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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.Continue Reading
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
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