A Sports Scribe, Baseball

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...

Boxing, J. Tinsley

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,...

Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

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...

TSFJ Run Challenge: Escaping The Cubicle And Competing With Friends | 2 Comments

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 the overwhelming majority of individuals on this great planet of ours, our jobs don’t give us quite the same respite. Eight hours in a...

Leo Santa Cruz Is Keeping An Eye On Guillermo Rigondeaux | 0 Comments

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 also forgotten — if they ever knew in the first place — what the “Bum of the Month” club was. A manger for one of the subpar...

10 Of The Greatest Moments Lost In The 1994 Baseball Strike, 20 Years Later | 12 Comments

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 emergent challenge to its reputation from Canada. The great hitters of the era were all having classic seasons, and the pitchers were not far behind....

Meet The Fan: Tanisha Robinson Revels In The Success Of The New Orleans Saints | 0 Comments

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 needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet New Orleans Saints fan Tanisha Robinson. The...

Kell Brook And Gabriel Rosado: Two New Champs, Two Very Different Performances | 0 Comments

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, clinch-filled performance put on by Brook is exactly why BKB was created — to speed up and electrify traditional boxing. Looking closer at both fights,...

Your Premier League Weekend In Review: Should Manchester United Fans Panic? | 0 Comments

I imagine Manchester United fans split themselves between the Woody and Buzz camps. Half watched the Red Devils fall 2-1 at Old Trafford to Swansea City and said reassuringly, “This is no time to panic.” The rest shouted in return, “This is the perfect time to panic!” United endured its worst ever Premiership campaign a season ago under the rule of overmatched manager David Moyes. He failed to make it through the year. In the offseason, fans...

Stories Of Fandom In The Premier League: Which Team Should I Root For? | 4 Comments

Once upon a time, I suggested that cheering for a Barclays Premier League team is like marrying a mail-order bride. There’s no real love there. Instead, it’s a relationship built on materialistic affection. I’ve revised my stance since then. I’ve come to realize that BPL fandom is more like love that comes from a blind date. It’s often a random spark that lights up your life, but you have to go in with an open mind...

The 2014 Philadelphia Eagles: Don’t Believe The Hype | 3 Comments

By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 The start of every football season brings excitement and anticipation. This upcoming season is no different in Philadelphia, except that in addition to the excitement, there is a whole lot of hype. The hype is coming from not only the die-hard Eagles fans in Philadelphia, but from the pundits and talking heads in the national media, most notably Cris Collinsworth,...

Meet The Fan: Julius McCormack Finally Finds Optimism With His Jacksonville Jaguars | 1 Comment

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 needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Jacksonville Jaguars fan Julius McCormack. Julius...

Meet The Fan: Dhevin Williams Puts His Humor, Trash Talk Behind The San Francisco 49ers | 1 Comment

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 needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet San Francisco 49ers fan Dhevin Williams. “Do...

Not For Nostalgia’s Sake: The Philadelphia Eagles And 2 Shades Of Green | 5 Comments

You’ve seen recent reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are considering a permanent return to the kelly green look in the near future. Though there are hard-to-understand complications from the NFL in relation to any change, Eagles management has opened up conversations with the league office in making the switch from the edgier, darker look that has actually seen the brightest days of the franchise since the late 1940s. It’s safe to assume that...

Meet The Fan: Morgan Twiddy Finds A New Hometown And Its Team, The Denver Broncos | 0 Comments

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 needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Denver Broncos fan Morgan Twiddy. She...

The Future Of Sportswriting Is What We Make It | 6 Comments

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 site and what we should and should not write about. Oftentimes, we bring the staff into the discussions as well, and every now and then, emotions boil...

David Wilson’s Farewell: A Lesson In Hope | 0 Comments

By Jeffery Scott / @jeffesquire What is your biggest dream? What is that one audacious goal that if achieved, you’d feel content? What if you attained that dream and in a short time that dream became something you could not continue? Not because you couldn’t physically perform the duties required, but because in its simplest form someone else took that dream from you? On October 6th, 2013 the New York Giants Faced the Philadelphia Eagles in an...

Meet The Fan: Justin Martin Falls Down And Rises Up With The Atlanta Falcons | 1 Comment

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 needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Atlanta Falcons fan Justin Martin. It’s...

Danny Garcia Is Back On Track | 2 Comments

It’s a mismatch. Rod Salka is a calf for the slaughter. Danny Garcia is a cherry picker. The media said all that and much worse about Saturday night’s headlining fight between junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and unranked military man, Rod Salka. With commentary like that, it was always going to be difficult for Garcia to put on a show that would win over the critics and move past his disappointing performance against Mauricio Herrera....

The Waiting Game: 5 NBA Games To Eagerly Anticipate | 3 Comments

Chicken wings. Beer. Burgers. Franks. Rivalry games. Sunday Night Football. Monday Night Football. If you’re like me, a warm, fuzzy feeling just shot down your body. Football season is back, and with it comes six months of planned weekend activities. But with it being football season, it’s also not too early to anticipate the return of basketball. The NBA officially releases its schedule for the upcoming season this week. So in lieu...

All Hail Zo: Alonzo Mourning Gets His Just Due | 2 Comments

With this latest Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class being inducted this weekend, I realize I’m at the age where the players that introduced me to the sport are finally getting their just due. While I’m still a few years away from seeing the athletes that directly influence how I enjoy the game hear their names called (Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady, hopefully), there is something to be said about the firsts. As that coming-of-age...

Landon Donovan’s Refreshing Retirement | 1 Comment

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt I can’t help but feel good for Landon Donovan. He announced yesterday that he’s retiring at the end of the 2014 MLS season. The duties of a professional soccer player — and carrying his sport’s hopes and dreams of his nation for the better part of the last decade — have worn on him, and now he can rest. There haven’t been a whole lot of athletes who have spoken as candidly as Donovan about being in...

Meet The Fan: A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Keeps The New York Jets In His Scenario | 2 Comments

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 needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet New York Jets fan and A Tribe Called...

My Sister And Me | 7 Comments

“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 going to do something. She is one of those people who is going to do something. She’s always been that way, and even at 19 years old at the time...

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Poor Handling Of The Andrew Wiggins For Kevin Love Situation | 7 Comments

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray played a weatherman who was forced to repeat the same day over and over again. That is essentially what has been going on with this reported Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins trade. Pretty much every day for the past few weeks has consisted of the same breaking news event. Yes, the details have slightly differed depending on the day, but they all maintain the constant that Minnesota will be trading its All-Star...

The Overdue Significance Of Becky Hammon And The San Antonio Spurs | 3 Comments

On August 5, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hiring of retiring WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach — making her the first official, full-time female assistant coach in NBA history. On her role, Hammon told reporters that she’ll “be helping with scouting reports, player development, dialoguing with film sessions, scheming and stuff like that,” during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. This is huge. The timing of...

Bradley Wright-Phillips Lights Up The MLS All-Star Game | 0 Comments

There are those who will say we shouldn’t read too much into the MLS All-Stars’ 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich Wednesday night, and that’s fine. The Bundesliga champions started a B+ team that featured none of the club’s seven German internationals. Dutch standout Arjen Robben started on the bench as well. Only Robert Lewandowski, a prized transfer pickup from Borussia Dortmund, qualifies as a household name among the first...

Meet The Fan: Tami James And The Baltimore Ravens Have Been Down Since Day One | 3 Comments

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 needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Baltimore Ravens fan Tami James. Tami...