Topic: The Discourse

September 9, 2013

While there's still time left in the season, and before the discourse gets too loud, why not escape into the consequence-free embrace of minor league baseball?

June 3, 2013

Roy Hibbert said a very wrong, dumb thing when he popped off with a "no homo" during a press conference after Indiana's Game Six win. Wrong as that was to say, he also said it in the wrong place.

May 14, 2013

David Eckstein has been retired for years, and wasn't all that remarkable during his playing days. So why does he still stand for so much to both sides in baseball's long-running argument about numbers, heart and the relationship between the two?

April 8, 2013

Michael Brendan Dougherty has written about politics for a long time. Long enough that he's now decided he'd rather get up at 4am every day to write about baseball.

February 6, 2013

NMA's relentlessly weird and stupendously timely animations give an extra two dimensions to Twitter's non-stop goof session on sports. It can be funny, but it's not necessarily pretty.

November 1, 2012

ESPN's QBR may or may not take off as the next great advanced football metric. But the stat-heads who helped design the proprietary stat were very willing to explain its most controversial aspect, the much-debated (and confusingly named) "Clutch Index."

October 22, 2012

When it was launched late in 2011, ESPN's proprietary QBR passer rating was heralded as the rating that quantified the most complicated position in sports. Nothing could quite be or do that, but QBR has done a pretty solid job. So why has it more or less disappeared from ESPN and from the NFL discourse?

December 29, 2011

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the members of its 2012 class on January 9. If all goes according to plan, one or a few inductees will get phone calls from some suit in Cooperstown and they will cry. Then word will be leaked our way. We will sing the praises of the chosen, pour one out for Edgar Martínez, and begin anew the cycle of arguing about what greatness is, how you measure it, and how you deal with the fact that sometimes greatness is built on a foundation of bullshit.