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article January 26, 2015

Embracing Baseball's Evolution

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New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred caused a stir recently when he suggested he would consider banning infield shifts. But when you look past that you see a man who has a smart vision for MLB, and know that appealing to younger fans is the key to it all. More»
Brady article January 22, 2015

Ranking 2015's Idiotic Controversies

Maybe the Patriots deflated the balls, maybe they didn't. This is officially idiotic in every possible way, and the worst part is we're not even sure where Deflate-gate ranks on 2015's list of moronic sports controversies, let alone the all-time list. More»
HughGreenwood article January 22, 2015

How to Truly Defeat a Troll

New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood played one of the best games of his career last night against UNLV, an effort he said was motivated by a particularly ugly Twitter troll who was taunting him about his mother's breast cancer. But his response may have just fed the hate. More»
Belichick-Deflate article January 21, 2015

Deflate-gate FAQ: Let's Air It Out

With the Chris Mortensen report that 11 of the 12 footballs used in Sunday's AFC championship game were underinflated, and the Vice President himself weighing in on the controversy, it's time to finally take a closer look at the Patriots' "Deflate-gate." More»
TigerWoods-freak article January 20, 2015

Tiger Woods, Freak Show

There was a time, not too long ago, when Tiger Woods was the biggest and most powerful figure in sports. He was revered at Obama's 2009 inauguration. Ten months later, everything would fall apart. And now he's showing up at ski events out of nowhere with no front tooth. More»
SeahawksLuck article January 19, 2015

Seahawks: Masters of Their Fate

The Seattle Seahawks needed the impossible to happen, and to happen entirely out of their control. But they didn't act that way toward the end of the NFC championship game when all looked lost. And why would they? More»
BestConfChampGames article January 16, 2015

Ranking the Championship Games

The NFL's conference championship games don't get the credit they deserve, thanks mostly to the Super Bowl hype. So in advance of Sunday's games, let's look at the best ones since 2010, honoring both the winners and losers. More»
Patriots-likeable article January 15, 2015

Are The Patriots Likeable Again?

The team left standing in the NFL playoffs that has gone the longest without winning a Super Bowl is … the Patriots? Unbelievably, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have gone a decade without a ring. Here's why it's not so crazy to root for them now. More»
CardaleJones article January 14, 2015

Don't Blame Cardale for the Truth

Some people continue to use Cardale Jones' long-deleted tweet about school as a cudgel. But this week, Jones made Ohio State a lot of money -- and he won't see a dime of that, while his career could be over with one wrong step. Explain how important school is supposed to be there? More»
OhioStateWins article January 13, 2015

Buckeyes Win: Back to the Future

On Monday night, national title winners Ohio State reminded us what college football is capable of, and they did it while both hanging onto the sport's past and hinting at a possible direction for an even more bountiful future. More»
CFP-ChampionshipScene article January 12, 2015

The Super Bowl Imitation Game

Organizers for the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship game desperately want this thing to be a Super Bowl Lite. But if we remember what the first Super Bowl was really like, we should know that things should evolve quickly. More»
QBs-Divisional article January 9, 2015

QBs With Least and Most to Lose

Let's take one last look at the best NFL weekend of the year by focusing solely on the quarterbacks, ranking them on how much they have at stake, historically, career-wise, all of it. The one with the least on the line is eighth, down to the one with the most. More»
LambeauField article January 8, 2015

NFL Vs. CFP: Setting the Scene

Over the three days of football from Saturday to Monday, we will see the NFL sell itself as a wonderful in-person fan experience when it's the exact opposite, and we will see college football look like an empty corporate event when it's so, so much more than that. More»
TroutStantonHelton article January 7, 2015

Predicting Team Firsts for HOF

After July, there will be six teams in baseball with no official Hall of Fame representation. Let's take a look at each of those teams and see if we can figure out when their cap is finally going to make it on a plaque. More»
HOF-Class-2015 article January 6, 2015

Hall Voting Process Still Flawed

We originally gave writers the power to decide who gets into the Hall of Fame because they had first-hand observation and at least the pretense of impartiality. But now it seems personal bias, remote from the reality of baseball's evolution, has made the Hall voting process an anachronism. More»
Rams-Dome article January 5, 2015

St. Louis Set Up For Raw Deal Again

According to reports, the Rams are threatening to break the lease on their current stadium and move to Los Angeles. This is the culmination of a deal the city made out of a desperation 20 years ago. And here we are again. St. Louis taxpayers should be worried. More»
Leitch-CFP article January 2, 2015

The CFP: What Took Us So Long?

The Super Bowl was such a great concept, everything that happened before it seems prehistoric now. And that's how good of an idea the College Football Playoff is, instantly. From Oregon's dismantling of FSU to OSU's thrilling upset, we got everything we hoped for. More»
2014-Leitch article December 30, 2014

2014: End of Conversation

Most year-end columns aim to review what's happened and then look ahead to see how things might continue. But the professional life of an athlete is short; they leave us all the time. Here's to those we won't be talking about in December 2015, for better or for worse. More»
bengals-lions1980x1100 article December 29, 2014

NFL Playoff Rootability Index

If you have the misfortune of cheering for one of the 20 NFL teams who will not be appearing in the NFL playoffs, you suddenly find yourself bereft of rooting interest. So let's take a look at the 12 playoff teams and see which ones are worth your energy. More»
2015Champs article December 23, 2014

Who Will Win It All in 2015?

When you think back on a year, championships are always the most memorable. We went through all 122 North American professional sports franchises and ranked them, all the way down to 1, on their likelihood of winning a title in 2015. More»

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