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Introducing The "College Game Goodness Index".

Derek Topper ◆ Septemebr 11, 2018

As I was watching Arizona State's upset of Michigan State over the weekend, I began to ponder if this was the best game of the season so far. Obviously, any game where a highly ranked team loses on a last second field goal is going to have been a pretty good game, but I was curious if this was better than some of the other games of the week. For instance, the Colorado-Nebraska and Clemson-Texas A&M Games were also very close and I wondered if there was a someone objective way to identify which game had the highest entertainment value. I couldn't find anything, so I made one...Continue Reading


How Bad (Or Good) Really Are Thursday Night NFL Games?

Joshua Asuncion ◆ June 1, 2018


“Thursday night football should be illegal.” Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin made this comment after a 22-16 Seahawks victory over the Cardinals on a Thursday night last November. He, along with several other of the players, thought it was wrong for the NFL to ask players to participate in Thursday night games. This game in particular was noteworthy as eight players were injured during the game, most notably All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman who suffered a season-ending injury. ...Continue Reading

Trench Warfare: Accuracy of NFL Draft Trends

Jack Melin ◆ May 14, 2018


The relative values of different positions in the NFL can be thought of just like normal commodity values: they are products of both their scarcity and their intrinsic value to teams. As an example, in today’s NFL, runningbacks are neither particularly scarce nor do the majority of them provide significant strategic value above replacement--consequently, the position is considered one of the least valuable in the league. By contrast, quarterbacks are quite scarce (there are, perhaps, fewer truly NFL-capable quarterbacks on earth than NFL teams) and bar-none the most important player on the team. Because of this, their positional value is ridiculously high, a fact most evidently reflected in the size of their contracts: in 2017, the highest-paid runningback in the NFL (Le’veon Bell) earned less than Mike Glennon, the 21st-highest paid quarterback. Bell is one of the most uniquely talented players in the NFL. Mike Glennon isn’t even a starter for his team. ...Continue Reading

Rising Popularity of Domestic Soccer

Vincil Crenshaw ◆ March 3, 2018


A sport once regarded as “the sport that the rest of the world plays,” soccer has gained an immense amount of traction in the United States over the past few decades. 3.2 billion people: the number of people that tuned in to watch the 2014 Men’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Over 105 million of those viewers were in the United States. The population of the United States is slowly catching on to enjoying the world’s most popular sport. But how is our domestic league doing?

Conceived in 1996, Major League Soccer received a lot of hype following the 1994 World Cup, which was held by the United States. However, after only five years of operation, the United States domestic soccer league was face-down in the gutters. Owners were forced to file for bankruptcy, and frankly, people could’ve cared less. This was a league that was trying to take on the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL all at once, after all. Who had time for the MLS? The pivotal turning point came with the LA Galaxy’s acquisition of English superstar David Beckham...Continue Reading

What Changed in Chelsea?

Jay Kakkar ◆ January 30, 2018


Chelsea went on one of the best premier league runs ever, winning 30 of their possible 38 games in the 2016/17 Premier League season. However, Chelsea’s start to the season followed a completely different trend to the rest of their season; while the team won 3 out of their 3 games, the first was an unconvincing 2-1 win against West Ham (who finished the season with 45 from 114 available points), followed by a 1-2 win against Watford (who finished 17th in the table), both games in which Costa had to score an 87+ minute goal to save the tie, and a routine 3-0 win over Burnley. The team seemed to be struggling, regardless of the immense talents of Hazard, Costa and their 35 million pound star signing N’Golo Kante at their disposal.

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To Start or Sit: Squad Rotation in Soccer

Isaac Schmidt ◆ October 20, 2017

On June 1, 2013, Bayern Munich lifted the DFB-Pokal trophy, after beating VfB Stuttgart 3-2 in the final. This was the third major trophy Bayern won that year. One week earlier, Bayern had beat fellow Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to win the UEFA Champions League. More than six weeks earlier, they clinched the Bundesliga title, constituting a treble season. Bayern’s navigated through a congested fixture list over the season to successfully clinch three titles. However, playing deep into multiple competitions often leads to struggling performances for many teams. Multiple games a week means players must be rested and starting the same team every game in every competition would be impossible, which is why squad rotation is necessary. The extent to which a team should rotate their players has always been a contentious topic amongst fans. Sitting a team’s best player on the bench can lead to harsh criticism, as shown when Arsenal recently lost 4-0 to Liverpool after sitting out star player Alexis Sánchez...Continue Reading

Never Much Love When We Go OT?

Eric Herrmann ◆ March 26, 2017

The Winners and Losers of 3-on-3 Overtime’s Sophomore Season

This current NHL season has marked just the second year of the league’s drastic new approach to reducing the number of games decided by shootouts. Since the start of the 2015 season, when a game goes to overtime in the NHL, the total number of skaters on the ice is cut down by four and the two teams play five minutes of 3-on-3 sudden death.

The aim of the rule change was to cut down on boring, unfair and unpopular shootouts and increase the amount of overtime scoring to make that part of the game more fast paced and exciting. Halfway through the second season of its implementation, the question remains, has it achieved these aims or not?

The answer? Pretty much a resounding...Continue Reading

The Rise Of The Six

Kairav Sheth ◆ March 18, 2017

Something happened last May that would’ve put the writers of Moneyball to shame. The Cleveland Cavaliers overturning a 3-1 deficit in the NBA finals seemed extremely insignificant to what had been achieved by a few soccer players across the Atlantic. Claudio “The Tinkerman” Ranieri did something everyone thought impossible. He led Leicester City to the league title against all odds; suddenly, a team that had fought a serious relegation battle a season ago, was lifting the coveted trophy. Where the hotshots of the league like Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero flopped, lesser known names like Jamie Vardy, Riyadh Mahrez and N'Golo Kanté rose to occasion... Continue Reading