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  1. MLB Playoff Hate Primer: The Best Player to Despise on Each Team

    Shane Ryan

    The playoffs are a time for triumph and joy, and in a month our lasting image for the season will be some team celebrating a World Series win with champagne and goggles. But it would be wrong to ignore the flip side of that coin. Wayyyy more teams wi...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  2. Game 163: Five Takeaways From Rays-Rangers

    Shane Ryan

    In a reversal of past failure, the Rays finally took down the team that has absolutely dominated them in the postseason (read: beat them two years in a row in 2010 and 2011 by narrow margins) to advance to the wild-card round. They weren't fazed by t...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  3. 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
  4. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Fear and Loathing in Fenway

    Shane Ryan

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. How is it mid-September? Did we even have August this year? Are the playoffs really sneaking up on us? This is getting serious, gang. Each team has about 15 games left to win, lose, bargain, plead, suffer, and despair. There are onl...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  5. Simple Math: Why the Indians Will (Kinda) Make the Playoffs

    Shane Ryan

    The Cleveland Indians, who haven't made the playoffs since 2007, just finished a fairly brutal stretch of baseball. Starting on August 27, they endured 15 games in 16 days against some of the best teams in the game. That list included the Atlanta Bra...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  6. Exclusive: A-Rod's E-mails to Yankees President Randy Levine

    Shane Ryan

    As the Yankees make a late playoff push and Alex Rodriguez plays under the black cloud of a potential 211-game suspension, Grantland has unearthed a selection of e-mails sent by Rodriguez to Yankees president Randy Levine that shed light on the star'...

    Blog | August 26, 2013
  7. The MLB Weekend Top 10: Lee-Harvey, But No Oswald

    Shane Ryan

    10. The 2013 "Oh Wait, They're Good?" Team (ARI-SFG) Every year, it feels like there's one division-leading team that slips under the radar. This is often because the division itself is terrible, the team hasn't had much playoff success in the pas...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  8. 50 Rejected Names for the College Football Playoff

    Shane Ryan

    The news came out Tuesday that college football's new four-team playoff system will be called "College Football Playoff." It's a safe choice for the BCS, which decided to play it simple. But the decision came at the end of a lengthy debate, and this ...

    Blog | April 25, 2013
  9. The Hardcourt Shuffle: College Basketball Gets Even More Confusin...

    Shane Ryan

    The Big Ten Road Trip, with all its local comforts, is over, and now it's time to plunge back into the chaos of the national scene. A huge part of college basketball analysis is projecting what will happen in the postseason. It makes sense, because t...

    Blog | February 18, 2013
  10. About Last Night: They Might Be Giants

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. Matt Cain pitched 5.2 scoreless innings and the Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, routing the Cardinals 9-0 to reach...

    Blog | October 23, 2012
  11. About Last Weekend: Giants Give Cards the Bird

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports over the weekend. Ryan Vogelsong struck out a career-high nine batters through seven dominant innings as the Giants beat the Cardinals 6-1 to force a deciding Game 7...

    Blog | October 22, 2012
  12. About Last Night: America Mourns Yankees Loss

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Thursday. The New York Yankees are out. CC Sabathia struggled and the offense remained dormant as the historic franchise lost 8-1 and were swept out of the ALCS. ...

    Blog | October 19, 2012
  13. About Last Night: My Boss Is a St. Louis Carpenter

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Wednesday. Matt Carpenter, subbing for an injured Carlos Beltran, hit a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 3-1 win over the Giants and a 2-1 lead in the NLC...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  14. About Last Night: You Got Verlandered

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday. Justin Verlander pitched 8.1 strong innings, allowing just one run and three hits, as the Tigers beat the Yankees 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the ALCS. "Ou...

    Blog | October 17, 2012
  15. About Last Weekend: Down Goes the Captain

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports over the weekend. The Detroit Tigers took a 2-0 lead on the Yankees in the ALCS with a 3-0 win on Sunday after Derek Jeter suffered a season-ending ankle fracture du...

    Blog | October 15, 2012
  16. Can Desperation Save the Dying Yankees?

    Shane Ryan

    Let's start with some questions: Is it just bad luck that so many god-awful playoff performers found themselves playing for the New York Yankees? Does a lack of clutch hitting have something to do with attitude? Is it contagious? Is it Joe Girardi's ...

    Blog | October 12, 2012