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What Else Can Really Be Said About Ray Rice At This Point?

Yesterday after the video hit the internet, our editor-in-chief spoke on how much the Ray Rice story absolutely sucks. Ed...

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...

Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Randy Moss And ‘The U Part 2′ Highlight ESPN’s Newly Revealed Fall 30 for 30 Lineup

ESPN is rolling out its fall lineup for the upcoming 30 for 30 season, and there is something for all sports fans here....

Thank You, Marvin Miller | 1 Comment

Today on TSFJ, two gentlemen provide two distinct perspectives on a man who two generations prior allowed us to enjoy sports in a fashion we do today. All hail Marvin Miller, RIP. Not often in history do we discover revolutionaries who didn’t exactly look the part. No green berets, military-style uniforms or even weapons in hand for some of these dissenters of the establishment. To consider a white-collared economist a revolutionary may...

Irish Eyes Are Smiling On Notre Dame | 6 Comments

I’m not a religious person. Raised as a practicing Catholic and going to church every Sunday, I know the large part it can play in people’s lives, and I certainly do not begrudge those for practicing their faith. It’s just something that’s not for me. As I reached adulthood, I lost touch with my Catholic faith and pretty much left it behind for good. Recently, however, little things have been happening in my life — mostly...

BROOOOOK-LYN: The Knicks Vs. Nets ‘Rivalry’ Was Fun Last Night | 1 Comment

The theatrics were in play as TNT made sure we knew that this game was important. The characters were all in place. Hov and Bey descended to their rightful spot courtside. Hipsters, goons and working squares all filled the Barclays Center wearing their appropriate paraphernalia. The two teams provided the appropriate star power: Carmelo and Deron, Chandler and Joe Jeezy, Earl Smith, III and Reggie “Freeway” Evans. There was only one thing...

The Equalizer: Chelsea’s Cold Weekend Proves Winter is Coming | 0 Comments

Welcome to “The Equalizer” FKA “Goal of the Weekend,” new name, same column. On this weekend, a headline all too familiar to Chelsea fans dominated the news. It’s Sunday night here in America, some five days after Roberto Di Matteo received his marching orders, destination: Siberia. Those of us who follow the premiership have stopped trying to comprehend the personnel decisions of Chelsea’s billionaire Russian owner, Roman Abramovich. The...

5 Years Later And The Presence Of Sean Taylor Still Looms Large | 5 Comments

Five years have passed since November 27, 2007, and in that time, many events around the sports world have transpired. This site was not born yet, but in those five years, it has gone from its genesis to the next step. From ETSF to TSFJ, writers have come to bless the masses with an insight on the lifestyle of fandom, sports and culture in a way that was nonexistent in the past. Something else happened on this day five years ago, but there is yet...

Charles Barkley & Ernie Johnson’s 1992 Inside The NBA Audition Tape | 9 Comments

Inside The NBA ranks high on the list of non-family things I cherish most in this world, somewhere between three-day weekends and happy hours. It’s why I’ve always had the same three sentiments about the show for as long as I can remember. Ernie Johnson is the best point guard in basketball for the way he manages egos, works on the fly and and has established himself as the most irreplaceable host on TV. Ernie, Kenny Smith and Charles...

Remember When Football Was A Gladiator Sport? | 0 Comments

Everyone has seen the YouTube video sensation Sam Gordon. If you haven’t, Sam is a 9-year-old football player who is giving the Pop Warner football league the business with 25 touchdowns and 10 two-point conversions. That may not sound like much, but in this case Sam is short for Samantha and the little girl is solid on the gridiron. That story has been run to death so I am not here to add to the fame it has already received. In fact, I am thinking...

Black Friday: The Nike Air Force 1 Foamposite | 0 Comments

By the time you read this, you may have already copped that Hoshitoshi 50″ television for some crack price of $200. Or that new laptop, camera, tablet, etc. Yet for you sneakerheads, the real “Black Friday” might be available for you in just your exact shoe size. Per the folks at Nike, the fusion of the Air Force One and the 1997 Nike Air Foamposites have made for an interesting new shoe for the masses: Rich in basketball heritage...

Darwin Strikes Again: Maryland And Rutgers Join The Big (14?) Ten | 6 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic The news that Maryland and Rutgers would join the Big Ten Conference has been met with a great deal of head scratching and outright criticism. But the move makes sense for the Big Ten on several levels. Many have predicted that we are headed to a future with four superconferences of 16 teams each. If we accept this as inevitable, then is it best to act now and make a play for the best available schools or wait until...

The Untold Story Of A Beleagured Toronto Sports Fan | 3 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron It’s been more than once or 10 times that I’ve had a discussion with friends on how great it would be to be in another city, whether it be Boston (was one successful final interview away from moving there once), New York (would love to live there, without having to confront the cost of living) or anywhere in California (would apply for a work visa, along with a license to bandwagon any team in the state). And...

The Football Gods Turn On Mike Mauti Yet Again | 3 Comments

All Mike Mauti ever wanted to do was play football at Pennsylvania State University. His father Rich was a wide receiver under Joe Paterno, and his older brother Patrick followed in his father’s footsteps as a wide receiver from 2005 to 2009. You could say Mauti was born to be a Nittany Lion, and it wouldn’t be that far-fetched. After a standout career at Mandeville High School in Louisiana, Mauti became one of the most coveted linebacker...

Kevin Durant And Nike Finally Shows Us What’s In The Backpack | 0 Comments

I can remember being in high school and college and remembering how much I actually didn’t use a backpack. I think I was too busy trying to unsuccessfully talk to women, or I just carried one of those Five-Star notebooks and my textbooks at a time. Hey, that’s what lockers and three-hour breaks before my next class are for, right? Now that I’m an old man (29), I now take my backpack pretty much everywhere. From my corporate accessories...

Mr. Almighty Dollar’s Tight Grip On Sports | 3 Comments

Once again, our old friend has come to join us. He came to ruin the once-sacred. His delight increases with each waking hour. The crooked grin he wears shows how much he cares. With both feet in the pool of athletics, he earmarked and curtailed. His proficiency remains clear to the observer. The bottom line has spoken, and he transcribed the words. Mr. Almighty Dollar, so sad to see  you again. — I remember the improbability of Duke’s...

Should Alex Smith Get Ready To Meet Mr. Wally Pipp? | 8 Comments

There are a few of you youngsters who have no clue who in hades Mr. Wally Pipp is. If you don’t know who he is, then I’m going to redirect you and encourage you to read this first before you proceed. Now, after a Monday Night Football monstrosity for the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers owned the home field with an impressive 32-7 win. While the rushing attack was strong all night and the defense was bludgeoning Jason Campbell at...

Temporary Excitement And The New York Knicks | 6 Comments

Have you ever tasted excitement from something that has kept you disappointed for years? The truth is I taste that excitement now. I have been a New York Knicks fan since the early 1980’s, and they have taken me to highs and lows that only a real fan can imagine. I lived through the years of Ewing and the four funnies. I lived through the John Starks debacle and the Charles Smith layup disappointment. Years and years of disappointment have piled...

Your Favorite NFL Team Is 9-1 And Nobody Cares | 3 Comments

The homie Brandon Caldwell tweeted me early on Sunday as soon as the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars squared off for battle at Reliant Stadium. This is what he said: I’m not even going to troll @edthesportsfan today. Nope. — Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) November 18, 2012 Trolling me would’ve been fine, as he is a Texans fan and I am one of 37 Jaguars fans in the world (jokes … kinda) not living in Northern Florida. Hell,...

Goal Of The Weekend: Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon Unleashes A Firecracker [VIDEO] | 3 Comments

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is six feet five inches tall. He should not, nor should anybody save for maybe “Episode III” Yoda, be able to do this. Every goal from here on out will be rated 1-10 on the Zlatan scale, 10 being equal to the big Swede, one being Dill Friday vs. Cazenovia College. Okay, enjoy that. Why must we always talk about Arsenal? The first quarter of their season can only be described as schizophrenic. Once the league’s stingiest defense,...

Changing Of The (Shooting) Guard | 13 Comments

You all like lists, right? Well, try to make these lists: top five shooting guards NOT named Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade in the NBA today and future Hall of Fame shooting guards NOT named Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade or Ray Allen since 2000. Shockingly shorter lists than you imagined, right? It was once the glamor position of the league, much of that having to do with Michael Jordan, a man who quite honestly was more deified than the Pope himself if you...

The 5 Reasons The Memphis Grizzlies Should Scare Everyone | 7 Comments

You remember back in high school when there was always that one kid who was cool with a lot of people? Everyone knew not to mess with him though because, for whatever reason, he just had “don’t fuck with me” written on his forehead. The entire school knew it without even saying a word. Well, yeah, that was until someone actually did and proceeded to have the Hands of God laid upon him. In a roundabout sense, this represents the...

The Price is…Wrong? Josh Hamilton vs. Free Agency | 4 Comments

Big money, big talent, bigger risk? That’s the theme around the pursuit of Josh Hamilton on the open market this winter. For all of his prodigious talents, the battle with balancing his downside versus his dollar amount is the bigger story. We all know it’s not the best policy to invest highly in injury and slump-prone player that is losing his mobility past the age of 30. Add in the fact of his well-known substance abuse history, and the stock...

Michael Vick, Nick Foles And New Beginnings In Philadelphia | 6 Comments

By G. Hylton / @realgoesright “The Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) take on the Washington Redskins (3-6) this Sunday afternoon. The Eagles, led by All-Pro QB Michael Vick are coming off their last win against the Dallas Cowboys. They have a stranglehold on the NFC East and have one of the best records in the NFL.” That’s how this article WOULD have started if the universe was aligned properly. Instead, I’m pretty much debating on skipping my 3-6...

Podcast: Enjoying Kid-N-Play Shenanigans As George Foster Joins The Crew | 0 Comments

From Kid-N-Play shenanigans to players talking crazy before the game and then getting curb-stomped after the fact, we here at The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show love hijinks and tomfoolery. 9-year NFL veteran George Foster joins the crew to share in the crazy on the football field while spreading light on concussions and Georgia Bulldogs football. Plus, the great Johnathan Tillman joins the show and discusses the impending doom headed towards the New...

Funniest Sports Celebrations In Recent Memory | 14 Comments

Monday Night Football featured the Kansas City Chiefs traveling up to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, and while I had absolutely little-to-no desire to watch the game, I woke up Tuesday morning wishing that I did. However, it wasn’t because I missed an amazing game. No, it was due to an act after a sack of Big Ben Roethlisberger that had me regretting going to bed early last night (the incident is described at the end). Once I saw what...

Lockouts And Our Youth | 8 Comments

There is a poignant moment in “Field of Dreams” when Ray Liotta’s Shoeless Joe Jackson laments his role in the “Black Sox Scandal.” Upon issuing a soliloquy on his love of the game — “the sounds, the smells” — Shoeless Joe ruefully proclaims, “I’d play for nothing.” This is a sentiment we’d all like to believe in. Athletes accept the checks because by law they have to. But when it comes down to it, they agree with...

A Look Back At The 2009 NBA Point Guard Draft | 10 Comments

We here at The Sports Fan Journal have spent a lot of time debating who the best point guard in the NBA is. Anymore, if you don’t have a legitimate man running the point, your squad is already doomed. The NBA has become a point guard league. With that, I thought it would be prudent to look at what I like to call the NBA Point Guard Draft, aka the 2009 draft. The name is more than apt, with an absurd 12 point guards taken in the first round....