About 57 days ago, I admitted I was looking forward to seeing Kevin Durant on the Phoenix Suns following his trade request from the Brooklyn Nets1. Nets owner Joseph Tsai (or 蔡崇信 if you prefer) made it clear he was staying, and Durant announced to the media shortly2 after that he would be. At the […]Read more "Hampered Negotiations"
What exactly constitutes the modern era of basketball? It’s a term you hear talking heads on television, content creators, and random commenters use in basketball debates, but there’s not even a consensus definition of this supposed era. Recurring readers may remember my examination1 of the early years of professional basketball and the biological terms used […]Read more "The Childhood of the NBA"
I’ve noticed my basketball writings have a cyclical nature to them. It’s been 335 days since I’ve discussed basketball; my article “The Numerology Behind LeBron’s Number Change”1 was purely a numerological analysis of him switching from No. 23 to No. 6. The three basketball-related2 articles3 I published4 before the numerological breakdown that year were more […]Read more "Better Late Than Never"
The Minnesota Vikings franchise needs to purify itself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer entered the 2021 NFL season with a regular-season record of 64-47-1 or a 57.59 winning percentage. However, it’s fair to point out Zimmer missed the Week 13 match-up against the Cowboys during the 2016 season that […]Read more "Minnesota Needs a Makeover"
Recurring readers, or realistically, anyone with functioning eyeballs, will have undoubtedly noticed my recent Game Film articles about the professional boxing career of Mike Tyson. Assuredly, most of you already knew who Mike Tyson was and may have seen his boxing matches; some of you may be boxing fans or a combat sports fan in general, but […]Read more "The Curious Case of Boxing’s Weight Classes"
Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion 35 years ago today. He had just turned 20-years-old just 145 days before beating Trevor Berbick for the WBC heavyweight title. He had fulfilled his and D’Amato’s bold predictions of him becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion and would only continue amassing a celebrity status in the next […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Five)"
Jimmy Jacobs and Bill Cayton had been expertly implementing Cus D’Amato’s deliberate strategy to get Tyson to become the youngest world heavyweight champion. With Don King’s influence, HBO established a tournament to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion; a perfect storm of circumstance was brewing that eventually led to Tyson’s unraveling, but not before he unified […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Four)"
Tyson was being hyped as “the next great heavyweight” by sports publications and introduced as “the exciting young heavyweight the world has been waiting for” during his bout against Steve Zouski. Nearing the summer of ’86, three months into HBO’s heavyweight unification series, Tyson signed new multi-fight, million-dollar deals1 with HBO and ABC that further […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Three)"
Tyson began finding more nationwide exposure after his first appearance on Sports Illustrated, and his carefully managed matchmaking resulted in his highlights shown on cable television. His manager, Jimmy Jacobs, and his trainer, Kevin Rooney, were trusted friends of Cus D’Amato, continuing to see that D’Amato’s declarations of Tyson becoming the youngest heavyweight champion would […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Two)"
1986 wound up becoming a triumphant year for Mike Tyson. After starting the year 15-0, unranked, and roughly only two months removed from Cus D’Amato’s passing, he ended the year 28-0 while winning the WBC heavyweight championship, becoming the youngest man to become heavyweight champ in the process. Unlike ’85, Tyson didn’t gift us the […]Read more "Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part One)"