Baseball, The Fam

RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some...

Soccer, The Fam

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

Yesterday’s World Cup final, Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina, was the culmination of 63 other games featuring...

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

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...

The Archives: The Mindset Of Someone Who Still Wears Cornrows In The NBA | 4 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Before there was thesportsfanjournal.com there was edthesportsfan.com. From 2008-12, Kenny, The Rev, Phillip, Tinsley and myself published over 900+ articles on that blog, and from time to time we knocked some dope articles out the park. We understand that you might not have been around with us during those days, but every once in a while a relevant article from the ETSF library will become quite relevant. So today we present to...

Miguel Cotto Puts Sergio Martinez Out Of His Misery | 5 Comments

Saturday night delivered boxing fans the most shocking first round of the Sweet Science this year. A supercharged Miguel Cotto came out with the collective power of every Puerto Rican in New York and knocked Sergio Martinez around the ring for the entire first round, giving the champion a taste of the canvas three times. After only the first round, it was clear that Martinez’s body, his knee in particular, would never been able to cope with the...

What I Learned From Game 2 Of The NBA Finals: Sunday Morning Yoga Helps LeBron Be OK At Basketball | 5 Comments

For the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, I thought LeBron James was drunk on All Sport. LeBron looks drunk on All Sport right now. — Eddie Maisonet, III (@edthesportsfan) June 9, 2014 Do you all remember All Sport? It was a competitor to Gatorade and Powerade back in the day, and it was usually always the cheapest sports drink on the shelf at the corner store. There was no shame in getting an All Sport to drink, because hey, you gotta...

The Pine-Pony Stalwarts: The Best Benchwarmers Of The 2014 FIFA World Cup | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Starting from today until the end of the World Cup, we will have our only soccer aficionado Dillon Friday available to the public to answer your questions about the 2014 FIFA World Cup. If you think your question is stupid, that’s okay, ask it anyway. It might be stupid, but Dillon will probably answer it. Feel free to send Dillon your questions via email here.) Which team has the best benchwarmers? Best not in terms...

What I Learned From Game 1 Of The NBA Finals: The Spurs Put In The Game Genie For The 4th Quarter | 1 Comment

I don’t know what the Miami Heat did to deserve what happened to them in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Thursday night will forever be known as The LeBron Cramp Game, while Dwyane Wade continues to be the original teflon don and escape blame once again and no one on the Miami Heat seemed capable of playing defense for the last 12 minutes of the game. Everything went to hell in a handbasket for the Heat, literally, as the air...

Colin Kaepernick Cashes Out, Everyone Loses Their Damn Minds | 2 Comments

If you hadn’t heard, some quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers just got paid a little bit of change on Wednesday. #49ers sign QB @Kaepernick7 to six-year contract extension. #Kap2020 | http://t.co/jJnAkKHysP pic.twitter.com/EZROmY073W — San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) June 4, 2014 Colin Kaepernick the Niners agreed to a new contract extension that extends to 2020. Per SOURCES, the deal is worth $126 million with $61 million guaranteed....

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Passing Of The Oklahoma City Thunder | 3 Comments

What more can be said about the Oklahoma City Thunder? There have been complaints, suggestions offered and clear frustrations all around in regard to this team. Honestly, they may have the most questions of any team going into the offseason, and it’s pretty hard to find any clear answers. While they are certainly still considered favorites in the Western Conference moving forward, changes will have to be made if they’re going to get over this...

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars — Volume 1 | 5 Comments

The marathon of the Major League Baseball season lends itself to both patience and context in some very constant fashions. For example, here in June it is too early to declare anybody having established himself as a “frontrunner” for anything, but it is not too early to declare a few teams out of it already. Also, it is too soon to start counting MVP votes but not too early to begin to figure out who’s over- and underachieving....

The Netherlands Own The Best Kits Of The World Cup | 5 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Starting from today until the end of the World Cup, we will have our only soccer aficionado Dillon Friday available to the public to answer your questions about the 2014 FIFA World Cup. If you think your question is stupid, that’s okay, ask it anyway. It might be stupid, but Dillon will probably answer it. Feel free to send Dillon your questions via email here.) Don’t my beloved Oranje have the best kits?- Mark T. If...

The Top 5 Reasons To Watch Miguel Cotto Vs. Sergio Martinez | 3 Comments

On Saturday night in Madison Square Garden — the old mecca of boxing —two giants of the boxing world will collide in a fight for pride, history and the almighty dollar. A fight many thought would never happen is finally here. In a few days, Miguel Cotto will face off against Sergio “La Maravilla” Martinez for the WBC and lineal middleweight championship. Here are the top five reasons you shouldn’t miss this fight. 5) No Playoff...

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Destruction Of The Indiana Pacers | 1 Comment

The worst thing the Indiana Pacers could have done was win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. That win singlehandedly set forth a series of games that ultimately wasted my time and yours. Truth be told, the Pacers’ days were numbered since the opening tip-off of their Game 1 match-up against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. After meeting the Miami Heat in the series many waited all year for, that number was finally up, bringing...

Immortality’s Doorstep: Why The 2014 NBA Finals Really Matter | 10 Comments

Both teams are already legendary, with doubly legendary cast members. But only one can be remembered on the bright side of history in 2014. Does Tim Duncan capture his elusive fifth ring? Or does LeBron James close out his 20s in the most epic of fashions? Who’s it going to be? His face swollen, eyes nearly compacted shut, Muhammad Ali stared down the barrel of mortality’s gun. “It was next to death. When a fight as hard as this one gets...

How The West Was Won: The Kings Of The Elimination Game | 0 Comments

There is nothing more pressure-packed in sports than a team facing elimination. When your back is up against the wall and it truly is win or go home, everything is magnified. The great teams rise to the occasion, embrace that pressure and play like there really is no tomorrow. Most teams, however, can only handle that stress for so long. They may stave off elimination once, twice, maybe three times in a playoff run, but if they push their luck too...

Dan LeBatard Went On Another Rant Thanks To The Indiana Pacers | 7 Comments

Unfortunately, I was first introduced to what Tinsley and I affectionately call “The Dan LeBatard Rant” shortly after the Miami Heat eviscerated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. You must understand, I was down and out, despondent and in need of some loving a few hugs. However, once I listened to the star of Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable go into flame-thrower mode against my Thunder Upping squad, I couldn’t...

Kings vs. Rangers: How To Enjoy The 2014 Stanley Cup Final | 4 Comments

It hasn’t even been a full day since the 2014 Stanley Cup Final participants were set, yet before day’s end, you’re going to hear too much about market sizes, ratings — especially from people who don’t know squat about them, which are A LOT — Los Angeles culture vs. New York culture, Hollywood vs. Brooklyn (ugh), East Coast vs. West Coast, ego vs. ego, and all that other stuff. All of that crap you just read above will be thrown...

Chris Bosh: The Hero The Miami Heat Need | 11 Comments

As I watched the ridiculousness that was Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, there was something that bothered me about the Miami Heat. It wasn’t the lack of LeBron James. The early foul trouble that sidelined James was a mix of bad calls and poor decisions on his own part. Nor was I interested in seeing Mike Beasley get any time to effectively impact nothing. The Rashard Lewis sighting was nice, and having Dwyane Wade on the floor healthy...

In Search Of A Person With Red Skin | 2 Comments

By Jesse Taylor / @JesseTaylor74 With so much drama surrounding the Washington Redskins’ team name, I decided to track down a person with actual red skin to get his thoughts. I was a little worried at first. I don’t recall ever actually seeing someone with red skin. But I assured myself that there had to be someone out there, because sometimes when embarrassed, I get red skin. Like the time at my son’s open house when he was asked to present...

3 Players Not Named Luis Suarez To Hate During The 2014 World Cup | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Starting from today until the end of the World Cup, we will have our only soccer aficionado Dillon Friday available to the public to answer your questions about the 2014 FIFA World Cup. If you think your question is stupid, that’s okay, ask it anyway. It might be stupid, but Dillon will probably answer it. Feel free to send Dillon your questions via email here. To kick things off, I have decided to ask Dillon a question of...

The 300: Vinny Del Negro Could Re-Enter Our NBA Lives Soon | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions, concerns and thoughts that happen to cross his mind. With that in mind, here is the the next installment of The 300.) – See more at: http://www.thesportsfanjournal.com/columns/300-playoff-hockey-gateway-drug/#sthash.izEJNl52.dpuf (Ed’s...

Lance Stephenson Went Into Full-On Flirt Mode In Game 5 | 3 Comments

The Indiana Pacers, by hook or by crook, found a way to stave off elimination by defeating the Miami Heat 93-90 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Paul George played arguably the best game of his life by scoring 37 points, and LeBron James somehow accumulated 5 fouls and was rendered useless for most of the game. While George’s performance should be the top billing following this game, it’s LeBron’s interaction with Lance...

50 Cent ‘Dies Tryin’ With First-Pitch Attempt | 6 Comments

Pitching is a particular form of artistry. At its best, it is a choir-like blend of coordination, thought, strategy, power and head-to-head battle. A perfectly set up pitch that bites a corner is just as impressive a sight as throwing one hard enough that the batter never seems to have known it was there. Essentially, it is a varied art with many perspectives of its beauty. None of that is what took place just before the New York Mets took to the...

Shock The World Chronicles: A Flyer, A No-Hitter And A Hits Explosion In Philadelphia | 0 Comments

In my 30-plus years on this planet, I have been to countless Major League Baseball games — the vast majority of them in Philadelphia, either at the now demolished Veterans Stadium or the current home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park. I honestly have no idea how many MLB games I’ve attended, but the number is well into the triple digits. And in all those years, over all those hours upon hours of taking in games, I had never...

Our Struggles With Race, Sexuality And Drugs In American Sports | 1 Comment

The past two or three weeks in the sports world have been anything but normal. About a week before the NFL Draft, the sports world got turned upside down with the Donald Sterling incident. Sterling was considered a victim by some and a racist by many. Race itself is always relevant whether we want to acknowledge it or not. Sterling was clearly being baited based on the fact that the young lady took the time to record it and asked all of the right...

Landon Donovan: World Cup Spectator | 1 Comment

Four years ago, Landon Donovan sent America into a euphoric tizzy with his stoppage time winner against Algeria. If not the biggest goal in U.S. soccer history, it was certainly the most dramatic. Donovan’s heroics gave us the rare “where were you?” moment. I could tell you the exact spot I stood when Donovan followed up on Clint Dempsey’s shot. I’m sure you could too. I was at my friend Ben’s house watching in his theater...

Terms Of Endearment With Troy Tulowitzki | 6 Comments

As long as there are seasons for sports to exist, there will always be a healthy side of “what ifs” to go with the main course of the games. One of the most consistently served items on the Major League Baseball menu is “What if Troy Tulowitzki was healthy?” and it has been a question that has been asked far too often in recent times. Tulo is the quick answer to another of the game’s FAQs: Who’s the best at ________ position? And in his...