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, Trible To Your Bass

And Here We Are At Game 7 Of The World Series

So, this is what it boils down to. There’s one sip left from baseball’s cup, and the grounds are visible even in the...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving And Embracing Newfound Roles

In a few more days, the NBA season will officially be upon us, and that means all of the story lines that have been concocted...

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 | 9 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...

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....