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...

The Great Debate: Better Wrestling Style For MMA, Freestyle Or Greco? | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that this is really a debate. The answer seems so clear. For those new to the wrestling world, to understand the debate about whether freestyle or Greco-Roman wrestling is better in MMA, you’ve got to understand the difference between these two styles of wrestling. In freestyle, athletes are allowed to tackle the legs as well as devise all manners of moves (e.g. foot sweeps, funk rolls, etc.) that involve contact with an...

Meet The Fan: Kris Rothstein And His Never-Ending Ride With The Indianapolis Colts | 0 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Indianapolis Colts fan Kris Rothstein. Kris...

Premier League Review: Stoke City Stunts On Manchester City | 0 Comments

I’d like to write about one of the highlight matches of the weekend, Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to visiting Stoke City. It’s the upset of the season so far. But I can’t write about it. I didn’t watch it. And neither did my Premier League recapping counterpart Dillon Friday (great minds, you know). I watched Newcastle and Crystal Palace, a 3-3 thriller with Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scoring in the 95th minute to...

Cub Swanson Is Giving Back | 0 Comments

Kevin “Cub” Swanson is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today. He’s knocked out five of his last six opponents. He’s ranked #2 in the UFC featherweight rankings, which means that after Chad Mendes gets his shot at the title against José Aldo at UFC 176, Swanson should finally be given his opportunity. But Swanson is also a family man and a thoughtful citizen. Faithful MMA fans likely know the basic chronology of Swanson’s movie-like...

Meet The Fan: Twitter’s ‘Brannin’ Stays Objective With His Dallas Cowboys | 0 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Dallas Cowboys fan Brandon “Brannin”...

Meet The Fan: Ryan Dollard Bleeds Blue For Her New York Giants | 3 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet New York Giants fan Ryan Dollard. Meet...

Taking It Back: The 20th Anniversary of The ‘Forgotten Dream Team’ | 0 Comments

With the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup finally upon us, it’s interesting to see just how much we as fans take for granted. The United States is fielding another high-caliber team that may lack the star power from the 2012 Olympic Games, but it certainly isn’t short on talent. In a sport that Team USA has dominated for so long, it’s easy to forget that there was once a time when the best players available simply weren’t allowed to participate...

Meet The Fan: Steve Jackson Welcomes The New Era Of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 0 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Steve Jackson. No...

MVPitcher? How Clayton Kershaw’s Worth Is Underrated | 0 Comments

Clayton Kershaw is really, really good. So there, the understatement of the year is out of the way early. On Wednesday, he pushed his record for the summer to 16-3, becoming the first pitcher to reach the 16-win mark on the year. In the process, he lowered his MLB-best earned run average to 1.73 (which is on pace to be the stingiest season since Greg Maddux’s 1.56 in 1995), picked his strikeout total up to 194 (against a stingy 23 walks) and pitched...

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made | 1 Comment

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a documentary by some of the greatest filmmakers in the world has turned into ESPN’s critically acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series. Our lives as sports fans would never be the same. Over the course of the last five years, sports fans from all across the world have synchronized their watches and marked their calendars to...

Andrelton Simmons Is The Man | 0 Comments

“The only security a man can have is the ability to do a job uncommonly well.” — Abraham Lincoln When the 16th president of the United States said those words, I’m pretty sure he didn’t think he’d be talking about a Curaçao-born baseball player and his work. Hell, I don’t think baseball was even being thought of very much in the mid-1800s, but whatever. This is about way more than the game-saving throw he made...

Meet The Fan: Marguerite Matthews Can Always Go Back Home With The San Diego Chargers | 4 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet San Diego Chargers fan Marguerite Matthews. To...

Overlooked But Always There: The Quiet Brilliance Of Kimmo Timonen | 3 Comments

When the Philadelphia Flyers’ late-game comeback attempt came up short in Game 7 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals first-round playoff match-up against the rival New York Rangers, Kimmo Timonen was there. He was older and slower and less effective than he has been over the course of his quietly brilliant career, but he was there, just like he always has been. Drafted in the 10th round of the 1993 NHL Draft, Timonen didn’t make his NHL...

Under Armour Vs. Nike: 11 Of Your Favorite Writers Weigh In On Kevin Durant’s Decision | 7 Comments

$265 million. $285 million. Two dollar amounts that represent the range that Under Armour is willing to pay as it tries to acquire the 2014 NBA MVP  in Kevin Durant as its pitchman. This sponsorship deal could prove to be one of the largest ever signed, and it would give the Maryland-based company an in-state export to lay the foundation in an emerging basketball retail ecosystem. However, as it stands right now, Kevin Durant is an endorser...

Meet The Fan: Lizz Robbins Is All In For Her Washington Redskins | 3 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Washington fan Lizz Robbins. There’s...

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr. | 4 Comments

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons, mutant-like speed, endurance and agility, and explicitly intimidating cerebral intuitiveness. In other words, Floyd out-boxed, out-classed and out-thought every opponent he has ever faced. The last time Floyd Mayweather lost a fight was August 2, 1996. Then 19 years old, Floyd squared off against Bulgaria’s Serafim Todorov...

I Freestyle Rapped For Damian Lillard And Talked About NBA Live 15 | 2 Comments

When I was in college, one of the things that my friends and I would do to pass the time is turn on some instrumental versions of our favorite songs and try to rap over the beat. This activity wasn’t about determining who had a chance to sign with Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel on Roc-A-Fella Records, more so that we were all so bad at rapping that we had no choice to laugh at each other. The thought of actually rapping in front of someone with cache...

Meet The Fan: Johnathan Mark Reps Houston And Its Texans Through And Through | 0 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Houston Texans fan Johnathan Mark. Johnathan...

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway | 1 Comment

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge Park. This really isn’t just any stairway, however, but one of the few remnants of history that was torn down over five decades ago. When the final and most famous Polo Grounds were dismantled in 1963, very little stood to remind you of where Bobby Thompson hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” baseball’s...

Floyd Patterson And Sonny Liston: The Good Negro Vs. The Bad Nigger | 4 Comments

In today’s sports environment, fans and athletes have a warped sense of what it means to be hated. It seems all too often that even the rough and tumble characters who enlist in the most aggressive sports out there, like football, boxing or mixed martial arts, are crying victim after a few hard questions from the press or some untoward tweets from faceless members of the twitterverse. These athletes and fans have no sense of perspective. In the...

Premier League Review: Everton and Arsenal Clash In Familiar Affair | 0 Comments

Everton was founded in 1878 so the parish of St. Domingo’s Church could play football during the fall and winter. Arsenal was founded in 1886 by the workers of the Royal Arsenal in southeast London. No two teams in England have played more games against each other in the top flight. And why not? Religion and war have been intertwined on the battlefield for centuries. It only makes sense that they clash on the pitch as well. Saturday’s...

Meet The Fan: Queen City Native Jamie Johnson Knows Nothing But The Cincinnati Bengals | 0 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Cincinnati Bengals fan Jamie Johnson. The...

Meet The Fan: Tanyetta Thompson Has Nothing But Love For The Carolina Panthers | 0 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Carolina Panthers fan Tanyetta Thompson. For...

Nike World Basketball Festival: Because Basketball Needs Chicago | 2 Comments

It seems that every week the national media is airing stories about the violence taking place in Chicago. To those who aren’t residents of the Windy City, this is a place to be avoided like West Africa. When my 15-year-old son came up to visit from Washington, D.C. this summer, he said all of his friends told him, “Don’t get shot.” He laughed about it and so did I, but not because I thought it was funny. It actually made me sad. Chicago,...

Meet The Fan: Dylan Dobrasz’s Long-Distance Relationship With The Miami Dolphins Endures | 0 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Miami Dolphins fan Dylan Dobrasz. For...