Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

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

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

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

On The BCS Title Game’s Final Play And Searching For Emotional Salvation

Perhaps there is something to this reality television deal. Maybe it’s a something we can’t quantify. A person might sit on the edge of his or her couch and simply wait for the crescendo of spats and tiny dogs and be thrilled with it. The unpredictability is enough for that person to die of a heart...
January 8th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Starting Lineups: Who Wins The BCS National Championship Tonight – Dominance Or Destiny?

I’ll admit it, when the BCS Bowl Schedule was released I was not all that excited about the games we were going to witness as 2014 came our way. Yet, with four pretty damn good bowl games notched on our belt (what up Oklahoma!), the final game in college football awaits us on Monday night. Florida...
January 6th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl Victory Over Alabama Made Me Believe Again

I can’t remember being as happy as I was last night. Going into the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday night between my beloved Oklahoma Sooners and the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide, the perceptions on how this game would end were unanimous. From my Uncle Bill to Kenny, L-Boogie and Bill Ross, Bob...
January 3rd, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Bill O’Brien Dilemma

As any regular reader of The Sports Fan Journal knows, I am a Penn State alumnus, graduating from the College of Communications in 2006 with a journalism degree, and I am also a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association. Given all the turmoil surrounding my alma mater the past few years,...
January 3rd, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #3 – David Ortiz

“This is our fucking City.” — David Ortiz With five words, David Ortiz went from a baseball player to The Voice of the Citizens of Boston. After the horrifying events during the Marathon last April, David Ortiz stepped on the field at Fenway, uttered those five words and the city and...
December 29th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #4 – Jameis Winston

This all starts with a conversation I had one night with one of the biggest Florida State Seminoles fans I know, TSFJ’s own Garfield Hylton. The crux of the conversation was the amount of faith Florida State fans were immediately putting in Jameis Winston, which at this point the young man had...
December 28th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #5 – Richard Sherman

On January 11 of this year, Justin Tinsley penned a piece about a particular dread-locked defensive back and the reasons people should join his fan club. At the time, the person checking in at number five on this list was coming off of an All-Pro season in only his second season and was making the rounds...
December 27th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

Starting Lineups: Rodgers Returns, Romo Relinquishes Regular Role

The two biggest games on the final 2013 NFL regular-season weekend center around injured starting quarterbacks. The biggest news to break yesterday was the return of Aaron Rodgers under center for the Green Bay Packers, as they take on the Chicago Bears to decide the winner of the NFC North. How Rodgers...
December 27th, 2013 | Football, The Rev | Read More

A Cowboys Fan And An Eagles Fan Say 5 ‘Nice Things’ About The Opposition Heading Into Sunday Night

Last year, as the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles were stumbling over themselves in committing football follies left and right, Cowboys fan Justin Tinsley and Eagles fan Reverend Paul Revere squared off in an email chain of the ages on our teams’ incompetence. This year, things are vastly...
December 27th, 2013 | Football, The Fam | Read More

Starting Lineups: DeMarco Murray Deserves Better

Let’s just get this out of the way right now. I’m a DeMarco Murray homer. Ever since my manager Brent told me to go on YouTube to check out this kid who might be attending in Oklahoma, who in his words, “runs fast as greased balls and cuts like a weed-wacker” (I’m from...
December 23rd, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Starting Lineups: Maurice Clarett Is Not Who You Thought He Was

Following the crowning of Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston as the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, ESPN ran another brilliant film in its “30 for 30″ series, “Youngstown Boys,” describing the rise and fall of both Maurice Clarett and Jim Tressel. As always is the...
December 20th, 2013 | Films and Docs, Football, The Rev | Read More

The Army Perspective: A Q&A With 2 Black Knights On Army-Navy

via Military Times After the cacophony of bowl selections and coaching changes at the end of the regular season, there’s one college football game that takes center stage in the most unique of settings. It’s showcased as the definitive display of honor, duty and valor for young men who embark on...
December 19th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

Starting Lineups: Trading Places — The St. Louis Rams Have Finally Won

It is a rare thing to ask, but did the St. Louis Rams finally win? No, not the victory over the Saints on Sunday (although it was rather impressive), but did they win the war with rolling the dice and not taking Robert Griffin III? When the Rams decided to deal their rights to the second pick in the...
December 18th, 2013 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Chip Kelly, Jason Garrett And The ‘VP Of Common Sense’

Let me get this out of the way right from the start: There is not a head football coach at any level from high school on up — and most likely pee-wee football, if I’m being honest — alive who knows less about football than me or any other everyday football fan out there. Every single high...
December 17th, 2013 | Football, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Weather & No Tailgating Super Bowl Is Much Ado About Nothing

We’re getting closer and closer to Super Bowl XLVIII (48) in New Jersey, and we’ve heard much about two of the biggest “controversies” about a game yet to be played. For starters, the weather seems to matter quite a bit as it’ll be early February, cold, in an open-air stadium that’s even...
December 17th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

Starting Lineups: Why Jamaal Charles Is The Devil, Or, Why Jamaal Charles Is The Greatest Man Ever

Sometimes, even the National Football League can’t keep my eyes open. I’d had a long Saturday and I woke up relatively early on Sunday because business needed to be handled. So, when 10:00 struck on the clock, it meant that football was to be watched. I was probably going on 5 hours of sleep...
December 16th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More