MVP Debate Tedious At This Point

During the Great Sabermetrics Revolution of 2012, many devotees to baseball’s advanced statistical metrics touted their hero, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, as perhaps the best thing to happen to baseball since the bat, while arguing that anyone who supported Miguel Cabrera as the American League’s Most Valuable Player was living on borrowed




Joe Mauer the latest, not the last, to leave catching behind

The Minnesota Twins announced this week that Joe Mauer’s catching days were over. He was on target to become one of the top offensive catchers of all-time, with a .323 career batting average through his first 10 seasons. But after taking two foul tips off his mask while catching a game against the New York




One night in November doesn’t equal tickets for April

It was quite the night at Chicago’s United Center Tuesday night, with four of the top college basketball teams in the country having a little coming out party. According to the polls, it was four of the top five teams in the nation, Kentucky, Michigan State, Duke and Kansas—all of the top five with the




Atlanta Braves leaving downtown makes financial sense

The Atlanta Braves will be abandoning Turner Field and downtown Atlanta after the 2016 season and moving north to the suburbs in nearby Cobb County. The team announced the move on Monday and the shock of it seemed mostly to stem from the fact that in this age of social media leaks and the near




Carolina Panthers defense has the look of a winner

Two of the NFL’s hottest teams collided at Candlestick Park late Sunday afternoon. The Carolina Panthers came in with four straight wins in which they scored at least 30 points. The San Francisco 49ers had won five straight games, scoring 30 or more points in each of them. So of course the two teams combined




Boston Red Sox Complete Historic Run To World Series Title

The Boston Red Sox capped a dramatic rise from worst to first Wednesday night, hammering the St. Louis Cardinals and the previously unhittable Michael Wacha 6-1 to clinch the franchise’s third championship in the last 10 years. That allows David Ortiz to become the first non-Yankee since Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles 30 years




Surprise in the opening NBA battle for Los Angeles

When the Los Angeles Clippers re-signed point guard Chris Paul, I felt it. When they enticed coach Doc Rivers to come across the country from Boston, I felt it. When they pulled off a sign-and-trade that wound up with the Clippers adding Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick, I was thinking it. I like this Clippers




St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t have been much worse in Game 1

The first two innings of the 2013 World Series really couldn’t have gotten much worse for the St. Louis Cardinals. Seriously, maybe one of their players could have spontaneously burst into flames, but that’s about the only way it couldn’t have gotten worse. The Cardinals fell behind 5-0 after two innings en route to an




NCAA continues nosedive to irrelevance

The NCAA finally on Tuesday announced its findings and penalties against the University of Miami’s football and basketball programs for violations that were as over-the-top egregious as any rule-breaking in recent memory. The result is clear: The NCAA, as we knew it, doesn’t exist anymore. Nevin Shapiro says he gave out more than $1 million




Blame the Minnesota Vikings for Josh Freeman’s Monday night disaster

There’s nothing like setting a record under the prime time spotlight. Unless it’s for something related to how bad you were. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman can relate to that sinking feeling. He became just the second quarterback in National Football League history to attempt at least 50 passes, throw for less than 200 yards




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