Other League’s Sportswriting Picks For July 28 – August 3

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Here at Other League, we know we aren’t the only site delivering quality sportswriting to the web. We love reading the articles that other sites come up with, especially when it features quality writing with excellent analysis. In this new column, we’re going to highlight the best sportswriting of the week. Every time one of us comes across an article that we wish we had written, it’s going to end up in this column.

Derrick Rose ready to answer back on the basketball court

By Sam Smith – Bulls.com

So, again, amid pockets of community frustration blame oddly went toward Rose. Not tough. didn’t want to play, prima donna. Lots of silly, mean spirited stuff. Like he wanted to be injured. Yet, here was a player who actually played through seven different injuries in the 2011-12 season. Now he doesn’t want to play? Rose, to his credit, never responded and never expressed any anger. If anything, he showed his sophistication by always saying he understands the frustration.

What History Indicates About The Cubs’ Competitive Cycle

By Clint Longenecker – Baseball America

To follow the team’s competitiveness cycles, their winning percentage was tracked during the five years that caused them to pick at the top of the draft and the following 10 years. A 10-year time horizon appears quite long, but should cover the first six years of most of the top pick’s major league career (pre-free agent years), owing to the fact that a few of the picks wont matriculate to the majors until nearly three to five years after the team picked them high. Three of the 10-year cycles (Orioles, Rockies and Pirates) have not completed. Of the 10, two teams picked in the top 10 for five years, six teams picked for six years and three picked for seven years.

Kyle Korver: An Offense Unto Himself

By Zach Lowe – Grantland

Korver averaged a career high in minutes per game last season and nailed a ridiculous 47.2 percent of his 3s. He received some All-Star consideration, though not as much as he should have, since he doesn’t dominate the ball. He makes great money — just about $45 million in his career to date — though he still gives a lot of it away to his father’s church and other charities, and he made the final 19-man list for Team USA tryouts this week. Korver is a big name now, and he can’t believe it.

The Desolation of Southampton

By Mike Goodman – Grantland

On top of that, there’s that £100 million to spend. They’ve already started the process of finding replacements. New manager Ronald Koeman brought his striker Graziano Pellè from Feyenoord in the Netherlands with him. Pellè has put up prolific numbers in the Eredivisie the last two years, totaling 50 goals, although, as Jozy Altidore can tell you, those scoring numbers don’t always carry over. Southampton also bought an incredibly talented winger in Dusan Tadic, who has also been tearing up the Netherlands. They’ve also gotten Ryan Bertrand on loan to slot in at the left back slot that Shaw left.

About the author: Alex Lowe

A former college athlete in a sport that no one cared about, Alex now spends most of his days being a furiously biased Bulls and Braves fan. When he's not busy with that, he still imagines his 5'7" self making an improbable rise to NBA stardom.