Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Meet The Fan: Marguerite Matthews Can Always Go Back Home With The San Diego Chargers

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. 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...
August 27th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday | Read More

Overlooked But Always There: The Quiet Brilliance Of Kimmo Timonen

When the Philadelphia Flyers’ late-game comeback attempt came up short in Game 7 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals first-round playoff match-up against the rival New York Rangers, Kimmo Timonen was there. He was older and slower and less effective than he has been over the course of his quietly...
August 27th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Under Armour Vs. Nike: 11 Of Your Favorite Writers Weigh In On Kevin Durant’s Decision

$265 million. $285 million. Two dollar amounts that represent the range that Under Armour is willing to pay as it tries to acquire the 2014 NBA MVP  in Kevin Durant as its pitchman. This sponsorship deal could prove to be one of the largest ever signed, and it would give the Maryland-based company...
August 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

Meet The Fan: Lizz Robbins Is All In For Her Washington Redskins

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. 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...
August 26th, 2014 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons, mutant-like speed, endurance and agility, and explicitly intimidating cerebral intuitiveness. In other words, Floyd out-boxed, out-classed and out-thought every opponent he has...
August 26th, 2014 | Boxing, J. Tinsley | Read More

I Freestyle Rapped For Damian Lillard And Talked About NBA Live 15

When I was in college, one of the things that my friends and I would do to pass the time is turn on some instrumental versions of our favorite songs and try to rap over the beat. This activity wasn’t about determining who had a chance to sign with Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel on Roc-A-Fella Records,...
August 25th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Video Games | Read More

Meet The Fan: Johnathan Mark Reps Houston And Its Texans Through And Through

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. 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...
August 25th, 2014 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge Park. This really isn’t just any stairway, however, but one of the few remnants of history that was torn down over five decades ago. When the final and most famous Polo Grounds...
August 25th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Floyd Patterson And Sonny Liston: The Good Negro Vs. The Bad Nigger

In today’s sports environment, fans and athletes have a warped sense of what it means to be hated. It seems all too often that even the rough and tumble characters who enlist in the most aggressive sports out there, like football, boxing or mixed martial arts, are crying victim after a few hard questions...
August 25th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Premier League Review: Everton and Arsenal Clash In Familiar Affair

Everton was founded in 1878 so the parish of St. Domingo’s Church could play football during the fall and winter. Arsenal was founded in 1886 by the workers of the Royal Arsenal in southeast London. No two teams in England have played more games against each other in the top flight. And why not?...
August 25th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Meet The Fan: Queen City Native Jamie Johnson Knows Nothing But The Cincinnati Bengals

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. 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...
August 23rd, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Meet The Fan: Tanyetta Thompson Has Nothing But Love For The Carolina Panthers

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. 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...
August 22nd, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Nike World Basketball Festival: Because Basketball Needs Chicago

It seems that every week the national media is airing stories about the violence taking place in Chicago. To those who aren’t residents of the Windy City, this is a place to be avoided like West Africa. When my 15-year-old son came up to visit from Washington, D.C. this summer, he said all of his...
August 20th, 2014 | Basketball, From The Go | Read More

Meet The Fan: Dylan Dobrasz’s Long-Distance Relationship With The Miami Dolphins Endures

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. 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...
August 20th, 2014 | Football, J. Tinsley | Read More

Red, White And Boogie: DeMarcus Cousins For Team USA

With just over a week left until the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Team USA is close to making its final cuts. As capable as all of the remaining players are, this team just won’t be complete unless DeMarcus Cousins is included. For a squad that will largely represent the future of the sport in...
August 20th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | 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

Leo Santa Cruz Is Keeping An Eye On Guillermo Rigondeaux

There are those in boxing who firmly believe fighters, because of their nature, never fear other fighters. Apparently those people didn’t follow the Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks fight. Plenty of ringside observers noted that Spinks looked absolutely terrified in that ring. Those people have probably...
August 19th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

10 Of The Greatest Moments Lost In The 1994 Baseball Strike, 20 Years Later

Some years just have a different vibe to them. Teams are clicking, the games are exciting, the performances are just a bit more spectacular more often. For Major League Baseball, the summer of 1994 was one of those years. There was a great franchise at the peak of its power in Atlanta that faced an...
August 18th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Meet The Fan: Tanisha Robinson Revels In The Success Of The New Orleans Saints

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. 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...
August 18th, 2014 | Football, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Kell Brook And Gabriel Rosado: Two New Champs, Two Very Different Performances

On Saturday night, the fight game crowned two new champions: England’s Kell Brook and Philadelphia native Gabriel Rosado. Brook fought for the IBF boxing welterweight title, while Rosado fought for the Big-Knockout Boxing (BKB) middleweight championship. At first blush, it might seem that the ugly,...
August 18th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More