Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Urban Meyer’s Biggest Recruit: Larry Johnson Sr.

According to Rivals.com, the Ohio State Buckeyes currently have the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation, behind only Nick Saban’s team down in Tuscaloosa. Yet the biggest recruit that head coach Urban Meyer just signed won’t be found on any of those recruiting lists — not Rivals,...
January 16th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

The NFC Championship And The 50 Cent ‘Beef’ Quotes It Embodies

As Mark Trible eloquently stated, Sunday’s AFC Championship represents the totality and beauty of the game of football. We’ll be gifted Wes Welker once again stepping on a dynamic stage, a performance capable of manifesting itself in a variety of fashions within the same game. Born-again...
January 16th, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | 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

No Losers In The Clayton Kershaw Cash-Out

The Los Angeles Dodgers issued a mind-blowing sum to their ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw today, which will net him $30 million a year over the next seven seasons. That’s a new record for annual take-home pay, and in a game that is not shy at all about showing where the money is at, that’s saying something. What...
January 15th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Jordan Crawford Got Traded Today, So Let’s Reminisce When Gus Johnson, Xavier And Kansas State Happened

Let’s get some of the particulars out of the way first. The Golden State Warriors somehow found a way to get two quality role players onto their roster for their 10th man on the roster, a pack of black-n-milds, a used PS3 controller and some jasmine incense. Per the Woj Bomber a.k.a. Yahoo! Sports...
January 15th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning And The Match-up Made In Heaven

In this age and this America, the entity who took his seventh day for rest would likely turn on CBS around 3 p.m. to see his golden boy creations take snaps, yell “Omaha,” get faked out for high-fives and aim for the Super Bowl. After all, the six days were taxing enough. After all, it’s Tom Brady...
January 15th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Starting Lineups: A-Rod Paves Braun’s Road To Remdemption

Is Alex Rodriguez’s failure a blessing in disguise for Ryan Braun? Rodriguez has proved to have nearly as irresistible of an ability to throw dirt on his own grave as he did to do virtually everything imaginable on a baseball field a decade ago. Yet, as he fights to save his already scarred-beyond-repair...
January 15th, 2014 | Baseball, Et cetera, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Reunion: The Miami Heat Return To The White House To Hang Out With Brother President

 “We all know nothing brings people together like the Miami Heat.” — Barack Obama The entire process took no more than 10 minutes in total. The two-time defending world champion Miami Heat were once again at a place that only G-14 classified clearances can provide, a place next to...
January 14th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Complex Sports Presents: The 25 Greatest NFL Beast Mode Runs of All Time

“Run the damn ball!” You will hear this every from time to time from football fans as they watch their favorite team compete in the heat of battle. It’s a hilarious thing to hear because what’s usually transpiring is said team is slanging the pill all across the field, and all...
January 14th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

The Not Quite As Young Bucks: Catching Up With The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery Picks

In this instant-analysis world we now live in, people cannot help but make declarative statements about athletes immediately, particularly rookies. As we all know, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in the grand scheme of things, because it can take different players different times to grow...
January 14th, 2014 | Basketball, The Fam | Read More

Starting Lineups: Did You Know The Australian Open Started?

Yes, yes, it’s all about the NFL these days according to casual sports fans, and the NBA and NHL can fill the gaps between games for the more ardent followers of professional athletics. However, did you know that the Australian Open started? I know, right? Of course, tennis’ most passionate fans...
January 14th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Columns, Sports, Tennis | Read More

Starting Lineups: Will Someone Please Buy Marques Colston A Beer?

First of all, tell us how you really feel Michael Bennett. Anywho, after a discouraging first half, Drew Brees and the Rob Ryan-led defense (**cranes neck at Jerry Jones**) kept New Orleans within a puncher’s chance. The elements were nasty, Marshawn Lynch was a running cinder block wall with...
January 13th, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

Q&A With Alex Wong On His Debut Book, ‘Steven Lebron, Volume 1′

Regular readers of The Sports Fan Journal surely know our very own Alex Wong by now, aka Steven Lebron. What you may not know is that Alex, a Canadian who is currently in the midst of moving from Toronto to New York City, has been working on a book for a while now. But you should. Why? Because “Steven...
January 13th, 2014 | Basketball, Steven LeBron, The Book Club, The Rev | Read More

The Untimely Departure Of Dan Le Batard

As is usually the case in this day and age, the days following the announcement of a class (or lack thereof) for the Baseball Hall of Fame are filled by a thorough debate about the morality of those excluded from Cooperstown. This is expected and will likely continue for years to come. But this year,...
January 10th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

BCS Champs: Why Florida State’s Victory Was So Sweet

The Florida State Seminoles are the champions of college football once again. It’s taken a while for that to sink in for me. After the Seminoles won, I had a hard time deciding on what I was going to write about. I didn’t want to wax poetic about this year’s magical season. I didn’t want to...
January 10th, 2014 | Football, Real Goes Right, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: James Franklin Is (Probably) Coming Home

This is what I knew about the Vanderbilt Commodores football program prior to the arrival of James Franklin as head coach: Jay Cutler and Earl Bennett, who both play for the Chicago Bears these days, went there. Oh, and they were terrible. All the time. Other than that, Vanderbilt was essentially a...
January 10th, 2014 | Columns, Football, Sports, The Rev | Read More

On Julius Erving, Pete Maravich And The Greatest Short-Lived Fast Break In World History

Photo: Point Forward Valentine’s Day 2014 is YouTube’s ninth birthday. Since February 14, 2005, the site has gone on to become one of the many faces of its generation and — as a true testament of its impact — an actual verb in the process. It’s a DVR for the DVR-less. And a chance...
January 10th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Reggie Jackson Decided He Was Fed Up, Dunked On Kenneth Faried In The Process

The former King of the Summer League, Reggie Jackson, walked into the Oklahoma City Thunder’s visiting locker room on Thursday night as they prepared to play the Denver Nuggets. One of Reggie’s pure joys was every moment he got to see his #15  ‘JACKSON’ uniform sitting in his...
January 10th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Michael Vick, Juliet Macur, Crime, Punishment, Sports, Society And Life

Before Monday afternoon, I had never heard of New York Times columnist Juliet Macur, so I cannot comment on her credentials other than she has at least shown some semblance of credible journalism to land a gig at one of the most circulated newspapers in the world. What I can say is that her column on...
January 9th, 2014 | Et cetera, Football, The Rev | 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