Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Jordan Brand Officially Unveils The Air Jordan XX9

Life must be great for Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin these days. Their teams are considered title contenders for the 2013-14 NBA championship, both can jump higher and dunk harder than anyone on the face of the earth not named LeBron James and both have the ability to have an unlimited assortment...
April 17th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

The 10 Things We All Loved About The 2013-14 NBA Season

Wednesday, April 16th will mark the end of the 2013-14 regular season in the NBA.  With it, we will prepare to commit the next seven weeks of our lives to what we have come to know and love as the NBA Playoffs. If you have a significant other that doesn’t give a damn about basketball like that,...
April 17th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Starting Lineups: Is It More Painful For Portland Or Seattle Fans To Watch Kevin Durant?

With the NBA’s arduous regular season finally coming to a close, something we’ve seen just once in the past five years is slated to occur — someone other than LeBron James taking home NBA MVP honors. LeBron has won four of the past five MVPs, with only Derrick Rose’s remarkable...
April 17th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Gareth Bale Just Did Something Incredible In The Copa del Rey Final Today

You ever hear folks make the statement, “well, he’s earned his money tonight” when talking about someone’s performance? That statement can now be said about Gareth Bale as the man ran the length of the pitch, sprinted around the Barcelona defender by going out of bounds and then...
April 16th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | 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

Starting Lineups: Would There Be More African-Americans In MLB If Michael Jordan Made The Majors?

Last night on ESPN’s telecast of the Atlanta Braves versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian discussed the topic that comes up every mid-April. The issue of the low percentage of African-Americans in Major League Baseball has circled around the sport for too long,...
April 15th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Welcome To The New NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are always an exercise in unpredictability. Presidents’ Trophy winners routinely come up short of hoisting the best trophy in sports while even 8 seeds can win it all. The NBA playoffs this is not. But this season, with the NHL’s realignment, we are in...
April 15th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Miami And Florida State Got New Nike Football Uniforms, They’re Pretty Cool

I don’t care who you are, how old are you and what sport it is, there’s nothing like getting new uniforms. Hell, I just finished playing in a 3-on-3 tournament a few weeks ago, and I just KNEW we were going to win after TSFJ’s own @FightLikeSugar hooked us up with some shirts to play...
April 14th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football, Kicks & Gear | Read More

Starting Lineups: Making The Case For Jason Kidd As NBA Coach Of The Year

When Jason Kidd was hired by the Brooklyn Nets to be their new head coach, most of us thought that the man would easily be able to transfer his leadership as a Hall-of-Fame point guard for two decades to now being a leader of men for the Big Russian’s basketball team. The man had never coached...
April 14th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination, there were some similarities with their first fight, but the second time around both boxers became slightly mimeographed versions of their greater, true selves — Pacquiao just...
April 14th, 2014 | Boxing, Columns, Fight Like Sugar, Sports | 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

Starting Lineups: The 5 Best Baseball Players To Wear 42

Sixty-seven years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, becoming the first African-American to play in an MLB game. Then in 1997, the MLB officially retired the number — with active players at the time grandfathered in if they wore 42. And now, with Mariano...
April 11th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | 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

On Wrestlemania 30, The Ultimate Warrior And Wrestler Mortality

This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of what has long been considered the marquee event of sports entertainment, better known as professional wrestling. As one of the many who got to attend, I can say that Wrestlemania 30 not only served as a milestone for the WWE, but also as a reminder to...
April 10th, 2014 | Furious Stylez, Wrestling | 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

Could A Moment In Modern Sports Ever Match Henry Aaron’s 715th HR?

It was a 1-0 count and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers had a 3-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves with a runner on first. It was a long day for the Braves right fielder walking to home plate. Heck, it had been a long few seasons for the batter as his steady progression towards a hallowed record took an...
April 8th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Kevin Ollie Continues To Defy The Odds

John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats? We all expected them to be there last night, on college basketball’s grandest stage. Sure, maybe not after a rough start and an 8 seed, but let’s be real — this was a team that was preseason #1, a team that was once again filled with blue bloods....
April 8th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Alonzo Mourning Made The Hall of Fame Today, Let’s Reflect By Watching Him Get Dunked On 20 Times

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, I write these articles that some of you have come to know and love as Obituaries. Over the course of the last two-plus years, I’ve had to write eulogies for Kendrick Perkins and Pau Gasol with regularly as their bodies would be sacrificed for the good of posters...
April 7th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Starting Lineups: On Kentucky, UConn And The Fight For Being Crowned King Of College Basketball

The Kentucky Wildcats and the UConn Huskies have gone through hell and high water to make it to this point. The Wildcats are the first team in NCAA tournament history to defeat 3 teams from the previous year’s Final Four in order to get to the NCAA Final in North Texas. The Huskies are fielding...
April 7th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Rank ‘Em: The WrestleMania Main Events, 1-30

Last night was the summit of the “pro wrestling” year, as WrestleMania 30 took over the pop culture/sports universe for a night. The WWE’s premier event has long been the showcase for the greatest stars of the wrestling industry, and Wrestlemania has been the scene for the matches that...
April 7th, 2014 | Lists, The Cheap Seats, Wrestling | Read More