Adam Berry

GM For A Day: Rays

It's been a pretty busy offseason in Tampa Bay, between trading away former AL Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson -- among others -- and losing their GM and manager. But their rotation is full of potential stars, and there's still a lot of material to work with. More»
Matt Brown

Florida State's Imperfect Perfection

We've been through this before, haven't we? Yet again, Florida State escaped with a close win over an inferior team, this time kicking a late field goal to edge Boston College 20-17. Ole Miss lost to Arkansas, but the top contenders took care of business. More»
Matt Brown

Perine Breaks Gordon's Record

It didn't take long for Melvin Gordon's single-game rushing record to fall. After he beat LaDainian Tomlinson's 15-year-old record last week, Gordon's mark was broken by star Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine, who hit 427 yards vs. Kansas on Saturday. More»
AJ Cassavell

Who Needs Lester The Most?

It's been an interesting past 12 months for Jon Lester. A year ago, he was coming off a World Series win in Boston. Then, he was dealt to the A's, and now he has hit the free-agent market. We ranked the teams that need Lester the most, taking into account their spending power. More»
Antoine Walker

Walker Talks Johnson, Bankruptcy

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson had to file for bankruptcy. Former NBA star Antoine Walker also ran into serious financial issues, and he talked to us about Johnson's predicament and how he can get back on track. More»
Andrew Simon

The Issues Facing LA's New Regime

It's already been an eventful offseason for the Dodgers, who have overhauled their front office with some of the sharpest minds in the business. Here's a look at the most significant issues facing L.A.'s new regime. More»
Anthony Castrovince

10 FA Signings That Should Happen

The Hot Stove has gotten going a lot earlier than usual, but there are still a bunch of big names out there. While it's likely a lot these guys will sign with the usual suspects -- Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox -- here are some destinations that would be a lot more fun. More»
Cy Brown

The NBA's Best and Worst Dressed

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore wore a garish holiday sweater to a game last night. But he's not the only NBA player who has an interesting sense of style. Let's look at some of the snappiest (and craziest) dressers in the league. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

QUIZ: The 500-Home Run Club

In honor of Ken Griffey Jr.'s 45th birthday we have decided to put together a little quiz in his honor. Do you think you can name all 26 members of the 500-home run club? Well, now is your chance to find out. More»
Will Leitch

The SEC Needs a Breather

This weekend, the Southeastern Conference, and much of college football, essentially, is taking the day off. They scheduled it that way to prepare for the crazy weekend after Thanksgiving, followed by the conference championship games. Let's relax while we still can. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 13

With Rivalry Week on the horizon, much of college football opts for a breather this week. Despite the lack of high-profile games, a calm Week 13 slate still provides some intrigue, headlined by the USC-UCLA rivalry and Ole Miss visiting rising Arkansas. More»
Ross Tucker

Can the Giants Slow Down Murray?

The Cowboys are second in the NFL rushing for over 150 yards per game while the Giants limp into this game with the worst run defense in the league. So how will they be able to contend with DeMarco Murray? Risk getting burned by Tony Romo. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Wilson could be the NFL's best RB

Russell Wilson has managed to avoid the tag of a "running quarterback" throughout his career, but when the passing goes away, what are we left with? A quarterback who might also be the game's best rusher at any position. Let's examine the evidence. More»
Will Leitch

Vote In Our Stadium Final Four!

We are down to the grit of the nit, people: our ongoing Best College Football Stadium poll has reached its Final Four. The Big Ten barely snuck a school in our second to last bracket, as Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium edged Texas A&M's Kyle Field. More»
Cy Brown

Bills-Jets: Headed to Detroit

Mad amounts of snow have fallen on Buffalo the last few days, forcing the the Bills-Jets game to be moved to Monday in Detroit. The storm has brought out some heartwarming tales, though. The team is full of good samaritans. More»
Andrew Simon

GM For A Day: Marlins

The Marlins made headlines this week by signing slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a record-setting $325 million contract. Of course, they are still a few players shy of contending, and here is what they need to do to take the next step. More»
Mike Bertha

'Pitch Perfect' Packers

The trailer for "Pitch Perfect 2" has finally dropped and it includes a few surprises, including a cameo appearance from Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. More»
Will Leitch

Stanton Worthy Of His Fortune

After signing his $325 million contract, Giancarlo Stanton was asked if he was "embarrassed" to be making that kind of money. It's time to stop shaming athletes for the money they make, because it's a representation of what they are worth. More»
Matt Brown

Overpaid and Underpaid CFB Coaches

An annual report from USA Today shows college football salaries continuing to rise, with Nick Saban at the top and plenty of surprises, both high and low, behind him. Here are the coaches who are bargains and the coaches who are overpaid. More»
AJ Cassavell

Who Needs Hanley The Most?

There are a handful of powerhouse spenders with vacancies on the left side of the infield that could use Hanley Ramirez's bat. But which of those teams needs Ramirez most? We broke down seven of his top suitors and whose benefit would be greatest by signing him. More»
Paul Casella

MLB's most valuable Megadeals

Some MLB megadeals quickly go up in flames, while others pan out for the most part. There's always plenty of risk involved. This list is a breakdown of the 10 best $100 million deals of all-time, in terms of overall WAR per million dollars earned. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 12 Picks

Each season, there's always one statistical problem child, and this year it's the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have enjoyed a great deal of success on special teams and their quarterbacks have over-performed across the board. Either that or Arizona is just plain good. More»
Mike Bertha

Most Memorable Sports Brawls

On Nov. 19, 2004, Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons. During the ensuing brawl, Artest charged into the stands after being hit with a beer. It became known as "The Malice in the Palace," but it was also one of many scary fights in sports. More»
Will Leitch

Playing with the Playoff Machine

ESPN's NFL Playoff Machine lets you toggle every possible scenario for league's postseason going into the final month-and-a-half. Think the Jets can still make it? How about a No. 1 seed for the Browns? It's all in the realm of possibilities. More»
Michael Pina

Clippers Season Rests on Crawford

The Los Angeles Clippers need Jamal Crawford and his offensive prowess if they want to keep up in the Western Conference playoff picture, but his defensive shortcomings are problematic. It brings up a tough decision Doc Rivers will have to make. More»
Matt Brown

This Is J.T. Barrett's Time

Three months ago, J.T. Barrett wasn't supposed to be Ohio State's starting QB. Two months ago, his youth was exposed by Virginia Tech. Now, Barrett is suddenly one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country, putting the playoff back within striking distance. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

QUIZ: Largest MLB Contracts

Giancarlo Stanton's record-setting $325 million contract with the Marlins has the baseball world buzzing. Now that we've spotted you the biggest MLB contract of all time, can you name the rest of the top 20? Take our quiz and find out. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Post-Rice: NFL And Domestic Violence

There's no doubt that since TMZ released the in-elevator tape of Ray Rice in September, domestic violence has been a bigger part of our national conversation. It's up to all of us -- the NFL, the players, the coaches and the fans -- to learn from this so that next time, the outcome is different. More»
AJ Cassavell

Who Needs Scherzer The Most?

There isn't a bigger crapshoot on this year's free-agent market than where Max Scherzer will land. We broke down the 10 teams that could use him the most -- and have the means to sign him. More»
Gemma Kaneko

Don't Make Fun of Tiger Woods

If you have something to say about an athlete's performance, you better believe they'll have something to say back. Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryan, Jim Everett and others all have ways of responding to negative criticism, and some are a little more ... uh, physical than others. More»
Andrew Garda

Adrian Peterson: Future Cowboy?

Adrian Peterson has officially been suspended for the rest of the season by the NFL and is not due to be reinstated until April 15. He will appeal the ruling, but the consequences for his career, the league's disciplinary powers and the Vikings are still unclear. More»
Cy Brown

So Long, J-Hey Kid

Jason Heyward and I are roughly the same age. I was born two months before him. We lived 120 miles apart for the first 18 years of our lives. In that time, we saw the Atlanta Braves win their division 14 consecutive times. That's why it's so hard for me to watch him leave Atlanta. More»
Will Leitch

The Kobe Bryant Trainwreck

There is no question that Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in NBA history. Of course, he refuses to accept the fact that his skills have slipped, and by firing up shots like he's still in his prime he is leading the Lakers to one of the more entertainingly bad seasons in NBA history. More»
Paul Casella

The Marlins' Payroll Problem

The Marlins are about to announce a 13-year, $325 million contract for Giancarlo Stanton. Past mega contracts, however, haven't guaranteed success. We looked at the last 10 World Series winners to see how much they dedicated their payroll to one individual. More»
Howard Megdal

Bosh wearing all the hats in Miami

Chris Bosh re-signed with the Miami Heat this offseason, and with LeBron James gone, the team is now running through its 30-year-old superstar who has been doing a little bit of everything out of necessity early on this season. More»
Matt Brown

The Wrong Side of History

Melvin Gordon made history on Saturday, setting the FBS single-game rushing record with 408 yards. But what about the team that allowed it to happen? For Nebraska, it was another troubling result in its ongoing battle with looking totally ordinary. More»
Anthony Castrovince

The Next Moves For The Cubs

Despite getting the manager they wanted in Joe Maddon, this offseason isn't playing out exactly as anticipated for the Chicago Cubs. But that doesn't mean they can't make strong steps to counter their competitors. Here are a few suggestions. More»
Mike Bertha

Jonas Gray opened for Screech

Patriots running back and out-of-nowhere Week 11 fantasy hero Jonas Gray once tried his hand at stand-up comedy, opening for Screech from "Saved by the Bell." And he killed. But where does Gray measure up with other athlete/comedians? More»
Will Leitch

Heyward: Just What Cardinals Need

The Cardinals traded Shelby Miller and minor league pitcher Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta for reliever Jordan Walden and … Jason Heyward. It's a move that has wide-ranging ramifications for both franchises, but it's clear that Heyward is a good fit for St. Louis. More»
Ross Tucker

Much Ado About Nothing

It was revealed this weekend that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had surprised several NFL teams by inspecting their prescription painkiller bags. But, despite the public perception about NFL locker rooms, meds are much more regulated than you'd think. As they should be. More»
Will Leitch

Cardinals Are Reversing Their History

Until recently, the Arizona Cardinals were a punchline. But thanks to a brilliant coach and engaged owner the team has become an NFL powerhouse, and fans of the club just aren't sure how to process this juggernaut. More»
Matt Brown

Everyone's Still Chasing Alabama

Alabama proved that it's still Alabama, beating No. 1 Mississippi State to take command of the SEC. In a season filled with flawed contenders, Week 12 teaches us that the Tide is back to being the nation's most complete team. More»
McFadden and Mughelli

Expect The Unexpected

From the Broncos' uncharacteristically poor performance against the Rams, to stellar outings from Ryan Mallett and Drew Stanton, Week 11 was a series of unexpected events. Plus, analyzing which offense is the most potent and more. More»
Paul Casella

Free Agent Class of '13, Revisited

It's no secret that big-name free agents, such as Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, and Pablo Sandoval, will sign big contracts this offseason. But how will those deals look down the road? We grade last year's top free agent signings to see what we can learn. More»
Brett Koremenos

Casspi Essential To Kings' Success

Heading into this year, there were plenty of concerns surrounding the personnel being asked to augment Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay in Sacramento. Omri Casspi's signing was virtually unnoticed... but without him, the Kings would not even be a factor. More»
Andrew Simon

Market Watch: Outfield

Teams looking for bats this offseason will be turning their attention to the outfield, which has a plethora of options, at least at the corners. When it comes to finding an everyday center fielder on the free-agent market, it's pretty much Colby Rasmus or bust. More»
Matt Brown

What's Next For Florida

While Will Muschamp scored a big win over Georgia a few weeks ago, it wasn't enough to save his job. After losing to South Carolina on Saturday, Florida decided to move on from Muschamp, opening the door for the program to get back to its roots. More»
Matt Brown

Order Has Been Restored

The top of the college football world is starting to look more familiar. Both Alabama and Florida State scored key wins, as the Crimson Tide took down undefeated Mississippi State and Florida State escaped Miami. More»
Andrew Simon

Market Watch: Middle Infield

Good middle-infield help is usually difficult to find, and this offseason is no exception. The task is especially challenging for any team searching for a true shortstop, although good options at second base are also hard to come by. More»
Cy Brown

With Or Without You

UGA beat Auburn 34-7 in Athens and the story of the night was the return of Todd Gurley. In an unfortunate turn of events, Gurley went down with a torn ACL, but Georgia fans still have a reason to be confident after the team's most complete performance this season. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Place Your Bets

NBA commissioner Adam Silver's stance on sports gambling -- he has argued in favor of bringing gambling out of the shadows and under the umbrella of federal oversight -- has been described in some corners as "courageous." Really? More»
Matt Brown

The Untouchable Melvin Gordon

In his team's biggest game of the season, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon burst to the NCAA's single-game FBS rushing record, putting up 408 yards on Nebraska in an all-time great performance that will put him at the top of Heisman conversations. More»
Richard Justice

The Risks Of Signing Stanton

The Marlins are reportedly set to give Giancarlo Stanton $325 million over 13 years. If true, this would be a bold move to keep their franchise player -- but it could cripple their efforts to field a competitive team in the future. More»
Ben Cosman

Can We All Please Just Chill?

Sports fans and the media can be prone to panic. (Shocking, we know.) Things can get so out of hand, sometimes athletes need to step in with a reality check. Enter Joakim Noah, LeBron James, Aaron Rodgers and others to put things in perspective More»
Matt Brown

How To Get Away With Everything

The New York Times published yet another report of a mishandled Tallahassee police case benefiting football players, this time star cornerback P.J. Williams. It's not hard to see why everyone in America is desperate for Florida State to lose. More»
Cy Brown

A Brief History of Athletes Dancing

Wisconsin star forward Frank Kamisnky danced with an a capella group to Taylor Swift. He's not the first big man to shake it off awkwardly. Athletes are always trying to dance -- and usually failing. Here are the best and the worst. More»
Will Leitch

College Hoops: the American Dream

A common criticism of college basketball is that its regular season doesn't matter enough. But on the contrary, every game has a lot at stake. And the beauty of the sport is that, no matter how small the school, everybody has a chance to win it all. More»
Andrew Simon

Market watch: Catcher and corners

The free-agent pool behind the plate, at the corner infield spots and at designated hitter was never going to be a deep one this offseason. And now that Aramis Ramirez, Michael Cuddyer and Victor Martinez have been scooped up, it's even thinner. More»
Andrew Simon

Market watch: Relief pitchers

MLB teams should proceed with caution as they look to this year's class of bullpen options. But that doesn't mean there won't be good buys among them, whether it's paying top dollar for a ninth-inning expert or a relative pittance for a reclamation project. More»
Will Leitch

Vote In Our Stadium Elite Eight!

Eventually, the College Football Playoff is going to expand to eight teams. This development is inevitable and will surely be welcomed. (Especially if they play first-round games on home campuses.) We will not force you to wait several years. We're at our Elite Eight now. More»
AJ Cassavell

MVP Candidates' True Values

When it comes to the MVP Award in baseball, it's hard to come to a consensus on "value." Historically, voters have broken down the honor based on their own sets of criteria, and they got it right this year by choosing Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw. More»
AJ Cassavell

Who Needs Panda The Most?

Pablo Sandoval's free agency is a curious case study, in part because it's hard to imagine him anywhere other than San Francisco. But Sandoval staying for the Giants isn't a done deal, and these teams could benefit the most from inking a deal with Panda. More»
Ross Tucker

Quarterbacks On the Run

Russell Wilson and Alex Smith will be in the spotlight as the Seahawks take on the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday. Other matchups to look out for include the opposing lines of the Cardinals and Lions, and a new quarterback for Houston against the Browns. More»
Ben Cosman

The Greatest Athlete-Celeb BFFs

From Taylor Swift and Amar'e to Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather to Drake and half of the NBA, it's clear that having an A-list celebrity friend is the ultimate "power move" in the world of sports. Here are some of our favorite current friendships. More»
Howard Megdal

Aaron Gordon's Learning Curve

Gordon's broad base of skills impressed the Orlando Magic enough to draft him fourth overall this past June. But under coach Jacque Vaughn, the answer as to whether Gordon is a three or a four seems as unresolved as ever. It may not matter as long as he keeps producing. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 12

After the highs of last week's loaded schedule, Saturday continues the high-stakes November stretch, as the two remaining undefeated Power Five teams play huge road games, with Mississippi State visiting Alabama and Florida State visiting Miami. More»
Anthony Castrovince

5 Blockbuster Trades That Make Sense

With the general manger meetings taking place this week, there are surely some trade talks going down. We're here to help speed things along and offer up five blockbuster trades that make too much sense not to happen. More»
Alexander Goot

The Last Honest NCAA Coach

For John Calipari, the formula for continued admiration at Kentucky is simple: Just win games. Now that the Wildcats are prepping for their most anticipated season since... well... last year, it's worth taking a look at how the coach has accomplished his goals within the NCAA's flawed parameters. More»
Matt Brown

Fitting the Alabama Mold

All summer, countless words were written considering the possibilities of Alabama under Florida State transfer QB Jacob Coker. Instead, overlooked Blake Sims has piloted the Crimson Tide all season, putting them in position for another title run. More»
Andrew Simon

Free Agent Buying Guide: Starters

It's not a bad winter to be a team looking to bolster its rotation. Bidding should be spirited for this group's top-tier performers, but mid- and small-market clubs won't be excluded if they can't compete for the likes of Max Scherzer, Jon Lester or James Shields. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Eight True Super Bowl Contenders

With only seven weeks left in the 2014 regular season, teams have begun to reveal their true identities. Some, like the Chargers, have shown that their hot starts were unsustainable while others, such as the Patriots, have recovered nicely after stumbling out of the gate. More»
Michael Pina

Small Sample Size NBA All-Stars

These NBA players have either catapulted into the season in full-on fireball form, or are taking a bit longer than was anticipated to adjust to the physical rigors of regular season basketball. A few are somehow doing a bit of both. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 11 Picks

Week 11 offers a large number of compelling games with playoff implications. Beyond the marquee matchups of New England-Indianapolis and Philadelphia-Green Bay, there are a number of games between teams that didn't start the season on the playoff radar. More»
AJ Cassavell

AL Cy Young Vote A Win For Analytics

The American League Cy Young Award race was much closer than traditional stats would have you believe. And in the end, it was the advanced metrics that appeared to sway the voters toward Corey Kluber, who won an extremely close vote. More»
Cy Brown

Best Soccer Goals Ranked

FIFA recently released its shortlist for the Puskas Award, given to the scorer of the best goal in world soccer over the last year. The 10 goals feature an eclectic mix of scores from all kind of leagues and competitions. But which is the best? More»
Matt Monagan

Regrettable records by legends

Kobe Bryant set a new NBA mark with his 13,418th career missed shot on Tuesday night. But he's not the only Hall of Fame-type player to reach ignominious marks. Let's look at some other less-than-brag-worthy records broken by all-time greats. More»
Phil Rogers

Chicago Shortstops On The Move?

With shortstop prospects Addison Russell and Tim Anderson on the rise for both the Cubs and White Sox, respectively, the two clubs may have no choice but to listen to offers for incumbents Starlin Castro and Alexei Ramirez this offseason. More»
Matt Brown

Oklahoma's Identity Crisis

With high expectations after last year's Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, Oklahoma has instead been stuck in another rut, despite returning an experienced team. As the Sooners sink to 6-3, Bob Stoops needs to make sure the problems don't spiral out of control. More»
Brett Koremenos

Behind Rondo's Revival

Rajon Rondo has always been a mystery to NBA fans, but this version of the Celtics is set up to suit the point guard in a way we've never seen before. All the things that obfuscated his game for so long -- the systems, the stars and injuries -- have been removed. More»
Mike Bertha

Rosie Ruiz Redux

Twenty-four years after Rosie Ruiz crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon in suspicious fashion, the women's winner of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. was accused of pulling the same trick. More»
Cy Brown

10 Jersey Gaffes and Fails

Pistons big man Andre Drummond played part of last nights' game against the Bulls with his name misspelled on the back of his jersey. What other athletes have rocked uniforms that had? More»
Cy Brown

Arkansas' Movember to Remember

Arkansas coaches, including football coach Bret Bielema, are growing facial hair this month for #StachesForSlive, a campaign to honor retiring SEC commissioner Mike Slive and raise prostate cancer awareness. More»
Matt Brown

The Best Freshman Running Backs

While a freshman isn't going to win the Heisman Trophy this season, the running back position has set itself up well for the next few years with a deep new cast of stars emerging, headlined by Royce Freeman, Nick Chubb and Leonard Fournette. More»
Jim Callis

ROY Winners: What the Future Holds

The Rookie of the Year Award winners announced Monday night shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone. But what does the future hold for Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom? Let's see if the past five pairs of ROY honorees can help us figure that out. More»
Michael Pina

Bulls Trying to Find Identity

The 2014-15 Bulls look very different, thrashing opponents on offense -- scoring more points per possession than all but two teams in the entire league -- and getting by on the other end with a league-average defense that's completely alien to the Tom Thibodeau era. More»
Phil Rogers

Mets Go All-In With Cuddyer Move

In a perfect world, the Mets wouldn't be giving up the 15th overall pick in next year's draft to sign Michael Cuddyer, who will be 36 years old on Opening Day. But the Rockies made a qualifying offer to Cuddyer, and now the Mets have done what they had to do. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The NFL's All-Overrated Defense

After taking a look at the All-Overrated Offense, it was time to turn to the defensive side of the ball. From Cleveland to Carolina, here's the All-Overrated Defense through a little more than half of the 2014 NFL season. More»
Ben Cosman

The Best Fan Selfies in Recent History

When a fan at a Maple Leafs-Senators game snapped a pic of herself with a dejected-looking Phil Kessel in the background, she joined the Hall of Fame of fan selfies. Here are some of the best of the best. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 insane Ray Hudson calls

Soccer broadcaster Ray Hudson is known for his waling moans and absurd metaphors during games. He can go from praising magisterial Messi to blasting Tom Cruise in a heartbeat. Here are some of his best calls. More»
Ross Tucker

How 'Bout Them Thrifty Cowboys?

Having a little fiscal jurisprudence is refreshing for a Cowboys organization that has given out so many ill-advised contact extensions in recent years. But they may have to pay a premium to keep three major names associated with this season's success. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Where To Find Free-Agent Value

Free agency is an increasingly inefficient place to do business in Major League Baseball, as teams do a better job of locking up and relying on their young bodies. But there is value to be found, and here are three places to find it. More»
Len Hochberg

Watson's Wild Ride

While all but the most diehard golf fans were asleep Saturday night on the East Coast and winding down out West, Bubba Watson won the first big event of the 2014-15 season, defeating South African Tim Clark with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. More»
Matt Brown

The Baylor-TCU Debate

After a Saturday filled with games with playoff implications, the lingering debate is in the Big 12, where Baylor and TCU both scored statement wins as they compete for a playoff spot. How did Week 11 results shape where the season is heading? More»
McFadden and Mughelli

Can Arizona Survive Without Carson?

The Lions impressed in their comeback against the Dolphins and the Packers look strong as well. But the Steelers took a step back and the future is uncertain in Arizona with starting quarterback Carson Palmer going down with a torn ACL. More»
Sheil Kapadia

Ten Takeaways from Week 10

A stunner at MetLife Stadium, signs of life from the 49ers and Dez Bryant takes over in London. Here are ten things we learned from Week 10. More»
Ben Cosman

NFL's Oddest Moments: Week 10

From a rogue live mascot to crazy contact lenses and a fake punt that actually worked, there were plenty of highlights on this NFL Sunday that you don't see every down. More»
Richard Justice

5 Execs Who Will Shape The Hot Stove

The Hot Stove season is just starting to heat up, and everything that happens this winter will be shaped by the moves of these five high-profile MLB execs and general managers, all of whom have a lot of work to do and money to spend. More»
Matt Monagan

Clay and Sports' Biggest Gaffes

Don't worry, Kaelin Clay. Athletes have been committing mental gaffes on national television for decades. We've compiled seven of the most memorable ones in honor of the Utah wide receiver's fumble Saturday night. More»
Matt Brown

Auburn's Luck Runs Out

On a day with six games between ranked teams, a surprise headlined Week 11, as Texas A&M upset Auburn. Catch up on that and the rest of the week's big winners, including Ohio State, Alabama, TCU, Baylor, Oregon and Arizona State. More»
Anthony Castrovince

New Year, New Deals

The Red Sox and Cubs both finished in last place this year. But for all intents and purposes on the baseball calendar, this year is now last year. The new year begins this week, and the Red Sox and Cubs enter it in a pole position, of sorts. More»
Steven Lebron

You Call This A Rivalry?

The Knicks and Nets met for the first of four meetings this season on Friday night. But to call this a "rivalry" beyond geographical proximity would be a stretch. Both teams are still trying to find an identity, and that's the priority over any city bragging rights. More»
Adam Berry

GM For A Day: Chicago Cubs

If you're a free agent, a tradable star or, hey, even a manager who just decided to opt out of his contract, chances are you've been connected to the Chicago Cubs this offseason. Let's look at what the Cubs can and should do to put themselves in position to make Joe Maddon's "crazy" World Series talk come true. More»
Michael Clair

This week's best weekend warriors

An FSU sorority girl makes would-be tacklers look silly, a mom pounds four beers and runs a mile in record time and a high school kid drills a kick from roughly the edge of the universe. Yeah, we're jealous. More»
Michael Pina

Aldridge: An Unreasonable Monster

Who is the most unstoppable player in the NBA right now? With Kevin Durant injured and LeBron James off to a slow start, the question opens itself up a bit. But one guy never really leaves the conversation, just as he hardly ever leads it: LaMarcus Aldridge. More»
Matt Monagan

Nuggets Twitter Takes on LeBron

Prior to Friday's game against the Cavs, the Nuggets' Twitter account has been trolling LeBron and his team's slow start. Good idea? Bad idea? Probably bad idea. More»
Cy Brown

Red Rifle Historically Misfires

In the Bengals 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns, Andy Dalton went 10-of-33 for 86 yards, with three interceptions and a whopping 2.0 passer rating. You didn't not read the incorrectly. His performance was historically bad. More»
Ross Tucker

Houston the Bills' Chief Concern

Buffalo Bills tackle Seantrel Henderson has had a good season so far, but he'll have his hands full with KC's Justin Houston on Sunday. Other matchups to watch this week in the NFL include Ryan Tannehill vs. the Lions' D and the Niners taking on the Saints. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 11

At last, it is finally here. Saturday features six matchups of teams ranked in the selection committee's top 25, making Week 11 a pivotal time as the national landscape develops late-season clarity. We break down everything you need to watch. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Bargain Bin Hot Stove Targets

The lesson the 2014 World Series champion Giants taught us is that sometimes subtlety prevails in the Hot Stove season. And if you have the right combination of infrastructure and intelligence, you can piece something special together. More»
Adam Berry

Why Tulo won't get traded

Troy Tulowitzki is one of the best players in baseball when he's healthy. He proved that once again this year, posting an absurd .340/.432/.603 batting line with 21 homers and 52 RBIs in 91 games. If the Rockies traded Tulo, would they get enough value in return? More»
Will Leitch

Let the Stadium Sweet 16 Begin!

Our Best College Football Stadium poll has reached the Final 16 after two months of voting, conference by conference. And unlike the College Football Playoff voting, you actually hold the key to your team's success here. Let the bracket voting begin! More»
Brett Koremenos

The NBA's Best Pick-and-Roll

The Dallas Mavericks have taken spread pick-and-rolls to a whole new level. While franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki is still around, this year's potentially historic success is due to an unlikely big man duo of Tyson Chandler and Brandon Wright. More»
Cy Brown

Bill Simmons Controversy Timeline

He's only been back from suspension a few weeks, but ESPN golden boy/Twitter scamp Bill Simmons finds himself embroiled in controversy once again. This time it's with fellow his ESPNer Mike Golic. More»
Sheil Kapadia

Inside Big Ben's Huge Games

It wasn't long ago that the outlook for Ben Roethlisberger and the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers looked grim. But in the last two weeks, the offense has exploded, setting the team up well in the AFC North. A look at whether they can keep up this torrid pace. More»
Mike Bertha

Favre: Farrelly Bros' Backup QB

Brett Favre only got his famous film cameo in the 1998 comedy "There's Something About Mary" because Drew Bledsoe was too into Everclear and Steve Young was too into Mormonism. We'll let the Farrelly Brothers explain. More»
Richard Justice

The Important A-Rod Questions

Forget all the drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez, PEDs and his suspension. He is eligible to play again, and now the question is this: Can he help the Yankees? That's one of the most interesting questions of baseball's offseason. More»
Cy Brown

Messi Continues to Make History

Leo Messi scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Ajax, and those two goals put him level with Real Madrid and Spain legend Raul for most Champions League goals all-time, with 71. What records will the Argentine break next? More»
Steven Lebron

Timberwolves On the Rise

If past iterations of the Timberwolves consisted of a superstar player who was ultimately let down by the lack of depth surrounding him, this team has the potential to break that mold. The Wolves are not a finished product, but the composition of their current roster shows promise. More»
Matt Brown

In Defense of the Big Ten

The Big Ten's reputation has been taking a hit for most of the last decade, and that trend doesn't appear to be changing as it faces the possibility of getting left out of the first playoff. But all hope is not lost, and the future is not as bleak as it seems. More»
Beckley Mason

What's Love Got to Do With It?

Of Cleveland's Big Three, the obvious analogue to Chris Bosh is Kevin Love, another power forward who produced gaudy numbers but enjoyed little team success before joining LeBron James. Off to a slow start this year, Love may be best used on the perimeter. More»
Paul Casella

Off the Books

With the Major League Baseball free agent period officially underway, it's worth taking a look at just how much money each team has coming off the books and what we can learn by crunching the numbers. More»
Brian Burke

Man Vs. Machine: NFL Week 10 Picks

Though they are the NFC's No. 1 seed entering Week 10, certain stats indicate that the Cardinals may eventually fall off. They should, however, be able to handle the Rams. Here are our predictions for that and the rest of this week's slate of games. More»
Ben Cosman

How To Sell Nets.com

In the market for a coveted Internet domain? The good news is that Nets.com appears to be up for sale on eBay. The bad news is that the auction is probably (definitely) just another attempt to screw with Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets. More»
AJ Cassavell

Gold Glove Winners By the Numbers

We've come a long way in regards to the Gold Glove Award in Major League Baseball, where defensive metrics have noticeably crept their way into the results. But how much progress have we made? Here's a breakdown of how the stats match up to this year's winners. More»
Paul Casella

Theriot: GMs Should Have Played

Former big leaguer Ryan Theriot took to Twitter on Wednesday, criticizing the Dodgers for hiring Farhan Zaidi as the club's new GM. According to him, "a prerequisite for all sports GM jobs" should be logging playing time. Uh, really? More»
Matt Brown

LSU: Agents of Chaos

A month ago, LSU was dismissed as a nonfactor, an also-ran in the loaded SEC West race. But after three straight wins -- including against Ole Miss -- with a home date with Alabama on Saturday, the Tigers remind us again that they are always capable of a surprise. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

The Hornets' Nostalgia Honeymoon

Nostalgia is a powerful force, and many pro sports teams rely on it to generate interest. The Charlotte Hornets' name change is a perfect example of this effect, as their fan base is jubilant over the moniker's comeback. But nostalgia will only carry the Hornets so far. More»
Mark Newman

Skippers who played serious ball

As a general rule through the ages, great Major League Baseball players don't become Major League Baseball managers. But looking ahead to the 2015 season, we could actually put together a viable lineup of skippers who used to play some serious ball. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

The Cardinals' Unlikely Ascent

Through the first half of 2014, no NFL team has performed as consistently well as the Arizona Cardinals. In a division pegged as the most competitive in the league entering the year, Arizona has managed to claim the top spot with ease. More»
AJ Cassavell

10 Biggest Manager Turnarounds

Joe Maddon has a difficult task ahead of him in Chicago, but drastic turnarounds have been done before. Since 1969, 15 different MLB managers have joined a new ballclub and instantly increased that team's win total by 20-plus games. Here's a look at the top 10 first-year manager turnarounds. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Five takeaways from BBWAA finalists

Baseball's awards season is upon us, and nowadays that season is extended with the announcement preceding the announcements. The top three finalists for each honor were unveiled Tuesday night, and here are five takeaways from the event. More»
Andrew Garda

Let Peterson Play?

Adrian Peterson pleaded "no contest" to misdemeanor reckless assault charges in the case where he was accused of abusing his 4 year-old son. But the NFL and the Vikings still have a decision to make: Should AP be allowed to play again? More»
Cy Brown

Coaches' Awkward Political Talk

Duke head coach Mike Kryzewski made some comments about President Obama's handling of ISIS that have gone unreported until today. In the remarks, Kryzewski made some terrible sports analogy about how troops equate to basketball players or some other hoopla More»
Will Leitch

Lovable World Series Losers

The Royals might have lost the World Series, but there is no question that they were the best story of the postseason. They join a long list of teams that didn't win it all but maintained a spot in history that transcends even the team that beat them. More»
Howard Megdal

Thunder trying to weather the storm

The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing without Kevin Durant. By itself, this is a massive undertaking, but it hasn't been close to the totality of Thunder coach Scott Brooks' task. That showed Monday night in Brooklyn, as the short-handed Thunder lost yet another player. More»
Matt Brown

A Thin Line To Cross

Auburn's win at Ole Miss featured a gut-wrenching finish, with the Rebels losing when star receiver Laquon Treadwell lost a fumble while suffering a gruesome leg injury. The reaction leaves a debate about the media's news judgment vs. empathy. More»
Will Leitch

Most Tortured Fans In Baseball: 2014

With the end of another baseball season and a sad, cold winter staring us in the face, the hour has come: It's time for our Tortured Fanbase Rankings: MLB edition. See where you fall on the list. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Who should accept qualifying offers?

Since the process began in 2012, no players have accepted qualifying offers, but last year's lessons certainly lead us to wonder if that will continue to be the case this winter. On Monday, a dozen free agents were given qualifying offers (this year, the value is $15.3 million), and a few do run the risk of having their free agency frozen if they decline. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The NFL's All-Overrated Offense

Most of the players on our All-Overrated Offense are more than supposed one-year wonders. By looking deeper than just the common numbers and taking a longer examination of the evidence, maybe these guys won't be as prominent in 2015. More»
Cy Brown

John Terry does nice thing for once

John Terry is lending his voice to the call for lower ticket prices at Stamford Bridge. That's a nice gesture by the Chelsea defender, but it doesn't mean he isn't still awful, because there's no fixing John Terry. More»
Ross Tucker

Preparing For a Big Moment

Because of the NFL's high injury rate, backups really are just one play away from getting a chance to show what they can do. The question at that point is: Who's prepared and who's not? Mark Sanchez could be ready to seize his opportunity. More»
Cy Brown

Keselowski: NASCAR's Troll King

Brad Keselowski fought Jeff Gordon after Sunday night's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The fight could be a result of NASCAR's new playoff rules and the pressure placed on drivers to win, but either way, Keselowski is clearly the sport's wild card. More»
Will Leitch

Cubs History In the Making

When Joe Maddon was introduced as the Chicago Cubs' manager on Monday, he became the latest person to think he can be the one to end the Cubs' World Series drought. But unlike his predecessors, he's uniquely positioned to make it happen. More»
Bryant McFadden

Relying On the Sanchize

Will the Eagles be able to keep winning with Mark Sanchez under center? How about the Cowboys with Brandon Weeden? We examine the impact of injuries for these two teams and take a look at the other action from Sunday. More»
Joe DeLessio

The Ultimate Outdoor Hockey Arena

The novelty of outdoor hockey has worn off a bit in recent years, but a great venue can still create lots of buzz. Not only would the aesthetics of a game in a public park be incredible, it would generate much-desired attention. More»
Matt Brown

No Stopping Oregon Now

A month ago, it all seemed to be crumbling. But with a healthy offensive line and a surging Marcus Mariota at quarterback, Oregon overcame its Stanford problem and positioned itself for a playoff push to headline a busy Week 10 in college football. More»
Michael Pina

Risk Vs. Reward In the NBA

The rookie contract extension deadline recently came and went, with some youngsters getting big paydays and others still in limbo. Here's a look at where all of the 2014 candidates stand after the deadline. More»
Andrew Garda

Tom Brady Is Never Happy

Even after his team made Peyton Manning and the Broncos look bad on a snowy Sunday in New England, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was focused on improving. That just comes with the territory for such a perfectionist. More»
Doug Miller

New Dawn In Rip City

After point guard Damian Lillard hit The Shot to top the Rockets in last year's postseason, expectations were raised for the Portland Trail Blazers. This year's squad is deeper and more experienced, and hopes are even higher in Rip City. More»
Matt Brown

Auburn and TCU Stay Alive

Two days after Florida State survived on the road at Louisville, fellow playoff contenders Auburn and TCU followed the Seminoles' lead on Saturday. Auburn beat Ole Miss in a gut-wrenching defeat for the Rebels, while TCU escaped West Virginia. More»