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.

Why Ole Miss And LSU Will Be The Game Of The Week

It’s no surprise that we’re back in the SEC with the game of the week. Last week it was good to step outside of the usual suspects and take a look at the Big 12, but it’s hard to overlook this Ole Miss-LSU contest this weekend. Ole Miss comes into this game riding a string of big wins, but...
October 24th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Why Kansas State And Oklahoma Will Be The Game Of The Week

I have been giving the SEC and the ACC a lot of love in these segments, but I haven’t really given the Big 12 anything until this point. Today that changes as the game of the week features #14 Kansas State and #11 Oklahoma. When you think Big 12 football, you immediately think Texas, TCU and Oklahoma....
October 17th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Why Auburn And Mississippi State Will Be The Game Of The Week

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. College football is a trendy sport, and many times we see a team come up with an innovative approach and garner some success in the process. Then the following season you see teams mimicking what that squad did or calibrating their approaches to simulate a...
October 10th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Why Texas A&M and Mississippi State Will Be The Game of the Week

Choosing a game of the week is really tough this time. Not because there aren’t good games, but because there are so many tough match-ups that can easily change the landscape of college football. I should have trusted my instincts and wrote this post earlier as I made a nice wager on Arizona...
October 3rd, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Why Missouri Vs. South Carolina Is College Football’s Game of the Week

Expectations were very high for the South Carolina Gamecocks coming into the season. Many experts had picked them to be the outright winner of the SEC East division and contenders for a national championship. It sounded good in August, but after the drudging that took place at the hands of the Aggies...
September 26th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Here’s Why Clemson Vs. Florida State Will Be College Football’s Game of the Week

Before the college football season began, everyone was up in arms about who was going to be good enough to beat Florida State on the gridiron. On paper it seemed pretty automatic that Jameis Winston would lead the Seminoles to the national championship once again, especially since the ACC is perceived...
September 19th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

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