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...

Will Sports Biographies Give The Future Legends Color As The Past | 4 Comments

Last week, Kenny reviewed the recently released Michael Vick biography “Finally Free.” A player who became THE cultural touchstone in the United States because of his involvement in a dog fighting ring, Vick has tantalized and frustrated football fans since arriving on the NFL scene in 2001 for his play and demeanor. Cynics who may never glance at the book might see it as a continued scripted mea culpa for his crimes, but the curiosity on how...

The MLB Playoffs Momentum Meter: Midnight Oil Edition | 5 Comments

Baseball’s October dramatics went into overdrive in game 162 last year, but this season they just couldn’t wait that long. Last night in game 161 around the league, the A’s dramatically pulled to a tie in the American League West, while the Orioles continue to refuse to ease off their shove on the Yankees for the AL East crown. Meanwhile in Detroit, Miguel Cabrera pulled completely apart from the pack to be the sole presumptive owner of the...

How To Make It In America (Being A Dallas Cowboys Fan) | 11 Comments

Look at this. Even the First Lady of the United States is disgusted with America’s Team. A week following the NFL’s most controversial Monday Night Football finish ever, we knew something unique was bound to happen between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Either Chicago would use the platform to really stick it to Jay Cutler, allowing DeMarcus Ware to perform the first decapitation on live television. Or Dallas – much to the...

Breaking Down MLB’s Cy Young Candidates | 5 Comments

Way back in July, our very own Matt Whitener provided the MLB awards at the season’s midway point, and on Monday, our newest addition, Dillon Friday, shared the updated AL and NL MVP power rankings to usher in October. Now as Major League Baseball’s regular season comes to a close today, I thought it would be prudent to take a look at the Cy Young race in each prospective league. My apologies to guys like Johnny Cueto, Kyle Lohse and...

Ladies, Show Your Man It’s Real And Get Him NBA 2K13 Today | 2 Comments

By De’Shay Turner / @iSportPolitics Today marks the release of the much anticipated NBA 2k13. The 2K series has been the leader in NBA video games for a number of years now, and by the looks of what’s taking place over at EA Sports, that won’t be changing for a while (NBA Elite … The Passion of Bynum … Enough Said). In lieu of the NBA lockout at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, 2K Sports dug deep into its bag of tricks, packing last...

Legends Retire Hard: The Truth Of Brian Dawkins Must Survive | 6 Comments

At Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, the Philadelphia Eagles closed the 2008 edition of their training camp. After a final meeting on the field between players and coaches, camp broke. The players joked and laughed as they walked to the locker rooms. Like kids who go to summer camps, the players were excited their time away from home was over. It was almost time to head back to Philadelphia. Time to head back to their homes and families. The full-capacity...

Goals of the Weekend: Gareth Bale, Demba Ba, and Insalata | 0 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday It’s a three for one Monday. Unable to choose from a trio of splendid goals, I offer all three for our loyal readers. Enjoy. Gareth Bale is Faster than You (start video at 2:55 mark) There is a tendency amongst commentators to compare players across sports. Tiger Woods as the Michael Jordan of golf. Roger Federer as the Tiger Woods of tennis. Maurice Richard as the Babe Ruth of hockey. It is a trope, but it is...

TSFJ Presents: The Updated AL And NL MVP Power Rankings | 8 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday New historic vs. old historic. This is the theme of the 2012 MVP race. One is redundant, the other an oxymoron. The person writing it is a regular moron. Recall our late August MVP rankings where I said this: “Hopefully [Joey Votto] returns and doesn’t make me look like a moron [for putting him this high in my rankings].” Yep. Moron. As the season comes down to the final week, we’ve reduced the number of...

Doomsday Scenario: How LeBron James And Kevin Durant Were Almost Teammates | 14 Comments

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the two best players in basketball. Now just imagine if they were on the same team. And we’re not talking the Olympics either. The same NBA team. ESPN’s pre-preseason circus, its ranking of the 500 “best” players in the NBA, is about the closest thing we have to a classic barbershop debate online. This year LeBron James and Kevin Durant ranked #1 and #2 in the rankings surprising exactly zero...

NFL First Quarter Report Card: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not | 11 Comments

Today we take our fandom to the streets and evaluate the performance of the good and the bad around the NFL. There are players who have been stellar, and there are players who have underperformed. Here we take a look at both sides of the coin. In a league where fans want to see their teams getting the most for their money, you have to wonder how some guys go unappreciated while others get passes. Today we take an in-depth look at who is hot and who...

Ed Reed Motivational Tactics | 1 Comment

One can never go wrong with some Ed Reed Motivation. Live life, be merry, and watch football. Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

The MLB Playoffs Momentum Meter, Vol 1. | 1 Comment

Major League Baseball has gotten a major facelift that even Nick Cage and John Travolta would have to pay homage to this year. A sport that, rightfully to an extent, is bogged down by an image of being as exciting as a root canal narrated by the Clear Eyes guy is now vibrant and pushing the limits of competitive balance. Just last night alone, there were 11 games on the schedule and all of them had an impact on the postseason picture. It’s coming...

Why You Might Have Forgotten About The Other Lockout | 3 Comments

With yesterday’s news that the NFL and the referees’ union are close to a deal, there’s a huge sigh of relief from the football-obsessed nation. From podcasts to America’s least-respected tabloid, the referee lockout has been the biggest conversation going because three weeks of missteps culminated in the biggest officiating gaffe in recent memory. The joy spreads far and wide from coast to coast, fan to fan, even from Silicon Valley to Madison...

The 7 Reasons Why It’ll Be Almost Impossible For Florida State To Make The Title Game | 18 Comments

The landscape of the Atlantic Coast conference now falls on the shoulders of the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State has a dominant team. Almost as dominant as any we have seen the great Seminoles field. As a matter of fact, they look good in every phase of the game outside of their passing game, which continues to be a work in progress and is improving from week to week. The Seminoles have weapons, and they are decimating their opponents. However...

Book Reviews: Michael Vick’s ‘Finally Free’ | 5 Comments

A great book tells a great story, but a great story does not necessarily equal out to a great book. I’ve read plenty of autobiographies in my day where the stories were good, but when they were translated to book form, the book was underwhelming, disappointing and/or flat-out trash. However, there is none of that in the recent autobiography on Michael Vick titled “Finally Free.” Vick and his co-authors do a solid job of setting up Vick’s...

Podcast: Kenny’s Triumphant Return And The Controversial Honus Wagner Baseball Card | 0 Comments

So here’s how the show went down. The latest installment of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct show begins in a nervous fashion. No one knows who is actually on at the beginning of the show causing for a few tense seconds of confusion. Thankfully, Ed takes the reign and he and Tinsley are off to the races. From there, talks of Terrance Howard looking petrified during Destiny’s Child lap dances, Magic Johnson living carefree in the ’80s...

Chopping It Up With The Infamous @DragonflyJonez | 4 Comments

@DragonflyJonez was nice enough to field a few sports-related questions for TSFJ. DFJZ is rolling at 12k followers and then some. The man is a mainstay on many timelines, and if there’s a sporting event on the tube, he’s likely tweeting about it hilariously. I’ve gotten to know DFJZ a little bit over the past couple years through the all-powerful tweet box. In fact, we’ve been ships passing through the night during my visits...

For Pro Sports Commissioners, It’s Lonely At The Top | 3 Comments

Right now, it’s safe to say there’s no love lost between NFL fans and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Everything came to an apex on Monday night, when the replacement referees — who were already drawing ire thanks to being thrown into the biggest stage in the world, a stage they were in no way prepared for — quite literally affected the outcome of a game, snatching victory from the Green Bay Packers and handing it on over to Golden Tate...

The Replacement Referees’ Regrettable Evening | 7 Comments

The pitchforks have been hoisted. The torches have been lit. The lynch mob is out. Apparently, the NFL replacement officials aren’t any good. It doesn’t take a neurosurgeon to figure it out. They’ve blown calls, made up rules, and Monday Night they cost the Green Bay Packers a win. **Author‘s note: We’re going to ignore the fantastically awful offensive line play in the first half that allowed eight sacks and just pinpoint...

The 20 Must Follow Twitter Personalities For Football Season | 10 Comments

I go through the same routine every Saturday and Sunday morning. I wake up at about 9:15 a.m., put on a hoodie and walk up the street to one of my favorite coffee houses in Oakland called Farley’s East. I grab my latte, momentarily gaze at the fine women that are jogging in the neighborhood, and walk back home. I turn the 51″ Hoshitoshi on to whatever football goodness is ready to be consumed. Then I do probably the most important thing...

The 4 Funniest Moments Of Pro Athlete Twitter Armageddon | 8 Comments

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday Night Football. Seemingly, the end result of the game is by far very inconsequential to everything that happened prior to the finale and everything that happened after the fact. By the time you read this, you will have seen the referees hijack blow the critical call as Seahawks quarterback Russell “Duke Cover Kit Model” Wilson threw a hail mary where Packers defensive back...

The Nike Air Force 1 ‘Year Of The Dragon’ Hits Stores Today | 0 Comments

Nike Sportswear will launch a new, pearly white design of Air Force 1, the third launch of its Chinese dragon-inspired collection. Dragon has long been held in China as a totem of nobility, prosperity and longevity, while pearl suggests a lifestyle of health and wealth. Combining these two elements, Nike designers infuse magic power into the new design. Just like the initial two seasonal introductions, dragon elements are impeccably integrated and...

Goal of the Weekend: Ashley Cole and the often Ugly, Beautiful Game | 0 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday The sloth-like demeanor of the American football fan undermines his criticism of the “sloth-like” pace of soccer. He points to the 0-0 tie as the glaring fault of a poor sport. What he fails to recognize, though, is the agony in a near miss; the gasps of the supporters when the ball strikes a post, relief from the defending side, despair from the attackers. The back and forth of a soccer match rarely mimics the...

The 4 Reasons the SEC Continues To Dominate College Football | 12 Comments

If you look at the history of college football, the old adage that it takes a good running game and a strong defense seems to matter more than any other adage out there. When you look at the dominance of the SEC over the past few years, the teams in the Southeastern Conference have basically held true to that principle and they are the standard bearers for excellence in college football for nearly a decade. College football and even the NFL games...

VIDEO: The NFL Chick Makes Her Week 3 Picks While Almost Making Out With Philip Rivers | 1 Comment

The NFL Chick and her egregiously large hoop earrings continue their video blog series on The Sports Fan Journal as she makes her “Fab Four” picks for week three. She also touches base on four key matchups for the weekend, along with some fantasy football prognostication on which players you should sell high and buy low on. Is it time to trade Michael Vick and Hakeem Nicks? Oh, and it’s possible that she tries to make out with San...