Football

From Me to You: RGIII

The Washington Redskins selected Robert Griffin III with the second-overall pick in last week’s NFL Draft. Leading up to the selection, many players write letters to potential teams to highlight their qualities and make them more attractive to those GMs. Charles Blouin-Gascon steps into RGIII’s shoes to write one of his own.

Basketball

NBA Playoff Preview: Round 1

The short NBA season came and went with much fanfare, and now things are officially back to normal as four solid rounds of playoff action begins. Mark Milner is joined by TheGP basketball contributor Travis Nicholson and Editor-in-Chief of TDotLive.com Dwayne Wynter to break down all the first-round action,

Football

Arkansas’ transition shows winning isn’t everything

When the Arkansas Razorbacks fired Bobby Petrino and hired John L. Smith to replace him, they effectively received a downgrade as far as a winning history is concerned. So why did they do it? Well, it turns out that Petrino didn’t exactly have the kind of image that Arkansas wanted on display. Andrew Bucholtz elaborates.

Baseball

The real reason behind the Boston malaise

The city of Boston has enjoyed a few championships lately, yet the fans are hissing in record numbers at the start the Red Sox have got off too. Is this justified, or should the naysayers in Beantown remember what the 84 years prior to 2004 felt like? Despite a pair of championships, the Red Sox have very little to offer in this “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately?” world.

Hockey

War Horse at Madison Square Garden

Despite missing out on a wealth of talent in multiple drafts, the New York Rangers made amends when they inked Girardi in the summer of 2005 as an undrafted free agent. Girardi has become a premier defenseman who, while not a goal-scorer, is a true shutdown blueliner capable of coming up big for his team when he’s needed. Ryan Fulford makes his TheGP debut to explain the legend of Girardi.

Hockey

The disappearing act of the NHL goon

The role of the goon in the NHL is widely accepted – at least in the regular season. Once the playoffs begin, goonery for the sake of goonery all-but-disappears as skill and talent takes over, while the one-dimensional tough guy watches from the press box. Tim Kolupanowich examines why.

Basketball

Boy Meets World: Why everything you think you know about Josh Smith is wrong

Lost somewhere in the accusations of Josh Smith’s inability to co-exist with a coach, stop shooting three pointers or provide any sort of valuable on-court contribution to a legitimate contender is the fact that he’s been the best player on one of the most surprising teams of the past half-decade. And he’s actually a really cool guy. Maybe give him a chance?

Baseball

How the Kansas City Royals are building a playoff contender

The Kansas City Royals haven’t exactly set the baseball world on fire in recent years, but they’ve slowly been building a core of young, talented players that may lift the team from the depths of the AL Central to a playoff contender. Harlan Ambrose looks at the team, position by position.

Hockey

Couturier showing glimpses of exceptionally bright future

Many of this year’s rookie class are out on the golf courses right now, not having contributed much to lackluster teams. However, Philadelphia’s astonishing first-year forward Sean Couturier is proving to be more than a capable NHL player at just 19 years old. He may not win the Calder Trophy, but this kid is well on his way to collecting some serious hardware.

Basketball

The Tank that Lost the Battle

The Toronto Raptors haven’t exactly put together a 2011-12 campaign for the ages, but that doesn’t mean it was all a wash. As the regular season draws to a close fans are left scratching their heads when the club competes for critical wins down the stretch. Any victories, of course, only reduce the franchise’s NBA Draft odds. Are late season wins harmful for lottery-bound teams? Spoiler alert: no.