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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....

Do You Want an NBA Rivalry or What? | 4 Comments

When the Miami Heat faced the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the broadcasts wouldn’t go five minutes without some allusion to the league’s last great rivalry. From 1997-2000, these franchises took part in basketball that was absolutely ugly, yet sublimely beautiful. If you watched basketball with the strong belief in defensive tenet of “no layups,” then Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Alonzo Mourning and P.J. Brown...

Podcast: The Lakers Go Fishing And Allen Iverson Impromptu Appreciation Night | 2 Comments

On this edition of #theUCShow, the phone lines ring off the hook as Bryan Crawford and Danielle first share views on the demise of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Soon after, Cuffs The Legend came on to share some insight, and he also touches on the impact of Allen Iverson, which has everyone on the phone taking trips down memory lane. Per usual, we also got wisdom from The Great Myles Brown and concluded the show with a call from none other...

Starting Lineups: Converse & Undefeated Unveil The Summer 2012 Jack Purcell Collection | 0 Comments

Here are your dope kicks for the summer, courtesy of Converse’s Jack Purcell brand and Undefeated. Boasting a white, black and a limited-edition red version, Converse First String will serve as a limited-edition summertime Jack Purcell collection for fans of the brands along with casual shoes for lounging at a cookout or for that late night drink with the crew.  The following are words by a suit from Converse. “We are excited to collaborate...

When The Hell Is He Going Retire? An Ode To Martin Brodeur | 5 Comments

Martin Brodeur has tortured a lot of opposing fan bases in his 20-year NHL career, and at the very top of the list are Philadelphia Flyers fans. I’ve watched Brodeur be dominant for so long, while my own franchise has struggled to find a man to stop the puck. It’s been amazing and incredibly frustrating to watch all these years. So frustrating that I regularly ask myself, “When the hell is Martin Brodeur going to retire?” Year...

Moving On Up? Conference Realignment Hits Home in Virginia | 2 Comments

Disappointment set in once it became clear that conference realignment had trickled down to the little ol’ Colonial Athletic Association. The Colonial, or CAA as it’s most commonly known, has always been a beacon of Virginia’s mid-major schools. At one point, six of the fine institutions in the Commonwealth were members. In 2001, the University of Richmond left for the Atlantic 10. The Spiders’ city-mate, Virginia Commonwealth,...

Starting Lineups: The Stephen A. Smith and Miami Heat Saturday Night Live Skit | 0 Comments

As much as some of you may dislike the great Stephen A. Smith, it is a sign of ultimate respect when you are mocked. In this case, Jay Pharaoh mocked Stephen A. on Saturday Night Live, and threw in some hilarious sketch comedy involving LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Consider this skit killed; well done. “ONLY ONE MAN, FOR THE MIAMI HEAT, SHOULD HAVE THE BASKETBALL, IN THE 4TH QUARTER…and that is LeBron James.” — fake Stephen...

The Top Ten NBA Players In The Post-Jordan Era | 22 Comments

Recently, the argument of the Jordan era as the best in basketball surfaced, and it is hard to argue with anyone who agrees with that. The Jordan era revitalized the NBA and made it more stable and fun to watch. If you think of the best twenty players in the history of the game, they probably played in the Jordan era (with a few exceptions, of course). However, the NBA hasn’t been left for dead since the retirement of Michael Jordan. In fact, I...

Starting Lineups: The Five Players To Watch In The UEFA Champions League Final | 0 Comments

The biggest game on Saturday will be taking place and it’s possible that many of you will not be watching. No, I’m not talking about the Spurs vs. Clippers. No, I’m not talking about the Thunder vs. Lakers. No, I’m not even talking about Rangers vs. Devils. Nope. I’m talking about the UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm Eastern. (Set the DVR, trust me.) The UEFA Champions League...

Magic, Stan and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ $2 Billion Plan | 3 Comments

By Matt Whitener / @cheapseatfan Now that the ink is dry on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ purchase, it really has set in that it’s a brand new day for one of baseball’s most iconic franchises. It feels like it’s been years since Manny Ramirez’s arrival supercharged baseball in Dodger Stadium and made it a focal point for the first time since the Hideo Nomo/Mike Piazza days. But it’s been a long time since there was some legit, annual winning...

Sean Taylor And A Boulevard Of Broken Dreams | 10 Comments

Death packs the uncanny ability to provide perspective with everything in life, especially sports. A Dallas Cowboys and Florida State Seminoles fan remembers the late Sean Taylor. These words weren’t supposed to happen. Truthfully, I’m not even sure what triggered them. This time of the year has always been catered to the NBA playoffs. My stance this year is well documented and, apart from that, I just love the game of basketball itself....

Starting Lineups: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce Must Think It’s 1999 | 1 Comment

Paul Pierce dunked on the Philadelphia 76ers, twice. In the same game. Actually, in the span of five minutes. Kevin Garnett was calling for the ball, in the post, on numerous occasions. Shaming whoever had the gall and audacity to try and guard him. *cues Prince’s 1999 anthem and sings aloud for a few minutes* The Celtics 107-91 thrashing of the Sixers on Wednesday night was downright scary. Kevin Garnett looked like the primetime performer...

“Free C-Webb!” – An Appreciation for Chris Webber, the Analyst | 9 Comments

Just about a year ago, as NBA fans fretted about the eventual lockout, TNT announced that it would add Shaquille O’Neal, the recently-retired legend, to its Inside the NBA team. The bidding war between the Time Warner network and ESPN had to have been fierce considering he was a walking quote machine during his playing career. When he was signed, there were already ponderings on how he would mesh with friend and former on-court adversary, Charles...

Podcast: Justin Tinsley Finally Explodes, Comedy Ensues | 0 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, Justin Tinsley officially had his first on-air tirade. The man has been backed into a corner and after some goading by The Bearded One, Tinsley proceeds to launch into a profanity-laced rant for the ages. He continues by telling the world to su—–well, you’ll just have to tune in to hear it yourself. Also, we have guest appearances from The Rev, Till, Mark Trible, and The Great Myles Brown. Check...

Andre 3000, Shawn Michaels, Manu Ginóbili, James Harden and Deferred Destinies | 4 Comments

Let me break this down in stages. Bear with me… ***** If you’re not familiar with the talents of Andre 3000, then let me explain it to you. You see, Andre 3000 is one half of the most talented rap duo of all time in Outkast. The Georgia boys from Atlanta have been doing work in the hip-hop game for 20 years, and between Andre 3000 and Big Boi, no one has done it better. While Andre 3000 has always shined greatly on many highly-touted albums,...

Starting Lineups: Brett Lawrie Went YOLO On The Umpire Last Night | 1 Comment

Toronto Blue Jays infielder, Brett Lawrie probably doesn’t know what “YOLO” is, but he definitely did go “YOLO” last night. Lawrie assumed that he’d earned a ball four walk versus the Tampa Bay Rays not once, but twice, so when Lawrie took a called third strike, dude flipped his lid. Figuratively and literally. Okay, technically he didn’t throw the baseball helmet at the umpire, but he did give the helmet...

Stop the Debate: Chris Paul Is The Best Point Guard In The NBA | 14 Comments

It was only a few short years ago that Chris Paul was getting the torch passed along from the likes of Steve Nash and Jason Kidd as the best point guard on the planet. But as a few nagging injuries and turmoil in New Orleans began to hamper Paul, a funny thing started to happen. People began forgetting about Paul and proclaiming new heirs to the NBA point guard throne. The case was made for the whirling dervish that is Russell Westbrook. Others declared...

Who Saw This Coming From Danny Green Besides The Spurs? | 5 Comments

If you were to have asked me what UNC players would be making the biggest impact in the NBA from that 2009 UNC basketball team, my answer in 2009 would have easily been Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson. In fact, I would have bet any amount of money on it. Upon entering the NBA in 2009, it appeared that I was correct. Lawson played a vital role in his rookie season and is now a star for the Nuggets. Hansbrough became a big part of what the Pacers was...

Starting Lineups: Five Takeaways From The Thunder’s Mollywhopping Of The Lakers | 0 Comments

The Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals On Monday night, and as I prepared to bunker in with all of my support behind my hometown squad, the realization that I had been nervous  about this potential matchup since the playoff draw was apparent. I’d been mostly nervous about facing the Lakers just out of sheer respect for Kobe Bryant and the frontcourt duo of Pau Gasol and Andrew...

Hollywood Vs. Broadway: We Need A Kings Vs. Rangers Stanley Cup Final | 4 Comments

The NHL, ever growing in popularity, has reached the semifinals stage of its fantastic Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers lead the New Jersey Devils, 1-0. Out west, the Los Angeles Kings lead the Phoenix Coyotes. That’s a good thing. Make no mistake about it, the NHL needs L.A. and New York in the finals. Last season, the league experienced fantastic viewership when Boston and Vancouver met in the finals....

The Last Of A Dying Breed: Kevin Garnett | 10 Comments

There’s something about having a favorite player in any sport that makes you tune in even more than you already do. The investment you put in is beyond the comprehension of someone who doesn’t watch sports, and it’s really only appreciated by a fan who is as hardcore as you are about the game. For instance, in the case of Ed, no one can tell him anything about Russell Westbrook (and that’s not even his favorite player; merely one of his favorites)....

Starting Lineups: Manchester City Wins The Premiership In Preposterous Fashion | 1 Comment

On Sunday, Manchester City won their first Premier League title in over 44 years by defeating Queens Park Rangers 3-2. Just on the simple fact alone that a team hoisted the gold for the first time in over four decades makes what transpired in Ethiad Stadium impressive. Of course, we’re just getting started in discussing the chancery and tomfoolery that occurred on the pitch. You see, City reminds me of one of my best friends I know. Blessed...

Should We Be Worried About Terrell Owens? | 7 Comments

If you have followed the world of sports for the past twenty years, there are a few things that you can bank on. The one thing that is a constant is that almost 75% of professional football players are going to be broke within five years after they finish playing football. There are many reasons why, but the most typical is that someone stole money from them. The most typical come from financial consultants who make bad investments and take an athlete...

The Till Show’s Year-End Review of the New York Knicks | 3 Comments

By Jonathan Tillman / @thetillshow I have had two days to think this over.  So, I present to you the Knicks season-in-review on the day after in which Game Six of the team’s first-round series with the Miami Heat was to be played.  I chose this day because it is a microcosm of the Knicks’ entire season: “what if?”  Rather, this Knicks’ season is a boulevard of broken dreams. — Till Where do I begin?  I’ll...

Game Seven Is Gut Check Time For Kobe Bryant | 6 Comments

For a future first-ballot Hall of Famer who has proven so much in his career and, arguably, the most accomplished player this side of Jordan, Saturday’s Game Seven marks one of the most pivotal moments for Kobe Bean Bryant.  Following Tuesday’s Game Five between the Nuggets and Lakers which saw Andre Miller look more like Magic Johnson and JaVale McGee resemble a NBA Jam character, my best friend Brad (diehard Lakers fan) and I had this...

Starting Lineups: Where Do The Chicago Bulls Go From Here? | 2 Comments

I’m just glad the series is over. This is no dis to the Philadelphia 76ers and the remaining members of the Chicago Bulls, but watching those two teams play basketball for six games was enough for me. That series was as an excruciating of an experience as I can remember when it comes to playoff series are concerned. The 76ers were just mediocre enough to squeak out four wins as the Bulls partook in what seemed to be a real life demolition derby. There’s...