Articles By: Joe Simmons

Color Commentator for Time Warner Cable Sports Network NC/SC/OH and NCCU Sports Network. Washed up athlete who used to ball, now I write and call.

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

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...
August 23rd, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

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

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...
August 22nd, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes, and the TSFJ Run Challenge participants continue to demonstrate extraordinary results. Several of the runners have already completed their challenges, and others are on the cusp...
July 29th, 2014 | Bull City, Soul On Ice | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 3: Different People, Same Mission

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about the importance of exercise and why it’s so hard for everyone to commit to it. This week, we have taken it upon ourselves at The Sports Fan Journal to get to know the people who are participating in the TSFJ Run Challenge. The reality is that we know of...
July 23rd, 2014 | Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 2 Results: Finding A Reason To Make A Change

Last week, most of the runners in TSFJ Run Challenge were sure they were going to die. The courage it took to even try the challenge is a great first step in itself. Running takes discipline and patience. It takes the will to fight through pain and overcome to reach particular levels of endurance. Most...
July 15th, 2014 | Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 1: ‘This Is Probably Going To Kill Me’

Week 1 of TSFJ’s Run Challenge has been a grind, but it’s also been a lot of fun. Many of the runners have taken to social media with the hashtag #tsfjrunchallenge and posted some very challenging runs. For many of the runners in all categories, a strong start has been a premium. If you...
July 8th, 2014 | Bull City, Et cetera | Read More

Our Struggles With Race, Sexuality And Drugs In American Sports

The past two or three weeks in the sports world have been anything but normal. About a week before the NFL Draft, the sports world got turned upside down with the Donald Sterling incident. Sterling was considered a victim by some and a racist by many. Race itself is always relevant whether we want to...
May 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City, Et cetera | Read More

Overrating Athletes And Predicting Success: Trouble In The Scouting Ranks

Very few people in life can say that they get paid to critique athletes. As a color analyst for a few networks, I often get told by my production manager to stop being a fan and become more critical of the players I am watching. The thing about me is that I just love being a fan. I do have my critical...
May 19th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City, Football | Read More

On The NBA’s Mid-Card Stars And Helping Teams Get Over The Hump

For a long time, it seemed as if the Oklahoma City Thunder was a lock to start winning titles. The same could have been said about the Chicago Bulls a few years ago when Derrick Rose was tearing up the league with explosive play. The New York Knicks made a splash but were never really considered a contender,...
May 14th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

Knowing When To Say When: Vince Young And Professional Football

A part of me hates to see Vince Young falter the way he has the past few seasons. It appears the former college great has run out of stops in the NFL since being cut by the Cleveland Browns. Young’s talent as a player has always been somewhat questionable. He is unconventional in many ways, but you...
May 13th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Christmas In May: Plenty Of Gifts Will Fall Teams’ Way In The 2014 NFL Draft

As a fan there are a few memorable days that stick out to you. There’s the time you witnessed your team winning a championship for the first time. You will never forget that when it happens. Then there is the time you won against a team that no one expected you to beat. Nothing is sweeter than being...
May 6th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

We Reminisce: An Appreciation Of How Good Cam Newton Really Was At Auburn

As a football fan, sometimes we take things for granted. College sports leave impressions on us that get forgotten as soon as the next season begins simply because we’re always looking for the next big thing. Greatness in college athletics gets overlooked at times because we are searching for reasons...
May 2nd, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

The New York Jets Invest In Some Old Wheels: Michael Vick And Chris Johnson

The New York Jets were knocking on the door of success just a few years ago. They had almost all the pieces needed to win a championship. They had a defense anchored by a pair of lockdown corners, a couple of linebackers who would hurt you, and an offense that could ground and pound you into submission. The...
April 30th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

The Acceptance Of LeBron’s Good Decision On Taking His Talents To South Beach

I get so tired of hearing people talking about how LeBron chose to play alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. It’s not like they are carrying him to anything. They are role players on a team led by King James. I’m not a LeBron stan to say the least. I am a Knicks fan. A Knicks fan who wishes he...
April 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

The Secret Game Turns 70: When Duke And North Carolina Central Played In An Illegal, Racially Integrated Game In 1944

Perceptions in life are as monumental as the individuals who created the opportunity for change. One perceives notions of greatness that are associated with people they admire or people who are like them. History has taught me that the more you know about where you come from, the more likely you are...
March 17th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 1982 NCAA Final – North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62

(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 Joe Simmons, as the North Carolina legend represents for his home state. Oh, and if we go over 160...
March 10th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

Why LeBron James Nor Kobe Bryant Can Ever Be The G.O.A.T.

What does it mean to be the greatest of all time? To be the best you have to have been dominant. I don’t mean for a few years — I am talking about to your generation as a whole. When you peak as an athlete, you shut it down for your generation. The NBA is a beacon of tradition and historical feats....
February 28th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

QOTD: Why Should Carmelo Anthony Stay In New York?

The majority of this NBA season I have been sitting from afar, watching, listening and taking in criticism of my New York Knickerbockers from the adamantium bleachers. Watching my team play has been frustrating. It doesn’t look like the Knicks have a ton of skill most nights, and their successes have...
January 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

QOTD: Is Today’s NBA A Better Product?

The other day I read where Kobe Bryant stated that the NBA has changed. I was an ’80s baby, and watching the NBA in the mid to late ’80s was exciting. A new breed of basketball was born with the emergence of superstars like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Isaiah Thomas. It...
January 22nd, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

The Brawl, The CIAA Football Championship Cancellation And A Black Eye For Black College Football

Nothing magnifies a situation like a cancellation does. Cancellations mean refunding of money and losing an opportunity that costs sponsors and other investors time and effort. As most of you know by now, the CIAA had to cancel it’s championship game his past weekend due to an incident involving a...
November 18th, 2013 | Bull City, Football | Read More