Andrew Garda

Ravens: From Bad to Worse

Right after Roger Goodell's Friday presser, ESPN dropped another bombshell report, claiming that not only did the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL know about the details of the Ray Rice incident in detail, but that they actively tried to cover it up. More»
Will Leitch

Roger Goodell: Sound and Fury

It sure was satisfying to watch to Roger Goodell stew in it at his Friday press conference to address the NFL's disastrous handling of Ray Rice and other cases (and kudos to Rachel Nichols for grilling him). But ultimately it signified nothing. More»
Will Leitch

What's Your Favorite SEC Stadium?

Unlike a lot of NFL stadiums, each college football stadium is unique. There's a certain festival-like energy surrounding the best ones. Beginning with the SEC, we'll list the venues for each conference and allow fans to vote on their favorites. What's yours? More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 4

Week 4 in college football could serve as a measuring stick for several top program, with playoff contenders Alabama, Florida State Oklahoma and LSU all facing crucial test. Will they hold serve, or are we in for another chaotic weekend? More»
Sheil Kapadia

There's No Stopping DeMarco Murray

With two NFL weeks in the books, we have an early favorite for worst team in the league, a veteran quarterback playing better than ever and a Super Bowl contender that's digging itself a hole. Here are 10 numbers that could have an impact on Sunday and beyond. More»
Richard Justice

5 Teams With Optimism for 2015

The Chicago Cubs are going to be a solid, entertaining baseball team in 2015, and you know what that means, don't you? You're going to be surrounded by Cubs fans all of a sudden. But Chicago isn't the only club poised for a breakout next season. More»
Ross Tucker

Cam Will Run All Over the Steelers

The Steelers should have their hands full stopping Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart this weekend. Also, we'll take a look at some key matchups in the Lions-Packers and Chargers-Bills games as Week 3 in the NFL gets into gear. More»
Will Leitch

Methods Of Clinching, Ranked

There are seven different ways in which a team can clinch its division, and each comes with a varying level of satisfaction. Will Leitch is here to clear up any confusion and give the definitive ranking of the best way to clinch a first-place finish. More»
Andrew Garda

How the Jets Made the Packers Sweat

How did the Jets hold the Packers to nine points for almost an entire half Sunday and why were the Packers able to come back? That's what we aim to find out by examining game film. There are some positives New York can take into their game against the Bears. More»
Matt Brown

How Kansas State Challenges Auburn

While Auburn faces a brutal SEC schedule in October and November, the game that sets the table is out of conference on Thursday night. In traveling to Kansas State, the Tigers have a chance to prove their readiness as contenders. More»
Phil Rogers

Predicting Angels-Nats World Series

Using a formula drawn from statistical analysis to compare MLB playoff teams -- the kind of analysis that can be done on a legal pad, not with proprietary software -- here's how things may shake out this October. Good news for Angels and Nationals fans. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 3 Picks

Week 3 is one of the more interesting times for NFL prognosticators. Trends like the Patriots and Packers struggling to pass the ball and the Bills and Browns moving down the field efficiently, have caught us by surprise. That's why these early weeks are the most revealing outings all season. More»
Richard Justice

The Return Of The Oriole Way

Four years ago, the Baltimore Orioles were finishing up their 13th consecutive losing season. Now, the Orioles are doing more than just winning. They've run away with the American League East. This turnaround can be attributed to Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette's unique philosophies. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Five Trade Deadline Regrets

It sometimes takes years to truly evaluate a trade, but when you make a deal at the trade deadline you expect to see some results that season. Here are five teams that are already regretting what they did -- or didn't do -- at this year's deadline. More»
Matt Brown

Winston Deserves His Suspension

Florida State suspended Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson for shouting an obscene phrase on campus. As an isolated incident, maybe it could be laughed off, but Florida State had to do something, given his past. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Unluckiest MLB Players Of 2014

They say it's better to be lucky than good, but it depends which kind of luck you're talking about. When it comes to the kind of "luck" that you encounter during the course of a baseball season, these five guys haven't caught many breaks in 2014. More»
Will Leitch

The NFL: Where Our Opinion Matters

When some NFL's sponsors spoke out against the way the recent domestic violence scandals have been handled it sent a loud message: The voice of the public matters, and it's about time the NFL listens to it. More»
Jason Hirschhorn

Colts: Roster and Scheme Don't Fit

The Colts aren't 0-2 by accident. But don't blame Andrew Luck for their failures. Indianapolis has a problem fitting in an offensive scheme that doesn't play to its strengths, and a roster that was ill-conceived from the beginning. More»
Michael Pina

Doc Rivers Shouldn't Be In Charge

Doc Rivers has earned respect as admiration as a head coach. But now that he's the last say in all personnel decisions relating to the Los Angeles Clippers, don't expect things to go so smoothly. In fact, it might be an outright disaster. More»
Matt Brown

The Best New CFB Rivalries

Florida State and Clemson meet again on Saturday in what has quickly become the ACC's biggest game. Realignment has frustratingly eliminated many traditional rivalries, but at least a few newer annual matchups have become must-see TV. More»
Ross Tucker

Benefit of the Doubt for Goodell

In this columnist's opinion, Roger Goodell has done an excellent job as commissioner of the NFL. That's why he really hopes Goodell didn't lie about the Ray Rice elevator video. We can't overlook what he's achieved for the league. More»
Andrew Simon

Closer Carousel For Playoff teams

In 2013, half of MLB's playoff teams turned to a different closer in October than the pitcher they carried on Opening Day. This year promises more of the same -- as many as seven closer-changing clubs could be contending in the postseason. More»
Will Leitch

The Angels' Best Chance Is Now

The Angels are having their best season in a long time, but this isn't the start of a long-term dynasty. In fact, they better win the World Series this year, because they aren't going to have another chance like this for a while. More»
Kenneth Arthur

The Biggest Losers Of Week 2

Darren Sproles shined in the Monday night game against the Colts, the second week in a row he's helped the Eagles mount a comeback. Other players in Week 2 didn't distinguish themselves quite as well. Time to sort it all out. More»
Jenifer Langosch

Lynn: The Cardinals' Secret Weapon

To understand how Lance Lynn has emerged a front-line starter without the due attention, you first must accept that he'll offer no air of niceties, no concern as to whether you like him or not. He certainly won't fit into the mold you think he should. More»
Matt Brown

Florida's Moment of Truth

It didn't take long for the positive vibes around the Florida offense to disappear. Now, after edging Kentucky in three overtimes, Florida travels to Alabama with a lot to prove. Can it finally be effectively aggressive and exploit Alabama's weaknesses? More»
Sports on Earth Staff

10 Most Jets Moments in Jets History

Same old Jets. How many times have we heard that phrase uttered, no matter how many new ways New York's long-beleaguered franchise find to shoot themselves in the foot? After this Sunday, we decided to look back at some other #lolJets moments. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Kershaw stacks up with pitcher MVPs

The question is not whether Clayton Kershaw will win the MVP, which is almost inevitable, but how his season ranks among those of the select few pitchers -- 10, to be exact -- who have claimed the honor since 1956, when the Cy Young Award was introduced. More»
Will Leitch

Don't Feel Bad About Watching The NFL

The NFL has come under fire over the last week for the way the league has handled a variety of controversies. And while that should make us angry as fans, that doesn't mean we should feel guilty about watching, as long as we continue to hold the league accountable. More»
McFadden and Mughelli

Washington Better Off Without RGIII

The story of Week 2 was injuries to some key players, including Robert Griffin III and A.J. Green. Former NFL players Bryant McFadden and Ovie Mughelli are here to tell you how these injuries will affect the rest of the season. More»
Richard Justice

Young The Right Man For Rangers

Above everything else, running an MLB team is about managing people. It's much more than that, but this is where it starts. This is also where many managers fail. That's why Michael Young might be a perfect choice to manage the Texas Rangers. More»
Matt Brown

Success is Fleeting

Despite the understandable rush to judgment, especially early in the fall, college football teams are rarely the same from week to week. Just ask Georgia, USC and Virginia Tech, all of which were riding high the first two weeks, then fell back to reality. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Hardy Move: Too Little, Too Late

After months of inaction, the Panthers finally deactivated Greg Hardy, but that's not enough. Since Hardy's domestic violence case is still awaiting a trial by jury, the discipline that he should receive is not clear-cut, but it should be definitive. More»
Corey Brock

The New Hot Seat

Coors Field is the latest big league ballpark that has made changes to keep up with the fan experience. This season, the Rockies introduced The Rooftop, a standing-room only area with bars, TVs, games -- every creature comfort fans could want. More»
Matt Brown

Back In Business

Week 3 may not have looked like much on paper, but it delivered drama on Saturday. Virginia Tech and USC both suffered stunning upset losses, while Georgia's bad fortune at South Carolina continued in a pivotal SEC East win for the Gamecocks. More»
Lindsay Berra

Rutgers Erases Ray Rice

On Saturday night, Rutgers played its first game as members of the Big Ten Conference. But noticeably missing from the sea of red was any sign of Ray Rice, who at one time was the star of the Scarlet Knights, but who now the team no longer wants to mention. More»
Andrew Garda

Adrian Peterson: What Happens Now?

We can say, without hyperbole, that this has been one of the worst weeks for NFL news ever. On Friday, Adrian Peterson was indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child, and now the league faces another difficult decision. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Chris Sale's Season for the Ages

Sure, you know Sale is awesome, but have you taken a moment to realize how great he's been this year? Here are a few bits of brilliance that the White Sox southpaw has delivered thus far, which puts him in the company of legends. More»
Will Leitch

MLB Postseason Hope Rankings

Of the 18 teams still theoretically alive for playoff spots in the MLB postseason, what records do they need to notch over the last 2 ½ weeks of the regular season to get in? Here's a look at the contenders and longshots. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

5 Great Matchups to Watch

Our sports weekend viewing guide features a pivotal Dodgers-Giants series, two excellent Saturday college football matchups, a fascinating early EPL match and an unexpectedly riveting NFL game on Sunday. Oh, and beer. Lots and lots of beer. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 3

No, there isn't much to be excited about when looking at Saturday's slate of games, but that doesn't mean Week 3 doesn't offer plenty of intrigue. From Tennessee-Oklahoma to Georgia-South Carolina, here's what you need to be watching. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Twins face tough leadership choices

Now that Ron Gardenhire, the second-longest tenured skipper in the sport behind Mike Scioscia, is wrapping up his 13th season with a Twins team spinning its wheels in an attempt at transition, it takes a lot of faith to blindly assume he's still a good fit for Minnesota. More»
Ross Tucker

Pats Look Weak in the Trenches

The way in which the Dolphins came back and dominated the New England Patriots in the second half that was stunning; the Patriots have rarely been pushed around that much in the Bill Belichick era. And in Week 2, their front seven has the uneasy task of containing the Vikings. More»
Sheil Kapadia

Dolphins' offense has a Philly Feel

There was plenty of talk during the summer about how the Dolphins' attack might resemble what Chip Kelly did with the Eagles in his first season. But these predictions seemed far-fetched. After Week 1, though, the similarities between Kelly and Bill Lazor's offenses are undeniable. More»
Will Leitch

Goodell Set Himself Up For This

The NFL and Roger Goodell have long since gone beyond just being a sports league and have positioned themselves as a moral arbiter. As a result, the latest controversy involving a possible cover up of the Ray Rice tape shouldn't surprise anyone: This was a long time coming. More»
Andrew Garda

How the Jags D Ruffles Feathers

For two quarters of football, the Jacksonville Jaguars had the high powered Philadelphia Eagles offense looking like what we expected the Jaguars to look like, before weaknesses were exploited. Can it work this against Washington? More»
Matt Brown

The Great Unknown

In its impressive opening win over Clemson, Georgia didn't have to rely much on new QB Hutson Mason. With Georgia facing a vulnerable South Carolina pass defense on the road, we may find out just how much its offense has beyond Todd Gurley. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 2 Picks

Entering the NFL's second week, there's only one thing that's statistically reliable enough for making predictions, and that's home-field advantage. Offensive efficiency from Week 1 appears to matter a bit, but don't put much stock in one game. With that in mind, here's our Week 2 predictions. More»
Matthew Leach

Verlander Makes Sense In The Pen

For all the potency of the front of their rotation, the Detroit Tigers lack starting depth. Justin Verlander is currently their fourth-best starter, but if Anibal Sanchez returns and the Tigers make the postseason, the equation changes, pushing a slumping Verlander out of their top four. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

13 Underrated Sports Video Games

Everyone loves Tecmo Bowl, R.B.I. Baseball and the early Maddens. But in honor of National Video Games Day Sept. 12, our staff dug deep into our console-addicted, finger twitchy pasts to unearth the less heralded sports titles that could use a little more love. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

Best And Worst Athlete Tippers

LeSean McCoy made the news this week for reportedly leaving a 20 cent tip at a Philadelphia restaurant. Of course, he is not the first prominent athlete to cause a stir because of his grautity habits, so we decided compiled a list of the best and worst athlete tippers based on reputation. More»
Will Leitch

Predicting When Teams Will Clinch

It's the time of year when we can seriously start looking at magic numbers, and Will Leitch goes through each of the division leaders to predict the exact day on which they will clinch a first-place finish. (Apologies in advance for any jinxes.) More»
Matt Brown

The Big 12's Texas Problem

It got overshadowed by the Big Ten's terrible weekend, but Texas' blowout home loss to BYU wasn't just a bad result in Austin. It was a bad result for the entire Big 12. Now, Oklahoma and Baylor need to be hoping for a Texas turnaround vs. UCLA. More»
Dan Pompei

The Education of a Rookie

After being chosen in the fourth round of the NFL draft, Brock Vereen reported to Chicago Bears rookie minicamp on May 15. From there, we tracked every step he made, from OTAs to charging out of the Soldier Field tunnel for his first regular season game. More»
Jim Callis

Ranking this year's rookie class

As Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine can attest, future stars don't always shine as rookies. With that in mind, we've decided to rank baseball's best dozen rookies, not on how they've done this season, but on how good they'll be in the long run. More»
Andrew Garda

The NFL's Suspensions of Disbelief

The NCAA is notorious for its "make it up as needed" rules, Monday's Penn State decision being just one example of many. The NFL's handling of Ray Rice indicates that they could be headed down the same arbitrary path, unless stronger accountability is implemented quickly. More»
Kenneth Arthur

NFL Week 1's Passing Fancy

Are passing numbers going to drop this year in the NFL, even amid a cornucopia of new rules for defensive backs? It's far too early to tell that for sure, though for now the records are safe. Here are some of the most eye-opening stats and plays from Week 1. More»
Will Leitch

Monday Night Follies

Monday was a rough day for the NFL, with the second Ray Rice domestic violence video making the league look both lenient and hypocritical. And Chris Berman's discussion of the event on Monday Night Football was an awkward ending to it all. More»
Joe DeLessio

Picking Up the Pace

This summer, the Atlantic League implemented some measures to speed up baseball (including only a certain number of timeouts for mound visits and limited warmups), with success. Many others in the sport -- including top execs at Major League Baseball -- are watching. More»
Matt Brown

Penn State's Sanctions Lifted

The NCAA's harsh sanctions imposed on Penn State never made sense in the first place, because they mostly punished the wrong people. By restoring scholarships and a lifting a bowl ban, the NCAA is doing right by Penn State's players and coaches. More»
Ross Tucker

The NFL's Least Appreciated Skillset

Every year, like clockwork, no matter how much time each NFL team puts into preparing for the season, there are miscues in special teams units that can turn the tide in games and ultimately help decide outcomes. Look no further than Week 1's Steelers and Texans. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Bold Pitching Plans for the Halos

A team wins for a lot of reasons, obviously, but there is no exaggeration in stating that the Angels would not have baseball's best record and would not be suddenly lapping the A's in the West if not for their powerful bullpen, which could be just as valuable in the postseason. More»
Will Leitch

Ray Rice: Seeing Is Believing

The latest outrage over the second video of Ray Rice's domestic violence incident demonstrates a very uncomfortable fact: The NFL and its fans only seem to care about crimes that we can actually see. More»
Sean Highkin

In Sterling's Shadow

After the Hawks revealed a racially-charged email from owner Bruce Levenson, he agreed to sell his stake in the team. While Levenson's case is worlds apart from Donald Sterling's in severity and visibility, Sterling's shadow looms large over the NBA and its owners, even with the man gone. More»
Richard Justice

Seven Rules For A Successful GM

So the D-backs are going to be getting a new general manager. Someone to right the ship and restore confidence. What do they need? Just someone skilled in psychology, law, math and public relations -- like the consummate GM, Billy Beane. More»
Matt Brown

The Big Ten Hits Bottom

The Big Ten's reputation has been on the decline for years, but it has never been lower than on Saturday, when disaster struck: After a rough afternoon, Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State all lost high-profile games, putting playoff hopes in doubt already. More»
Jason Hirschhorn

Alex Smith's Deal Already Looks Dicey

Signal callers of the caliber of Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers are the scarcest commodities in football. This forces many teams to stick with unspectacular options, such as the Chiefs did with Alex Smith, a habit that often proves fatal to playoff hopes. More»
Phil Rogers

Bryan Brothers A Buried Treasure

In taking home the U.S. Open doubles title the Bryan Brothers not only earned their 16th Grand Slam and 100th title overall, but also demonstrated why they are consummate champions for the modern era. More»
Bryant McFadden and Ovie Mughelli

Sunday Superstars Of Week 1

From Cordarrelle Patterson's explosive debut to J.J. Watt's dominance of the Redskins to Matt Ryan's franchise-record 448 passing yards, the first Sunday of the NFL season was a wild one. Let's break it down. More»
Phil Rogers

End Of An Era

The last game in the great Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry series (at least for now) may have been lacking in drama, but was definitely not lacking in spectacle, including outstanding play from the Irish defense and quarterback Everett Golson. More»
Matt Brown

Ducks Are Still Soaring

We were treated to a historically terrible Saturday for the Big Ten when faced with the spotlight, but the focus shouldn't be only on the negative. As the Big Ten's top teams stumbled, others in the Pac-12 and elsewhere rose to the top. More»
Richard Justice

Jack Zduriencik's Steady Payoff

No general manager in all of baseball has done better work the last 12 months than Seattle's Jack Zduriencik. There are plenty of reasons why the Mariners are nicely positioned for the playoffs this year, but all of them begin with the hiring of Zduriencik six years ago. More»
Lindsay Berra

Derek Jeter's Forgotten MVP Season

Some statheads will tell you Derek Jeter is overrated, but in 1999 he was the best player in the American League, and no one -- not even his Yankees teammates -- seem to remember anything about what made that season so special. More»
Will Leitch

We'll See St. Louis In October (Again)

Less than a week ago the Cardinals looked like they might be a toast, but a well-timed winning streak has them back on course for another postseason trip, and fans around the league are just going to have to learn to deal with it. More»
Ross Tucker

NFL Week 1 Matchups To Watch

Pierce vs. Burflict. Sanders vs. Butler. Falcons OTs vs. Saints pass rushers. These are some of the key players and positional matchups that could decide some of the weekend's most important games. Let's take a look at how they all break down. More»
Sheil Kapadia

How the Saints Can Win It All

The start of the NFL season is finally here and, while pretty much everyone will start with a clean slate, there are some numbers that give a hint on how the balance of power will go this year. Look out for the Saints and maybe even the Chargers. More»
Doug Miller

Seattle Reaches New Heights

On July 31, 2013, Forbes deemed Seattle America's "most miserable sports city." Oh, the sweet, sweet irony. Less than a year later, the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, and now, with their first victory under their belt, the Seahawks are poised to win again. More»
Matt Brown

College Football Pick 'Em: Week 2

After big games involving the SEC and ACC dominated college football's opening weekend, focus shifts to the Pac-12 and the Big Ten in Week 2. From Michigan State-Oregon to USC-Stanford and beyond, we guide you through your Saturday. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Tigers Battling Core Injuries

The Detroit Tigers certainly don't lack stars. In the end, though, the Tigers' universe still centers around two currently-ailing men. It's Miguel Cabrera, and it's Justin Verlander. It's the will battling the body, with the clock ticking and October beckoning. More»
Brian Burke

Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 1 Picks

Last season was a rare one in the NFL: The teams that made the playoffs were the truly best teams. Football, as we all know, usually isn't this predictable. To kickoff Week 1, we have Will Leitch and a computer regression model testing this notion. More»
Matt Brown

Top 10 Michigan-Notre Dame Games

The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry has been played only 41 times, but in those games the two teams have packed in a ridiculous number of close finishes and memorable moments. As the rival ends again on Saturday, here are the top 10 games in its history. More»
Jason Hirschhorn

Packers-Seahawks Penalty Watch

Without passing any new rules, the NFL re-emphasized existing ones in the hopes of removing certain types of defensive contact from its game. But this could have serious consequences for teams like the Seahawks, who rely on the physical play of DBs and safeties. More»
Matt Brown

The Other Side Of The Story

Saturday night's Michigan State-Oregon game is one of the best matchups of the season, with a stingy Spartans defense meeting the famed Ducks offense. Ultimately, though, the fate of the game could rest elsewhere -- with Spartans QB Connor Cook. More»
Will Leitch

When Will Your Team's Season End?

We predicted every game all season, and we'll go through week by week, starting in Week 4, letting you know which teams' fans can probably stop watching when. Remember: The goal is to make the experience last. The goal is simply to keep playing. More»
Mike Bauman

The Packers are America's Team

The Packers truly are a triumph of the small over the immense. In a world driven by media-market size, there are few pro sports locations as completely unlikely as Green Bay -- and the religious fervor of its fandom is all-encompassing. More»
Andrew Simon

MLB's balance-shifting schedules

A soft schedule, to the extent one exists in the anything-can-happen world of Major League Baseball, guarantees nothing but could help a team tilt the balance of power in their favor. Here's a look at the clubs that will be affected most by the strength of their September matchups. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Halting a Free Fall

The next few days present either a rebound or a reckoning for your 2014 Milwaukee Brewers and, alas, the latter looks far more likely at the moment. After starting the season 20-7, the Brewers have faltered and need to recover fast for their four-game series against the Cardinals. More»
Andrew Garda

Welker and Molly: Fact vs. Fiction

Though it will certainly be tough to fill his shoes, Wes Welker's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's amphetamine ban might not be all bad for the Broncos. The time off could allow the 33-year-old veteran to stay fresh for another Denver Super Bowl run. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

Wozniacki: Not Defined By Heartbreak

It seems that the message about Caroline Wozniacki is not a 24-year-old top athlete who is finding her form again after a couple of wayward years on tour. She's a simply a jilted ex-girlfriend out for revenge. This tone needs to change. More»
Andrew Garda

Welcome to Dallas

Michael Sam isn't fast enough to play linebacker for most teams but he brings a lot of pressure off the edge and the Cowboys can rotate him in behind George Selvie or Jeremy Mincey in obvious passing situations, which could make him a good fit for Dallas. More»
Matt Brown

Full Speed Ahead

Gone are the days of methodical, I-formation football at USC. While Steve Sarkisian was brought back to recapture the Pete Carroll glory days, he's also modernizing the Trojans' style of offense. If Week 1 was any indication, the move will pay off. More»
Matthew Leach

5 forgotten September storylines

Recently, we published a story about five compelling MLB storylines to follow in September, and many of you -- unsurprisingly -- felt that we left out more than a few. So, by popular demand, here are five more themes to follow in the regular season's last month. More»
Andrew Garda

Conquering NFL Elimination Pools

NFL elimination pools appear to be deceptively easy (hey, I just need to pick one game? Sign me up!), but can be tough to succeed in. To help alleviate this contradiction, we compiled a guide of useful and handy tips for surviving your elimination leagues. More»
Dan Pompei

Kurt Warner's Unlikely Revival

Seven years ago, Ken Whisenhunt and Kurt Warner began a journey together, and as destiny and resolve would have it, that journey will culminate in a halftime ceremony during the Arizona Cardinals' Monday night opener that would have been inconceivable seven years ago. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

Ranking NFL teams by watchability

There's going to be a whole lot of exciting football this season, and not enough time to watch it all. To help solve this conundrum, we ranked each NFL team from the Seahawks to the Jaguars based on their watchability, which should help you prioritize your viewing. More»
Ross Tucker

Jags, Vikings Will Surprise This Year

The enthusiasm you feel as an NFL fan right now -- that "anything can happen even though our current starting quarterback is EJ Manuel or Brian Hoyer" attitude -- players are feeling it as well this week. Take it from someone who experienced several opening games. More»
Matt Brown

The Big Ten's Big Moment

After Wisconsin's loss to LSU, the Big Ten may have just one more chance to improve its perception in nonconference play, with three games at once on Saturday night involving Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan against quality opponents. More»
Will Leitch

The Ultimate NFL Road Trip

With the NFL season starting in two days, we thought it was time to put together our annual Ultimate NFL Road Trip. Sports on Earth did something similar for baseball, but this journey will take much longer than 30 days and will require far more air travel. More»
Matt Meyers

Transfers Overshadow Goal Frenzy

This past weekend brought us some of the best matches of the young EPL season, but Manchester United's flurry of transactions just before the transfer window closed overshadowed most of the incredible action on Saturday and Sunday. More»
Dan Pompei

Wisdom beyond his years

Wise, unfailingly professional, and almost too smart for football, that is Andrew Luck. In his first two NFL seasons, he took the Colts to the playoffs and was invited to the Pro Bowl; even his beard and thinning hair seem to suggest wisdom. Year three of the Luck era could bring even more achievements. More»
Anthony Castrovince

MLB's changing power structure

On Labor Day, the Astros sent their manager Bo Porter to the unemployment line, making him Houston's third late-season managerial canning in five years. So, what happened? Well, reality happened. Managers in MLB are now interchangeable and have little autonomy. More»