Baseball, The Cheap Seats

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

There has been an odd habit that has become popular as the baseball summer draws to a close and subsequently is taking the...

Football, Soul On Ice

The Transformation Of Brandon Marshall

When it comes to the game of football and playing wide receiver, Brandon Marshall has always been up there as one of the...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

What Eric Bledsoe’s 5-Year Contract Extension With The Phoenix Suns Means

It’s not often that NBA players hold out when negotiating their rookie contract extensions. The allure of a guaranteed...

The Reunion: The Miami Heat Return To The White House To Hang Out With Brother President | 2 Comments

 “We all know nothing brings people together like the Miami Heat.” — Barack Obama The entire process took no more than 10 minutes in total. The two-time defending world champion Miami Heat were once again at a place that only G-14 classified clearances can provide, a place next to the President of the United States of America in Barack Obama. (Or in the words of Kenny Masenda, Brother President) What’s fascinating is how...

Complex Sports Presents: The 25 Greatest NFL Beast Mode Runs of All Time | 0 Comments

“Run the damn ball!” You will hear this every from time to time from football fans as they watch their favorite team compete in the heat of battle. It’s a hilarious thing to hear because what’s usually transpiring is said team is slanging the pill all across the field, and all the fan wants is to bleed the clock, control the ball and come out with a victory. Don’t ever let people tell you fans don’t care about...

The Not Quite As Young Bucks: Catching Up With The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery Picks | 4 Comments

In this instant-analysis world we now live in, people cannot help but make declarative statements about athletes immediately, particularly rookies. As we all know, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in the grand scheme of things, because it can take different players different times to grow into their own. Some rookies may flourish from the start and then fade as their careers progress. Others my start slowly and then flourish with experience....

Starting Lineups: Did You Know The Australian Open Started? | 2 Comments

Yes, yes, it’s all about the NFL these days according to casual sports fans, and the NBA and NHL can fill the gaps between games for the more ardent followers of professional athletics. However, did you know that the Australian Open started? I know, right? Of course, tennis’ most passionate fans are well aware that one of the major tournaments is taking place Down Under, but here in North America, they are being forced to either wake up in the...

Starting Lineups: Will Someone Please Buy Marques Colston A Beer? | 5 Comments

First of all, tell us how you really feel Michael Bennett. Anywho, after a discouraging first half, Drew Brees and the Rob Ryan-led defense (**cranes neck at Jerry Jones**) kept New Orleans within a puncher’s chance. The elements were nasty, Marshawn Lynch was a running cinder block wall with legs, Seattle was as talkative as ever and the “12th Man” sounded like “25th Man” they were so loud. That being said, the Saints...

Q&A With Alex Wong On His Debut Book, ‘Steven Lebron, Volume 1′ | 3 Comments

Regular readers of The Sports Fan Journal surely know our very own Alex Wong by now, aka Steven Lebron. What you may not know is that Alex, a Canadian who is currently in the midst of moving from Toronto to New York City, has been working on a book for a while now. But you should. Why? Because “Steven Lebron, Volume 1,” Alex’s debut book, is now available for purchase, and by the looks of it, this thing is a must-read. There are...

The Untimely Departure Of Dan Le Batard | 3 Comments

As is usually the case in this day and age, the days following the announcement of a class (or lack thereof) for the Baseball Hall of Fame are filled by a thorough debate about the morality of those excluded from Cooperstown. This is expected and will likely continue for years to come. But this year, the war on perceived crime was not just limited to the names with boxes next to them on the ballot; it extended to one that signs his at the bottom...

BCS Champs: Why Florida State’s Victory Was So Sweet | 2 Comments

The Florida State Seminoles are the champions of college football once again. It’s taken a while for that to sink in for me. After the Seminoles won, I had a hard time deciding on what I was going to write about. I didn’t want to wax poetic about this year’s magical season. I didn’t want to discuss the Heisman Trophy-winning, redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston (aka Chainus Jameis, aka Jameis and the 12 Disciples, aka Jameis of Nazareth....

Starting Lineups: James Franklin Is (Probably) Coming Home | 1 Comment

This is what I knew about the Vanderbilt Commodores football program prior to the arrival of James Franklin as head coach: Jay Cutler and Earl Bennett, who both play for the Chicago Bears these days, went there. Oh, and they were terrible. All the time. Other than that, Vanderbilt was essentially a nonentity in the college football landscape. James Franklin changed all of that. In just three seasons at a school no one considered a good landing spot,...

On Julius Erving, Pete Maravich And The Greatest Short-Lived Fast Break In World History | 4 Comments

Photo: Point Forward Valentine’s Day 2014 is YouTube’s ninth birthday. Since February 14, 2005, the site has gone on to become one of the many faces of its generation and — as a true testament of its impact — an actual verb in the process. It’s a DVR for the DVR-less. And a chance to relive iconic moments in pop culture, or even those long since forgotten. In slightly less poetic terms, YouTube — minus the annoying ads before...

Reggie Jackson Decided He Was Fed Up, Dunked On Kenneth Faried In The Process | 0 Comments

The former King of the Summer League, Reggie Jackson, walked into the Oklahoma City Thunder’s visiting locker room on Thursday night as they prepared to play the Denver Nuggets. One of Reggie’s pure joys was every moment he got to see his #15  ‘JACKSON’ uniform sitting in his locker. “I’m official,” Jackson said to himself. It’s as if Jackson’s confidence is boosted every time he sees that jersey...

Michael Vick, Juliet Macur, Crime, Punishment, Sports, Society And Life | 6 Comments

Before Monday afternoon, I had never heard of New York Times columnist Juliet Macur, so I cannot comment on her credentials other than she has at least shown some semblance of credible journalism to land a gig at one of the most circulated newspapers in the world. What I can say is that her column on Michael Vick that has been making the rounds and rightfully being mocked for its absurdity this week is proof positive why people don’t have any...

Starting Lineups: The Qatar World Cup Continues To Be A Disaster | 2 Comments

Nearly four years ago, FIFA shocked the world when soccer’s lead organization selected the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup over the United States. Ever since that day FIFA President Sepp Blatter, a man Rob Ford-esque in character when it comes to leadership buffoonery, and the oil-rich nation have failed to justify the selection. In the early aftermath of Qatar’s awarding, Blatter was asked how homosexual fans...

The 10 Greatest First Rounds In Boxing History | 3 Comments

Whether it’s a 12-round championship fight or a four-round pro debut, the first round is always the most dangerous. Fighters hit the mitts backstage, drumming up a sweat so they don’t walk into the squared circle “cold.” The behind-the-scenes work helps prepare the body for the fight to come. It wakes up the reflexes so the boxer will be less susceptible to flash knockdowns early in a fight. You see, it isn’t easy to voluntarily...

Today’s Obituaries: Kris Nathan Humphries (1985 – 2014) | 8 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Today’s Obituaries is a satire series that runs on The Sports Fan Journal. Don’t be lame and get offended. Thanks.)  Kris Nathan Humphries, 28, passed away on January 8th, 2014. He was born on February 6, 1985, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kris is known for a variety of things in this world, but he’s most notably known as the one-time spouse of the well-known Kim Kardashian — and was a 10-year veteran in the NBA. Humphries...

On The BCS Title Game’s Final Play And Searching For Emotional Salvation | 2 Comments

Perhaps there is something to this reality television deal. Maybe it’s a something we can’t quantify. A person might sit on the edge of his or her couch and simply wait for the crescendo of spats and tiny dogs and be thrilled with it. The unpredictability is enough for that person to die of a heart attack. Disappointment may border on the unbearable when character “A” leaves for a new venture. Happiness when two drunk lovers make up and kiss...

Starting Lineups: Don’t Hurt The Hall, Help The Big Hurt | 3 Comments

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame vote will be made public. There is a chance that by the time you read this, the class will already be revealed. And while there is the presence of one absolute member-to-be by the name of Maddux, there is yet another group of the greatest of the past two decades that are still oddly up in the air. A few years ago, it would seem ridiculous to think that Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza or Craig Biggio would have to lose any...

The 10 Mitchell & Ness Items We All Need In Our Lives | 10 Comments

Sports and style are synonymous to one another. The image of the team is what bands, bonds and extends the team to the fans, and it crosses over from generation to generation. The good folks at Mitchell & Ness having been making sure that the timeless crossover of the greats of the past are represented in real time for years now, with stunning accuracy. In honor of that, we, the good people at The Sports Fan Journal, are feeling a bit nostalgic...

Starting Lineups: Because The Cleveland Cavaliers Are Definitely Never Getting LeBron Now | 0 Comments

For the life of me, I don’t know how anyone could ever take the Cleveland Cavaliers organization seriously. While most of the sporting world had their eyes and ears glued to the final national championship game in the history of the BCS, the previously mentioned Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls decided to sneak a trade through the NBA offices while no one was looking. Per the folks over at RealGM (big ups to Danny Leroux): Chicago Bulls star...

Late Bloomers? The Relatively Underwhelming 2013-14 NBA Rookie Class | 8 Comments

Take a look back at the rookies of the past five, 10, 15, 20, even 25 years in the NBA, and you’ll find no shortage of impressive rookie seasons. Hell, just take a look at the past quarter-century of Rookie of the Year winners, and you’ll have to look real hard to find players that weren’t, at one point or another, superstars or at least all-star caliber players — looking at you, Emeka Okafor! Even the guys who didn’t develop...

Starting Lineups: Who Wins The BCS National Championship Tonight – Dominance Or Destiny? | 0 Comments

I’ll admit it, when the BCS Bowl Schedule was released I was not all that excited about the games we were going to witness as 2014 came our way. Yet, with four pretty damn good bowl games notched on our belt (what up Oklahoma!), the final game in college football awaits us on Monday night. Florida State vs. Auburn. There’s no real need to provide in-depth analysis about this game, but I will share a few things that will be on my mind...

Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl Victory Over Alabama Made Me Believe Again | 4 Comments

I can’t remember being as happy as I was last night. Going into the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday night between my beloved Oklahoma Sooners and the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide, the perceptions on how this game would end were unanimous. From my Uncle Bill to Kenny, L-Boogie and Bill Ross, Bob and Chris Mitra, Josiah and Allen Kenney, CJ and Boadu and the rest of the Boomer Sooner nation, we thought we were sheep being led to slaughter. These...

Starting Lineups: The Bill O’Brien Dilemma | 3 Comments

As any regular reader of The Sports Fan Journal knows, I am a Penn State alumnus, graduating from the College of Communications in 2006 with a journalism degree, and I am also a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association. Given all the turmoil surrounding my alma mater the past few years, it’s been quite an odd time to be a part of the Penn State community, and things haven’t gotten any less odd in the past few weeks with all...

The Charlotte Hornets Are Back: Is Hugo The Hornet Rocking Jordan XI’s In The New Charlotte Logo? | 1 Comment

Now that all all of the hype as died down from the recent news of the NEW Charlotte Hornets logo set, I thought I’d take a moment to put my two cents in the pot of public opinion. First of all, let’s not forget: The Charlotte Bobcats (as they are known now) are still a sub-.500 team that will probably make it to the playoffs ONLY because they play in one of the worst conferences in all of professional sports! So while, like most Carolinians,...

Starting Lineups: Everything About The NHL Winter Classic Was Great… Except The Hockey | 2 Comments

I find myself torn on the Winter Classic. This seems to be an unpopular opinion. In truth, there is a lot to love about two rivals battling it out in the elements in front of thousands upon thousands of spectators. It’s a celebration of the elemental nature of the game. Hockey needs the cold like basketball needs the hoops. Without it, the sport would cease to exist. On Wednesday afternoon, mother nature kicked it up a notch, dusting the ice...