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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....

Josh Hamilton, Summertime Struggles And Being A Prisoner Of The Moment | 3 Comments

I was asked a question last week about what I thought about how the tides have turned for Josh Hamilton. How a man that was being compared rather favorably to the better efforts of Mickey Mantle, among others, just a few months ago could now barely take a home at-bat without his own fans nearly raining down their disapproval on his recent downturn. This would seem impossible, right? An all-star starter, former MVP,that’s well in the mix for another...

Starting Lineups: NBC Held Us Hostage, But Usain Bolt’s Still The King Of 100 Meters | 5 Comments

I can’t remember being so pissed off at a network in my entire life. I cleared my schedule, work up early, cooked myself breakfast and did everything else I needed to do so that I could watch my favorite events of the Olympics. The track and field events. I won’t go into the pageantry of why I like the track and field events so much, but all I can remember is that my mama would jump out of her seat when Carl Lewis and Florence Griffith-Joyner...

Are You Ready For Some Football? 6 Thoughts On The Eve Of The NFL Pre-Season | 5 Comments

Finally, we have a steady stream of real football news to talk about and obsess over. Oh sure, the offseason antics of Dez Bryant and his momma, the arrest of Adrian Peterson, and the marijuana struggles of Nick Fairley were news for the media, but the football fan in me wanted something of substance to grab a hold of. I don’t really go for the bad news media. I want to see football. The NFL preseason football is finally here. You may not be...

The Floyd Mayweather Welcome Home Appreciation Post | 7 Comments

It’s Friday, and in most cases, this represents the end of another long, grueling work week. Happy hours are on the horizon, and the start of 48 hours of ecstasy are staring us directly in the eye. Fridays are great to begin with. Yet today, August 3, 2012, is in essence an unofficial thug holiday. It’s a day that calls for nights to be celebrated with the closest of friends around the nakediest (no, that’s not a word, but it is...

MLB Trade Deadline: The Winners, Losers And Bystanders | 4 Comments

There’s no deadline quite like the one around Major League Baseball’s free trade stop date. The run up to 4:00 p.m. on MLB trade deadline day is like a month of free agency all rolled into one. It’s all of the drama of the offseason rolled into a few weeks. A whirlpool of bad contracts, guys that are due for raises their teams can’t afford and the pawning off of pieces from lost seasons becomes a hysteria of player movement. And this year’s...

Would The NBC Olympics Be Better On ABC/ESPN Or FOX? | 4 Comments

Of course you have your criticisms of NBC’s Olympic coverage. Who doesn’t? In some rather unfortunate ways, the rage toward the Peacock’s broadcasting decisions is getting more attention than the Games themselves. Maybe it’s because social media tends to be as much a newswire as it is a barometer of “buzz,” but you’d think that NBC had forced us all to watch the Bionic Woman reboot again. Well, whether we like it or not, NBC will remain...

Podcast: Intervention Is Needed – Ken’s Turning 30 Years Old And He’s Scared To Death | 0 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, what was supposed to begin with a Justin Tinsley public service announcement (for Kobe Bryant of all people, as he enters “The No Win Zone”) turned into a barrage of happy birthday messages, along with some much-needed intervention. While Eddie Maisonet turned 29 last weekend, Kenny turns 30 today and the man is scared to death. The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Community did their part to calm the man’s...

Wheelin’ And Dealin’ In The MLB | 3 Comments

Baseball is cut from a different cloth from other sports. The fields are different dimensions. One league plays by a different set of rules than another. An exhibition game in the middle of the season determines home-field advantage in the World Series. These examples and more make baseball completely different. Baseball fans love the unique nature of the game. In fact, they embrace “pastime” as a description rather than “game”...

Why Does Football Use A Coin Toss To Decide Possession? | 3 Comments

Yesterday, I was searching around the internet seeking out a video I had seen some time ago on how NFL captains decide whether to call heads or tails at the coin toss. It was a video — I’m pretty sure produced by NFL Films — that I’ll never forget because Troy Vincent of the Philadelphia Eagles, one of my favorite players ever, looked dead in the camera and said, “Tails. Tails is it.” And he said it as if anyone who chose...

The Olympics Seem Different This Time Around | 0 Comments

Something’s different about these Olympics. It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why it’s different, but it’s different nonetheless. Perhaps the American sports fan is drowned in overexposure. It’s possible that the baseball fan is glued to the TV to find out if the team he or she loves made a trade. Football fans are following along on Twitter for every hitch-and-go route their favorite wide receivers make. The camps...

Starting Lineups: The Entire Team USA Squad Hugged Up On The First Lady | 1 Comment

Yes, Team USA took care of business against France on Sunday in an impressive 98-71 victory in London. It was the opening game of the Men’s Basketball tournament of the 2012 Olympics and all of the things we expected happened. LeBron James showed out. Kevin Durant went off. Even Anthony Davis got in there and did some thangs. Oh, and Tony Parker had the rec-specs in full effect. None of that really matters though, because after the game was...

Robert Griffin III, The Athletic Quarterback, And The Future Of The NFL | 4 Comments

Has there been anyone as polarizing as Robert Griffin III this offseason? The man won the Heisman Trophy. He’s been on every endorsement commercial offered to players who can play the game at a high level. The man was even spotted at the Women’s Final Four this year rooting for his alma mater. A lot of folks have been asking me how I feel about Robert Griffin III as a football player. The most important question they should be asking me is how...

The 5 Games That Will Never Be Watched Again | 18 Comments

It didn’t take much. It never does, honestly. We’ll sporadically hit each other up to shoot the breeze, and the next thing you know, a collaboration post is in the works. See, this is a process that isn’t unique to TSFJ. We have a stable of writers who respect each others’ work, love to write with each other, support each other, push creative limits and challenge each other. So when Ed and I chopped it up on Gchat on Saturday night, the...

This American Wants To See Usain Bolt Dominate…Again | 0 Comments

Four years in the making all comes down to the next two weeks. Four years ago this time, I was living in Chicago, looking for a full-time job, watched damn near every waking moment of the Olympics in Beijing and almost went for broke dining off strictly Harold’s Chicken. Coincidentally, the one moment from the 2008 Games which went missed by yours truly was Kobe Bryant donning his Superman cape and executing arguably the most clutch moment...

Podcast: Football Is Upon Us | 0 Comments

On this edition of The UC Show, the three amigos take some time to talk about the men’s basketball team and why Kenny has no desire to watch or hear about them at all. From there, we take it to football where all hell breaks loose. Tins lets loose, Ed goes on a tirade, Kenny loses his mind, and…..yeah, it’s that time and football is the one topic that makes all of us go nuts. Be sure to give us a listen and stay tuned for more!!!! Other...

The Yankees Pulled A Fast One By Trading For Ichiro | 2 Comments

We’ve seen this before, and “this” means several things at once in this situation. We’ve seen the New York Yankees make big, unexpected deals. We’ve seen superstars moved from the outhouse to the penthouse in July before. It’s not even unprecedented that a superstar whose shine is fading ends up out of there. But that doesn’t mean that it’s any less of a shock to see Ichiro Suzuki in the pinstripes of the New York Yankees now. Although...

Starting Lineups: Team USA Defeats Spain 100-78, Now What? | 0 Comments

After a shaky first quarter which saw our beloved American hoopers go down by nine points to a game Spain squad, Team USA surged ahead to a lead in the second quarter and never looked back in a 100-78 victory in Barcelona’s beautiful Palau Saint Jordi arena. Couple of points, quickly. Serge Ibaka and Pau Gasol went a combined 14-19 shooting from the floor. That’s a 74% shooting percentage. Yikes. Marc Gasol didn’t play at all. Tyson...

The 1992 Olympics: Beyond The Dream Team | 2 Comments

Believe it or not, it was 20 years ago today that the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, brought basketball to the national stage like never before. It was July 25, 1992, when the Dream Team took a stroll through Olympic Stadium before running roughshod on the world. While the Dream Team came to define the ’92 Olympics, there was a whole lot more going on than just the greatest collection of basketball players ever taking basketball to new...

Starting Lineups: LeBron, Kobe And KD Show Off Nike’s Olympic Hyperdunk+ iD, Kobe VII System And KDIV iD | 1 Comment

The USA Men’s Basketball squad debuted a new Olympic design on Sunday as they defeated Argentina 86-80 at the world famous Palau Saint Jordi in Barcelona for an exhibition game. The team wore USA-inspired NikeID designs during the contest, most notable of which were LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant showing off their new signature shoe designs for the world to see. The Nike Olympic Hyperdunk+, worn by LeBron James, can be found here. The...

A Man’s Best Fan | 14 Comments

When I was a wee 9-year-old, I received a basket for Easter that included a puppy. At that point, we were still a year away from the Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa home run race that brought baseball back. In fact, during the chase I begged and pleaded and searched for a Chicago Cubs fitted hat. I got the hat, and not long afterwards, the puppy chewed up the brim. It was the first and last time I got mad at that dog. My timeline of the events in life...

Starting Lineups: All Hail Barry Larkin, Hall Of Famer, His Life In Pictures | 4 Comments

Go on ahead and try to say anything negative about Barry Larkin here in Cincinnati. I dare you. I double dog dare you to. You might not make it out of the room alive. “I consider myself an amoeba man, I’ll assume any shape to help the team. If the team needs someone to lead by example, I do that. If it needs someone to steal, I do that. If it needs someone to bunt or move a runner from second to third, I do that.” — Barry...

Put Out An APB: 5 Reasons The NBA Big Man Has Gone Missing | 10 Comments

Interestingly enough, there are so many teams that covet the services of Dwight Howard since he is a rarity in the NBA right now. When you take a long, hard look around the league right now, there are only two legitimate big men in the league. Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum are the cream of the crop, and both have contracts that expire next year. The NBA hasn’t had a truly dominant big man since Shaquille O’Neal. Don’t get it twisted; I am...

Question Of The Day: Who Has The Best Backcourt In The NBA? | 13 Comments

I was reading an article by Sam Gardner from Fox Sports about the tug-of-war that is about to take place with NYC basketball fans with their longstanding hometown New York Knicks and the new imports from New Jersey in the Brooklyn Nets. In the piece, Gardner points out that The Big Russian (Mikhail Prokhorov) has assembled arguably the best backcourt in the NBA in re-signed point god Deron Williams and recently acquired via trade isolation extraordinaire...

Starting Lineups: The Big Dirty (Eli) Manning-wich, Courtesy Of Epic Meal Time | 1 Comment

Meat. Liquor. Friends. This should be the formula for everything, but in two instances this has become the formula for ultimate success. Tailgating at football games, and an online cooking show based in Canada. Epic Meal Time is an internet phenomenon that averages 1 million page views a week per video that’s posted every Tuesday. Yes, it is an online cooking show, but it is of the egregious variety in every way, shape and form. Tons of bacon....

Nas, Black Boi Pachino and Shocking The World at Rucker Park | 6 Comments

Living in the shadows of the Polo Grounds in modern times means that in some way, your Harlem life is shaped by the sporting history of 155th Street and Fredrick Douglass Boulevard. Where Willie Mays once roamed the abnormal outfield and Bobby Thompson inspired arguably the greatest radio call in sports history has stood one of New York’s most notorious housing projects for over 40 years. Across from that very development is another piece of...