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TSFJ Run Challenge: Escaping The Cubicle And Competing With Friends

We’ve all heard a variation of the following cliche before, most often when an athlete faces difficult situations...

Soccer, The Fam

Your Premier League Weekend In Review: Should Manchester United Fans Panic?

I imagine Manchester United fans split themselves between the Woody and Buzz camps. Half watched the Red Devils fall 2-1...

Football, The NFL Chick

Meet The Fan: A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Keeps The New York Jets In His Scenario

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet....

#theUCshow Podcast: The Most Disheartening Sports Weekend In TSFJ History | 1 Comment

On this week’s edition of The UC Show, the three amigos recap what was easily the worst collective sports weekend they’ve ever had. It started on Saturday night for Ed and bled over into Sunday afternoon for Kenny and Tinsley. For Ed, the state of Oklahoma got repeated shots in Norman and a devastating blow in the state capital. For Kenny and Tinsley, their pain was courtesy of (who else) the Dallas Cowboys. Royce Young from @dailythunder...

NBA Question Of The Day: Who Are The Darkhorse Candidates To Make The NBA Finals? | 8 Comments

The NBA season kicked off its 2012-13 campaign last night, and everything for a moment felt right in the world. Twitter/Facebook/G-Chat/text messages were on fire, basketball bloggers everywhere had purpose again and the chances to see the greatest athletes in the world on center stage was the coronation of day one of the season. Of course, the talk of who will win the NBA title has already been narrowed down to five teams: Miami, Oklahoma City,...

MCA, Rucker Park And Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot In The NBA | 5 Comments

As I was trying to decide what to write for The Sports Fan Journal to usher in the 2012-13 NBA season, I couldn’t help but harken back to a piece I wrote over at my original home base entitled “You Ugly as Shit, Donte.” The post is about the documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot,” chronicling a few of the high school players chosen for the inaugural Elite 24 game in New York’s historic Rucker Park. The reason...

NBA Question Of The Day: Who Runs New York, Knicks Or Nets? | 4 Comments

The NBA kicks off its 2012-13 season tonight as three games will tip off on Tuesday. The Cavs vs. Wizards, Heat vs. Celtics, and Lakers vs. Mavericks all will kick off our 2012-13 season and bring all the basketball heads back to life. Of course, those with a “New York State of Mind” will only care about the game that tips off on Thursday night. Knicks vs. Nets. Manhattan vs. Brooklyn. In part two of the NBA Question of the Day series,...

Kronk, Detroit and Rolls Royces: A Conversation About Emanuel Steward With Morgan Campbell | 1 Comment

Legendary trainer and boxing commentator, Emanuel Steward, passed away on Thursday, October 25th due to diverticulitis and after effects of colon cancer. A former Golden Gloves champion with an amateur record of 94-3,  Steward is most known for training 41 world champion fighters throughout his career. Guys like Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Thomas Hearns learned under his tutelage and became elite fighters in their respective classes. Steward...

NBA Question of the Day: Who Wins Rookie of the Year, Anthony Davis or the Field? | 13 Comments

The NBA kicks off their 2012-13 season this week as basketball fans across the land rejoice for a variety of reasons. Some are happy to see their favorite teams come back and try to make another title run. Others are just in need of a break from their terrible pro or college football teams that they love. Either way, the game on the hardwood is coming back into our lives, and here at TSFJ, we’re opening up our five-part series with a “Question...

Goal of the Weekend: Carlos Tevez Puts Man City On His Back While Controversy Reigns | 5 Comments

A series of contentious refereeing decisions in the biggest matches marred a weekend of great soccer. The men with the whistles were featured prominently in Liverpool at Everton as well as Manchester United at Chelsea. The former ended 2-2 when it should have been 3-2. The latter ended 3-2 when it should have been 2-2. In the Merseyside Derby, Luis Suarez’s 93rd minute winner was incorrectly ruled offside by the assistant referee. In London, it...

World Series Momentum Meter: The San Francisco Giants Are The Greatest TEAM in Sports | 5 Comments

And in the end, the game’s most undeniable team in recent baseball history was paired against the hitter with the best season in over forty summers, Miguel Cabrera, with it all on the line. And the game’s greatest weapon couldn’t even shoot. Could there possibly be a more improbably fitting end to a season that what the San Francisco Giants did last night? In a year that was defined by the run and inspired its postseason to be measured by the...

Follow The Leader: 3 Reasons Why David Stern Will Leave The NBA A Better Place | 6 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron It was announced yesterday that David Stern will step down as commissioner of the NBA in 2014, passing on the position to Adam Silver as successor. When you’ve run a league for as long as Stern has, in a game with players as volatile and unpredictable as the NBA, there’s going to be a long list of positives and negatives. We’ll debate forever about the envelope that delivered Patrick Ewing to the Knicks,...

Welcome Back, NBA – The Streets Have Missed You | 7 Comments

Last fall, the NBA lockout had hoops fans drowning in their tears, civic leaders fretting about arena lease payments, and television cameras feeling bare without the suits of Craig Sager and Walt Frazier. It was certainly bad when you consider everything within a stone’s throw of the action, but there was one other place where the effect was close to the nuclear winter, as Kobe Bryant theorized. The streets. The hood. The ghetto. Where I live,...

Oklahoma’s National Championship Is Saturday Versus Notre Dame | 4 Comments

The Oklahoma Sooners are one of the true powerhouse programs of college football. When their schedule was released for the 2012 season, every Sooners fan circled a couple of games. The Red River Rivalry Shootout is always the first game circled, as making the annual trip down I-35 South down to Dallas to play the Texas Longhorns has become a right of passage for the boys from Norman. It’s the marquee rivalry game that everyone across the country...

World Series Momentum Meter: Watch The Throne | 4 Comments

Momentum has been the theme, and if it hadn’t reared its truth before, last night in San Francisco it yelled its prophecy in every way possible. This year’s World Series pits two clubs that bludgeoned their opponents into submission in their respective League Championship Series and now have run into each other full speed. Both teams took on legend headfirst and humbled it. The Giants hawked the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals off a three-game...

#theUCshow Podcast: Thoughts on ‘Benji’ and Pimpin’ at the Raiders Game | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Justin Tinsley, Bryan Crawford and Eddie Maisonet roll out the three-man weave by having a candid discussion about ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary film, “Benji.” Callers chime in to talk about silly violence in our inner-cities and losing young lives in the process. Then the discussion changes to the lighter side as Ed discusses his trip to the Oakland Coliseum to Shock The World...

Fighting For Possession: The Greg Willard Story | 5 Comments

Washington, D.C. is a beautiful city. There’s the history. There’s the culture. There’s the late Chuck Brown. There’s the ever-evolving demigod Robert Griffin III who, somehow, in less than a half a season has etched his claim as the most beloved athlete Chocolate City has seen since some guy named Sean Taylor. There’s the sex, drugs, lies, controversy and video tape that is politics. There’s Stadium, if you’re...

ESPN’s 30 For 30 Film ‘Benji’ And Chicago Urban Legends | 6 Comments

When Ben Wilson was shot and killed in Nov. 1984, I was just eight years old. Far too young to grasp what his death meant, but old enough to know that it meant something. When you see the bigger kids on your block all huddled up and crying over it, when you see his picture on every news channel and in every newspaper, it isn’t hard to decipher that this wasn’t just an ordinary human being. Not even as a small child. Originally ran at NBC Chicago,...

Penn State And Ohio State Showing Their Mettle | 4 Comments

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Big Ten football conference is going to live up to its moniker. Thanks to the sanctions levied on Penn State and Ohio State, the 12-team Big Ten has been reduced to just 10 teams eligible for the second Big Ten Championship Game. And wouldn’t you know it, as the Ohio State Buckeyes travel to State College to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions this Saturday, there may not be two teams in the conference...

The 2012-13 Denver Nuggets: Embracing Limitations As A Positive | 5 Comments

By Alex Wong / @steven_lebron It hit me the other day, a realization as I was sorting through the over/under win totals for each team in the NBA: I’ve always had an extremely cynical and bleak view of how the league operates from a competitive standpoint. Great teams are by the handful, and that handful rarely changes. Occasionally, teams will invite themselves into this elitist club — Oklahoma City is there for now and a case could be made...

The Life And Times Of A St. Louis Cardinals Fan – Game 7 Edition | 2 Comments

This is The Sports Fan Journal, and at the heart of it all, that is exactly what we all are. So for a moment here, I’m going to step aside from analysis and presenting things as they are and be just that, a sports fan. I’m going to be a sports fan that’s in the grip of the absolute most crippling part of fanhood: the devastating loss. But not just so much for the gist of losing a season, but for everything that sports truly is for some of us....

Sports Superstitions Make Fans Feel Like Part Of The Game | 2 Comments

It was evident the St. Louis Cardinals were headed back to the World Series. After an 8-3 win in Game 4 of the NLCS, admission was all but formally granted. The Redbirds had dominated the Giants across the diamond. The Sports Fan Journal’s Matt Whitener tweeted that the Cardinals were headed back to the Fall Classic. I saw the tweet. I replied to Matt, a young man who will forget more baseball than I’ll probably remember. I had seen this...

Goal Of The Weekend: Unlikely Improvisation From Wigan’s Emmerson Boyce | 0 Comments

In the pantheon of great plays, the improvisational has a unique home. Improvisation doesn’t rely on context. It is the product of split-second thinking when one is presented with unfortunate circumstances. The spectacular nature of the play comes from the build-up rather than the result. The how or why trumps the it. Soccer provides endless opportunities for improvisation because it is played almost entirely with the feet. To put it more bluntly,...

Derrick Rose: The Return Is For Real | 2 Comments

My Sunday morning started off with the usual pre-game football to the max and my Joel Osteen Motivational Tape (shoot, I didn’t get up to go to early service, so I had to do the next best thing). Then I visited the SLAM website and saw a link for The Return, which featured a spot called “Drive” about Derrick Rose and his comeback from an ACL injury he sustained in the opening round of the playoffs last season. Granted, I’ve been exposed to...

Kansas State: The Best College Football Team Nobody Is Talking About | 5 Comments

Watching the dismantling of West Virginia has become routine the past two weeks in the Big 12. You can even argue that teams are deep into West Virginia’s tendencies, as there is enough tape out on the Mountaineers for coaches to prepare for the dynamic offense. Heading into the game with Kansas State, everyone was talking about Geno Smith’s chances of winning the Heisman, but when then game was over, a new Heisman leader had been introduced...

2002 World Series: When Barry Bonds Was 1 Game Away From Championship Immortality | 7 Comments

In 2002, some guy named Thomas Edward Patrick Brady found himself in the Super Bowl, ball in hand with 1:30 left to play on American sports’ biggest stage against Kurt Warner and the “greatest show on turf.” Instead of taking the great John Madden’s advice and running out the clock and trying for an overtime win, the second-year quarterback only came right out and completed three straight passes to get the drive started with no timeouts....

The New York Yankees’ Self-Inflicted Grave Gets Deeper | 6 Comments

The worst thing that could have possibly happened to the New York Yankees was to keep winning. You’re always in it to compete and take the year as far as it can go, but in the case of these Yanks, it’s like the dog that should have been put down only the owners don’t know when to say when. This is a team that’s clearly been around for too long and is taking the marathon beating route out of the season. After being chased from April all the...

On ‘Steve McNair: A Football Life’ And Paying A Legend Respect | 4 Comments

Behind Steve Young, the Hall of Fame’s only left-handed quarterback, Steve McNair was my other all-time favorite signal-caller. Those two players had so much in common in terms of styles, intelligence and absurd amounts of “you gotta KILL me to get me off this field” within. They lived the cliché of willing their teams to victory, even as tremendous physical tolls were undertaken in their careers. The amazing part about McNair, though, was...