Ever since the 2012 LA Kings made a Cup-winning run in the NHL playoffs as an eighth seed, there has been a sense that even those squads that barely squeak into the playoffs have a chance at making a serious run. Sure enough, this season has brought fans more than a couple teams whose place in […]

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MLS commentators and fans alike are viewing 2017 as the year of the young player. Young, quality, MLS players come in the form of young Designated Players (and Young Designated Players1), Homegrown players, TAM-level young players, or MLS SuperDraft picks. The SuperDraft, TAM signings, and Designated Players aren’t usually what people mean by “play your […]

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This type of article isn’t novel or new. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. My favorite sports writer, Zach Lowe, has one of my favorite takes on this and I’m emulating that here. It felt like a short off-season but an important one in MLS. The first week of 2017 is in the books […]

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The NBA D-League is rapidly changing. Since the league’s founding in 2001 as the National Basketball Development League, the NBA’s official minor league, has gone through several makeovers. Teams have come and gone, and the relationship between D-League teams and NBA clubs continues to be fluid. The league has seen NBA players like Hassan Whiteside, […]

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I’m going to do a little experiment with the 2017 MLS season. Bayes’ Theorem is both a statistical and logical technique for finding the most correct – or least wrong – answer based on probabilities. The prior position or probability, known as a Bayesian Prior if I recall correctly, is constantly updated with new information. […]

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Alex and Colby discuss the DeMarcus Cousins trade, the Lakers’ front office moves, and trade deadline rumors. http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/p/content.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/Episode_71.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Living in the shadow of New York Yankees’ legend Derek Jeter is no easy task. After Jeter retired at the end of the 2014 season, the Yankees needed to fill a hole that had not been vacant for two decades. That answer was Didi Gregorius. The then-24-year-old, who was ranked 63rd by MLB.com and 80th […]

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Football continues to be the most popular sport in America. The 2016 NFL season averaged 17.6 million viewers per game, with more than 30 percent of adults calling pro football their favorite sport. This is double the amount of the next most popular sport, baseball. The love among American adults for the gridiron is passed […]

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The craze over Expected Goals (or xG) in hockey analytics is one that close followers of the movement likely haven’t seen since tracking Corsi first became popular years ago. For those that are only generally aware of the calculation of expected goals, it is a formula that attempts to account for the goal expectancy of […]

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Alex and Colby discuss All-Star voting returns, teams set up well for the future, and potential destinations for a new team. http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/p/content.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/Episode_70.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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