Richard Justice

Top Notch

Baylor has created one of the most beautiful settings in college football, and in doing so, has elevated a program that had already emerged as one of the best in the country. In the end, it's that simple. More»
Matt Brown

The Professor: Shake Off The Rust

After eight long months, we have finally gotten our first taste of real, live football in the 2014 season, which means it's time to overreact. In The Professor, we sort through the noise and assess the impact of the biggest concerns among contenders. More»
Andrew Garda

5 Landing Spots for Michael Sam

Some NFL fans might be disappointed that Michael Sam was cut by the Rams, but the lineman played well enough to prove he has the talent to stick in the league. Who might be interested in acquiring him? Here are a few options. More»
Matt Brown

CFB Rolling Reaction: Week 1

The first college football Saturday of 2014 is in the books, and it was a memorable one, with several high-profile teams running into trouble. From Florida State-Oklahoma State to Alabama-West Virginia to UCLA-Virginia, we recap the day in football. More»
Anthony Castrovince

October Rotation Tips for the Nats

The Nationals' starting five might be the best in baseball, but that doesn't mean they don't have tricky choices to make regarding their postseason rotation. Stephen Strasburg has been wildly inconsistent and Tanner Roark is still too green, so who should the Nats peg as No. 1? More»
Mike Tanier

Why Labor Day is New Year's Day

Happy New Year, football fans, students, parents, teachers and humans. A Labor Day weekend, school year, and NFL kickoff like any other is beginning, which means nothing will ever be the same again. More»
Will Leitch

The Best 100 Days In Sports

The summer is a relaxing time for sports fans, but with the start of college football on Thursday we have now embarked on the best 100 days on the sports calendar, which will include the World Series, LeBron's return, NFL craziness, and the first ever College Football Playoff being determined. Strap in. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Keeping Perspective On CiCi

As we reminisce about the week that 15 year-old CiCi Bellis conquered New York, the quickest way to ruin a good story is to bill it as a sensational narrative. Losing in the second round may have been the best thing to happen to her. More»
Matt Brown

Changing The Conversation

All offseason, Texas A&M was thought to be in a rebuilding year with Johnny Manziel gone and the defense appearing weak. But forget everything we thought we knew. In dominating South Carolina, the Aggies proved they can reload. More»
Sheil Kapadia

10 NFL Numbers To Remember

The NFL season is almost upon us (finally). But while you wade through the usual whirlwind of predictions, pomp and circumstance, we provide you with ten different numbers that truly matter when it comes to the current landscape. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 1

Week 1 of college football gives us our first window into new-look teams and still-developing quarterback situations. From Clemson-Georgia to Wisconsin-LSU, there's a lot to watch, so here's how to prioritize it all and what to look for in a long weekend. More»
Matt Meyers

Reasons to stay indoors

Life gets complicated, particularly on Labor Day weekend. You're trying to spend time with friends and family, but you also want to make sure you mix in some time watching your favorite sports. The Weekend Cheat Sheet tells you what to watch and how to sound smart when talking about it. More»
Alyson Footer

Baseball's Misunderstood Teachers

The requirements of a successful hitting coach are so broad, evaluating one can be tricky; they come in all shapes and sizes, carrying pedigrees that range from having zero experience as a big league player to having appeared on multiple All-Star rosters. More»
Mike Tanier

NFL Roundup: Goodell's Apology

Last-minute thoughts, opinions, and observations as the NFL shifts from "muse for days about every topic" offseason mode to regular-season mode, with heavy emphasis on Roger Goodell's Ray Rice apology, Sean Gilbert's NFLPA bid and Jerry Jones' cap situation. More»
Will Leitch

A Great TV Experience In Person

Wednesday night's wild opening to the college football season reaffirmed what many of us realized long ago: The typical football game is a much better viewing experience on television than it is watching from the stands. More»
Matt Brown

Thursday Night Viewer's Guide

After the appetizer of Wednesday's Georgia State-Abilene Christian game, Thursday night is college football's true 2014 opening night, with 14 games all readily available for viewing nationally. We prioritize them and explain what to watch. More»
Matt Brown

Projecting the Playoff

Yes, it is really happening, the moment we thought might never come: A college football season with a playoff is here. We know it might be just as messy as the BCS, but it's still a positive step. Now to figure out how it will actually work. More»
Matt Brown

Too Good To Be True

Josh Shaw's story of spraining his ankles while trying to save his nephew from drowning in a pool didn't actually happen. And in two days the USC cornerback went from hero to goat, providing us with another cautionary tale from the college football world. More»
Mike Tanier

Vasectomy Tips for Drew Brees

Drew Brews take note: The vasectomy is safe, routine, and far less painful than what happened to you in last year's Rams game. But before you set up an appointment to coincide with the Masters, there are still a few things you need to know about the procedure. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Yankees are now underdogs

The Yankees' 2014 season has underscored baseball's new reality: Money can't buy you stability, which means money can't buy you victories, which means, at some point, you've got to make some truly sound analytical decisions if you're going to survive. More»
Matthew Leach

5 compelling September storylines

The days are getting shorter. The temperatures are dropping just a bit. And baseball is entering its best month of the season. While just about every team has something worth noting, here are five of the most compelling MLB storylines to keep track of in September. More»
Andrew Garda

Gordon's Suspension Ripple Effects

Josh Gordon lost his appeal for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy (for the second time) and will be gone for the season. Here's why it's not the end of the world for the Browns, who were fairly prepared for this likelihood all along. More»
Will Leitch

Kansas City Will Rock In October

Royals manager Ned Yost wasn't pleased with the paltry crowd on hand for this club's biggest win of the season, but he should just focus on getting his team to October, because a legendary atmosphere awaits. More»
Matt Brown

Winston's Repeat Heisman Hopes

In the 79-year history of the Heisman Trophy, only one man -- Archie Griffin -- has taken home the award twice. Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the latest to pursue history, but he faces steep competition to bring home the award again. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Can't Get No Satisfaction

For some fantasy football gamers, their leagues are not a diversion or a respite from reality, but an embarrassingly fruitless search for satisfaction that has cost many untold tallies of time, money and general NFL fandom. But they keep coming back for more, of course. More»
Mike Tanier

The Ultimate Final Preseason Guide

Most of the major preseason storylines wrapped up this week, but there are still a few reasons to keep an eye on Thursday night's action. Here are some of the unresolved issues that will come to a head on the NFL's most meaningless night of action. More»
Richard Justice

Detroit Races Its Title Window

So many things have happened to the Tigers this season, so much adversity, so many injuries and poor performances, so many of the things that can bring a club to its knees, a World Series trophy would be the perfect finishing touch. Does Detroit have what it takes? More»
Andrew Garda

Planning for Bye Weeks

When participating in a fantasy football draft, it's easy to forget about an aspect which is more critical than we give it credit for: bye weeks. Of course, there is always the waiver wire in a pinch, but drafting intelligently from the get go can minimize a bye's impact significantly. More»
Will Leitch

The Playoff Bug

The general consensus about the new College Football Playoff is that now that the major conferences have consolidated into their Big Five, it's going to be just as difficult, if not more so, for schools outside to break in. That's bad news for the Boise States and BYUs of the college football world. More»
Aaron Gordon

City Still EPL Team to Beat

We still don't know who or what constitutes a title contender at this stage considering a cool summer breeze is still wafting through the transfer window, but one thing is certain: Manchester City is as close to perfection in the EPL as it comes. More»
Matt Brown

Calm Under Pressure

Christian Hackenberg committed to play for Penn State during its darkest time. Now, he enters his second year as starting QB, becoming one of the nation's most high-profile players but surrounded by uncertainty. Neither seems to bother him at all. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Baseball's Bounce-Back Index

These MLB teams have an all-too-realistic chance of losing 90 games this season, so we feel comfortable counting them as non-contenders for the 2014 postseason. But this doesn't mean we should count out a club like the Red Sox in '15. More»
Mike Tanier

The First Cuts are the Deepest

The NFL's next seven days or so will be filled with cuts. There won't be time to mentally process the number of careers that quietly end in the next seven days. Before you realize that a guy you once rooted for is gone, you'll be rooting for the next guy. More»
Dan Pompei

Inside Manning

To understand Peyton Manning, one has to know where he came from. Why would a 38-year-old quarterback, already one of the most celebrated in history, run plays after practice with young receivers? Because he is driven and focused beyond compare. More»
Dan Pompei

The Unbreakable Madden

Head coach. Broadcaster. Face of the iconic video game. And now co-chairman of the NFL player safety advisory panel. There really isn't another person who has influenced the NFL in the Super Bowl era quite like John Madden. More»

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