Baseball, Boxing, Ed The Sports Fan

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, 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...

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...

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...