Baseball, The Fam

RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some...

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, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 3: Different People, Same Mission

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about the importance of exercise and why it’s so hard for everyone to commit to...

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...

Starting Lineups: Boston Sports Fans Can Ease Up A Bit On The Complaining | 0 Comments

The Boston Red Sox just won the World Series, their third in 10 seasons. If you ignore a certain 86-year gap in the team’s history, Boston has won eight of a possible 25 titles. Last spring, the Bruins were mere minutes away of forcing a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final, which would have been their second in three seasons. The Celtics won a championship just five years ago and played for another in 2010. Although the Patriots haven’t won...

American Dad: LeBron James | 7 Comments

By Charles C. Davis, Jr. / @ccdavisjr As has been previously stated on this blog, I am not a basketball fanatic. I enjoy basketball, love Inside the NBA and actually believe that the NBA Playoffs provide the most fulfilling postseason experience of any of the four major professional sports. But I’m still not a fanatic. To that end, the opening of the new NBA season was not anywhere on my radar. What did catch my eye however was a posting by TSFJ...

Starting Lineups: Friends Of Jaclyn And The Power Of Sports | 0 Comments

For anyone who doesn’t understand why we sports fans are so into our passion, tell those people to check out a recent segment on HBO’s Real Sports entitled “Friends of Jaclyn.” While it may sound cliche, sports really can lift a community, inspire individuals and bring about good in the world. The story of Jaclyn Murphy is a perfect example. As a child, Murphy grew a brain tumor. Struggling and sick, every day when she went...

How Twitter Has Changed My Fandom (And Writing) | 8 Comments

Once upon a time, I refuted all things social media. Then, I started reading blogs that writers began to link to on prominent websites, and I became hooked on this newfangled thing called the sports blog. It wasn’t social media in the sense we think of it today, but it was the start of the trend. Anyone, anywhere could start his or her own blog and write about sports (or anything else) from wherever the hell he or she saw fit … and readers...

TSFJ’s 6 NBA Players Of Intrigue For The 2013-14 Season | 5 Comments

You’ve read a ton of season previews, snickered at predictions and likely dusted off some Santeria rituals in your basement to haunt your favorite team’s rivals. All are okay in our book as long as you wished no physical harm to any player or coach, but we also recognize that you might have heard the same stuff over and over again. How the Brooklyn Neltics Nets and Los Angeles Clippers suddenly now have that championship mettle, if only for this...

For The Love Of Basketball And Why This NBA Season Matters | 6 Comments

With the return of a new NBA season, love is in the air. Even if said love brings its fair share of frustrations, heartaches and hurdles. The love of basketball is just like any other abnormal relationship. Because as we all know, a “normal relationship” is the greatest oxymoron ever written. I’ve spoken on them before, but the names of this older couple evade me. And perhaps such is the way life intended for it to be. The couple,...

Starting Lineups: The NBA Season’s Only Too Long If Your Team Sucks | 1 Comment

With the start of NBA season tonight, you’ll see some people say some combination of the following: “Oh geez, the Heat are going to win it all again, so what’s the point of even playing out the season?” “It’s the same three or four teams that have a chance winning it all.” “The NBA is ‘me’ over ‘we.’” “Players make too much money.” “They don’t play hard.” And...

East Meets West With The CLOT x Converse First String Chang Pao Sneaker Collection Collaboration | 0 Comments

It’s really a shame that I might have to call one of my buddies in Los Angeles to try and cop some of these, because these are super clean. The good folks over at Converse have collaborated with the progressive Hong Kong based brand CLOT on their own personal remix of the Chuck Taylor: Today, Converse Inc. announces the CLOT x Converse First String Chang Pao sneaker collection for Holiday 2013. This marks the fifth time Converse collaborates...

Starting Lineups: I Dressed Up As Waldo For Halloween And It Was An Awesome Idea | 1 Comment

For a brief moment I felt like a professional athlete. It was a Friday night and I was out with my people, preparing to head out to a Halloween fundraiser costume party here in the Bay Area. Mind you, this was the 25th of October, and I know that this article above references that it was Halloween but…there were but a scant few folks actually dressed for Halloween on this particular night. So here I am, dressed up as one of my favorite childhood...

MMA’s Wrestling Elite | 1 Comment

There are strict hierarchies in wrestling. Young boys get their start in the Bantam class and work their way up to a varsity high school team. Then they go on to the starting lineup of a college squad, working to earn All-American status and maybe even a hallowed NCAA championship (or two). Along the way they might even prove worthy to have their names whispered in the Dan Hodge Trophy conversation (the equivalent of the Heisman in wrestling). Then...

Starting Lineups: The ‘Golden’ Miami Hurricanes | 0 Comments

As you may have heard, the NCAA finally wrapped up its flawed, fraudulent investigation this of the University of Miami Hurricanes football team for its dealings with Nevin Shapiro, coming away looking like the hypocritical laughingstock everyone already knows it is. And while Miami got off with no further postseason bans and what essentially equates to a slap on the wrist, the Canes didn’t necessarily win from this whole ordeal either given...

Craig Breslow And Baseball’s Cruelty | 0 Comments

In Chad Harbach’s novel “The Art of Fielding,” Westish College catcher Mike Schwartz wonders to himself, “What other sport not only kept a stat as cruel as the error but posted it on the scoreboard for everyone to see?” None. Baseball and baseball alone remembers its individual failures, for lack of a better word. The romanticism that drenches the national pastime requires it. For every winner there must be a loser. For every...

The 5 Interesting Takeaways From The NBA General Managers Survey | 4 Comments

By Esau Howard / @EasyStylez Preseason rankings and predictions are not new in any sports league, and certainly not to the NBA. That is why as NBA.com conducted its 12th annual survey of the NBA’s general managers, there wasn’t really reason to overanalyze some of the results. It’s all a collection of opinions at the end of the day, even if the opinions are highly informed. Along with the usual “Who will win it all?” questions, which have...

The Definitive 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars Prop Bet Guide | 3 Comments

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a terrible football team this season. This much we know. They haven’t scored a touchdown at home yet this season, which is kind of okay until you realize we’re heading towards the halfway mark of the season. But when a team is bad, maybe historically bad, we need to do our best to extract the most entertainment value out of them. The Jaguars are not going to be bad forever; it just feels that way right now....