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...

Meet The Fan: Lizz Robbins Is All In For Her Washington Redskins | 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 Washington fan Lizz Robbins. There’s...

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr. | 4 Comments

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons, mutant-like speed, endurance and agility, and explicitly intimidating cerebral intuitiveness. In other words, Floyd out-boxed, out-classed and out-thought every opponent he has ever faced. The last time Floyd Mayweather lost a fight was August 2, 1996. Then 19 years old, Floyd squared off against Bulgaria’s Serafim Todorov...

I Freestyle Rapped For Damian Lillard And Talked About NBA Live 15 | 2 Comments

When I was in college, one of the things that my friends and I would do to pass the time is turn on some instrumental versions of our favorite songs and try to rap over the beat. This activity wasn’t about determining who had a chance to sign with Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel on Roc-A-Fella Records, more so that we were all so bad at rapping that we had no choice to laugh at each other. The thought of actually rapping in front of someone with cache...

Meet The Fan: Johnathan Mark Reps Houston And Its Texans Through And Through | 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 Houston Texans fan Johnathan Mark. Johnathan...

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway | 1 Comment

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge Park. This really isn’t just any stairway, however, but one of the few remnants of history that was torn down over five decades ago. When the final and most famous Polo Grounds were dismantled in 1963, very little stood to remind you of where Bobby Thompson hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” baseball’s...

Floyd Patterson And Sonny Liston: The Good Negro Vs. The Bad Nigger | 4 Comments

In today’s sports environment, fans and athletes have a warped sense of what it means to be hated. It seems all too often that even the rough and tumble characters who enlist in the most aggressive sports out there, like football, boxing or mixed martial arts, are crying victim after a few hard questions from the press or some untoward tweets from faceless members of the twitterverse. These athletes and fans have no sense of perspective. In the...

Premier League Review: Everton and Arsenal Clash In Familiar Affair | 0 Comments

Everton was founded in 1878 so the parish of St. Domingo’s Church could play football during the fall and winter. Arsenal was founded in 1886 by the workers of the Royal Arsenal in southeast London. No two teams in England have played more games against each other in the top flight. And why not? Religion and war have been intertwined on the battlefield for centuries. It only makes sense that they clash on the pitch as well. Saturday’s...

Meet The Fan: Queen City Native Jamie Johnson Knows Nothing But The Cincinnati Bengals | 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 Cincinnati Bengals fan Jamie Johnson. The...

Meet The Fan: Tanyetta Thompson Has Nothing But Love For The Carolina Panthers | 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 Carolina Panthers fan Tanyetta Thompson. For...

Nike World Basketball Festival: Because Basketball Needs Chicago | 2 Comments

It seems that every week the national media is airing stories about the violence taking place in Chicago. To those who aren’t residents of the Windy City, this is a place to be avoided like West Africa. When my 15-year-old son came up to visit from Washington, D.C. this summer, he said all of his friends told him, “Don’t get shot.” He laughed about it and so did I, but not because I thought it was funny. It actually made me sad. Chicago,...

Meet The Fan: Dylan Dobrasz’s Long-Distance Relationship With The Miami Dolphins Endures | 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 Miami Dolphins fan Dylan Dobrasz. For...

Red, White And Boogie: DeMarcus Cousins For Team USA | 2 Comments

With just over a week left until the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Team USA is close to making its final cuts. As capable as all of the remaining players are, this team just won’t be complete unless DeMarcus Cousins is included. For a squad that will largely represent the future of the sport in the United States, denying people the chance to see Boogie Cousins on a world stage would just be plain rude. If coach Mike Krzyzewski and Rudy Colangelo...

TSFJ Run Challenge: Escaping The Cubicle And Competing With Friends | 2 Comments

We’ve all heard a variation of the following cliche before, most often when an athlete faces difficult situations in his or her life away from sports: “The field/court/rink/course provides a place of solace, where the athlete doesn’t think about anything but the game/match/round.” For the overwhelming majority of individuals on this great planet of ours, our jobs don’t give us quite the same respite. Eight hours in a...

Leo Santa Cruz Is Keeping An Eye On Guillermo Rigondeaux | 0 Comments

There are those in boxing who firmly believe fighters, because of their nature, never fear other fighters. Apparently those people didn’t follow the Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks fight. Plenty of ringside observers noted that Spinks looked absolutely terrified in that ring. Those people have probably also forgotten — if they ever knew in the first place — what the “Bum of the Month” club was. A manger for one of the subpar...

10 Of The Greatest Moments Lost In The 1994 Baseball Strike, 20 Years Later | 12 Comments

Some years just have a different vibe to them. Teams are clicking, the games are exciting, the performances are just a bit more spectacular more often. For Major League Baseball, the summer of 1994 was one of those years. There was a great franchise at the peak of its power in Atlanta that faced an emergent challenge to its reputation from Canada. The great hitters of the era were all having classic seasons, and the pitchers were not far behind....

Meet The Fan: Tanisha Robinson Revels In The Success Of The New Orleans Saints | 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 New Orleans Saints fan Tanisha Robinson. The...

Kell Brook And Gabriel Rosado: Two New Champs, Two Very Different Performances | 0 Comments

On Saturday night, the fight game crowned two new champions: England’s Kell Brook and Philadelphia native Gabriel Rosado. Brook fought for the IBF boxing welterweight title, while Rosado fought for the Big-Knockout Boxing (BKB) middleweight championship. At first blush, it might seem that the ugly, clinch-filled performance put on by Brook is exactly why BKB was created — to speed up and electrify traditional boxing. Looking closer at both fights,...

Your Premier League Weekend In Review: Should Manchester United Fans Panic? | 0 Comments

I imagine Manchester United fans split themselves between the Woody and Buzz camps. Half watched the Red Devils fall 2-1 at Old Trafford to Swansea City and said reassuringly, “This is no time to panic.” The rest shouted in return, “This is the perfect time to panic!” United endured its worst ever Premiership campaign a season ago under the rule of overmatched manager David Moyes. He failed to make it through the year. In the offseason, fans...

Stories Of Fandom In The Premier League: Which Team Should I Root For? | 4 Comments

Once upon a time, I suggested that cheering for a Barclays Premier League team is like marrying a mail-order bride. There’s no real love there. Instead, it’s a relationship built on materialistic affection. I’ve revised my stance since then. I’ve come to realize that BPL fandom is more like love that comes from a blind date. It’s often a random spark that lights up your life, but you have to go in with an open mind...

The 2014 Philadelphia Eagles: Don’t Believe The Hype | 3 Comments

By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 The start of every football season brings excitement and anticipation. This upcoming season is no different in Philadelphia, except that in addition to the excitement, there is a whole lot of hype. The hype is coming from not only the die-hard Eagles fans in Philadelphia, but from the pundits and talking heads in the national media, most notably Cris Collinsworth,...

Meet The Fan: Julius McCormack Finally Finds Optimism With His Jacksonville Jaguars | 1 Comment

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 Jacksonville Jaguars fan Julius McCormack. Julius...

Meet The Fan: Dhevin Williams Puts His Humor, Trash Talk Behind The San Francisco 49ers | 1 Comment

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 Francisco 49ers fan Dhevin Williams. “Do...

Not For Nostalgia’s Sake: The Philadelphia Eagles And 2 Shades Of Green | 5 Comments

You’ve seen recent reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are considering a permanent return to the kelly green look in the near future. Though there are hard-to-understand complications from the NFL in relation to any change, Eagles management has opened up conversations with the league office in making the switch from the edgier, darker look that has actually seen the brightest days of the franchise since the late 1940s. It’s safe to assume that...

Meet The Fan: Morgan Twiddy Finds A New Hometown And Its Team, The Denver Broncos | 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 Denver Broncos fan Morgan Twiddy. She...

The Future Of Sportswriting Is What We Make It | 6 Comments

I have a confession to make. Things don’t always come up smelling like roses at the TSFJ e-offices. I won’t say it happens on a daily basis, but at least two or three times a week, the three editors, Eddie Maisonet, Kenny Masenda and myself, have some back and forth on the direction of the site and what we should and should not write about. Oftentimes, we bring the staff into the discussions as well, and every now and then, emotions boil...