NFL: Super Bowl Preview (?)

Oakland over Dallas. I will say that again:   Oakland over Dallas.   That was my preseason pick for Super Bowl LII, and you wonder why I don’t write much about football on this site.   I picked Derek Carr to win the League MVP, and was so convinced of that becoming a reality that I drafted him to pilot both of my fantasy football squads.  Thankfully, I also had Carson Wentz and…

February 3, 2018

MLB: The Surge of Analytics in the Dugout

“What are the percentages of scoring a run with a runner on first with nobody out, versus a runner on second with one out?” That is the most basic of the analytical questions that you hear about nowadays when it comes to managerial decisions.  The question stems from one simple situation in baseball:  Whether or not you should bunt with a runner on first base and nobody out. As the…

October 29, 2017

Opinion: The Sudden Ending to a Season

New York Yankees.  Michigan Wolverines.  Carolina Panthers. If you think you had a bad weekend watching sports, the three teams above represent the three teams I root hardest for.  All three of them had bad weekends.  Depressing weekends.  Michigan and Carolina didn’t show up for their games, while the Yankees’ youth and Houston’s love of their home ballpark ultimately did in my favorite baseball team.   If you are a sports…

October 23, 2017

Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby Primer

Thank you, Grandpa Faragalli! When you are a sports fan, you can usually trace back your love for particular sports to a family member.  My Dad was a huge baseball fan, and that is how I became a huge baseball fan.  When I was growing up, my father didn’t even show allegiances towards teams in any other sport.  My liking for the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Panthers, and Michigan Wolverines…

May 6, 2017

NFL: Draft Primer

There are a lot of things to be grateful for nowadays if you are a sports fan, and one of the things I am most grateful for is technology. See, years ago, if you wanted to get up-to-the-second NFL draft coverage, you actually had to tune into the draft.  There really isn’t anything more mundane than an NFL Draft, and I will never understand why people would rather tune in…

April 27, 2017

Opinion: ESPN Makes Significant Staff Cuts

When I was in high school and college, my routine in the morning was simple:  I would lay on the coach for a while before I drove off to school, watching whatever was on ESPN (probably a lot of SportsCenter or related shows), or turning on Headline News at the exact moment that they would run “Headline Sports” (there was nothing quite like listening to Van Earl Wright going through…

April 26, 2017