Oklahoma's Kicker Was The Most Disastrous College Player This Week

Down 31-24 early in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight threw a touchdown pass that brought the Sooners one point within Kansas State. But kicker Micheal Hunnicutt's extra point was blocked. The Sooners later failed to take the lead when Hunnicutt missed a 19-yard field goal with about four… » 10/20/14 4:37pm Yesterday 4:37pm

Chart: Relief Pitchers Earning The Most Postseason Decisions In 50 Years

This chart from yesterday by High Heat Stats MLB shows decisions are being earned by relievers in these playoffs at the highest rate since 1964. Since the playoff sample pool has grown over time (championship series started in 1969, division series started in 1995, and wild card started in 2012), this sort of outlier… » 10/16/14 11:37am Thursday 11:37am

Chart: MLB Strike Zone Keeps Expanding

This chart from Jon Roegele of The Hardball Times shows the MLB strike zone for right-handed hitters has expanded 46 square inches since 2009. And this season had the largest single-year increase of the PITCHf/x era as the zone grew 16 square inches expanding from 459 square inches to 475. » 10/13/14 12:58pm 10/13/14 12:58pm

Mike Nugent's Missed Field Goal Was The Costliest Play Of Week 6

On the last play of a tied overtime game Mike Nugent missed a chip-shot field goal, which would have won the game for the Bengals. The miss led to the first tie in the NFL this season and was the most detrimental play of the week. According to data from Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics, the missed field… » 10/13/14 11:58am 10/13/14 11:58am

Chart: Where Pro Athletes Are Born In America

Ben Blatt put together this chart for Slate that shows where current pro athletes were born in America. NHL players tend to come from the Northeast and NFL players are concentrated in the South; New York produces a higher proportion of NBA than NFL players, and California is a hotbed for baseball talent. » 10/10/14 3:25pm 10/10/14 3:25pm

It's Almost Been 25 Years Since Browns Beat Steelers As Favorites

The Browns are favorites against the Steelers Sunday, which is only the second time Cleveland has been favorited in the 26 contests between the two teams since divisional realignment in 2002. If the Browns win, it'll be the first time in 42 games that the Browns were both the favorites and won the game. According to… » 10/10/14 12:56pm 10/10/14 12:56pm

Changing Conferences Doesn't Affect College Football Success

Whenever teams join a new conference, commentators debate whether their "styles of play" can succeed in their new conference. This has become a clichéd debate this past decade as a plethora of universities have ditched their old ties to pursue new conferences, in search of as much television revenue as possible. Even… » 10/09/14 2:34pm 10/09/14 2:34pm

Matt Forte's Fumble Was The Most Damaging Play Of Week 5

With under fives minutes to play in a tie game, Chicago possessed the ball with an opportunity to control the clock and take the lead. But Matt Forte fumbled in what was the most detrimental play of the week. According to data from Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics the fumble lowered the Bears' Win… » 10/06/14 1:23pm 10/06/14 1:23pm

Chart: Which NCAA Football Teams Outplay Their Recruit Rankings?

When college football teams fail to meet expectations, fans tend to turn to an old stand-by: Our coach is an all right recruiter, but he just can't coach. This is the narrative behind, for example, Will Muschamp's downturn at Florida. On the other hand, coaches who significantly exceed expectations are perceived… » 10/03/14 12:41pm 10/03/14 12:41pm