Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Meet The Fan: Kris Rothstein And His Never-Ending Ride With The Indianapolis Colts

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...
September 1st, 2014 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

Premier League Review: Stoke City Stunts On Manchester City

I’d like to write about one of the highlight matches of the weekend, Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to visiting Stoke City. It’s the upset of the season so far. But I can’t write about it. I didn’t watch it. And neither did my Premier League recapping counterpart Dillon Friday...
September 1st, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Cub Swanson Is Giving Back

Kevin “Cub” Swanson is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today. He’s knocked out five of his last six opponents. He’s ranked #2 in the UFC featherweight rankings, which means that after Chad Mendes gets his shot at the title against José Aldo at UFC 176, Swanson should finally be...
September 1st, 2014 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA | Read More

Meet The Fan: Twitter’s ‘Brannin’ Stays Objective With His Dallas Cowboys

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 30th, 2014 | Football, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Meet The Fan: Ryan Dollard Bleeds Blue For Her New York Giants

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 29th, 2014 | Football, The NFL Chick | Read More

Taking It Back: The 20th Anniversary of The ‘Forgotten Dream Team’

With the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup finally upon us, it’s interesting to see just how much we as fans take for granted. The United States is fielding another high-caliber team that may lack the star power from the 2012 Olympic Games, but it certainly isn’t short on talent. In a sport that Team...
August 29th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Meet The Fan: Steve Jackson Welcomes The New Era Of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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 29th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday | Read More

MVPitcher? How Clayton Kershaw’s Worth Is Underrated

Clayton Kershaw is really, really good. So there, the understatement of the year is out of the way early. On Wednesday, he pushed his record for the summer to 16-3, becoming the first pitcher to reach the 16-win mark on the year. In the process, he lowered his MLB-best earned run average to 1.73 (which...
August 29th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a documentary by some of the greatest filmmakers in the world has turned into ESPN’s critically acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series. Our lives as sports fans would never be...
August 28th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs | Read More

Andrelton Simmons Is The Man

“The only security a man can have is the ability to do a job uncommonly well.” — Abraham Lincoln When the 16th president of the United States said those words, I’m pretty sure he didn’t think he’d be talking about a Curaçao-born baseball player and his work. Hell, I...
August 28th, 2014 | Baseball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

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