Articles By: Rev. P. Revere

Reverend Paul Revere, aka Joe Boland, is a sports blogger out of Philadelphia whose life revolves around sports 365 and a quarter days per year. Keep up with Rev at his own personal blog, The House That Glanville Built and on Twitter.

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

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...
April 17th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Welcome To The New NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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...
April 15th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: The 5 Best Baseball Players To Wear 42

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...
April 11th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

Kevin Ollie Continues To Defy The Odds

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....
April 8th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: My Biggest Baseball Pet Peeve

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...
April 4th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: The NCAA Tournament Experience In San Antonio

Now that we have the Final Four all set — with the Florida Gators taking on the UConn Huskies followed by the Wisconsin Badgers versus the Kentucky Wildcats in Jerry Jones’ shrine this coming Saturday — it’s about time I take a look back at my trip to San Antonio, as I joined three...
April 1st, 2014 | Basketball, Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: If You Could Change The Outcome Of One Game In Sports, Which Would You Choose?

While I was down in San Antonio shocking the world at the NCAA Tournament games — article on that to come early next week — my buddy Zach asked a simple question he had started debating with friends that caught my interest. That question — If you could change the outcome of any game in sports...
March 28th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Don’t Sleep On The NCAA Wrestling Championships

Today is arguably my favorite day, mainly because the NCAA Tournament is pretty much my favorite thing on the planet. As an added bonus, as you are reading this, I am en route to San Antonio to watch Baylor, Nebraska, Creighton, UL Lafayette, North Carolina, Providence, Iowa State and North Carolina...
March 20th, 2014 | The Rev, Wrestling | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2011 NCAA First Round – Temple 66, Penn State 64

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Rev. Paul Revere, as the Philly-raised Penn State alum dealt with the ultimate conflict in 2011....
March 19th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Leave The NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids Alone

Last Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay, Rece Davis asked Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and Jalen Rose what one tweak they would make to the NCAA Tournament. After Digger’s suggestion of going back down to 32 teams was summarily dismissed since it will never happen given the monetary implications,...
March 14th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2005 Regional Semi-Final – UNC 67, Villanova 66

When Ed told me I was limited to 160 words, I considered it mission impossible. Keeping it short isn’t my forte. So I figured what better way to do that than with a haiku? Nova fans will say Allan Ray did not travel The ref disagreed In all honesty, Ray did not travel. It was a phantom call. But...
March 13th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

2004-05 Flashback: The Last Los Angeles Lakers Losing Season

The Los Angeles Lakers will finish the 2013-14 NBA season with a losing record. For the franchise with the second-most championships in league history — 16 to the Boston Celtics’ 17 — this is a rarity. How rare? It will be just the second time in past 20 seasons (including this season) that...
March 11th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Western Conference Supremacy Holds For The NHL Too

You hear it all the time in NBA chatter, that the Western Conference is so much superior than the Eastern Conference that something should be done to rectify the situation. Never mind that these things are cyclical and dependent more on management than anything else. The West’s supremacy as a...
March 7th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

John Lucas Ruined Philadelphia Basketball … Twice

Exactly 10 years ago this past Sunday, the St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball team completed a perfect regular season, blowing out St. Bonaventure by 32 points to improve to 27-0. The Hawks, led by Naismith Memorial Player of the Year Jameer Nelson and fellow NBA-bound running mate...
March 4th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Allen Iverson Reaches The Rafters

As of today, the Philadelphia 76ers have a grand total of seven numbers retired in franchise history. They include five Hall of Famers (Hal Greer’s 15, Wilt Chamberlain’s 13, Billy Cunningham’s 32, Julius Erving’s 6 and Charles Barkley’s 34), a guy who should be in the...
February 28th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Sam Hinkie And The Philadelphia 76ers: Searching For The Next Allen Iverson

On Saturday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3 jersey, raising it to the rafters in front of most likely one of the largest crowds the Sixers have seen or will see all season long. For many fans, it will be the highlight of the year … or at least the biggest highlight...
February 27th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Ilya Kovalchuck Is Still Here

I’m not going to lie — until Saturday’s Olympic hockey clash between Team USA and Team Russia, I completely forgot about Ilya Kovalchuk. I mean, I didn’t forget about him in the sense that he existed. After all, he played in the NHL just last season. No, I forgot about him as a...
February 18th, 2014 | Hockey, Oympics, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: When David Lee And James White Threw Down

Tomorrow night, Terrence Ross will try to defend his NBA Slam Dunk Contest championship against Paul George, John Wall, Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard and Ben McLemore. Even without LeBron James in the mix, it’s an interesting collection this year that will hopefully result in some memorable...
February 14th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Duke Vs. North Carolina NBA Alums Each Summed Up In A Phrase

Thanks to a tweet by our editor-in-chief and a request by @brehwyatt, and with the Duke Blue Devils heading to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels tonight, it’s about time for an update on the “Duke Vs. North Carolina In The NBA: Perception Vs. Reality” story. Whereas...
February 12th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Steve Francis, The Forgotten NBA Slam Dunk Contestant

Yesterday, many an NBA fan got his or her panties all in a bunch following video released of LeBron James messing around after practice and throwing down some nice dunks. The subsequent conversations — including between our very on Eduardo Maisonet and Kenny Masenda — reopened the debate on whether...
February 12th, 2014 | Basketball, Columns, Sports, The Rev | Read More