Who Regressed More After His Rookie Year, RG3 Or Charlie Batch?

Since Robert Griffin's spectacular rookie season, there have been an previous few other things to talk about with regard to Washington—especially once he started to regress. Now there's speculation he could be traded. It's obvious his production has declined, but to what extent exactly? Is it as bad as it seems? » 11/26/14 2:43pm Yesterday 2:43pm

The Warriors' Best Lineups Are Killing The Rest Of The League

By pretty much every metric, the Warriors are one of the best teams in the league. They're 11-2, a half-game out of the best record in the league, lead the league in opponent-adjusted net offensive/defensive rating, and are in lockstep with the Spurs for best defensive rating. They're really good. But more impressive… » 11/26/14 11:46am Yesterday 11:46am

The Bucs Found A Really Impressive Way To Blow The Game This Week

We normally go over the most highly leveraged plays, or some collection of them, when we round up Brian Burke's WPA from Advanced Football Analytics every week. The list is almost always bottom-heavy, comprising plays that just happened to occur in the fourth quarter, or long touchdowns, like Latavius Murray's… » 11/25/14 11:34am Tuesday 11:34am

Few Teams Have Been More Mediocre Than Nebraska This Decade

There are two ways to go about being mediocre in college football. Strictly definitionally, a team can settle in somewhere directly between schools like Stanford and those like Eastern Michigan—finishing around .500 every season. But the more sneaky and much more frustrating sort of mediocre is the one that Nebraska… » 11/25/14 9:44am Tuesday 9:44am

Notre Dame Dicked Themselves On Some Late 4th Quarter Plays

Down three with just a few minutes remaining in the game, Notre Dame was pushing the ball deep into Louisville territory and had a chance to take a late lead with a go-ahead touchdown. Facing second and goal from the nine yard line, it appeared the Irish would at the very least tie the game and send it to overtime.… » 11/24/14 3:15pm Monday 3:15pm

How Rankings For Super Smash Bros Characters Have Changed Over The Years

Super Smash Bros. is one of the great cult series out there. But Super Smash Bros. Melee, the 2001 GameCube version, has an interesting wrinkle: It's been out for 13 years and has never been patched, but over time, among serious players, characters have fallen in and out of favor among serious players, despite never… » 11/20/14 11:03am 11/20/14 11:03am

Melvin Gordon Could Break The Heisman's Quarterback Streak

Melvin Gordon's record-breaking shitstomping of Nebraska made it clear this season is the best chance a running back has had at the Heisman in years. Gordon's only the second player to reach 1,900 yards through 10 games since 2000. And his yards per attempt are 2.8 yards better than the other back to reach 1,900 this… » 11/19/14 1:45pm 11/19/14 1:45pm

4 To 6 Weeks, My Ass: Why NFL Injury Estimates Are Bullshit

Not long after Robert Griffin III hobbled out of Week 2 with an ankle injury, the team and the media went into their usual casualty-reporting routine. First was the wait for the diagnosis, which arrived the next day—a dislocated left ankle. Then came the dissemination of the team's early timetable for the player's… » 11/19/14 11:06am 11/19/14 11:06am

The Best NBA Players Win 50 Or More Games By Their Third Year

Outside of the occasional planetary destruction of a Beast Mode run or five-inning save in Game 7, football and baseball don't really lend themselves to pinning a team's wins and losses on a single player. But basketball is a little different. Quarterbacks don't play defense and baseball actually isn't a team sport,… » 11/17/14 2:59pm 11/17/14 2:59pm

Carolina Won And Then Lost The Game On Two Huge 4th Quarter Plays

Late in the fourth quarter against the Falcons, Cam Newton and the Panthers were driving, down two, when Newton hit his rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin for a 17-yard gain, taking Carolina down to the Atlanta 32, within field goal range. It represented the biggest gain in WPA for the week—28 percentage points by the… » 11/17/14 1:00pm 11/17/14 1:00pm

Clayton Kershaw Is Great. But Pedro Martinez Was More Dominant.

When Clayton Kershaw is inducted into the Hall of Fame some day, we may well look back on this year as his best. For most batters, their only hope of hitting him this season was to swing at the first pitch hoping for a fastball. As ridiculous as his numbers are, though—a 21-3 record with a 1.77 ERA and 239 strikeouts… » 11/13/14 3:22pm 11/13/14 3:22pm