Paul Casella

10 Biggest Offseason Upgrades

General managers don't spend the offseason pursuing every top-level free agent or throwing out offers for any player seemingly available. Instead, they zero in on upgrading their specific club's biggest areas of need. These teams have benefited the most from offseason moves thus far. More»
Andrew Garda

Woody Johnson To Blame For Jets

We're at Week 16, but the season was over a long time ago for the New York Jets. We could go into the long list of hair-pulling incidents from this year alone, but in the end, all the problems from this year are smaller results of a much larger issue which has plagued the Jets for some time -- owner Woody Johnson. More»
Adam Berry

Projecting The 'New' Padres

New Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been fearless this offseason, making move after move to gain Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and more... but will the trades make a difference? More»
Michael Clair

In Praise of 'James Flacco'

During a press conference, President Obama called James Franco "James Flacco" when referencing the controversy over "The Interview." The meme generators pounced, of course. But it could have been much worse. More»
Cy Brown

Jim Harbaugh: Laser Tag Maniac

Jim Harbaugh doesn't like like to lose. And that applies to football and everything else in the 49ers head coach's life, including a game of laser tag at his bachelor party a few years ago when Harbaugh used some questionable tactics to come out on top. More»
Brett Koremenos

Rondo A Perfect Fit in Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks hope that the acquisition of Rajon Rondo can help elevate their offense to another level, just like Jason Kidd did with his basketball I.Q. and pass-first mentality during their 2011 championship run. By all accounts, they made the right move. More»
Will Leitch

Let's All Root For the Bills

If things break right, the Buffalo Bills could end a playoff drought that dates back to 1999. But they're not the only playoff-starved North American sports franchise. How many teams are close? How many of them will end the drought soon? Let's take a look. More»
Matt Brown

The South Carolina Problem

It's been a rough season for South Carolina football, and it keeps getting rougher. After a poor season and with lower expectations entering next year, speculation continues to build about the future of Steve Spurrier -- and his answers aren't helping. More»
Michael Pina

5 NBA Trades We're All Waiting For

These five hypothetical NBA trades you're about to sift through lie halfway between "imminent prediction" and "helpful suggestion." It's entirely possible none of them actually happen, even though it'd be really cool if all of them did. More»
Phil Rogers

The Future Of Cuba's National Team

Imagine if the United States does normalize relations with Cuba, creating a landscape in which Cuban players can freely come and go between the U.S. and their homelands. Now think ahead to the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic, which will be held in 2017. More»
Ross Tucker

Harbaugh Should Stay in the NFL

It remains to be seen whether Jim Harbaugh will be tempted by Michigan's lucrative offer, but most coaches would much rather be at the NFL level. No alumni to worry about. No big money donors to appease. And, most importantly, no recruiting. More»
Brett Koremenos

Atlanta Hawks: Who Are These Guys?

The Atlanta Hawks have won 13 of their past 15 games despite having a chunk of their production coming from players who defied long odds to make a name for themselves in the NBA. It's not the conventional route to roster construction, but it's working. More»
Brian Kenny

'Big Game James', Like it or Not

Yes, I hated on the James Shields -- Wil Myers trade. Yes, I kept busy pointing out he was overrated. But now that he's done a postseason crash and burn at the end of his contract year? Now that his "Big Game" moniker is being mocked? Well, it seems to be the right time to reverse field and defend Shields. More»
Will Leitch

NFL QB IS A THANKLESS JOB

Sure, a lot of glory comes with being the quarterback of an NFL team. However, with that comes a lot more criticism and laughs at your expense. When all is said and done, it's not that great of a job. Just ask Jay Cutler. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan Needs Jim Harbaugh

Michigan reportedly has offered 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a six-year, $48 million deal to replace Brady Hoke. While the amount of money is jarring, Michigan has to do everything it can to attract Harbaugh to Ann Arbor to fix the program. More»
Matt Brown

The Best Individual Bowl Matchups

Even when a bowl game itself may not look like the most appealing game, that doesn't mean there aren't entertaining parts to focus on. With 38 bowl games on tap starting Saturday, these are the best games within the games to watch. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

The 10 Sportswomen Of 2014

At the end of every year, sports publications highlight the sportsmen of the year. But those lists often overlook the accomplishments of female athletes and difference-makers in sports. Here are the 10 sportswomen of 2014. More»
AJ Cassavell

MLB's Most Unpredictable Teams

We haven't even reached January, and already the entire baseball landscape has been shaken up this offseason. Given all the turnover, making predictions is a fool's game at this point. We've compiled a list of the 10 most enigmatic ballclubs. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 16 Picks

Week 16 in the NFL features many intriguing, tough to predict matchups, with divisions and playoff spots on the line as the regular season winds down. More»
Mike Bertha

Worst Football Twitter gaffes

Jets owner Woody Johnson recently favorited a tweet calling for the firing of his GM John Idzki (he claims it was an accident). In honor of the social media faux pas, here are other football-related Twitter fails. More»
Joe DeLessio

TV's Love Letter to Hockey

HBO Sports' popular series "24/7" has been retooled for EPIX, a channel you may or may not know exists, as "The Road to the Winter Classic." This had hockey fans nervous, but the first episode of the series showed that the energy -- and profanity -- is still there. More»
Will Leitch

Chris Conte's Refreshing Honesty

Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte caused a stir when he said that he said the cost of an NFL career -- possibly living 10 fewer years -- is worth is worth it. When you consider all that he's done to get to this point, not to mention the way we celebrate athletes, his comments make a lot of sense. More»
Matt Brown

Top 100 College Players of 2014

With bowl season around the corner, it's time to revisit the list of the top 100 players in college football. The regular season has seen a lot of players rise and fall, but some familiar names remain stacked near the top of the list at the end of 2014. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Ranking the Wild Card Hopefuls

There are only a handful of regular season games left before the playoffs, and in the AFC only a one game difference between the leader of the Wild Card race and four other teams. How good are each of these teams chances of making it to January? More»
Andrew Garda

Kosar: Browns Set Manziel Up To Flop

As far as former Browns QB Bernie Kosar is concerned, the team put Johnny Manziel in an impossible position. That's pretty accurate in many ways, though Kosar has an axe to grind with the organization. More»
Andrew Simon

Franchise Records That Could Fall

In order to set a franchise record, players must play at a high level with the same team for a large number of years -- something that is rare in MLB today. Here is a look at five players who could write their names in the record books this year, and five who will need to wait longer but still have realistic journeys ahead of them. More»
Ross Tucker

Money For Nothing

In the NFL, way too many teams think they need to make decisions before they actually have to make them when it comes to the quarterback position. It's a trend that, based on the buyer's remorse currently taking place in Chicago may finally start to slow down. More»
Cy Brown

Goofy Sports Gift Guide

The Holidays are a time for gift giving. But what do you give to the sports fan in your life who already has everything? We compiled a gift guide full of some of the most absurd gift ideas for sports fans you know. More»
AJ Cassavell

10 Biggest MLB Holes Left To Fill

A month and a half into one of the busiest offseasons in recent memory, we've seen a complete restructuring of rosters throughout the big leagues. But the offseason re-shuffling has also created some very noteworthy roster vacancies, and many of those are still open. More»
Steven Lebron

Raptors' bench is one of NBA's best

In the offseason, the Toronto Raptors moved quickly to re-sign starting point guard and leader Kyle Lowry, but they also focused on improving their second unit. The Raptors did just that and more: they created one of the NBA's most versatile benches. More»
Lindsay Berra

The Tommy John Solution?

During baseball's instructional leagues in Florida and Arizona this fall, 36 pitchers from nine teams collected 15,000 pitches worth of data in a trial run with a pitching sleeve. If all goes well, this piece of wearable tech could help MLB reduce future ulnar collateral ligament injuries. More»
Cy Brown

Johnny Slow Start

Johnny Manziel's debut as an NFL starter was the worst of any Heisman-winning quarterback (and first round pick) in the last decade. Looking at some of the other names on the list can we expect improvement? More»
Paul Casella

Headley Deal Looks Like A Bargain

The Yankees have reportedly reached a four-year, $52 million deal with "second-tier" free agent third baseman Chase Headley. The signing could be considered a bit of a steal in comparison to Red Sox's deal with Pablo Sandoval. More»
Steven Lebron

Malone Is Gone: Who's Next?

According to reports, the Sacramento Kings have fired their head coach Mike Malone, which seems strange given that the team's struggles could be blamed on DeMarcus Cousins' absence. But if Malone could go, so could a number of other coaches in the NBA. More»
Will Leitch

Leave The Playoffs Alone

The fact that a team with a losing record could host an NFL playoff game has folks talking about changing the postseason structure, but it's in the best interest of the game, and more importantly, the fans, to keep things the way they are. More»
McFadden and Mughelli

Any Hope for Manziel? Week 15 Recap

Johnny Manziel got a rude introduction to life as a starting quarterback, getting sacked three times with two interceptions as the Browns got shut out by the Bengals. Two NFL experts break down his performance and answer the burning questions from Sunday. More»
Howard Megdal

76ers: Believing In the Plan

The Sixers entered the 2014-15 season knowing they would lose big. The results quickly confirmed this expectation, with the team starting the season 0-17. But a couple of wins and close losses over the last week show that this team still has some fight in them. More»
Michael Pina

Jordan Is Still In Rarefied Air

Kobe Bryant just passed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list. But if 100 different versions of Michael Jordan's career ran their course, what would the absolute best-case scenario look like? We crunched the numbers. More»
Adam Berry

GM For A Day: Phillies

The good news for Philadelphia is there should still be time to salvage some future value out of the club's World Series-winning core. How can they continue to push aside the past and build toward the future? Here are a few suggestions. More»
Matt Brown

Mariota Takes His Place in History

The only mystery on Saturday night was by how many votes Marcus Mariota would win the Heisman Trophy. It all went just as planned, with Mariota receiving 788 first-place votes to run away with the Heisman over Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper. More»
Adam Berry

GM For A Day: Giants

This offseason, the Giants keep coming up empty-handed on the free agent market. However, there are plenty of options left for the World Series champs, including players that can plug their biggest holes, starting pitcher and third base. More»
AJ Cassavell

MLB Divisions 'Fun' Rankings

Major League Baseball's regular season is nothing without colorful and intense division races, and 2015 should have those in abundance. With that in mind, here's a ranking of baseball's divisions in terms of how much fun they're going to be. More»
Ben Cosman

Kurt Warner's Comeback Odds

Could either Kurt Warner or Brett Favre be your next Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback? Given the status of the position on the 11-3 NFC East leader, neither should be ruled out entirely. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Rams: Wait Until Next Year

Though their overall record may not suggest it, the St. Louis Rams' trajectory places them squarely in the playoff hunt a year from now. They've established a talented young nucleus on both sides of the ball, and regression is inevitable within their division. More»
Will Leitch

The Cardinals' Plan D

Ryan Lindley was the punchline to the Ken Whisenhunt era. And now he's the starting quarterback for an Arizona Cardinals team that has the best record in the NFL and the inside track for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. More»
Matt Brown

Breaking Down the Heisman

Sometimes, there is little suspense, but there was no suspense about who the finalists would be this year, and despite the best efforts of the Heisman Trust to keep ballots a secret, there is unlikely to be much suspense about who the winner is. More»
Ross Tucker

3 Keys to the Cowboys' Revenge

The performance of the Cowboys linemen, especially on offense, has been a strength for Dallas all season. That's why it was so surprising that they were dominated up front on Thanksgiving in their first match-up against the Eagles. Here's how they can turn the tables. More»
Sheil Kapadia

Seahawks' Simple Formula is Working

Defensive coordinators around the NFL are constantly trying to come up with innovative schemes and new pressure packages, and meanwhile, the Seahawks are running the same coverages over and over again, and it's certainly paying off. More»
Andrew Simon

The All-Winter Meetings Trades Team

All of the players involved, or reportedly involved, in Winter Meetings deals this year have combined for 17 All-Star selections, six Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, two Rookie of the Year Awards and one MVP. Put them together, and you get a viable 25-man roster. More»
Richard Justice

Grading Each Club's Winter Meetings

Twenty years from now, we'll look back at these Winter Meetings and remember how much fun we had, and we may cringe at our optimism for certain teams. But for now we graded how each MLB club did in San Diego, grouped by letter grades A-C. More»
Paul Casella

How Winter Meetings 'Winners' Fared

The amount of wheeling and dealing at the 2014 Winter Meetings more than made up for the relatively lackluster gatherings from the previous two years. But how will this year's winners fare next season? We took a look back at how other clubs did after making a Winter Meetings splash. More»
Michael Pina

Wade Isn't Washed Up

He's not competing for a scoring title or an MVP, and a lot of people still don't think he's the best player on his own team. But dismissing him as one of the better offensive forces in the league is a mistake. The 32-year-old will still pillage a weary defender's confidence. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

New NFL Conduct Policy Still Flawed

On Wednesday, the NFL finally revealed this new policy that is supposed to help uphold the integrity of the league. While only time will tell whether or not it is effective, it currently comes across as a public relations Band-Aid that leaves far too much power in the hands of one man. More»
Will Leitch

Friedman Makes His Mark

Andrew Friedman has only been the Dodgers' team president for a couple of months but he is already making his mark, pulling off a flurry of trades featuring Matt Kemp, Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick. More than anything else, he's making baseball a lot of fun. More»
Matt Brown

The Best in College Football 2014

The playoff has been selected and bowl invitations handed out, so now the college football world moves on to honoring the best individual performances of the 2014 season. Sports on Earth names its top players, coaches, freshmen and more. More»
Matt Brown

The Sports on Earth All-America Team

With the 2014 college football regular season coming to close, Sports on Earth has identified the best individual performances of the season to create three All-America teams, plus an All-Freshman team for a glimpse at the sport's future. More»
Phil Rogers

The Cubs Still Have Work To Do

The hiring of Joe Maddon and signing of Jon Lester isn't an indication that the Cubs are all-in to try to make the postseason next year. Theo Epstein still sees himself in the middle of a building project, not at the end of one. More»
Steven Lebron

How the Cavs Found Their Groove

If a team can hit rock bottom in the first month of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers did so on Nov. 22, when they blew a 26-8 lead over the Toronto Raptors. But since that dismal loss, the Cavs have been dominating on both sides of the court. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 15 Picks

With three weeks of games left on the NFL calendar, there are very few mysteries left in the season. We know which teams are good and which are bad, and why. Now it's just a question of who can put it all together and survive to the postseason. More»
Matt Brown

Another Wisconsin Coaching Search

Two years after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas, Wisconsin has another surprise coaching vacancy, as Gary Andersen unexpectedly left for an inferior job at Oregon State. Faced with another search, Barry Alvarez could have a long list of targets. More»
AJ Cassavell

Best Righty-Lefty Duos In Baseball

The two Chicago teams have been busy bolstering their rotations, as the Sale/Samardzija and Lester/Arrieta combo will make opposing managers miserable with matchup problems. But where do these new left-right dynamic duos rank among baseball's best? More»
Will Leitch

The Cubs Make Their Move

Taking your time to build a team rather than just attempting to appease and placate fans and media is incredibly difficult. You have to remain focused on what you're building … and you have to know precisely when to strike. The Cubs have now struck. More»
AJ Cassavell

Lester Deal A Major Risk For Cubs

Given the current market and the history of teams who have taken similar gambles, the $155 million contract that the Cubs gave to 30 year-old Jon Lester will probably not work out for them in the long run. Let's take a close look as to why. More»
Andrew Garda

The regression of Colin Kaepernick

When it comes to failing quarterbacks, most of the attention this season has been on Robert Griffin III. But in the Bay Area, another young QB has been busy regressing in a big way. Colin Kaepernick's future in San Francisco seems as tenuous as ever. More»
Matt Brown

Building the Best Playoff

College football has the most meaningful regular season in sports, but also the most frustrating postseason. The creation of a four-team playoff has led to talk of expansion, so from the old bowl system to four teams all the way to 128, which system is best? More»
Richard Justice

Don't Count Out Beane, A's Just Yet

These are the times Billy Beane loves most of all. You can see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice. He loves to be doubted. He feeds off it, is motivated by it. He's as competitive as any man you'll ever meet. So do you really want to count him out now? More»
Michael Pina

The 7 Teams In The Mix For Ray Allen

Ray Allen may never play again and is no longer a star, but this semi-retired 39-year-old who hasn't played a single minute of professional basketball in over seven months could still help decide who wins the NBA championship. More»
Steven Lebron

Inside The NBA Replay Center

The NBA's replay system has evolved rapidly since it was first instituted prior to the 2002-03 season, and a centralized replay center located in Secaucus, N.J. debuted at the start of the 2014-15 season. We got a peek inside. Here's what we saw. More»
Kenneth Arthur

7 Astounding Julio Jones Facts

You can argue that the Falcons overpaid to get Julio Jones in the 2011 NFL Draft, but there's no denying that he is a phenomenal talent. After his career-high 259 yards on Monday Night Football, the star receiver may just be getting started. More»
Brett Koremenos

How Wall Makes Everyone Else Better

John Wall's emotional and inspiring performance on Monday night was just part of a larger trend starting to emerge in his game. He's a departure from the tunnel-visioned, scoring machines of NBA eras past, but is rather a star who raises the game of those around him. More»
Will Leitch

The View In Brooklyn

This is the third season for Barclays Center, and the place still feels shiny and new and unused. It also feels clean and expansive and entirely lifeless, like watching a game inside a shopping center. That's the design of the joint -- and it may never change. More»
Phil Rogers

Windy City Heat

The Cubs aren't the only Chicago team fighting to get back in the spotlight. Late Monday night, the White Sox signed closer David Robertson to a four-year contract and traded for Jeff Samardzija. And they may not be done dealing. More»
Matt Brown

Bowl Game Watchability Rankings

We finally get the best of both worlds. The College Football Playoff begins, and there are still 36 other bowl games to consume before we say goodbye to the 2014 college football season. What should you watch? We predict and rank all of them. More»
Michael Bertha

King James VS. Prince William

There was plenty of buzz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night as Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge took in the Cavs-Nets game. Even King James seemed starstruck. How does he stack up against his royal highness? Here's the tale of the tape. More»
Brian Kenny

Vets Committee Shutout Is Avoidable

There wasn't one single bad call on this Hall of Fame ballot for the Golden Era Committee, and they completely whiffed. There are still a good number of greats who deserve to be inducted, and it seems like they may never see Cooperstown. More»
Ross Tucker

Lay Off The Linemen

Not every sack is the offensive line's fault. Multiple websites are now devoted to evaluating game film and advanced NFL analytics, yet we still lean way too often on the crutch that is blaming the offensive line. More»
Cy Brown

The LA Galaxy Know How to Celebrate

The Los Angeles Galaxy won the MLS Cup on Sunday by defeating he New England Revolution 2-1 in extra time. o celebrate the championship, the team made the unorthodox move of turning it's locker room into a slip n' slide. More»
McFadden & Mughelli

Contenders Looking Like Pretenders

Week 14 in the NFL is (almost) in the books, and Bryant McFadden and Ovie Mughelli of 120 Sports are here to break down the struggles of the 49ers and Saints, the best Wild Card teams, Andrew Luck's luck and more. More»
McFadden and Mughelli

Jeff Fisher's Ultimate Troll Move

On Sunday against the Redskins, Rams coach Jeff Fisher sent out six players for the coin toss, all of whom just happened to be selected in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 drafts thanks to the boatload of picks Washington sent to St. Louis in exchange for RG3. What a coincidence! More»
Matt Brown

What We Learned About the Playoff

The first College Football Playoff is set, with Alabama-Ohio State and Oregon-Florida State in the semifinals. While the process has been confusing and maddening, at least we've now had a season to start understanding its impact. More»
Will Leitch

Loud And Clear: Athletes Speaking Up

For all the thousands and thousands of interviews that Michael Jordan did, it's sort of astounding that he never really said anything that made a dent in the public discourse. But today's athletes, such as Derrick Rose and LeBron James, are certainly not being "Like Mike." More»
Richard Justice

Baseball's Wide Open Winter

This MLB offseason has exploded around us, and it's a byproduct of baseball's new world order. That is, the difference in talent among the top two dozen or so teams may be closer than it has ever been as the 2014 Winter Meetings get underway. More»
Howard Megdal

Quirky Lopez A Perfect Fit In Portland

Robin Lopez (Brook Lopez's twin brother) is an odd bird, with his Sideshow Bob hairdo and bizarre Twitter musings. He's also a player no one had any right to expect: the perfect center for a legitimate Western Conference contender. More»
Len Hochberg

For Tiger: No Pain, Some Gain

After being away from golf for four months, Tiger Woods returned with a new coach, a new swing, new clubs, a new ball, a new body (he lost a lot of weight) and new-found health. But after he completed the Hero World Challenge on Sunday, we were left with the same, old question: Can he return to being Tiger Woods? More»
Matt Brown

The Committee Got The Playoff Right

The arguments have ended, and the selection committee has come to a decision: The inaugural College Football Playoff will feature Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State. While TCU and Baylor should be upset, the committee did its job. More»
Matt Brown

No Clear Playoff Answers

At last, College Football Playoff closure is on the way, but championship week did nothing to clear up the playoff picture. All six top contenders won this weekend, so who did the most to help their playoff case, and who should make the field? More»
Paul Casella

What Each MLB Team Needs Most

No matter how many moves a team has already made this offseason, every Major League club still has room for improvement as the Winter Meetings approach. Here's a look at their biggest areas of need as things stands now. More»
Matt Brown

Mariota's Heisman Statement

After a slow start Friday night, Marcus Mariota did what he always does, putting up yet another seemingly effortless big game-- with some highlight-reel plays -- to lead Oregon to a 51-13 win over Arizona to win the Pac-12 title and a playoff bid. More»
Adam Berry

GM For A Day: Yankees

Just when it seemed like the Yankees might keep quiet for a little while, they swept through the baseball news cycle Friday and emerged with a new shortstop and a potential closer. Let's revisit those decisions, but also dig into the Yankees' remaining issues. More»
Brian Kenny

Dick Allen Is A Hall Of Famer

Dick Allen had a reputation of being a bit of a malcontent when he was a player. That, couple with the fact that he peaked during a golden era of pitching is why he got overlooked in Hall of Fame voting. It's time for the Veteran's Committee to correct that mistsa More»
Will Leitch

Conference Championships: Obsolete?

Three years ago, conference championship games seemed like an obvious, no-brainer cash cow. Now, in an age of the playoff, they feel more like a burden. If they only hurt your chances at the ultimate prize, and fans aren't even that enamored with them … why even have them at all? More»
Kenneth Arthur

Don't Panic (Much), Cardinals Fans

The Cardinals as we know them today are not the best team in the NFC even though they hold the No. 1 seed at the moment. They might not even be one of the best six teams in the conference, and suddenly the fans are panicking. But that would imply that there was something to lose. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 15

After weeks of arguing, the first-ever College Football Playoff will be revealed on Sunday. First, there is still a lot to be decided in championship week, featuring big games in every conference. Answers are coming, even if nobody can agree. More»
Will Leitch

Vote In Our Stadium Championship!

At long, long last -- this contest has been going on a long time! -- we have reached the final championship battle. Our Best College Football Stadium poll has reached its championship game: Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium vs. Georgia's Sanford Stadium. More»
Andrew Simon

EXTEND OR NOT? NL EDITION

On Wednesday we looked at each American League team's contract extension candidates, in light of the recent popularity of locking up young players before they hit free agency. Now it's the National League's turn. Here's a break down of each club's most prominent candidates. More»
Cy Brown

Weird Athlete Press Conferences

There's something in the water in the world of sports right now, because press conferences seem to be getting progressively more bizarre. Arian Foster and minor league hockey players are joining in the fun. More»
Gemma Kaneko

A sports parody song mixtape

Yes, music hath charms to soothe a depressed fan. RGIII might be just another "Candle in the Wind," but somewhere, someone's got "Moves like Jagr." Here's a sports parody song roundup. You're welcome. More»
Matt Brown

College Job Desirability Rankings

The college football coaching carousel is moving at full speed, with Florida hiring Jim McElwain and Nebraska landing Mike Riley. To evaluate the landscape, we rank this year's FBS coaching openings based on how desirable the jobs are. More»
Ross Tucker

Pettine Should've Gone With Manziel

Browns head coach Mike Pettine made the decision this week to stick with Brian Hoyer as his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts and I totally understand it, but that doesn't mean I agree with it. Johnny Manziel should be in there. More»
Will Leitch

In Praise Of The Sixers

The 76ers have been criticized far and wide for the way they have been tanking the last couple of seasons. But in reality, their management is displaying a refreshing honesty -- as well as a clear plan -- that should be praised. More»
Matt Brown

Eric Berry: Vol For Life

After learning of the diagnosis of possible lymphoma for Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Tennessee responded with a moving show of support for its former star at a road game. It's not hard to see why he's made such an impact when you ask his former coaches. More»
AJ Cassavell

Who Is Winning The MLB Offseason?

Which MLB team has had the best offseason so far? Realistically, that's difficult to quantify because there are so many outside factors. Still, it's a question worth asking, and we put together a formula to calculate the winners and losers thus far. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

Really, for all the talk we spew at you about the value of face-to-face interactions, the Winter Meetings are often much ado about very little. That said, there was so much November activity in the bats department that clubs will be forced to get creative in San Diego. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 14 Picks

Given the parity in the NFL and that each team has played around 10 different opponents so far, the difference in opponent strength is almost negligible. However, there can be exceptions, like the Browns and the Jets who are on opposite sides of the strength of schedule spectrum. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Five Underrated HOF Candidates

Many will argue over the Hall of Fame voting process, and there is no doubt that many players are overlooked on the ballots. Here is a list of five guys -- their underrated cases ranging from strong to quite strong -- who are and will be most affected by the jam-packed nature of the ballot or the BBWAA's sometimes overly stiff standards. More»
Cy Brown

Listen to J.J. Watt Destroy People

J.J. Watt has been tearing folks up on the gridiron for a while, but now you can hear him do it. He was mic'd up for Houston's 45-21 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and he wanted everyone to enjoy the show. More»
Matt Monagan

Tom Brady's hair, reviewed

Tom Brady has a pretty good life. He's a two-time NFL MVP, three-time Super Bowl champion and nine-time Pro Bowler. He has the most career playoff wins by a QB. But one thing that has always seemed to evade Touchdown Tom is his hair. More»
Andrew Simon

Extend or Not? AL Edition

It's not difficult to understand the appeal of the extension, big or small. The team delays a player's entry into free agency and perhaps gets a discount on his services. Who's in line for a deal? We break down each club's most prominent candidates. More»
Will Leitch

A Bad Sign For College Football

UAB's decision to shut down its football program shouldn't be all that surprising when you consider the economics of mid-major college football. In fact, it will be surprising if more schools of that size don't follow UAB's lead. More»
Steven Lebron

Durant's Back. So What?

Last night, the Thunder welcomed the reigning MVP Kevin Durant back in New Orleans. But Oklahoma City will probably need to play almost flawlessly until the end of the season, just to crack the bottom-four seeds in the playoffs. It may not be worth it. More»
Andrew Garda

Where Could Harbaugh Land?

It's one of the narratives from the NFL season which won't go away. The San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh have reportedly ceased getting along and are headed for an inevitable parting of the ways. So if Harbaugh is leaving the 49ers, where would he land and how would he get there? More»
Matt Brown

There Are No Playoff Guarantees

Tuesday night's College Football Playoff rankings caused another stir, as TCU jumped ahead of Florida State and distanced itself from Baylor. While Baylor and Ohio State fans should be concerned, remember that a lot can still change. More»
Paul Casella

Highlights From Winter Meetings Past

Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings have a reputation for producing some of the most exciting offseason news -- and for good reason. Let's take a trip back through the last five to get an idea of what type of action could play out next week in San Diego. More»
Ben Cosman

Dockett Live-Tweets Jury Duty

Darnell Dockett, one angry man. The Cardinals' defensive end spent Tuesday live-tweeting his jury duty experience. Through humor and a few provocative thoughts on the legal process, the message was pretty clear: He wasn't exactly thrilled to be there. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan's Next Step

On Tuesday, Michigan fired Brady Hoke after a tumultuous season that ended with a 5-7 record. When facing a crisis, Ohio State went out and hired Urban Meyer. Now, Michigan faces the pressure of hiring a proven coach who can compete with him. More»
Will Leitch

Let Johnny Manziel Play

The Browns have had a nice season behind Brian Hoyer, who has led them to a 7-5 record and right into the middle of the playoff hunt despite a recent slump. All that said, it's time to let Johnny Manziel play; it's what the world needs right now. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

No Easy Narrative

In a story on ESPN and an interview with The Today Show, Janay Rice has spoken out about the ordeal she's gone through ever since her husband struck her in an Atlantic City casino last year. We have finally heard from the one voice that matters in this story. But she is not going to play the victim. More»
Michael Pina

Harden's Quietly Superb MVP Campaign

With one month of the NBA season already in our rearview mirror, James Harden is knee deep in a whisper-quiet MVP campaign. No player has scored more points. No player has attempted or made more free-throws. Only Nikola Vucevic has played more minutes. More»
Matt Brown

Defensive Heisman Candidates

The Heisman race is becoming clearer, with Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper all having a chance to shine in conference title games. But what about defensive players? Three sophomore defenders deserve to be on the radar too. More»
AJ Cassavell

The DH Is Back In Style

A few years ago it seemed absurd to think teams would be this eager to shell out such sums of money for players offering no value defensively. But the dearth of offense in this year's free-agent market has changed the dynamic entirely. More»