Wichita State Knows What It's Doing On Offense. At Least One Team Does.

The Wichita State Shockers are impressive for a lot of reasons—their beatdown of geographic rival Kansas and top-10 defense, or for the simple possibility that they can trade punches with Kentucky in a tournament rematch, should WSU defeat Notre Dame later tonight. But at the minimum, praise Gregg Marshall's squad for… » 3/26/15 4:02pm Yesterday 4:02pm

How Those 3-on-3 Overtime Rules Would Cut Down NHL Shootouts

The NHL general managers are having their annual meetings this week and for the second year in a row they are discussing rule changes to decrease the number of games that are resolved by a shootout. The particular ideas they're tossing around—centered around adopting a 3-on-3 overtime—stand a very good chance of… » 3/18/15 12:50pm 3/18/15 12:50pm

Exciting NCAA Tourney Upsets: Not Brought To You By Enforced Amateurism

Over the next week, a relatively unheralded team from a small conference will probably defeat a blue blood program from a major conference. This will be surprising because we will have expected the more powerful team to win, what with their larger budget, better-paid coach, etc. » 3/16/15 5:25pm 3/16/15 5:25pm

How Anthony Davis Gives The Pelicans Open Looks They Don't Deserve

Good ball movement generates open shots. This is Basketball 101, so fundamental to the game's primary education it may as well come down on stone tablets to every young player. It's proven: perhaps to the relief of youth coaches around the country, SportVU player-tracking shows that ball movement in the NBA does… » 3/13/15 2:20pm 3/13/15 2:20pm

You've Got To Be Superman To Swing Like Jose Abreu

When the Chicago White Sox signed Cuban defector Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal, the expectation was that he would be worth his money, and the hope was that he would be be the next slugging first baseman/DH in the line of team greats Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko. It turned out to be a pretty solid bet. » 3/04/15 3:09pm 3/04/15 3:09pm

"Sports Analytics" Is Bullshit Now

The 9th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference takes place this weekend, and you've likely noticed all the coinciding and ongoing coverage of the analytical side of sports. Some of these stories are illuminating explanations of what's going on at the vanguard of sports analysis; others bitch, correctly, about… » 2/27/15 1:46pm 2/27/15 1:46pm

How All The Point Guards Traded At The Deadline Compare To Each Other

Last week's trade deadline was one of the most eventful in years, and the flurry of movement was heightened because the headliners in most of these trades were young, talented point guards. Point guards power and define the modern NBA, and how these guards fit into their new roles will have a lot to do with how those… » 2/23/15 4:20pm 2/23/15 4:20pm

Seth Davis Promotes His Mom's Hoax Cancer Cures

There have never been more options for those convinced that the medical establishment is hiding secrets from them. Look at the Google ads running down the sidebar of just about any website you visit, and you're almost certain to see ads about "natural" cures—gluten-free diets and alkaline water, superfoods and… » 2/19/15 1:39pm 2/19/15 1:39pm

Are Outdoor Hockey Games Really Sloppier?

On Saturday the San Jose Sharks will host the Los Angeles Kings at Levi's Stadium in what will be the 15th outdoor regular season game in NHL history. With the number of outdoor games on a steady rise, there's an open and important question of whether or not the quality of play differs between indoor and outdoor… » 2/19/15 12:30pm 2/19/15 12:30pm

Are "Maximalist" Running Shoes The Next Big Con? No One Knows!

Today, The New York Times has a piece out on the maximalist running shoe, a trend now old enough to warrant an article written with characteristically Times-ian remove from rigorous examination of its subject. The thing about these shoes, though, is that even if the Times had wanted to conduct a more thorough… » 2/17/15 2:53pm 2/17/15 2:53pm

Gronk Is The Best Tight End In Football, And The Patriots' Best Chance

Most historians credit former Michigan and Green Bay star Ron Kramer as the first "real" player at the position. "He was the prototype," Packers quarterback Bart Starr once told me. At a shade over 6-3 and 235-240 pounds, Kramer had nearly the mass of an offensive lineman and was quick enough to get downfield and… » 2/01/15 1:10pm 2/01/15 1:10pm