Vince Wilfork's Ping-Pong INT Was The Most Disruptive Play In Week 3

Deep in New England territory with less than a minute to go, the Raiders had a chance to send the game into overtime with a touchdown. But Derek Carr's pass bounced out of the hands of his receiver Denarius Moore and wound up in the arms of Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. The interception was the most… » 9/23/14 11:08am Today 11:08am

NFL Fans Prove They're Exactly As Stupid As The NFL Thinks They Are

On Monday, ESPN's SportsNation published a poll about the Vikings' reactivation of Adrian Peterson, the sort of reflexive, wallpaperish question more designed to eat up 20 or 30 seconds of the 11 a.m. SportsCenter than to gauge any actual public sentiment. A few days later it published another, asking a question… » 9/19/14 10:06am Friday 10:06am

Hey, You: Help Prove That Average Fans Are The Best Scouts In Baseball

Whether or not you know it, if you're a baseball fan, you probably appreciate or enjoy the game a little bit more because of Tom Tango. The pseudonymous saberist, currently a consultant for the Chicago Cubs, has had a hand—often the most important one—in developing many of the most interesting and useful statistical… » 9/15/14 5:44pm 9/15/14 5:44pm

Colin Kaepernick Was The Most Disastrous Quarterback In Week 2

Colin Kaepernick had an awful game Sunday night throwing three interceptions, fumbling once, and getting sacked four times. Sometimes, broad game stats can mask situational competence, but not here. According to data from Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics, Kaerpernick's interception at the beginning of the… » 9/15/14 3:22pm 9/15/14 3:22pm

Jay Cutler Looks Better When There Aren't Big Plays To Screw Up

During the second quarter of Bears-Niners last night, Cris Collinsworth was amazed by how tight the San Francisco secondary was playing Alshon Jeffery and the rest of the Chicago receivers. There was no room for simple in-routes or comebacks, let alone enough to goose an offense that was scoreless for virtually the… » 9/15/14 2:22pm 9/15/14 2:22pm

Is Javier Baez's Rocket-Powered Swing Built To Last?

Without knowing it, Chicago Cubs rookie slugger Javier Baez pays homage to Isaac Newton's Third Law of Motion with each swing. He takes big giant cuts and hits big giant homers. The problem is, the equal and opposite reactions to the mechanics that generate all that power render the other parts of his swing wildly… » 9/12/14 2:31pm 9/12/14 2:31pm

When Do Most No-Hitters Get Broken Up?

No-hitters have hit dead ball era rates, and every other week it seems like some random pitcher is staring down a chance at a no-hitter late in a game. So Zachary Levine of Baseball Prospectus did the grunt work of tracking down just how likely a no-hitter is to be broken up on any given out, and how likely you are to… » 9/12/14 1:43pm 9/12/14 1:43pm

Is Jaguars WR Allen Hurns For Real?

Here's what we know about Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns: He's an undrafted rookie out of Miami, and he had 110 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles in his first regular-season game. And that's about it. But a debut performance like that will land you a heap of attention, from casual fans and fantasy owners… » 9/11/14 12:13pm 9/11/14 12:13pm