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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....

Football, The NFL Chick

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....

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 2 Results: Finding A Reason To Make A Change | 2 Comments

Last week, most of the runners in TSFJ Run Challenge were sure they were going to die. The courage it took to even try the challenge is a great first step in itself. Running takes discipline and patience. It takes the will to fight through pain and overcome to reach particular levels of endurance. Most of us are creatures of habit when it comes to working out. We all have our reasons for doing the things we do, and very rarely do we differentiate....

Derek Jeter’s “RE2PECT” Tribute Is Why Derek Jeter Matters | 2 Comments

Derek Jeter matters. He matters for way more reasons than this picture, obviously, and he matters now perhaps more than ever. No matter what you hear, baseball still matters in America. If it didn’t, talks of a guy like Clayton Kershaw being offered a $300 million contract would cease to exist. The sport still matters to those who grew up loving the game, often finding a part of themselves woven into diamonds immaculate and rundown across...

2014 MLB HR Derby Open Thread: It’s Back-to-Back For Yoenis Cespedes | 1 Comment

It’s Back-To-Back For Yoenis Cespedes Before tonight, the only player to ever win the Home Run Derby in back-to-back years was Ken Griffey Jr. Now we can add Yoenis Cespedes to the list, as the Oakland A’s slugger defended his crown in impressive fashion. Yoenis put in his work for the long haul, getting stronger as the competition got weaker. With no break to slow him down like second-round byes Jose Bautista and Giancarlo Stanton, Cespedes...

Foxcatcher: The Greatest Sports Tragedy You’ve Never Heard Of | 0 Comments

The Schultz brothers, Mark (left) and Dave (right). His name was Dave Schultz. In the world of wrestling, “Schultz” is synonymous with excellence. For years the club bearing his name supported some of the greatest wrestlers in America, from Kurt Angle (1996 Olympic Gold Medalist) to Brandon Slay (2000 Olympic Gold Medalist). The Dave Schultz Invitational brings together the toughest and most skilled wrestlers into a single tournament...

Canelo Alvarez Vs. Erislandy Lara: A Lesson In The Will To Power | 0 Comments

If you pick a fight, you have to be willing and able to hand out a beating. Erislandy Lara went old-school several months ago by calling out Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the middle of Canelo’s post-fight press conference after his win over Alfredo Angulo. That night, Lara picked the fight of his life and, because of it, got a career-defining opportunity. But when the fight actually rolled around, Lara forgot that he was the B-side, that he was...

We’ll Always Have You: TSFJ’s Lasting Memories Of The World Cup | 1 Comment

Yesterday’s World Cup final, Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina, was the culmination of 63 other games featuring the best soccer teams in the world. What led up to the tournament’s outcome often gets lost as time passes, the moments of brilliance and heartache before the winner hoisted the trophy. Those moments get muted for the sake of being concise or for the blunt point that those other 31 teams didn’t win it all. But we...

Everybody’s Getting Dunked On In The Knicks Vs. Mavericks Summer League Game | 2 Comments

Hey guys, if you didn’t know, LeBron James is going to take his talents back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Everybody’s talking about it. This is life in 2014, where our lives can be totally consumed by keeping your eyes on Twitter and Facebook and figuring out the rest of your life later. This has been my life for the last 6+ hours, as the reaction to The Decision Part Deux have been rippling all day. Sometimes you need a break from it...

The King Shocked The World Again: LeBron James Takes His Talents Back To Northeast Ohio | 3 Comments

LeBron James, after serving his four-year term as the lead dog for the Miami Heat, has made the decision to take his talents back to Northeast Ohio and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel...

Why I’ll Root For Netherlands Soccer Until I Die | 1 Comment

I sat in my orange jersey and watched as it rained outside, just like it did in Brazil. In the end, my beloved Netherlands soccer team fell to Argentina in penalties. I have no family from Holland. In the overtime frames, I thought about why the team means so much to me. Despite their sweet kits, my decision to root them on wasn’t decided by threads. The players can come and go. I only learn about them every two years. I didn’t grow up around...

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters Debate: The Rev Vs. The Cheap Seat Fan | 2 Comments

Over the past two days, the starting lineups for both sides of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game have been dissected by TSFJ’s head editor and baseball aficionado, the Reverend Paul Revere, and the lead of the on-site baseball department, Matt Whitener. The debates against the people’s choices have come to a close, and now the standoff has become of the mano y mano variety, and now its time for the critiques to turn potentially, even personal. Today...

Pat Riley And The Most Important Powerpoint Presentation In History | 1 Comment

As he’s become accustomed to his entire career, Pat Riley stands as one of the main characters as NBA history happens in real time. Twenty calendars from now will be the year 2034. Life’s going to look a lot different, too. The Obama era will be a distant memory, as both Barack and Michelle should be grandparents by that time. The iPhone will be comparable to what Zach Morris’ cell phone is viewed as now. The porn industry will...

Holland Vs. Argentina: Because This Game Can’t Be A Lopsided Affair (Right?) | 2 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Holland and Argentina are playing for the other spot in the World Cup Final against Germany, who unceremoniously laid a 7-1 mollywhopping on host country Brazil, their first loss on Brazilian soil in decades. The loser gets a spot in the third-place match against Brazil. I can guarantee that this game won’t end 7-1. OK, I can’t guarantee it. But it almost certainly won’t end 7-1. Holland and Argentina...

The Cheap Seat Fan’s ‘Real’ 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters | 0 Comments

First of all, I would like to say that I am stunned by the accuracy of which the All-Star vote relayed a very good representation of putting close to the best possible lineup for each team at the head of next week’s 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. As The Rev said yesterday in his surveying of the ASG scene, whether it is the spread of knowledge via the internet or fantasy sports, the fans are getting better at this voting thing. It is also...

On Nerlens Noel And A Dream Deferred | 1 Comment

For reasons that I’ve never been able to explain, I’ve always had a vested interest in the story of Nerlens Noel. It’s most likely because his career as a professional basketball player has mirrored my own as a writer — not necessarily in the same level of success, but more so in the path that our journeys have taken. Having followed his recovery from an ACL injury that’s kept him sidelined since February 2013, I related...

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 1: ‘This Is Probably Going To Kill Me’ | 4 Comments

Week 1 of TSFJ’s Run Challenge has been a grind, but it’s also been a lot of fun. Many of the runners have taken to social media with the hashtag #tsfjrunchallenge and posted some very challenging runs. For many of the runners in all categories, a strong start has been a premium. If you started a little slow, don’t worry, because any runner will remind you of the time-and-true creed: It is not how you start, but how you finish. There...

Brazil Vs. Germany: Who Needs The Win More? | 0 Comments

The soccer gods have gifted us a dream semifinal. Brazil, five-time winners of the World Cup, take on Germany, who have won the trophy a mere three times, in just a few short hours. Both nations play under tremendous pressure. Brazil’s coronation on its home pitch has been all but a formality since FIFA awarded the South American country the World Cup in 2007. Now the Brazilians face the prospect of failure while their two best players spectate...

When The Black Fives Ruled Basketball: How An Exhibit Highlights A Hidden History | 7 Comments

Headed to its last day at the New York Historical Society on July 20, there is a fascinating look at a relatively unexplored account on basketball and America itself. Prior to the formation of the NBA in the late 1940s, pro hoops had its ebbs and flows in establishing the sport as much as an athletic pursuit as an entertainment vehicle. Basketball in the first half of the 20th century had the same successes and failures of the more popular sport...

The Rev’s Real 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters | 2 Comments

The 2014 MLB All-Stars have officially been announced, so it’s that time of year where Matt Whitener and I go over the men who actually should be starting in the midsummer classic. I have to admit, with the advent of online voting and the explosion of fantasy sports, the voting public is much more well-informed and, frankly, much better at voting in the deserving players. But that doesn’t mean the process is perfect. So without further...

Giving Honor To God: Tony Wroten Unleashes A Disgusting Shammgod Crossover | 0 Comments

Excluding the the handful of ball players competing in the two NBA Summer Leagues, July is essentially the official month of vacation for hoopers. As legendary tales from summer pro-am leagues pop up around the country, there will always be some schmuck on the other end of a 50+ point game. It happens. Brandon Jennings lit up the Los Angeles Drew League for 57 in the first weekend NBA players were allowed to suit up. SOMEONE gave up that 57 — and...

UFC 175: The Story Of Legitimacy And Longevity | 0 Comments

For champions Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman, UFC 175 was about respect. Despite a pristine 9-0 record going into her fourth UFC title defense, Rousey continued to be plagued by critics and doubters — many of whom based their criticisms largely on her fight persona and antics on The Ultimate Fighter 18. For Weidman, although he’d twice felled the greatest mixed martial artist to ever live, his victories came under such bizarre circumstances that...

Dave Chappelle Absolutely Nails The Donald Sterling Case In 5 Minutes Of Standup | 3 Comments

Dave Chappelle hasn’t hosted his world famous sketch comedy show “Chappelle’s Show” in almost eight years, and yet there are always times in my life where a situation will arise and one of his skits will perfectly sum up what I’m experiencing. Same goes for his standup specials that he rarely gives us these days. Still, sometimes the only person who could nail a situation is Chappelle. So when I found that the internet...

Shock The World Chronicles: Stephen Curry’s Magical Night At The San Francisco Pro-Am | 0 Comments

Image by @LetsGoWarriors I remember sitting in my usual 2 p.m. Wednesday meeting at the gig, listening to the mindless drivel that was being spewed across the table while casually scanning my laptop. I was browsing Facebook when I saw the following words from the homie Bonta. Steph Curry will be playing tonight at the SF Pro-Am. It will be packed silly tonight at Kezar. There wasn’t anything else that needed to be read or said. My plans were...

How 4 Games Forever Changed Jermaine Jones’ Legacy At The World Cup | 3 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Anytime anyone mentioned Jermaine Jones in reference to the U.S. Men’s National Team in the run-up to this World Cup, words like “liability” and “reckless” were sure to follow. People say that because he was both of those things. He has always been a threat to get a yellow card because of things like this, crunching tackles that just seemed to happen without much warning. Watch Jones in...

Tim Howard Deserved Better And America’s Hope-Filled Roller Coaster Ride Is Over | 1 Comment

“F*ck.” It was the only word I could utter when Belgium sent Romelo Lukaku onto the pitch in extra time. I knew what was about to happen, even if I really didn’t. And when it did happen, I couldn’t do anything but wallow in my misery. When Lukaku setup the goal for Kevin De Bruyne to score in the 93rd minute, the same minute that Asamoah Gyan scored on the United States just four years ago in the Round of 16, I thought the...

In Search Of Soccer In New York City | 3 Comments

Every bar on Bleecker Street from Wicked Willy’s to The GMT Tavern hung miniature flags of World Cup participants off their awnings. ESPN flashed on the flat screen TVs. The chalk board advertisements implored customers to stop by with promises of drink specials and noise. “Watch the World Cup with sound here!” one establishment boasted. It was August-hot on a June Wednesday, proving that Brazil had invaded New York as much in weather as...