NFL wild card weekend confidence pool rankings.

At the beginning of this season, we launched our Sports on Earth Confidence Pool, which allows you to compete against me (and Vegas and FiveThirtyEight, ESPN’s smart analytics site). The winner of the pool gets to assign me to write about whatever they would like for my weekly newsletter. And we are down to the […]

Why the Saints should be the Super Bowl favorite.

For the Saints to get the most out of Drew Brees, they had to allow him the freedom to dial it back. That was a lesson achieved in 2009, when Brees had 514 pass attempts — the fewest in any season he’s had with New Orleans — and led the NFL in passer rating, completion […]

English Premier League midseason awards.

We’re just a bit over halfway through the 2017-18 English Premier League season with 22 of 38 matchdays now in the books. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to take stock of where things stand in the league and dole out a few midseason awards. Best Player: Kevin De Bruyne De Bruyne doesn’t lead […]

Georgia has chance to make dream season a reality.

ATHENS, Ga. — It is difficult to come up with a more perfect season than what the Georgia Bulldogs have given their fans this year. When we did the College Football Tortured Fan Base Rankings after the national championship game two years ago, Georgia was No. 1, and it wasn’t particularly close. Georgia had watched all […]

There’s never been a better CFB coach than Nick Saban.

It is 1991 and Nick Saban is the head coach at Toledo and has just gone 9-2. Bill Belichick is the head coach of the Browns, Ernie Accorsi is his general manager and Belichick is looking for a defensive coordinator. He asks Accorsi to interview Saban, whom Belichick says is a guy he really likes. […]

Bucks learning how to become contenders.

TORONTO — When your superstar makes a quantum leap and becomes one of the best players in the league, it is natural for expectations to ramp up in a hurry. With Giannis Antetokounmpo turning into a Most Valuable Player candidate this season and the addition of Eric Bledsoe in a November trade, the Milwaukee Bucks, […]

Best games and players of the college bowl season.

The national championship is still to be decided between Alabama and Georgia on Monday in Atlanta, but 39 bowl games are in the books. Although the bowl season started off slowly, it picked up steam and ended up featuring several thrillers, including an all-time great Rose Bowl. Let’s look back at the best games and […]

Five most intriguing teams in the early 2018 Hot Stove.

You might have noticed that baseball’s Hot Stove season is far from finished. There are — and this is admittedly a rough estimate — eleventy nine bajillion free agents still available, and the possibility still exists that some big names like Chris Archer, Christian Yelich, Gerrit Cole and Manny Machado could be moved between now […]

The College Football Playoff doesn’t need to expand.

Instead of firecrackers, Georgia and Oklahoma spent New Year’s Day exploding the scoreboards at the Rose Bowl. Hours later in New Orleans, Alabama entertained folks when a defensive lineman of 300-something pounds grabbed an interception one moment and rumbled from the offensive backfield the next to catch a touchdown pass with soft hands and nimble […]

MLB teams’ chances of ending playoff droughts.

The NFL playoffs begin this weekend, but it’s next week that brings Tom Brady, and the Steelers, and wild Eagles fans. If you wanted, you could sit the first weekend out and wait for that one. Except: Buffalo Bills fans have waited 17 years for this. (via @S_Whipple) pic.twitter.com/sdY1sg5rLp – SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 1, 2018 […]