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

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

The Netherlands Own The Best Kits Of The 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, but...
June 4th, 2014 | Kicks & Gear, No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

3 Players Not Named Luis Suarez To Hate During The 2014 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, but...
May 29th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Landon Donovan: World Cup Spectator

Four years ago, Landon Donovan sent America into a euphoric tizzy with his stoppage time winner against Algeria. If not the biggest goal in U.S. soccer history, it was certainly the most dramatic. Donovan’s heroics gave us the rare “where were you?” moment. I could tell you the exact spot...
May 23rd, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Truth Of P.K. Subban

Four years ago, P.K. Subban made his home debut for the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. His presence was already in the building long before puck drop. The sweaters with “Subban 76” on their backs jumped off the racks just as quickly as they went up. A seamstress worked overtime to satisfy...
May 15th, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Champions League Final: 5 Thoughts On Atletico Madrid Vs. Real Madrid

No matter who won Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal, we would have had intriguing story lines. Had Chelsea bested Atletico Madrid, as the Blues were expected to at home, Jose Mourinho would have brought his new old club or old new club to face the team he jettisoned last summer in Real Madrid....
May 1st, 2014 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: Each Stanley Cup Playoffs Series In A Sentence

  The Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, and you’ve missed some action. We’ve got you covered and won’t keep you long. Eastern Conference Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings (2-1): With Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron in tow from goal line to goal line, no one...
April 24th, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

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