It’s time for the Warriors to stop treating Andre Roberson like they did Tony Allen last year. Switching Andrew Bogut onto Allen was a watershed moment in the Playoffs last year, and it paid off for Golden State. They watched Allen brick shots at a steady rate en route to a handy defeat of the […]Read more "It’s Time for the Warriors to Stop Treating Andre Roberson Like Tony Allen"
Between Game of Thrones and the NBA Playoffs, there are two different sets “others” lurking in the North that almost nobody is paying enough attention to. Only one, however, just weathered two seemingly decisive wins to even a series against the (prematurely?) anointed Cavaliers. Suddenly, Cleveland has dropped consecutive games to a Raptors squad that […]Read more "Winter is Coming: Did Everyone Underestimate the Raptors?"
Contact pitching isn’t as flashy as strikeout dominance, but it can be far more efficient if done well, and Sale has done it dominantly so far.Read more "Sale’s Pitch: How Contact Pitching Has Led to Chris Sale’s Dominant 2016"
Blown leads are the bane of every baseball fan’s existence; it’s a gut punch to watch your team fall from a winning position, regardless of record. That being said, some teams this season have been way better at holding leads than others. In the interest of observing every team from as level a field as […]Read more "By The Numbers: Which Teams Blow the Most Leads When and How Often in 2016"
In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers eviscerated “Other” to the tune of a 115-84 thrashing that tricked us into thinking Toronto might have a chance for about five minutes. The Cavaliers then unleashed their dominant offensive engine that has led to a lossless postseason thus far. The problem is that […]Read more "Fires in the East: How the Cavaliers Are Shooting Their Way to the Finals"
The cost of attending a sporting event has never just been about the cost of the ticket. There are a million other factors to include, like transportation, parking, and souvenirs. The worst tends to be concessions. In nearly every single situation, grabbing a decent lunch or dinner at a stadium or park will be the […]Read more "Eating Money: The Real Cost of Attending NFL Games and the Falcons’ New Menu"
Let’s talk about Jeff Samardzija. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I’m all too familiar with him, both highs and lows. He was the ordained ace for a lot of Chicago’s bad seasons, until he turned down a 5-year contract in the neighborhood of $85 million and ended up on the South Side by way of […]Read more "Shark’s Selection: How Jeff Samardzija is Producing for the Giants"
I really like Yasiel Puig. I always have. Let’s get that clear (I have a bobblehead on my desk), because picking apart a player’s rough year always seems a bit mean. He’s fun to watch, and he has all the potential in the world. That being said, he underachieved a bit last year (but he […]Read more "Yasiel’s Yield: Looking at Yasiel Puig’s Early-Season Struggles"
Draymond Green was always going to have a solid NBA career. Despite being picked 35th overall (underrated), he’s always been one of those guys who knew his spots and played them at an average or better level. He’s always been a decent passer, a very good rebounder, and a passable-at-least scorer. He’s an energy guy […]Read more "Swiss Army Wrecking Ball: Draymond Green’s Stellar Playoffs"
After a cooler start, Ben Zobrist, just one of the Cubs’ important additions, has heated up quickly. His batting average has jumped up to .305 in a week, up from .253 on May 2. He’s on track for his best hitting season since back in 2009, when he finished the season at .297. He just […]Read more "In The Zone: Ben Zobrist’s Career-Best Plate Discipline"