 Comments

*Ed’s Note: The video above is of Serena Williams winning her first Grand Slam title, the U.S. Open, back in 1999 vs. then No. 1 Martina Hingis. Yes, 13 years ago. I watched this video twice just because it was jaw-dropping to watch.* Not many women can carry the throne like Serena Williams has for so long. Sure, she isn’t always ranked number one in the world, but it seems like regardless of rank, she is the best out there when she is...

Scott Hartnell: Proof that Players Can Change | 2 Comments

Philadelphia Flyers winger Scott Hartnell and I have a history. Well, that’s not entirely true; in fact, Scott Hartnell has no idea who the hell I am. But I know Scott Hartnell, and I certainly have my own personal history with him. You see, ever since the Flyers acquired Hartnell in 2007, he has driven me crazy with undisciplined play. The guy seemed to spend more time off his skates and in the box than around the net and in the corners, and...

Peyton Manning’s Legacy Vs. His Arch-Nemesis And His Little Brother | 3 Comments

Prior to Sunday’s AFC and NFC Championship fantastic doubleheader, the more desired Super Bowl matchup most people I spoke to (or saw tweet about, or put on Facebook) wanted to see Niners/Ravens, affectionately known as Harbaugh Bowl II. Some predicted Ravens/Giants while none included New England outside of those who support them. With all due respect, and I so desperately wanted to see Ed Reed finally walk away with a ring, Giants/Patriots...

The Conference Championships That Weren’t | 5 Comments

Fans across the world outside New England and New York exhaled a sigh of relief as an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl was signed, sealed, and delivered Sunday. In the AFC Championship, it was John’s Baltimore Ravens who found their way to the promised land. Baltimore survived one of Tom Brady’s best played games and a lackluster performance from Joe Flacco to punch their ticket to Indianapolis. As the Ravens struggled to hang in the game, they rallied...

Did The Knicks Give Up Too Much For Carmelo Anthony? | 17 Comments

Let me preface this by saying that there isn’t a bigger Carmelo Anthony fan than myself. Melo can score and create as well as any small forward in the history of the game. However, one has to wonder if the Knicks mortgaged too much when they made the trade for Carmelo. At the time, the trade seemed pretty legit to the avid SportsCenter watching fan, but to the real fan, it seemed as if the Knicks mortgaged their future for a superstar to carry...

Leaving A Legacy: What Winning Super Bowl XLIV Could Mean For Four Teams | 3 Comments

As Conference Championship Sunday looms on the horizon for NFL fans, I’ve had a singular thought about what will happen this weekend… “Chad Ochocinco is going to have the game of his life, ball out…and get his team to the Super Bowl like only The Ocho could.” Okay, that might not be the only thought that’s been rolling through my head for the playoffs this weekend, much less a sane one. However, it has occurred...

A Change Gon’ Come: A Niners Fan’s Take On Being “Back” | 6 Comments

By Charles Davis Jr. / @ccdavisjr One of the most idiotic sentiments in fandom is when someone who is clearly not a fan of YOUR favorite team utters those famous words “You wasn’t talkin’ that ish when your team sucked, doe!” … … OF COURSE I WASN’T TALKING ! WE SUCKED!!! Seriously, what did you expect me to say?  “You can’t see that 8-8 record, son!!”  My team, the San Francisco 49ers, hasn’t been relevant in nearly a decade....

Five Guys Have A Candid Discussion About LeBron, Kobe, the Bulls and Westbrook #theUCshow | 0 Comments

On this edition of #theUCshow, we really started off this show with good intentions. We thought we were going to have an organized show where we would talk about the AFC Championship and the NFC Championship, plus talk about current news in the sports world like Dez Bryant’s “altercation” with one Lil’ Wayne. Fortunately, that never quite happened. While we did talk about Dez/Wayne…and we did talk Niners/Giants with...

Reeta’s Open Letter To Joe Flacco | 5 Comments

Dear Joe “Cool” Flacco, Let me start by saying I’m one of your biggest supporters. When the Ravens drafted you with the 18th overall pick in 2008, I was elated. I felt like Baltimore finally had the general they needed to fit their style of play. And for a while, you proved me right. In 2008, where I thought the Ravens would do 6-10, 7-9 at best, you helped us get to an 11-5 record and an AFC Championship appearance. The day I knew...

VIDEO: Chris Paul, Cedric The Entertainer and Clippers Fans Shut Down the House of Hoops in L.A. | 0 Comments

By Phillip Barnett / @imsohideous Last week, Chris Paul came through the House of Hoops Foot Locker in Beverly Hills to introduce his new shoe, the CP3.V to the public and fans. There was a line to catch CP3 up close and in person, a line that wrapped around the walls in the Beverly Center outside of Foot Locker. One of the fans, 28-year-old Gabriel Ybarra, waited for five hours just for a chance to catch Chris Paul in the flesh. “I just wanted...

The Truth Shall Set You Free: Could A Paul Pierce Trade Signal The End Of The Big Three? | 3 Comments

There are a lot of you that hate Paul Pierce. From the man’s inability to grow normal facial hair, to acting like he died when he hurt his knee during the 2008 NBA Finals to him just being a member of the Boston Celtics…there’s a lot of hate sent towards No. 34. Like it or not, Paul Pierce has been THE embodiment of the Boston Celtics for this generation. Now in his thirteenth year, after riding the lows of the “Employee No....

Two Victories Separate Ed Reed From Icon Status | 4 Comments

With no shade to anyone who watches Love & Hip-Hop, Basketball Wives and The Real Housewives Of Wherever A Finger Lands On A Globe When You Spin It, the best reality show on television remains sports. There’s a new episode every night. It never goes off the air. It has the best recap show ever in SportsCenter (and the best specific one in Inside The NBA). And it brings people together like nothing else in American society. I have not the...

Julius Peppers Appreciation Day | 2 Comments

Thirty-two years ago today (Jan. 18, 1980), the most athletically gifted defensive end I’ve ever seen was born: Julius Peppers. Growing up as a rabid college basketball fan and following the North Carolina Tar Heels since my youth, I remember this beast of a man suiting up for both football and basketball and intimidating everyone in both. On the gridiron, Peppers was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best player on his team from the get-go,...

Two Rebounds: Amar’e Stoudemire, You Disgust Me. No, You Can’t Play On Team USA And Embarrass America | 3 Comments

There was a point in time where I would openly come out and say that Amar’e Stoudemire was the best power forward in the NBA. It wasn’t that I actually believed it; I was just enamored by the man’s physical capabilities and the potential that oozed out of him. 6’10″, 250 pounds and a first step that reminded many of a young James Worthy. Yet, there were some flaws in his game that were hard to overlook. The inability...

The Ten Most Unappreciated Players In The NBA Today | 8 Comments

It’s almost time for the All Star Game, and in a lockout-shortened season, there are a few guys who just continue to put up numbers, yet you don’t really hear a lot about them getting any all star considerations. They aren’t fan favorites, because they play in markets where getting votes is unlikely. They also play for teams that are either loaded with more recognizable talent or they just get overlooked because they are on a team that is just...

Chicago’s Next: Three Hoopers Ready To Blow Like The Wind | 6 Comments

*This will be the first of a series of posts called, “My city’s next.” Just like in pickup basketball, you’ve got to call next and earn you keep once you step on the court and, in Chicago, this is just a way of life. Basketball is essential in the City of Wind, and we’re going to pay respect by profiling three stars at three different levels of basketball. From high school, to college and to the pros, these hoopers got...

Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King and the Stress of Revolution | 6 Comments

If you’ve ever had to manage a process, project, or any other type of objective from start to finish, you know that there are some trials and tribulations that will come across your journey. You’ll burn the midnight oil, lose a few hours sleep and maybe miss a party/happy hour/extracurricular activity or two to make sure that things are done the way they should. This is how you build character; to sacrifice for the greater good of progress;...

Sunday School: Rasheed Wallace Dunks On Everybody From Duke | 1 Comment

Rasheed dunks on everyone from Duke Trying something different, as “Sunday School” will be my suggested reading for you all courtesy of my Google Reader. Eleven dope blogs, videos, articles and other shenanigans that you should take in and enjoy. Oh, and I’ll try to throw a dope photo up here for your own enjoyment. Why 11? TSFJ was established on 11-11-11, so its only right I give you 11. Ball Is Life: There’s just something not...

The Reports of Kobe Bryant’s Recent Dominance and Resurgence Are Grossly Exaggerated | 7 Comments

Recently, the man once known by the masses as Afro Kobe (well, it was really just me who used to call him that, but whatever) and more known today as The Black Mamba has “supposedly” found The Fountain of Youth and has scored 40 or more points in the last three Los Angeles Lakers games, all resulting in victories. During this stretch, Lakers fans and Kobe Zombies have used the time to tell people that the procedure Kobe participated in to rehabilitate...

The 8 X-Factors Who Will Determine NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend Winners | 2 Comments

Image courtesy of @ChefWaites In football, there is usually one player in every game that can wind up having the most significant impact on the outcome. Think about in Super Bowl XXX as the Dallas Cowboys put the Pittsburgh Steelers to bed as the two biggest X-Factors in that game ended up being Neil O’Donnell and Larry Brown. O’Donnell for consistently being able to throw the ball to the wrong people and Brown for being in the right place...

An Open Letter To LeBron James | 9 Comments

*Ed’s Note: There are a variety of reasons why an individual would choose to write an open letter:  To state the author’s position on a particular issue, an attempt to start or end a wider dialogue around an issue, to criticize someone’s actions, an attempt to focus attention on the letter’s recipient and prompt action, for sheer humor’s sake and finally to make public a communication that must take place as a letter...