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  1. The Pitching Championship Belt, Part 2

    Bill Barnwell

    Click here for Part 1 and the methodology. We kick off the '90s with Clemens's best season as a Red Sox pitcher. After posting a 3.13 ERA and failing to make the All-Star team in 1989, Clemens bounced back in a big way, going 21-6 with a...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  2. The Pitching Championship Belt, Part 1

    Bill Barnwell

    So, last month, I'm reading The 30 by Jonah Keri, just as I do every Monday afternoon during baseball season. As he got toward the end of this installment, Keri started wondering aloud whether Felix Hernandez was the best pitcher in baseball, gi...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  3. A Primer on Match Fixing in the Wake of the Cameroon World Cup Al...

    Bill Barnwell

    Late Monday night, FIFA's worst nightmare began to break. The Cameroon Football Federation sent out an urgent press release announcing that they were investigating claims that several of Cameroon's recent matches were fixed, most notably th...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  4. The Historically Dominant Oakland A's

    Bill Barnwell

    At 48-30, the Oakland A's have the best record in baseball. Most power rankings I've found have them as the best team in baseball, but that's only recently become the case; ESPN moved them up this past week, while Jonah Keri bumped the...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  5. The End of Ghana’s Golden Generation

    Bill Barnwell

    As exhilarating as Monday's 2-1 World Cup victory was for United States supporters, it must have been equally as heartbreaking for Ghana supporters. Having clawed back to tie the match 1-1, and appearing to secure a minimum of a point after allo...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  6. World Cup Player Value

    Bill Barnwell

    You go to the World Cup to win the World Cup. And 32 teams have arrived in Brazil this week to do just that. (Yes, even the United States.) Obviously, only one team can win, and that team is probably Brazil. There's something else players get o...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  7. The Kids of the World Cup

    Bill Barnwell

    Here's a pretty small number for you: 736. Out of all of the professional soccer players on the planet, only 736 will compete for the World Cup in Brazil. You don't need me to tell you how talented these individuals are. What I can say a...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  8. Numbers Rarely Lie

    Bill Barnwell

    An essential part of preparing for the 2014 NFL season is looking back at what just happened. About all I remember at this point from 2013 is the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl and Ron Rivera acting out that fan fiction I wrote about the coach who a...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  9. Why Jose Fernandez Is a Model for Calling Up Young Pitchers

    Bill Barnwell

    If all goes as planned, Marlins starter Jose Fernandez will be undergoing Tommy John surgery on his torn UCL Friday morning. Fernandez's injury - likely suffered during the fifth inning of his final start - has left the baseball w...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  10. The NFL Draft and Michael Sam

    Bill Barnwell

    As the seventh and final round of the NFL draft rolled to a close on Saturday evening, two very important men were anxious for very different reasons. On one side, there was former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, surely coming to grips with the p...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  11. A First-Round Fiesta

    Bill Barnwell

    During a wildly entertaining first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, the big three quarterbacks came off the board in three unexpected directions. Curiously, the team that had its choice of passers seemed to make the worst decision of them al...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  12. Draft Day Burning Questions

    Bill Barnwell

    After months of empty nonsense, the NFL's 32 organizations will actually make 256 draft picks over the next three days, starting with the first 32 selections in prime time tonight. Everyone has been ready for this draft for weeks now, and yet th...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  13. The Perfect Draft

    Bill Barnwell

    The popular choice for the best draft class in league history is the 1974 Steelers. Pittsburgh chose four Hall of Famers with its first five selections that year despite picking 21st and lacking a third-rounder. That's a pretty good draft. Chase...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  14. The Domino Game

    Bill Barnwell

    Usually, the first overall pick in the NFL draft is one of the day's least interesting selections. By the time it's made, the identity of the pick is clear, either by consensus proclamation or by virtue of an already-announced agreement of...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  15. The NFL Draft: Which Team Has It Best?

    Bill Barnwell

    It's two weeks late, but the NFL draft is almost here. Delayed from its typical late-April slot because of a spring show booking up Radio City Music Hall (which itself was ultimately postponed), the draft that would typically be in the books by ...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  16. The Shot Doctor

    Bill Barnwell

    On Tuesday, Gregg Popovich was named NBA Coach of the Year, becoming just the third person in league history to receive the Red Auerbach Trophy three times. His team went a league-best 62-20, without a single player averaging 30 min...

    Blog | April 24, 2014