Baseball

All it took was a bit of Magic

Magic Johnson is the face of a group that have won the bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers. A mere $2 billion later and the team is theirs. Despite the fact that the team won’t make money for years, having a strong – and committed – ownership will benefit the on-field product, and having an experienced owner like Johnson certainly helps.

Football

Why a 64-team NCAA football tournament just might eventually work

March Madness is one of the premier sporting events of the year – for any sport. 68 teams enter, one leaves victorious. College football has considered a similarly-structured tournament to replace the flawed BCS system, but could a national football tournament even work?

Football

Riding the quarterback carosel

We’re barely into the NFL offseason, and already there’s been a flurry of activity, specifically at the quarterback position. Almost a quarter of the league’s teams have replaced their field leaders, leaving us with nothing but questions regarding the upcoming 2012 NFL season. The subplots will keep us entertained all summer long.

Baseball

Chronicling the future success of the New York Yankees

The New York Yankees spent the offseason following the 2011 season in the shadows – rare territory for baseball’s biggest spender. The team is getting older, and a shift in culture toward dominating on the mound instead of counting on the long ball is slowly taking over.

Football

The curious case of Brandon Lloyd

The 31-year-old Brandon Lloyd is looking to turn around what has been a respectable career for a wide receiver, yet he hasn’t ever played for a team that has had any degree of success. Now, as a member of the New England Patriots, can Lloyd finally get a sniff of what it’s like to play for a winner?

Hockey

Cliff Fletcher and his Janitorial Failure

During the Toronto Maple Leafs’ extended stint outside the playoffs, they made a change at General Manager. After John Ferguson Jr. but before Brian Burke, Cliff Fletcher was brought in to clean up the mess. Instead, the interim GM arguably took a bad situation and made it worse, and the Leafs have been stuck in a vicious cycle of failure ever since.

Hockey

The remarkable return of the Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators are doing better than anyone thought they’d be. With four key players performing up to their standards, this year’s group is playing its way into the playoffs and may give some contenders a run for their money. Matt Horner breaks down how it all happened.

Baseball

The Former Franchise: Matt LaPorta

The reasons why a top prospect fizzles out can be mystifying and maddening. In the case of Matt LaPorta, the seventh-overall pick of the Brewers in 2007, the upside was a world of potential. The reality was a flame-out who has struggled to keep a steady job with the Cleveland Indians. Why did this happen to the once highly-touted star?

Hockey

99 Facts About 100-Point Scorers: Part 1 – Firsts

The 100-point plateau in a single NHL season is not a feat to be taken lightly. In the history of the game, only a select handful of the league’s elite have reached the mark. In the first of a three-part series, Tim Kolupanowich breaks down the “firsts” in the history of the remarkable achievement – as well as some who fell just short.

Basketball

Linsanity vs Carmadness

A few months ago the world was overrun with a case of Linsanity. The story since has come back down to earth, prompted by the unceremonious return of Carmelo Anthony. By comparing the Knicks to the NHL’s Maple Leafs, Mark Milner questions who truly runs the show: the players or the coaches.