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

Win Or Lose, Remember The Kansas City Royals

Baseball used to remember its losers so well. Whether it was the Whiz Kids, the Go-Go White Sox or Dem Bums, anytime a team broke the sport’s paradigm, fans and writers memorialized the effort with a catchy nickname. And for good reason. Baseball is a game given to failure, where, to paraphrase...
October 23rd, 2014 | Baseball, No Class Friday | Read More

The Cold State Of The Minnesota Vikings

My dad likes to criticize Minnesota weathermen. Well, to be fair, he criticizes most things, but the forecasters of winter in the North Star State annually draw his ire. They’ll dance around reports or speak in vague terms to hide the severity of the impending weather. This one always gets him...
October 15th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday | Read More

The NHL In 2014: An Introduction To William Douglas And The Color Of Hockey

William Douglas doesn’t dwell on negatives. Perhaps he picked up the trait covering Congress, his current occupation with McClatchy Newspapers – and it’s certainly an occupation. Maybe it stems from teenage years spent in rinks across the Mid-Atlantic, where he was one of two black players...
October 9th, 2014 | Et cetera, Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Hockey’s Back: The 5 Big Questions To Ponder This NHL Season

The National Hockey League returns tonight with many of last season’s story lines still intact. The defending champion Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are still the two teams to beat out west, while the Boston Bruins reign supreme in the east. Sidney Crosby is the best player in the world,...
October 8th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Anze Kopitar, Goran Dragic And The Rise Of Slovenia

In 2014, the mythical home of dragons started slaying them in the sports world. It was the middle of the night in the United States in February, and Slovenia was preparing to play a hockey game in Sochi, Russia. Before the puck dropped, the Slovenes had already become the story of the tournament. At...
October 2nd, 2014 | Basketball, Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

The Desperate State Of Manchester United

Wayne Rooney’s outburst after Esteban Cambiasso’s equalizer on Sunday might be my favorite Manchester United moment of the past decade. The Red Devils led Leicester City by scores of 2-0 and 3-1. When the Foxes made it 3-3 with the help of some shoddy United defending, Rooney was fed up....
September 25th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

The 6 Things That Mattered In The Premier League: Louis van Gaal’s Burden Of Genius

We get it. Not everyone wants to wake up at 7:45 on a weekend morning to watch soccer, especially when college football and the NFL demand our attention the rest of the day. It takes a certain type of dedication to embrace football as the world knows it. Luckily for you, TSFJ’s soccer heads Dillon...
September 22nd, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Roger Goodell’s Perilous Journey To Beloved Dictatorship Leaves Him On The Brink Of Exile

The National Football League launched the “Together We Make Football” campaign a season ago. “Why do we love football?” the league asked. Famous fans and legendary players answered with their personal stories. Individuals from across the country submitted videos in hopes of winning a...
September 12th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday | Read More

Meet The Fan: Steve Jackson Welcomes The New Era Of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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 29th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday | Read More

Meet The Fan: Marguerite Matthews Can Always Go Back Home With The San Diego Chargers

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 27th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday | Read More

Bradley Wright-Phillips Lights Up The MLS All-Star Game

There are those who will say we shouldn’t read too much into the MLS All-Stars’ 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich Wednesday night, and that’s fine. The Bundesliga champions started a B+ team that featured none of the club’s seven German internationals. Dutch standout Arjen Robben...
August 7th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Costa Rica’s World Cup: How Will Los Ticos Fare Going Forward?

Soccer has a funny way of putting countries on the map. Prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, most Americans thought of Costa Rica as either a tourist destination, and with good reason — check out vacation packages here — or a geographic enigma. Even the great Mike Tirico called the Central...
August 1st, 2014 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports, Staff | Read More

Meet The Fan: Erica Skinner Believes In The New England Patriots And The Patriot Way

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 1st, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday | Read More

Meet The Fan: Pillsbury Stays Optimistic Despite Minnesota Vikings’ Past

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 23rd, 2014 | Columns, Football, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Brazil Vs. Germany: Who Needs The Win More?

The soccer gods have gifted us a dream semifinal. Brazil, five-time winners of the World Cup, take on Germany, who have won the trophy a mere three times, in just a few short hours. Both nations play under tremendous pressure. Brazil’s coronation on its home pitch has been all but a formality...
July 8th, 2014 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports | Read More

In Search Of Soccer In New York City

Every bar on Bleecker Street from Wicked Willy’s to The GMT Tavern hung miniature flags of World Cup participants off their awnings. ESPN flashed on the flat screen TVs. The chalk board advertisements implored customers to stop by with promises of drink specials and noise. “Watch the World Cup...
July 2nd, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

4 Takeaways From The World Cup Weekend: How Do You Define “Penalty”?

Take a breath. You need it. This World Cup has shown no regard for people’s health. It has sent atheists to confessional booths and Catholics to the altar of the heretical soccer gods. If the group stages and first four round of 16 matches are any indication, we’ll all need heart transplants...
June 30th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

World Cup: USA, Mexico And A Sense Of Belonging

Let’s go back to Monday night. John Brooks headed home a corner kick in the dying moments of a (group of) death match with Ghana and sent Americans spiraling in delight. It was a big win, an important win. Truthfully, any victory in the World Cup qualifies as such. But the widespread celebration...
June 18th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

2014 FIFA World Cup: 5 Thoughts On Brazil 3, Croatia 1

Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Croatia was a microcosm of the World Cup as a whole: goals, controversy, poor refereeing and Neymar. Lots and lots of Neymar. Here are five immediate thoughts on the first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Brazil hardly played like the favorites Don’t...
June 12th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

The Pine-Pony Stalwarts: The Best Benchwarmers Of The 2014 FIFA World Cup

(Ed’s Note: Starting from today until the end of the World Cup, we will have our only soccer aficionado Dillon Friday available to the public to answer your questions about the 2014 FIFA World Cup. If you think your question is stupid, that’s okay, ask it anyway. It might be stupid,...
June 6th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More