A Sports Scribe, Baseball

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...

Biggie Smalls, Basketball And 2.5 Random Facts | 4 Comments

Around the Internet today, countless tributes to the late Christopher Wallace (better known as “The Notorious B.I.G.”) are running rampant. As it was six months ago with the anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, realizing a decade and a half has passed since the hip-hop world lost Big is as tough a pill to swallow as it was March 9, 1997. This isn’t a piece speaking to his life, his music and why the crater he left in rap will...

The Bruiser: Derrick Rose’s Game Winner Versus Bucks, Plus Unveils New ‘Black and Blue’ adizero Rose 2.5 | 1 Comment

Last night, HE did IT again. He, would be Derrick Rose. The reigning 2011 NBA MVP. It, would be hit another game-winning shot. This time over the Milwaukee Bucks in a thrilling 104-102 victory for the Chicago Bulls. In a season where schedules are crammed, games are on almost every day and highlights go by like a whirlwind, it can be easy to overlook what’s going on with Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. They’re winning at an even higher...

Podcast: Peyton Manning, The Pink Slip, and Legacies #theUCshow | 0 Comments

Justin Tinsley, Bryan Crawford and Eddie Maisonet bring you the latest edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, as it’s time to praise and celebrate the career of Peyton Williams Manning as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Some will be sad, whereas Eddie will be overjoyed to get that quarterback out of his division. We’ll also do a deep dive on the life and times of Kobe Bryant, as we revisit the Lakers decision not to trade their...

The Sports Fan’s Bucket List: Five To-Do’s From The Editor | 5 Comments

Every sports fan should have a bucket list. If you’re not familiar with the term, a “bucket list” is a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. The term itself originates from the phrase, “kick the bucket.” Death, if you will. Even if you’ve never written out an actual bucket list, trust me, you have one somewhere in your mind. I would encourage you...

What If Kobe Bryant Was Traded To The Chicago Bulls In 2007? | 11 Comments

“I would like to be traded, yeah. Tough as it is to come to that conclusion there’s no other alternative, you know?” — Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant’s public demand to be shipped out of Hollywood in 2007, while a guest on The Stephen A. Smith Show, was a ground-breaking story. Here was Bean – arguably the league’s best player at the time and by far its most polarizing – stuck in an unenviable phase of his...

The Most Memorable NCAA Tournament Game I Don’t Remember | 3 Comments

My birthday is March 20, the first day of spring. As such, the anniversary of my birth routinely comes during the greatest sporting event known to mankind, the NCAA Tournament. And when that day falls on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it means I get to take in basketball all damn day. Honestly, I can’t think of a better reasonable birthday present than that. And when my 21st birthday was slated for Sunday, March 20, 2005, well, it...

adidas Unveils New adizero March Madness Uniforms For Baylor, Cincinnati and Louisville | 4 Comments

As championship week runs wild through all of our lives until Selection Sunday, there will be a few teams that will be rocking some eye-catching new uniforms. adidas has unveiled their new, ultra-lightweight adizero uniforms for their college programs. These jerseys will utilize the same technology that adidas uses for their Revolution 30 uniforms worn by the NBA squads.  The three teams that will be laced with the new uniforms first are the Baylor...

Like It Or Not, Deron Williams Is STILL The Best Point Guard In The NBA | 6 Comments

The orchestrator of the last title team led by an up-and-coming point guard resides in Boston. The conductor of Lob City calls Los Angeles his home. The point guard who can make the legitimate claim as a 1A option, at worst, is in Oklahoma City. The reigning MVP, who also happens to play the point, is in The City of Wind. All four of these point guards are regularly on national television.  Shoot, one of them is ranked number one by four contributors...

Shaka The World at the CAA Championship: Drexel Vs. VCU | 3 Comments

As Drexel guard Frantz Massenat’s three point attempt clanged off the rim on it’s way down from a high-soaring bounce off the back rim, the crowd erupted. Virginia Commonwealth was back in the tournament with a 59-56 win, and this time, as the CAA champion. Much can be written about the game itself. VCU took a commanding 35-19 lead into halftime, pressing and squeezing the Dragons to the max. Drexel fought back and gave itself a chance,...

Deion Sanders Has ‘A Lot Of Regrets’ When He Signs Baseball Cards | 4 Comments

Deion Sanders will always be one of my favorite athletes of all-time. I got hooked when I saw the jheri-curl wearing, high-stepping, trash-talking No. 21 doing his thing for the Atlanta Falcons. I’d never seen anything like him before, and although there are some phenomenal cornerbacks that have emerged after Primetime, I’m not sure we’ll ever see anything else like him. Of course, there was that other career that Deion Sanders...

If You Build It…Baseball Is In The Air | 7 Comments

The presence of the spring season is starting to take root. The snow is melting in the northern states, and the smell of freshly cut grass is starting to take over the air in the south. This means one thing, and one thing only: It’s almost time for baseball season. For many, baseball isn’t as big a sport as football or basketball. To others, baseball is a national pastime that cannot be taken lightly. I stand on the latter side as baseball,...

Sunday School: Muhammad Ali Shaves in His Decadent and Opulent Bathroom | 0 Comments

Green curtains, aquamarine wallpaper, vanity lights, marble floors, a trash can made out of gold (maybe), and a robe that might be made out of alpaca and has a hood on it. Muhammad Ali was living, and this photo reminded me that I need to shave tonight, so I don’t look like a savage when I go to work this week. Here are the 11 articles, videos, blogs and other pieces of tomfoolery to serve as your reading material this fine Sunday. Absolut-ism:...

The Three-Piece: Thomas Robinson or Anthony Davis? | 1 Comment

The Three-Piece will be an ongoing series where three guests will hop on TSFJ and answer three questions chosen by yours truly. Today’s discussion will focus on the end of the college basketball regular season (as conference tournaments begin to crank up). Also, this is the time when awards start being handed out, and we also discuss a rivalry returning to close the show on Saturday night. Tackling these three questions today are Brando of Texas-based...

Wilt’s 100, Statistical Dominance, and Sympathy For Goliath | 4 Comments

If you have not been made aware of it, March 2nd marks the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s historic 100-point game versus the New York Knicks. While many will marvel about the historical impact of Wilt’s 100, I’ve always found that when this discussion takes place, a discussion about “who was better: Wilt or Russell?” or “who was more dominant: Wilt or Shaq?” usually will take place. Kenny said something...

Bomani Jones Talks About His New Show, Hines Ward’s Release and Robert Griffin’s Braids #theUCshow | 1 Comment

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, we’re honored to have Bomani Jones of ESPN’s Around The Horn and SB Nation fame join the show. Bomani will talk about his new online show, “Bomani & Jones,” plus discuss the claim that Hines Ward is a hall-of-famer and the future of Robert Griffin III. Hosted by Justin Tinsley, Syreeta Hubbard and Eddie Maisonet, shenanigans and tomfoolery ensues every Wednesday at 9...

An Athlete’s Final Frontier | 4 Comments

Down by ten points in a game that was never closer than six in the second half, the home team’s coach yelled to call off the dogs. No more fouls, let the time run out. As the seconds quickly ran down, the light bulbs in the scoreboard seemed to unravel into nothing. The star player had the gaze. The senior guard of the losing high school team had a glazed look on his face. The 100-yard stare some have called it before. Regardless of title, the...

Nike and Boris Diaw Go ‘White on White’ with the French Football Away Kit | 0 Comments

I’ve watched Boris Diaw hoop up close in New York, and I’ve watched the man play ball since his days as a Phoenix Sun. A unique talent indeed, skilled in a way that make many NBA players jealous, with a frame that provides versatility all across the court. There’s no doubt that Boris Diaw can hoop. Yes, the man has the inability to look like he gives a damn about anything he’s doing and yes, the man looks like he ate a double...

Hip Hop and Hockey: Don’t Just Wear the Game; Learn the Game | 2 Comments

Recently, the good folks at Mitchell & Ness had a short post on its blog titled “Hockey and Hip Hop.” The Philadelphia-based sports apparel maker wondered if the NHL is making its way back to hip hop fashion (though, one can assume they meant the mainstream, not underground): The 1990s pop culture was filled with bold color blocking and licensed sports apparel trends. Craig Mack, Snoop Dogg, and (A Tribe Called Quest’s) Phife Dawg were...

Bombers vs. Birdmen: Dwight’s Plight, an MVP Debate and Other Second-Half NBA Storylines | 2 Comments

Editor’s Note: As we try to move past a thrilling 2012 All-Star Game, its time to look into the crystal ball to discuss the top stories for the second half of the NBA season. TSFJ’s EIC Eddie Maisonet and ESPN Truehoop blogger and editor of A Wolf Among Wolves Myles Brown decided to have an epic e-mail exchange to talk about everything from Dwight Howard’s future, Rubio vs. Irving, and the NBA Finals. This will be like the Bombers...

Manning the Circle: The NHL’s 10 Best Face-Off Men | 2 Comments

More than anything else, hockey is a possession game. Unless a goaltender stands on his head and steals a victory or a team suffers some unfortunate bounces, the team that possesses the puck the most, more often than not, comes away victorious. The more you have the puck, the more the opposition is chasing you, wearing them down, while simultaneously creating scoring chances for yourself. You can’t put the puck in the back of the net without...

SB Nation’s Bomani Jones Talks About His New Show “Bomani & Jones” | 4 Comments

Bomani & Jones is the new online sports and social commentary show that will be featured on YouTube by host Bomani Jones of SB Nation on Thursdays. Jones, the star of Around The Horn and SB Nation, is a personal friend of the TSFJ Fam and we were able to get a few minutes of Bo’s time to talk about the show and a few relative topics on the sports docket. TSFJ: How will this”Bomani & Jones” be different compared to “The...

Booms and Busts: The Come-Up at the NFL Combine | 3 Comments

The NFL Combine has officially become must-see-TV, but what does this all mean? As Bomani Jones said on Monday, “A great 40 time made D’Angelo Hall a fortune, but how much did that matter when he was getting set on fire for three teams?” Or what about Calvin Johnson? The man who already was going to be a top ten pick because of being such a physical specimen at 6’5″ and 235 pounds, showed up at the combine and had made...

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James And The Parallels Of All-Star History | 8 Comments

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game has came and went. From the pre-game traditional rituals of national anthems (Mary J. Blige is a great entertainer, but her singing skills….yeah) to over-the-top pre-game concert performances from Nikki Minaj and the artist formerly known as Pitbull, it was officially time to get down with the mid-season classic between the Eastern and the Western Conference All-Stars. Just as Tinsley predicted on this site just two...

Is The NFL Combine A Modern-Day Meat Market? | 11 Comments

A few weeks ago on Twitter, I heard someone call the NFL Combine one of the most troubling events in professional sports. They stated that it was reminiscent of a cattle exchange, where players are poked, prodded, and put on display. Their argument was that these events are similar to slavery in the early years of American culture where slaves were put on stages and people were invited in to survey what they had to offer and bid on them. If you are...

Sunday School: Clyde Drexler Shows Us How To Glide In 1987 | 0 Comments

After that atrocious Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night, I figured I’d post this dope photo of Clyde Drexler gliding gracefully to the rim. No props, no blindfolds, no nostalgic jerseys….just a man, a ball and an attempt to defy gravity. Here are the 11 articles, videos, blogs and other pieces of tomfoolery to serve as your reading material this fine Sunday. 6 Magazine: Happy Anniversary Jerry Jones The Basketball Jones: All-Star memories...