Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California....

Baseball, Trible To Your Bass

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving And Embracing Newfound Roles

In a few more days, the NBA season will officially be upon us, and that means all of the story lines that have been concocted...

The NHL In 2014: An Introduction To William Douglas And The Color Of Hockey | 1 Comment

William Douglas doesn’t dwell on negatives. Perhaps he picked up the trait covering Congress, his current occupation with McClatchy Newspapers – and it’s certainly an occupation. Maybe it stems from teenage years spent in rinks across the Mid-Atlantic, where he was one of two black players in a league that stretched from Maryland to New York. “People said some disparaging things to me,” the Philadelphia native recalls. “They called...

For Matt Barnes, Being Tough Isn’t For Show | 1 Comment

Though all sports are distinctly unique in their own rights, if there is one trait that athletes across the board are measured by it is their toughness. Even with the strides made with advanced statistics, the most informed minds still try to rationalize the most subjective qualities. Defining a player’s toughness is a very broad task and isn’t something you can easily identify through an athlete’s in-game performance. Being tough in...

Shock The World Chronicles: The St. Louis Cardinals, The Playoffs & The Best Day In Baseball | 1 Comment

There are few places in the world like St. Louis, Missouri, when there is postseason day baseball to be played. Actually, allow me to retort, there is NOWHERE like St. Louis when there is playoff baseball that awaits. Now, I am completely aware that I could, and shall, be called a “homer” and a staunch member of the infamous so-called “Best Fans In Baseball,” which has somehow reached the level of being called a supporter of the 1940s era...

Hockey’s Back: The 5 Big Questions To Ponder This NHL Season | 0 Comments

The National Hockey League returns tonight with many of last season’s story lines still intact. The defending champion Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are still the two teams to beat out west, while the Boston Bruins reign supreme in the east. Sidney Crosby is the best player in the world, and Alexander Ovechkin the most polarizing both in terms of production and perception. Toronto remains a dumpster fire waiting to happen, concussions...

15 Years After His Death, The Ghost Of Wilt Chamberlain Still Exists | 11 Comments

Photo: AntDUHHIn a game championed by icons, Wilt Chamberlain’s impact remains one of the NBA’s most unique, fascinating and encompassing. Philadelphia Daily News copy editor Mark Perner still gets a kick out of the 76ers final regular-season game in 1968. The 61-20 Sixers played a rather meaningless game versus the Baltimore Bullets. On a squad with names like Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer, Wilt Chamberlain held rank as...

After Jimmy Graham, Who Are The Top Tight Ends in the NFL? | 5 Comments

You don’t have to watch every single second of every single game to realize that something seems a little off about this NFL season, and we’re not just talking about off the field or even with the horrid Thursday Night Football package. Take a look at your fantasy team or more importantly, your favorite real team. What kind of production is it getting from the tight end position? Granted, we’re just in the fifth week of the NFL season, but...

The Refs Have a Rough Weekend: The 6 Things That Mattered This Weekend In The Premier League | 0 Comments

We get it. Not everyone wants to wake up at 7:45 on a weekend morning to watch soccer, especially when college football and the NFL demand our attention the rest of the day. It takes a certain type of dedication to embrace football as the world knows it. Luckily for you, TSFJ’s soccer heads Dillon Friday and Carden Hedelt take it upon themselves to watch as much of the Barclays Premier League as possible. The two gents are kind enough to share...

The Versus Podcast: Ed The Sports Fan Vs. Ethan Strauss (The Pilot Episode) | 0 Comments

Hey guys, I started another podcast. Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we’ve done podcasts in the past. Justin, Kenny, Brandon Lewis and I hosted ‘The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show’ for four years, and it was one helluva ride. Currently, TSFJ’s Jason Clinkscales hosts his own show called ‘The Exchange’ and TSFJ’s Matt Whitener hosts ‘Life From The Cheap Seats’, and you need to subscribe to both of...

Style Over Substance: How Conor McGregor Jumped Ahead Of Cub Swanson For A Title Shot | 0 Comments

In MMA (just as in boxing) the spoils of war often go first to the loudest and flashiest. Style outside the cage can get you fights your skills inside the cage can’t. Chael Sonnen built his career on this basic tenant of combat business. The latest example of this truism comes via comments from UFC head, Dana White. White has revered course from earlier comments about who’s next in line to face pound-for-pound standout, and featherweight champ,...

Why Texas A&M and Mississippi State Will Be The Game of the Week | 0 Comments

Choosing a game of the week is really tough this time. Not because there aren’t good games, but because there are so many tough match-ups that can easily change the landscape of college football. I should have trusted my instincts and wrote this post earlier as I made a nice wager on Arizona taking down #2 Oregon and, sure enough, it came through. However, as good as that game was, there are some SEC West match-ups that have even the average...

On Alex Smith And Shedding The Bust Label | 2 Comments

By Johnathan Tillman / @thetillshow I never thought this day would ever exist. Most of us figured when the San Francisco 49ers of Santa Clara decided to permanently sever ties with Alex Smith, it would be the end of a disappointing career and another in the long line of top overall picks whose names get remember when it’s time to make fun of failure. But that was before 2012. That was before we needed a second hand to hold the best cellphones...

He Believed in Harlem: How a Community Honored My Father | 8 Comments

It was spring break in 2001, my freshman year at Babson College. A couple of nights before heading back to Massachusetts, he sat down in the recliner that stopped reclining properly with the lights dimmed and the television on ABC’s World News Tonight with the (legendary) Peter Jennings. For him, this had been a nearly lifelong ritual. Well, lifelong for me as I remember numerous nights of him perched in front of the screen with one or two vices...

Anze Kopitar, Goran Dragic And The Rise Of Slovenia | 4 Comments

In 2014, the mythical home of dragons started slaying them in the sports world. It was the middle of the night in the United States in February, and Slovenia was preparing to play a hockey game in Sochi, Russia. Before the puck dropped, the Slovenes had already become the story of the tournament. At the close of 2013, Slovenia was 17th in the IIHF World Rankings, one spot behind Kazakhstan and two ahead of Hungary. Mere months later, the Slovenes...

Kings Of The North: Why The Toronto Raptors Have Claim To The NBA’s Best Backcourt | 2 Comments

When Bradley Beal stated that he and John Wall were the best backcourt in the NBA, it sparked a healthy debate bigger than the All-Stars boast. He has received at least one challenger to that claim in Dion Waiters, but really the conversation isn’t limited to just the Wizards and the Cavaliers. The back-and-forth banter between the respective parties has been fun to track and should make for some competitive matchups throughout the season, but...

The Wild Impact Of The MLB Wild Card Game: A Working History | 3 Comments

By force of habit or by resilience to preserve tradition, which is all-important in tying together the ends of the game, Major League Baseball is slow to embrace change. When the decision was made three years ago to expand the postseason even further and create a second Wild Card spot in each league, the original returns were the usual mix of skepticism and concern about the game getting outside of itself. But six series play-in games later, not...

Football Fashion Week Presents: The 11 Freshest Football Uniforms Of The Past Weekend | 1 Comment

By Richard Boadu / @6magazine We’re five weeks into the college football season, and the NFL season just ended its first quarter. This weekend looked like Fashion Week in various stadiums across the country. As I perused from game to game, I noticed no one individual getting his fresh on to the most maximum of levels, but several teams were rocking dope alternate uniforms. Here are football’s freshest from this past weekend’s football...

3 Reasons Why You Should Watch Francesco Totti | 0 Comments

In Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City, Francesco Totti scored and, in doing so, became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history. It was also his first ever tally on English soil. This goal was worth the wait. It’s a typical Totti goal — staying onside and timing his run just right, he latches on to the pass and shows his signature soft touch to chip it up over Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. He’s a rare...

A Stacked SEC West Football Slate Gives Lesson On ‘Always’ | 0 Comments

I once worked for a man named Kevin who became a dear friend. He owned a flower shop and taught me the “always” rules. Always make a vertical cut in hydrangea stems. Always put fresh-cut roses in warm water. Always remove pollen from a lily before it becomes the ultimate stain-maker. When you learn a new trade, the “alwayses” are where you start. Kevin knew horticulture and had a knack for the elegant arrangement of his beloved...

Mutual Animosity Never Hurt Anyone: Reigniting The Cavs-Wizards Rivalry | 2 Comments

The Cavaliers and Wizards once hated each other. And if we’re lucky, history will repeat itself. Earlier this summer, shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers fell on the sunny side of an enormous LeBron James decision, NBA TV launched into a string of The King and the Cavs’ finest playoff games during his first term. Take away a Game 5 iconic, “balls-to-the-wall” night in Michigan in 2007 or a Game 7 45-point shootout against Boston in...

Not A Sideshow BOB: The Rise Of Bill O’Brien | 0 Comments

Nearly three years ago, I knew very little about current Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. Truth be told, I wasn’t exactly enthralled when my alma mater, Penn State, hired O’Brien to be the man tasked with replacing Joe Paterno and popular defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, the man who took over as interim coach after Paterno was fired following the scandal fallout. After all, the only thing most people unfamiliar with O’Brien...

Here’s How We Got To DeMarco Murray Being The Best Running Back In The NFL | 11 Comments

If you would’ve asked me seven years ago if DeMarco Murray was capable of being one of the best running backs in football, I wouldn’t have hesitated in saying, “Absolutely.” Seven years ago, Murray was a redshirt freshman for the Oklahoma Sooners, and the whispers in Norman were that he could be the next in line to carry on the historical greatness of running backs to play at OU. I’d heard the whispers emanating from...

Wayne Rooney Sees Red: The 6 Things That Mattered This Weekend In The Premier League | 1 Comment

We get it. Not everyone wants to wake up at 7:45 on a weekend morning to watch soccer, especially when college football and the NFL demand our attention the rest of the day. It takes a certain type of dedication to embrace football as the world knows it. Luckily for you, TSFJ’s soccer heads Dillon Friday and Carden Hedelt take it upon themselves to watch as much of the Barclays Premier League as possible. The two gents are kind enough to share...

LeBron James Calls Himself Bill Belichick And Kyrie Irving Is Tom Brady | 1 Comment

The boys are finally all together. NBA Media Day was held on Friday, and it served as the first chance we would have to see all of the newest faces in different places as the 2014-15 NBA season is just over one month away. While every team is focusing on what their organization can do to make a title run this season, everyone’s eyes were on that team in northeast Ohio that had their King back on the throne. LeBron James was wearing the wine...

The Merseyside Derby: Because Liverpool Makes Me Sit In A Bathtub With All My Clothes On | 0 Comments

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death; I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” -Bill Shankly, Liverpool manager, 1959-1974 This is how I spent my Tuesday afternoon. (Thanks, Liverpool) I sat in my empty bathtub on Tuesday, fully clothed, swiping my thumb across my phone as fast as I could to refresh Twitter. Playing through my headphones was “Lost...

Clarifying The Confusion: 4 Reasons Why The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour Matters | 1 Comment

There has been an odd habit that has become popular as the baseball summer draws to a close and subsequently is taking the career of Derek Jeter along with it. In the winter of his days as a New York Yankee, there has been a tug of war between the push to show appreciation to his career and to also humble the context in which it is given. To that effort, I have but one question: Why? In his career, there has been no marker as a player he has not...