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Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has...

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, Soul On Ice

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes,...

The Washington Redskins Last Super Bowl Win Turns 20 | 2 Comments

By Deandra D. / @dduggs11 The Redskins aren’t in the Super Bowl this year, but I do remember when they were. Allow me to wax poetic about my favorite Super Bowl memory to date. 1992 was one of the most memorable years for me – I was the ripe age of 7 and witnessed, for the first time in my active memory (considering I was only 3 when they won in ’87), my favorite team winning their third Super Bowl. This year marks the 20th anniversary of...

This Dunk MIGHT Be Better Than Blake’s. UAPB, Stand Up | 1 Comment

It’s the gift and the curse of the internet: There’s always something new to trump what was hot just the day before. What transpired just a few days prior with Kendrick Perkins getting Shang Tsung’d by Blake Griffin, and folks simultaneously crowning that dunk one of the greatest of all time, another side debated followed: Was that even a “dunk” from Blake? While I find such a debate “rubbish and bologna,”...

The Real Reason Carlos Boozer Is Struggling | 9 Comments

Let’s take a look at the obvious: Carlos Boozer has not looked like Carlos Boozer since coming to the Bulls. One reason is that he has had to guard some pretty talented power forwards in the East. The real problem Boozer is facing is that fans and teammates don’t really know from night-to-night what they are going to get from him. I think the solution is simple. He is not the same without a pass-first point guard. I know the floodgates are opening...

The 5 Shoes I Plan To Buy Once I Can Walk Again | 2 Comments

Last weekend here in Cincinnati, I prepared to go out with a few of my buddies and hit the town and have some drinks after a long work week. I was tired and needed some libation. However, Mother Nature was being a tad temperamental and wanted to grace us with her presence by constant rain and cold weather. Now when you mix freezing cold weather and rain, things can tend to get icy. You know….like the steps in front of my house. Yep, it didn’t...

Cotto Vs. Mayweather: Has Money May Officially Been Exposed? | 13 Comments

By Dave E. Gold How many of you are already bored of this whole Mayweather vs. Pacquiao talk? I know I am, but yet, here I am writing about it, and here you are here reading about it. We can’t deny that this bout intrigues us to the fullest and that perhaps we only have ourselves to blame for thirsting so much for a fight that really should have taken place years ago, thus, making the matchup itself almost pointless and, dare I say, overhyped?...

Big Boi Talks Betting $100K On The Patriots, Bowling And More #theUCshow | 0 Comments

On this special birthday edition of #theUCshow, we celebrate the day of birth of one of the scribes of The Journal, as Justin Tinsley celebrtes another year on this Earth. Plus, we’re honored and privileged to have one half of the greatest rap group of all-time, Big Boi from OutKast, on the show with us. Big talks with the fellas about his fandom towards Boston sports teams, especially the Patriots and the Celtics, and we get his thoughts about...

Even In Adulthood, Being “Like Mike” Is Still A Childhood Dream | 5 Comments

Here I am, on the eve of my 26th birthday (by the time you’ll read this, I’ll already be 26, but whatever), and I feel like a kid again. My mother has this tradition every year around this time to run through the story of how she was in labor, in pain and still told every intricate detail a woman can muster about her own pregnancy experience. I let her tell it because, to be honest, I’d be worried if she didn’t turn into the...

The Real Top Ten Quarterbacks in the NFL | 19 Comments

When it comes to the quarterback position, it’s undoubtedly the most scrutinized position in the game of football. Quarterbacks get the glory and they can be the goat. They receive the love and also take the loathing of fans, admirers, and football people alike. As much appreciation as we have for all the players who comprise the game, the quarterback position will always be the one that’s talked about the most and, with that, will garner the...

Derrick Rose Loves His Mama. Adidas Presents the adiZero Rose 2.5 ‘Brenda’ | 1 Comment

One of the things that I believe are truly universal with mothers are the anecdotes that they speak to their children. My mother was keen on letting me know that anytime I messed up in school or didn’t do my chores in the house, she was perfectly capable of eliminating me from this very Earth. “I brought you into this world, and I’ll take you out of it if I have to! Now, clean your damn room!” Yes, ma’am. So when the...

Andre Iguodala is the Most Unappreciated “Best Player on His Team” in the NBA | 7 Comments

Two weeks ago, my esteemed colleague, Joe Simmons, announced the 10 most underappreciated players in the NBA today. It’s a very worthwhile list and most definitely worth a read. One thing I noticed about the list is that only a few of the players – Zach Randolph, LaMarcus Aldrige, Monta Ellis and Andrea Bargnani – can be considered the best player on their respective teams, and only Bargnani was drafted to be the guy on his respective...

Three Alternatives To The Pro Bowl That All Fans Would Enjoy | 4 Comments

Believe it or not, an estimated 13 million adults watched the 2012 NFC-AFC Pro Bowl on Sunday night. If you watched the game, you’d think the players thought that 13 people total were watching, for many fans who love the game of football have virtually sneered at what the Pro Bowl has become. Lineman going half-speed, quarterbacks throwing the ball against vanilla defenses, Brandon Marshall catching passes on his back and about 238 different...

Hey, Jim Irsay. You’re Making The Indianapolis Colts Look Bad | 3 Comments

Supposedly, Jim Irsay is a cool dude. He loves rock music and, at age 37, he became the youngest person to ever own a NFL team. He’s worth over a billion dollars and will continue to make greenbacks until the day he dies. However, it seems that no matter how much money and how much experience Irsay has, he can’t protect himself from, well, himself. Recently he’s put himself in the center of a media-storm for no particular reason. The impressive...

The Heat Have Officially Been Put On Notice By The Bulls | 7 Comments

Sometimes, when success comes quickly for people, there’s a tendency to marginalize failure. There are some who view failure of any kind as almost a one-off kind of thing and the learning experience that can be found in futility often goes overlooked. When you hear the term “spoiled by success,” this is a good example. But for those who internalize failure, for those who allow setbacks to eat at them and consume them, those are the individuals...

Today’s Obituaries: Kendrick Perkins (1984-2012) | 31 Comments

8:04 a.m. Mountain Time: Timofey Mozgov woke up on Tuesday morning feeling refreshed, like a 250-pound weight had been lifted off of his back. He wasn’t sure why, but he arose humming old Russian spirituals that his mom would sing while making blini and tea. He checked his phone and noticed that he had roughly 238 text messages from friends and family. Every text message seems to be some variation of the same thing. “YOU’VE BEEN...

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....