Football

Breaking down the NFL’s All-22 footage

The NFL recently announced that it will make available its “All-22” footage, which captures each of the 22 players on the field during a given play. For a subscription fee, fans will be able to review each and every play, giving them access to a new side of football never before open to the public.

Baseball

Making it count: Re-inventing the MLB All-Star Game

Many think of the MLB All-Star Game as the premier showcase of top-level talent among the major sports. However, it’s not without its flaws. From a lack of variety in skills competitions to the often uninspiring finish to the game itself, baseball could do a world of good to make the entire break more exciting for fans – and it wouldn’t even require too many changes.

Hockey

JVR-Schenn trade evidence of heightened expectations

The one-for-one trade that saw the Maple Leafs ship Luke Schenn to the Flyers for James van Riemsdyk was symbolic of a couple of franchises who had given up on young prospects. The problem is that this may become typical for teams – and fans – to do so, when a little more patience may be more beneficial than the change of scenery.

Football

Creating the case for Cam and the call

Cam Newton put together one of the finest college football seasons in 2010 with Auburn, winning the SEC Championship, Heisman Trophy and several other awards as well. However, his college career was marred by controversy. When his time comes, will he be worthy enough to join the elite in the College Football Hall of Fame?

Football

Killing the BCS is a good start for college football

The commissioners of the various NCAA football conferences took the first step toward a complete overhaul of the BCS system last week, debating the merits of a four-team playoff to determine the yearly champion. It’s far from a done deal, but definitely something that many fans of college football are looking forward to.

Reviews

Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World (2008)

“Rome 1960” by David Maraniss tells the story of the 1960 Summer Games and how they affected the world landscape in the middle of the Cold War. Relations between the United States and Soviet Union were fragile, and the decathalon became a turning point in the Games, when athletes from the U.S., Taiwan and the USSR all shared the same podium.

Hockey

The draft day deal explained

Before many NHL Entry Drafts, teams trade draft picks they’ve stockpiled either for higher, but fewer picks or to increase the number of picks they’ll have later on. For the most part, trading draft picks alone has no significant advantage. Matt Horner explains the numbers.

Baseball

Pittsburgh Pirates: Battling mediocrity for 20 years

If the Pittsburgh Pirates’ streak of losing seasons was a person, he (or she, but let’s just stick with he) would be a sophomore at college. There would be weekend classes, experimentation with new drugs and new people, and campus parties that I’m probably not invited too. This particular college student, although proud of his […]

Hockey

Preparing the way for a gay athlete in the NHL

Homosexuality and hockey don’t mix. At least that’s what’s been preached for decades. Now, there seems to be a culture shift happening, but is the world ready for an openly gay athlete at the NHL level. Some believe such a player will be too much of a distraction, which is why we haven’t seen one yet. Others, like Tim Kolupanowich, welcome the idea of moving forward.

Football

The Temple Owls’ odyssey

From 1991 to 2009, the Temple Owls struggled to win. After being ousted from the Big East in 2004, they went winless as an independent, and have slowly improved since then. Next year, they’ll rejoin the Big East thanks to extreme perseverence, they’ve bounced back. Theirs is a story that could motivate even the lowest of the low.