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  1. PitchCraft: The 2014 Year-End GIF Awards

    Shane Ryan

    Loyal PitchCraft fans may remember the Midseason Awards, when along with doling out prizes for the top pitches, we had some fun with the weirdest pitches of the year - slowest, most comical, most arcane. LISTEN UP: THE FUN IS OVER. Today is...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  2. PitchCraft: Chris Sale, the South-Side Scarecrow

    Shane Ryan

    MLB 2014 scenario: A top young pitcher suffers an early injury, hits the DL, returns in May, totally dominates, and quickly puts himself back in the Cy Young race. If you asked 100 baseball fans to name the mystery player, 98 of them would say Cla...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  3. The Uncensored 2014 Masters Power Rankings

    Shane Ryan

    It's April, which means that for the first time since last August, the Average American Sports Fan is ready to pay attention to golf. Well you know what, dudes? I've been here for months already, traveling up and down the West Coast (awesom...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  4. Is Virginia the Least-Respected Great Team in College Hoops Histo...

    Shane Ryan

    Let's start here: In this year's ESPN Bracket Challenge, 3.8 percent of all fans picked Virginia, the ACC tournament and regular-season champion (and no. 1 seed in the East Region), to win the national championship. That was almost&nbs...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  5. An Idiot's Guide to the Tiger WoodsBrandel Chamblee 'Feud'

    Shane Ryan

    Hey there, casual golf fans! Have you seen strange references to Tiger Woods and someone called Brandel Chamblee as you've browsed ESPN over the last two weeks? Are you kind of curious as to what it's all about, but would rather not chase a series of...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  6. Spoiler Alert! Eight MLB Teams With Dream-Crushing Potential

    Shane Ryan

    It must be nice to make the playoffs. As a long-suffering Yankee fan, I probably won't get to experience that joy this season, and it's been a long time — almost a full year — since we've even sniffed the postseason. With six games left o...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  7. Putting for Dough: Analyzing the $10 Million FedEx Cup Finale

    Shane Ryan

    If you're a golf tournament, and your name isn't the MastersBritishOpenU.S.OpenPGAChampionshipRyderCup ... well, you have a prestige problem. And by prestige problem, I mean that the average sports fan probably doesn't care about you. This is the ...

    Blog | September 19, 2013
  8. Chris Horner, the Unlikely American Cycling Hero

    Shane Ryan

    On Sunday, 41-year-old cyclist Chris Horner became the first American to win La Vuelta a Espana and the oldest man to ever win a Grand Tour. But with apologies to the real cycling fans of the Internet, I'm going to make five assumptions about you,...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  9. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Last Chance in Believeland

    Shane Ryan

    The main message I want to convey up top is that if you're a real baseball fan, you won't watch any college football this weekend. Anyone who watches even a minute of college football on Saturday is a traitor to baseball and shouldn't be allowed to w...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  10. The College Basketball Offseason: Everything You Missed, and More...

    Shane Ryan

    You can't go very far these days without hearing a sports fan say, "I can't wait until college basketball starts." I'm not sure why they keep mispronouncing it as "football" — it must be a joke I missed, or a meme, or something — but the ...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  11. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Showdown in Atlanta

    Shane Ryan

    It's been proven time and again by science that a baseball fan should follow no more and no fewer than 10 story lines per weekend for the maximum viewing experience. Any more and you risk obsession, any fewer and you risk spiritual anarchy. For your ...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  12. Screws, Forks, and the Eephus: A Tribute to MLB's Freak Pitches

    Shane Ryan

    Which position in sports produces (attracts?) the most neurotic personalities? Ask that question to 100 knowledgeable sports fans, and you'll probably get three answers: soccer keeper, hockey goalie, baseball pitcher. The common thread? They all h...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  13. Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas: A Postmortem

    Shane Ryan

    At the end of Andrew Wiggins's signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon, a good chunk of the college basketball world felt deprived. Fans of Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina were chief among them, their hopes dashed when the no. 1 recruit chose ...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  14. Of Winners and Whiners: Tiger Dismantles Sergio

    Shane Ryan

    It's rare in golf to see a gallery cheer for a bad shot, but it happens. The patrons of the game love to brag about the sport's unique decorum, but there are times when rooting interest takes over and fans can't help themselves. So it wasn't a huge s...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  15. The Baseball Blackout in North Carolina Continues

    Shane Ryan

    On Friday, April 12, the Yankees beat the Orioles, 5-2. New York and Baltimore play each other 19 times this year, and that was the first matchup of the season. In what has become a frustrating annual tradition, it was also my first experience in 201...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  16. The Hardcourt Shuffle: This Weekend's Top 10 College Basketball G...

    Shane Ryan

    I'm having a hard time believing it's already February, gang. I know it's a bad weekend to complain, since the football fans of the world are just hours from hearing the last Super Bowl whistle and confronting the awful offseason, but I can feel Marc...

    Blog | February 01, 2013