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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....

SB Nation’s Bomani Jones Talks About His New Show “Bomani & Jones” | 4 Comments

Bomani & Jones is the new online sports and social commentary show that will be featured on YouTube by host Bomani Jones of SB Nation on Thursdays. Jones, the star of Around The Horn and SB Nation, is a personal friend of the TSFJ Fam and we were able to get a few minutes of Bo’s time to talk about the show and a few relative topics on the sports docket. TSFJ: How will this”Bomani & Jones” be different compared to “The...

Booms and Busts: The Come-Up at the NFL Combine | 3 Comments

The NFL Combine has officially become must-see-TV, but what does this all mean? As Bomani Jones said on Monday, “A great 40 time made D’Angelo Hall a fortune, but how much did that matter when he was getting set on fire for three teams?” Or what about Calvin Johnson? The man who already was going to be a top ten pick because of being such a physical specimen at 6’5″ and 235 pounds, showed up at the combine and had made...

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James And The Parallels Of All-Star History | 8 Comments

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game has came and went. From the pre-game traditional rituals of national anthems (Mary J. Blige is a great entertainer, but her singing skills….yeah) to over-the-top pre-game concert performances from Nikki Minaj and the artist formerly known as Pitbull, it was officially time to get down with the mid-season classic between the Eastern and the Western Conference All-Stars. Just as Tinsley predicted on this site just two...

Is The NFL Combine A Modern-Day Meat Market? | 11 Comments

A few weeks ago on Twitter, I heard someone call the NFL Combine one of the most troubling events in professional sports. They stated that it was reminiscent of a cattle exchange, where players are poked, prodded, and put on display. Their argument was that these events are similar to slavery in the early years of American culture where slaves were put on stages and people were invited in to survey what they had to offer and bid on them. If you are...

Sunday School: Clyde Drexler Shows Us How To Glide In 1987 | 0 Comments

After that atrocious Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night, I figured I’d post this dope photo of Clyde Drexler gliding gracefully to the rim. No props, no blindfolds, no nostalgic jerseys….just a man, a ball and an attempt to defy gravity. Here are the 11 articles, videos, blogs and other pieces of tomfoolery to serve as your reading material this fine Sunday. 6 Magazine: Happy Anniversary Jerry Jones The Basketball Jones: All-Star memories...

Film Study: ESPN’s Documentary on Legendary Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum | 2 Comments

I can remember the first time I went to see the Harlem Globetrotters, as I was 11 years old and in a youth group that hopped onto one of those huge shuttle vans and we made the drive from my hometown of Lawton, Oklahoma up I-44, across I-240, then down I-35 to Norman, Oklahoma to Lloyd Noble Arena at the University of Oklahoma. I can vividly remember being there, acting up the entire way, and running around the arena paying attention to everything...

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game Wish List | 2 Comments

The NBA All-Star Game is the most exciting of its kind when compared to that of the other major three sports. Well, the NHL’s has become pretty exciting, but you’d have to be a hockey fan to appreciate its setup. The NBA’s version is also so great because it basically marks the last time goodwill is spread. Before the ASG, a lot of teams and players are in cruise control, mainly with the goal of just trying to stay healthy. Come...

The Three-Piec​e: Remembering The Magic-al 1992 NBA All-Star Game | 4 Comments

The Three-Piece will be an ongoing series where three guests will hop on TSFJ and answer three questions chosen by yours truly. Today’s discussion will focus on the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida, from who will win the three-point shootout, to who will win the slam dunk contest, to a reflection on a time 20 years ago in Orlando where Magic Johnson returned from being diagnosed with HIV to win the ’92 All-Star Game MVP. Tackling...

The Real Top Ten Point Guards in the NBA | 28 Comments

The point guard position is the one position in basketball where hope, promise and opportunity lies at the fingertips of a man whose size is the only one that resembles a normal human being. They are the facilitators of the game, the purveryors of the court, and the liaison of wisdom and advice from the head coach. If you have a point guard worth a damn on your favorite team, you never feel like you can’t win a game if he doesn’t play...

The Three Things The Nets Can Do To Survive in Brooklyn | 7 Comments

By Jason Clinkscales / @asportsscribe Bruce Ratner purchased a seemingly distressed property, dressed it up for staging purposes and sold a majority of it in record fashion within a few years. Bruce Ratner essentially flipped the New Jersey Nets. Despite this scribe being a Knicks fan, there’s always an eye towards what the Jersey Boys were doing. Much of it was sad, occasionally tragic, absurd, and often hilarious, but I always hoped that Nets...

Michael Tillery Talks Sixers Basketball and 20 Years Ago in Orlando #theUCshow | 0 Comments

Joe Simmons and Ed decide it’s time that we have a candid conversation about NBA All-Star Weekend. We reminisce about the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson’s return to the NBA to play in league’s midseason classic. We’ll have Michael Tillery, contributing writer to The Nation Magazine and former EIC of The Starting Five, talk about the climate in ’92, the ignorance of certain players (looking at you, Karl Malone), Magic’s...

Combine Confession​s with Jets Safety Gerald Alexander | 3 Comments

*Ed’s Note: The NFL Scouting Combine began on Wednesday, February 22nd and it marks the beginning of a journey for many college football players across the journey. Their matriculation from amateurism to becoming professional athletes is a long and arduous process, but one that can end with a football player reaching their ultimately glory. Today is the beginning of “Combine Confessions,” a series of interviews with NFL players...

Robert Griffin III Gets Drafted To Play Quarterback For Team adidas | 0 Comments

Franchise quarterbacks have always been hard to come by, as they are quite the rare commodity. Once you find one, you try to surround him with the talent he can best exploit, so he can succeed for the future and give fans something to believe in for the long haul. adidas has found their franchise signal caller in the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and top NFL Draft prospect quarterback, Robert Griffin III of Baylor University Personally, it took me awhile...

The Five Hockey Trades That Should Happen | 0 Comments

NHL Trade Deadline is Monday, February 27th and it’ officially trade deadline season. Everyone, everywhere, who follows the sport has two cents about which player should go where. Some moves could land a team into the Stanley Cup Finals, while other moves could land their team in substantial debt and have their fans fighting each other. The Rev. Paul Revere and M. Trible are here to help manage this so you don’t have to. Here are the...

Forget Linsanity; This Is LeBron’s World | 10 Comments

Whether by design or sheer coincidence, LeBron James has been regularly criticized on this site. It’s something that has become routine ever since his final playoff series in Cleveland and intensified last year following “The Decision.” No matter what went wrong, it was LeBron’s fault. You couldn’t get the man’s name out of the headlines in a negative light, even as he was leading the Heat to the Eastern Conference...

Nike Basketball Reveals Team USA Uniforms for the 2012 London Olympics | 5 Comments

Nike and Team USA unveiled their official uniforms for the 2012 London Summer Olympics on Tuesday, as current NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Deron Williams and Kevin Durant were profiled for the men’s basketball team. Nike’s entire focus over the last couple of years has been to push the envelope in changing the standard of the team uniform. In the Nike Hyper Elite Basketball Uniform, the Nike Hyper Elite Shorts will weigh...

TSFJ’s Q&A Session with ESPN’s Scoop Jackson | 5 Comments

-Ed. Dash, capital E, lowercase D, period. It’s the way that I’ve signed off on every letter, card, e-mail, article and almost any other form of communication. I never acutely remembered where I picked it up from, but I always remember seeing it as a teenager. Now being of sound mind as an adult, being an editor of this small bastion of hope that we call a sports and social commodity online publication known as The Sportsfan Journal,...

Hardwork, Dedication: The Story of #Draymond Green | 6 Comments

It’s 2:21 P.M. on a Sunday afternoon, and the Michigan State Spartans just won their 22nd game of the season.  They put together a typical Spartans contest against the Purdue Boilermakers: Strong defense, great ball movement, timely shots, and a toughness that Tom Izzo teams are known to possess. At the head of this effort is the man who went from a 280-pound bit contributor in his freshman season to a 230-pound grown man who not only is the best...

The Three-Piece: A Discussion on NBA Point Guards | 8 Comments

The Three-Piece will be an ongoing series where three guests will hop on TSFJ and answer three questions chosen by yours truly. Our first discussion will focus on point guards in the NBA. If you had to choose between the two savior point guards running wild in Minnesota and Cleveland, who would you take? What about Jeremy Lin; is he worthy of top ten status already? Chris Paul has helped the Clippers attain the third best record in the West. Is he...

C.J. Leslie Is Finally Becoming What We Thought He Would Be | 4 Comments

Sometimes, staying in place can do wonders for your confidence. After having the opportunity to bounce to the NBA after his debut season, C.J. Leslie made the right choice by returning to the Wolfpack and honing his skills for another year. I first noted his improvement this summer at the NC Pro-Am, especially in terms of his outside jump shot. C.J. has always been known as a freak athlete with a deadly first step. Adding a jumper only makes him...

Sunday School: Saturday Night Live Nails The Past Week Of Jeremy Lin | 0 Comments

As I have grown older (and grayer), I have come to have more of an appreciation for the sketch comedy of Saturday Night Live. I won’t go so far to say that SNL is must-see television, but it’s kind of like watching an NFL game…you might get a dud, but you might get a nail-biter as well. SNL opened up their show with a sketch that addressed everyone’s new favorite player, Mr. Jeremy Shu-How Lin of the New York Knickerbockers....

Score: Million Dollar Ballers Present The ‘Hardwood Collection’ | 2 Comments

Magic, Clyde “The Glide,” Bird, and Isiah. When I hear the terms Showtime, Jail Blazers, C’s, and Bad Boys, those are the four names I immediately associate with them. They are the some of the preeminent stars of the 1980′s and representation for four of the dominant teams of the era. Awhile back, we profiled the work of Million Dollar Ballers, as their t-shirt collection pays homage to the legacy of the NBA back in the 1980′s....

25 Years Later, We Remember Michael Jordan’s 37.1 PPG | 4 Comments

Four of the top five scoring seasons of all-time belong to Wilt Chamberlain. From 1959-63, Chamberlain used his 7-foot frame, sheer power and dominance over his diminutive counterparts to score upwards to 50 points a game in a single season. The fifth-highest scoring season of all-time, however, belongs to the man we revere as the world’s greatest basketball player ever, and that man’s birthday is today. Michael Jeffrey Jordan turned...

The Greatest That Never Were: The 1990′s Edition | 6 Comments

The ’90s had the L.A. Riots, as well as a buffet-esque amount of classic albums. The ’90′s had the most famous blow job in the history of mankind (Clinton-Lewinsky). The ’90s had classic television sitcoms (Martin, Fresh Prince, Seinfield etc.). The ’90s had a mother and young goon such as myself in tears when Torres died on New York Undercover. Seriously, that’s one of the saddest moments in entertainment history,...

The Dummy’s Guide to Fixing Voting on the NBA All-Star Game | 3 Comments

By Jason Clinkscales / @asportsscribe Kenny disrespected a box of rocks, so call this a defense of said solid matter. Actually, this is more of a consideration. Voting in the All-Star games of all sports is, at best, a flawed exercise in high-wattage entertainment. There’s no doubt of the popularity principle for the fans and the matter of familiarity (or laziness, some say) for coaches causes conniptions among the sporting nation. From injured...