Baseball, Boxing, Ed The Sports Fan

Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Soul On Ice

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes,...

Conference Call: A Conversation With 2K Sports’ Erick Boenisch And Steve Kerr On NBA 2K14 And MyGM | 0 Comments

If I were to say, “I’m excited about playing NBA 2K14 on PS4,” that’d be the understatement of the year. Ever since 2K dropped that trailer featuring James Harden (with beard in full tow), I’ve been anxiously awaiting the chance to relive that experience from the comfort of my couch. 2K Sports has gone on record saying that 2K14 on next-gen consoles is an entirely new game from the ground up. Up until very recently, there hadn’t been...

Robin Van Persie And Manchester United Torment Arsenal Again | 1 Comment

Robin Van Persie once said, “I’ll always be a Gunner.” Perhaps he didn’t agree with the capitalization of the “g.” In the last four seasons, RVP has played the role of death and taxes in the Barclays Premier League. Every game he plays he scores. At least it seems that way. Van Persie single-handedly kept Arsenal in the Champions League while the North London club trudged through a remarkable trophy-less run. The Gunners haven’t...

Mikey Garcia: Silent But Deadly | 6 Comments

At face value, Mikey Garcia isn’t a man to be feared. His quiet demeanor is paired with a thin, unimposing body and a rather soft countenance. By looking at him, you might think he’d be an easy mark. Oh, how wrong you’d be. What Garcia lacks in an intimidating visage he more than makes up for with the firepower in his fists and a shockingly sharp boxing IQ. On HBO’s boxing triple-header Saturday, he added to this collection of world championships...

The Sports Fan Journal Turns Two | 9 Comments

Anniversaries are a great time to reflect on those moments that you truly cherish. It can be a time where the people come together and embrace each other as a unified front. The annual celebration allows past history to remain fresh in the people’s minds and hopefully use the knowledge sharing as an opportunity to grow from it. The Sports Fan Journal turned two years old today, and as I write these words in the middle of the night, fighting...

The Holy Trinity: Dr. O’Neal, Kenny, Chuck And The Unified Greatness Shown On Inside The NBA | 3 Comments

If you missed Inside The NBA last night…well, what in the hell is wrong with you? During the end of the show, after the four-man brigade of Ernie Johnson, Dr. Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Charles Barkley had thoroughly broke down the three-game slate of games on Thursday, after Dr. O’Neal brought us recurring episode of “Shaqtin A Fool” and after the crew made fun of Kenny’s knock-kneed...

Starting Lineups: Sympathy For Andrew Bynum | 2 Comments

Over the course of the past year-plus, I’ve been more positive about Andrew Bynum’s situation than most other Philadelphia 76ers and NBA fans out there. Admittedly, there were times when I got as tired and fed up with everyone discussing a man who clearly didn’t and wouldn’t play basketball after being one of the two centerpieces in a blockbuster trade, but I sort of thought the whole situation was a wise and calculated risk...

Million Dollar Ballers Honors LaMarcus Aldridge And Damian Lillard With The Rip City Collection | 1 Comment

“This collection was inspired by two hometown stars that have become a major force in the league. No matter what team you root for, when they come to your city, you know they’re going to bring it. We believe LA and Dame’s jerseys will be hanging from the rafters someday, no doubt about it.” — Million Dollar Ballers owner Greg Beers If you’ve never been to Portland, it’s hard to get your pre-conceived idea...

Red White And Bullsh*t? Under Armour, Northwestern And The Glorification Of Wounded Warriors | 0 Comments

By K.J. Kearney / @h1gher Have you seen these new Under Armour uniforms that the internet has been abuzz about the last two days? You haven’t? Well, let me enlighten you then. About 10 years ago, the B1G Ten’s smart school near Chicago, Northwestern University, decided to start taking football seriously. The Wildcats hired damn near the only guy from that school to become a consensus All-American in football to coach the team and started outfitting...

This Documentary Answers The Question: What Happened to Lenny Cooke? | 6 Comments

Remember Lenny Cooke? For those who don’t, that’s understandable because like many young high school prospects in basketball, some choose to only remember those who made it big. For the rest of us, he was almost an urban legend. It’s probably because with actual urban legends, at least you could cobble together truth, vague rumors and some embellishments for the tale to be told. The long-awaited film titled “Lenny Cooke” from directors/brothers...

Starting Lineups: Jason Arnott In NHL 98 Was Everything | 1 Comment

Earlier this week, NHL free agent center Jason Arnott announced his retirement. Arnott last played for the St. Louis Blues in 2012, his sixth organization. Drafted at seventh overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 1993, the 6’5” forward was expected to make an immediate impact. Although Arnott posted an impressive 33 goals and 68 points as a 19-year-old rookie, he never fulfilled the potential many saw in him. But he did have a very solid career....

Here Are The 5 Best Players In The Upcoming 2013-14 College Basketball Season, Period | 6 Comments

“Dylan. Dylan. Dylan. Dylan. Dylan.” — Dylan When Dylan was telling the world who he thought the best rappers of all time were, he didn’t sit back and contemplate things like emcee ability, freestyle skills, tenure in the game or swagger. No, Dylan just told the world who the five best were, period. (Who cares if they all happened to be the same person? That’s irrelevant. God bless Dave Chappelle.) So, in following the...

Be Glad Sports Aren’t Politics | 2 Comments

For the first time in my life, I covered an election yesterday. My job was simple — go to the polls, find a good story, write a vignette and shoot a few photos. It wasn’t stressful. It was fun. Most of the day was exhilarating. Virginia elected a governor, so the vote rate went down about 30 percent from last year’s presidential race. Still, people turned out to support candidates, place their votes and do civic duty. At a few points in the...

Starting Lineups: MLB Buyers Beware — A December Disclaimer | 2 Comments

It is the part of the year where the MLB turns from the field and to the boardroom. Now, the batting averages don’t scare pitchers as much as they frighten general managers. With free agency prepared to kick off, the direction of where many teams will set their sails over the next few years will be set by the figures that are to be exchanged. But if history is any indicator of how clubs should proceed, this not the part of the year where big moves...

Cuban Boxing And The Great What-Ifs | 2 Comments

Fidel Castro created the greatest amateur boxing training system the world has ever seen. Known as “La Finca,” the dilapidated boxing schools on Cuba have trained from early childhood some of the best boxers ever to step into a ring. Unfortunately, because Castro banned professional sports shortly after coming to power — he called the pro ranks a capitalistic exploitation of man — the boxing world has long been denied the pleasure of watching...

The Never-Ending Quest To Find Closure In Sean Taylor’s Death | 7 Comments

Nearly six years following Sean Taylor’s death, Eric Rivera — the man accused of the fateful shot — was convicted of second-degree murder. Maybe now closure can truly begin. Being a fan of the enemy is weird. In the history of the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and their respective fans, compliments resemble four-leaf clovers. It’s how you’re brought up. You don’t ask any questions. You just accept hatred and learn...

Starting Lineups: When You Ask Yourself, ‘So That’s What Anson Carter’s Up To Now?’ | 1 Comment

The beauty of sports television these days is that if you have enough cable sports channels and get pretty bored by whatever games are on, you can channel your inner Beavis and say, “This sucks, change it!” As this was happening between a weird first half of Monday Night Football and the free preview of NBA League Pass (and I’m buying it!), yours truly stumbled upon the Anaheim Ducks/New York Rangers tilt on the MSG Network. The game was indistinguishable...

Starting Lineups: The Return Of Russell Westbrook | 0 Comments

“His presence [was big]. Russ is Russell Westbrook, a three-time All-Star, 23-5-7 the last three years so you’ve got to respect it. He put pressure on the defense all night. He missed a few layups, but it was good to see him aggressive and not worry about anything and just play freely. He opened it up for a lot of people tonight.” — Kevin Durant on Sunday night I remember looking down at the ESPN Bottom Line on Friday night while...

Florida State: Sustained Excellence Brings BCS Championships | 6 Comments

63-0. 51-14. 41-14. A top 25, a top 5 and a top 10 team faced Florida State this year. Those were, respectively, the scores of the game for each team, with FSU showing absolute dominance over the competition. Noticeably absent is the 49-17 shellacking FSU gave to NC State, with 35 of those 49 points coming in the first quarter. Every week I’ve waited for this Florida State team to show me flashes of previous years where the Seminoles lost games...

Gennady Golovkin’s Truth | 3 Comments

Only truth can be found inside of a boxing ring. Outside it, before the hot lights of fight night get turned on, when fighters posture and boast, and promoters hand out promises as cheap and short-lived as any politician’s, it feels like there’s only room for lies. But when the media turns off its cameras and tape recorders, after the referee has issued his final instructions, and fighters have delivered the last glances of mental warfare, all...

Residual Chicks, Drake And The Potential Struggles Of The Toronto Raptors | 0 Comments

By K.J. Kearney / @h1gher Drake is popular. Drake is also from Toronto. The Raptors from Toronto but they are not very popular. “Maybe if we show everyone we’re cool with Drizzy, that’ll change.” This seems to be the thinking of the only NBA team based in the Great White North—if we hang with Drake at least we’ll get people to look at us! That’s as silly as hanging out with your homeboy that bags hella chicks because you think that’ll...

Miami, Florida State And The Rivalry Trying To Return To Relevance | 1 Comment

By Brandon Caldwell / @dayandadream The world has not gone mad. Saturday will revert back to the early ‘90s and early-aughts as Tallahassee, Florida will stake claim to having possibly the best game of the season on the hallowed ground once patrolled by Robert Clecker Bowden. Florida State and Miami on Saturday night won’t have the likes of Charlie Ward, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed or any horrible about of kickers on either...

Starting Lineups: Michael Carter-Williams Takes The Stage As Allen Iverson Exits | 1 Comment

The Philadelphia 76ers are supposed to be terrible this year — potentially historically, comically terrible. And more likely than not, they will be. In fact, it would surprise exactly no one if the Sixers lose badly tonight against the Washington Wizards. But for one night, the Sixers were incredibly fun to watch, toppling the defending NBA champion Miami Heat 114-110, albeit without starting shooting guard Dwyane Wade. Yes, it’s true that...

Anthony Davis Talks NBA 2K14, Says Tyreke Evans Is Scared To Play Him | 2 Comments

Michael Jordan’s bald head. Patrick Ewing’s box fade. Larry Johnson’s gold tooth. Scottie Pippen’s huge nose. We grew up with these signature looks from players we revered as kids, but for the new generation, their looks will consist of LeBron’s skewed headband, Kobe’s underbite, Harden’s beard and now maybe the most unique look yet, Anthony Davis and his unibrow. For Davis and his ‘brow, the new-look...

Hope’s Exit Is A Sports Fan’s Nightmare | 0 Comments

Hope is the most valuable asset we have as human beings. No storm will go on forever. Brighter days are ahead. The idea that something better is out there drives us to get up in the morning. It improves a morning commute on the way to a gig that just isn’t cutting it anymore. The soul burns with hope. Without it, we are merely zombies and robots left to our own depressions and vices. While we frequently hope, we forget the moment we know we’re...

The NFL And Fixing What Isn’t Broken | 1 Comment

Emboldened by the sheer idiocy of Seattle’s Golden Tate, news that the NFL is considering borrowing a rule from the college ranks regarding excessive pre-touchdown celebrations was just too much to not discuss. Just a few months ago, in the midst of Aaron Hernandez coverage and the backdrop of the brain injury discussion, it seemed that for better or worse, the NFL and its fans needed the season to start already. Yet, as soon as it did, a laundry...