Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

Key & Peele Tackle Concussions In Football Hilariously | 1 Comment

“What are we doing out there? Because I don’t know. No, seriously? I don’t know.” I’ve had one concussion in my life. I was 11 years old, playing first base on my 6th-grade elementary school baseball team, the Crosby Park Longhorns. Back in 1994, being a first baseman and an Atlanta Braves fan meant that my role model for playing the position was Fred McGriff a.k.a. The Crime Dog. I wore #27 in honor of Crime Dog, and...

Setting The Stage For World War Westbrook | 6 Comments

When the devastating news broke that Kevin Durant would be missing anywhere between six to eight weeks of action, I admit my first thoughts shifted away from Durant. It’s not that I wasn’t concerned about Durant; watching anyone forced out of a game he loves because of an unforeseen injury is always a crushing sight. Yet knowing the NBA season would start without its reigning MVP didn’t deter me from realizing what this meant for the Oklahoma...

The Top 3 Reasons To Tune In To GGG Vs. Rubio: Carnage In Carson | 0 Comments

Fight week is halfway through, and throngs of Gennady Golovkin (GGG) and Marco Antonio Rubio fans are counting down the hours until Saturday’s middleweight title bout. This fight is on every hardcore boxing fan’s can’t-miss list, but some out there might be wondering whether this fight really matters. Those unsure about the fight might be asking, given GGG’s utter dominance of late, is the ending on Saturday night a forgone...

Mississippi State, Ole Miss And The Power Of ‘That One Year’ | 0 Comments

If this country still exists in 25 years, two men might sit in a Mississippi bar. Hank Williams will twang in the background as a sliver of sunlight exposes streams of dust. The particles gain magic as Conway Twitty plays and the song makes the men think of a time held dear. After a minute or two, one of them might look at the other as he swigs his cold bottled beer. “Remember that Dawgs season in 2014? Wasn’t that one helluva time?” Excuse...

The Cold State Of The Minnesota Vikings | 2 Comments

My dad likes to criticize Minnesota weathermen. Well, to be fair, he criticizes most things, but the forecasters of winter in the North Star State annually draw his ire. They’ll dance around reports or speak in vague terms to hide the severity of the impending weather. This one always gets him — the high on Tuesday might be 28 degrees, a cold day by most standards, a mild one in a Duluth winter. Wednesday, however, the temperature won’t...

No Justice, No Football | 22 Comments

So here you are, enjoying your Monday Night Football on the most ridiculous holiday known to man — and that’s counting the fact that people celebrate an overweight white dude breaking into their homes to leave gifts — and you notice a strange series of tweets. Your favorite sports blogger is posting on-the-field updates of the Rams vs. 49ers game when suddenly you see this: Dope. RT @trymainelee: Still at it. Black Lives Matter. https://t.co/weUoDCEuvP —...

Shock The World Chronicles: The Dallas Cowboys Take Out The Champs In Seattle | 4 Comments

This game was circled on my calendar for months. As soon as the 2014 NFL schedule was released and I found out that the Dallas Cowboys were playing the NFC West, my only hope was that my team would be traveling to Seattle. I love the Cowboys, appreciate the Seahawks and love a great fan atmosphere. If the football gods allowed it to happen, I would be there, and sure enough, the football gods scheduled the Dallas Cowboys to travel to Seattle during...

On Crissy Henderson, Domestic Violence And The adidas Element Refine | 1 Comment

With domestic violence emerging from “under the rug” now more than ever in the media, it is refreshing to read about women taking a positive initiative on the matter. And, seeing as October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there seems to be no better time for Channing “Chan-Lo” Beumer to launch her #ChicksNKicks campaign by going purple to support those affected by domestic violence. To help promote recognition of the cause,...

Eastside Vs. Westside: The NFC East Challenging The NFC West | 3 Comments

Heading into the 2014 NFL season, all eyes headed west. In a sports world often described as having an East Coast bias, it was the NFC West getting all the praise, and rightfully so. In 2013, the NFC West was far and away the best division in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks finished with the best regular-season record in football, tied with the Denver Broncos at 13-3, and won the Super Bowl. Along the way, they defeated the division rival San Francisco...

Adam Sachnoff, 10th Planet & 5 Mistakes Wrestlers Make In BJJ | 0 Comments

Left to right: Adam Sachnoff, Eddie Bravo, Denny Prokopos If you saw him on the street you might not guess he’s a world champion. Adam Sachnoff, also known as “Big Red” and “The Red Destroyer,” doesn’t carry himself with the arrogance that often follows talent and success in competition. The 27-year-old is the lead instructor at 10th Planet – San Mateo in Northern California. His school is a welcome addition...

The Versus Podcast: Marc Spears Vs. Ed The Sports Fan (The Return of Kobe Episode) | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Versus Podcast, we’re fortunate enough to have Marc Spears, NBA writer of Yahoo! Sports on with us. During the pod, Spears talks with the trio about the return of Kobe Bryant and the prospectus of 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers. “He’s a smarter player and I think he’s using his brain more than his body. He’s like the guy at the playground, he used to be super nice, dunking on everybody, but he’s...

Fear Factor: The San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals And The NLCS Mirror Match | 0 Comments

Over the past four years, the destinies of the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have often run parallel. When one team was not winning the National League crown, it was the other doing it instead. Yet for the first time since the Giants’ classic comeback in the 2012 NLCS — and the Cardinals’ equally epic collapse — they are preparing to meet again for a trip to the World Series. To take a look at this, we brought together...

The NCAA Revolt: Free Todd Gurley Edition | 6 Comments

So you may have heard: Georgia Bulldogs junior running back Todd Gurley, the leading Heisman candidate and unquestionably the best running back in the country, has been suspended indefinitely as he is being investigated by the NCAA for alleged NCAA violations. It seems as though Gurley’s crime is allegedly taking money for autographs, memorabilia and/or the use of his likeness. You know, because it’s so morally corrupt to make money off...

Why Auburn And Mississippi State Will Be The Game Of The Week | 0 Comments

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. College football is a trendy sport, and many times we see a team come up with an innovative approach and garner some success in the process. Then the following season you see teams mimicking what that squad did or calibrating their approaches to simulate a variation of the successful endeavor. The game of the week features two innovative teams and should prove to be a clash that will better define who the...

Farewell, Landon Donovan | 1 Comment

Playing for only a half hour in a Friday night friendly is a shameful way for Landon Donovan to go out. His U.S. Men’s National Team experience will come to an end in a meaningless contest against Ecuador after only 30 minutes — likely by his own request, as his L.A. Galaxy are pushing for a top playoff spot in the waning MLS season. He has a game two days later that means something. Even the most cynical fans had to feel for Donovan when...

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...