Will Leitch

Playing with the Playoff Machine

ESPN.com's NFL Playoff Machine allows you to simulate every game of the NFL season the rest of the way and come up with every playoff scenario. It is a gigantic waste of time and a whole lot of fun, so of course we played with it. More»
Terence Moore

Curry: Most impressive shooter ever?

Havlicek, Bird, Miller and the rest -- you can multiply by a bunch, and you still won't duplicate the uniqueness of Stephen Curry, the frailest-looking scoring machine ever. So let's declare the truth: He's the most impressive shooter in pro basketball history. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors Are History Makers

No team has ever started a season so perfectly in NBA history as the Warriors have, and though it may end soon, what's been done so far is historic and without precedent in 70 seasons of NBA basketball and worthy of any appreciation you care to spare. More»
David Ubben

Big-time Big 12 rivalries matter again

Five years ago, the Revivalry was a relic of a bygone era of college football and Bedlam was a one-way street of Sooner beatdowns. This weekend, when Baylor visits TCU and Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State, both games come with huge implications. More»
Will Leitch

Guide to surviving Thanksgiving: 2015

Thanksgiving is one of the two days a year -- the other being Super Bowl Sunday -- when people who know nothing about sports suddenly start talking about sports. Here's how you can respond to the uninformed things your relatives will probably say. More»
Andrea Hangst

Don't Count Out Cowboys Yet

Even at 3-7, the Cowboys are very much alive. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are back, they play in a lackluster division, and a decent schedule the rest of the way. That starts Thursday against the Panthers, a game Dallas needs. More»
Michael Pina

Putting the Heat on Golden State

For just a moment, let's divert our attention away from the world-crushing Warriors to another unit that's wreaking slightly less devilish havoc on the NBA. Miami Heat's second most common grouping might be the best candidate to evaporate Golden State's tidal wave. More»
Matt Brown

Spartans Steal The Show Again

Saturday will be a monumental day in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer meet for the first time as head coaches, and Michigan and Ohio State are both in the top 10. Their ultimate fate, however, rests in the hands of Michigan State. More»
Matthew Leach

Cano: Seattle's Source of Hope

It's really so silly as almost not to be worth answering, but let's get this out of the way at the start: Robinson Cano was not the problem with the 2015 Mariners. Not even close. His contract? That could be a different story. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL QB Carousel About to Get Wild

Johnny Manziel's seemingly inevitable Cleveland exit comes with a twist: The market could be flooded with intriguing quarterbacks next year. Manziel, Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, among others, might all be available. More»
Matt Brown

Oklahoma, Iowa In New Top Four

There was significant movement in the College Football Playoff top 25 this week, as Ohio State and Notre Dame fell out of the top four, while Oklahoma and Iowa moved in, joining No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama in the current playoff field. More»
Cy Brown

Lionel Messi runs amok on Roma

Lionel Messi is back with Barcelona after a two-month injury absence, and he's already playing up to his extremely high standards. Messi scored twice in a 6-1 win against Roma, including a brilliant team goal that featured 27 passes and a cheeky chip. More»
Michael Tunison

Browns Decide to Bench Manziel

Browns head coach Mike Pettine released a statement on Tuesday Johnny Manziel would be third on the quarterback depth chart for the team's Week 12 game after video of Manziel partying circulated on the Internet. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Post-Week 11 Eliteness Rankings

While the separation between the two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL and everyone else seems vast, that isn't really the case for the huge middle class of the league. Over the next month and a half, there will be a lot of changes as the playoff standings are decided. More»
Matt Brown

Notre Dame Fights Off Bad Luck

Notre Dame's playoff hopes are on the line at Stanford, in a do-or-die game that will determine whether the Irish are even in the debate. Win or lose, though, this has been a highly impressive run to 10 wins that is one of Brian Kelly's finest coaching jobs. More»
Maureen Mullen

Refs and Pats Dominate MNF

Tom Brady showed on Monday night against the Bills that his 38-year-old body can take a hit. And another one. And another one. Meanwhile, the refs proved that no call was too small to ruminate over and get incorrect. More»
Bryan Grosnick

Rebuilding the Red Sox

The Red Sox seem to be willing and able to spend big money this offseason as they attempt to change the course of the S.S. Fenway. But how much cash do they have, and what options does that give them? More»
Cy Brown

4 major Champions League questions

Arsenal finds itself in the first true must-win situation of the year, Juventus and Manchester City fight for Group D supremacy and Chelsea aims to mount a season revival in this week's Champions League action. More»
Michael Tunison

'Rex Ryan' Was A Brady Line Call

Tom Brady barked out Rex Ryan's name before a snap during the game against the Bills. Epic troll move? Or just a taste of Ryan's own medicine? More»
Andrew Garda

Ryan Looks to Turn Tables on Pats

Ahab had the White Whale. Batman has The Joker. Biggie and Tupac had each other. Rex Ryan has the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick. The only difference is, this is becoming less like a rivalry and more like a one-sided affair. More»
Jamal Collier

Dave Roberts could be a steal for L.A.

Dave Roberts is most famous for The Steal, but he's widely respected around the game for more than just one play. That got him an interview in L.A., where he wowed Dodgers management enough to earn the managerial gig after a half-decade in San Diego. More»
Matt Brown

Elliott Apologizes, Won't Be Punished

On Saturday, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott harshly criticized the team's play-calling following its loss to Michigan State. On Monday, Elliott apologized, while coach Urban Meyer said all involved are moving on and Elliott won't be punished. More»
Ross Tucker

Officials mishandled Keenum case

The NFL's recent addition to the concussion protocol, using a spotter in the press box to call "medical timeouts" when needed, failed one of its first big tests Sunday when Rams QB Case Keenum was allowed to keep playing after taking a big hit and looking wobbly. More»
Cy Brown

QB plays hours after dad's funeral

New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Allen led his team to victory on Saturday only hours after driving hours to Louisiana from Texas, where a funeral was held for his father, Marlin, Texas, police chief Darrell Allen. More»
Will Leitch

Checking out the 'Frozen Stove'

Forget about the Jason Heywards and David Prices of the world. Of the 289 free agents who played in the Majors in 2015, who is at the bottom of the market? Here are the 10 free-agent pitchers and 10 free-agent hitters with the worst WAR over the past three seasons. More»
Matt Brown

Scott Shafer Out At Syracuse

A busy coaching carousel continues to get busier, as Syracuse fired Scott Shafer on Monday. Shafer, who will coach the team's final game on Saturday, is 13-23 overall and has only two ACC wins in the last two seasons. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Texans making AFC South push

Many wrote the Texans off on Oct. 8, when a 27-20 loss to the division-rival Colts dropped them to 1-4. But here they are, winners of three in a row and back at .500, tied for the AFC South, which nobody seems to want to win. More»
Cy Brown

Is Hardy losing support in Dallas?

Greg Hardy met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently to discuss how the defensive lineman could change the perception of himself to the public, but some reports suggest Jones's support of Hardy is waning. More»
Cy Brown

Warriors match NBA Record at 15-0

The Golden State Warriors are off to one of the hottest starts in NBA history by going 15-0 so far. How many more game can the Warriors go without suffering their first loss, and can they make it all the way to 73-9? More»
AJ Cassavell

Zack Greinke's big payday

There might not be a single free agent on the market tougher to peg dollars-wise than Zack Greinke. There are a number of factors to consider when assessing his value and what kind of contract he might get, so here's a breakdown of the most important ones. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ravens, 49ers Hit Reset

On Feb. 3, 2013, the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in "The Harbaugh Bowl." On Nov. 22, 2015, less than three years later, both teams fell to 3-7. How have these the two franchises have fallen so far so quickly? More»
Matt Brown

Buckeyes Fall Back To Earth

All season long, we've waited for Ohio State to start playing like the undefeated defending national champion that it was. Instead, the Buckeyes melted down in their biggest moment vs. Michigan State, leaving us to wonder what comes next. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Why the Cards Could Go All the Way

The Arizona Cardinals look prepared for any situation, never appearing flustered late in close games, such as Sunday night's 34-31 win at home against a tough Cincinnati Bengals team. That's why Carson Palmer and crew could have a special season. More»
Michael Tunison

Flacco Tears ACL, Ends Season

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tore his ACL after being rolled up by a teammate late in a victory over the Rams, ending his season. He has been known for his durability and hasn't missed a start since being drafted in the first round in 2008. More»

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