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article May 4, 2015

April's 10 Dumbest Sports Stories

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As we've done since the beginning of the year, we decided to take a look at the most idiotic things the sports world was obsessed about each month. April featured "news" about Britt McHenry, Bryan Price, Kelly Olynyk and, of course, Tim Tebow. More»
AllSportsDay article May 2, 2015

Ultimate Sports Weekend Guide

For raw breadth of the sports experience, the staggering number of options available, it's tough to beat this weekend. Starting from the time you get off work Friday until early Monday morning, you can make a stop at every sports fan station. Here's a guide to it all. More»
471,552,936 article April 30, 2015

The Derby Name Game: 2015 edition

The Kentucky Derby is, perhaps, more American than the Super Bowl. So is the way everyone picks a horse to bet on: the names. Only the names. Here they are, ranked in ascending order of name quality. More»
Camden-HighRes article April 29, 2015

That Empty Feeling

On Wednesday afternoon, born from a situation in Baltimore that defies explanation and easy narratives, one of the strangest things in baseball history is going to happen. The Orioles and White Sox are going to play a game with no fans. More»
DeronWilliams article April 28, 2015

The Deron Williams Conundrum

Last night, Deron Williams scored 35 points and looked as dominant as he once was, as otherworldly as we once imagined he could be. That was both revelatory and, ultimately, frustrating for fans. But expectations for Williams are our problem, not his. More»
Injuries-Leitch article April 27, 2015

The Heartache and the Pain

This weekend, the entire landscape of two major sports may have changed in a matter of seconds, as Adam Wainwright went down with an Achilles injury and Kevin Love suffered a dislocated shoulder. Asking why is madness. More»
Yankees-Mets article April 26, 2015

Best Interleague Location Rivalries

There are 11 "geographically-based rivalry" interleague series every season. Some are logical and obvious; others began as more of a logistical solution. Here, we rank them all, from least compelling to as hot as they get. More»
Mr3000s article April 23, 2015

Who Will Be the Next Mr. 3,000?

There are 10 active Major League players who have 2,000 hits or more. Some will reach 3,000; some will come close; some will be lucky to make it through this season. Let's take a look at all 11 and see if, or when, they'll reach the sainted "Mark of Bernie Mac." More»
Nats-Cardinals article April 22, 2015

Statcast: Glimpse of the Future

Statcast -- introduced during the Nationals' 2-1 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night -- was enlightening. This is a tool to show you what just happened in a way you couldn't possibly have understood before. More»
BryanPrice article April 21, 2015

The High Price of Being In Charge

Last night, Reds manager Bryan Price went on a profanity-laced tirade directed at beat reporter he felt was divulging too much information about the team. But he seems to misunderstand how success relates to job security for everyone involved in sports. More»
Athletics-RoyalsFight article April 20, 2015

The Three Stages of Baseball Fights

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»

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