I recently spent three days in Phoenix, Arizona attending baseball meetings, panels, and competitions at the SABR Analytics Conference. SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) uses a lot of new metrics to help solve debates on today’s game. More »
In 1966, Baltimore Orioles star Frank Robinson led the American League in batting average, home runs, and RBIs, capturing the 14th Triple Crown in major league history. The following season, Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox won the 15th. No one would have believed it at the time, but it would be 45 years until another member joined the club, when Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera accomplished the feat in 2012.
Miggy hit .330 to edge out the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout for the AL batting title; he drove in 139 runs, 11 more than perennial All-Star Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers; and he smacked 44 home runs, one ahead of New York Yankee Curtis Granderson. By topping all three categories, Cabrera put himself into an elite class. All but one of the previous 13 players to win the Triple Crown are in the Hall of Fame. More »
Anyone here interested in the NBA Playoffs? You know, not much to get excited about. Just TWO MONTHS OF THE BEST BASKETBALL IN THE WORLD!
But if you're not excited yet, maybe this will help. It's the new commercials you'll be seeing for this year's playoffs...
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By Michael Rosenberg, SI.com
ATLANTA -- By the end of the night, I expected Kevin Ware to jump, Trey Burke to fly to South America, Peyton Siva to meet him there, and Spike Albrecht to solve the crisis in North Korea. I bet Mike Rice didn't even throw a basketball at his TV.
This game was so great, I don't even need to tell you it was great. If you saw it, you know. Louisville was a little bit better than Michigan, and at least in this national title game, both teams looked a little bit better than anybody else in the country. The Cardinals' 82-76 championship-game win was not just exhilarating. It was cathartic. More »
By Seth Davis, SI.com
ATLANTA -- When the NCAA men's basketball committee released the tournament bracket three weeks ago, I predicted, as did many of my media brethren, that the Louisville Cardinals would win the national championship. As recently as last Friday, I argued that this Final Four should be called Louisville and the Three Teams That Aren't Louisville, and repeated my prediction -- nay, my assertion -- that the Cardinals would cut down the nets at the Georgia Dome. More »
Boris Diaw, the San Antonio Spurs forward and former member of the fun and gun Phoenix Suns, has an artistic streak. He's put it to stop motion animation with a Lego rendition of the Harlem Shake meme. This should be the last and final Harlem Shake video--it's a good way for the meme to end. Agreed?More »