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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...

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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....

TSFJ Presents: ‘The NFL Draft Diaries’ with Bucs’ DE, Steve White | 5 Comments

With the NFL Draft right around the corner, I wanted to get a closer look at what goes through players’ minds as they prepare for the draft process. How they handle the preparation and anxiety leading up to the big day has always been something to wonder about. So we at TSFJ decided to do a series we like to call the Draft Diaries. It allows us to let current and former players give us a breakdown of how they weathered the storm that is known...

Necessary Roughness: Hockey Playoffs or Slay-offs? | 5 Comments

If you turned on hockey for the first time this season in the last week, you may have been looking for high intensity. Chances are good you found it. The NHL playoffs are unlike any other when it comes to break-neck speed, competitive play, and electric atmospheres. However, you probably noticed something else as well. You probably saw some vicious play that resulted in injury. Maybe you witnessed a fight against an unwilling participant. Perhaps...

Starting Lineups: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Gives The Double Bird Salute | 4 Comments

H/T to SportsGrid I’ll be honest….I didn’t know how to take this photo when I first saw it. Yesterday was the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 65th birthday, and the proper respects were paid all across the internets and folks who respect basketball and history. Kareem always seemed poised, calm and composed on the court. Yes, he had his moments where he’d talk crazy and wag his finger in someone’s face, but that’s...

Nike Football Unveils Home Kits For UEFA Euro 2012 | 0 Comments

In preparation of the second greatest international soccer competition (behind the World Cup, ahead of the Olympics)  known as the UEFA European Championship, Nike has unveiled the new kits for some of the leading football nations in the world. Five countries – Croatia, France, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal – receive the royal treatment from the Swoosh by rocking (in Nike’s opinion) the “most environmentally-friendly kits...

Miles Simon and Mike Bibby Star In, “Floaters and Foams” | 9 Comments

Fifteen years ago when the Arizona Wildcats won the National Championship, two trends were set that would lay dormant for over a decade but have now become more popular than ever, of late. First, there was the floater. Derrick Rose added it to his repertoire a couple of years ago and it’s become his signature shot these days. He can get it off from virtually any angle and he famously used it to take out the Lakers on opening day of the NBA...

Starting Lineups: The Afro Boy Officially Won with the Knicks Cheerleader | 0 Comments

Secretly, every man likes an older woman. Case in point: check out the little brother who was at half court dancing with the New York Knicks cheerleaders on Sunday. The young man had the crowd under his control, made sure his ‘fro was straight, dusted his shoulders off and went and got the woman he had his eyes on. The rest is history. Live life this Monday like the young man in the video and enjoy quality reading this morning. Bull City: Josh...

Winning Championships Is Not The Only Measure Of Greatness | 8 Comments

There are times when you begin an argument and you know where every one is going to go with it before it even starts. When you ask anyone about sports greatness, the first thing that usually comes out of peoples mouths is usually well “insert athlete here” has “insert number here” rings and your guy has none. If championship rings are the measure of greatness, then why do we even debate who is the greatest. The answers should be simple and...

Native Pride: Kevin Durant Unveils the New Nike N7 Zoom KDIV | 0 Comments

Kevin Durant and Nike have released their latest effort to support the N7 Fund with the latest edition of the Nike Zoom KDIV. N7 is a community program and fund dedicated to providing access to sport and physical activity for Native American and Aboriginal communities with a focus on youth. Growing up in Oklahoma, embracing the Native American culture isn’t an option, it’s just a way of life. Thinking about the friends I grew up with...

Russell Westbrook Tells The World IDGAF and YOLO Simultaneously | 4 Comments

I’m convinced that Google Chat has spawned some of the greatest conversations, controversies and inspirations in history. Almost like clockwork, the homie Tins will hit me up on the Macbook Pro with the consistent greeting. “YO” My response: “YO” Then the conversation begins. Two months ago, Tins and I began to have our usual discussion about the NBA. From the LeBron struggle, to Kobe shenanigans and the strife of the...

Taking It Personal: The First Take Debate | 8 Comments

It’s been said countless times that any time ESPN First Take is viewed, or at least mentioned, Skip Bayless wins. The most notorious hater in sports has made the morning program into the live, in-person manifestation of #TwitterSports; where rushing to be first or trying extra hard to be funny trumps actually learning something about the games we love. Truthfully, he’s the loudest carnival barker in the biggest circus there is, and he gets paid...

Starting Lineups: Quai 54 – The World’s Greatest Streetball Tournament | 2 Comments

This is the new addition to my bucket list that I must attend before I kick the proverbial. The Quai (pronounced “k”) 54 International Streetball Tournament has been held in Paris, France for almost a decade. When Jordan Brand decided to co-sign the event and make it worldwide spectacle, the expectations had been raised. The Quai 54 court, which was nestled in the Trocadero with a ridiculous view of the Eiffel Tower behind the court,...

Starting Lineups: Blake Griffin Baptizes Serge Ibaka | 3 Comments

Two things quickly. One, I have a rule that if I didn’t see the dunk live (or within a reasonably close time of detonation), I can’t do an obituary. Two, Blake Griffin’s going to receive his own wing of the Obituary Hall of Fame. This is getting out of hand. A conversion from our Sunday School posts, here are your daily links to start your morning off right. The Smoking Section: Which Coach Had The Bigger Fail – Ozzie Guillen...

Podcast: The Battle for Theme Music Continues and The NBA’s Old Men Are Back | 0 Comments

On this edition of The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show, Ed has to take his talents to Memphis, so Kenny and Justin pick up the reins. Jonathan Tillman, a.k.a. The Till Show, steps into the third position to bring the heat this Wednesday evening. Discussion topics include the following: Tins is obviously still upset about not having theme music,  although Till is a co-host and Kenny egregiously still played HIS theme music. Is it time to take the Boston...

New Era Caps Present: The Windy City Showdown with Nick Offerman and Craig Robinson | 2 Comments

Nick Offerman and Craig Robinson are so Chicago, it’s eerie. From Offerman’s role as the legend that is Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, to Robinson’s role as the legend that is Darryl Philbin on The Office, the hilarity never ends with these two on my television screen. What’s funny is that both dudes are extremely Chicago with the accent, dry humor and the way they cuss; it reminds me of all the homies I know that are...

2012 NHL Playoffs: Why Each Playoff Team Won’t Hoist The Cup | 7 Comments

Yesterday, my esteemed colleague M. Trible laid out why each NHL playoff team can hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. Today, I’m here to tell you why each team won’t. EASTERN CONFERENCE New York Rangers (1) Admittedly, the Rangers have the look of a Stanley Cup team. They play an up-and-down style, forecheck relentlessly, play tremendous defense and have the best goaltender in the world. Marian Gaborik provides an elite scoring touch, Ryan...

Everybody Loves Cartoons: The Birth of the Nike Free | 0 Comments

I bought these shoes yesterday for $59. Don’t hate. I’d been fascinated by the work Nike had been doing with their transition to Nike Free across many of their major shoe platforms. Per the fabled Nike storytellers in the early 2000′s, Tobie Hatfield and a group of colleagues began a journey to find a way to bring to life the concept of training barefoot, a technique that helps strengthen the foot. Their goal was to create a product...

2012 NHL Playoffs: Why Each Playoff Team Can Hoist The Cup | 5 Comments

The National Hockey League Playoffs are around the corner. It’s one of the most exciting events in sports, mainly because a hot goaltender or a couple bounces of the puck are all that separates teams from winning the Stanley Cup. In the interest of breaking down the playoffs for the everyman, it’s time to let it be known why each of the 16 playoff teams can win it all. EASTERN CONFERENCE New York Rangers (1) This season has been a memorable...

My 60-Day Journey With Insanity | 5 Comments

For a majority of the people I know, Monday February 6, 2012 started off with people still in euphoria over the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl.  It was a typical game; nothing that you really saw that you’ll say “Where were you when that happened?” or anything like that five or ten years from now.  However, it was much different for me and it started much earlier that morning.  That Monday morning was the beginning of a journey that...

30 Years Later, The Nike Air Force 1 Is Still Alive and Kicking | 0 Comments

Having a broken leg can actually have a few benefits. I’ve had to do a bunch of traveling over the last few weeks, and doing it with a broken leg isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. However, one benefit of me having to pack is that I’d only have to pack left shoes. Trust me, I know it’s an odd thing to notice, but, MAN, did it help with packing my luggage. Of course, the other thing that helped with only being able...

Shooting Guards: The Hired Assassins of the Basketball | 4 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic With Reggie Miller’s selection into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Kobe Haters salivating over the Mamba’s recent 3 for 21 performance like a pack of wild dogs getting the scent of fresh meat (Yes, I’m talking to you, Kenny), shooting guards are making news this week. However, I come not to bury shooting guards, but to praise them. They are often villified for their demeanor and selfish style...

Debating LeBron James Versus Michael Jordan | 14 Comments

No matter how much basketball fans want to spark up controversy about who is great, you always get the argument of dominance by certain individuals. There is no mistaking the legacy of Michael Jordan, but there appears to be a disconnect about the player and his supporting cast. Regardless of whom you ask, there will always be a perception of the greatness of Jordan. You will hear things like “Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player to...

Motivation Music: Stalley’s Savage Journey to the American Dream Project | 1 Comment

Sometimes, you just need some music that you can turn on before you go to work, before you hit the weights, or before you prepare to entertain your significant other that will help you set the mood accordingly. No, I’m not talking about romantically; more so, something that will help you focus and stay at attention while you do your dastardly deeds. As it goes with Stalley, the former hooper and Ohio native, the man’s music will serve...

Derrick Rose’s Groin and adidas Present the adizero Rose 2.5 ‘Playoff’ Edition | 1 Comment

The Chicago Bulls have done a miraculous job playing basketball without their superstar, Derrick Rose. Suffering from a groin injury that has caused internal bleeding (all the men reading this are now wincing in pain) and forced Rose to miss his 12th game on Thursday night. Even with the Bulls carrying an 8-4 record without their MVP, the fate of the Bulls postseason is reliant on the Chi-town native’s ability to play in May. If and when Rose...

The 1998 Eastern Conference Finals: When Tins Sold His Soul | 6 Comments

Before moving forward, a massive congratulations goes to Reggie Miller for being inducted into the Hall Of Fame this year. As one of the signature players from an era which formed my love for the game of basketball, this honor is long overdue and regardless if his career numbers pale in comparison to whomever’s in your top five, he’s a Hall Of Famer off sheer legend alone. That legend never truly affected yours truly as a young kid in...

The Pains of Ryan Leaf | 4 Comments

During this time of year, NFL fans probably flip coins to determine the biggest bust in history between JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf. It’s a somewhat predictable exercise this time of year as we move closer and closer to the NFL Draft later this month. Both quarterbacks were high picks in their draft classes after stellar junior seasons in college. Unfortunately, both men were players whose talents were undermined by surly personalities, inability...