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Long-Ball Tournaments

By Austin Tymins Since the early days of the game, golf enthusiasts have been inspired and amazed by the long ball. The herculean viciousness of the long drive has long enraptured fans with the captivating pop off the clubface, the soaring height, and the heroic carry. In the lead up to this past weekend’s U.S. …Read More

Red Sox Betts and Holt Make More MLB History

By Adam Gilfix This post is just a short and sweet follow-up to this article regarding Red Sox players Alejandro De Aza, Mookie Betts, and Brock Holt becoming just the 11th trio of teammates to each double and triple in an MLB game within the last 100 years.  Good news for Sox fans (and there isn’t …Read More

Dustin Johnson’s Sunday Woes

By Kurt Bullard Before taking a leave of absence from the Tour for alcohol and suspected drug abuse, the biggest criticism of Dustin Johnson was his inability to close out a major. It first started when he entered the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with a three-stoke lead, only to …Read More

Sold on Sale: Streak of Success

By Adam Gilfix There has been a ton of buzz surrounding the Chicago White Sox lefty sensation Chris “The Condor” Sale recently, and for good reason too.  Last night he tossed eight 2-hit, 0-walk shutout innings and struck out 14  (Sale managed to strikeout every Rangers starter at least once). The numbers from his game log recently are eye-popping.  In Sale’s …Read More

Talking Balk: All Walk-Off Balks in MLB History

By Adam Gilfix Last night, June 18, 2015, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 by scoring the game’s only run in the bottom of the 9th inning off rookie reliever Keone Kela.  Such a victory, where the home team scores the game-winning run in the 9th inning or later, is a walk-off. …Read More

Dissecting the NBA Finals MVP Choice

By Carlos Pena-Lobel Two nights ago, the Warriors beat the Cavs in the NBA finals 4-2, and Andre Iguodala was awarded the NBA Finals MVP by a 7-4 vote, following a tradition that the MVP comes from the winning team that is practically as old as the trophy itself.  Jerry West is the only person …Read More

Red Sox Achieve One of Rarest Feats in MLB History

By Adam Gilfix Late last night after marveling about the incredible NBA Finals, I tweeted a seemingly random baseball question about 3 teammates each hitting a double and triple in the same game, and thought that I could probably figure out the answer myself if I really wanted to do so.  I was eventually able …Read More

A Stanley Cup to Remember: What a Close Final

by Adam Gilfix First and foremost, congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on winning their third Stanley Cup in 6 years, a dynasty indeed.  This Final was incredible to watch from a fan perspective and if you thought it was a close one…well, you’re right.  The defense was amazing and we shouldn’t forget the astounding feat the Hawks accomplished …Read More

The Stats of the NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors won Game 5 last night to go up 3 – 2 in the series over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  It has been a great Finals so far, and with so many possible stats to discuss, we decided to look at as many as possible.  These topics include: the importance of 3-pt shooting, …Read More

The Kobe Assist: How LeBron’s Misses Might Be The Cavs’ Best Shot

By William Ezekowitz Anyone who has watched the Finals for even a couple minutes knows that LeBron James is shooting a lot. His 41% usage rate is the stuff of NBA Finals legends. He’s even missed more shots (79) than anyone else in the series has taken, besides Steph Curry, who has taken 80, according …Read More