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Which Sports League has the Most Parity?

By Andrew Puopolo In the last couple of years, the level of parity in the NBA has diminished with the Golden State Warriors setting a record for regular season wins and the Philadelphia 76ers nearly setting a record for regular season losses. The recent rapid polarization of the league has concerned many. About a month …Read More

Nick Young is the NBA’s Most Over-Followed on Twitter

By Adam Gilfix and Henry Johnson Twitter and the NBA go together like Jordan and Pippen. Not only has the NBA made Twitter an open highlight repository, the site also serves as a public forum for major announcements, conspiracy theories, and Kevin Durant’s early musings. The undisputed champ of NBA Twitter is LeBron James. Akron’s prodigal …Read More

All-Time Most Pivotal Plays in the World Series

By Adam Gilfix Last Wednesday night’s Game 7 of the World Series was one for the ages.  Rajai Davis’ frozen rope game-tying home run off flamethrower Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the eighth inning and Ben Zobrist’s clutch RBI double in the tenth convinced me it was time to reinvestigate the most crucial plays …Read More

Why Auston Matthews Debut is More Rare Than You Think

By Carrington Walsh Imagine playing your first game in the National Hockey League. Now imagine debuting and scoring four goals in that one game. That’s exactly what Auston Matthews did. On October 12th, the Toronto Maple Leafs squared off against their long time rival, the Ottawa Senators, and Auston Matthews scored twice in the first …Read More

The Distribution of NBA Title Odds Would Be World’s Most Unequal Economy

By Kurt Bullard With last night’s slate of games in the books, the 2016 NBA season has officially begun. While at the beginning of each season, each fan base is usually filled with some feeling of hope and optimism for the upcoming season (well, maybe not Sacramento), that hope for 28 franchises—if it still exists …Read More

Is There Nepotism in the NBA Draft?

By Henry Johnson Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson aren’t just two of the sharpest shooters in basketball—they’re also NBA legacies. Dell Curry, Steph’s father, is the leading scorer in Charlotte Hornets history, and Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father, won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Worth noting, though, is that Steph and Klay have basketball-playing …Read More

The NHL Preseason Offers Very Little Predictive Power

By Carrington Walsh October 12th, 2016 marks the beginning of the newest NHL season and, by extension, the end of the preseason. Preseason games rarely fill up arenas, unless they are an exhibition game in Vegas or Marquette, Michigan. But, still, for avid fans, it gives them a taste of what’s to come in a …Read More

Red Sox Pitchers Set MLB Record with 11 Consecutive Strikeouts

By Adam Gilfix Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox set a Major League Baseball record by striking out 11 straight batters, one better than the mark set by the New York Mets’ legend Tom Seaver. The Tampa Bay Rays hitters were no match for Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who struck out a career high 13 …Read More

Even With Rule Changes, Touchbacks Have Yet To Increase

By Kurt Bullard It’s only been two weeks since the start of the NFL season, but in a league with such a small schedule, it’s often tempting to draw conclusions very quickly; after all, it is already one-eighth of the way through the regular season, and soon enough, it’ll be early February. One part of …Read More

Predicting Two Point Conversion Success: Did the Raiders Have a Special Edge?

By Kurt Bullard It’s been a week or so since the famous decision by Jack Del Rio to go for two against the Saints on the road, trailing by one point with only 47 seconds left in the contest. Derek Carr would proceed to drop the ball right into Michael Crabtree’s hands on a fade …Read More