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Ten things: A football nerd’s guide to the 2020 New York Giants

Prior to the start of the season, Sheil Kapadia will provide in-depth analytical breakdowns for all 32 NFL teams. You can find the teams he’s already covered here. The New York Giants are one of four teams that will go into this season with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator and a new […]

Mookie Betts agrees to 12-year, $365 million extension with Dodgers

Star outfielder Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a 12-year, $365 million extension that keeps the former American League MVP from reaching free agency this winter, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Combined with the one-year, $27 million contract he’s currently playing out, Betts’ total comes to 13 years and $392 million. The deal tops the […]

Washington’s most important players: No. 7 Richard Newton

Richard Newton lined up in the wildcat formation. Everybody in the stadium knew he was about to touch the ball for the first time in a college football game. What the 65,709 at Husky Stadium that September afternoon probably didn’t know is that Newton would take the snap, fake a handoff to another running back, […]

Padres to open season with catcher split

SAN DIEGO — It’s been two years since the Padres landed Francisco Mejía in a midseason trade with Cleveland, sparking the most hotly debated positional battle on the team’s roster. Evidently that competition — between the bat-first Mejía and the glove-first Austin Hedges — has yet to be settled. The Padres expect to enter the season with Mejía and […]

Ranking the Top 100 MLB Players at the Start of 2020 Regular Season

It may be happening four months later than expected, but Major League Baseball’s 2020 season is finally set to open this week. We can think of no better way to mark the occasion than by ranking the 100 best players in the game. Though this was inherently a subjective exercise, we did abide by the […]

NFL Draft Summer Scouting: Ja’Marr Chase and the WRs may be even better in 2021

The crop of wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft was labeled as historic and it lived up to those expectations with a record 13 of them drafted in the first two rounds. And yet, the wide receivers in the Class of 2021 might be even better. Time will tell how the numbers match up, […]

Why the NFL Needs to Redo Franchise Tags to Include EDGE Performers

The NFL could cost two franchise-designated performers millions of dollars based on nothing but an outdated argument over semantics. As such, the league needs to immediately change its current procedural setup to better reflect today’s game, those producing at a high level and the implementation of the franchise tag.  This past week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Shaquil Barrett and Pittsburgh […]

Best routes for rookie NFL wide receivers: Why CeeDee Lamb’s out, Brandon Aiyuk’s screen are unstoppable

The success of a rookie NFL receiver is predicated on not only his overall skill, but also what in particular he brings to his specific offense. So what will the heralded wide receiver group of the 2020 NFL draft bring? We looked at the 16 wideouts who were drafted in the first three rounds in April, identifying their best, […]

So long, goal-line fade: Why one of the NFL’s least efficient passing plays is disappearing

Calvin Johnson is appalled when he hears how rarely quarterbacks succeeded last season in throwing the goal-line fade, a pass he loved to catch during his playing days. Over the course of nine seasons with the Detroit Lions, the wideout mastered the art of hauling in lofty tosses to the back pylon, limbs outstretched as he leapt […]

These guys have never been to ASG? No way

If this were a normal season, we’d be at the point on the baseball calendar when players would be making their final push for an All-Star Game nod. Unfortunately, it was announced on Friday that the 2020 All-Star Game is officially canceled, and many players won’t get the opportunity to make their first Midsummer Classic appearance […]

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