Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Wild Impact Of The MLB Wild Card Game: A Working History

By force of habit or by resilience to preserve tradition, which is all-important in tying together the ends of the game,...

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...

Ron Washington And The End Of An Era For Texas Rangers Baseball | 1 Comment

When things go to hell in the world of a team and its season, fans have various ways of dealing with the disaster. Some stay right in the midst of the mess, right in the heat of the fire with their team, game after game, knowing in their hearts that it will not get any better and that the season is lost. Others come and go, watch particular games of their choosing while casually keeping up with the proceedings. Still others turn away altogether in...

Andre Berto And Adrien Broner Continue To Disappoint, Lucas Matthysse Shines Bright Again | 0 Comments

On Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Showtime hosted a night of potential redemption for three big-name boxers looking to regain their once blue-chip status. Of the three fighters on the comeback trail, Andre Berto, who kicked off the night, has spent the most time away from the limelight. His promising career was sidelined by back-to-back defeats against Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass, a dirty drug test result, and...

The SEC Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves For Their Terrible Week 2 Schedule | 1 Comment

Look at that abomination of a Week 2 schedule. Jesus Christ. I was invited to go watch Mexico vs. Chile at Levi’s Stadium play in an international friendly on Saturday night, and it sounded like an awesome opportunity. But I knew where my heart lies, and what I’d be doing that night wasn’t even in question. I would be watching college football. As it were, I decided to go online and check out the Week 2 slate of college football...

The Cavaliers Hype Machine Grows: The NBA 2K LeBron James Homecoming Tape | 2 Comments

In about a month, NBA teams will reconvene at their respective training camps and start preparing for the 2014-15 season. For hoop fans and especially gamers, this also means that NBA 2k15 will be releasing in stores as well. While it has long been the basketball game of choice, the offseason madness of the NBA will have folks waiting patiently to once again play with LeBron James in a Cleveland jersey. In the time since LeBron pretty much shut the...

Meet The Fan: ‘Jeopardy!’ King Brad Rutter Buzzes In With The Philadelphia Eagles | 0 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 Sunday’s full-schedule kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Philadelphia Eagles fan Brad...

The Fascinating Life Of Ichiro Suzuki | 0 Comments

Every so often, an athlete comes along who simply mesmerizes fans. Ichiro Suzuki is one of those athletes for me. From the moment he took his longstanding legend in Japan to the Seattle Mariners, he hooked me in. Maybe it was his cannon arm from right — so surprising from such a diminutive baseball player. Perhaps it was the way he’d take a step toward first mid-swing and still slap the ball for a hit. Then again, it could have simply been...

Meet The Fan: The Ties Of Home Keep Jovan Poindexter Bound To The Chicago Bears | 0 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 Sunday’s full-schedule kickoff.  Someone needs to tell the fans’ stories. What better place than their trusty Journal? Without further ado, meet Chicago Bears fan Jovan...

Meet The Fan: Kansas City Chiefs And Arrowhead Drown Out Any Other Noise For Matthew Oates | 0 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 Kansas City Chiefs fan Matthew Oates. — For...

FIBA Is About The Best In The World, Not Just The Best In The U.S. | 5 Comments

For all of the favoritism for Team USA, the FIBA Basketball World Cup was never really about the United States. Yes, the favorites boast a roster of the world’s best players, but with so many options it’s hard for any one player to separate from the pack. With the exceptions of Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried, who are having monster runs in international play, Team USA isn’t a surprise. Not many expected the U.S. players to lose...

Kevin Durant Chose Nike Over Under Armour, But Why Do We Care So Much? | 0 Comments

This is a story I’m sure many of you can and will relate to. My mother was not about that paying $100 for a pair of sneakers life. In fact, I believe her words, verbatim, were, “I”m not gonna pay $100 of my hard-earned money so you can get some shoes dirty in a month.” As a wayward 12-year-old who was still wearing X-Men t-shirts to school and was freaked out by any notion of talking to girls, the fact that my mom would lay...

Meet the Fan: Will Leitch Protects Himself From The Arizona Cardinals | 2 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 Arizona Cardinals fan Will Leitch. — In...

The Great Debate: Better Wrestling Style For MMA, Freestyle Or Greco? | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that this is really a debate. The answer seems so clear. For those new to the wrestling world, to understand the debate about whether freestyle or Greco-Roman wrestling is better in MMA, you’ve got to understand the difference between these two styles of wrestling. In freestyle, athletes are allowed to tackle the legs as well as devise all manners of moves (e.g. foot sweeps, funk rolls, etc.) that involve contact with an...

Meet The Fan: Kris Rothstein And His Never-Ending Ride With The Indianapolis Colts | 0 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 Indianapolis Colts fan Kris Rothstein. Kris...

Premier League Review: Stoke City Stunts On Manchester City | 0 Comments

I’d like to write about one of the highlight matches of the weekend, Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to visiting Stoke City. It’s the upset of the season so far. But I can’t write about it. I didn’t watch it. And neither did my Premier League recapping counterpart Dillon Friday (great minds, you know). I watched Newcastle and Crystal Palace, a 3-3 thriller with Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scoring in the 95th minute to...

Cub Swanson Is Giving Back | 0 Comments

Kevin “Cub” Swanson is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today. He’s knocked out five of his last six opponents. He’s ranked #2 in the UFC featherweight rankings, which means that after Chad Mendes gets his shot at the title against José Aldo at UFC 176, Swanson should finally be given his opportunity. But Swanson is also a family man and a thoughtful citizen. Faithful MMA fans likely know the basic chronology of Swanson’s movie-like...

Meet The Fan: Twitter’s ‘Brannin’ Stays Objective With His Dallas Cowboys | 0 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 Dallas Cowboys fan Brandon “Brannin”...

Meet The Fan: Ryan Dollard Bleeds Blue For Her New York Giants | 3 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 York Giants fan Ryan Dollard. Meet...

Taking It Back: The 20th Anniversary of The ‘Forgotten Dream Team’ | 0 Comments

With the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup finally upon us, it’s interesting to see just how much we as fans take for granted. The United States is fielding another high-caliber team that may lack the star power from the 2012 Olympic Games, but it certainly isn’t short on talent. In a sport that Team USA has dominated for so long, it’s easy to forget that there was once a time when the best players available simply weren’t allowed to participate...

Meet The Fan: Steve Jackson Welcomes The New Era Of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 0 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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Steve Jackson. No...

MVPitcher? How Clayton Kershaw’s Worth Is Underrated | 0 Comments

Clayton Kershaw is really, really good. So there, the understatement of the year is out of the way early. On Wednesday, he pushed his record for the summer to 16-3, becoming the first pitcher to reach the 16-win mark on the year. In the process, he lowered his MLB-best earned run average to 1.73 (which is on pace to be the stingiest season since Greg Maddux’s 1.56 in 1995), picked his strikeout total up to 194 (against a stingy 23 walks) and pitched...

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made | 1 Comment

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a documentary by some of the greatest filmmakers in the world has turned into ESPN’s critically acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series. Our lives as sports fans would never be the same. Over the course of the last five years, sports fans from all across the world have synchronized their watches and marked their calendars to...

Andrelton Simmons Is The Man | 0 Comments

“The only security a man can have is the ability to do a job uncommonly well.” — Abraham Lincoln When the 16th president of the United States said those words, I’m pretty sure he didn’t think he’d be talking about a Curaçao-born baseball player and his work. Hell, I don’t think baseball was even being thought of very much in the mid-1800s, but whatever. This is about way more than the game-saving throw he made...

Meet The Fan: Marguerite Matthews Can Always Go Back Home With The San Diego Chargers | 4 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 San Diego Chargers fan Marguerite Matthews. To...

Overlooked But Always There: The Quiet Brilliance Of Kimmo Timonen | 3 Comments

When the Philadelphia Flyers’ late-game comeback attempt came up short in Game 7 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals first-round playoff match-up against the rival New York Rangers, Kimmo Timonen was there. He was older and slower and less effective than he has been over the course of his quietly brilliant career, but he was there, just like he always has been. Drafted in the 10th round of the 1993 NHL Draft, Timonen didn’t make his NHL...

Under Armour Vs. Nike: 11 Of Your Favorite Writers Weigh In On Kevin Durant’s Decision | 9 Comments

$265 million. $285 million. Two dollar amounts that represent the range that Under Armour is willing to pay as it tries to acquire the 2014 NBA MVP  in Kevin Durant as its pitchman. This sponsorship deal could prove to be one of the largest ever signed, and it would give the Maryland-based company an in-state export to lay the foundation in an emerging basketball retail ecosystem. However, as it stands right now, Kevin Durant is an endorser...