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

Kings Of The North: Why The Toronto Raptors Have Claim To The NBA’s Best Backcourt

When Bradley Beal stated that he and John Wall were the best backcourt in the NBA, it sparked a healthy debate bigger than...

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...

David Wilson’s Farewell: A Lesson In Hope | 0 Comments

By Jeffery Scott / @jeffesquire What is your biggest dream? What is that one audacious goal that if achieved, you’d feel content? What if you attained that dream and in a short time that dream became something you could not continue? Not because you couldn’t physically perform the duties required, but because in its simplest form someone else took that dream from you? On October 6th, 2013 the New York Giants Faced the Philadelphia Eagles in an...

Meet The Fan: Justin Martin Falls Down And Rises Up With The Atlanta Falcons | 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 Atlanta Falcons fan Justin Martin. It’s...

Danny Garcia Is Back On Track | 2 Comments

It’s a mismatch. Rod Salka is a calf for the slaughter. Danny Garcia is a cherry picker. The media said all that and much worse about Saturday night’s headlining fight between junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and unranked military man, Rod Salka. With commentary like that, it was always going to be difficult for Garcia to put on a show that would win over the critics and move past his disappointing performance against Mauricio Herrera....

The Waiting Game: 5 NBA Games To Eagerly Anticipate | 3 Comments

Chicken wings. Beer. Burgers. Franks. Rivalry games. Sunday Night Football. Monday Night Football. If you’re like me, a warm, fuzzy feeling just shot down your body. Football season is back, and with it comes six months of planned weekend activities. But with it being football season, it’s also not too early to anticipate the return of basketball. The NBA officially releases its schedule for the upcoming season this week. So in lieu...

All Hail Zo: Alonzo Mourning Gets His Just Due | 2 Comments

With this latest Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class being inducted this weekend, I realize I’m at the age where the players that introduced me to the sport are finally getting their just due. While I’m still a few years away from seeing the athletes that directly influence how I enjoy the game hear their names called (Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady, hopefully), there is something to be said about the firsts. As that coming-of-age...

Landon Donovan’s Refreshing Retirement | 1 Comment

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt I can’t help but feel good for Landon Donovan. He announced yesterday that he’s retiring at the end of the 2014 MLS season. The duties of a professional soccer player — and carrying his sport’s hopes and dreams of his nation for the better part of the last decade — have worn on him, and now he can rest. There haven’t been a whole lot of athletes who have spoken as candidly as Donovan about being in...

Meet The Fan: A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Keeps The New York Jets In His Scenario | 2 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 York Jets fan and A Tribe Called...

My Sister And Me | 7 Comments

“I’m going to work at ESPN.” When those six words came out of my sister’s mouth four years ago, I knew it was only a matter of time before she would be in Bristol. See, there are people who would like to do something, and there are people who want to do something. Then there are people who are going to do something. She is one of those people who is going to do something. She’s always been that way, and even at 19 years old at the time...

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Poor Handling Of The Andrew Wiggins For Kevin Love Situation | 7 Comments

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray played a weatherman who was forced to repeat the same day over and over again. That is essentially what has been going on with this reported Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins trade. Pretty much every day for the past few weeks has consisted of the same breaking news event. Yes, the details have slightly differed depending on the day, but they all maintain the constant that Minnesota will be trading its All-Star...

The Overdue Significance Of Becky Hammon And The San Antonio Spurs | 3 Comments

On August 5, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hiring of retiring WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach — making her the first official, full-time female assistant coach in NBA history. On her role, Hammon told reporters that she’ll “be helping with scouting reports, player development, dialoguing with film sessions, scheming and stuff like that,” during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. This is huge. The timing of...

Bradley Wright-Phillips Lights Up The MLS All-Star Game | 0 Comments

There are those who will say we shouldn’t read too much into the MLS All-Stars’ 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich Wednesday night, and that’s fine. The Bundesliga champions started a B+ team that featured none of the club’s seven German internationals. Dutch standout Arjen Robben started on the bench as well. Only Robert Lewandowski, a prized transfer pickup from Borussia Dortmund, qualifies as a household name among the first...

Meet The Fan: Tami James And The Baltimore Ravens Have Been Down Since Day One | 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 Baltimore Ravens fan Tami James. Tami...

Meet The Fan: Jack Walker’s Light At The End Of The Tunnel With The St. Louis Rams | 9 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 St. Louis Rams fan Jack Walker. Fanhood,...

Remembering The Greatness Of The Now Struggling Ryan Howard | 2 Comments

By Josh Naso / @silverfox8008 We have all witnessed, with frustration and, for me, sadness, the steady decline of Ryan Howard over the past three years. After bursting onto the scene in 2005, we watched with joy and excitement the Big Piece’s rise and run of success, including six very good years and four that are some of the best in Philadelphia Phillies history. Then, on an October night in 2011, the beginning of the end started with Howard crumpled...

Meet The Fan: 3,000 Miles Can’t Distance Chauncey Balsom From The Seattle Seahawks | 5 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 Seattle Seahawks fan Chauncey Balsom. Chauncey...

Danny Jacobs And Carmelo Anthony Talk Cancer, Entourages And Championships | 1 Comment

The cinderella story of Danny Jacobs almost has its fairy-tale ending. The Brooklyn native made a name for himself on the amateur boxing circuit by winning big-name tournaments and awards, including the National Golden Gloves and Junior Olympics. In the pros he won his first 20 fights, with 17 KOs, before running into Dmitry Pirog. He was two fights into his comeback, both victories by knockout, when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and exams...

On Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen And Respecting Baseball’s Rules Of Engagement | 2 Comments

There are two rulebooks in baseball: the one that moves games along and the one that holds the game itself together. While the balls and strikes are important, perhaps the rules of engagement that bind “the boys” together are more important than any other rules. Things like not stepping on the mound when crossing the diamond. Or not talking to a pitcher who’s in the middle of a no-hitter. Not showing too much respect to one of your own...

Meet the Fan – For Better Or Worse, Anthony Horn Dons The Honolulu Blue Of The Detroit Lions | 5 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 Detroit Lions fan Anthony Horn. Few...

The Yoenis Cespedes Success Guide To #NABJ14 In Boston | 3 Comments

Look at the picture above. First, there’s David Ortiz on the left. Boston legend. Full of accomplishment, prestige, icon status, gregariousness, and a man who simply commands respect from everyone who works with him. Next to Big Papi, there’s Yoenis Cespedes. The Boston newbie. A young lion, full of promise, a cannon of an arm and a yeoman-like swing of the bat, ambition and a man who simply wants to prove that he can compete at the...

Costa Rica’s World Cup: How Will Los Ticos Fare Going Forward? | 1 Comment

Soccer has a funny way of putting countries on the map. Prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, most Americans thought of Costa Rica as either a tourist destination, and with good reason — check out vacation packages here — or a geographic enigma. Even the great Mike Tirico called the Central American country an “island nation.” For the record, it’s not. Now when you enter “Costa Rica” into Google, “world cup” comes right...

Meet The Fan: Erica Skinner Believes In The New England Patriots And The Patriot Way | 7 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 England Patriots Fan Erica Skinner. The...

Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones | 2 Comments

It has been clear for months that Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is playing for keeps. From the onset of the December free-agent spree and well into the summer, he has changed the usual status quo that his measured, “Moneyball” famous approach has traditionally gone. Instead, he has set out as the most aggressive shark in the water, with a hell-bent focus that is squarely set on not only getting over the October hump, but...

A Fan’s Privilege: Anderson Silva Returns Against Nick Diaz | 0 Comments

What was once just a joke and a dream is now a reality. Anderson Silva will face Nick Diaz at UFC 183, Super Bowl weekend, on January 31, 2015. Dana White broke the news on ESPN’s SportsCenter and via Twitter. It’s a stylistic matchup that both fighters are sure to love and is the closest thing to a super fight that the UFC has delivered. MMA fans the world over should be jumping with glee at this fight, but to properly enjoy it, you’ve...

Meet The Fan: Carlos Segarra Braves The ‘Autumn Wind’ With His Oakland Raiders | 5 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 Oakland Raiders fan Carlos Segarra. “The...