• The Sunday Recap: New England, Denver Reaffirm Status as Top Contenders
  • NFL Week 2 Picks: Why Dallas and Two Other Super Bowl Contenders are in Trouble Today
  • Spread Bet Saturday: A Conference Champion Will Essentially Be Crowned on Saturday Night
  • Fantasy Football Buy/Sell- Week 2
  • Pastrnak Re-signing Fills Huge Role For Bruins Going Forward

Does DH-ing make hitters better?

While listening to Bill Simmons’s baseball podcast last week, I heard a guest on the show say something along the lines of, “Carlos Beltran has been a much better hitter as a DH, ever since Alex Rodriguez went on the Disabled List.” This guest is right. In 72 plate-appearances so far in 2016 as a designated hitter, Beltran is hitting .323 with a 1.100 OPS and a 189 wRC+ (weighted runs created plus —…

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I Have a Few Gripes with this “Most Famous Athlete” List

ESPN come out with something called the “World Fame 100” today. Here’s an explanation of what it is: “It started off with a simple question: Who’s the most famous athlete in the world? Ben Alamar, ESPN’s director of sports analytics, devised a formula that combines salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings. The names might be familiar, but…

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NBA Finals: Complete Preview and Predictions for Cavaliers vs Warriors

I’ve heard a lot of people knock the NBA, saying that its postseason is inferior to both the NFL and NHL playoffs. There is some validity to that sentiment, particularly given how anticlimactic the first and second rounds usually are in basketball. But admit this: at its best, when two heavyweights like the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet in the Finals, the NBA is absolutely epic. Just look…

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An Exclusive Interview with Stuart Sternberg- Principal Owner of the Tampa Bay Rays

We here at Check Down were honored to be able to interview Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. After taking over the Rays in 2005, Stuart’s presence helped usher in an new era of success for the previously downtrodden franchise. Most notably, the Rays won the American League pennant in 2008 in one of the more stunning single-season turnarounds in MLB history. But another impressive feat that…

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Keys to Game 7 of Warriors-Thunder

The biggest game of the NBA season is tonight, as the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder will square off in Game 7 of their Western Conference Final series. The winner tonight will move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Golden State is looking for its second consecutive appearance in the finals, while OKC is shooting for its first finals birth since 2012, and just…

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Your Ultimate Stanley Cup Finals Preview

  The battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins Monday night in Pittsburgh. After upsetting the President’s trophy recipients-the Washington Capitals-and dethroning the reigning Eastern Conference champions-the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in their first Cup Finals since 2009, when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games. Many thought that Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pens would have many more opportunities to hoist another Cup….

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