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Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones

It has been clear for months that Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is playing for keeps. From the onset of...

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Costa Rica’s World Cup: How Will Los Ticos Fare Going Forward?

Soccer has a funny way of putting countries on the map. Prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, most Americans thought...

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TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 4: Almost To The Finish Line

The month of July is winding down, and we are approaching the end of the Sports Fan Journal Run Challenge. Each day passes,...

How North Carolina’s Early Departures Affect Next Season | 1 Comment

Things are shaping up with Carolina basketball now that a few announcements have been made.  With John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes going pro, along with Tyler Zeller graduating, the Heels are going to lose a lot of fire power. Good news is that it appears freshman James Michael McAdoo is going to return, if you listen to his father. Word on the street is that the Tar Heels are pursuing Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi and...

Team Bring It Strong: The Rock, Cena, Taker and the Wrestlemania 28 Recap | 3 Comments

Photo courtesy of @withleather By Kellen Daniel / @KellenDaniel WHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I’m literally minutes removed from watching WrestleMania 28, and I must say, I am pleasantly surprised. Any time there’s this much hype for an event, the only thing you don’t want to have happen is for it to suck. The 78,000 in attendance at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium filed in with expectations of a blow-away show, and that’s exactly what they got. We saw two...

The Curse of the 2011-12 College Basketball Second-Year Player | 3 Comments

The 2011-12 college basketball season is nearly in the books.  For four players in particular, four who were sure-fire lottery picks in last year’s Draft and decided to come back and play their sophomore years, all four of them have not improved to the point where a fan who is invested in the NBA game thinks they will be a quality player on the next level. So how exactly did this happen? Each player’s journey has been different.  Some have...

Sunday School: In 1988, Every Oklahoma Sooner Fan Hated Danny Manning | 0 Comments

Danny Manning, the current Kansas assistant coach and former legend for the Jayhawks, has agreed to become the next head coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane basketball team on Thursday. Excuse me while I puke for one second. Its nothing against Mr. Manning, personally. I don’t know the man outside of his injury-plagued NBA career and being one of the most underrated players in NBA Jam history. Nah, my beef goes back 24 years ago, when my beloved...

John Calipari’s Chance To Rewrite History | 4 Comments

The time was April 2008. It was my senior year in college, and by this time of the school year, the last thing on anybody’s mind who was graduating was class. There were those enjoying the last few weeks of undergrad before “real life” gave us all the finger. There was the mad rush to sleep with whoever it was you had missed out on the previous four (or five or six) years. Then, there were the people who were drunk and/or high all...

The REAL All-Time NCAA Tournament Team | 16 Comments

Every now and then, great thinkers need something to ponder about. Today, the sports aficionados at The Sports Fan Journal decided to collaborate. Since we are all from various parts of the United States, and most of us are followers of different teams, our collaboration of ideas lead to collective observation and insight that should select a formidable group of talent that should hold up generations from today. Each of these players served as a...

The G.O.A.T.: Happy Hour With The Baltimore Orioles | 5 Comments

Sometimes, just sometimes, the greatest moments in life arrive completely unexpected. As an American male who’s been through the life-altering phase that is college and still in my mid-20′s, my segment of the population has been drunk more times than we care to remember. Consider it a prerequisite before entering your 30′s. Most times, each individual occasion being drunk is pedestrian. By that, you have a few drinks with friends,...

Podcast: The Legacy of Harrison Barnes Is Put Under The Microscope | 1 Comment

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, we have the fearsome foursome of Mark Trible, Justin Tinsley, Kenny Masenda and Eddie Maisonet hop on the air to talk about the upcoming Final Four in New Orleans. Of course, we get about five minutes into the discussion before it totally derails and becomes a Harrison Barnes town hall meeting. Shenanigans and tomfoolery ensues. Plus… The Till Show gets his theme show music back, plus declares...

Ohio State Basketball Deserves Better from the Bucknuts | 2 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic “Never wearin’ no Levis, battle me? Why try? I’m a treat you like a stepchild, so tell Mommy bye-bye!” — James Todd Smith This quote comes to us from James Todd Smith, AKA LL Cool J. But he could easily have been talking to Thad Motta, the Buckeye basketball coach. He is the forgotten stepchild in the football insane world of Ohio State Athletics. (Bro. Trible – you’re not...

Hollywood Divorce: There’s A New Day in Dodgerland | 3 Comments

By now, you’ve probably heard that baseball’s most high profile nightmare is over as the Los Angeles Dodgers – the franchise of Valenzuela, Hershiser, Koufax, Sutton, and many more – have been pried from the scheming fingers of Frank McCourt. There are plenty of write-ups not only about the face of the new ownership group, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, but about the other, and likely more powerful broker of this group, Stan Kasten. The former...

The Final Four Team No One Is Talking About: The Kansas Jayhawks | 8 Comments

Is it just me, or does everyone seem to be talking about every Final Four team but Kansas right now? Understandably, the intrastate rivalry between Louisville and Kentucky, already an intense battle enhanced even more by Rick Pitino’s history on both sides of the fence, has been the focal point so far. The Wildcats have the best player in country, a coach looking to finally get over the hump and a roster full of future NBAers, while the Cardinals...

Forget Me Not: Rick Pitino and Louisville’s Knockout Chance | 2 Comments

“Don’t call it a comeback. I been here for years.” — James Todd Smith That quote comes courtesy of LL Cool J. Most of you probably know that, and if you don’t, you should. It could also easily come from the mouth of Rick Pitino. How many years has Rick been here? Well, his first trip to the Final Four happened in 1987 when he guided Providence here. He’s been coaching since 1975. He’s been to five Final Fours...

Is The Real Tiger Woods Finally Back? | 2 Comments

For the past few years, Tiger Woods has been pulled in several directions. After news of Woods’ infidelity hit the wire, everyone has been on Tiger about becoming a better man. In fact, Woods has gone out of his way to show the world that he can be a better man. In the process, he lost something that he may never recapture. A lot of people have put their differences about Woods on the back burner, and now, everyone wants Tiger the Champion...

Sunday School: Greg Oden, Ohio State and Unrealized Expectations | 1 Comment

It’s hard to remember how good Gregory Wayne Oden, Jr. was five years ago as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Three micro-fracture surgeries and only 82 games played in four full seasons in the NBA, Oden’s pro career was a huge swing and a miss. However, his days in Columbus with Mike Conley, Daequan Cook and the Buckeyes hoop squad were memorable. Legit 7-footers in college that can actually play worth a damn in college are a rarity...

The Four-Point Play: Shocking the World at the Georgia Dome | 0 Comments

The Four-Point Play has been a staple of ours from back in the ETSF days, so its time to bring it back out on TSFJ.  Here are four points from the festivities here at the NCAA tournament’s South Regional semifinal in Atlanta. The Georgia Dome was cranking, the atmosphere was live, Baylor survived and Kentucky put on a performance of the ages. Before I go see what’s popping on Peachtree Boulevard. Read up and discuss. 1. Can Baylor play a...

Once Tragic, the Baylor Bears Have Come Full Circle | 5 Comments

For the first time in ages, this pro snob has been keeping up with March Madness. Maybe it’s been joining the TSFJ team, catching the tail-ends of the upsets of Missouri and Duke, seeing Georgetown predictably fold, finally getting caught up in the legend of #Draymond Green, or a combination of it all. Despite not filling out a bracket in a decade, the collection of remaining teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is a curious one. Kentucky/Indiana...

Cincinnati, Xavier, and the Queen City Redemption | 2 Comments

If you have no idea what happened between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Xavier Musketeers on December 10th, I’m going to assume you’ve been under a rock for the last four months. Simply put, a brawl happened between the two teams, and you can read my perspective here and also here. …but I’m assuming you’ve been there and done that, so let’s move forward amicably. The Bearcats and the Musketeers both punched their...

NFL’s Perception Vs. Reality In “Bounty Gate” | 15 Comments

*Disclaimer – My opinion is not a popular one and does not reflect the views of the rest of the writers at TSFJ* If you haven’t heard by now, the NFL passed down major disciplinary actions among those involved in “BountyGate”. Saints head coach Sean Payton received a one-year suspension and former-Saints-now-Rams-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely by the league for their roles in paying players for tackles,...

Podcast: Peyton, Tebow, and Kenny Turns Into a Super Saiyan Over Kobe Bryant | 2 Comments

All hail Bryan Crawford for being Vegeta, crashing the show and bombarding Kenny Masenda with a discussion about Kobe Bryant with him. The man hadn’t been back on #theUCshow for no longer than five minutes and 42 seconds, and all hell broke loose. Justin Tinsley and I decided to chill in the rafters while the shenanigans and hijinks ensued. Oh yeah, Alfie Crow of SB Nation’s Big Cat Country (Jacksonville Jaguars blog) joined us to tell...

The Sports Fan’s Bucket List: Five To-Do’s From The Rev | 6 Comments

A couple weeks ago, our editor-in-chief shared five things on his sports fan’s bucket list. Here are five of my own. Catch a game at all 30 MLB stadiums. Maybe it’s because I’ve been going to baseball games longer than any other professional sports outings, maybe it’s the relaxing atmosphere and dog days of summer, or maybe it’s the beauty and uniqueness of each ballpark, but there’s nothing I want to do more than...

Why A Tournament Style Playoff Will Not Work in College Football | 8 Comments

By Chris Mitra / @chrismitra The NCAA Basketball Tournament.  It is the finest time of the year for college basketball.   Watch parties.  Office bracket pools.  Andy Katz going over brackets with President Barack Obama.  Viewers are through the roof.  Fun for Corporate America, fun for Main Street America, right? This is also the time of year where a large group of college football fans ask, “Why can’t we have that in football?” I’m...

Mile High Quarterback: Peyton Manning’s New Challenge In Denver | 6 Comments

Peyton Manning will have a navy blue Broncos helmet on this season. You might need to read that again to let it sink in. No more white and royal blue; no more horseshoe for one of the game’s best quarterbacks. It seems sacrilegious and, yet, it’s the perfect example of how sports work today. The bottom line is, was, and always will be the almighty dollar. For Colts GM Jim Irsay, it simply didn’t make sense to back a dump truck of money up to...

Score: We Are The Process and the “Nokohama” Snapback | 1 Comment

Sometimes, you need your cap to say to folks that you mean business, in a way a Braves or a Yankees cap could. This “Nokohama” cap, a variation to the original Braves logo for Chief Noc-a-homa literally screams “DON’T F*CK WITH ME” while you order your mid-day caramel macchiato from Starbucks. The good folks over at We Are The Process are releasing in three different color variations of the Nokohama cap. (Green/Yellow,...

In The Cards: The Tony Dorsett Rookie Card | 8 Comments

Let the record show that I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan my entire life. I’ve lived, loved, and cried Dallas Cowboys football for most of my days on this planet. It all started when I watched my first game on television, as the Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks. I had seen football before this, but I had never really watched it like I was on this day. The scene was set, and there was a one-man show dictating the offense. His name was Anthony...

Sunday School: Allen Iverson’s Run To The Elite 8 | 0 Comments

16 years ago, the one-man wrecking crew that is known around the world as Allen Iverson, was a sophomore at Georgetown University. Under the tutelage of Big John Thompson, the Hoyas would return to their glory days as Iverson and Co. got all the way to the Elite 8 in the 1996 NCAA tournament. Rocking the patent leather Jordan XI’s, rocking a taper fade with no braids and the iconic Hoya blue and gray…it all seemed like a blur back then....