Tim Healey

If Every Athlete Acted Like Lynch

Marshawn Lynch spent almost all of his four-plus minutes at the podium during Super Bowl Media Day claiming, "I'm just here so I won't get fined." You have to admire his honesty. What if other players were like that? More»
Tim Healey

13 Tweets That Summed Up Media Day

Thousands of reporters (some costumed, some not) descended upon the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix on Tuesday for Super Bowl Media Day, an increasingly zany tradition. If you missed the two hour-long sessions -- because you have a life -- don't worry. We got you covered. More»
Will Leitch

The NFL Needs Deflate-gate

Hardcore sports fans have been tired of Deflate-gate from almost the moment the story broke, but controversies like this aren't for the die-hards, but rather for the casual viewers the NFL is courting for the Super Bowl. In other words, Deflate-gate is great for business. More»
Matt Brown

Pre-Signing Day Storylines

The 2015 college football season is nearing its unofficial beginning, with National Signing Day set for next Wednesday, Feb. 4. As top prospects get set to sign, these are the stories to watch leading into the yearly fax machine circus. More»
Andrew Simon

Wins Eluding Improved Northwestern

Progress is rarely a steady climb, and in the second year of head coach Chris Collins' tenure, it has come in fits and starts for Northwestern. In five straight conference games against a more talented opponent, victory has slipped away. More»
Andrew Garda

Surprise Super Bowl MVP Candidates

While most Super Bowls have some surprises in them, normally the game MVP is not one of them. Sometimes though, you get a surprise MVP. Some player has a great moment and turns the whole game around. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Wilson's Fan Club Is Shrinking

It wasn't long ago that the Patriots were a charming underdog story. And then they made a huge mistake: They won too much. That is something that the current iteration of the Seattle Seahawks, led by Russell Wilson, are beginning to relate to. More»
AJ Cassavell

Baseball Shouldn't Stop Shifting

In the past five years, we've seen a defensive revolution stemming from the mass usage of the shift, and the baseball world should be embracing the shift for the ways in which it has enhanced the game and will continue to do so. More»
Cy Brown

Sports World Weathering the Storm

Winter Storm Juno is ravaging the East Coast and putting the sports world on hold. When will the Knicks and the Nets play their next home games? Did the Patriots make it out in time to get to the Super Bowl? More»
Will Leitch

Embracing Baseball's Evolution

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred caused a stir recently when he suggested he would consider banning infield shifts. But when you look past that you see a man who has a smart vision for MLB, and know that appealing to younger fans is the key to it all. More»
Phil Rogers

Cubs Should Go After Shields

This is probably going to sound a little over the top, so apologies up front. But the longer the James Shields market remains somewhere between publicly undefined and outright tepid, the more it's worth exploring an out-of-the-box possibility. What about the Cubs? More»
Andrew Simon

The 3,000-Hit Candidates

Derek Jeter's departure leaves the Major Leagues without an active member of the exclusive 3,000-hit club, a group of 28 that includes 25 Hall of Famers, with this year's induction of Craig Biggio. Here is a look at the top candidates. More»
Ross Tucker

Develin had Rocky-esque rise to NFL

Would you play football for $200 a week if you had an Engineering degree from an Ivy League institution like Brown University? James Develin did. And now a little over four years later, the journey has taken him to the biggest game of his life. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Seattle's Cap Window Is Closing

The path the Seahawks took to championship contention is remarkable, but they have extra incentive to win another one this Sunday, as their window narrows considerably over the next few seasons when an avalanche of expensive contract extensions will begin to kick in. More»
Matt Brown

Coach K: Mr. 1,000

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski became the first Division I men's college basketball coach to reach 1,000 wins on Sunday. It may just be an arbitrary round number, but it's an extraordinary milestone that shows off both coaching greatness and longevity. More»
Joe DeLessio

The Sports Pope Blesses Followers

WFAN host Mike Francesa's online community of fans routinely ridicule him, but as attendee after attendee of the second annual FrancesaCon in New "Yawk" City will tell you, they're still his biggest fans. Seeing him in person was a thrill -- and surreal. More»
Tracy Ringolsby

MLB's History Of Altered Equipment

NFL discussions leading up to the Super Bowl have focused on the Patriots' underinflated footballs. While it has created quite a media stir, the truth is a team or a player "looking for an edge" is not rare in professional sports. Baseball has had more than its share. More»
Phil Rogers

Mr. Cub: A Life Like a Miracle

A power-hitting shortstop ahead of his time, Ernie Banks won back-to-back MVP awards in 1958 and '59, staking a lasting claim as arguably the greatest player in the Cubs' history. Banks died at age 83 on Friday. More»
Paul Casella

MLB's 2015 Worst-To-First Candidates

Of the six last-place teams from a season ago, some are certainly in a better position than others. Either way, it's not out of the question for at least one of last year's cellar-dwellers to make a postseason push in 2015. More»
Ross Tucker

Puncturing Deflate-gate's Mysteries

There's still a lot of misinformation out there on Deflate-gate, so I thought I'd attack some of the remaining points from the perspective of not only a former player, but a former New England Patriot who spent parts of the 2005 and 2006 seasons in Foxborough. More»
Brian Burke

NFL Teams Misjudged By The Machine

With a year of NFL predictions by the Machine almost complete, it's clear to see that there were a few teams the model consistently overrated and a few it consistently underrated. Here's what the model got wrong, record-wise, and why. More»
Brett Koremenos

Hawks' Offense is taking NBA by storm

It was just last spring that the Atlanta Hawks were just another member of the NBA's middle class. But with the return of Al Horford from injury and another season under the guidance of Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks have skyrocketed both up the standings and efficiency rankings. More»
Bobbie Dittmeier

The Islanders are quietly thriving

Even when they were winning Stanley Cups three decades ago as no other U.S.-based hockey team has even come close to approaching, the New York Islanders have played in a vacuum. And now, in their final season in the suburbs, they're quietly thriving once more. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 MLB Free-Agent Bargains Available

When the biggest remaining free-agent mystery is "Who is going to overpay for James Shields?" you know you're scraping the bottom of the open-market barrel. But that doesn't mean there isn't any value left for clubs in need of more talent. More»
Will Leitch

Ranking 2015's Idiotic Controversies

Maybe the Patriots deflated the balls, maybe they didn't. This is officially idiotic in every possible way, and the worst part is we're not even sure where Deflate-gate ranks on 2015's list of moronic sports controversies, let alone the all-time list. More»
Andrew Garda

Why We Need The Hatetriots

Let's get this straight -- in the end, a deflated ball (or eleven of them) was, at most, a minor issue. But the NFL is never more compelling than when we are hating someone, and we hate the Patriots with more venom and excitement than any other team. More»
Ben Cosman

Super Bowl Star Power

From the awesome charity bet that Chris Pratt and Chris Evans have going, to Elton John and Sir-Mix-a-Lot, the Patriots and Seahawks boast some impressive celebrity fans. But which team deserves total star power over the other? More»
Will Leitch

How to Truly Defeat a Troll

New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood played one of the best games of his career last night against UNLV, an effort he said was motivated by a particularly ugly Twitter troll who was taunting him about his mother's breast cancer. But his response may have just fed the hate. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The Rise of the NFLPA Bowl

While the Senior Bowl continues to be the biggest pre-draft college all-star event, other games are always trying to compete for attention. The latest is the rising NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which has something different: the backing of the players' union. More»
Matt Brown

Why You Should Root For Iowa State

As college basketball continues to deal with its problem of being too slow and ugly on offense, fortunately there's an oasis to gravitate toward: Iowa State. Fred Hoiberg's aggressive style continues to succeed, and his approach is worth rooting for. More»
AJ Cassavell

MLB's Best Positional Debates in 2015

You know those age-old debates about the best player at each position? They've been happening across America for about a century. The current abundance of information has made these debates as fun as ever, and we've got quite a few heading into next season. More»
Paul Casella

Who Needs James Shields The Most?

With less than a month until the first Spring Training report dates, there is still very little clarity on where James Shields will pitch in 2015. But now that pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer are taken, Shields' market should begin to take shape. More»
Will Leitch

Deflate-gate FAQ: Let's Air It Out

With the Chris Mortensen report that 11 of the 12 footballs used in Sunday's AFC championship game were underinflated, and the Vice President himself weighing in on the controversy, it's time to finally take a closer look at the Patriots' "Deflate-gate." More»
Michael Pina

Warriors on Historic Pace

The Golden State Warriors aren't just beating other teams on a regular basis, they're smashing them into little pieces. From top to bottom they're an unstoppable machine, the best defensive team that also has the most explosive offense. More»
Matt Brown

Top Early 2015 Heisman Candidates

Underclassmen have made their NFL draft decisions, which means that the 2015 college football season can begin taking shape. While the Heisman Trophy race is impossible to predict so early, it's never too soon to start identifying likely candidates. More»
Anthony Castrovince

8 Needs For MLB Contenders

Roster construction in MLB is never over, as needs can evolve at any time. But some needs are obvious right now, even for clubs otherwise built to win right away. Here are eight needs involving eight expected contenders. More»
AJ Cassavell

The Scott Boras Effect In D.C.

Long before Max Scherzer agreed with Washington, Scott Boras had already established quite the relationship with the Nationals. Six players on the Nats' 40-man roster were already Boras clients. Adding Scherzer, that number has risen to seven. More»
Cut4

Top 40 Athletes for Millennials

In celebration of 1/20 Day (yes, a real holiday), the Chicago-based 120 Sports counted down the 40 athletes that matter most to millennials. See who made No. 1. More»
Will Leitch

Tiger Woods, Freak Show

There was a time, not too long ago, when Tiger Woods was the biggest and most powerful figure in sports. He was revered at Obama's 2009 inauguration. Ten months later, everything would fall apart. And now he's showing up at ski events out of nowhere with no front tooth. More»
Brian Kenny

The Next Wave: The Do-Nothing GM

I love the current GM landscape with the old boys duking it out with the new hired guns. But with all these masterminds dealing their assets frenetically, what if a GM went along, and just did ... nothing? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Recounting McCarthy's Follies

In 2010, McCarthy put his team in position to win a Super Bowl with moxie, an aggressive approach and careful planning. Juxtapose that with the 2015 NFC championship game where McCarthy exhibited none of those traits. More»
Steven Lebron

Rockets Starting To Take Off

With a strong veteran bench and MVP candidate Josh Harden playing at his best, the Houston Rockets finally seem ready to take the next step in a difficult Western Conference. More»
Matt Brown

Senior Bowl Players To Watch

While we're still over a week away from the Super Bowl, the NFL draft process kicks into high gear this week with the Senior Bowl. A long list of coveted prospects begins practice in Mobile on Tuesday. These are 10 of the most intriguing names. More»
Andrew Simon

10 MLB Stats To Watch In 2015

All sorts of numbers helped define a thrilling 2014 season, whether it was Clayton Kershaw's jaw-dropping 1.77 ERA, the Royals' 8-0 blitz through the American League playoffs or Derek Jeter picking up the last of his 3,465 career hits. So which stats will jump out in 2015? The possibilities are almost endless, but here are 10 to watch. More»
Cy Brown

Chelsea and Liverpool Clash in Cup

Chelsea and Liverpool face one another in the semifinals of the Capital One Cup. Liverpool needs to win if it wants a trophy this season and Chelsea needs to win to prove it can win any, and every, competition. More»
Anthony Castrovince

What The Nats Should Do Next

The most fascinating thing about the Nationals signing Max Scherzer to an expensive long-term contract is that their starting rotation is already loaded. He's a luxury the Nats can afford, and he gives them a lot of possible flexibility moving forward. More»
Ross Tucker

Empathy for Brandon Bostick

Most NFL fans didn't know who Brandon Bostick was before Sunday. Now, he's synonymous with a botched onside kick that allowed the Seahawks to recover and complete their NFC Championship comeback. What might he be going through now? More»
Will Leitch

Seahawks: Masters of Their Fate

The Seattle Seahawks needed the impossible to happen, and to happen entirely out of their control. But they didn't act that way toward the end of the NFC championship game when all looked lost. And why would they? More»
Kenneth Arthur

Lack of Drive Hurts Packers

For those who believed that Green Bay choked away the NFC Championship Game (rather than Seattle winning it), there may be no greater evidence than the series of plays the Packers ran when they had control of their fate -- and all that was left was time. More»
Cy Brown

Deflating News for Patriots

The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots played with deflated balls in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Is this a case of league overreach, or is there a legitimate gripe? More»
McFadden and Mughelli

Pats and 'Hawks Primed For Battle

Conference Championship Weekend is in the books and the Super Bowl matchup is set. We asked Bryant McFadden and Ovie Mughelli of 120 Sports to break it all down. More»
Sheil Kapadia

The Five Plays That Sparked Seattle

In the final 3:52 of regulation, plus 3:19 of overtime, the Seahawks strung together one of the more improbable comebacks in NFL history. Below is a closer look at five of the key plays that have Seattle going back to the Super Bowl. More»
Andrew Garda

Patriots Never Cease To Amaze

The always succinct Bill Belichick wasn't willing to revel much in the New England Patriots' 45-7 flattening of the Colts Sunday night. You can bet that somewhere in the back of his mind, he was already thinking about Super Bowl 49 and the Seattle Seahawks. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The Emerald City Miracle

If recent history has told us anything, we should have expected that the Seahawks would not go gentle into that good night. Down 19-7 with less than four minutes to go in the NFC Championship game, Seattle orchestrated a comeback for the ages. More»
Ben Cosman

Bennett and Other Iconic Victory Laps

The Seahawks pulled off a see-it-to-believe-it comeback win against the Packers in the NFC championship game. Seattle lineman Michael Bennett found a celebration to match, on a bicycle barely built for one. Where does it rank all time? More»
Mike Bertha and Ben Cosman

Best Trick plays of the playoffs

The Seahawks got their big comeback on Sunday rolling with a fake field goal. That got us thinking back to other high stakes' slight-of-hand. From a Miracle in Music City to a half back pass in the infamous Ice Bowl, these are the most memorable trick plays in NFL playoff history. More»
Mike Bertha

Lynch In Trouble for $1,100 cleats?

Marshawn Lynch was all set to wear his $1,100, custom-made, chrome-plated, 24-karat gold cleats by Solesbysir ... until word leaked that the NFL might not let him play. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The Next Great NFL Rivalry

It's the NFC Championship game that's fifteen years in the making. The bloodlines run so deep between the Seahawks and Packers that they should have their own House on Game of Thrones. In fact, maybe this is the NFL's true next big rivalry. More»
Andrew Garda

How Much Luck Do the Colts Have?

What can Andrew Luck do to neutralize the Pats' defense? More drop-off passes? Avoid Darrelle Revis like the plague? The Colts enter into Sunday's game as the underdog, but after what they did to the Broncos, it would be foolish to write them off. More»
Alden Gonzalez

How to Sustain Winning In Baseball

MLB teams are increasingly aiming to excel both now and in the future; trying to build sustained winners without interrupting immediate championship hopes and doing their absolute best to limit the inevitable tradeoff. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The Packers' Season of Change

The Packers loss to the Seahawks in Week 1 of the regular season was ugly. But the team that will take the field on Sunday in the NFC Conference Championship isn't the same one that got blown out -- and it could take many by surprise. More»
Paul Casella

10 Aces Who Should Fear A Pitch Clock

After an experimental run, a pitch clock will be used during Minor League games next season. While it won't come to the Major Leagues this year, these 10 aces would have to make some changes should a pitch clock be implemented in the near future. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Serena's Far From Satisfied

With 18 Grand Slam singles titles, Serena Williams has nothing left to prove. But at the age of 33, she's far from satisfied and now begins her chase for Steffi Graf's record 22 Slams. More»
Matt Brown

NCAA Restores Paterno's Wins

Joe Paterno is again the the NCAA's all-time Division I wins leader after sanctions in response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal were rolled back again. It ends another case of NCAA overreach, and yet another misguided attempt to alter history that can't be changed. More»
Alexander Goot

Cavs Continue to Feel the Heat

Despite the Cavs' win over the Lakers Thursday night, Cleveland is still very much a team trying to find its way. But, as much as the media has harped on the turmoil within the organization, it's easy to forget that about four years ago, we were in almost the exact same place with the Miami Heat. More»
Will Leitch

Ranking the Championship Games

The NFL's conference championship games don't get the credit they deserve, thanks mostly to the Super Bowl hype. So in advance of Sunday's games, let's look at the best ones since 2010, honoring both the winners and losers. More»
Matt Brown

Early Entry Winners and Losers

With the national title game not being played until Jan. 12, Thursday's NFL draft early entry deadline might have sneaked up on everyone. With decisions made, we now have a clearer picture of the talent leaving and returning to college football. More»
Ross Tucker

Why Not Clone the 12th Man?

A lot of stadiums have been built since the Seattle Seahawks opened what is currently known as CenturyLink Field in 2002, yet apparently none of them have elected to try to copy the acoustical engineering perfection of that venue. That seems wrong. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's All-Underrated Team for 2015

Underrated ain't what it used to be. But particularly in today's climate, in these statistically savvy times, once-underrated elements of a player's performance have become more readily identified, embraced and, oftentimes, rewarded. Nevertheless, these players are due a little more due. More»
Brett Koremenos

Is The Post Up Right For Wiggins?

With the evolution of the NBA over the past decade, playing out of pick-and-rolls has become the essential skill for any perimeter player looking to make an impact on his team's offense. Yet under Flip Saunders' tutelage, Andrew Wiggins has been doing the exact opposite. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: Final Four

The NFL's final four doesn't have a weak sister. The machine thinks any of them have a realistic chance at taking home the Lombardi Trophy. How the Super Bowl shakes out is essentially a dice roll from this point on. More»
Matt Brown

Cardale Jones Returns to Ohio State

After three days of intense speculation, late-season Ohio State quarterback sensation Cardale Jones announced that he will return to the Buckeyes instead of jumping to the NFL. Instead of criticizing him, let the kid enjoy the moment. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

What an NFL QB Looks Like

Marcus Mariota may be the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft, but the efficacy of mobile spread quarterbacks like the Heisman Trophy winner has become a hotly debated topic in league circles. Opinions vary wildly on whether Mariota is really worth it. More»
Will Leitch

Are The Patriots Likeable Again?

The team left standing in the NFL playoffs that has gone the longest without winning a Super Bowl is … the Patriots? Unbelievably, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have gone a decade without a ring. Here's why it's not so crazy to root for them now. More»
Steven Lebron

Historically Bad Knicks Need a Plan

The New York Knicks are now the laughingstock of the NBA, a team in the early stages of a rebuild, without a clear idea of where this is all headed. However, if there is any hope on the horizon, it will have to come along piece by piece. More»
Matt Brown

Early 2015 College Football Top 25

While Ohio State's national championship celebration probably hasn't died down yet, the 2014 season is history. That means it's time to start closely scrutinizing every aspect of the 2015 college football season. Here's an early look at how it may look. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Wilson Vs. Rodgers: Close Call

Russell Wilson is different, and many people are afraid of different. In an era where passers are regularly topping 4,000-5,000 yards, Wilson typically finishes with passing numbers that don't break 3,500. But that doesn't mean he isn't an elite quarterback. More»
AJ Cassavell

2015's Make-or-Break Players

As we approach the 2015 baseball season, it's clear some players are easier to project than others, like Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout. But this year, quite a few pennant races could swing in one direction or another based on some impossible-to-project players. More»
Andrew Simon

Comeback Candidates To Watch For

The Comeback Player of the Year Award is not something anyone necessarily hopes to win. But for several accomplished players -- like Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Zimmerman -- who fell on hard times last year, it just might be something to shoot for in '15. More»
Matt Brown

Don't Overthink Mariota's NFL Ability

Marcus Mariota declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday, setting off months of debate about his NFL readiness and the No. 1 overall pick. While it's reasonable to question Mariota's NFL skill set now, there's little reason to doubt his ability to adapt. More»
Andrew Garda

Bowles Can Help Jets Take Off

The New York Jets have hired Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their new head coach. He represents a good transition from the Rex Ryan years. The only question is: How will the team put up points? More»
Will Leitch

Don't Blame Cardale for the Truth

Some people continue to use Cardale Jones' long-deleted tweet about school as a cudgel. But this week, Jones made Ohio State a lot of money -- and he won't see a dime of that, while his career could be over with one wrong step. Explain how important school is supposed to be there? More»
Joe DeLessio

Rangers-Islanders: Rivalry Renewed

Tuesday night's matchup between the Rangers and Islanders at Madison Square Garden had the buildup of a playoff game. It's been a long time since both teams have been relevant at the same time -- and it sets up what could be a fun battle down the stretch. More»
Live press conference

Rex Ryan Bills Press Conference

Rex Ryan will be introduced as the new Buffalo Bills head coach on Wednesday. Let's hear what he has to say. Because, let's face it, he's never been at a loss for words. More»
Michael Pina

Solomon Hill's Trial By Fire

Solomon Hill -- arguably the most invisible 1,200-plus-minute player in the NBA -- makes a lot of mistakes on the floor, but he has the potential to fill an important role, and Indiana is praying he steadily improves over the next few seasons. More»
Anthony Castrovince

John Hirschbeck's Survival Guide

Longtime MLB umpire John Hirschbeck has lost two sons to a rare disease and has battled and beaten cancer twice. Hirschbeck doesn't need somebody else's guide to survival. He's already written his own. More»
Brian Kenny

Goodbye to the True Outcome King

Even though Adam Dunn had a rapid decline after 2009, the slugger -- who is retiring after 14 seasons in the Majors -- was the very definition of a modern ballplayer. He got on base, hit home runs and was way more valuable than many realized. More»
AJ Cassavell

The True Value Of Max Scherzer

The Tigers reportedly offered Max Scherzer six years and $144 million in a contract extension last offseason... and he said no. Turns out, that was a wise decision, because if you break down the numbers, he's worth a whole lot more than that now. More»
Matt Brown

The King Of College Football

An unexpected coaching hiatus in his prime may have knocked him down a peg, but Monday's national championship reminded us that Urban Meyer can still be college football's best coach. The scary part? This is only a beginning for Ohio State. More»
Michael Clair

Megathoughts on ESPN's Megacast

Welcome to the 21st century where we don't just watch one broadcast of a game, we watch twelve. But just how did ESPN do with their Megacast during the national championship game Monday? We fried our brains trying to find out. More»
Will Leitch

Buckeyes Win: Back to the Future

On Monday night, national title winners Ohio State reminded us what college football is capable of, and they did it while both hanging onto the sport's past and hinting at a possible direction for an even more bountiful future. More»
Matt Brown

The Ohio State Quarterback Dilemma

Ohio State's national championship season featured one of the most unusual quarterback storylines ever, with injuries moving the Buckeyes from Braxton Miller to J.T. Barrett to Cardale Jones. Now, it's time to figure out what has become a complicated future. More»
Ross Tucker

Peyton's Return Far From A Lock

To play, or not to play. For Peyton Manning, that is the question that will hang over him in the coming days, weeks and maybe even months with so much turmoil in Denver after John Fox's departure and Manning's overall health still uncertain. More»
Cy Brown

Hi, Bob! That Ref Looks Familiar

The head referee of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game bears a striking resemblance to comedian Bob Newhart, who took to Twitter to comment on his side gig. More»
Michael Clair

Admiring the Oregon Ballboy's Hair

The first half of the National Championship Game saw Ohio State take a big lead against a flat Oregon. But as good as guys like Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliott looked, it was a ballboy that stood out -- at least stylistically. More»
Cy Brown

Elliott: Rising to the Occasion

Ohio State tailback Ezekiel Elliott was ferocious in the College Football Playoff final, rushing for 246 yards and four touchdowns. But the sophomore was largely overlooked until a string of 200-yard games to end the season More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Fox Out As Denver Cleans House

It is not yet known if Sunday's Divisional Round loss was the last for future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. If he does return, however, he'll do so under a new head coach. Less than a year removed from a Super Bowl appearance, John Fox is out in Denver, along with the entire coaching staff. More»
Michael Pina

Rebuild In Boston Affects the West

This weekend, the Celtics sent Brandan Wright and Jeff Green packing in two complex trades. The rebuild in Boston is officially in full swing, while the pieces they gave up could end up making waves in the Western Conference. More»
Will Leitch

The Super Bowl Imitation Game

Organizers for the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship game desperately want this thing to be a Super Bowl Lite. But if we remember what the first Super Bowl was really like, we should know that things should evolve quickly. More»
McFadden & Mughelli

Peyton's Last Stand?

Peyton Manning looked like a tired shell of his old self in the Broncos' loss to the Colts on Sunday, throwing up lame ducks into the Indianapolis secondary. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck appeared to be everything Manning used to be. We'll break it all down. More»
Dakota Gardner

OSU Vs. Oregon: Tale of the Tape

By now you've probably read hundreds of articles about the national championship contenders' strengths and weaknesses. But who has the real edge between Ohio State and Oregon when it comes to mascots, food and decals? Glad you asked. More»
Andrew Garda

Rex to Bills: Worth the Risk

After a few details get ironed out, Rex Ryan will be the new coach of the Buffalo Bills. While there is some question on whether he's really the guy to elevate a mediocre offense, there's no question his defensive bona fides will make a difference. More»
Matt Brown

The Best Matchup of the Season

You can't ask for a better matchup than Marcus Mariota meeting Joey Bosa, Michael Bennett and the Ohio State defensive line for a national championship on Monday. Under new position coach Larry Johnson, the Buckeyes are calm and confident. More»
Andrew Simon

The Everyman All-Star Team

Veteran infielder John McDonald announced his retirement this past Wednesday after a 16-year MLB journey in which he played for eight teams and only once received 300 plate appearances. Which other players have achieved similar impressive feats of longevity? More»
Sheil Kapadia

Divisional Round Difference-Makers

The weekend opened with an instant classic in Foxboro and closed with what might have been the final showing for an all-time great. When the dust settled, the Patriots, Colts, Seahawks and Packers were left standing. Here's why. More»
Tracy Ringolsby

3 AL Teams Ready to Roll

Two years ago, the Blue Jays were baseball's offseason darlings. A fifth-place and third-place finish later, they appear finally in position to make good on their hopes. Here's a look at what the season may hold for them and two other American League teams that underwent makeovers. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

After Call, Packers Hold the Line

A week after the Cowboys benefited from a hotly debated non-pass interference call, they found themselves involved in yet another controversial officiating decision. This time, however, Dallas found itself on the losing side of the call. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The Cowboys' Reversal of Fortune

Many believe that the Dallas Cowboys got robbed when Dez Bryant's catch late in the fourth quarter Sunday was eventually ruled incomplete. Still, by rule, referee Gene Steratore made the correct call by overturning the original one. More»
Matt Brown

The Key To The Oregon Offense

Marcus Mariota is the biggest reason that Oregon has reached the national title game, but Byron Marshall's role set the Ducks up to succeed again. The former leading rusher is now the leading receiver, providing a jolt to an unproven group. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Seahawks Inch Closer To Repeat

On Saturday, Bill Belichick led the New England Patriots to yet another AFC Championship game, but it's the NFC's Seahawks that may more closely resemble the Patriots dynasty he constructed after his predecessor, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, left New England. More»
Andrew Garda

No Panic In These Pats

Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied back from two separate 14-point deficits on Saturday with the help of some trickery, and plenty of poise. More»
Paul Casella

How Will Shields Hold Up?

There is no questioning the fact that James Shields has been one of the most durable pitchers over the past decade. Here's a closer look at five other pitchers who pitched at least 200 innings in eight straight seasons and how they held up into their mid-to-late 30s. More»
Tracy Ringolsby

3 NL Teams Primed to Climb

The baseball offseason is still in flux as we wait on major pieces to fit into place. But with Spring Training approaching, it's worth taking a look at the biggest movers and shakers in the league. We'll start in the National League, naming one team from each division we believe may be due for a big season. More»
Will Leitch

QBs With Least and Most to Lose

Let's take one last look at the best NFL weekend of the year by focusing solely on the quarterbacks, ranking them on how much they have at stake, historically, career-wise, all of it. The one with the least on the line is eighth, down to the one with the most. More»
Matt Brown

National Championship Pick 'Em

The first College Football Playoff National Championship arrives Monday, as No. 2 Oregon meets No. 4 Ohio State in an intriguing matchup of explosive offenses that keep getting better and better. The hard part? Picking a winner with confidence. More»
Matt Brown

National Championship Top Players

Oregon and Ohio State don't quite have the starpower of Florida State and Alabama, but they beat those two teams with exceptional individual talent that continues to emerge. From Marcus Mariota on down, these are the top players in the title game. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The Seahawks By the Numbers

The Panthers are in the playoffs and they finished their season as good as any team. Well, any team except one. The Seahawks' finish wasn't just the best in the NFL this year, it's one of the best we've ever seen. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: Divisional Weekend

NFL playoff teams are usually quite comparable in team strength, but there are clear favorites in each of the four Divisional Round games. Nonetheless, the biggest edge is still home-field advantage. Here are the teams we have the most confidence in. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Could Scherzer Land In Houston?

As we look around the Major League landscape and honestly evaluate Max Scherzer's late-developing market, let's not be completely dismissive of the faint possibility that the Astros emerge as the ol' "mystery team" for Mighty Max. More»
Ross Tucker

Brady's G.O.A.T. Legacy On the Line

Can you be considered the greatest quarterback of all time if you've been outplayed four times in the postseason by Joe Flacco ... at home? That's the question I've been asking myself this week heading into Saturday's Divisional Round game between the Patriots and the Ravens. More»
Cy Brown

Chris Christie: Cowboys Mascot

New Jersey governor Chris Christie publicly and awkwardly cozied up with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after Dallas's Wild Card win over Detroit. How will Christie's Cowboy loyalty influence a possible presidential bid? More»
WIll Leitch

NFL Vs. CFP: Setting the Scene

Over the three days of football from Saturday to Monday, we will see the NFL sell itself as a wonderful in-person fan experience when it's the exact opposite, and we will see college football look like an empty corporate event when it's so, so much more than that. More»
Matt Brown

Learning From Oregon and OSU Losses

Ohio State's season was declared dead in September, when it lost to Virginia Tech. Oregon suffered the same fate in October against Arizona. Now, as the teams prepare to meet for the national championship, the losses show just how far they've come. More»
Anthony Castrovince

5 Bold Pre-Spring Predictions

So much heavy lifting has already been accomplished in Major League Baseball. But that doesn't mean all the work is done. Here, then, are five predictions for what could still be in store between now and the opening of Spring Training camps. More»
Cy Brown

BCS Seasons That Needed a Playoff

Fans decried the BCS for years until it was finally replaced by the College Football Playoff this season. Looking back through the BCS era, many seasons would have benefited from the existence of a playoff. Which ones most needed the new system? More»
AJ Cassavell

10 sneaky-good offseason additions

This offseason has been filled with blockbuster moves that have seemingly reshaped the baseball landscape. But so often in baseball, it's the minor moves that pay off come October, so we predicted which under-the-radar acquisitions could make an impact down the stretch in 2015. More»
Howard Megdal

Van Gundy's Last Stand

Stan Van Gundy has five seasons to figure out how to take the Pistons from the 29-53 team they were each of the past two outings, and make them into the kind of team he took to the NBA finals in Orlando back in 2009. Jettisoning Josh Smith was just the first step. More»
Michael Pina

Cavs Gave Up Too Much For Mozgov

If a group of NBA diehards were playing word association, and someone said "Cleveland Cavaliers," words like "desperate," "flailing" and "hahaha" would echo around the room, and those words also sums up how we feel about Cleveland's trade for Timofey Mozgov. More»
Matt Brown

The Impact of Winston Going Pro

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston announced Wednesday that he will enter the NFL draft, expected news that still makes a significant impact on both the NFL and Florida State. Here's what the news means for all parties involved. More»
Will Leitch

Predicting Team Firsts for HOF

After July, there will be six teams in baseball with no official Hall of Fame representation. Let's take a look at each of those teams and see if we can figure out when their cap is finally going to make it on a plaque. More»
AJ Cassavell

Quirky Hall of Fame Voting Trends

The headlines today should be all about Martinez, Johnson, Smoltz and Biggio. And for the most part, they are. But there's a good bit of discussion worth having about the voting process, which has never come under more scrutiny than it has in the past couple years. More»
Matt Brown

National Championship Storylines

College football is set for a historic night on Monday, as Oregon meets Ohio State in a 15th game for each team to decide the first-ever playoff championship. As anticipation builds, these are the storylines to be following closely. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Reflecting on the new Hall Electees

Every Hall of Famer has a story, and those stories are not just their own but also the ones those fortunate enough to be around them are all too happy to tell. So, we reached out to a few of the general managers and managers who worked alongside the new Hall inductees. More»
Tracy Ringolsby

Ryan's role in The Big Unit's legacy

Randy Johnson has credited a conversation with Nolan Ryan for helping to turn his career around, a career that has now been honored with his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan doesn't buy that idea completely, though. More»
Alyson Footer

How Biggio's Big Gamble Paid Off

By the end of the 1991 season, the Astros reached a consensus on Craig Biggio: he was an extremely talented player who could have a long career in the big leagues -- as long as he didn't continue catching. And so began the biggest experiment of Biggio's MLB career. More»
Lyle Spencer

Mike Piazza: HOF Class of 2016?

With his surge to 69.9 percent of the vote in the Hall of Fame balloting released on Tuesday, Piazza fell just short of joining Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz in the 2015 Cooperstown class. But wait until next year. More»
Will Leitch

Hall Voting Process Still Flawed

We originally gave writers the power to decide who gets into the Hall of Fame because they had first-hand observation and at least the pretense of impartiality. But now it seems personal bias, remote from the reality of baseball's evolution, has made the Hall voting process an anachronism. More»
Michael Pina

Cavs add depth with Shumpert, Smith

The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder participated in a three-team semi-blockbuster deal on Monday night, an intriguing transaction to say the least that saw the Cavs add Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith. More»
Brian Kenny

Why Smoltz Is a Hall of Famer

He wasn't always considered a lock, but with 82.9 percent of the vote, John Smoltz joins Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio in the 2015 Hall of Fame class. If you're still wondering why he made it, just take a look at the numbers. More»
Matt Brown

Best and Worst of Bowl Season

A record 38 bowl games have come and gone, meaning all that's left in the 2014-15 postseason is the College Football Playoff National Championship. Before Oregon and Ohio State kick off, we remember the best and worst from a big slate of bowls. More»
Jim Callis

What's Next For Banuelos?

Back in 2011, Manny Banuelos was one of the most exciting pitching prospects in baseball, but he never cracked the Yankees' rotation and was traded to the Braves for two relievers on New Year's Day. More»
Brett Koremenos

Giving Love a Bad Name

Kevin Love was supposed to be the final piece of the puzzle for the Cleveland Cavaliers when he joined LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but the team's struggles have raised a question: in this era of the NBA, is it better to have depth or multiple stars? More»
Ross Tucker

Ref Confusion Is a Playoff Problem

There was no widespread conspiracy to get the Cowboys into the second round of the NFL playoffs. But that doesn't mean what happened Sunday was right. It was a comedy of errors that led to a really poor conclusion -- and that all stemmed from how the referee crew was constructed. More»
Will Leitch

St. Louis Set Up For Raw Deal Again

According to reports, the Rams are threatening to break the lease on their current stadium and move to Los Angeles. This is the culmination of a deal the city made out of a desperation 20 years ago. And here we are again. St. Louis taxpayers should be worried. More»
Andrew Simon

5 MLB Managers Feeling The Heat

The job of a Major League manager is not a forgiving one. In a results-oriented business, wins and losses often are the bottom line. Here's a look at five managers who figure to find themselves under pressure this year. More»
Ovie Mughelli

Romo Shines, Refs Fail

How did the refs screw up so badly in the fourth quarter of the Lions-Cowboys Wild Card game? And can we finally stop calling Tony Romo a choker after his calm, collected comeback Sunday? We have the answers. More»
Matt Brown

The Future of Alabama and FSU

If the BCS still existed, we would likely be preparing for an Alabama-Florida State matchup for the national championship on Monday. Instead, the playoff sent both teams home early, meaning that instead of a national title, it's time to think about 2015. More»
Sheil Kapadia

Dallas Comeback Caps Wild Weekend

Everyone will want to talk about the pass interference call in the fourth quarter of the Lions-Cowboys game, but the fact of the matter is that Dallas' offense was better than Detroit's defense down the stretch. And that's why the Cowboys are moving on. More»
Derek Rackley

Herron Could Be Key For the Colts

The Colts dismantled the short-handed Bengals methodically on Sunday. It didn't help Cincinnati that their biggest playmaker was on the sidelines, but give credit to Indianapolis and Dan Herron for finding a new wrinkle to their offense. More»
Ben Cosman

The Pantheon of No-Calls

Was the fix for the Cowboys on Sunday? The picked-up pass interference flag on Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens in the fourth quarter sure seemed shady. But this wasn't the first highly controversial no-call in a big game, and it won't be the last. More»
Brian Kenny

Stuart Scott: An Inspiration to Us All

Sportscasters all have different personalities, some bigger than others, but Stuart Scott wasn't there to blend into the background. He stood out. He performed. This former colleague remembers a hard-working broadcaster who was as kind as he was energizing. More»
Mike Bertha

Why Fans Loved Stuart Scott

Beloved SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott passed away Sunday at the age of 49. Though his signature catchphrases will surely stick out in our memories, his commitment and contributions to the (wide) world of sports stretches far beyond those witty quips. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The Ravens Were Built to Outlast

The GMs for the Ravens and Steelers have both seen a lot of success. However, the manner in which they constructed their respective rosters varies greatly, and it ultimately decided Saturday's showdown between the two teams. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Panthers Have Lindley To Thank

Sometimes teams win the Super Bowl even when they're not the best team in the NFL. That's what the Carolina Panthers are hoping for, but their incredibly easy road from 3-8-1 to the second round of the playoffs is probably going to end soon. There are no more Ryan Lindleys. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

The Freewheelin' Cam Newton

The Panthers are in the playoffs thanks to Cam Newton. Somehow, despite the worst season of his career and a particularly eventful month both on and off the field, the quarterback has emerged better than ever. Now, it's about having fun. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Eagles Are On The Right Track

The Eagles have managed to avoid a "Jim Harbaugh situation" by not firing anyone and instead giving both Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly more money and more power. After all of their questionable decisions, it appears Philly is actually trending in the right direction. More»
Paul Casella

Is Hector Olivera Worth The Risk?

Though every international prospect comes with an air of mystery surrounding him to some extent, Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera presents one of the largest high risk-high reward scenarios in recent memory. More»
AJ Cassavell

Why Mussina Should Be In The Hall

We've come a very long way when it comes to properly valuing the accomplishments of baseball players, as Cy Young and MVP awards are no longer evaluated in strict statistical vacuums. Unfortunately for players like Mike Mussina, Hall of Fame voters still make unfair comparisons. More»
Mike Bertha

Winston one-ups the Butt Fumble

Marcus Mariota and the Ducks ended Florida State's winning streak in dramatic fashion and the only thing more embarrassing than the final score was Jameis Winston's fumble. More»
Lindsay Berra

Winter Classic: Losing Its Luster?

The Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in D.C. was a great game and aesthetically stunning. But low national ratings have many wondering whether the NHL's jewel event is fading. More»
Cy Brown

Steven Gerrard's Last Ride

After 17 years and 10 trophies on the Merseyside, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the season. What comes next for one of Liverpool FC's all-time greats? More»
Will Leitch

The CFP: What Took Us So Long?

The Super Bowl was such a great concept, everything that happened before it seems prehistoric now. And that's how good of an idea the College Football Playoff is, instantly. From Oregon's dismantling of FSU to OSU's thrilling upset, we got everything we hoped for. More»
Matt Brown

No Doubting Ohio State Now

The first-ever College Football Playoff lived up to the hype on New Year's Day, as controversial fourth-seed Ohio State proved it belonged by coming from behind to take down Alabama. And for the first time ever, this is only the beginning. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The NFL Playoff Upset Potentials

When it comes to the NFL playoffs, remember that the order of the seeds is only a rough measurement of the league's best teams. It is not a ranking of how good they are and it is not even a representation of the who the 12 best teams are. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: Wild Card Weekend

NFL playoff teams are usually quite comparable in team strength. This means that point spreads are tighter, predictions are harder, and the only edge, really, is home-field advantage. Here are the teams we have the most confidence in. More»
Lyle Spencer

Mariota's Duck Dynasty

If there's one final happy ending in the Championship Game in Arlington, getting Marcus Mariota, the soft-spoken Heisman Trophy winner, to frame it in personal terms figures to be about as easy as bringing him down in the open field. More»
Paul Casella

Baseball's Best Utility Players

Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist has been the subject of recent trade rumors. But Zobrist is just one of many exemplary utility men in the game right now -- here's a list of MLB's other top versatile defenders. More»