Articles By: Dillon Friday

Philadelphia born. Raised in God's country aka Duluth, Minnesota. Give me a frozen pond and an open pitch and I'll be happy. Follow me on twitter @noclassfriday

Starting Lineups: Debunking The Injury Myth As The NBA And NHL Playoffs Start

Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the face in game one of the Anaheim Ducks-Dallas Stars series. Getzlaf dropped to the ice briefly and covered his face before skating off to the locker room. He will play in game two because “hockey player”. That’s a term you’ll hear a lot over the next...
April 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

A Mid-Major Finally Wins It All: Union College’s First National Championship

A 30-something Minnesota fan in a white sweater with the number 58 and “The Lego Guy” on the back was walking a few feet ahead of me outside the Wells Fargo Center. He wore a cowboy hat and what looked like partly shredded chaps. For a man drawing so much attention to himself, The Lego Guy wasn’t...
April 15th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

The Dying Moments: Minnesota’s Justin Holl Stuns North Dakota At Frozen Four

There are two sides to college hockey’s Frozen Four. The name itself carries a youthful appeal and not just because a certain Disney movie has taken the country by storm. It’s barely clever and overly cheesy, not quite fitting the young men who battle through tested opponents to reach the...
April 11th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

The Streak: Making Sense Of The Detroit Red Wings 23rd Consecutive Postseason Appearance

In case you hadn’t heard the news, the Detroit Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance Wednesady night. It is currently the longest such streak in professional sports. The Undertaker would be proud Few things that won in the early 90′s still win today; namely zubas,...
April 10th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: With Tiger Woods Out Of The Masters, Who Should You Watch?

No sport is more synonymous with a single athlete then golf is with Tiger Woods. It’s amazing what 14 majors can do for a man. So when Woods announced on Tuesday — April Fools Day no less — that he would miss the upcoming Masters for the first time in his professional career, a steady chorus...
April 3rd, 2014 | Golf, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: Steven Gerrard Does Steven Gerrard Things

Steven Gerrard has played for Liverpool for nearly 16 years. He’s captained the Reds since 2003. He’s won the Champions League, the FA Cup and the League Cup. He’s captained England in both the European Cup and the World Cup. But there is one title that has eluded Gerrard: Barclays...
March 27th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Wayne Simmonds Is The Most Philly Athlete Going

When I think of the Rev, I think of Philly sports. The man has two tvs and two cable providers (actually one is satellite if we’re getting technical) so that house guests can take in two games at once. This is especially convenient when the Sixers and Flyers play on the same night. So seeing...
March 21st, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: All Eyes On Chelsea In The Champions League

Now that Bayern Munich dismissed Arsenal with a walk-in-the-park performance on Tuesday, and Barcelona did the same to Manchester City on Wednesday, England’s Champions League hopes fall on Chelsea and Manchester United. England’s winningest clubs over the past decade find themselves at...
March 13th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Thoughts On Rich Peverley’s Collapse

It would have been too easy to romanticize the irony: hockey player dies of a heart condition. All hockey players have a heart condition. They have too much of it. But in the moments during and following Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley’s collapse Monday night, he ceased to be a hockey player....
March 11th, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2004 Women’s Final Four – UConn 67, Minnesota 58

(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 Dillon Friday, who puts on for the ladies of Minnesota. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well,...
March 6th, 2014 | Basketball, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: Ronda Rousey Thinks She Could Beat Floyd Mayweather

Ronda Rousey has quickly become not only the voice of women’s MMA, but a substantial voice in MMA in general. She’s not shy in using it, either. On Wednesday, Rousey dropped in to a radio interview on Power 106 FM and was asked if she could beat Floyd Mayweather inside the Octagon. She said...
March 6th, 2014 | MMA, No Class Friday | Read More

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Assessing The Defensemen In The USA-Canada Hockey Semifinal

Admit it. Aside from T.J. Sochi and the vibrancy of the Slovenian team, both in uniform and spirit, this has been a dull Winter Olympics hockey tournament so far. The host Russians celebrated hard but bowed out early. The Slovaks, semifinalists four years ago, didn’t win a game. The aging Czechs...
February 20th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

Starting Lineups: LeBron James And The NBA’s Mount Rushmore

Here’s the thing about Mount Rushmore. It’s carved into a giant rock outcropping. The architect, whom I’m too lazy to Google at the moment, settled on four presidents because he couldn’t fit any more into the Black Hills location. Had there been more space, I’m sure everyone...
February 13th, 2014 | Basketball, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin Provide A Preview Of Sochi

The Sochi Olympics Men’s Hockey Tournament might as well have taken place Wednesday night. In goal for the Buffalo Sabres stood Ryan Miller, hero of the 2010 games who led the United States to a somewhat surprising silver medal. He may reprise that role when the tournament starts next week. The...
February 6th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

Starting Lineups: David Tyree Made Me Believe In Football

It was Super Bowl Sunday, 2008, and I was watching soccer. I’ve never been a rebel, but I suppose that’s the closest I’ve come. I knew that later in the evening I would be watching the 18-0 New England Patriots take on the something-and-6 New York Giants, and frankly, I wasn’t...
January 30th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Remembering When Tiger Woods Shocked The World At Stanford

2004 was 10 years ago. Let that sink in. The Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals in the swan song of the Kobe-Shaq era. Karl Malone and Gary Payton played for that Lakers team. The New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three years when Tom Brady bested Jake Delhomme...
January 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, Golf, No Class Friday | Read More

S.L. Price, Richard Ben Cramer And The Last Words On Alex Rodriguez

If you haven’t read S.L. Price’s meditation on renowned writer Richard Ben Cramer and his failures with Alex Rodriguez, you should. People who like great writing should read it. People who like great writers should read it. People who aspire to be great writers themselves should read it. Two...
January 17th, 2014 | Baseball, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: This 2014 Barclays Premier League Is Well Worth Watching

The NFL season effectively ends this Sunday. Sure, the Super Bowl will hold our attention in two weeks’ time. But the spectacle of the event often overshadows the game. The lights will suddenly go out. Janet Jackson will flash 100 million people. Viewers will tune in only for the commercials....
January 16th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Qatar World Cup Continues To Be A Disaster

Nearly four years ago, FIFA shocked the world when soccer’s lead organization selected the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup over the United States. Ever since that day FIFA President Sepp Blatter, a man Rob Ford-esque in character when it comes to leadership buffoonery,...
January 9th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Everything About The NHL Winter Classic Was Great… Except The Hockey

I find myself torn on the Winter Classic. This seems to be an unpopular opinion. In truth, there is a lot to love about two rivals battling it out in the elements in front of thousands upon thousands of spectators. It’s a celebration of the elemental nature of the game. Hockey needs the cold like...
January 2nd, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More