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.

Eastside Vs. Westside: The NFC East Challenging The NFC West

Heading into the 2014 NFL season, all eyes headed west. In a sports world often described as having an East Coast bias, it was the NFC West getting all the praise, and rightfully so. In 2013, the NFC West was far and away the best division in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks finished with the best regular-season...
October 13th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

The NCAA Revolt: Free Todd Gurley Edition

So you may have heard: Georgia Bulldogs junior running back Todd Gurley, the leading Heisman candidate and unquestionably the best running back in the country, has been suspended indefinitely as he is being investigated by the NCAA for alleged NCAA violations. It seems as though Gurley’s crime...
October 10th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

Not A Sideshow BOB: The Rise Of Bill O’Brien

Nearly three years ago, I knew very little about current Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. Truth be told, I wasn’t exactly enthralled when my alma mater, Penn State, hired O’Brien to be the man tasked with replacing Joe Paterno and popular defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, the...
September 29th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

Jason Peters Protects His Quarterback … Always

Above all else, an offensive lineman’s job is to protect his quarterback. Sure, there is run-blocking and line calls and pulling and negotiating blitzes, but first and foremost, it’s about keeping the quarterback clean. That is especially true for the tackle charged with protecting his quarterback’s...
September 23rd, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball fan from New York, Oakland or Philadelphia is familiar with the man known as “Mr. October.” Being one of those Philadelphia baseball fans, here’s what I’ve...
September 16th, 2014 | Baseball, The Book Club, The Rev | Read More

Penn State, The NCAA … And Justice For All

Three years ago, a scandal of unthinkable proportions and heinous crimes was unearthed. It involved a former football coach and had ties with the legendary coach and the athletic department, which in turn made it seem as if it was a football issue. The most difficult part for many people to realize...
September 10th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: Nick Foles And His 2 Faces

Roughly 15 minutes before kickoff, Gary, a lifelong, diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan, a man who’s missed a grand total of five home Eagles games in 53 years as a season ticket holder, came over and said, “Is there any place you’d rather be?” At that moment, the answer was a resounding...
September 9th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

The Fascinating Life Of Ichiro Suzuki

Every so often, an athlete comes along who simply mesmerizes fans. Ichiro Suzuki is one of those athletes for me. From the moment he took his longstanding legend in Japan to the Seattle Mariners, he hooked me in. Maybe it was his cannon arm from right — so surprising from such a diminutive baseball...
September 5th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

Overlooked But Always There: The Quiet Brilliance Of Kimmo Timonen

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...
August 27th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge: Escaping The Cubicle And Competing With Friends

We’ve all heard a variation of the following cliche before, most often when an athlete faces difficult situations in his or her life away from sports: “The field/court/rink/course provides a place of solace, where the athlete doesn’t think about anything but the game/match/round.” For...
August 19th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

The 2014 Philadelphia Eagles: Don’t Believe The Hype

By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 The start of every football season brings excitement and anticipation. This upcoming season is no different in Philadelphia, except that in addition to the excitement, there is a whole lot of hype. The hype is...
August 14th, 2014 | Football, The Fam | Read More

The Future Of Sportswriting Is What We Make It

I have a confession to make. Things don’t always come up smelling like roses at the TSFJ e-offices. I won’t say it happens on a daily basis, but at least two or three times a week, the three editors, Eddie Maisonet, Kenny Masenda and myself, have some back and forth on the direction of the...
August 12th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

Meet The Fan: Mike Bloom Still Bleeds Cleveland Browns

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 Cleveland...
July 29th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

‘We Could Be King': The High School Football Documentary You Must See

My hometown of Philadelphia has been facing a major budget crisis for its schools system for years now, and the situation is not getting any better. Schools are closing at a rapid rate, forcing students to combined classrooms, all while the amenities afforded to the young men and women continue to recede. For...
July 22nd, 2014 | Films and Docs, Football, The Rev | Read More

The Rev’s Real 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters

The 2014 MLB All-Stars have officially been announced, so it’s that time of year where Matt Whitener and I go over the men who actually should be starting in the midsummer classic. I have to admit, with the advent of online voting and the explosion of fantasy sports, the voting public is much...
July 8th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

The USMNT Needs The Real Michael Bradley To Step Up

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley right now. The soccer star, who recently returned to the MLS following a wildly successful stint in Europe, was widely considered if not the most recognizable soccer player hailing from the United...
July 1st, 2014 | Soccer, The Rev | Read More

5 Big Questions Heading Into The 2014 NBA Draft

Tonight, the fate of NBA franchises everywhere will be altered in some way, shape or form, as is the case every year during the NBA Draft. This year there is no shortage of intrigue — from the injuries to the alleged draft depth to the Cleveland Cavaliers getting a mulligan on their Anthony Bennett...
June 26th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Appreciating The Excellence Of Jimmy Rollins

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, celebrates milestones and statistics — almost defines itself by them — whether it is an all-time mark for the game or for an individual team. That obsession with numbers has helped certain players define certain franchises — Babe Ruth/Derek Jeter and...
June 17th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

What I Learned From Game 4 Of The NBA Finals: The Spurs Are Just Too Damn Good

Heading in to Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals, I fully expected the Miami Heat to come out with fire and energy to do everything possible in order to even the series up. That’s what champions do, especially two-time defending champions. And especially, especially two-time defending champions with...
June 13th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

The Shot That Saved The Spurs In Game 3: Marco Belinelli’s Lone Three-Pointer

In a game in which the San Antonio Spurs scored 41 points in the opening quarter and 71 points in the first half — setting an NBA Finals record for highest field goal percentage in a half — the most important made bucket of the contest didn’t happen in the opening 24 minutes. It also didn’t...
June 11th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More