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X Gonna Give It To Ya

He's the youngest player to start a postseason game in the history of the Boston Red Sox, the third-youngest to hit a World Series triple in the history of baseball, he won a gold medal at the 2011 Baseball World Cup, and he is slotted in as the opening day shortstop for the reigning World Series champions. At 21…

Did They Make It?

The most tantalizing asset in all of sports is youth. Youth allows - even encourages - people to idealize, to project, to dream of what someone can become. There's a quote in Moneyball about the potential held by a high school pitcher, but it could really apply to youth in any sport; "High school pitchers were so far…

Competitive Imbalance

Professional sports leagues are supposed to be symmetrical. Every division is supposed to be the equal of every other division, and each conference is supposed to be able to match up approximately perfectly with its counterpart. Obviously that can't literally happen, because drafting and money and cities and whatnot,…

The Benefit Of Patience

Roy Halladay had already pitched in 57 games for the Blue Jays. Once you've been with the big club that long it takes something truly special for you to get sent back down, especially if you also happen to be a former first round pick. Roy Halladay was in the midst of something special, a true season for the ages, and…

The Price Of Mediocrity

How much is an average quarterback worth? I'll give you a hint: it is not $17.61 million. What if I told you that he's improving, and that he's a former first overall pick about to enter his age 27 season? What if I told you that his team owned a probable top ten draft pick in the next draft, in addition to a pick in…

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The Shady Show

The first Sunday of the football year brought Chip Kelly's offense running riot over Washington, and the rematch promised a similar offensive output. I had no choice but to watch two of the best offenses in the league trade potshots, and I tracked my thoughts and reactions throughout. Here is my story.

Freshmen Vs.

In recent years, college basketball fans have often been split over the issue of how to win championships. Fans of continuity and senior leadership will point to recent titles from Duke and Kansas, who were carried through the tournament by upperclassmen. The argument for talent over experience essentially boils down…

LSU-UMass: Mediocrity

I watched a chunk of the LSU-UMass contest around lunch today. It was exactly the kind of game that belongs in that useless time bracket, and somehow I watched it anyway. What follows are some observations about teams you only tangentially care about. Keep in mind I know absolutely nothing about any of the players or…