Football

The Unignorable: Concussions still abound in NFL

A recent wave of concussions during the NFL preseason have brought a nasty topic back into the spotlight. It’s no secret that pro football causes concussions. And it’s no secret that pro football is big business: the NFL is the most valuable of the four major leagues. According to a recent Forbes report, the average value of a NFL team is over $1 billion. That’s per team.

Football

Situation Critical: Holding the NCAA accountable

It’s become boring, these days, to talk about college football, and you’re well aware of it. Throughout the summer, every time college football has been brought up, it’s been “NCAA this” or “NCAA that,” “Johnny Manziel this” or “Johnny Manziel that,” or “NCAA and Johnny Manziel this” or “NCAA and Johnny Manziel that”. But you know that the alternative, the one where absolutely no one talks about the NCAA, is even worse.

Baseball

The Bronx is Burning

It’s been a long, depressing year for Yankees fans this season, plagued by Alex Rodriguez drama, injuries and the constant, looming nuisance of mortality. With A-Rod, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera all shells of their former selves, are the glory days of the franchise behind them?

Football

TheGP Fantasy Footballpalooza 2013

[php snippet=1] DRAFT ORDER (first round) 1.1.1 Howard – Peyton Manning 1.2.2 Rich** – Randall Cobb 1.3.3 Dan – Larry Fitzgerald 1.4.4 Cass – Reggie Bush 1.5.5 Tyler – Steven Jackson 1.6.6 Tracey – Wes Welker 1.7.7 Ryan – Chris Johnson 1.8.8 Fabio – Maurice Jones-Drew 1.9.9 Steve – DeMarco Murray 1.10.10 Jordan* – Tony Romo 1.11.11 Brandon – Montee Ball 1.12.12 Dave – Eric Decker 1.13.13 Travis – Eddie Lacy 1.14.14 Josh** – Marques…

Basketball

The Carmelo Anthony Power Forward Experiment

The leading scorer of the 2012-13 NBA season, Carmelo Anthony, put up an impressive 28.7 points per game on much improved shooting efficiency from his previous year, while also making a big jump in points scored per game. There were several possible reasons for Melo’s improved shooting efficiency and overall better performance, such as his matured post-up game, shot selection and his move to the power forward position, but what played the biggest part in his jump to the NBA’s top scorer?

Baseball

Kevin Pillar: Life Before the Bigs

In pronouncing Kevin Pillar’s name, put the emphasis on the second syllable. In emphasizing Pillar’s path to the Majors, pronounce the Blue Jays outfielder a scout-doubted, self-motivated steamroller. Jesse Goldberg-Strassler connects with the young man to discuss life, obstacles and the journey that has taken him through minor league baseball to the Bigs.

Football

Candid Camera: What we can learn from Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper used a very bad word and is very sorry someone caught him saying it on video. To be certain, that he got caught is the only reason the public knows he uses that word. How the public found out is bad for Riley Cooper. That he got caught is the only reason his teammates know he uses that word. How his teammates found out is worse for Riley Cooper. Josh Koebert sheds light on the incident.

Other Sports

Masters in Futility: Toronto FC

Toronto sports fans know as well as anybody that not every team can be a winner. Within that population, however, there’s a select few who root passionately for a team that hasn’t even flirted with the notion. MLS is now seven years into it’s Ontario expansion and has yet to see a meaningful campaign played out at BMO field. What are we to expect in the future?

Hockey

The Unheralded Career of Mike Knuble

He may not have been a household name, but Mike Knuble has been one of the top complementary players in the NHL for quite some time. Retirement is a likely possibility for him this year and while his eventual departure from the league won’t garner the same press others like Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson will, he was still able to forge a fantastic career as one of the NHL’s quietest warriors.