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article April 20, 2015

The Three Stages of Baseball Fights

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Every sport fights differently: Some seem structured around the appearance of fighting without ever having to actually fight at all. With the A's and Royals getting heated on Sunday, we put together a guide to recognizing when a brawl is coming and how to assess it. More»
AtlantaHawks article April 19, 2015

NBA's Biggest Party Is In Atlanta

The Hawks have made basketball in Atlanta a joy again maybe for the first time since the days of Dominique Wilkins. Now that we've seen what Philips Arena can be like, no one can claim Atlanta doesn't love professional basketball anymore. More»
KrisBryant article April 17, 2015

Expectations Too High For Bryant?

Kris Bryant is going to be fantastic, and Cubs fans are right to be excited about him. But what is happening now, this frenzy, it's going to pass, and it's going to pass quickly. We'll watch Bryant's at-bats with fervid attention … for about a month or so. More»
NBA-RootIndex article April 16, 2015

NBA Playoff Rootability Rankings

This is an NBA playoff guide for the dispassionate fan whose team didn't make the postseason or someone with no rooting interest who is just looking for someone to get behind in the postseason, in general. Just remember: It's not ALL about LeBron. More»
YasielPuig-flip article April 15, 2015

Flippin' Out Over Nothing

Yasiel Puig recently said he was going to stop flipping his bat because, "I want to show American baseball that I'm not disrespecting the game." But the whole notion of "respecting the game" comes from a dishonest place. More»
HomerunKings article April 13, 2015

The Last of the Home run Kings

With power so scarce these days, we should appreciate those who have sustained success for so long. Let's take a look at the active top 15 home run hitters, and see where they are on the all time list currently, and where they might land by the time they retire. More»
Yankees-1998 article April 10, 2015

Winless Start? No Need to Sweat

I know you're aware that three games don't matter in the grand scheme of things, that the beginning of the season doesn't make a difference. But just in case you forgot, let's remember what a disaster the 1998 Yankees were during the first week of April. More»
BartoloColon article April 9, 2015

In MLB, Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number

On Wednesday, A-Rod struck out against a guy who was born when the Yankee was about to enter his second Major League season. Here's a look at the 13 oldest players in the majors, looking at their current situations, and how much longer they might stay in the league. More»
LawrieKs article April 8, 2015

Admiring Lawrie's Golden Sombrero

In Oakland's loss to the Rangers Tuesday night, A's third baseman Brett Lawrie batted four times and struck out in each at bat. But that's not the worst of it: In those four trips to the plate, he faced a total of 12 pitches. Could we do that? More»
468,769,234 article April 7, 2015

The Blue Devils You Know

Duke has been, dare we say, likeable over the last few years. But one Son of Laettner brought the familiar legacy back Monday night, helping his team overcome a nine-point deficit to win the NCAA national title. America, meet Grayson Allen. More»
OpeningDay-Leitch article April 6, 2015

Baseball's Epic Saga Begins Again

In this age of obviously-useful-but-awfully-complex analytics, you can get caught up sometimes in how statistically irrelevant just about everything is. Small sample sizes and all that. But baseball is still about pure fun -- so enjoy the victories and brush off defeat. More»
wisconsin-uk1980x1100 article April 5, 2015

Wisconsin Closes Door On Kentucky

From the very first second of the first game of the college basketball's season, it has been all about Kentucky. The Wildcats and their undefeated season, became the sport's salvation. But now it's all on Wisconsin. More»
Cards_Cubs article April 3, 2015

Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry Heating Up

Many teams have rivals in baseball, but nothing has eclipsed the Yankees-Red Sox matchups of the early 2000s in the last 30 years. As the Chicago Cubs become increasingly formidable in the NL Central, expect an explosive Cubs-Cardinals rivalry to blossom. More»
MLBPredictions article April 2, 2015

125 MLB predictions for 2015

We've previewed every division in baseball: The Wests. The Centrals. The Easts. But now it's time to get into the nitty-gritty. The season begins Sunday night, so you want predictions. And if you want 'em, I've got 'em. One hundred and twenty-five of them, to be exact. Seriously. More»
MarchSportsStories article April 1, 2015

March's 10 Dumbest Sports Stories

From LeBron playing without a headband to a non-existent Dez Bryant video to Tim Tebow trying out for the Eagles, March was full of absurd sports controversies that got us all riled up before we forgot about them and moved on. More»
WestPreview article March 31, 2015

MLB Preview: The West Divisions

Many of the offseason's biggest movers and shakers were teams in both the American and National League West divisions. But will the roster reshaping by the A's, Padres and others make a difference in the standings? Let's sort it all out. More»
EastPreviews article March 30, 2015

MLB Preview: The East Divisions

The American League East could be in for another reshuffling as the Blue Jays hope their offseason maneuvers pay off and the Red Sox look to load up. Over in the National League East, it looks like the Nationals' division to lose. Can anybody challenge them? More»
CentralPreviews article March 27, 2015

MLB Preview: The Central Divisions

The Major League Baseball season is almost here! To get you prepared, we'll be previewing each division, two at a time, over the course of the next week. To start things off, let's tackle the American and National League Centrals. More»
FantasyLeagues article March 26, 2015

Fantasy Baseball: Better With Age

Everything great usually gets ruined when everyone joins in. But the one thing in my life that I can say, with 100 percent certainty, has gotten nothing but better every single year since it began to exist ... is fantasy baseball. More»
Warriors-Booing article March 25, 2015

Warriors: From Revolt to Rebirth

Three years ago, the Golden State Warriors were engulfed in flames, the fans openly booing their owner at a ceremony to retire the jersey of franchise legend, Chris Mullin. Now, they're the most entertaining team in the NBA. That's hope. More»

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