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article February 18, 2017

College Joes Vs. The Pros

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On Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks will play Grand Canyon University, a college team, in the first Spring Training game of the season. Remember the time the University of Tampa Spartans played -- and beat -- the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015? We did. More»
USATSI_9880926 article February 17, 2017

Baseball For Days: Ain't That Great?

Soon, we'll have baseball in our lives every single day for 252 days. We've gone so long without it -- the world doesn't feel right without it -- and come Wednesday, we'll get it back. Let's celebrate and take a look ahead. More»
GettyImages-620848944 article February 16, 2017

Always Remember Rajai's Home Run

While the 2016 season will always be remembered for the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, there's one moment from that season, specifically in Game 7 of the World Series, that we should never forget: Rajai Davis' dramatic homer. More»
GettyImages-514122360 article February 16, 2017

2017's Spring Training Road Trip Guide

Projections are out, players are reporting to Spring Training camps, and we have baseball in our lives again. If you wanted to visit every Spring Training stadium, well, have we got the vacation for you. Fill up the gas tank -- it's time to hit the road. More»
GettyImages-613072446 article February 15, 2017

AL Central: The Easiest Lock Of 2017

Pitchers and catchers have started to report, which means Spring Training is right around the corner, which means ... it's time to start previewing each division before the season begins. Let's start with the AL Central, where the Cleveland Indians still reign. More»
GettyImages-584914060 article February 14, 2017

Pujols a Ghost of His Former Self

Albert Pujols was once unquestionably the best player in Major League Baseball. He won two World Series titles and three National League MVPs in 11 years. But that Pujols is gone now, and his decline has been a shame. More»
GettyImages-598843782 article February 13, 2017

MLB's Oldest Players For 2017 Season

It's always strange when you realize you're just as old, or older, than some of the baseball players you grew up watching. Let's take a look at the landscape this season and see which players will have you ponder your mortality. Fun! More»
GettyImages-521583132 article February 9, 2017

PECOTA Mania: Diving Into Projections

It's that time of year again in the world of baseball: The PECOTA projections are out! You know what that means ... we have something to be angry about. I went through every team and guessed if they'd finish higher or lower than their projections. More»
GettyImages-630499274 article February 8, 2017

NFL Tortured Fan Base Rankings For '17

The Super Bowl has come and gone, so it's finally time for the 2017 edition of the NFL Tortured Fan Base Rankings. It's subjective. It's not perfect. And the Patriots might be ranked 32nd for a long time. Feel free to comment. More»
GettyImages-633954234 article February 7, 2017

The Pats Era Was Over, Until It Wasn't

It was over. The Falcons were dominating the Patriots in every way. It was 28-3, and the Brady-Belichick Patriots era was finished and the NFL world was finally ready to move on. Until it wasn't. Now the Pats are the favorites to win Super Bowl 52. More»
BradyComeback article February 6, 2017

Pats Make the Impossible Possible

In sports, everything always seems obvious in retrospect, but we should always remember just how shocking and unbelievable in the moment the Patriots' comeback from 25 points down to win the Super Bowl was. It's the reason we watch sports. More»
USATSI_9833016 article February 3, 2017

Should B & B Stay Or Should They Go?

Earlier this week, I floated a totally made-up theory that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick could have planned to retire if the Patriots win Super Bowl 51. So now I'd like to break down whether it'd be a good idea to go out on top or stay another year. More»
GettyImages-451169708 article February 2, 2017

The Dumbest Stories Of January 2017

The new year brought some mind-numbingly dumb stories, from beat reporters fighting in a press box to the Los Angeles Chargers completely bungling the unveiling of their new logo. Here are the silliest ones from the month. More»
GettyImages-614058772 article February 2, 2017

Pats Fans vs. The World

Patriots fans have every right to be angry at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over his Deflategate debacle. But given that Boston sports teams have won nine championships this century, you'd think Boston sports fans would be a little happier. More»
GettyImages-623053926 article February 1, 2017

Last Dance For Brady & Belichick?

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick turned the Patriots into the NFL's signature dynasty over the past 20 years. But everything comes to an end at some point. The two are about to make their seventh Super Bowl appearance. Will it also be their last? More»
GettyImages-633130356 article February 1, 2017

Case In Points: Super Bowl 51 Preview

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Matt Ryan and a historic offense. Either the New England Patriots will win their fifth Super Bowl, or the Atlanta Falcons will win their first. Either way, many, many points will be scored. So let's break it down. More»
GettyImages-112908588 article January 31, 2017

Ode To 1-And-Done Super Bowl Teams

As great as it is to see the Falcons in the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history, it feels like this might be the best shot they get. So that got me thinking about other teams over the past 20 years that made just one Super Bowl and lost. More»
GettyImages-525682996 article January 30, 2017

Roger, I Have Some Questions

Every Super Bowl Week, the NFL's press-shy Commissioner Roger Goodell takes questions from the media at an open press conference (even if he doesn't give straight answers). There are so many topics to press him on. Here are just a few. More»
GettyImages-632025766 article January 27, 2017

Just Too Melo To Be A Superstar

How did we get here? Everyone wanted and demanded Carmelo Anthony to be a superstar player. But that never translated into winning. And after all these years, there aren't any teams out there that would even trade for him. More»
USATSI_9837826 article January 26, 2017

No Escaping The Coaching Death Spiral

After getting ejected in Wednesday's game -- a loss to Alabama -- in spectacular fashion, there's no doubt that Georgia hoops coach Mark Fox has entered the Coaching Death Spiral of college sports. What's that? Well, here's your step-by-step guide. More»

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