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Will a prominent white male athlete make a difference in anthem protests?

While it is far from the first time anyone had ever issued the challenge, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett believed that the ongoing discussion over protesting during "The Star-Spangled Banner" is missing something. From Wednesday’s edition of ESPN’s SC6:“It would take a white player to really get things changed because when somebody from the other side understands...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

On Mayweather, McGregor and prizefighting versus belt chasing

Just a few months ago, I accepted a position to cover the UFC for FOX Sports and move to Los Angeles in the process. Now, when I have to do the song and dance of introducing myself to others, the intrigue of what I do usually merits a follow-up that revolves around my opinion regarding the upcoming contest between Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. This dialogue never begins with...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten intriguing questions with Philly rapper Chill Moody

Chill Moody is out here living his best life and it’s okay to be jealous. What do you say to the person who been dubbed as the mayor of his hometown, Philadelphia? What do you say to the guy who is one of Kevin Hart’s favorite rappers? What do you say to the man who has decided to dabble in making delicious beer so good that it’s regularly sipped by Questlove on his podcast...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Andy Mineo, Wordsplayed turn plays into bars on ‘Magic & Bird’

Wavin’ my American flagEven though it got “Made in China” on the tagUsed to have the GT with the mags now my face in the magsI ain’t gotta brag, momma said, “Let other people do that”White man still can’t jumpIf I catch a fast break then I’m slappin’ the glass — Andy Mineo on ‘Magic & Bird’For the first time in history, hip-hop has surpassed rock as the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fake Support: Kaepernick needs more than just football praise

“Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’, April 16, 1963As we near the start of the 2017 NFL season, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The rebirth of D’Angelo Russell starts at Dyckman Park

This is a public service announcement supported by Ron Hamp of The Sports Fan Journal. My fellow people, it is with the utmost pride and sincerity that I present this article as a living testament and the rebirth of D’Angelo Russell. D’Loading couldn’t have scripted a better introduction in New York City. Like most cities, the playground is where you gain respect of your peers...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

#BookLoversDay: TSFJ’s Late Summer Reading List

August 9 is National Book Lovers Day. The members of The Sports Fan Journal certainly qualify to celebrate. We read for numerous reasons—to relax after a long day, to escape the internet for a while, to distract us from current affairs, to entertain ourselves—but mostly, as sports fans, to show our friends and significant others that we are well-rounded, that outside of debating...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brent Stockstill’s homecoming made Middle Tennessee football a family affair

The American novelist Thomas Wolfe once said that you can’t go home again.But sprawled out on the couch in his dad’s head coach office at Middle Tennessee State, Brent Stockstill looked precisely that: at home.The one-time Cincinnati commit’s journey back to Murfreesboro is not an unusual one—players change their minds about schools all the time. But what makes the story...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Hasn’t Carpool Karaoke or Lip Sync Battle Signed Russell Westbrook Yet?

Social media has become a driving force in our society for discovering talented individuals, showcasing work, earning jobs, and ultimately getting a deeper look into celebrity lives. It gives people the to have their voices heard and share some of their most personal moments. Whether that means following The Rock on Instagram for fitness inspiration, Chance the Rapper saving SoundCloud...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

SB Nation's Spencer Hall answers 10 compelling questions

Friend of the program and ESPN voice Bomani Jones regularly calls Spencer Hall of SB Nation the best college football writer on the planet and it’s hard to debate otherwise. Few people have a better pulse on the state of the college football like Spencer, and his knowledge isn’t reserved for life in between the lines. From understanding why Butch Jones doesn’t have the right...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Is college football’s offseason the hardest to justify?

Each and every sector of die-hard sports fandom has a specific draw. Some are easier to justify than others. It’s easy to see why the average person can appreciate an easily digestible Finals highlight package, given the NBA’s elite on-court talent. Trying to explain the high stakes of the Finals, given the league’s new CBA, however? Not impossible, but still pretty daunting...
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Frank Gore is a Hall of Famer, Don’t @ me

Frank Gore has quietly rumbled his way to No. 8 on the all-time rushing list. Yet there are some people who will forget about or diminish all he’s accomplished in his NFL career. Whenever the dust settles on his time in the NFL, he’ll emerge as a surefire Hall of Famer. Arguments to the contrary are futile.The 49ers drafted Gore out of the University of Miami with the No. 65...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The way-too-early 2017 NFL preseason top 7: Because Eli Manning danced to Trick Daddy

The time that football fans far and wide have been waiting for is finally here. The NFL preseason kicked off Thursday as the Dallas Cowboys squared off against the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.With the preseason underway, I am here to provide you with a way-too-early power rankings of the top seven teams going into the 2017-2018 season. 1. New England...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony's loyalty cost him seven years of glory

Tell me who you loyal toIs it money? Is it fame? Is it weed? Is it drink?Is it comin’ down with the loud pipes and the rain?Big chillin’, only for the power in your nameTell me who you loyal toIs it love for the streets when the lights get dark?Is it unconditional when the ‘Rari don’t start?Tell me when your loyalty is comin’ from the heart Kendrick Lamar, “Loyalty...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

How Darren McFadden helped the wildcat go mainstream

It’s no secret in football that points come at a premium in big games. In 2006, the football world was universally introduced to an offensive formation that would revolutionize scoring inside the 10-yard line. The wildcat formation can be defined as a formation that simply ensures that the best player on offense has the ball off the snap, allowing him to change the tide of the...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros are going from really good to possibly great

The Houston Astros own the American League’s best record. That’s a sentence you’re going to see a lot in coming years. While the Astros are having a great amount of success today, they are poised to keep improving. There are a multitude of factors that make teams successful: high draft-picks panning out, strong player development in the minor leagues, free-agent signings, smart...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

D-Rose landing in Cleveland could be good for Cavs, himself

After a week of speculation, Derrick Rose is finally a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. If this was five years ago, this would be great news, but hey, things could be worse. I’m not going to lie, this is going to take some time to get used to. Once upon a time Rose and LeBron James had a budding rivalry that never materialized due to Rose’s fall from grace and James’ meteoric...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

From Colin's fight to hating pride, sports no longer provide solace during tough times

Shortly after Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty in the shooting of Philando Castile, I thought tirelessly about where to find relief. Regardless of video evidence to the contrary, a jury of peers were able to justifiably acquit Yanez to the dismay of many black people around the country. The feelings of injustice, inequality, and of prejudice continued to permeate my mind leading...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Dana Holgorsen’s Monster Energy Drink is grossest thing ever

Since my grandmother poured me that first cup of delicious mud-colored coffee into my little mug when I was nine years old, that’s been the only “energy drink” I’ve ever needed in my life.Nowadays, the options of increased energy come in all forms. Coffee, cocaine and testosterone are a few options, but the reason why we’re here today are because of energy drinks.Drinking...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Summer League rookies lived up to the hype

“It’s just summer league” is the common refrain.Sure, the competition doesn’t match the level that will be seen during the regular season. And there is no guarantee that summertime exploits, good or bad, will translate to the meaningful games to come. But with players from one of the most promising draft classes in years getting their feet wet in this year’s summer league...
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July 18, 2017  |  Discuss

College football's next men up for 2017

How much does one guy matter?In college football, one player can sometimes be the difference between Rose Bowl domination and semifinal playoff elimination — the difference between zero points in 60 minutes of play or four points with one second left to win the game.Every year brings with it new possibilities of gridiron heroes, both likely and unlikely. When a program loses a...
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July 18, 2017  |  Discuss

What if Floyd Mayweather loses to Conor McGregor?

I understand that I am asking readers to consider a near-impossible scenario. The boxing skill gap between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is so massive, the fight should be thought of similarly to Alabama playing an FCS school in Tuscaloosa. In the ring, McGregor is Floyd’s worst opponent, by far. It is laughable to give this fight expert analysis outside of McGregor’s “puncher’s...
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July 17, 2017  |  Discuss

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor World Tour Is For Your Entertainment Only

(Editor’s Note: Full disclosure, I am an employee of Fox Sports working on the UFC on FOX digital media team.) Watching Conor McGregor go into full promo WWF Attitude Era mode on Floyd Mayweather during the Mayweather-McGregor World Tour (presented by Showtime) has been like watching one of Khaleesi’s dragons light fire on unsuspecting peons. We all knew that at some point, McGregor...
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July 13, 2017  |  Discuss

For The (Tech) Culture: Iguodala’s Influence, Hov’s Focus, RapCaviar’s Road Trip

To keep up with the latest trends, we’re bringing you “For the (Tech) Culture”, a taste of some of the top moves at the intersection of sports, tech, and entertainment. You’re welcome in advance.  Andre Iguodala, Silicon Valley’s renaissance man, continues to flexes his tech muscles Andre’s best moves happen off the court as he becomes one of the top sports tech influencers...
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July 11, 2017  |  Discuss

A Smart, Rational Defense of Phil Jackson – and Why Phil Leaving Doesn’t Change Anything

As news broke of the New York Knicks deciding to “part ways” with team president Phil Jackson on the morning of June 28th, the hot takes, tweets of joy and photos of religion-tinged relief flew across every corner of the media landscape. Lost in the hurry to throw dirt on the basketball legacy of Jackson is the unpopular question anyone should ask when someone in a leadership...
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July 07, 2017  |  Discuss
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