Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume Two – On Top Rank, Golden Boy And The Road Ahead

Often, a fighter needs more than a clever matchmaker to sit on one of the thrones in boxing. Sometimes he needs a good lawyer,...

Basketball, Lists, The Fam

The 8 X-Factor Players Of The 2014 NBA Playoffs: West Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the NBA Post Season officially getting underway this upcoming Saturday....

Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear

Chan-Lo Kicks Off Season 2 Of Chicks N’ Kicks By Featuring Tinashe And The Air Jordan 11 “Gamma”

Our blogger sister-in-crime Channing has done some awesome stuff over at here own corner of the internet at Chan-Lo.com....

Starting Lineups: The 5 Best Baseball Players To Wear 42 | 6 Comments

Sixty-seven years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, becoming the first African-American to play in an MLB game. Then in 1997, the MLB officially retired the number — with active players at the time grandfathered in if they wore 42. And now, with Mariano Rivera finally calling it a career, the number 42 is hung up for good. So on this 67th anniversary of Robinson’s historic day, here are the five...

The Streak: Making Sense Of The Detroit Red Wings 23rd Consecutive Postseason Appearance | 1 Comment

In case you hadn’t heard the news, the Detroit Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance Wednesady night. It is currently the longest such streak in professional sports. The Undertaker would be proud Few things that won in the early 90′s still win today; namely zubas, Vanilla Ice, walkmen, the Dallas Cowboys and any outfit worn by Jerry Seinfeld and/or Cory Matthews. It’s rarefied air for the Wings. How much...

On Wrestlemania 30, The Ultimate Warrior And Wrestler Mortality | 2 Comments

This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of what has long been considered the marquee event of sports entertainment, better known as professional wrestling. As one of the many who got to attend, I can say that Wrestlemania 30 not only served as a milestone for the WWE, but also as a reminder to myself that these entertainers are as human as the rest of us. Not to say that I ever believed them to be some mythical beings among men, but a lot of...

Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing | 14 Comments

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. There I sat in the early hours of Tuesday morning unable to sleep. I grabbed a water bottle from the refrigerator and planted myself at the computer to click play on an advance screening of the highly-anticipated Bad Boys ’30 For 30′ airing next Thursday on ESPN at 8 p.m. Why not take in a...

Could A Moment In Modern Sports Ever Match Henry Aaron’s 715th HR? | 0 Comments

It was a 1-0 count and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers had a 3-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves with a runner on first. It was a long day for the Braves right fielder walking to home plate. Heck, it had been a long few seasons for the batter as his steady progression towards a hallowed record took an immeasurable toll. It was palpable in the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium air that night just as it may be for you, watching this clip. (By the way, if...

Kevin Ollie Continues To Defy The Odds | 4 Comments

John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats? We all expected them to be there last night, on college basketball’s grandest stage. Sure, maybe not after a rough start and an 8 seed, but let’s be real — this was a team that was preseason #1, a team that was once again filled with blue bloods. It wasn’t surprising that Kentucky got there. But it was beyond surprising that the UConn Huskies not only got to the Final Four and then the...

Alonzo Mourning Made The Hall of Fame Today, Let’s Reflect By Watching Him Get Dunked On 20 Times | 5 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, I write these articles that some of you have come to know and love as Obituaries. Over the course of the last two-plus years, I’ve had to write eulogies for Kendrick Perkins and Pau Gasol with regularly as their bodies would be sacrificed for the good of posters and YouTube clicks across the land. However, I must admit that there is one player I wish I could’ve written an obituary for, but the internet...

Starting Lineups: On Kentucky, UConn And The Fight For Being Crowned King Of College Basketball | 1 Comment

The Kentucky Wildcats and the UConn Huskies have gone through hell and high water to make it to this point. The Wildcats are the first team in NCAA tournament history to defeat 3 teams from the previous year’s Final Four in order to get to the NCAA Final in North Texas. The Huskies are fielding a team with zero All-Americans and a second-year head coach in Kevin Ollie who’s experiencing all of this for the first time in his life as the...

Rank ‘Em: The WrestleMania Main Events, 1-30 | 3 Comments

Last night was the summit of the “pro wrestling” year, as WrestleMania 30 took over the pop culture/sports universe for a night. The WWE’s premier event has long been the showcase for the greatest stars of the wrestling industry, and Wrestlemania has been the scene for the matches that made those stars what they are. From Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to Triple H and John Cena, all of...

Starting Lineups: My Biggest Baseball Pet Peeve | 5 Comments

Like many young American males, the first organized sport I ever played was baseball. OK, technically tee ball. Same thing. On top of that, baseball games were the first professional sporting events I ever attended in person, with my father taking me to now demolished Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia to take in Phillies games for as long as I can remember. As such, baseball was the first sport I truly loved, a love that has stood the test of time....

Let’s All Reminisce When 3 Years Ago This Phoenix Suns Bro Dunked Himself Through The Hoop | 3 Comments

Here’s one thing a lot of people may not know about me, partially because this is my first time saying it. At 28, I’ve long since accepted the fact I will never make anybody’s first team All-NBA. I suck at video games, so even that’s out of the question. But it is on my bucket list to be one of those guys who do the trampoline dunks in between timeouts. My flush of choice? Just a textbook 720, between-the-legs, double pump....

Starting Lineups: With Tiger Woods Out Of The Masters, Who Should You Watch? | 1 Comment

No sport is more synonymous with a single athlete then golf is with Tiger Woods. It’s amazing what 14 majors can do for a man. So when Woods announced on Tuesday — April Fools Day no less — that he would miss the upcoming Masters for the first time in his professional career, a steady chorus of groans echoed through the airwaves. The consensus seemed to be, “It won’t be the same without Tiger.” To a degree, that’s...

The Way We Were, The Way We Are And Kentucky Vs. Wisconsin | 3 Comments

We’ve changed. It’s normal, but we’ve changed. We’ve changed in the way we digest things. We want many things, and we want them now. We used to wait. We want blog posts and columns before the figurative ink dries. We used to patiently skim the long story from large time investments. In the interest of sports, this change is evident in Saturday’s Final Four game between Kentucky and Wisconsin. Change is necessary, a blessing and a curse....

Starting Lineups: Nike Soccer Unveils A Very European-Looking 2014 U.S. National Team Away Kit | 1 Comment

Excuse me for a moment, I was just appreciating the greatness that is Sydney Leroux. As I’ve come to mature into a well-rounded sports fan at the age of 30, my list of must-see events has definitely changed. While there was a time where I couldn’t miss an Atlanta Braves baseball game ever (thank you, Ted Turner), nowadays I must live vicariously through the Braves blogs I read and the highlights I am able to catch. Woe is me, being a...

Numbers Never Lie: Karl Malone Was The Best Of His Era | 6 Comments

The unpopular opinion usually becomes what it is because not enough people are willing to face the truth. In sports, this happens for a variety of reasons, which can include rivalries or flat out not liking a player. The latter of the two reasons is what has led to one of my biggest issues for more than half of my life with how the NBA’s hierarchy of greatest players of all time is discussed. There is always room made for Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain,...

Shock The World Chronicles: The NCAA Tournament Experience In San Antonio | 1 Comment

Now that we have the Final Four all set — with the Florida Gators taking on the UConn Huskies followed by the Wisconsin Badgers versus the Kentucky Wildcats in Jerry Jones’ shrine this coming Saturday — it’s about time I take a look back at my trip to San Antonio, as I joined three friends in shocking the world at the NCAA Tournament in Texas. My journey began on the exact date of my 30th birthday. On the first day of spring, I left...

Starting Lineups: Would You Have Cheered Or Jeered Ryan Braun? | 3 Comments

Ryan Braun went to the plate for the first time in a regular-season game since July 2013 yesterday. Because of his belated contrition and the slimy, winding path it took for him to get there, the Milwaukee Brewers right fielder had one of the most unique Opening Days in recent memory. Not only is Braun’s road to redemption one of baseball’s most intriguing individual stories — an in-prime star talent and former MVP being punished in this era...

20 Years Ago, Mark Price Put On One Of The Greatest Shooting Performances Of All Time | 6 Comments

The 1994 3-Point Shootout turned 20 years old last month, as our visions of what the NBA All-Star Weekend used to be to what it is present day has changed dramatically. Back then, we would expect to be wowed as the world’s best would usually put on a memorable display that would be worthwhile to discuss during recess. Now? We just hope. Fortunately, the ’94 Shootout delivered in ways that I can still vividly remember. The Participants Steve...

Starting Lineups: So, About Those ‘White Guys’ For The Wisconsin Badgers | 8 Comments

The Final Four has now been set, and we now know who the participants will be for the national semifinals in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament that’s taking place in Jerry’s World in Arlington, Texas. While Kentucky, UConn and Florida have all won national titles in the last decade, the Wisconsin Badgers haven’t won a national championship since 1941. Needless to say, the folks in the Badger state are officially turnt up. However,...

Sergey Kovalev Continues To ‘Krush’ | 0 Comments

Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev 23-0-1 (21 KO) is everything that his countryman, President Vladimir Putin, wishes he was. Putin puts on elaborate, bare-chested photo shoots in the woods in an attempt to convince his constituents and the world that he yields as much power in his bare hands as he does with all the nukes in Russia. It hasn’t worked for him yet. But if you tuned in to HBO’s  most recent edition of “Boxing After Dark,”...

14 Questions To Shape MLB Opening Day 2014 | 2 Comments

With two false starts to the 2014 Major League Baseball season already under our belt, today is the day the that ribbon to the spring is truly cut and the full slate of games gets under way. As they always do on Opening Day, hopes spring eternal around the MLB. Also as always, there is a buffet worth of questions, “ifs” and conditions that fill up every corner of the game. The story lines of the season are part of what makes the debut day of...

A Farewell To DeSean Jackson | 0 Comments

My girlfriend broke up with me the day before my graduation. It was also the day before our one-year anniversary. This isn’t about her — she’s married with a child, and I couldn’t be happier for her. This is about what happened that weekend. I felt awful through the process of graduation and the move home. That Sunday, my mother threw me a graduation party. Little did I know, it was a Christmas party. My home filled with strangers, I slumped...

Money, Power, Respect: The Jerry Jones-Jimmy Johnson Divorce 20 Years Later | 5 Comments

Twenty years ago tomorrow, Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson parted ways following two consecutive Super Bowl victories. And the Cowboys have been fighting bad luck, ego and karma ever since. During the days when she would make an effort to watch football, my grandma always had one complaint. “Now why does he always have to do this in the fourth quarter?” she’d ask every Sunday like clockwork. “It’s a close game, those boys...

Starting Lineups: If You Could Change The Outcome Of One Game In Sports, Which Would You Choose? | 24 Comments

While I was down in San Antonio shocking the world at the NCAA Tournament games — article on that to come early next week — my buddy Zach asked a simple question he had started debating with friends that caught my interest. That question — If you could change the outcome of any game in sports history, what would you choose? And furthermore, how would that change history? It’s a brilliant question, one that quite literally has almost...

QOTD: Who Is The 3rd Best Player In The NBA? | 3 Comments

Ed and I rarely talk basketball these days. It’s best that we don’t if our friendship is as valuable as we both claim it is. Sparing the masses a smorgasbord of details no one would care about nor is even that important, the main reasons are LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Or Kevin Durant and LeBron James. It’s all about personal preference and/or MVP voting this season. This year, all signs seem to favor Kevin Weezy (Wayne) Durant...