Teams Fouling DeAndre Jordan Lose Because They're Already Losing

During last night’s Spurs-Clippers game, TNT threw up a graphic showing the Clippers’ record when DeAndre Jordan shoots at least 12, 14, and 15 free throws in a game, implying that the donkey show you were watching at the time—a professional athlete performing his sport’s most boring component badly—is not only a… » 4/20/15 3:10am 4/20/15 3:10am

Steph Curry Looks Fast Even On A Chart

There’s no one quite like Steph Curry in the NBA, and it follows, we’ve argued, that when you look closely at the thing, there’s nothing quite like Steph Curry’s stat line, either. If you needed another example, reddit turned one up. » 4/17/15 1:58pm 4/17/15 1:58pm

Basketball's Most Influential Pick-and-Roll Turnover Ball Handlers

Today, Politico shared a list of bloggers ranked by influence by a proprietary survey conducted by an analytics firm called StatSocial. This seems useful, in its way. Similarly, Deadspin would like to share some data from Synergy Sports, a sports analytics firm. Here is a list of NBA players, ranked by… » 4/14/15 5:58pm 4/14/15 5:58pm

Darren Sharper's "Penis Monitoring" Is Evil, Retrograde Bullshit

A casual observer might take note of Darren Sharper's pending plea agreement in rape charges spread across at least four years and four different states for any number of the obvious reasons—this is, after all, a case involving a former NFL All-Pro being revealed as a serial rapist. One of those reasons, though, would… » 4/13/15 3:43pm 4/13/15 3:43pm

Bats Out of Hell: The Dumbest "Improvements" Made To Baseball Bat Design

Much like its cousin, the baseball cap, the baseball bat seems pretty simple, at first glance. Take a reasonably cylindrical piece of wood, taper it as necessary, put a little nub on the end so your hands don't slip off, and swing. Hit the ball too low, and you'll pop it up. » 4/06/15 5:15pm 4/06/15 5:15pm

How John Calipari's Juggled Kentucky's Lineups To A Near-Perfect Season

In late October, Kentucky coach John Calipari announced a unique substitution pattern, one specifically designed to take advantage of the squad's nine McDonald's All-Americans. He would platoon his Wildcats, splitting the team into White and Blue units that would alternate for several minutes spurts. The strategy's… » 4/03/15 4:00pm 4/03/15 4:00pm

Colin Cowherd Has Some Thoughts On Concussions And Knee Injuries

Diarrhea man Colin Cowherd, prompted by Rob Gronkowski saying he would take a concussion over a shredded knee, talked about the two types of injuries on his show today. Cowherd claimed he would prefer “about two to three” severe concussions over something happening to his knee.
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How Has The NCAA's New 30-Sec Shot Clock Worked This Postseason?

As a college hoops superfan, I'll watch the NIT, and even the CIT and CBI given the chance. I've even attended two CIT title games. But the reality is that there's little at stake in these events other than the chance for participating teams to play more basketball and for me to watch more basketball. However, I was… » 4/02/15 1:50pm 4/02/15 1:50pm

Oh, Hey, College Baseball Successfully Juiced Its Balls

Home runs are up 39 percent in NCAA D1 baseball, at an even 0.5 per game through March 29, thanks to new flat-seamed baseballs. Through the same stretch of season last year, they were at 0.36 per game, and finished at a record-low 0.39. So, this is good news, at least for hitters. » 4/02/15 12:00pm 4/02/15 12:00pm

An Exercise Physiologist Explains Why 800 Meters Hurts Like The Devil

It's the first high school track meet of the season. Boys who have completed no warm-up whatsoever other than to wrestle over the last Reeses peanut butter cup stand, hands dangling like heavy weights, near the start line of the JV 800 meter run. Long of shin and weak of chin, they're inanimate, forcing the starter to… » 4/01/15 4:42pm 4/01/15 4:42pm

NBA Court Factors: How Assists Aren't As Unbiased As You Think

There will never be any question over what it means to have scored 25 points, or recorded a number of rebounds, blocks, or steals. Sure, if we've learned anything in the age of analytics it's that raw stats can be misleading—they fail to account for pace or efficiency—but at least they are facts. Russell Westbrook's… » 4/01/15 11:30am 4/01/15 11:30am