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 Thursday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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

Drew Brees's Fumble Was The Most Disastrous Play Of Week 10

Drew Brees made several big plays to will the Saints into overtime and give his team a chance at beating the 49ers. But in overtime Brees was sacked and fumbled, which led to San Francisco's game-winning field goal. The fumble was the detrimental play of the week according to data from Brian Burke of Advanced… » 11/10/14 12:36pm 11/10/14 12:36pm

Yeah, Everyone Likes The Hornets More Than The Bobcats

This chart from the Wall Street Journal shows Cleveland, predictably, getting the biggest bump in Facebook likes this offseason after bringing LeBron home. But Charlotte was the only other team to have their likes increase by more than 10 percent, and that's because the Hornets are great, and the Bobcats suck. » 11/07/14 12:55pm 11/07/14 12:55pm

Ole Miss's Fumbles Were The Most Damaging Plays This Week

After last week's tough loss to LSU, Ole Miss once again trailed a ranked division opponent in the fourth quarter. Ole Miss put together some promising drives, but two fumbles prevented the Rebels from retaking the lead and resulted in two of the costliest plays of the week, according to data from fantasy sports app » 11/06/14 4:16pm 11/06/14 4:16pm

Colin Kaepernick's Fumble Was The Most Devastating Play Of Week 9

Week 10 starts in a few hours, so while we can, let's finish cleaning house on Week 9. Down by three with ten seconds remaining, the 49ers were one yard away from the St. Louis end zone and appeared on the verge of victory. But Colin Kaepernick fumbled in what was not only the most detrimental play of this week, but… » 11/06/14 4:13pm 11/06/14 4:13pm

How Man-Child Tight End Rob Gronkowski Revived The Patriots' Offense

Rob Gronkowski—whose skull houses one 14-oz. official NFL "The Duke" football, and whose circulatory system is chiefly responsible for the delivery of Natural Light—has been incredible for the last few weeks. Tom Brady's missed his best receiver at full speed, and they're making up for lost time. Gronk's been the… » 11/06/14 3:55pm 11/06/14 3:55pm

The Chiefs' Travis Kelce Might Be The Next Revolutionary Tight End

The best NFL offenses are lousy with new-breed tight ends—guys like Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, and Jimmy Graham, the dudes who bust up defenses with an unfair blend of size, speed, and pass-catching ability. And while you can't really tell from the raw numbers, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is one of Those… » 11/05/14 1:49pm 11/05/14 1:49pm

No, Andrew Luck Is Not On Pace For The Best Season In NFL History

There's been a lot written lately about Andrew Luck being on pace to break the single-season passing-yards record. While Luck is having a solid year, to what degree can we attribute these gaudy statistics to his dominance? And how much do his numbers merely reflect the era in which he's playing? » 11/05/14 11:49am 11/05/14 11:49am