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article January 26, 2018

Sports on Earth: A Closing Tribute

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After over 2,000 days and 14,000 stories, Sports on Earth is ceasing publishing. It has been an honor and a delight to have the opportunity to write about sports every day for you for the past five-and-a-half years. Now, we reflect on the history of the site. More»
072617ATa_1439 article January 23, 2018

Brewers Aim To Break Into Playoffs

The Milwaukee Brewers came close to a playoff bid last year, but they're flying under the radar entering the 2018 season. Are they due for regression or are they poised to make a leap into the postseason? Let's look at the arguments for both. More»
GettyImages-905738666 article January 19, 2018

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Here is a weekly guide to the five games/events/experiences that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside. More»
GettyImages-905687912 article January 19, 2018

Conference Title Confidence Picks

The number of games to predict has gone down but the stakes have gone up. All season, I've done weekly confidence pool rankings, pitting myself against Vegas, analytics ... and you. Now, it's time for the NFL's conference championship games. More»
042416ATa_00084 article January 17, 2018

Where Pujols' Legacy Stands Now

Albert Pujols turned 38 on Tuesday, and he enters 2018 with the Angels coming off the first season in his career in which he was a below-average hitter. Pujols is already an obvious Hall of Famer, but what will the last years of his career look like? More»
061516ATa_00266 article January 16, 2018

McCutchen Trade Tough But Necessary

It always hurts to lose a franchise icon, and Pittsburgh Pirates fans may be understandably sad after the franchise traded Andrew McCutchen to the Giants on Monday. But these trades sometimes work out better than you might think. More»
042116ATa_00698 article January 15, 2018

Pirates Move Forward Into New Era

The Pirates traded pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Astros over the weekend, a move that seems to signal a changing of the guard in Pittsburgh after the team experienced a long-awaited breakthrough into the postseason in 2013. More»
GettyImages-898802698 article January 13, 2018

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

There are so many sports events every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. This weekend, the NFL takes center stage with the divisional round, including two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. More»
GettyImages-623790104 article January 12, 2018

Confidence Picks: Divisional Round

The number of games to predict has gone down but the stakes have gone up. All season, I've done weekly confidence pool rankings, pitting myself against Vegas, analytics ... and you. Now, it's time for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. More»
AP_523491232161 article January 11, 2018

CFB Tortured Fan Base Rankings 2018

There is no more torturous way to lose a football game, particularly in your dream season, than what Georgia just did on Monday night in the national title game against Alabama. That brings us to the third-annual top 25 Tortured College Football Fan Base Rankings. More»
040217MCa_00110 article January 10, 2018

Home Runs for Hire on Hot Stove

Three of the top 10 home run hitters from last season are still available, but this isn't as rare in baseball as you might think. And if recent history has taught us anything, it's that hitting a lot of homers doesn't necessarily guarantee a huge contract. More»
AP_309100323813 article January 9, 2018

Nightmare Doesn't End Georgia Dreams

There are so many Georgia fans with their hearts broken right now, and it's OK. It really is. That gnawing, gaping pit in your stomach, after Monday's devastating national championship loss to Alabama, that's the thing that's going to keep you going. More»
GettyImages-900635462 article January 6, 2018

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

There are so many sports events every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. The first weekend of January features the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the NFL's Wild Card weekend, plus the new-look Cavaliers. More»
GettyImages-894269786 article January 5, 2018

Confidence Picks: Wild Card Weekend

The number of games to predict has gone down but the stakes have gone up. All season, I've done weekly confidence pool rankings, pitting myself against Vegas, analytics ... and you. Now, it's time for NFL playoff predictions. More»
GettyImages-900368212 article January 4, 2018

Dream Georgia Season On The Line

It is difficult to come up with a more perfect season than what the Georgia Bulldogs have given their fans this year. On Monday in Atlanta against Alabama, Georgia now has the chance to make its long-awaited dreams come true. More»
Cano article January 3, 2018

MLB Teams Chasing Return To Playoffs

This weekend, the Buffalo Bills showed all sports fans the joy that comes with breaking a postseason drought. In baseball, there are six teams that haven't made it to the playoffs in at least six years. Who is most likely to turn their fortunes around in 2018? More»
GettyImages-900375022 article January 2, 2018

Get Smart: Right Coach, Right Time

After watching every second of this Georgia season, a season in which the athletic feats of Nick Chubb and Roquan Smith and Sony Michel and so many others have been breathtaking, I have to say: It is downright exhilarating to watch Kirby Smart coach a football game. More»
GettyImages-858783230 article December 30, 2017

Dive Into Five: The Weekend Watch List

There are so many sports events every weekend, it can be hard to keep up. Heading into the New Year, it's no different, with several big pre-playoff bowl games over the weekend and the last Sunday of the NFL regular season. More»
GettyImages-846561892 article December 29, 2017

NFL Confidence Pool: Week 17

This season, rather than doing pure NFL picks against the spread, I've decided to do weekly confidence pool rankings and pit myself against both Vegas and analytics. I'm sixth out of 123 competitors as we approach the last week of the season. Can you beat me? More»
GettyImages-153117280 article December 28, 2017

My Picks For The 2018 HOF Class

Even though I don't have a vote, I'm still going to lay out my Baseball Hall of Fame picks anyway for the third year in a row. From first-timers Chipper Jones and Jim Thome to Barry Bonds and Vladimir Guerrero, these are my 10 picks. More»

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