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Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination,...

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Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t...

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Jordan Brand Officially Unveils The Air Jordan XX9

Life must be great for Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin these days. Their teams are considered title contenders for the...

Starting Lineups: Debunking The Injury Myth As The NBA And NHL Playoffs Start | 0 Comments

Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the face in game one of the Anaheim Ducks-Dallas Stars series. Getzlaf dropped to the ice briefly and covered his face before skating off to the locker room. He will play in game two because “hockey player”. That’s a term you’ll hear a lot over the next few months. Hockey player has come to mean an athlete who will skate through injury no matter how grievous it might appear. Patrice Bergeron played...

Jordan Brand Officially Unveils The Air Jordan XX9 | 1 Comment

Life must be great for Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin these days. Their teams are considered title contenders for the 2013-14 NBA championship, both can jump higher and dunk harder than anyone on the face of the earth not named LeBron James and both have the ability to have an unlimited assortment of Jordans to wear at their disposal at anytime. More than that, they get that new-new before everyone else does, and that’s pretty dope. Starting...

The 10 Things We All Loved About The 2013-14 NBA Season | 4 Comments

Wednesday, April 16th will mark the end of the 2013-14 regular season in the NBA.  With it, we will prepare to commit the next seven weeks of our lives to what we have come to know and love as the NBA Playoffs. If you have a significant other that doesn’t give a damn about basketball like that, I would make a suggestion that you take a day or two and let them know that you appreciate them and that your absence in their lives has nothing to...

Starting Lineups: Is It More Painful For Portland Or Seattle Fans To Watch Kevin Durant? | 3 Comments

With the NBA’s arduous regular season finally coming to a close, something we’ve seen just once in the past five years is slated to occur — someone other than LeBron James taking home NBA MVP honors. LeBron has won four of the past five MVPs, with only Derrick Rose’s remarkable 2010-11 season interrupting a LeBron five-peat. And it looks as though James will be thwarted from his own personal MV3Peat once again, as the majority...

Gareth Bale Just Did Something Incredible In The Copa del Rey Final Today | 1 Comment

You ever hear folks make the statement, “well, he’s earned his money tonight” when talking about someone’s performance? That statement can now be said about Gareth Bale as the man ran the length of the pitch, sprinted around the Barcelona defender by going out of bounds and then executed a clinical finish to give Real Madrid a 2-1 lead in the Copa Del Rey final. Witness the absurdity and disrespect dished out by Bale here....

A Mid-Major Finally Wins It All: Union College’s First National Championship | 6 Comments

A 30-something Minnesota fan in a white sweater with the number 58 and “The Lego Guy” on the back was walking a few feet ahead of me outside the Wells Fargo Center. He wore a cowboy hat and what looked like partly shredded chaps. For a man drawing so much attention to himself, The Lego Guy wasn’t keen on talking. “So you’re The Lego Guy?” I called out to him. He giggled nervously, put his head down and continued to walk straight...

Starting Lineups: Would There Be More African-Americans In MLB If Michael Jordan Made The Majors? | 1 Comment

Last night on ESPN’s telecast of the Atlanta Braves versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian discussed the topic that comes up every mid-April. The issue of the low percentage of African-Americans in Major League Baseball has circled around the sport for too long, and rehashing the points of contention is almost fruitless at this point (though the TV angle should never be dismissed). However, something came up...

Welcome To The New NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs | 0 Comments

The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are always an exercise in unpredictability. Presidents’ Trophy winners routinely come up short of hoisting the best trophy in sports while even 8 seeds can win it all. The NBA playoffs this is not. But this season, with the NHL’s realignment, we are in for a brand-new treat when the Stanley Cup playoffs kick off tomorrow with a triple-header. Hated, long-time rivals will square off in the first round...

Miami And Florida State Got New Nike Football Uniforms, They’re Pretty Cool | 1 Comment

I don’t care who you are, how old are you and what sport it is, there’s nothing like getting new uniforms. Hell, I just finished playing in a 3-on-3 tournament a few weeks ago, and I just KNEW we were going to win after TSFJ’s own @FightLikeSugar hooked us up with some shirts to play in. There was only one word that immediately popped in my mind. CHAMPIONSHIP! Meanwhile, the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles were...

Starting Lineups: Making The Case For Jason Kidd As NBA Coach Of The Year | 10 Comments

When Jason Kidd was hired by the Brooklyn Nets to be their new head coach, most of us thought that the man would easily be able to transfer his leadership as a Hall-of-Fame point guard for two decades to now being a leader of men for the Big Russian’s basketball team. The man had never coached a game in his entire life, but hey, he’ll be alright … right? Then things started to happen. - Jason Kidd got a DWI (along with a two-game suspension). -...

Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More | 5 Comments

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination, there were some similarities with their first fight, but the second time around both boxers became slightly mimeographed versions of their greater, true selves — Pacquiao just a bit slower and Bradley a lot less strategic. It produced a more fan-friendly fight, with an infinitely more digestible ending, but it also raises new...

The Dying Moments: Minnesota’s Justin Holl Stuns North Dakota At Frozen Four | 0 Comments

There are two sides to college hockey’s Frozen Four. The name itself carries a youthful appeal and not just because a certain Disney movie has taken the country by storm. It’s barely clever and overly cheesy, not quite fitting the young men who battle through tested opponents to reach the national semifinals. But the fans could care less. The Frozen Four is distinctly theirs. They showed up in droves in Philadelphia and invaded the parking...

Starting Lineups: The 5 Best Baseball Players To Wear 42 | 6 Comments

Sixty-seven years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, becoming the first African-American to play in an MLB game. Then in 1997, the MLB officially retired the number — with active players at the time grandfathered in if they wore 42. And now, with Mariano Rivera finally calling it a career, the number 42 is hung up for good. So on this 67th anniversary of Robinson’s historic day, here are the five...

The Streak: Making Sense Of The Detroit Red Wings 23rd Consecutive Postseason Appearance | 1 Comment

In case you hadn’t heard the news, the Detroit Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance Wednesady night. It is currently the longest such streak in professional sports. The Undertaker would be proud Few things that won in the early 90′s still win today; namely zubas, Vanilla Ice, walkmen, the Dallas Cowboys and any outfit worn by Jerry Seinfeld and/or Cory Matthews. It’s rarefied air for the Wings. How much...

On Wrestlemania 30, The Ultimate Warrior And Wrestler Mortality | 2 Comments

This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of what has long been considered the marquee event of sports entertainment, better known as professional wrestling. As one of the many who got to attend, I can say that Wrestlemania 30 not only served as a milestone for the WWE, but also as a reminder to myself that these entertainers are as human as the rest of us. Not to say that I ever believed them to be some mythical beings among men, but a lot of...

Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing | 14 Comments

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. There I sat in the early hours of Tuesday morning unable to sleep. I grabbed a water bottle from the refrigerator and planted myself at the computer to click play on an advance screening of the highly-anticipated Bad Boys ’30 For 30′ airing next Thursday on ESPN at 8 p.m. Why not take in a...

Could A Moment In Modern Sports Ever Match Henry Aaron’s 715th HR? | 0 Comments

It was a 1-0 count and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers had a 3-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves with a runner on first. It was a long day for the Braves right fielder walking to home plate. Heck, it had been a long few seasons for the batter as his steady progression towards a hallowed record took an immeasurable toll. It was palpable in the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium air that night just as it may be for you, watching this clip. (By the way, if...

Kevin Ollie Continues To Defy The Odds | 4 Comments

John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats? We all expected them to be there last night, on college basketball’s grandest stage. Sure, maybe not after a rough start and an 8 seed, but let’s be real — this was a team that was preseason #1, a team that was once again filled with blue bloods. It wasn’t surprising that Kentucky got there. But it was beyond surprising that the UConn Huskies not only got to the Final Four and then the...

Alonzo Mourning Made The Hall of Fame Today, Let’s Reflect By Watching Him Get Dunked On 20 Times | 5 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, I write these articles that some of you have come to know and love as Obituaries. Over the course of the last two-plus years, I’ve had to write eulogies for Kendrick Perkins and Pau Gasol with regularly as their bodies would be sacrificed for the good of posters and YouTube clicks across the land. However, I must admit that there is one player I wish I could’ve written an obituary for, but the internet...

Starting Lineups: On Kentucky, UConn And The Fight For Being Crowned King Of College Basketball | 1 Comment

The Kentucky Wildcats and the UConn Huskies have gone through hell and high water to make it to this point. The Wildcats are the first team in NCAA tournament history to defeat 3 teams from the previous year’s Final Four in order to get to the NCAA Final in North Texas. The Huskies are fielding a team with zero All-Americans and a second-year head coach in Kevin Ollie who’s experiencing all of this for the first time in his life as the...

Rank ‘Em: The WrestleMania Main Events, 1-30 | 3 Comments

Last night was the summit of the “pro wrestling” year, as WrestleMania 30 took over the pop culture/sports universe for a night. The WWE’s premier event has long been the showcase for the greatest stars of the wrestling industry, and Wrestlemania has been the scene for the matches that made those stars what they are. From Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to Triple H and John Cena, all of...

Starting Lineups: My Biggest Baseball Pet Peeve | 5 Comments

Like many young American males, the first organized sport I ever played was baseball. OK, technically tee ball. Same thing. On top of that, baseball games were the first professional sporting events I ever attended in person, with my father taking me to now demolished Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia to take in Phillies games for as long as I can remember. As such, baseball was the first sport I truly loved, a love that has stood the test of time....

Let’s All Reminisce When 3 Years Ago This Phoenix Suns Bro Dunked Himself Through The Hoop | 3 Comments

Here’s one thing a lot of people may not know about me, partially because this is my first time saying it. At 28, I’ve long since accepted the fact I will never make anybody’s first team All-NBA. I suck at video games, so even that’s out of the question. But it is on my bucket list to be one of those guys who do the trampoline dunks in between timeouts. My flush of choice? Just a textbook 720, between-the-legs, double pump....

Starting Lineups: With Tiger Woods Out Of The Masters, Who Should You Watch? | 0 Comments

No sport is more synonymous with a single athlete then golf is with Tiger Woods. It’s amazing what 14 majors can do for a man. So when Woods announced on Tuesday — April Fools Day no less — that he would miss the upcoming Masters for the first time in his professional career, a steady chorus of groans echoed through the airwaves. The consensus seemed to be, “It won’t be the same without Tiger.” To a degree, that’s...

The Way We Were, The Way We Are And Kentucky Vs. Wisconsin | 3 Comments

We’ve changed. It’s normal, but we’ve changed. We’ve changed in the way we digest things. We want many things, and we want them now. We used to wait. We want blog posts and columns before the figurative ink dries. We used to patiently skim the long story from large time investments. In the interest of sports, this change is evident in Saturday’s Final Four game between Kentucky and Wisconsin. Change is necessary, a blessing and a curse....