1. Pirates-Cubs: Jeff Karstens Stellar in Bucs' Debut

    Jeff Karstens was supposed to be the worst of the eight players the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired in the past week...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 343 reads 4 comments

  2. Tennessee Volunteers Basketball: Top-10 Games of the 2008-2009 Season

    Head Coach Bruce Pearl has assembled another challenging and exciting schedule for his Tennessee basketball team. His young team will be tested early and often this year, and will compete against top teams from all over the country...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 20 reads 7 comments

  3. Dealing Xavier Nady Yields Much-Needed Optimism for the Pittsburgh Pirates

    The first—and possibly the only—big deal of the Pirates’ deadline season is in the books, and reviews from the national media about GM Neal Huntington’s decision to swap ...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 490 reads 1 comments

  4. Last Week's Best: The Top-Five Games (July 14-July 20)

    The All-Star break meant a relatively slow week in the world of sports, due mainly to a lack of sporting events—Wednesday being the only day all year in which none of the four major sports featured a single event...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 1,265 reads 0 comments

  5. Pittsburgh Pirates' Midseason Grades

    The Pirates have had a wild season, playing one or two memorable games a week, en route to a 44-50 mark at the All-Star break. The elusive .500 mark is still within reach...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 634 reads 3 comments

  6. Last Week's Best: The Top-Five Games (July 7-July 13)

    All the other sports have finally wound down, and it is now left to baseball, and baseball alone, to excite us sports fans. The sport is doing a pretty good job...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 355 reads 0 comments

  7. Damaso Marte Key to Pirates' Present and Future

    A week ago, I wrote an article outlining possible candidates to succeed Pirate closer Matt Capps, who is out up to eight weeks with bursitis in his throwing shoulder. So far, it looks like the Bucs have found their man...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 480 reads 2 comments

  8. Last Week's Best: The Top-Five Games (June 30-July 6)

    Another exciting week in sports, as tennis makes its first appearance in the top-five games list. Wimbledon, as usual, did not disappoint. Baseball games flood this list, too...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 523 reads 0 comments

  9. Pittsburgh Pirates' Closer Matt Capps Out Eight Weeks: What Now?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff suffered yet another injury when closer Matt Capps was diagnosed with bursitis in his throwing shoulder Wednesday. Capps will not need surgery, but he will miss a minimum of eight weeks...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 1,311 reads 1 comments

  10. Pirates-Reds: Capps Blows Another Save, Bucs Lose

    For most of the year, Matt Capps had been the only reliable pitcher on the entire Pittsburgh Pirate team. Not anymore...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 234 reads 0 comments

  11. NBA Draft Winners and Losers

    We are now a few days removed from what turned out to be a rather tumultuous NBA Draft—especially considering the trades that occurred prior to the draft...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 1,125 reads 11 comments

  12. Last Week's Best: The Top-Five Games (June 23-June 29)

    The list returns after a one-week absence due to my being out of town last weekend. An interesting variety of games this week, from the unusual to the dramatic to the merely important...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 479 reads 0 comments

  13. Pirates-Yankees: Bucs Get the Monkey Off Their Back

    In 2005 and 2007, the Pirates limped home from a series with the Yankees to see their season fall apart. This year, they might actually be able to take away a few positive memories...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 372 reads 1 comments

  14. Euro 2008: More Hard Luck for Spain

    Spain have played brilliant football over the past week-and-a-half, running through Group D in Euro 2008 without dropping a point. They certainly haven’t been rewarded for it...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 619 reads 0 comments

  15. Pirates May Struggle to Sign High-Profile Draft Picks

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed third-round pick Jordy Mercer and fourth-round pick Chase D’Arnaud Tuesday, bringing the number of Pirate draft picks signed to 24 already...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about 6 years ago 790 reads 0 comments

  16. Last Week's Best: The Top Five Games (6/9-6/15)

    Another exciting week in sports, as a full week of Euro 2008 led to plenty of additional opportunities for drama. Gianluigi Buffon’s save against Romania had to be the play of the week...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 354 reads 1 comments

  17. 2008 NBA Draft: Who Should the New York Knicks Pick?

    The New York Knicks have a major dilemma heading into the 2008 NBA Draft. General Manager Donnie Walsh and Head Coach Mike D’Antoni actually inherit a roster that contains several usable pieces...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 826 reads 2 comments

  18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Welcome Back, Ian Snell

    It’s been ages since Snell has pitched like this, like he did on Wednesday against the Nationals—like the ace he was supposed to be. In fact, the victory over a depleted Washington team was his first since April 12...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 203 reads 0 comments

  19. Last Week's Best: The Top Five Games (6/2-6/8)

    A lot of exciting games this week, some of the comeback variety, others of the failed comeback variety. Each game on this list had fans at the edge of their seats, and any of them could have deservedly held the top spot...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 643 reads 2 comments

  20. Pittsburgh Pirates Find Pitching Help from an Unexpected Source

    When the Pirates signed Phil Dumatrait to compete for a spot as a long reliever, I didn’t think much of it. When he made the roster and had an average first month in that role, I didn’t think much of it...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 273 reads 0 comments

  21. Pittsburgh Pirates Take Another Step in the Right Direction

    The Pittsburgh Pirates bucked one trend, by drafting a Scott Boras client with the second overall pick. It didn’t take long for them to buck a few others. With their second round pick, No...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 577 reads 2 comments

  22. Pittsburgh Pirates: Draft an Indicator of New Direction

    Pirate fans have a lot of painful memories of the past 15 years. Losing streaks, bad trades, lost talent—there are plenty of examples of all in the Buccos’ recent history.But the 2007 draft has to rank pretty high on the suffering scale...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 568 reads 0 comments

  23. Last Week's Best: The Top Five Games (5/26-6/1)

    This week featured a bit less drama, but contained a variety of interesting, meaningful games nonetheless. There was the debut of a phenom, an epic collapse and an inning of redemption...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 487 reads 6 comments

  24. First Trimester Team MVPs: American League

    Like in the NL, the signs of a topsy-turvy season are in place in the American League. Perennial bottom-feeders Tampa Bay have the best record in the league, while preseason favorites Cleveland, Detroit, and the Yankees have struggled...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 642 reads 9 comments

  25. First Trimester Team MVPs: National League

    It has been an eventful season so far in the National League. Teams like the Cardinals and Marlins have become surprise contenders, while teams such as the Mets, Braves, and Brewers have been huge disappointments...

    Andrew Kaufman Written by Andrew Kaufman about over 6 years ago 485 reads 6 comments