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...

Russell G. Westbrook is the Best Point Guard in the NBA | 8 Comments

If you’ve been following me on twitter then you know that I have ended every session twitter with the following tweet to the people: “Russell Westbrook is the best point guard in the NBA.” From tweeting this out to the general public I’ve received a wide variety of responses, including: lost followers, been told that I’ve lost my got damn mind, been told that there are at least 7 point guards better than Russ, and that...

The Dallas Cowboys And The Moment Of Truth | 5 Comments

This season has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the Dallas Cowboys. Through 15 weeks and 14 games, they are in the driver’s seat to win the NFC East. With a Giants loss and a Cow win on Saturday, they have another division title and one home playoff game. That’s something for Dallas Cowboys fans to get excited about, right? Well, there’s only one problem. The Dallas Cowboys have blown games all season where they had leads, had...

Playing The Odds: Who Will Win the 2011-12 NBA Championship? | 1 Comment

A few months ago, I vividly remember having a few conversations with the homies about the chances of having a 2011-12 NBA season, with the shenanigans of the lockout looming. With three days until Christmas day, every basketball fan is getting the present they always wanted: NBA basketball. Per the folks at GR88.com, they released the odds on who will win the 2011-12 NBA championship. Here are five things to consider while looking at these odds (and...

Have You Prayed For a Lakers Fan Today? #theUCshow | 0 Comments

Photo Source: @Jose3030 The agenda for #theUCshow on Wednesday, December 21st. Hosted by Eddie Maisonet @edthesportsfan and Kenny Masenda @soulonice6: :0 – :20 – Have you heard of this new thing in L.A. called “Lob City?” Oh, and those old guys that wear purple and gold. in L.A. too? Kenny will introduce the recent “Have you Prayed for a Lakers Fan Today?” movement. :20 – :40 – How much does home field...

No One Wants to Face the Philadelphia Eagles | 5 Comments

Heading into the 2011 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles were the talk of the NFC — if not the NFL. No team made more high-profile offseason acquisitions: everything from trading the former heir apparent to Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to signing sack specialist Jason Babin and interior force Cullen Jenkins to reeling in the supposed top free agent prize in Nnamdi Asomugha, not to mention...

Today’s Obituaries: The Los Angeles Lakers Casual Fan Base (1960-2011) | 8 Comments

The Los Angeles Lakers casual fan base, 51, passed away on Monday, December 19th, 2011. The casual fan base began in earnest with Hall of Famers, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain. The eternal casual fan base flame was lit when the Lakers won their first title in Los Angeles in 1972. In the 1980’s, the Lakers won five championships in a nine-year span. This team featured Hall of Famers in Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy,...

Today’s NBA: Too Many Teams, Not Enough Talent | 9 Comments

Has anyone besides me noticed that today’s NBA seems more like a staged reality TV show than an actual sports league where athletes compete on their own merits? In what other sport does free agency and the off-season overshadow the actual regular season and the sport’s championship event? Between a public relations machine spiraling out of control and player salaries being on par with the GDP of some small countries, the NBA has a problem…A...

The Sports Fan’s Four Maxims of Manhood | 3 Comments

*Note: This post is an adaptation from the book I received in the mail a few days ago (thanks, Meghan) called “The Maxims of Manhood”, by Jeff Wilser. Inside the book, you will find the fundamental truths of modern manhood — a code of behavior that leaves your father proud, your buddies in awe and your girfriend (mostly) satisfied. Through TSFJ, the book is discounted for just $10.50 and would serve as a great stocking stuffer for...

AB Grades The NBA Trades & Free Agent Moves | 0 Comments

Funny how things can change over the course of a month. Just a few weeks ago, I was cursing David Stern and the NBA’s ludicrous millionaires vs billionaires pissing match. After the new labor deal was struck, camps opened, and with an unprecedented flurry of trades and free agent moves, the NBA’s preseason kicks off tonight as my Wizards host the 76ers.[1] It goes without saying, but of course, all is forgiven. It may seem like an exaggeration,...

Brandon Roy’s Early Exit Isn’t An Easy Pill To Swallow | 3 Comments

My friend, Terrell, is an asshole. Like, a real, true, red-blooded American asshole. And, to be quite honest, that’s actually why I’m cool with the guy. This past Sunday, myself, him and a group of others crowded over our friends’ Ryan and Charlotte’s apartment for Ryan’s 26th birthday. The Packers/Raiders game was on CBS and, within a quarter, the outcome was already decided, thanks in part to Aaron Rodgers and his...

Biggs of UNKO & TSFJ Present: The Lob City Clippers Tee | 0 Comments

When there are iconic moments in people’s lives, folks have a tendency to want to do something significant to represent them. Some folks might get a tattoo, thus leaving a permanent reminder of said moment. That might be good for some, but what we’re presenting is in regards to the Chris Paul trade to the Los Angeles Clippers. You know, the Clippers? Yeah, the most cursed franchise maybe of all franchises in sports history? Yeah…a...

Things Done Changed: When Did Sports Become Soft? | 3 Comments

It’s a moment forever etched in the minds of those who saw it. Just outside the three-point arc, Michael Jordan scoops up the loose ball and promptly heads towards the hoop. The Bulls and Knicks players who dove for the ball pick themselves up and, well, just kind of watch. Determined to score, the game’s dominant player gets to the rim. It takes him just two dribbles before he can take flight. Up he goes, with Xavier McDaniel attempting to thwart...

For The BCS, It’s About The Money, Not The Fans | 4 Comments

I remember growing up that most of the college bowl games were played on holidays or around the holiday season. I also remember that you couldn’t wait until New Year’s Day, because you knew you were about to see the four major bowls and that you were going to know who the national champion was by the end of the day. Now we have bowl games that start in the middle of December, and they play damn near to the middle of January. New Year’s...

Bryan Crawford, Zach Harper and Myles Brown on #theUCshow | 0 Comments

Bulls slander. Lakers slander. LeBron slander. Kobe slander. Its all basketball everything (shoutout to CJ) on #this edition of theUCshow. Kenny and Ed first chop it up with SLAM Magazine’s Bryan Crawford as Kenny’s got some things to get off his chest with Bryan. Most notably, the assertion that the Chicago Bulls are closer to NBA Finals appearance compared to the Miami Heat. Chaos ensues. Then we’ll be graced with the presence...

No Sympathy For Bron-Bron | 7 Comments

I’ve never met Ethan Sherwood Strauss. I don’t follow him on Twitter, and he doesn’t follow me. But I know who he is, and I’m quite certain he knows who I am. And since I’m a social media crackhead, if you will, I saw a colleague of Strauss’s – of which we are mutual Twitter followers – tweet a link to story that he wrote on Hoop Speak (a featured blog on ESPN’s True Hoop network) entitled, “Can we accept LeBron James as a choker?” Immediately...

The 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers And The Most Dominant Playoff Run In The History Of Life | 11 Comments

When one hears about the current Lakers, present-day, they’re a punch-line, which is hard to say about a team with 17 world championships. However, they’re coming off of a humbling, hilarious, and hideous four-game sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in last season’s playoffs and they compensate for their loss by trading away one of the pieces to what has made (in my opinion) the last TEN Laker championships so dominant by moving a versatile...

Concussions are Harming the NHL, But Are Unavoidable | 6 Comments

This is not what I planned on writing just a few days ago. With Sidney Crosby back on the shelf and Alexander Ovechkin having a sub-par season to date, I had planned on writing why the Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux just may be the best player in the NHL right now. Then on Saturday, Giroux – the NHL’s leading scorer – took an accidental skate to the head from teammate Wayne Simmonds and is out indefinitely with a concussion,...

Perceptions Vs. Reality: Tu Holloway, Kevin Garnett and Larry Bird | 12 Comments

“I idolize guys like Kevin Garnett and Ray Lewis. I love what they stand for in their sports and on the field, and that’s what I was trying to say after the game as far as the way I played and the way my teammates played on the court.” — Xavier All-American candidate Tu Holloway Sitting there in a press conference hearing the things that came out of Holloway’s mouth on a Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, everything seemed surreal....

I Wish Hockey Loved Me Like I Love Hockey | 9 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I would do something that I haven’t done in a while. You guessed it: I decided to attend a hockey match. Don’t get it twisted; I used to routinely go to matches, but my experience at the All Star Game last year jaded me for a while. Before last year, I would routinely go with my white friends and all my black friends would ask me if I was really going to watch hockey. If they did go with me, I would hear...

Chopping It Up with ESPN’s Jemele Hill | 4 Comments

Sometimes when I’ve been drinking too much the night before I’m under the weather and can’t make it in to the office, I get a chance to watch America’s favorite sports television debate show, “First Take.” On the show, we get to see one of our favorite prognosticators, Skip Bayless, go into verbal battle with a variety of other personalities from all across the Worldwide Leader’s platform. While Skip is...

Haters Gon’ Hate: Dan Gilbert’s E-Mail To David Stern To Block The Chris Paul Trade | 9 Comments

On Thursday night, arguably the most desired free-agent to be in the NBA seemed destined to become the next superstar point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Chris Paul was going to be sent to the city of angels to play alongside Kobe Bean Bryant, Pau Gasol would be the next great big man for the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Hornets would get a cadre of individuals such as Kevin Martin, Lamar Odom and Luis Scola. Then, in a moment’s...

Former Dolphins’ Safety Gerald Alexander, 6 Mag’s Claude Clayborne on #theUCshow | 2 Comments

On the two-year anniversary edition of #theUCshow, we were fortunate to have 6 Magazine’s senior editor, Claude Clayborne, join the fellas to chop it up about the Heisman race, the experience of being a college football player (and the women) and the true meaning of his twitter name “The Broccoli.” Then, former Miami Dolphins safety, Gerald Alexander, hops on to speak about his Boise State Broncos joining the Big East and what it...

The “Us vs. Them” Theory: Why It’s Okay To Use It | 5 Comments

Ever have a conversation about your favorite [insert sport here] team with someone and the conversation starts to get pretty intense? In the middle of your heated debate, you found yourself pulling away from the words, “they” and start to use the term, ‘us,” like you’re a part of what goes on on the field. It’s not long before you find someone that gives you the following look: First off, you have to chill from...

Score: ‘All Cats Every Thing’ At Oneness 287 | 0 Comments

Some of the cooler things to experience while Shocking The World all over the country are the local establishments that make each place special. If you went to Dallas, Kenny would most certainly take you to Rudy’s for some of the finest chicken ever known to man. If you came to Oklahoma, then I’d have to take you to Jus-Flex Barbershop to see the craziness that goes down where I get my cut at. If you ever take the trip down to the Bluegrass...

Shocking the World at Rupp Arena: North Carolina vs. Kentucky | 2 Comments

There are certain venues that don’t really need any explanation as to what they represent and how they make people feel. To be fortunate enough to be a part of the “Shock The World” movement, being able to go to such prestigious venues such as Madison Square Garden, Cowboys Stadium and Rucker Park are just a few places that give you the proverbial “goosebumps.” So when the stars aligned and the basketball gods made it...