Archive for the ‘Et cetera’ Category

Are Sports Leagues Finally Getting Serious About Domestic Violence?

As said often since the NFL was put on blast for its handling of the Ray Rice ordeal, plenty of us had never actually seen a man strike his significant other outside of movies and television. Though we don’t have to be detectives to conclude that something happened when a sports figure is at least...
October 23rd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera | Read More

The NHL In 2014: An Introduction To William Douglas And The Color Of Hockey

William Douglas doesn’t dwell on negatives. Perhaps he picked up the trait covering Congress, his current occupation with McClatchy Newspapers – and it’s certainly an occupation. Maybe it stems from teenage years spent in rinks across the Mid-Atlantic, where he was one of two black players...
October 9th, 2014 | Et cetera, Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

He Believed in Harlem: How a Community Honored My Father

It was spring break in 2001, my freshman year at Babson College. A couple of nights before heading back to Massachusetts, he sat down in the recliner that stopped reclining properly with the lights dimmed and the television on ABC’s World News Tonight with the (legendary) Peter Jennings. For him,...
October 3rd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera | Read More

Tom Brady Stays In His Lane

For better or worse, being a superstar in a professional sports league … ahem, sorry, let’s try that lede again. For better or worse, being A SUPERSTAR QUARTERBACK IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE means that you are not only ELITE, but you are a LEADER AMONG MEN, a VOICE IN THE LOCKER ROOM and THE...
September 17th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera, Football | Read More

What Else Can Really Be Said About Ray Rice At This Point?

Yesterday after the video hit the internet, our editor-in-chief spoke on how much the Ray Rice story absolutely sucks. Ed mentioned that within the staff of The Sports Fan Journal, there was a lively debate about publishing the video. However, he only told you about a part of that discussion. While...
September 9th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera, Football | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge: Escaping The Cubicle And Competing With Friends

We’ve all heard a variation of the following cliche before, most often when an athlete faces difficult situations in his or her life away from sports: “The field/court/rink/course provides a place of solace, where the athlete doesn’t think about anything but the game/match/round.” For...
August 19th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

The Future Of Sportswriting Is What We Make It

I have a confession to make. Things don’t always come up smelling like roses at the TSFJ e-offices. I won’t say it happens on a daily basis, but at least two or three times a week, the three editors, Eddie Maisonet, Kenny Masenda and myself, have some back and forth on the direction of the...
August 12th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

My Sister And Me

“I’m going to work at ESPN.” When those six words came out of my sister’s mouth four years ago, I knew it was only a matter of time before she would be in Bristol. See, there are people who would like to do something, and there are people who want to do something. Then there are people who are...
August 8th, 2014 | Et cetera, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Yoenis Cespedes Success Guide To #NABJ14 In Boston

Look at the picture above. First, there’s David Ortiz on the left. Boston legend. Full of accomplishment, prestige, icon status, gregariousness, and a man who simply commands respect from everyone who works with him. Next to Big Papi, there’s Yoenis Cespedes. The Boston newbie. A young...
August 4th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Et cetera | Read More

Flooding At UCLA Damages Past More Than Present

On Tuesday afternoon, a 30-inch water main ruptured under Westwood, creating a geyser that flooded the UCLA campus, trapped cars in parking lots overrun with water and effectively added to a water crisis that has been troubling all of Southern California in 2014. Earlier that day, Pasadena — about...
July 30th, 2014 | Basketball, Et cetera, I'm So Hideous | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge — Testimonies: Becoming Stronger Through Adversity

Life has a way of bringing us to our knees, a way of humbling us, a way of sending a reminder that no matter how hard we work or how prepared we think we may be for whatever life throws our way, we are never fully in control. For some, it can contribute to making them say, “To hell with it,” give...
July 25th, 2014 | Et cetera, Soul On Ice | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 3: Different People, Same Mission

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about the importance of exercise and why it’s so hard for everyone to commit to it. This week, we have taken it upon ourselves at The Sports Fan Journal to get to know the people who are participating in the TSFJ Run Challenge. The reality is that we know of...
July 23rd, 2014 | Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 2 Results: Finding A Reason To Make A Change

Last week, most of the runners in TSFJ Run Challenge were sure they were going to die. The courage it took to even try the challenge is a great first step in itself. Running takes discipline and patience. It takes the will to fight through pain and overcome to reach particular levels of endurance. Most...
July 15th, 2014 | Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 1: ‘This Is Probably Going To Kill Me’

Week 1 of TSFJ’s Run Challenge has been a grind, but it’s also been a lot of fun. Many of the runners have taken to social media with the hashtag #tsfjrunchallenge and posted some very challenging runs. For many of the runners in all categories, a strong start has been a premium. If you...
July 8th, 2014 | Bull City, Et cetera | Read More

The TSFJ Run Challenge Is Here

Picture courtesy of Zack Sylvan. Sometime in May, Crazy Joe Simmons and I were talking about different types of workouts when he told me about a running group he was in with some people all across the country. It was made possible by the Nike+ Running App they all had on various electronic devices they...
June 30th, 2014 | Et cetera, Soul On Ice | Read More

Remembering Tony Gwynn And The Game I Used To Love

By Jamar Hudson / @jamarhudson One of the most telling signs of aging is when a prominent figure of your childhood passes away. That feeling is accentuated even more when that person makes his or her transition at what is considered a “young” age. For me, over the past couple of years, the...
June 19th, 2014 | Baseball, Et cetera, The Fam | Read More

Friends, Pets And Fans Bring Out The Loyalty In Life

I came home Tuesday evening to a cat on her last of nine lives. She lied in the driveway and inched closer to death. Hours later, she died. After 19 years, the last of my family pets left. Say this for Marble, she kept her loyalty. Her usual spot on the driveway was where she last walked. Loyalty, the...
June 12th, 2014 | Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

50 Cent ‘Dies Tryin’ With First-Pitch Attempt

Pitching is a particular form of artistry. At its best, it is a choir-like blend of coordination, thought, strategy, power and head-to-head battle. A perfectly set up pitch that bites a corner is just as impressive a sight as throwing one hard enough that the batter never seems to have known it was...
May 28th, 2014 | Baseball, Et cetera, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Our Struggles With Race, Sexuality And Drugs In American Sports

The past two or three weeks in the sports world have been anything but normal. About a week before the NFL Draft, the sports world got turned upside down with the Donald Sterling incident. Sterling was considered a victim by some and a racist by many. Race itself is always relevant whether we want to...
May 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City, Et cetera | Read More

On Tyrion Lannister, Mike Tyson And Wishing You’d Actually Done The Deed

There’s a weekly tradition around here in the Maisonet household, as on Sunday nights there’s nothing else that I’m doing other than watching HBO’s critically acclaimed show “Game of Thrones.” GoT is one part Dungeons and Dragons, one part softcore porn, one part...
May 16th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Et cetera | Read More