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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...

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, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 3: Different People, Same Mission

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about the importance of exercise and why it’s so hard for everyone to commit to...

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...

20 Years A Poster: The Day Scottie Pippen Met Patrick Ewing At The Mountaintop | 3 Comments

So what we’re a day late. There are dunks. Then there are dunks you’ll tell your grandkids about. This is the latter. John Starks’ face says it all. It sounds morbid, but Google “Ed The Sports Fan Obituary.” The truth is, Ed’s become sort of an Internet icon for popularizing the term “obituary,” most notably when describing – in his own word – “egregious” dunks. The Sports Fan...

Here’s 8 Hilarious Rounds Of Boxing And Comedians Doing Battle | 1 Comment

Boxing. Just because someone gets punched in the face doesn’t mean it always has to be serious — at least not for the people outside the ring. Two-time NYC Golden Glove Champ, four-time National Amateur Champ and Olympic Team Alternate Eric Kelly showed the world via a viral YouTube video that when it comes to the sweet science, there’s a lot to laugh at. But he’s not the only one to tap in to the funny side of boxing. Funny men from Richard...

The Secret Of Muhammad Ali: Al Satterwhite’s Photography Book Profiles The Return Of Ali In 1970 | 3 Comments

At only 26 years old, Al Satterwhite won the boxing lottery. He picked up the phone and was told that Time Magazine wanted to send him out the 5th Street Gym to cover Muhammad Ali as he trained for his first fight in over three years. It was 1970. Satterwhite would shadow the living legend from his comeback fight against Jerry Quarry in Atlanta through the biggest heavyweight fight of all time Ali-Frazier I. Now Satterwhite is allowing us a never...

The Quiet King: Henrik Lundqvist’s Playoff Brilliance | 1 Comment

As the calendar moves closer toward summer, this time of year has been dominated by the one they call “King” for nearly decade and counting. No, I’m not talking about LeBron “King” James as he embarks on a three-peat with the Miami Heat. I’m talking about the other King, the one that plays his home games in Madison Square Garden, where many folks thought LeBron would call home prior to his now infamous decision. I...

Overrating Athletes And Predicting Success: Trouble In The Scouting Ranks | 7 Comments

Very few people in life can say that they get paid to critique athletes. As a color analyst for a few networks, I often get told by my production manager to stop being a fan and become more critical of the players I am watching. The thing about me is that I just love being a fan. I do have my critical moments, but being a fan is the greatest thing about sports. There are so many ways to be a part of the team and the process. Earlier this past week,...

Blast From The Past: The 10th Anniversary Of Kevin Garnett’s Game 7 Masterpiece | 10 Comments

The Brooklyn Nets are no longer a threat in the NBA Playoffs after being ousted last week by the Miami Heat in five dispirited, disheartening and disappointing games. While the Nets possessed a roster of names that even the most casual of fans heard of, it was all a mirage. Everything from the first press conference announcing the newly formed roster to the Nets hiring Jason Kidd to lead the charge to their march through the regular season and the...

On Tyrion Lannister, Mike Tyson And Wishing You’d Actually Done The Deed | 2 Comments

There’s a weekly tradition around here in the Maisonet household, as on Sunday nights there’s nothing else that I’m doing other than watching HBO’s critically acclaimed show “Game of Thrones.” GoT is one part Dungeons and Dragons, one part softcore porn, one part “300″ and one part “The Wire.” If you’re not watching this show, then I’m going to assume the following: ONE: You...

Bruce Springsteen, LeBron James And The Power Of Yesteryear | 8 Comments

Some things earn spots in your soul. They hang, appear and offer an outstretched hand when prompted. You dance with them when your imagination meets memory again. You forget where you are, and moments remind you where you were. A handful of years ago, I felt an emotional connection to music for the first time. Further back on my path, I felt connected to the NBA. Now, both seem so far away — but never fully absent. I grew up on Michael Jordan....

The Evolution Of LeBron James’ Signature Images | 3 Comments

The indelible images of athletes are focused on the extremes. Crystallized to memory are the catches that you just couldn’t believe, the freeze-frame on the undeniable score over a defender, the front page of a tabloid after a stunning collapse. If a picture truly is worth a thousand words, those images are penned not only by the photographers who shoot, but the camerapersons who film and announcers who narrate. Add the uniforms they wear...

The 300: Playoff Hockey Is A Gateway Drug | 2 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/im-so-hideous/2014-clippers-thunder-game-5-chris-paul-collapse/#sthash.9BkVcxvh.dpuf (Ed’s...

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Truth Of P.K. Subban | 2 Comments

Four years ago, P.K. Subban made his home debut for the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. His presence was already in the building long before puck drop. The sweaters with “Subban 76” on their backs jumped off the racks just as quickly as they went up. A seamstress worked overtime to satisfy the horde of Quebecois children who had made the pilgrimage to downtown Montreal. The fathers swiped their credit cards willingly, an approval of Subban...

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Burial Of The Brooklyn Nets | 6 Comments

We are gathered here today to reflect on the untimely demise of the Brooklyn Nets in the 2014 NBA playoffs. Despite putting up a strong effort in a must-win Game 5, the “other” New York team just couldn’t withstand the Miami Heat when it mattered. With all of the question marks surrounding the future of this franchise, there were five things in particular that crossed my mind in the waning seconds. Some of these thoughts are more...

The 300: The Clippers Collapse Never Felt Like It Was Happening | 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.)  The Clippers collapse never...

Rolling Stone Presents: Justin Tinsley On Zach Kerr’s Deferred Dreams At The NFL Draft | 1 Comment

Every person who’s ever dreamed of being a professional athlete has envisioned him- or herself being drafted. It’s one of those moments that only a select few get to experience. Each year 60 basketball players, 256 football players, 1216 baseball players and any other group of athletes who participate in a draft scenario have to endure the biggest human resources personnel meetings in the world. For a few minutes, hours or days, your...

On The NBA’s Mid-Card Stars And Helping Teams Get Over The Hump | 0 Comments

For a long time, it seemed as if the Oklahoma City Thunder was a lock to start winning titles. The same could have been said about the Chicago Bulls a few years ago when Derrick Rose was tearing up the league with explosive play. The New York Knicks made a splash but were never really considered a contender, and the Houston Rockets appeared to be headed in the right direction with the addition of James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Dwight Howard. All but...

The 300: Derek Fisher’s 0.4 Game Winner Is A Decade Old | 5 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.) When his shot fell through...

Knowing When To Say When: Vince Young And Professional Football | 4 Comments

A part of me hates to see Vince Young falter the way he has the past few seasons. It appears the former college great has run out of stops in the NFL since being cut by the Cleveland Browns. Young’s talent as a player has always been somewhat questionable. He is unconventional in many ways, but you can’t call the man a loser. I’ve watched a lot of football in my life. I’ve seen people come and go, and I have also seen a person hang on...

Damian Lillard, Tony Parker And Becoming Masters Of Adaptation | 0 Comments

NBA players, and athletes in general, are constantly being compared to those who came before them. That’s not a slight on the players of today, nor is it a case of putting past greats on an untouchable pedestal. Sometimes it’s just really intriguing in seeing how players measure up to their counterparts. It’s all speculative fun and even better when the youthful star on the rise can actually compete against his predecessor. If there...

Kevin Durant, The Oklahoma City Thunder And The Natural Progression Of A Champion | 3 Comments

This past weekend, I watched the ESPN 30 for 30 “Bad Boys” for a second time, and it dawned on me that the Oklahoma City Thunder are a lot like the Isiah Thomas-led Detroit Pistons of the 1980s and early ’90s. Let me explain … 1981 The Detroit Pistons select Isiah Thomas second overall out of Indiana University to be the face of the franchise — college basketball’s top star from college basketball’s top team. It’s...

The 300: Oklahoma City Struggles To Solve The Ever-Changing Spacing Puzzle | 3 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.)  Spacing is a puzzle. In...

The Score: Bermane Stiverne Becomes The First Haitian-Born Heavyweight Champion | 3 Comments

Boxing history was going to be made on ESPN this past Saturday night, one way or the other. Either Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola would become the first Mexican-American to hold the heavyweight crown, or Bermane Stiverne would be the first Haitian-born fighter to do so. In the end, the green WBC strap that has been held by Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson and other legends was wrapped around Stiverne. The 35-year-old champion, now living...