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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

Numbers Never Lie: Karl Malone Was The Best Of His Era

The unpopular opinion usually becomes what it is because not enough people are willing to face the truth. In sports, this happens for a variety of reasons, which can include rivalries or flat out not liking a player. The latter of the two reasons is what has led to one of my biggest issues for more...
April 1st, 2014 | Basketball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

14 Questions To Shape MLB Opening Day 2014

With two false starts to the 2014 Major League Baseball season already under our belt, today is the day the that ribbon to the spring is truly cut and the full slate of games gets under way. As they always do on Opening Day, hopes spring eternal around the MLB. Also as always, there is a buffet worth...
March 31st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: It’s Baracketology Time Again

There’s no shortage of cool things about the POTUS. But one of the coolest things President Barack Obama has done annually throughout his tenure in the nation’s highest office is his annual feature on ESPN where he picks his NCAA brackets with Andy Katz. The series, known as “Baracketology,”...
March 19th, 2014 | Basketball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 10-1

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here, Nos. 75-51 here, Nos. 50-26 here, Nos. 25-11 here and the top 10 below.] What more can be said about where this list is at now? Over the past two weeks, as I have dissected...
March 19th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2010 NCAA Final – Duke 61, Butler 59

(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 Matt Whitener, who speaks the gospel of the truest story of Hoosiers we’ve ever seen. Oh,...
March 15th, 2014 | Basketball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 25-11

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here, Nos. 75-51 here and Nos. 50-26 here.] We are finally rounding third with the top 100 baseball players of 2014, and predictably it’s getting tighter and tighter the closer...
March 13th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Summer Of ‘The Yes’ And Daniel Bryan

Since the middle of last summer, there has been a movement rumbling up in the World Wrestling Entertainment world, and it’s summed up singularly by the word “Yes.” Daniel Bryan has brought the people to their feet in WWE arenas across the country, and the upward pointing/chanting “Yes!”...
March 12th, 2014 | The Cheap Seats, Wrestling | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 50-26

  [Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here and Nos. 75-51 here.] It is the midway point in of the top 100 baseball players for 2014 countdown, and now the climb toward the top moves into the top 50. Quite honestly,...
March 10th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 75-51

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here.] As the case always is, the game’s elite talent is spread around the diamond at every stop and in every role. While thus far only the first half of the list is being revealed,...
March 7th, 2014 | Baseball, Columns, Sports, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 100-76

  To say that winter has been rough this year would be like saying Willie Mays was just a “decent” ballplayer. But somewhere in the world, where sun is shining with God’s favor, baseball is being played. And with the season on the verge (and hopefully a true and just spring along with it), it...
March 5th, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Ultimate MLB, 30-Team Mount Rushmore

Recently, the craze has been to fill out a “Mount Rushmore” of (fill in the blank) sports immortality. In reality, it is most often a hopeless, fruitless endeavor that has one or two easy answers and then opens up to an endless stream of debates and arguments — which is perfect. So, in my endless...
February 21st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats, The Fam | Read More

Starting Lineups: Ladies First? Jennifer Welter’s Futile Attempt To Run The Rock

I learned early on growing up that there was a way you played with boys and a way you play with girls. Simply because you can’t play as rough with girls (mostly because they’d run and tell). However, there were a few girls who just did not get the message, and they kept on coming over and playing...
February 19th, 2014 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Derek Jeter And His Everlasting ‘It Factor’

  Derek Jeter may be the best player ever who was never the best player in baseball at any point in his life. Think about it: From Bonds and Griffey, to Rodriguez and Pujols, to Cabrera and Trout, there’s never been a time where anybody sat down and said in any inarguable manner that “Derek Jeter...
February 13th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Michael Sam, The Reflecting Pool Of Sports And Life

The worldwide story of NFL prospect Michael Sam announcing his homosexuality to the masses has dominated the airwaves and crossed over into many diverse sectors of the current events sphere. However, while the football ramifications are interesting, they are at best a second-tier factor into what is...
February 11th, 2014 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: Blake Bortles Has Already Won The 2014 NFL Draft

Now that Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning have (mostly) left the stage as the most over-talked about quarterbacks of the times, the scene shifts where it always does this part of the year … To overhyping the barely college football-graduated NFL quarterbacks to be! This year’s actors in the play...
February 5th, 2014 | Et cetera, Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The 10 Best Hitters In Major League Baseball

Last week, a challenge was levied to by our editor-in-chief to me: Can you rank the 10 best hitters in baseball? Initially, I was a bit reluctant, because far too often, ranking the best hitters in the game can get equated to ranking the best players, which is not what this is (I’ll do that in a month...
February 3rd, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | 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

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 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