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Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Soul On Ice

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes,...

Remembering Tony Gwynn And The Game I Used To Love | 2 Comments

By Jamar Hudson / @jamarhudson One of the most telling signs of aging is when a prominent figure of your childhood passes away. That feeling is accentuated even more when that person makes his or her transition at what is considered a “young” age. For me, over the past couple of years, the deaths of notable sports and pop-culture figures such as Maya Angelou, Roger Ebert, Chris Kelly, Hector Camacho, Junior Seau and Al Davs — all of...

The Charlotte Hornets Got New Jerseys But Where Are The Pinstripes? | 1 Comment

There’s nothing on this earth quite like the feeling of getting new uniforms. I remember in high school, as a junior first baseman on the Eisnehower Eagles baseball team, our coach decided that he wanted to imitate the Colorado Rockies’ combination of the black vest and the shirt with the primary color underneath. I, for one, was with it all the way. Of course, this was high school, and we didn’t have any money like that. So, if...

An Appreciation For Tony Gwynn As A Craftsman | 2 Comments

I’ll remember Tony Gwynn as a man in my ballpark until my brain gives out. It’s a shame I didn’t realize it until after his heart did. Gwynn’s dominance at the plate is well-documented. He hit, hit again and hit some more. Proof showed itself on the television screens. Highlights of his contact played on loop. Each pitcher seemed helpless. I don’t play baseball, and no one outside of a small circle knows who I am. Skill on the...

World Cup: USA, Mexico And A Sense Of Belonging | 2 Comments

Let’s go back to Monday night. John Brooks headed home a corner kick in the dying moments of a (group of) death match with Ghana and sent Americans spiraling in delight. It was a big win, an important win. Truthfully, any victory in the World Cup qualifies as such. But the widespread celebration shows just how new to this soccer thing we are as a country. Don’t get me wrong. It gives me great joy that citizens who spent their lives deriding...

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Fall Of The Miami Heat | 2 Comments

Considering that the NBA Finals have now come and gone, this Dearly Departed entry hits home in a couple ways. One, the San Antonio Spurs were the last team standing. Two, the NBA season has officially come to an end. To me, the latter is more devastating than the fact that the Miami Heat were dethroned as the two-time World Champions. Still, like the past entries in this series, there are thoughts that need be articulated, and it’s time to...

Appreciating The Excellence Of Jimmy Rollins | 3 Comments

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, celebrates milestones and statistics — almost defines itself by them — whether it is an all-time mark for the game or for an individual team. That obsession with numbers has helped certain players define certain franchises — Babe Ruth/Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees, Ernie Banks and the Chicago Cubs, Ted Williams and the Boston Red Sox, Tony Gwynn and the San Diego Padres (RIP), etc. For the...

The True Legacy Of Tony Gwynn | 7 Comments

Coming up in the early to mid-1990s, there was a simple answer as to who was the best hitter in baseball: Tony Gwynn. Maybe there were better players in Seattle and Pittsburgh, and perhaps there were folks who won more in Atlanta and New York, but when it came to the pure, sophisticated science of wielding a baseball bat and being able to make the ball bend to his will with more control than the pitcher who released it himself, there has been none...

Chris Algieri Shocks The Boxing World In Split Decision Win Over Ruslan Provodnikov | 1 Comment

Saturday night’s fight between Ruslan “Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov and Chris Algieri was perfectly captured by the closing remark of HBO’s Jim Lampley: “Boxing is the theater of the unexpected.” Until Provodnikov’s first title bout was scheduled and Algieri named as his opponent, few outside of Long Island had ever heard of this one-time kickboxing champion turned undefeated boxer. Algieri was well aware of that. He was coming to take...

What I Learned From Game 5 Of The NBA Finals: The San Antonio Spurs Are World Champions | 10 Comments

I’m glad it’s over. It didn’t take long to figure out, and frankly, it was getting unbearable to watch. The San Antonio Spurs are the best team in the world, and it’s not even close. The Miami Heat have the best player in the world, and it’s not even close. The 2014 NBA Finals will be sadly remembered for a bunch of things that don’t really matter. Cramps. Bubble guts. Ghosts. False narratives seen through cloudy...

Hands Of Stone Turns 63: Roberto Duran’s Legacy Still Lives On | 2 Comments

“I’m not God – but I’m something similar.” – Roberto Duran In boxing, perhaps no fighter in the history of the sport has more epitomized the word “machismo” than Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran. Born in the small Latin American country of Panama, he fought with a ferocity that was matched only by his sometimes-appalling disdain for his opponents, even after total victory. In 1975, he won the lightweight title from Ray Lampkin...

This Was The Red Wedding In Real Life: Netherlands 5, Spain 1 | 2 Comments

Many of you have been watching Game Of Thrones, and if you have, you’re probably familiar with The Red Wedding. If you don’t know what The Red Wedding is, then I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version. The Red Wedding is a massacre in which a family that rules in the North and their army are eviscerated and slaughtered. The orchestrated killing is put together by an evil man named Lord Walder Frey as revenge for Robb Stark...

What I Learned From Game 4 Of The NBA Finals: The Spurs Are Just Too Damn Good | 5 Comments

Heading in to Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals, I fully expected the Miami Heat to come out with fire and energy to do everything possible in order to even the series up. That’s what champions do, especially two-time defending champions. And especially, especially two-time defending champions with the best player on the planet on their side. With the way the San Antonio Spurs carved up the Heat in Game 3, I anticipated much more defensive energy...

Kawhi Leonard Has No Regard For Human Life, Or At The Very Least The Miami Heat | 3 Comments

The Miami Heat were already getting their asses whupped. The San Antonio Spurs were passing the ball like the Harlem Globetrotters and shooting the ball like they knew all the hot spots on Double Dribble. I’ll admit it, at some point this started to get partly sad and partly hilarious as Erik Spoelstra’s boys had no answer, and what’s worse is that it looked like they had no desire to try and find said answer. Then Kawhi Leonard...

2014 FIFA World Cup: 5 Thoughts On Brazil 3, Croatia 1 | 0 Comments

Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Croatia was a microcosm of the World Cup as a whole: goals, controversy, poor refereeing and Neymar. Lots and lots of Neymar. Here are five immediate thoughts on the first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Brazil hardly played like the favorites Don’t let the 3-1 final scoreline fool you. If you watched the game, it surely didn’t. Brazil looked listless for a nation playing in its first World...

The Exchange Podcast: World Cuppin’ With Ken Fang of Awful Announcing | 0 Comments

You’re World Cuppin’ today, aren’t you? Plenty here are purveyors of the futbol/football/soccer, but there’s a good chance there are just as many of you that aren’t as familiar with the sport as you’d like to be – present company included. The Exchange returned to the net waves this past Tuesday after an unexpected hiatus. If you weren’t multitasking with us and Game 3 of the NBA Finals, my co-host Sumit Dasgupta and I had the...

Friends, Pets And Fans Bring Out The Loyalty In Life | 0 Comments

I came home Tuesday evening to a cat on her last of nine lives. She lied in the driveway and inched closer to death. Hours later, she died. After 19 years, the last of my family pets left. Say this for Marble, she kept her loyalty. Her usual spot on the driveway was where she last walked. Loyalty, the invisible tie that binds, is something that’s recently been on my mind. You can write words and connect everything in life to sports. Given this...

What I Learned From Game 3 Of The NBA Finals: It’s Hard To Lose When You Make (Almost) Every Shot | 7 Comments

Living on the West Coast is a pain at times. I got off of work a little later than usual, and realizing the fact that I have a one hour-plus commute to/from work every day, I knew that I’d miss part of Game 3 of the NBA Finals. There’s this feeling you get when the clock strikes and you know you’re behind schedule that you feel like you’re missing everything. When 6 p.m. hit, I just knew that LeBron had dunked on somebody,...

The Shot That Saved The Spurs In Game 3: Marco Belinelli’s Lone Three-Pointer | 3 Comments

In a game in which the San Antonio Spurs scored 41 points in the opening quarter and 71 points in the first half — setting an NBA Finals record for highest field goal percentage in a half — the most important made bucket of the contest didn’t happen in the opening 24 minutes. It also didn’t happen in the fourth quarter, when legends are typically born. No, the shot that saved the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals...

Chael Sonnen Gets Caught Taking Steroids, Because Chael Sonnen is Chael Sonnen | 1 Comment

Chael Sonnen has nine lives. He loses fights, loses court battles and gets suspended by The California State Athletic Commission, yet he is still one of the most popular and recognizable figures in MMA. Because of that, he was recently given a sweartheart deal: face Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 instead of Wanderlei Silva, who was removed from the card after failing a random drug test. Oh, and get this, the fight will be at 205 lbs. (the light heavyweight...

Jeff Carter Is All Grown Up | 2 Comments

There is something uniquely wonderful about watching an athlete you’ve followed since day one grow into his own over the years. You see a player develop, improve on his weaknesses, enhance his strengths and mature into a well-rounded performer both offensively and defensively, and you can’t help but smile. That is exactly the feeling I get watching Jeff Carter have huge game after huge game for the Los Angeles Kings in these Stanley Cup...

The Resurrection: Rashard Lewis And His Long-Awaited Redemption | 4 Comments

People never get the flowers while they can still smell them. As cliche as that is, it’s certainly true, especially when it comes to sports appreciation. This is the social media age, where everything has to be immediate or a player is a bust, and revisionist history has tainted even the greatest of careers. That’s why I’m all in on this Rashard Lewis resurgence, even if it is only temporary. The moment he was announced as a starter...

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...