A Sports Scribe, Baseball

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

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge...

Boxing, J. Tinsley

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

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons,...

Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a...

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...

5 Factors To Winning The 2014 MLB All-Star Game For Each League | 1 Comment

Tonight is Major League Baseball’s annual entry in its traditional summer showcase — the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event toes the line between exhibition and impact game, due to nothing less than World Series league advantage on the line, and due to this, it is a game that has some strategy elements worth noting. Now, I will not go deeply Sabermetric or split-heavy because, after...

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...