Archive for the ‘The Rev’ Category

Meet The Fan: Mike Bloom Still Bleeds Cleveland Browns

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 needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Cleveland...
July 29th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

‘We Could Be King’: The High School Football Documentary You Must See

My hometown of Philadelphia has been facing a major budget crisis for its schools system for years now, and the situation is not getting any better. Schools are closing at a rapid rate, forcing students to combined classrooms, all while the amenities afforded to the young men and women continue to recede. For...
July 22nd, 2014 | Films and Docs, Football, The Rev | Read More

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters Debate: The Rev Vs. The Cheap Seat Fan

Over the past two days, the starting lineups for both sides of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game have been dissected by TSFJ’s head editor and baseball aficionado, the Reverend Paul Revere, and the lead of the on-site baseball department, Matt Whitener. The debates against the people’s choices...
July 10th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats, The Rev | Read More

The Rev’s Real 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters

The 2014 MLB All-Stars have officially been announced, so it’s that time of year where Matt Whitener and I go over the men who actually should be starting in the midsummer classic. I have to admit, with the advent of online voting and the explosion of fantasy sports, the voting public is much...
July 8th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

The USMNT Needs The Real Michael Bradley To Step Up

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley right now. The soccer star, who recently returned to the MLS following a wildly successful stint in Europe, was widely considered if not the most recognizable soccer player hailing from the United...
July 1st, 2014 | Soccer, The Rev | Read More

5 Big Questions Heading Into The 2014 NBA Draft

Tonight, the fate of NBA franchises everywhere will be altered in some way, shape or form, as is the case every year during the NBA Draft. This year there is no shortage of intrigue — from the injuries to the alleged draft depth to the Cleveland Cavaliers getting a mulligan on their Anthony Bennett...
June 26th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Appreciating The Excellence Of Jimmy Rollins

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, celebrates milestones and statistics — almost defines itself by them — whether it is an all-time mark for the game or for an individual team. That obsession with numbers has helped certain players define certain franchises — Babe Ruth/Derek Jeter and...
June 17th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

What I Learned From Game 4 Of The NBA Finals: The Spurs Are Just Too Damn Good

Heading in to Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals, I fully expected the Miami Heat to come out with fire and energy to do everything possible in order to even the series up. That’s what champions do, especially two-time defending champions. And especially, especially two-time defending champions with...
June 13th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

The Shot That Saved The Spurs In Game 3: Marco Belinelli’s Lone Three-Pointer

In a game in which the San Antonio Spurs scored 41 points in the opening quarter and 71 points in the first half — setting an NBA Finals record for highest field goal percentage in a half — the most important made bucket of the contest didn’t happen in the opening 24 minutes. It also didn’t...
June 11th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Jeff Carter Is All Grown Up

There is something uniquely wonderful about watching an athlete you’ve followed since day one grow into his own over the years. You see a player develop, improve on his weaknesses, enhance his strengths and mature into a well-rounded performer both offensively and defensively, and you can’t...
June 10th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

How The West Was Won: The Kings Of The Elimination Game

There is nothing more pressure-packed in sports than a team facing elimination. When your back is up against the wall and it truly is win or go home, everything is magnified. The great teams rise to the occasion, embrace that pressure and play like there really is no tomorrow. Most teams, however, can...
June 3rd, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: A Flyer, A No-Hitter And A Hits Explosion In Philadelphia

In my 30-plus years on this planet, I have been to countless Major League Baseball games — the vast majority of them in Philadelphia, either at the now demolished Veterans Stadium or the current home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park. I honestly have no idea how many MLB games I’ve...
May 28th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

The Quiet King: Henrik Lundqvist’s Playoff Brilliance

As the calendar moves closer toward summer, this time of year has been dominated by the one they call “King” for nearly decade and counting. No, I’m not talking about LeBron “King” James as he embarks on a three-peat with the Miami Heat. I’m talking about the other...
May 20th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Kevin Durant, The Oklahoma City Thunder And The Natural Progression Of A Champion

This past weekend, I watched the ESPN 30 for 30 “Bad Boys” for a second time, and it dawned on me that the Oklahoma City Thunder are a lot like the Isiah Thomas-led Detroit Pistons of the 1980s and early ’90s. Let me explain … 1981 The Detroit Pistons select Isiah Thomas second overall...
May 13th, 2014 | Basketball, Columns, Sports, The Rev | Read More

Was Roy Hibbert Really That Good To Begin With?

The biggest story thus far of the 2014 NBA Playoffs on the court arguably has been the disappearance of Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Last night, Hibbert recorded his third postseason game with 0 points and posted his second playoff game without grabbing a single rebound in Indiana’s 102-96...
May 6th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Dr. Jack Ramsay (1925-2014): A Man The NBA Can Be Proud Of

As the sensationalist media and talking heads focus their attention on an ignorant, out-of-touch old man disgracing the NBA, there’s a far more worthy person associated with the league that should be the focus of the NBA world. That man is Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, who passed away yesterday...
April 29th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Rev’s 10 Favorite Defunct/Idle Sports Blogs

When I went to college at Penn State, I had visions of becoming a professional sportswriter. I was a journalism major, studied in the Center for Sports Journalism, worked on the Daily Collegian’s sports staff and graduated with a journalism degree. Then I started covering high school sports for...
April 25th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | 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

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

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