A Sports Scribe, Baseball

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge...

Boxing, J. Tinsley

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons,...

Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a...

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...

VIDEO: The NFL Chick’s Picks For Week 2 | 0 Comments

Week 2 is underway and the NFL looks like it picked up where it left off. The Packers defeated the Bears last night, as the Bears offensive line still have issues and Jay Cutler still throws with his back foot. This upcoming weekend if filled with good matchups. This season, I’ve decided to do video blogs instead of regular blogs, due to the great feedback received. This week I  highlight the top 6 games as well as some fantasy tips for you...

The “Magical” Resurrection of the Baltimore Orioles | 6 Comments

Some folks are calling it magic, while others are going with momentum. I’m going to take it to an even higher plane: I’m taking it to divine intervention of the Field of Dreams variety. The Baltimore Orioles have been made to suffer for a long time by the Baseball Gods, but now, as they always do, they have turned their favor towards them again and now there is the ultimate TEAM that is not-so-quietly playing party crasher in the most. The odds...

Jay Cutler Has A Few New Weapons At His Disposal | 2 Comments

The Bears are seemingly not okay with mediocrity. They have had a plethora of mediocre wide receivers on their team the past few seasons. Guys like Devin Hester, Devin Aromashodu, Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett, and let’s not forget, the Roy Williams experiment have given the Bears a stigma on offense. The Bears have had to lean heavily on Matt Forte to do the running, the receiving, the hot dog vending, and the ticket sales the past few seasons....

@MarcusTroy’s Latest Project ‘Kicks On A Plane’ Shows How Folks Jet Set Around The World | 0 Comments

Every person who has to frequently fly our friendly skies has to always deal with this circumstance. “Do I dress for convenience and practicality, or do I dress to impress, never knowing who or what I might see?” This has been a personal pain point of mine, as I’ve traveled with a broken leg and flown across the country where it goes from hot to cold in a blink of an eye. However, as I’ve become older, I realize that the airport is a great...

The Saints Come Marching In: Reflecting on Fanhood in the EPL | 2 Comments

By Dillon Friday / @NoClassFriday My grandfather sat in the bleachers of the Baker Bowl watching the Philadelphia Phillies race to 10,000 losses. For this reason, among others, I am a Phillies fan today. It seems I had little choice in the matter. In fact, I would argue that most fanhood in this great country is akin to an arranged marriage. Parents choose their children’s teams at a very young age. Cruise through a recent mother’s Facebook...

Defensive Backs Take Notice: Only A Prime Can Stop Megatron | 12 Comments

For those of you who watch the Transformers, this title means something real to you. You know the story of the Autobots and the Decepticons and their leaders Optimus Prime and Megatron. Optimus Prime is the leader of the autobots, a faction of transforming robots from the planet Cybertron. The autobots are constantly waging war against a rival faction of transforming robots called Decepticons. He is depicted as a brave, powerful, wise and compassionate...

The False Comparison Between Sports and Politics | 5 Comments

Moments before hosting a NFL preview edition of The Exchange this week, a good friend chastised me for a recent spate of strongly jaded commentary on the American political climate. Something at the pit of her stomach bothered her about my rather dismissive responses to the responses of… well, the responses to every word of the presidential candidates in the upcoming election. Her concerns were not exactly on the validity of my personal feelings...

Don’t Look Now But The Philadelphia Phillies Are Coming | 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was jokingly telling my friends that all the Philadelphia Phillies had to do was sweep the Nationals and sweep the Braves heading into September and they’d be right back in the thick of things for one of the National League Wild Card spots. Of course, I said this all in jest, as the Phillies were a good way back from the pack with several teams ahead of them; then a funny thing happened. The Phillies did sweep the Nationals....

Devon Walker Reminds Us Of Football’s Ultimate Risk | 1 Comment

With football season officially back across each level of play, the action is gripping. The sport brings high intensity. From a block on a punt return to a bone-jarring hit, the physical nature has America in a trance. In nearly appropriate comparison, football players are today’s gladiators. Each year, they get bigger. The next season, they get faster. All in all, they get stronger. Due to early weight training and sport specialization, the...

Serena. | 4 Comments

The time to have the discussion is here. It is a discussion that people have when they witness a streak of greatness that is so dominant that it would be an injustice not to have. Serena Williams is off-the-chain, she is amazing, in a league of her own and is putting together a title run that I’ll be telling my nephew about very soon, even though he won’t know what I’m talking about. Yesterday, Serena Williams added to her memorable...

Hey, New York Giants Fans; Your Secondary Looked Horrible Last Week | 2 Comments

The New York Giants showed us one thing during Wednesday night’s football game: they are horrible in the secondary. The departure of Aaron Ross to Jacksonville and the loss of some key starters early in the game were evident as the Giants were struggling to stop the Cowboys air attack. The Giants looked a lot like the Cowboys did last year as they had one of the most solid front seven defensive teams in the league, but their secondary couldn’t...

We Are The Process Unveils Their ‘End Of The World’ Collection | 1 Comment

The boys at We Are The Process have done it again. We’ve featured the brand before here on TSFJ and the collective of Georgios, Larry, Ted and Jorge have set out to have their clothing line serve as an example of how they “play ball.” Their latest line of tees, caps and accessories symbolize the gospel of their release that, “The End Is Now.” Not quite the same as the infamous “you only live once” motto,...

Trent Richardson to Jim Brown: “Sir, Is This Good Enough For You?” | 0 Comments

Trent Richardson was selected by the Cleveland Browns as the third overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft after a stellar career for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Many scouts rated Richardson as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson ran wind sprints for the Oklahoma Sooners. One man that was not impressed with the selection of Richardson was the greatest football player of all-time, Mr. Jim Brown. “I’m not overwhelmed with it; the problem...

NFL Opening Weekend: Cowboys Fans Can Relax While Other Fans Must Pray | 2 Comments

For months now, the anticipation of NFL opening weekend had a hold of my heart and soul. As far back as then, I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be when the festivities kicked off. The first Sunday of the NFL follows a script that has been set in stone for years: Go to early service. Get something to eat early (if the plan isn’t to watch the game at Wild Wings or somewhere else where football fans congregate). Be in front of a TV...

Today’s Obituaries – Florida Gators Safety Josh Evans (1990-2012) | 16 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Today’s Obituaries is a satire series that runs on The Sports Fan Journal and Ed The Sports Fan. Don’t be lame and get offended. Thanks.) Josh Evans, 22, passed away on September 8th, 2012. He was born and raised in Irvington, New Jersey and was the starting safety for the Florida Gators football team. Evans was really just an innocent bystander who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as the monotonous...

Are the Yanks Really in the Tank? | 2 Comments

It was just yesterday when it seemed like the New York Yankees were doing the baseball impossible, which is also known as completely leaving the pack in the AL East. Even its second best team has had the Wild Card spot on lock 13 of the 17 years it existed with a sole winner. It’s the jungle, and there damn sure aren’t any lions in it. Yet, if there were, the masters of the domain would definitely be the Yankees. They’re the standard bearer...

9 Quick Observations From The Cowboys 24-17 Win Over The Giants | 4 Comments

So, America has had its fix. It was a small one, but the opening game of the 2012 NFL season has already given us something to look forward to, come this Sunday. A few observations on last night’s contest between the Dallas Cowboys and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Kevin Ogletree was outstanding. Yes, he’s a player that had little experience between the enigmatic Dez Bryant and the nearly invisible Miles Austin, but for...

25 For 25: Baseball’s Top 25 Players, 25 And Under | 3 Comments

There’s been a lot of stories to be had this season, but what’s really ran the course of the season is the youth movement that’s being served. Yet another highlight of it was served when the Chicago Cubs made a long-term deal with Starlin Castro, putting away the 22-year-old until nearly his 30th birthday last week. That follows on the heels of the rise of the Washington Nationals, Oakland A’s and Pittsburgh Pirates, all pushed by young pace-setters...

VIDEO: The NFL Chick’s 2012 NFL Predictions | 3 Comments

September means the end of summer, back to school and the beginning of NFL season. Every year, NFL experts and analysts like to give their predictions on how teams will fare for the upcoming season. It’s only right that I chime in and do the same since, in my mind, I’m an expert anyway (more like a Twitter analyst, but I’m okay with that). Since I’ve been more interested in sharing my thoughts via video lately, I figured this...

What Happened To All The Great Pennsylvania Quarterbacks? | 2 Comments

Unitas. Namath. Montana. Marino. These are men on the Mount Rushmore of NFL quarterbacks. And they are all products of the great state of Pennsylvania. No state in the country has produced more NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks than the Keystone State, with six in all: Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and George Blanda. Pennsylvania is the quarterback factory. At least it was. But as I was watching Sportscenter on the eve...

Podcast: The Angry Corner Strikes Again, Tuesday Edition | 2 Comments

On this special NFL eve edition of The UC Show, Kenny goes on a rant about fast food, while Ed and Tinsley shake their heads and, eventually, jump in and share their frustrations as well. Kenny makes his visit in The Angry Corner an extended one by railing against the masses who have criticized Savannah State for their massacre at the hands of Oklahoma State and their impending match-up against Florida State this weekend. The discussion becomes heated,...

Shocking The World In Blacksburg: A Graduate Returns To His Alma Mater | 2 Comments

As I stood beneath the north end zone bleachers at Lane Stadium, I could hear the thousands of feet jumping above me. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared over the loudspeakers, the stadium did just as it had the seemingly hundreds of times I’d been there before. It erupted. I stood for much of the first quarter, peeking through the iron gates that separated the field from the entrance. The jumbotron gave me what I needed to see. With...

Chipper Jones, Brett Favre And Being A Man At 40 | 6 Comments

“I’m a man, I’m 40!” Those were the words of current Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. While Gundy was ranting and raving after Daily Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson asked a few tough questions about his quarterback Bobby Reid, those five words put every 40-year-old man on alert across the country. My manhood at 40 years of age shall not be questioned, and you will respect my authority. While many of us make a big deal...