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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

Premier League Review: Everton and Arsenal Clash In Familiar Affair

Everton was founded in 1878 so the parish of St. Domingo’s Church could play football during the fall and winter....

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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....

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...

The 5-Ring Circus That Is Dallas Cowboys Training Camp | 0 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Descending upon Oxnard, California, this week is the biggest circus in the world by any other name: Dallas Cowboys training camp. Current players, prospective players, coaches, media and untold droves of fans will make the trek to the unofficial onion capital of California, an hour northwest of Los Angeles. Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas will carefully check...

Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game | 2 Comments

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has proven that he will talk to anyone any type of way, and there’s nothing you will do about it but take it. He doesn’t care for your pomp and circumstance. He doesn’t care if you are the greatest baseball player in the world or if you’re another random person in the media trying to get a quote, the man is...

Meet The Fan: Fastow Supports His ‘Troubled Cause,’ The Buffalo Bills | 8 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 Buffalo Bills fan Matt Fastow. The world...

Meet The Fan: Pillsbury Stays Optimistic Despite Minnesota Vikings’ Past | 10 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 Minnesota Vikings fan Charlie Pillsbury. On...

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 3: Different People, Same Mission | 0 Comments

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about the importance of exercise and why it’s so hard for everyone to commit to it. This week, we have taken it upon ourselves at The Sports Fan Journal to get to know the people who are participating in the TSFJ Run Challenge. The reality is that we know of most of these people, and we were excited that they decided to join the challenge. However, you never really know why a person is willing to step into...

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup | 2 Comments

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and national heritage engulfed the world. It was astonishing to watch defending champions and contenders fall apart, a smorgasbord of dialects screaming with pride, and stars perform in the biggest competition of their lives. It was also a sight to behold when it came to callously obvious corruption. As par for the course, Brazil...

‘We Could Be King’: The High School Football Documentary You Must See | 0 Comments

My hometown of Philadelphia has been facing a major budget crisis for its schools system for years now, and the situation is not getting any better. Schools are closing at a rapid rate, forcing students to combined classrooms, all while the amenities afforded to the young men and women continue to recede. For many schools, classes such as art and music have been slashed, while extracurriculars are few and far between — including sports. Any former...

Is Big-Knockout Boxing The Evolution Of The Fight Game? | 8 Comments

It’s called Big-Knockout Boxing (BKB). Developed and owned by DIRECTV, this new company/sport has recently been sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. On August 16th, BKB will put on its biggest, and likely most expensive, card to date, featuring former boxing title challengers Gabriel Rosado and Bryan Vera. What is BKB exactly? The company says: BKB is a new combat sport designed for fight fans who crave action, intensity, and most...

RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter | 3 Comments

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some tears, I immediately began reflecting upon his illustrious career and what he has meant to baseball … and to me. There’s no doubt that when most people think of baseball, Derek Jeter is one of the first names to come to mind. Derek Jeter is baseball. He’s a legend in his own right — a five-time World Series Champion,...

Eric Bledsoe And The Head That Wears The Crown | 1 Comment

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – From Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Part II, 1597. Even in the NBA, Shakespeare remains eternal. Basketball has always been poetic. Its stars are gods among men whose feats regularly eclipse those of mere mortals. The game itself is as team-driven as it can be, but the NBA has made it hard to accept that notion. We revel when a player rises above the pack, yet persecute him when he fails to...