Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

EA Sports Loses the Battle to NCAA Lawsuit, Former College Athletes Win Settlement, What’s Next?

Today, EA Sports announced in a press release the making of NCAA football games after its latest iteration has come to a halt. “Given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.” The NCAA has been...
September 26th, 2013 | Football, Real Goes Right, Video Games | Read More

Starting Lineups: Everybody Hates Colin Kaepernick

It is not a good time to be Colin Kaepernick. Which is perhaps the oddest thing to say considering that for the last nine months, there has arguably not been anybody that it was better to be than Kaepernick. But with his undeniable burst on the scene, revolution within the pistol offense and near-fantastical...
September 25th, 2013 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

20 Random Thoughts About ‘The Program’ On Its 20th Anniversary

Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Company Much of the discussion in the pop culture world today centers around Drake, as it’s been for the past two weeks now. His highly anticipated third album, Nothing Was The Same, officially hits shelves and is expected to sell more copies in its first week than any album...
September 24th, 2013 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

NFL Week 3 Winners And Losers: The One-Liner Edition

This is my fifth attempt at writing this column. In the first one, I tried to write about Trent Richardson. The second and third were attempts at ranking the teams while making a bunch of references to Breaking Bad. The fourth was an empty WordPress box. I then opened my e-mail to tell editor-in-chief...
September 23rd, 2013 | Football, Steven LeBron | Read More

Donovan McNabb Appreciation Night And The (Official) End Of An Era

Last night, in a location that tends to make me scratch my head countless times, the Philadelphia Eagles showed me, once again, why they are appropriately called The City of Brotherly Love. See, when it comes to family, there are times when heads bump, philosophies collide and opinions vary. Your family...
September 20th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

The 5 Things SI Could Have Done To Write A Real Expose On A College Football Program

By Clark Matthews / @ClarkMatthews “The Dirty Game,” Sports Illustrated’s five part series focusing on my alma mater, Oklahoma State University, has completed its rollout. On the cover of their weekly magazine, SI put in big bold letters over the byline “SEX, DRUGS, CASH, FRAUD,...
September 20th, 2013 | Football, Lists, The Fam | Read More

The 5 Butterfly Effects Of The Cleveland Browns Trade Of Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson is an Indianapolis Colt. In a move that said “Hey, Teddy Bridgewater. You’re going to be a Cleveland Brown,” the Browns have given up Trent Richardson (the 3rd pick in the 2012 draft) for a first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Because it’s the Cleveland Browns, I think it’s...
September 19th, 2013 | Football, Real Goes Right | Read More

Awkward At Best: Andy Reid’s Return To Philadelphia

I guess it takes 14 years, 130 wins, six NFC East titles and an NFC Championship to shape a legacy. For a franchise without a Super Bowl, Andy Reid came closest to a gold standard. Thursday night, he’ll return to Lincoln Financial Field. It’s a narrative all of us Eagles fans saw coming when schedules...
September 18th, 2013 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Starting Lineups: 3 Nights Of NFL Mediocrity

First, before we get into today’s Starting Lineups, on behalf of the team here at The Sports Fan Journal, our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Violence is horrendously commonplace, but this is the 19th mass shooting...
September 17th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

The Shock The World Chronicles: Two Cowboys Fans Crash Arrowhead Stadium

Football season is the best time of the year to be a sports fan, and the biggest reason is because it’s the best time to shock the world. However, this version of the Shock the World Tour got off to a tricky start. The plan was to get to Kansas City at 8:30 in the morning, but I missed my flight by...
September 16th, 2013 | Bull City, Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

NFL Week 2 Winners And Losers: The Single Confetti In Buffalo Edition

In football at least, Buffalo is the place where dreams go to die. Some don’t even let their imaginations run too wild at this point. As with any team that’s suffered years, decades or even centuries of misery, there are arbitrary starting points for that pain, signature losses and heartbreaks...
September 16th, 2013 | Columns, Football, Sports, Steven LeBron | Read More

All Eyez On Us: Say Hello To Alabama And Texas A&M, The Bad Guys

For those yet to read Mark Trible’s brilliant piece on Saturday’s Alabama vs. Texas A&M game, please do so by clicking here.  Ten years ago this month, when 50 Cent was still 50 Cent, he rapped on Obie Trice’s “We All Die One Day”: “I watch gangsta flicks and root for the bad...
September 13th, 2013 | Columns, Football, J. Tinsley, Sports | Read More

Reading Between The Frayed Lines Of SI’s Investigation Of The Oklahoma State Cowboys

By Clark Matthews / @clarkmatthews As an Oklahoma State alum, there was a time when I prayed the national media would give my school some attention. These days? Not so much. Thanks to a highly publicized five-part expose by Sports Illustrated’s new crack team of investigative reporters, the Oklahoma...
September 12th, 2013 | Football, The Fam | Read More

New Era Encourages Fans To ‘Speak With Your Cap’ This NFL Season

The NFL fitted cap has now become a regular piece of my wardrobe. I’ve always tried to make a point to pickup a fitted cap that represents a city that I have visited or lived in during my time on this earth. Therefore, I have multiple caps that represent Cincinnati, Seattle, Atlanta and the Bay...
September 11th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football, Kicks & Gear | Read More

Texas A&M And Alabama Will Show Us What Legends Are Made Of

For a few minutes, forget the tangible ramifications of Saturday’s game between Texas A&M and Alabama. Close the schedule tabs on your browser, and stop cracking the 2013 SEC West code. Forget the title and Heisman Trophy chase. Drop the realities. Think and dream as they roll away. Saturday’s...
September 11th, 2013 | Columns, Football, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Operation Patience: Robert Griffin III Struggles In The Return Of The DC Messiah

By Jamar Hudson / @jamarhudson For all the press conferences that took places this offseason. For all the the debates over when and if Robert Griffin III would be ready to take the field. For all the documentaries, all-access pieces and columns written about the now infamous knee injury. For all the...
September 10th, 2013 | Football, The Fam | Read More

Starting Lineups: #SeptemberFootball – Where Every Team Looks AMAZINGLY Good or Bad

Last night, Week 1 concluded with a Monday Night Football doubleheader with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Washington Redskins and  the Houston Texans in San Diego against the Chargers and Ed’s all-time favorite fantasy player. As we do every year, we overreact, overreact about the overreactions...
September 10th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

NFL Week 1 Winners And Losers: Peyton Throws 7 Touchdowns Edition

There was a lot of symmetry in the season opener on Thursday between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. First, via Bruce Arthur, last year’s Super Bowl blackout delay lasted 34 minutes, while Thursday’s lightning delay was, well, 34 minutes. When Peyton Manning took the field —...
September 9th, 2013 | Football, Steven LeBron | Read More

Let’s All Appreciate The Greatness Of Steve Smith In One Awesome Play Vs. New Orleans

Earlier today here at TSFJ we profiled the real 10 best wide receivers in the NFL. The list has already been met with scrutiny, anger and downright mutiny…and that’s just internally amongst members who write on this site. However for me personally, I realized that there was one player that...
September 6th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

By Sumit Dasgupta / @skd_thExchange If you were to play a word association game with a large sample college football fans, I would bet that one of the most common responses to “Notre Dame” would be some permutation of “overrated,” “overexposed” or whatever the spoken word equivalent of an...
September 6th, 2013 | Columns, Football, Sports, The Fam | Read More