In ESPN The Magazine, Peter Keating profiles Eric Van, the former sabermetrician for the Boston Red Sox, and other mathematical minds like him. Although MLB is more inclined toward numbers, the anti-geek culture hasn't changed.
In ESPN The Magazine, Peter Keating uses statistical analysis to determine the most dominant athletes and teams in each sport over the past 15 years, then compared the winners across sports to name the single best performer in the Mag's lifespan.
Eric Gomez writes that considering Mexico's strong under-20 squad, the team's history of success and the absence of traditional powerhouses competing at the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey, El Tri is poised to win another major tournament.
Most NBA teams don't exactly pore over stats. But in ESPN The Magazine's Analytics issue, Jordan Brenner writes that the Portland Trail Blazers have gone all-in with advanced metrics to rebuild their franchise.
Potent passing attacks may be more prevalent in today's game, but the nation's top teams can still run the ball effectively. KC Joyner ranks college football's top 10 running games, beginning with the USC Trojans.
Andrew Luck was a franchise-defining pick for the Indianapolis Colts, but TE Coby Fleener could be even more important. Adam Gabriel explains the titanic value of capable TEs and how they are leading to a golden age for QBs.