A Sports Scribe, Baseball

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge...

Boxing, J. Tinsley

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons,...

Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a...

Meet The Fan: Jack Walker’s Light At The End Of The Tunnel With The St. Louis Rams | 9 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet St. Louis Rams fan Jack Walker. Fanhood,...

Remembering The Greatness Of The Now Struggling Ryan Howard | 2 Comments

By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 We have all witnessed, with frustration and, for me, sadness, the steady decline of Ryan Howard over the past three years. After bursting onto the scene in 2005, we watched with joy and excitement the Big Piece’s rise and run of success, including six very good years and four that are some of the best in Philadelphia Phillies history. Then, on an October night in 2011, the beginning of the end started with Howard crumpled...

Meet The Fan: 3,000 Miles Can’t Distance Chauncey Balsom From The Seattle Seahawks | 5 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Seattle Seahawks fan Chauncey Balsom. Chauncey...

Danny Jacobs And Carmelo Anthony Talk Cancer, Entourages And Championships | 1 Comment

The cinderella story of Danny Jacobs almost has its fairy-tale ending. The Brooklyn native made a name for himself on the amateur boxing circuit by winning big-name tournaments and awards, including the National Golden Gloves and Junior Olympics. In the pros he won his first 20 fights, with 17 KOs, before running into Dmitry Pirog. He was two fights into his comeback, both victories by knockout, when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and exams...

On Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen And Respecting Baseball’s Rules Of Engagement | 2 Comments

There are two rulebooks in baseball: the one that moves games along and the one that holds the game itself together. While the balls and strikes are important, perhaps the rules of engagement that bind “the boys” together are more important than any other rules. Things like not stepping on the mound when crossing the diamond. Or not talking to a pitcher who’s in the middle of a no-hitter. Not showing too much respect to one of your own...

Meet the Fan – For Better Or Worse, Anthony Horn Dons The Honolulu Blue Of The Detroit Lions | 5 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Detroit Lions fan Anthony Horn. Few...

The Yoenis Cespedes Success Guide To #NABJ14 In Boston | 3 Comments

Look at the picture above. First, there’s David Ortiz on the left. Boston legend. Full of accomplishment, prestige, icon status, gregariousness, and a man who simply commands respect from everyone who works with him. Next to Big Papi, there’s Yoenis Cespedes. The Boston newbie. A young lion, full of promise, a cannon of an arm and a yeoman-like swing of the bat, ambition and a man who simply wants to prove that he can compete at the...

Costa Rica’s World Cup: How Will Los Ticos Fare Going Forward? | 1 Comment

Soccer has a funny way of putting countries on the map. Prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, most Americans thought of Costa Rica as either a tourist destination, and with good reason — check out vacation packages here — or a geographic enigma. Even the great Mike Tirico called the Central American country an “island nation.” For the record, it’s not. Now when you enter “Costa Rica” into Google, “world cup” comes right...

Meet The Fan: Erica Skinner Believes In The New England Patriots And The Patriot Way | 7 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet New England Patriots Fan Erica Skinner. The...

Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones | 2 Comments

It has been clear for months that Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is playing for keeps. From the onset of the December free-agent spree and well into the summer, he has changed the usual status quo that his measured, “Moneyball” famous approach has traditionally gone. Instead, he has set out as the most aggressive shark in the water, with a hell-bent focus that is squarely set on not only getting over the October hump, but...

A Fan’s Privilege: Anderson Silva Returns Against Nick Diaz | 0 Comments

What was once just a joke and a dream is now a reality. Anderson Silva will face Nick Diaz at UFC 183, Super Bowl weekend, on January 31, 2015. Dana White broke the news on ESPN’s SportsCenter and via Twitter. It’s a stylistic matchup that both fighters are sure to love and is the closest thing to a super fight that the UFC has delivered. MMA fans the world over should be jumping with glee at this fight, but to properly enjoy it, you’ve...

Meet The Fan: Carlos Segarra Braves The ‘Autumn Wind’ With His Oakland Raiders | 5 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Oakland Raiders fan Carlos Segarra. “The...

Adrian Peterson’s Incredible Freshman Year At Oklahoma Turns 10 | 4 Comments

Just think about the change we’ve seen in college football in the last couple of years. - We’ve seen two freshmen (Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston) go on to win the Heisman Trophy. - We’ve seen a freshman quarterback (Winston) lead his team to a national championship. - We’ve seen a freshman defensive end (Jadeveon Clowney) consider tanking for two years so as to not to ruin his draft stock. That’s not to mention the...

Black In America: Chris Rock Talks Black Success, Larry Holmes And Gerry Cooney | 0 Comments

“It’s hard being black. You ever been black? I was black once — when I was poor.” – Larry Holmes Since he came out with Bring the Pain in 1996, Chris Rock has been comedy’s most keen commentator on race in America, matched only — depending on your style — by the immortal Dave Chappelle. While his fans have been waiting for and reading semiannual rumors about his next comedy special, they’ve had to content themselves with Rock’s brief...

Meet The Fan: Jenna Irwin’s Been With The Tennessee Titans Since The Start | 4 Comments

We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Tennessee Titans fan Jenna Irwin. Jenna Irwin remembers cheering for the Tennessee Oilers soon after they moved from Houston in 1997. She’s been a die-hard...

Flooding At UCLA Damages Past More Than Present | 0 Comments

On Tuesday afternoon, a 30-inch water main ruptured under Westwood, creating a geyser that flooded the UCLA campus, trapped cars in parking lots overrun with water and effectively added to a water crisis that has been troubling all of Southern California in 2014. Earlier that day, Pasadena — about 25 miles away but where UCLA’s football team plays its home games — declared a local water emergency and put the city’s water supply shortage...

Is It Time for Roger Goodell to Make Changes To The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy? | 0 Comments

Even if the collective voice has gone hoarse from screaming about it since late last week, the commentary regarding the Ray Rice suspension isn’t going away any time soon – nor should it when it comes to the emotions regarding domestic and relationship violence. Once again, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann has spoken about the process leading to the suspension, but this time with an exacting focus towards NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The...

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line | 1 Comment

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes, and the TSFJ Run Challenge participants continue to demonstrate extraordinary results. Several of the runners have already completed their challenges, and others are on the cusp of finishing what they started. The focal point of the challenge is to finish what you started. It doesn’t matter how many minutes you run a mile...

The 400 Chronicles: Marshawn Lynch Is My Spirit Animal | 0 Comments

[Feast thine eyes on the very first installment of "The 400 Chronicles." As a homage to the great fans of the Washington Wizards who sit in the 400 section of the Verizon Center, this is for you. We paid $10 for tickets and had the time of our lives talking about sports, alcohol, life and everything in between.] “If you happy being you, I f*ck with you off the strength …” Being comfortable in your own skin is a difficult job. Most...

Meet The Fan: Mike Bloom Still Bleeds Cleveland Browns | 7 Comments

We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Cleveland Browns fan Mike Bloom. You might think that being a fan of a franchise other than the hometown team — especially when that hometown team is exponentially...

Meet The Fan: For Eddie B., It’s The Pittsburgh Steelers And Nobody Else | 7 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously away the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Pittsburgh Steelers fan Eddie Bassey. “When...

Gennady Golovkin Smashes Geale, Boxing History Might Be Next | 1 Comment

After Saturday night’s complete domination of Daniel Geale, the question isn’t whether or not Gennady Golovkin is great, or if he’s as good as the hype. Those questions have been thoroughly answered. After his 17th consecutive knockout (the last 10 in title defenses), what hardcore fans and casual boxing watchers should be asking is: Just how great can he become? Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, recently said that in the history of boxing...

Keith Olbermann On The NFL’s ‘Insufficient Punishment’ Of Ray Rice | 1 Comment

Shortly after the news of the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the outrage was overwhelming and pointed. Last night, Keith Olbermann — who has become the go-to on controversies for many sports media geeks since returning to ESPN last year — made the point with arguably his best commentary since setting up his nightly perch in Times Square. Poignantly produced and intensely honest with even his own faux...

TSFJ Run Challenge — Testimonies: Becoming Stronger Through Adversity | 2 Comments

Life has a way of bringing us to our knees, a way of humbling us, a way of sending a reminder that no matter how hard we work or how prepared we think we may be for whatever life throws our way, we are never fully in control. For some, it can contribute to making them say, “To hell with it,” give up trying and allow fate to handle the rest. For others, the humbling is taken for what it is, and efforts are made to regroup and foster a stronger,...

Meet The Fan: Green Bay Packers Help Turn Simon Lim Into An American | 6 Comments

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously away the season’s kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Green Bay Packers fan, Minho Simon Lim. The 11-year-old...