Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

Championship Sunday: The Unofficial End Of The NFL Season (As You Know It) | 5 Comments

On Sunday in Atlanta and Foxborough, Mass., two rowdy crowds will be cheering on their home teams in support of their bids to make it to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans two weeks later. They’ll wear their colors, scream their hearts out, and if their Falcons and Patriots win, celebrate with their neighbors so the whole world knows their pride. Simultaneously across North America and in subsets around the world, millions of people will be transfixed...

Podcast: Because Our Conversations About Manti Te’o Are Sad And Hilarious | 0 Comments

We did some radio on Wednesday night that immediately followed the shenanigans and tomfoolery that is Manti Te’o’s possible social media ponzi scheme. Here are a few takeaways from last night’s show: I really need to stop cutting off Justin Tinsley, he deserves better.  We really talked about Catfish-esque things for almost 45 minutes. The homies @mtrible and @SHERMradio are hilarious, thank God they called into the show. We actually...

Catfish, Manti Te’o And Being Comfortable In Your Own Skin | 14 Comments

For the last two-plus months  there has been a show on MTV that’s given Monday Night Football and Monday Night Raw a run for their money. The name of the show is Catfish. The premise of the show is that a “catfish*” is a person who creates fake profiles online and pretends to be someone they are not by using someone else’s pictures and information. These “catfish” use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, usually...

The 2013 NHL Season Preview You Never Knew You Needed: A Chat Amongst Hockey Bros | 6 Comments

The NHL lockout was an excruciating and infuriating experience for hockey diehards and NHL fans across the world. Thankfully, albeit later than we’d all like, the two sides came to an agreement, and there will be hockey. And soon. In fact, the puck drops on the 2013 NHL season in a couple of short days — Saturday to be exact. With that in mind, two of The Sports Fan Journal’s resident hockey fanatics — the Rev and Dillon Friday (who...

Dealing With Depression And Sports | 3 Comments

Last week, we learned that the late Junior Seau, who committed suicide last spring, suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which can lead to memory loss, dementia and depression. It’s a hot-button issue in sports today, particularly football, as brain and head injuries have become perhaps the biggest focal point in all of sports. And with the NHL season set to begin Saturday, I thought it was good time to discuss how we, the...

Adidas And Derrick Rose Unveil The D Rose 3.5: The Return Is Near | 1 Comment

Something you may or may not have noticed during the first half of the 2012-13 NBA season thus far is that the Chicago Bulls are playing some exceptional basketball. Coming into Tuesday with a 21-15 record, the Bulls are just three games behind the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat and have the third best defense (in points allowed, 91.4) in the league. Of course, the big story behind this is the fact that they are succeeding without their biggest...

MLB 13 The Show Meets The Cutch | 0 Comments

The people have spoken. After a nationwide vote for who would hold down the cover for the next edition of MLB 13 The Show, the last man standing was one that spends his summers in Pittsburgh … playing baseball. Now let’s think about that for a minute, because this is the Pirates we’re talking about, a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 1992. But Pittsburgh is also a city that’s home to Andrew McCutchen, one of the most spectacular...

Help Us Gus Bradley, You’re Our Only Hope | 2 Comments

Last season was hell for Philadelphia Eagles fans. The team started well, and then it was clear they were lousy. Andy Reid and all the feelings toward him became the topic of discussion. Week after week, the Reid questions continued. With each week, the product on the field became worse. There was nowhere to turn but forward. Only the prospect of a new coach and a draft could awaken a fan base stuck in a cold and forced slumber. For fans like the...

The 2013 NFL Playoffs Player Power Rankings: Colin Kaepernick’s Hairline Is Really Strong | 5 Comments

There’s a sports bar that I frequent here in Oakland called The Grand Oaks. They serve some of the finest chicken wings I’ve ever come across in my entire life, and they’re only $7. Who’s going to pass up such a deal? Not me. Therefore, I was a paying customer at The Grand Oaks on both Saturday and Sunday, and I watched the divisional round of the playoffs with the people of the Bay Area. Here are some notes on what happened...

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving And The Potential Of The 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers | 10 Comments

One of the things I’m really looking forward to during the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston is that we’ll be able to see Cleveland’s formerly favorite son in LeBron James play ball with Cleveland’s adopted current favorite son in Kyrie Irving. One plays for the defending NBA champions (LeBron, Heat), and the other is a leading candidate for the No. 1 pick in the Shabazz Muhammad NBA Draft Lottery sweepstakes (Kyrie, Cavs)...

A Recipe For Disaster: Adopting Another Team Other Than Your Own | 6 Comments

Ever since the Dallas Cowboys were extinguished at the hands of the Washington Redskins two weeks ago, my football interest has taken a noticeable step back. Do not get it twisted: I am a fan of the game of football, not simply a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. However, this season was so mentally draining that when my favorite team’s season ended, my desire to sit front and center and watch every single game imaginable came to a halt. Twitter, a medium...

Podcast: The NFL Playoffs Are Heating Up | 0 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, Kenny and Tinsley speak about Melo’s recent altercation with Kevin Garnett and the excitement that is coming from the NFL Playoffs. It’s going to be an exciting weekend of ball, and even though we all want to see who will win, there are plenty of subplots as well. Also, Till hops on the line and tells the masses why, as a 49ers fan, he is a card-carrying member of The Richard Sherman Fan Club. Thanks...

10 Reasons To Join The Richard Sherman Fan Club | 12 Comments

Perhaps you’ve heard the most recent edition of the greatest podcast in the history of podcasts, The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show. Perhaps you haven’t. A recurring topic on this week’s show centered around Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman. You see, TSFJ – well, at least Till, Ed, Rev and myself – are fans of Sherman. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. 1. To quote Ed, the Compton, California, native...

Presenting The Baseball Hall Of Fame: Class Of 2013 | 3 Comments

Really …….. ?     No, really, we’ll wait ….   ……….   Did you see what we saw? But still … ? Really?     Yeah, okay, if you say so.

Who In The World Wants To Be A Pro Sports Commissioner? | 1 Comment

Probably unexpected of any independent sports culture site, we’ve spent a fair amount of time here discussing the actions, inactions, perceptions and statuses of the sports commissioners of the four major leagues here in North America. Each article you’ve seen here since TSFJ launched provided not only opinions of what these men have done and left alone, but asked questions about said decisions. There’s one question that seemingly no one has...

Jesse Hall Is The Greatest Mighty Duck That Ever Lived | 15 Comments

At some nondescript hour of the night, I caught the last 45 minutes of The Mighty Ducks on television. Usually when some nondescript movie comes on while I’m about to fade to black, I just pass out for the evening. Yet, this was The Mighty Ducks, and there was absolutely no chance I was going to turn the channel on one of the greatest movies of all-time. No way in hell. When The Mighty Ducks came out in 1992, I was about to turn 9 years old....

The Knicks, The Celtics And Why Bad Blood Could Heal All | 10 Comments

Monday night, while Notre Dame was getting its teeth kicked in by Alabama, there was a basketball game taking place in Madison Square Garden. A game which was important off the strength that it pitted two hopeful NBA Finals contenders against one another. Yet, leave it to Kevin Garnett – the man who once damn near took Fancy from Jamie on an episode of The Jamie Foxx Show – to ignite the NBA’s renewed and restored rivalry with...

Score: We Are The Process Presents The ‘Hold the Line’ Collection | 2 Comments

We Are The Process – “Hold the Line” Collection With a new year comes a desire to have a new focus on life. Be it on your goals, the people you hold dear to you or just to not repeat whatever happened in 2012. Yet, sometimes we forget that living life is all about surviving and overcoming. The things you do to get ready for your day-to-day, for whatever may be around the corner, having the mental capacity to handle that uncertainty...

The 10 Things Kansas City Chiefs Fans Can Expect From Andy Reid | 4 Comments

They say familiarity breeds contempt. After 14 years of mostly successful but ultimately Lombardi-less seasons, a vocal portion of Philadelphia fans came to feel contempt for the familiar fat man that roamed the sidelines for the Philadelphia Eagles. Truth of the matter is Andy Reid was the greatest Eagles coach of the Super Bowl era, but like a marriage that no one really expected to last forever, Philadelphia got to see the faults of Andy Reid...

The 2013 NFL Playoffs Player Power Rankings: Richard Sherman Is Awesome | 11 Comments

I’m going to attempt to do a weekly power rankings of all the players, coaches and personalities that mattered (or didn’t) during the 2013 NFL Playoffs. These rankings will have no statistical analysis behind them, outside of the amount of times someone may or may not have made my head hurt or eyes bleed while watching him on television. On to the rankings … 1. Russell Wilson: Not only did the cover model for the Duke Texturizer...

The NHL Returns: Why You Should Watch | 4 Comments

Sports fans, rejoice. After 113 days of night, the NHL lockout is finally over. I refuse to write another word about the most embarrassing episode of Gary Bettman’s very embarrassing reign as commissioner. If you would like words on the lockout, I suggest you turn to my previous work here and here, or to my friend Jason Clinkscales’ thoughtful piece here. I won’t implore any fan to return to the league either. We have been taken...

Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide Machine Rolls Over Notre Dame | 11 Comments

On the first play from scrimmage in Monday’s BCS National Championship, Notre Dame stuffed Alabama running back Eddie Lacy for a one-yard gain. Then, the Irish didn’t stop the Crimson Tide again. Less than three minutes into the game, the Tide started to roll. It rolled through the first quarter to a 14-0 lead. It rolled in the second quarter to a 28-0 halftime lead. It rolled all second half to the 42-14 final. By the time the Tide stopped...

Robert Griffin III, Playing Through Injury And The Audacity Of Hope | 8 Comments

What transpired on FedEx Field Sunday evening was an attack on the conscience of sports fans everywhere. The Washington Redskins and their sensational yet hurt quarterback Robert Griffin III left the NFC wild-card game versus the Seattle Seahawks in the second half after re-injuring his right knee. A botched shotgun snap caused Griffin to make an awkward attempt to recover the ball, and during the recovery attempt his right knee (which was fitted...

Why You Should Watch The BCS National Championship Game: So Much Hate For Everybody | 1 Comment

There is one question that everyone who follows the bowls should be asking. If there is only one bowl that matters, why do we have 200,00 of them in the first place? Some of the bowls are set up for those of us who just want to check out the women. There are also bowls that try to help us prove that one team isn’t really as bad as everyone thinks it is. Then there are bowls that help us prove that Goliath is rarely beaten by David. The BCS National...

East Coast vs. West Coast Beef, NBA Edition | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I began tweeting about the dynamic in Los Angeles with the Lakers struggling and the Clippers playing the best basketball that franchise has ever seen. I opined that the dichotomy of the Lakers and Clippers has switched on the court, but it wouldn’t necessarily switch in terms of where the heart of the city lied. As long as both franchises exist, the Lakers will always have more fans, but the Clippers are definitely becoming the...