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 Today 1:20pm

Why The NHL Lost Control Of Its Mumps Outbreak

This is the most baffling sports medicine story of the year: Thirteen NHL players and two referees have been diagnosed with mumps—a potentially severe and exceedingly viral infection that classically causes fever, body aches, malaise, and in about half of cases, parotitis (a painful swelling of the salivary glands). I » 12/15/14 10:25am Monday 10:25am

Why Wasn't Alabama's Blake Sims A Heisman Finalist?

For all practical purposes, the modern college football climate demands that the Heisman award go to the best or favorite quarterback in the country. So matter who is invited to New York—this year it's Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, and Alabama wideout Amari Cooper—it's pretty much a consensus… » 12/13/14 12:05pm 12/13/14 12:05pm

Rajon Rondo's Free Throw Shooting Is Historically Awful So Far

Rajon Rondo has never been a great free-throw shooter. Coming into the 2014-15 season his career average was 62.1 percent—substandard for a point guard—but so far this season, Rondo has been a calamity. He's shot a horrendous 9-30 (30.0 percent) clip from the "charity stripe" in his 15 games played. This is… » 12/05/14 5:18pm 12/05/14 5:18pm

How Casinos Use Design Psychology to Get You to Gamble More

Everyone's heard that there are no clocks or windows in casinos so that gamblers won't realize how long they've been losing money. But is this actually design gospel? And does it work? According to research, it turns out that the most successful casino design may not be the dark, maze-like designs we think they are. » 12/05/14 3:41pm 12/05/14 3:41pm

Why Does The Flu Vaccine Suck This Year?

Did you get your flu shot? I didn't really want to (I hate needles) but as an infectious disease physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, it would be exceedingly poor form if I opted out. My job requires it, and I recommend the vaccine to just about every patient, every day. The shot doesn't actually hurt, and if… » 12/05/14 3:05pm 12/05/14 3:05pm

J.J. Watt Blew Out The Titans, All On His Own

There was a lot going right for the Texans yesterday, as they beat the brass off the Titans 45-21. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for six touchdowns; DeAndre Hopkins caught nine balls on nine targets for 238 yards and two touchdowns; and in a week of blowouts, flatlined Tennessee's Win probability under 20 percent in the… » 12/01/14 5:03pm 12/01/14 5:03pm

We're One Step Closer To A Concussion Brain Damage Blood Test

A group of researchers at Penn has evidence that a protein found in the blood, calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment (SNTF), can predict if a person who's suffered a potential traumatic brain injury will suffer concussion symptoms. Which is to say, this could be useful for athletes who would like to know if… » 12/01/14 12:03pm 12/01/14 12:03pm

Andy Dalton Dug His Team A Hole With An Early Interception

Whenever we round up the most highly leveraged plays every week using Brian Burke's WPA from Advanced Football Analytics, the list is usually littered with late-game turnovers and touchdowns. So it's interesting that Andy Dalton getting picked off by Tampa Bay's Johnthan Banks on the very first play from scrimmage … » 12/01/14 11:25am 12/01/14 11:25am

Hey, Matt Schaub Threw Another Pick-Six. How's He Keep Doing It?

Poor Matt Schaub found himself back in the funny pages yesterday. With Oakland already trailing St. Louis 42-0 in the fourth quarter, Schaub entered in relief of Derek Carr and promptly fumbled on a sack for a turnover, threw yet another pick-six on the following drive, and fumbled again for good measure on the next.… » 12/01/14 8:34am 12/01/14 8:34am

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 11/26/14 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 11/26/14 11:46am