The Patriots' Super Bowl Success Relies On The Brady-Gronk Connection

Since Randy Moss got the Jazzy Jeff toss from the New England in the middle of the 2010 season, Patriots fans have spent offseason after offseason squawking about the team's need for a deep-threat receiver. Those people are idiots. The current Patriots do not need a deep threat, because Tom Brady sucks at the deep… » 1/29/15 4:30pm Thursday 4:30pm

Why Those Statistics About The Patriots' Fumbles Are Mostly Junk

Statistics can say whatever you want it to, drolls the dull old axiom. But that tack has always placed the onus more on the numbers than on the ones manipulating them; more correctly, you might say, Statistics can say whatever you want it to when it's used irresponsibly or haphazardly. This is especially important… » 1/27/15 3:41pm Tuesday 3:41pm

Ohio State's Loss To Va Tech Was The Worst Ever By A National Champ

It's nearly inconceivable that a national championship team, one that defeated the top two teams in the country with its third-string quarterback, lost earlier in the season to a school that had a losing conference record and barely qualified for a bowl game. But somehow Virginia Tech defeated Ohio State, by two… » 1/13/15 5:05pm 1/13/15 5:05pm

Why Ohio State Is A Sneaky-Bad Match-up For Oregon

Oregon looks like a clear favorite over Ohio State in the college football championship game. The markets opened with Oregon as a 7 point favorite, which implies a 70 percent win probability. The predicted margin of victory is even higher with my team rankings based on margin of victory at The Power Rank. That's… » 1/12/15 4:45pm 1/12/15 4:45pm

What Are The Odds That Duke, Not Kentucky, Is The Last Unbeaten?

A staple of early January college hoops coverage is speculating whether any of the remaining unbeaten teams can finish the regular season without losing. The correct answer is always "probably not", but over time a team like a Wichita State or Saint Joseph's will make you regret your "probably not" and turn you and… » 1/07/15 3:05pm 1/07/15 3:05pm

Wait, The NCAA Can Pay Players' Parents Now?

The day before yesterday, if a school reached the Final Four or the College Football Playoff and anyone—the NCAA, the CFP, the school, a booster, President Obama, etc.—agreed to pay for a parent of one of the athletes to travel to the game, it was unethical conduct, an extra benefit, and punishable with ineligibility. » 1/07/15 10:14am 1/07/15 10:14am

Yes, The Reversed Call In Lions-Cowboys Really Was Rd. 1's Biggest Play 

A proper inventory of what did and didn't go in Detroit's favor in Sunday's playoff game against the Cowboys would include, at minimum, the NFL ruling that "first-time offender" Ndamukong Suh was eligible to suit up; a hot start followed by scoring just six points over the final three quarters (forcing run-pass… » 1/05/15 12:13pm 1/05/15 12:13pm

Your 2015 College Football Playoff Cheat Sheet

College football begins a new era today. After years of frustration with the Bowl Championship Series, there's finally a playoff to crown a national champion. If you haven't followed the season closely to this point but want to follow along, here's a quick rundown of what you should know about each team, and their… » 1/01/15 10:00am 1/01/15 10:00am

How To Fix Fantasy Football Scoring With Simple Advanced Stats

With only one touchdown in Week 16, Aaron Rodgers ranked 15th in fantasy points among quarterbacks during fantasy football championship week, likely costing many a Rodgers owner a fantasy title. However, Rodgers' performance was much more valuable on the real football field, where his contributions added an expected… » 12/30/14 1:03pm 12/30/14 1:03pm

"Redskins" Mentions Down 27% On NFL Game Broadcasts In 2014

NFL announcers said the word "Redskins" 472 fewer times this regular season than in 2013, a decrease of 27%. We expected the Washington nickname controversy to impact how announcers called games, but not to this degree; in fact, yesterday's slate of broadcasts only found "Redskins" being mentioned 13 times. » 12/30/14 10:15am 12/30/14 10:15am

Sure, Now The Jets Make The Biggest Plays Of The Week

After the Jets let Miami's Lamar Miller dash for a 97-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the third quarter, which was the longest play from scrimmage in Dolphins history, they trailed by 10 points, their WPA sat at 20 percent, and it appeared Rex Ryan would lose his last game, which seemed fitting for the … » 12/29/14 4:12pm 12/29/14 4:12pm

Josh Smith Has Been So, So, So, So Bad This Year

Stan van Gundy has thrown Josh Smith into a volcano. Surely, this is the funniest thing that will happen in the NBA this year. But while we wait to see where Josh ends up next—the Rockets are apparently in the lead, but we all want him on the Mavs—let us remember that however well we think he might fit into another… » 12/22/14 3:30pm 12/22/14 3:30pm

Miami Lost And Then Won The Game On Two Huge Special-Teams Plays

With about five minutes remaining in a tied contest against Minnesota, Miami received a kickoff with the game seemingly tilted in their favor with Win Probability at 61 percent and an opportunity to run clock and take a late go-ahead lead. But rookie wideout Jarvis Landry slipped on the return, got swarmed by… » 12/22/14 12:49pm 12/22/14 12:49pm

Here's A Mutant Hybrid Of Everyone's NFL Playoff Projections

With the NFL playoffs just a few weeks away, there are a lot of playoff probabilities going around. Functionally, these all do more or less the same thing. So instead of churning out our own—which, face it, we are probably not going to do better than what's already out in the world—we're mashing everyone's together.… » 12/19/14 4:29pm 12/19/14 4:29pm

This Year's Bad NFL Teams Are Some Of The Worst Ever

Every season, there are at least a few atrocious NFL teams, teams that are disasters. But this season there are six of those teams—Jets, Jaguars, Titans, Raiders, Buccaneers, and Washington. Which seems like an abnormally high amount of shitty teams. So using Pro Football Reference data, we examined the six worst NFL… » 12/19/14 1:20pm 12/19/14 1:20pm