Articles By: J. Tinsley

@JustinTinsley is stuck halfway between a dream and reality. The plan? To make that dream a reality.

15 Years After His Death, The Ghost Of Wilt Chamberlain Still Exists

Photo: AntDUHHIn a game championed by icons, Wilt Chamberlain’s impact remains one of the NBA’s most unique, fascinating and encompassing. Philadelphia Daily News copy editor Mark Perner still gets a kick out of the 76ers final regular-season game in 1968. The 61-20 Sixers played a rather...
October 8th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Mutual Animosity Never Hurt Anyone: Reigniting The Cavs-Wizards Rivalry

The Cavaliers and Wizards once hated each other. And if we’re lucky, history will repeat itself. Earlier this summer, shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers fell on the sunny side of an enormous LeBron James decision, NBA TV launched into a string of The King and the Cavs’ finest playoff games...
October 1st, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Meet The Fan: The Ties Of Home Keep Jovan Poindexter Bound To The Chicago Bears

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 Sunday’s full-schedule kickoff.  Someone...
September 5th, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons, mutant-like speed, endurance and agility, and explicitly intimidating cerebral intuitiveness. In other words, Floyd out-boxed, out-classed and out-thought every opponent he has...
August 26th, 2014 | Boxing, J. Tinsley | Read More

Meet The Fan: Dylan Dobrasz’s Long-Distance Relationship With The Miami Dolphins Endures

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 20th, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

Meet The Fan: Julius McCormack Finally Finds Optimism With His Jacksonville Jaguars

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 14th, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

The Waiting Game: 5 NBA Games To Eagerly Anticipate

Chicken wings. Beer. Burgers. Franks. Rivalry games. Sunday Night Football. Monday Night Football. If you’re like me, a warm, fuzzy feeling just shot down your body. Football season is back, and with it comes six months of planned weekend activities. But with it being football season, it’s...
August 11th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Meet The Fan: Carlos Segarra Braves The ‘Autumn Wind’ With His Oakland Raiders

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...
July 31st, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

The 400 Chronicles: Marshawn Lynch Is My Spirit Animal

[Feast thine eyes on the very first installment of "The 400 Chronicles." As a homage to the great fans of the Washington Wizards who sit in the 400 section of the Verizon Center, this is for you. We paid $10 for tickets and had the time of our lives talking about sports, alcohol, life and everything...
July 29th, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

Meet The Fan: Fastow Supports His ‘Troubled Cause,’ The Buffalo Bills

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 away the season’s kickoff.  Someone...
July 24th, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

Derek Jeter’s “RE2PECT” Tribute Is Why Derek Jeter Matters

Derek Jeter matters. He matters for way more reasons than this picture, obviously, and he matters now perhaps more than ever. No matter what you hear, baseball still matters in America. If it didn’t, talks of a guy like Clayton Kershaw being offered a $300 million contract would cease to exist....
July 15th, 2014 | Baseball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Pat Riley And The Most Important Powerpoint Presentation In History

As he’s become accustomed to his entire career, Pat Riley stands as one of the main characters as NBA history happens in real time. Twenty calendars from now will be the year 2034. Life’s going to look a lot different, too. The Obama era will be a distant memory, as both Barack and Michelle...
July 9th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

That Escalated Quickly: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Kick That Humbled America

When “poking the bear goes wrong. Horribly wrong. Beer tickets were $5 a piece. So, naturally, my buddy Vaughan and I bought four. Not having the first clue what to expect from Richmond’s outdoor USA-Portugal World Cup watch party, if nothing else, drinking beer outside on a unusually cool June...
June 25th, 2014 | J. Tinsley, Soccer | Read More

Immortality’s Doorstep: Why The 2014 NBA Finals Really Matter

Both teams are already legendary, with doubly legendary cast members. But only one can be remembered on the bright side of history in 2014. Does Tim Duncan capture his elusive fifth ring? Or does LeBron James close out his 20s in the most epic of fashions? Who’s it going to be? His face swollen,...
June 3rd, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

20 Years A Poster: The Day Scottie Pippen Met Patrick Ewing At The Mountaintop

So what we’re a day late. There are dunks. Then there are dunks you’ll tell your grandkids about. This is the latter. John Starks’ face says it all. It sounds morbid, but Google “Ed The Sports Fan Obituary.” The truth is, Ed’s become sort of an Internet icon for...
May 21st, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Expect More Pressure, Drama And Paranoia In The NBA Conference Semifinals

And then there were eight. Let’s run through a brief list of notable moments we’ve all experienced as a family after just one round of the 2014 NBA playoffs: 1. Four-point plays became the norm. Not only did one seem to happen every night, but they always happened at critical points in the...
May 5th, 2014 | Basketball, Columns, J. Tinsley, Sports | Read More

The Annual NBA Playoff Cookout Just Isn’t The Same Without Craig Sager

Dedicated to Craig Sager, the man who never met a color combination he didn’t like and the man who should introduce Gregg Popovich at his Hall of Fame induction. #GetWellSager The NBA is a family. An infinitely large one, at that. We’re talking the players, coaches, media, refs, arena workers,...
April 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

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 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...
April 10th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

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

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...
April 3rd, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Money, Power, Respect: The Jerry Jones-Jimmy Johnson Divorce 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago tomorrow, Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson parted ways following two consecutive Super Bowl victories. And the Cowboys have been fighting bad luck, ego and karma ever since. During the days when she would make an effort to watch football, my grandma always had one complaint. “Now...
March 28th, 2014 | Columns, Football, J. Tinsley, Sports | Read More