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Human Error

This weekend, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will begin in Canada, and the greatest women soccer players in the world will gather for the most important event in women’s soccer. Along the way, referees will make bad calls—and some will impact the outcomes of the game—and possibly even the Cup itself. Human error is part of the game—but, given…

Survival

This past Sunday, the NASCAR season concluded after its most complicated playoff system ever. Sixteen drivers entered the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Then, every three races, four drivers were eliminated until only the final four remained to battle for the title this past Sunday at Miami-Homestead Speedway. And, after 10 races totaling over 4,000 miles, when the dust…

Throwing a Perfect Game

Perfection. One luxury car manufacturer says that their mission is the pursuit of perfection—and that is likewise true of every Major League Baseball pitcher. The perfect game is the Holy Grail of pitching and has only been achieved 23 times in the entire history of the big leagues. That is 23 times in over 135 years and more than 300,000…

The Global Game

Yesterday, the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, the World Cup, came to a conclusion with the final match being played at the Estadio de Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. What began with 32 teams from across the globe was settled with Germany defeating Argentina for the Cup. The 2014 edition has been widely praised as one of the most exciting World…

Back In The Race

The last two years have been quite a struggle for players and fans of the Los Angeles Angels. With sometimes ineffective starting pitching, a shaky bullpen, and a string of ongoing injuries to key position players, the Halos were hurting—both physically and metaphorically. After 10 years of division titles and playoff appearances, the last few years of falling short were…

Staying on Track

This is Memorial Day weekend, and much of the nation’s sporting attention will focus on motorsports, with NASCAR’s big race in Charlotte always a highlight. However, even those who don’t follow auto racing will at least give some attention to the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500. One of motorsports’ most iconic events, the 500 is filled with tradition, excitement, and…

Falling Short

Last Friday night, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was, again, dominant as he faced the Boston Red Sox in Arlington, Texas. Darvish struck out 12 while walking only two, and went 8 2/3 innings in the 8-0 Ranger victory. Unfoirtunately for Darvish, it was with 2 outs in the night inning that he lost a no-hitter when David Oritz popped…

The Comeback Trail

2013 was not the best of times for NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin. His rough start littered with wrecked cars at Daytona Speedweeks took a dangerous turn for the worse at Fontana when, while dueling in the final laps with Joey Logano, Hamlin went head-first into the interior retaining wall and suffered fractured vertebrae. Though he would return later in the…

When We Don’t Measure Up

It happens every year in every sport. The process of player selection and evaluation is a painstaking one, where scouts scout, talent evaluators evaluate, coaches coach, and decisions are made. Sometimes those choices are made in the draft, where, in the NFL for instance, mountains of data are accumulated and analyzed, combined results are put through computerized projection models, and…

Knowing the Rules

Last week was not exactly the finest hour for several umpires in Major League Baseball. One game’s outcome was wrongly determined because a home run was ruled to not be a home run—even after it was checked on video replay. Even worse, later in the week, one manager was able to effectively convince the umpires that the rules were what…