Posts Tagged ‘Fandom’

Meet The Fan: Tanyetta Thompson Has Nothing But Love For The Carolina Panthers

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone...
August 22nd, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

Meet The Fan: Tanisha Robinson Revels In The Success Of The New Orleans Saints

Here at The Sports Fan Journal, we hope to evolve and deliver something not found in any other corner of this here internet. We bring you Mark Trible and Dillon Friday‘s NFL Countdown project. A fan from each NFL team will be featured as we anxiously await the season’s kickoff.  Someone...
August 18th, 2014 | Football, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Stories Of Fandom In The Premier League: Which Team Should I Root For?

Once upon a time, I suggested that cheering for a Barclays Premier League team is like marrying a mail-order bride. There’s no real love there. Instead, it’s a relationship built on materialistic affection. I’ve revised my stance since then. I’ve come to realize that BPL fandom...
August 15th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

The Future Of Sportswriting Is What We Make It

I have a confession to make. Things don’t always come up smelling like roses at the TSFJ e-offices. I won’t say it happens on a daily basis, but at least two or three times a week, the three editors, Eddie Maisonet, Kenny Masenda and myself, have some back and forth on the direction of the...
August 12th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

RE2PECT: A Female Fan’s Tribute To Derek Jeter

By Jennifer Azano / @jenniferazano  When Derek Jeter first announced his retirement back in February, after shedding some tears, I immediately began reflecting upon his illustrious career and what he has meant to baseball … and to me. There’s no doubt that when most people think of baseball, Derek...
July 18th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

Why I’ll Root For Netherlands Soccer Until I Die

I sat in my orange jersey and watched as it rained outside, just like it did in Brazil. In the end, my beloved Netherlands soccer team fell to Argentina in penalties. I have no family from Holland. In the overtime frames, I thought about why the team means so much to me. Despite their sweet kits, my...
July 10th, 2014 | Soccer, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

The World Cup Brings Wayward Souls Together

The first organized team sport I played growing up was soccer. I played for three or four years and had a good time at first, but lurking in the distance was a 6’6’, 195-pound product of the University of North Carolina playing in the red, black and white of the Chicago Bulls. My dad, who introduced...
June 25th, 2014 | Soccer, Soul On Ice | Read More

I Believe That We Will Win: A Functional But Terrible Soccer Chant

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Both palms burned from slapping the table. Clint Dempsey’s goal, merely 30 seconds into the United States’ first World Cup game against Ghana took me by complete surprise. The whole bar erupted. Some jackass jumped up on a table and started singing something...
June 21st, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Friends, Pets And Fans Bring Out The Loyalty In Life

I came home Tuesday evening to a cat on her last of nine lives. She lied in the driveway and inched closer to death. Hours later, she died. After 19 years, the last of my family pets left. Say this for Marble, she kept her loyalty. Her usual spot on the driveway was where she last walked. Loyalty, the...
June 12th, 2014 | Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

A Sports Fan’s Birthday Manifesto, 27 Years In The Making

Today is my 27th birthday. I made it this far, and there’s something to that. Some don’t. Some won’t. I’m grateful. Birthdays are like season openers — everybody gets one. In conversation the other day, the idea of sports as a linear thing spouted out of my lips. The constant through my life...
April 24th, 2014 | Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Starting Lineups: If You Could Change The Outcome Of One Game In Sports, Which Would You Choose?

While I was down in San Antonio shocking the world at the NCAA Tournament games — article on that to come early next week — my buddy Zach asked a simple question he had started debating with friends that caught my interest. That question — If you could change the outcome of any game in sports...
March 28th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

Steven LeBron Radio (Ep. 62): The Gift That Keeps On Giving (Not Like Herpes, Though)

Being that Alex Wong is a demigod of many talents – published writer being one – when the man calls and humbles requests your presence on his critically acclaimed Steven LeBron podcast, you know what you do? Jump. That’s what the hell you do. And that’s exactly what Ed and yours...
March 25th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Et cetera, J. Tinsley, Steven LeBron | Read More

Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl Victory Over Alabama Made Me Believe Again

I can’t remember being as happy as I was last night. Going into the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday night between my beloved Oklahoma Sooners and the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide, the perceptions on how this game would end were unanimous. From my Uncle Bill to Kenny, L-Boogie and Bill Ross, Bob...
January 3rd, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

How Twitter Has Changed My Fandom (And Writing)

Once upon a time, I refuted all things social media. Then, I started reading blogs that writers began to link to on prominent websites, and I became hooked on this newfangled thing called the sports blog. It wasn’t social media in the sense we think of it today, but it was the start of the trend....
October 29th, 2013 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

Two Dallas Cowboys Fans And Their Shared Hatred For The Philadelphia Eagles

(Ed’s Note: This is a two-part piece featuring the words of Kenny Masenda and Justin Tinsley, Cows fans unite, or something.) This Sunday, there will be a matchup between two teams in the NFC East with the winner claiming sole possession of first place in the division. However, let’s not get...
October 18th, 2013 | J. Tinsley, Soul On Ice | Read More

All Fan Bases (Relatively) Suck

Yesterday, Mark Trible had heads nodding because with needed caveats, he implored fans to embrace the hate, no matter how irrational it may seem. While sports “hate” is fine within the specter of just cheering for your team, it’s fueled even more by the matters that make absolutely...
October 17th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera | Read More

Take The Time To Learn To Hate: Hatred Is Necessary For The Sports Fan

The mere mention of the team name makes your blood boil. Your muscles tense up with ferocious anger. A venomous villain is around, and you’d give anything to watch it suffer and fall. It’s normal to have these feelings over a 60-minute, four-quarter or nine-inning game. It’s simply about the guys...
October 16th, 2013 | Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Starting Lineups: Sports Can Save Us All

The past year and a half has been one of the most difficult periods of my entire life. I’m not sure I can honestly say it’s been the most difficult, as I’ve endured plenty of hardships in the past, including but not limited to the loss of freedom and the ensuing struggle to get it...
October 11th, 2013 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Some ‘Fans’ Need To Just Stay Home

Wednesday night, I attended the Philadelphia Flyers’ season-opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it turned out to be perhaps the least enjoyable live sporting event viewing experience of my entire life. Now, it wasn’t the most unenjoyable experience simply because the Flyers, after...
October 4th, 2013 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: A Letter to Dallas Cowboys Fans From A Dallas Cowboys Fan

I present this letter without comment from my brother from another mother Larry Luk. You might know this gentlemen is a part-owner of We Are The Process, and we are also in the same fraternity, #USMediaBros4Life. That was way too much comment for someone who just said that he would present this letter...
September 20th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, The Fam | Read More