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...

Starting Lineups: Appreciating The Greatness Of Vladimir Guerrero And Todd Helton | 2 Comments

In annals of Major League Baseball history, 2013 will forever be remembered as the final chapter in the brilliant career of surefire, first-ballot Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera. But Mo isn’t he only one hanging up the cleats this year. Just a couple days ago, two of the greatest hitters of the late 1990s and 2000s officially decided to call it a career themselves, as the free-swinging, fearless Vladimir Guerrero and the understated, calculated...

Podcast: A Rant About Floyd Mayweather’s Greatness And The Jacksonville Jaguars Not Greatness | 0 Comments

On the most recent edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, The Money Team Wing of the show, Tinsley and Kenny, take the first portion of the show to gloat about the recent dominance of Floyd Mayweather and his exhibition against Saul Alvarez. There is slight humility shown by both hosts, but a lot of “I told you so’s,” along with an oldie-but-goodie played on the radio for all the broke-ass haters who wanted to see Floyd fall. After...

Starting Lineups: 3 Nights Of NFL Mediocrity | 2 Comments

First, before we get into today’s Starting Lineups, on behalf of the team here at The Sports Fan Journal, our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Violence is horrendously commonplace, but this is the 19th mass shooting in the United States since New Year’s Day 2009. Even when we think we’re numb to the news, it still hurts each and every time we learn of these...

Honoring A Hated Rival: The Uncomfortable Case Of Mariano Rivera At Fenway Park | 14 Comments

While the majority of American sports fans were overdosing on NFL football and prepping for kickoff between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks Sunday night, there was something interesting and somewhat jarring taking place in Beantown. The Boston Red Sox and their fans were showering adulation upon a New York Yankee. Let me repeat that for you: The Boston Red Sox and their notoriously anti-Yankees fans were showering adulation upon a New...

Starting Lineups: Because You Want To Know Why Stephen Jackson Choked Out Steve Francis In The Club | 2 Comments

Without a shadow of a doubt, Stephen Jackson is considered a bonafide legend around these parts. From being an integral cog to the 2003 San Antonio Spurs championship run, to going into the crowd during the “Malice at the Palace” to stick up for his victimized teammate Ron Artest (you damn beer thrower fan you) to single-handedly breaking up a skirmish in a gentlemen’s club parking lot by firing his pistol in the air, there’s...

The Shock The World Chronicles: Two Cowboys Fans Crash Arrowhead Stadium | 2 Comments

Football season is the best time of the year to be a sports fan, and the biggest reason is because it’s the best time to shock the world. However, this version of the Shock the World Tour got off to a tricky start. The plan was to get to Kansas City at 8:30 in the morning, but I missed my flight by a couple of minutes. For some reason, I thought my flight left at 7:30 instead of 7:05 (the actual time), so when I walked up to the gate at 7:07, the...

The Boxing Throne Still Belongs To Floyd Mayweather | 5 Comments

For almost a decade, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been the pound-for-pound king of boxing. Since Oscar De La Hoya retired, he’s been the highest paid boxer and most recognizable American fighter. During a recent episode of Showtime’s documentary series, All Access, Mayweather captured his role in the sport quite simply, “I am boxing.” So much of his personality within the ring and in the greater boxing community revolves around the magical circle,...

NFL Week 2 Winners And Losers: The Single Confetti In Buffalo Edition | 3 Comments

In football at least, Buffalo is the place where dreams go to die. Some don’t even let their imaginations run too wild at this point. As with any team that’s suffered years, decades or even centuries of misery, there are arbitrary starting points for that pain, signature losses and heartbreaks that are impossible to overcome. For the Bills, there are too many. Their last playoff appearance was 1999, and even that season ended in the most...

Starting Lineups: Never Forget, Mo Lewis Made Tom Brady | 3 Comments

As the New England Patriots and New York Jets were combatting in a relatively boring 13-10 game last night with the Patriots prevailing, I couldn’t help but think back to 2001 and the start of the Tom Brady era. You all remember that start, right? You know, when Mo Lewis destroyed Drew Bledsoe near the sideline on a hit that would most assuredly result in a penalty and fine in today’s NFL … Mo made that hit, Bledsoe got hurt, Brady...

All Eyez On Us: Say Hello To Alabama And Texas A&M, The Bad Guys | 0 Comments

For those yet to read Mark Trible’s brilliant piece on Saturday’s Alabama vs. Texas A&M game, please do so by clicking here.  Ten years ago this month, when 50 Cent was still 50 Cent, he rapped on Obie Trice’s “We All Die One Day”: “I watch gangsta flicks and root for the bad guy And turn it off before it ends ‘cause the bad guy die…” As underrated as a posse cut as it was in 2003 and still is today, not much of the...

The Shock The World Chronicles: A Strangely Normal Night At Citi Field On 9/11, 12 Years Later | 0 Comments

Never Forget. The mantra was a loud and powerful drumbeat that was seared into our conscious twelve Septembers ago. In the days, weeks, months and initial years after the September 11th attacks, Never Forget was as much a national rally cry as much as it was a warning to a world fearing the American response. Twelve years later, the cry is revived on anniversaries, almost ad nauseum and unfortunately at times, in questionable taste. There were moments...

Reading Between The Frayed Lines Of SI’s Investigation Of The Oklahoma State Cowboys | 13 Comments

By Clark Matthews / @clarkmatthews As an Oklahoma State alum, there was a time when I prayed the national media would give my school some attention. These days? Not so much. Thanks to a highly publicized five-part expose by Sports Illustrated’s new crack team of investigative reporters, the Oklahoma State Cowboys football program is making plenty of headlines this week and none of them have to do with the thrashings they gave Mississippi State...

The Miami Heat: The World Champion Foster Parents | 5 Comments

For all anyone knows, we could be quickly approaching the Miami Heat’s last season atop the NBA food chain. That’s because Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James can all opt out of their contracts next summer. If, by chance, it is the last run for the currently-constructed Heat, here’s what what we’re always going to remember them by: 1. That exact moment LeBron uttered the now iconic phrase, “I’m taking my talents...

Starting Lineups: Your Way Too Early World Cup Preview | 0 Comments

On Tuesday night the USA defeated Mexico 2-0 in a World Cup qualifying match in Columbus. The win coupled with a Honduras-Panama draw sent the United States to its seventh straight World Cup. Qualifying can be a headache, both in watching your team struggle and also in trying to figure out the convoluted system. Hexagonal? I slept through geometry nine years ago. Just wake me up when we get to Brazil. Ten national teams have now qualified for the...

New Era Encourages Fans To ‘Speak With Your Cap’ This NFL Season | 1 Comment

The NFL fitted cap has now become a regular piece of my wardrobe. I’ve always tried to make a point to pickup a fitted cap that represents a city that I have visited or lived in during my time on this earth. Therefore, I have multiple caps that represent Cincinnati, Seattle, Atlanta and the Bay Area. It’s funny how you can rock a cap and people will see it and spark off a conversation about their background, their current life and of...

Texas A&M And Alabama Will Show Us What Legends Are Made Of | 7 Comments

For a few minutes, forget the tangible ramifications of Saturday’s game between Texas A&M and Alabama. Close the schedule tabs on your browser, and stop cracking the 2013 SEC West code. Forget the title and Heisman Trophy chase. Drop the realities. Think and dream as they roll away. Saturday’s game in College Station is about reality. There will be a harsh understanding of the loss, whether it derails one school’s golden ticket or another’s...

Starting Lineups: Because You Didn’t Want Any Parts Of Pud Galvin | 1 Comment

In a time where athletes are catching hell because they are sitting courtside at NBA games and beefing with Twitter followers who call them out for not doing their jobs, there is one man that would be disgusted by this all. That man is Pud Galvin. James “Pud” Galvin, who earned his nickname because his presence on the pitching mound turned a batter’s stomach into more of pudding than organ, was a man’s man. Galvin, who was the first 300-game...

Podcast: The Mayweather Vs. Canelo May-Per-View Is Almost Here | 0 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, the entire show is based on the upcoming weekend in the world of sports. That’s right, there is so much transpiring this weekend that it merits the entire hour of the show. First off, Tinsley breaks the news that it was he who is responsible for the Twitter returns of Kenny and AngryBlkManDC. Kenny confirms Tinsley’s news and proclaims him the Adam Schefter of Negro Twitter, basically saying that...

Operation Patience: Robert Griffin III Struggles In The Return Of The DC Messiah | 8 Comments

By Jamar Hudson / @jamarhudson For all the press conferences that took places this offseason. For all the the debates over when and if Robert Griffin III would be ready to take the field. For all the documentaries, all-access pieces and columns written about the now infamous knee injury. For all the high expectations placed upon the franchise heading into Week 1. For all of the above and more, the Washington Redskins were reminded that you still...

Starting Lineups: #SeptemberFootball – Where Every Team Looks AMAZINGLY Good or Bad | 2 Comments

Last night, Week 1 concluded with a Monday Night Football doubleheader with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Washington Redskins and  the Houston Texans in San Diego against the Chargers and Ed’s all-time favorite fantasy player. As we do every year, we overreact, overreact about the overreactions and overreact about the overreactions about the overreactions. Get it? Got it? Good. One can argue which team is the recipient of the grandest...

NFL Week 1 Winners And Losers: Peyton Throws 7 Touchdowns Edition | 2 Comments

There was a lot of symmetry in the season opener on Thursday between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. First, via Bruce Arthur, last year’s Super Bowl blackout delay lasted 34 minutes, while Thursday’s lightning delay was, well, 34 minutes. When Peyton Manning took the field — and then left the field, and then took the field again, repeat a few times possibly — and stared across at his opponent, there was some symmetry...

Starting Lineups: Because You Probably Missed Gary Payton’s Hall Of Fame Speech | 3 Comments

I’ve got a real issue with the NBA Hall of Fame ceremonies that take place every year in September. For one, I don’t think it’s presented very well. For two, I hate that the Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. For three, why in hades is the enshrinement on the opening weekend of the NFL schedule? None of this makes any sense and I’m fed up. With that being said, my all-time favorite point guard was officially...

Let’s All Appreciate The Greatness Of Steve Smith In One Awesome Play Vs. New Orleans | 2 Comments

Earlier today here at TSFJ we profiled the real 10 best wide receivers in the NFL. The list has already been met with scrutiny, anger and downright mutiny…and that’s just internally amongst members who write on this site. However for me personally, I realized that there was one player that I didn’t give a single vote for and it made me sad. I gave no love to #89, the one and only, Steve Smith. Steve Smith will always be one of my...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish | 2 Comments

By Sumit Dasgupta / @skd_thExchange If you were to play a word association game with a large sample college football fans, I would bet that one of the most common responses to “Notre Dame” would be some permutation of “overrated,” “overexposed” or whatever the spoken word equivalent of an eye-roll is. It is a somewhat justifiably common refrain due the mythicism attributed to everything Notre Dame, from The Four Horsemen to winning one...

Starting Lineups: Danny Trevathan, DeSean Jackson And Being A Football Moron | 4 Comments

You saw it. I saw it. The whole damn world saw it. Second-year linebacker Danny Trevathan went from making an absolutely great play — jumping a route and picking off reigning Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco with nothing but green in front of him — to making one of the most boneheaded plays you will ever see — all on the same play. DeSean Jackson, anyone? Now listen, I understand Trevathan is not accustomed to running with the ball...