Ranking the the best starting pitcher rotations for 2018.

Gerrit Cole joined the Astros over the weekend, and it prompted the better part of the baseball world to boldly proclaim that the world champs — as if not stacked enough — are now in possession of the best rotation in baseball. Ah, but dear reader, you and I are calm, rational, open-minded adults, right? […]

Miami Heat build contender without a superstar.

TORONTO — Erik Spoelstra has reached the NBA Finals four times as head coach of the Miami Heat and won two championships, but he had never spoken as emotionally about any of those teams as he did at the end of last season, when the Heat were eliminated from the playoffs on the final night […]

Ranking the best possible Super Bowl matchups.

Now that the wild card round is out of the way, the chase for the Super Bowl is down to eight teams.  The NFC has a former Super Bowl champion quarterback and another who was there less than a year ago, while the AFC has two quarterbacks who have combined for 10 Super Bowl appearances […]

Breaking down possible Yu Darvish destinations.

By Cliff Corcoran The dam holding back the flow of free-agent signings this winter isn’t quite ready to break just yet, but, with pitchers and catchers due to report one month from Saturday, it is starting to leak. On Wednesday, outfielder Jay Bruce agreed to the third-largest contract of this offseason, a $39 million, three-year […]

Confidence picks for the NFL’s divisional playoffs.

At the beginning of this season, we launched our Sports on Earth Confidence Pool, which allows you to compete against me (and Vegas and FiveThirtyEight, ESPN’s smart analytics site). The winner of the pool gets to assign me to write about whatever they would like for my weekly newsletter. And we are down to the […]

Miami Heat surging behind Erik Spoelstra.

Sometimes great stories in sports, and greatness, are right in front of us, hiding in plain sight. It is that way right now with the Miami Heat, a really great story in the NBA, and Erik Spoelstra, who is a great coach. “Hall of Fame coach in my opinion,” Jeff Van Gundy says, but more […]

A bigger Hall of Fame is better for baseball.

By Manny Randhawa The debate over just how exclusive the National Baseball Hall of Fame should be is as old as the institution itself. Currently, 1.2 percent of all players in MLB history have been enshrined in Cooperstown. But given current trends, that percentage could very well increase. In a new era of player evaluation, […]

Ranking college football’s most tortured fan bases.

ATHENS, Ga. — This town is still standing, jaw agape, flabbergasted by what happened in Atlanta in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday. As I told Georgia fans in my postgame column, it’s all going to be OK. But it is certainly not OK right now. There is no more torturous way to […]

MLB teams with plans for internal improvements.

Obviously, not much is happening in MLB’s Hot Stove season. But in some cases, not much needs to happen. There are times when the biggest improvements are internal ones, be it a key player returning to something more closely resembling his career norm after a down year or fewer guys winding up on the disabled […]