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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...

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...

Jay Cutler And The Quarterback’s Body Language | 4 Comments

It was as if “Smokin Jay Cutler” was born for this moment. The Chicago Bears quarterback has been a punchline for so many fans that it seems that the new meme is almost late. His rocket arm and not atypical college QB cockiness made Vanderbilt slightly relevant despite being kind of terrible at football. His Denver Broncos years, while quite productive, were certainly not without their moments. And of course, he arrived to a team that went to...

Making Sense Of Miguel Cabrera’s Chase For The Triple Crown | 5 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @NoClassFriday Three hitting achievements dominate baseball debates. Will someone ever eclipse Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak? Who will be the next player to hit .400? The Astros have a better chance at making the postseason than anyone has of accomplishing the first two feats. The third, however, is under real threat: When will someone lead the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in again? Who will...

Podcast: Double Up With Steve White, Mike Felder And #theUCshow | 2 Comments

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here in the e-offices of The Sports Fan Journal. Football season is now in full effect and our weekends are now 100% devoted to all things of the collegiate and the professional football variety. However, on Wednesday night the crew gets together for one-hour sessions of fellowship that we like to call Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Quick story. The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show was spawned about two and a half years...

Steve Sabol (1942-2012), The Godfather Of NFL Football | 7 Comments

Philadelphia is a prideful city. Those born and raised in the place the Declaration of Independence originated hold up their heroes. And Steve Sabol, the architect of NFL Films, was ours, a hero who called Philadelphia home. Sabol was born in Moorestown, New Jersey, about 40 minutes across the Delaware River from the City of Brotherly Love, and no Philadelphia-area native has ever been a bigger source of pride. Sadly, Sabol succumbed to brain cancer...

It’s Over Before It’s Over: Fixing The MLB’s Worst | 2 Comments

There’s about two weeks of all-inclusive season to play in Major League Baseball before the season draws to a close. But for a few clubs, it’s been academic for a while now. They’re just running down the clock, because the winter started as early as May for a few of them. Yes, we’re talking about the MLB’s bottom feeders. The type of squads that even playing spoiler is a task, and there are often more foul balls in the upper deck by now...

Fantasy Football Helps Crown The NFL King | 5 Comments

Welcome to the American sports world, where the NFL is king. Each Sunday, the eyes of the sports fan turn to FOX, CBS and NBC to watch the nation’s sport. Tom, Dick and Harry are strapped to the couch for the pregame shows. Then, they switch to the game where their favorite team wins a nail-biter against a division foe. Next, onto the best match-up of the week on another channel. Finally, the Sunday night game that they have high interest in...

Goal Of The Weekend: Lukas Podolski Says ‘Robin Van Who?’ | 5 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday You know how Atlantans (Antlantites? Antlantians? What’s someone from Atlanta called?) torched their city before General Sherman showed up and finished the job? That’s basically what Southampton did Saturday when it visited Arsenal. Yes I just compared the fourth Premiership game of the season to the Civil War. It’s a perk of having the keyboard to myself. Anyways, the Saints spotted Arsenal two own goals in...

The 20 Best Players To Never Play In A Super Bowl | 9 Comments

There is a lot of hype about playing in the big game and winning championships, but what many take for granted is that several great players never get a chance to play in the big game, let alone even win one. People criticize players who jump ship or accept lesser roles on more established teams just to get a chance to be a world champion. The NFL is no different. There are a lot of Hall of Famers who earned rings and many who didn’t. That’s...