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TSFJ Run Challenge: Escaping The Cubicle And Competing With Friends

We’ve all heard a variation of the following cliche before, most often when an athlete faces difficult situations...

Soccer, The Fam

Your Premier League Weekend In Review: Should Manchester United Fans Panic?

I imagine Manchester United fans split themselves between the Woody and Buzz camps. Half watched the Red Devils fall 2-1...

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Meet The Fan: A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Keeps The New York Jets In His Scenario

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet....

Book Reviews: Penny Hardaway ‘On These Courts’ | 0 Comments

Last week on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” Tony Kornheiser said about Derrick Rose and his most recent season-ending injury, “What if he’s Penny Hardaway?” And while the connotation was negative — as in, what if we are robbed of Derrick Rose’s immense talent due to injuries in the same way we were robbed of Penny’s greatness due to botched surgeries and nagging injuries — I thought to myself,...

BCS Unpopular Opinion: Ohio State Deserves To Play In The BCS Title Game | 8 Comments

I’m writing this post with the assumption Ohio State beats Michigan State, Auburn beats Missouri and Florida State shows up to play Duke. We’re going to hear a lot of talk over the next few weeks about whether a one-loss Auburn team should jump over an undefeated Ohio State team. Since this is the last year before the end of the BCS system, if there isn’t going to be the “five teams undefeated at the end of the year” controversy, ESPN is...

Starting Lineups: How To Silence A Rowdy Crowd | 2 Comments

Last night, ESPN played up the 12th Man to insane levels. After all, the Seattle Seahawks faithful at CenturyLink Field reached said levels thanks to reclaiming the Guinness World Record for crowd noise. On top of a blowout of a presumptive Super Bowl favorite in the New Orleans Saints, ‘Hawks fans had themselves a grand ol’ time. Yet, if you are a Saints fan or even someone who absolutely loathes Pete Carroll, you just wished that they...

Adonis Stevenson And Sergey Kovalev: Knockout Kings Of The Light Heavyweight Division | 2 Comments

When either of these knockout artists step into the ring, you can’t look away from your screen. You can’t get up for a second drink. You can’t waste time on picking up the phone. You can barely afford to blink because in that instant of distraction Adonis Stevenson or Sergey Kovalev might let loose the dynamite power punch that ends a fight. Four fights in 2013, and four stoppages. Stevenson has completed and legitimatized his transformation...

Starting Lineups: Can Someone Tell The Jacksonville Jaguars To Stop Winning, Please? | 7 Comments

I had just finished enjoying my last sip of  coffee and a smirk had crept onto my 5 o’clock shadow face. It was Sunday afternoon at my Uncle’s house and I had just witnessed my Jacksonville Jaguars win their third game of the season in a 32-28 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The clock just barely had a chance to hit triple zeroes when I got text messages, tweets and some yelling from my Uncle Bill in regards to what had transpired. “Of...

TSFJ Presents: The 12 Things We’re The Most Thankful For In 2013 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is meant to serve as a time of reflection, remembering those moments in life that make you smile, cry, angry or motivated. It takes a sense of maturation to be able to reflect and appreciate, and as we get older, we look forward to doing so with our loved ones as we prepare for the Wild Bird Sacrifice on the last Thursday of November. Today on TSFJ, the contributors came together and listed a few things that made them smile. Some things...

20 Years Later: We Remember Leon Lett’s Thanksgiving Giveaway Versus Miami | 1 Comment

Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come together, take part in the sacrificing of a wild bird and have fellowship around the glowing shrine that is a big screen television to watch football all day long. 20 years ago, while trying to recover from a food coma as a wayward 10 year old who thought he could hang with the adults at The Big Table*, I was sitting on my grandmother’s couch watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins...

Starting Lineups: Correcting The Call To Cooperstown | 3 Comments

Yesterday, the ballot for the 2014 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame was released, and while its contents have been well-known for some time now, it is still an impressive selection to behold nonetheless. It rings out as a who’s who of 1990s baseball, as the door begins to officially close even further on one of baseball’s more checkered eras. The new headliners include Greg Maddux, the greatest pitcher of his era — a winner of four consecutive...

An Inconvenient Truth: On Robert Griffin III, The Shanahans And Being All In … For 2014 | 5 Comments

By Jamar Hudson / @jamarhudson I read, listened to and watched people talk about it last year, but I didn’t believe it. Or perhaps I didn’t want to believe it. Perhaps I got so jaded in the fact that, for the first time in years, we Washington fans had a player who generated excitement week in and week out. Perhaps I, like many other fans, got spoiled in the fact that “we” ran the table to the NFC East division title and hosted a home playoff...

Derrick Williams Got Traded Today, So Let’s Reminisce Back To When He Single-Handedly Destroyed Duke | 5 Comments

A trade was made between two middling teams in the NBA’s Western Conference that might not raise a blip on basketball fan’s radar. The Minnesota Timberwolves will send the 2011 No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in a trade. Here are the particulars per the Minnesota Timberwolves’ press release (courtesy of Zach Harper of CBS Sports): The Minnesota Timberwolves today...

Dez Bryant And The Wide Receiver Personality Paradox | 2 Comments

By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 Terrell Owens. Randy Moss. Two of the greatest wide receivers to ever step foot on the gridiron. Over 15 seasons, T.O. compiled 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. Randy Moss managed 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns over 14 seasons, and even added two passing touchdowns and a kick-return touchdown. Both have amassed team and league records. Along the way, there were spectacular catches...

Starting Lineups: How The Lakers (So Far) Are Kinda Like This Year’s Yankees | 1 Comment

After an embarrassing playoff exit, impact injuries to the biggest contributors and free agency departures, the NBA’s most storied franchise has had quite the unexpected start to the season. A team left for dead may still die painfully, but it’s outperformed November expectations and provided some early excitement where none was meant to be. That script is being acted out right now by the 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers, who have managed to play...

Honoring The History: Nike Unveils Army And Navy Uniforms For The 114th Clash | 1 Comment

By Esau Howard / @EasyStylez This year will mark the 114th time that the Army and Navy football programs play against each other. As much as we all love tradition, it never hurts to switch things up every now and then. Fortunately the good folks over at Nike feel exactly the same, as they are providing both teams with a much needed uniform upgrade. Per the folks at Nike Inc., Nike Football design team created the uniforms to highlight each academy’s...

Manny Pacquiao: And STILL One Of The Greats | 0 Comments

Time and again, those who watch the promos and recaps on HBO boxing have heard Jim Lampley’s enthusiastic praise of Manny Pacquiao, calling him a “a storm” and “blindingly fast.”  Lampley was describing an iteration of Pacquiao that rose through weight classes and rankings at such a pace fans and pundits had no choice but to consult their history books for apt comparisons. On Saturday night, the goal behind pitting Pacquiao against Brandon...

Barclays Premier League: What To Make Of Manchester’s Teams | 1 Comment

The city of Manchester has dominated the Barclays Premier League the last two seasons. Manchester City won its first title in 2012 at the expense of cross-town rivals, and long time tormenters, Manchester United. Last year, the Red Devils returned the favor and then some, virtually securing the league long before winter was over. The 2013-14 has been a season of change for both clubs. City’s title winning manager Roberto Mancini was axed to...

Starting Lineups: Derrick Rose’s Season Is Now Officially Over, Now What? | 3 Comments

In the news that made all basketball fans cringe, Derrick Rose has undergone his second knee surgery in 18 months on Monday after tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee on Friday night against the Portland Trailblazers. I assume many of you all already knew that. First, here are some words from Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie: What was once a likelihood is now official. The Chicago Bulls have announced that Derrick Rose...

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Brandon Rios: Redemption Or Retirement? | 0 Comments

Brandon Rios is the Latino everyman. There are countless Hispanic Americans who probably see a lot of themselves in Rios — his “I don’t give a fuck” attitude, his gritty approach to life and his blue-collar work ethic. I feel like my childhood was filled with Brandon Rios’s when I lived in SoCal. What distinguishes this Rios from the masses and many other boxers is his fanatical passion for getting hit. I’m not talking...

Starting Lineups: Penn State, Nebraska And What Truly Matters | 0 Comments

Earlier this week, I came across this article entitled, “Nebraska’s Pelini recalls last visit to Penn State.” You see, this weekend, the Nebraska Cornhuskers will travel to Beaver Stadium in the middle of Pennsylvania to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions, and the scene and atmosphere will be vastly different than it was the last time Bo Pelini and his blackshirts traveled to Happy Valley. As the Philly.com article reminds us,...

Making Sense Of The Prince Fielder And Ian Kinsler Trade | 1 Comment

While the sports world was busy dealing with the aftermath of the Marcus Smart Experience vs. Memphis and the pending news of Jameis Winston’s DNA being found in a woman’s underpants, the folks over at Major League Baseball casually slid a massive trade under everyone’s noses. One of the best first basemen in baseball was exchanged for one of the best second basemen in baseball. The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers agreed on a...

How Absence Helped One Heart Grow Fonder Of Kobe Bryant | 7 Comments

Either you love Kobe Bryant or you hate Kobe Bryant. Or you realize how much you truly appreciate Kobe Bryant after nearly losing Kobe Bryant.  I miss Kobe Bryant. There, I said it. You happy? I miss Kobe Bryant. To understand how we arrived here, we must first backtrack. The lights were dim in Park, a D.C. nightclub only blocks away from the White House. A friend of mine invited me to her birthday party to take part in an open bar while feeling...

Starting Lineups: Earn Your Turkey This Thanksgiving | 7 Comments

It’s mid-November, and that means one thing and one thing only: Minnesota high school hockey has started. Okay, it means two things: Minnesota high school hockey has started, and Thanksgiving is a week away. Believe it or not, those two occurrences are inextricably linked for the select few of us who have played for the Duluth East Greyhounds. For me, that was 2005-2008. We had (and still have it should be said) a coach who might be described...

On Marcus Smart, Kevin Durant’s Co-Sign And Being At Peace With Tough Decisions | 5 Comments

Julius Randle. Jabari Parker. Andrew Wiggins. While those three players are poised to stake their claim as the kings of college basketball, there’s only one player whose the reigning king of the mountain. His name is Marcus Smart. “All my life, I’ve been a winner, you know? Back-to-back state championships and then to come in and finally make the NCAA Tournament. Just all my life I’ve been winning. But this team, I felt like we had a...

Starting Lineups: On Robinson Cano And Keeping It Real With The Early Money | 0 Comments

Robinson Cano is the biggest name in baseball these days…and he’s looking for a contract that proves it. The far and away crown jewel of the MLB free agent crop, he has requested $300 million for his services going forward, a number that even the New York Yankees have refused to address. Well, to be more accurate, they have addressed and the response has varied from outright refusals to straight out laughs in the process. Armed with his new mega-name...

On Life, Family And The Constant Love Of Your Team | 5 Comments

My 8-year-old nephew went to his first Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday. Like me – and his two brothers – he was systematically brainwashed by a relative before he knew any better. At a certain age, he received Eagles merchandise for birthdays and Christmases. In 1995, a Randall Cunningham wrestling doll sat in my room. I threw passes to myself in the backyard, wearing my Hutch uniform set. It was because I liked the colors and because my relatives...

Megatron Rises: Calvin Johnson Now Has His Own Nike Trainer AND Transformers Action Figure | 4 Comments

There was a time back in the day where the mere thought of getting your own signature shoe was a sign that you had officially made it as a professional athlete. Contracts will will get bigger, Twitter followers will increase and the opportunity to get your blood spun in Germany will always be there, but getting your own signature shoe? Still rarefied air, word to MJ. However, Calvin Johnson has now officially upped the ante. The man got his own Transformer...