1. Why the NBA Lockout Is Different from Every Sports Work Stoppage Ever

    By now, it’s clear that the NBA’s players and owners are separated by a canyon of ideas, logic and rhetoric. Many of the NBA’s 16 new owners since the lockout of 1998-99 have yet to see return on investment...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about over 3 years ago 1,007 reads 2 comments

  2. MLB Power Rankings 2011: The 7 Most Underrated Pitching Staffs in Baseball

    Spring is the only time of year that anyone can be underrated. The heat has finally been taken off the hot stove. That means no more winter meetings, free-agent tours, salary dumps or round-table discussions...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 3,793 reads 4 comments

  3. MLB Spring Training 2011: A Rookie from Each Team Expected to Make an Impact

    It might be that the 2010 rookie class will go down among the greatest to ever break into the big leagues. On the other hand, the 2010 class may just signal a new era of relying on rookie players to make a major impact...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 8,052 reads 7 comments

  4. MLB Rumors: Carlos Beltran and the Top 20 Outfielders Who Could Leave After 2011

    The free agent class of 2012 will be rich everywhere except in the outfield, where nearly every player of value is locked up or under contractual control. In some cases, those contracts are long-term deals...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 4,563 reads 10 comments

  5. MLB Predictions: Breakdown of Who'll Top AL in Each Main Statistical Category

    Predicting individual leaders in each statistical category is like picking bull stocks from the NASDAQ—everybody has 20/20 hindsight...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 1,184 reads 6 comments

  6. MLB Power Rankings: The Greatest No-Hitter in Each Franchise's History

    It is the greatest symbol of single-game dominance in organized sports. No other sport has an equivalent—a football team can’t hold an opponent to zero yards, and a basketball team can’t hold an opponent to zero field goals...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 290 reads 5 comments

  7. MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Blockbusters to Help the Cardinals If Albert Pujols Walks

    It’s true: the Cardinals without Albert Pujols is like Corn Flakes without the milk. It’s like the Colts without Peyton Manning. It’s like Oney Guillen without his Twitter account...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 6,108 reads 35 comments

  8. 2011 MLB Preview: Highlighting 50 Reasons To Watch Spring Training

    Can you feel that? Is that the feeling of democracy? Is that freedom? No, it’s spring training. As the calendar turns to February and the football season climaxes finally, ...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 8,011 reads 14 comments

  9. MLB Power Rankings: Evaluating the Offseason Moves of All 30 Teams

    With just three short weeks remaining until pitchers and catchers report, it’s nearly time to dust off the rust and shed those unwanted winter pounds (I’m looking at you, Pablo Sandoval)...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 14,925 reads 19 comments

  10. MLB Power Rankings: The 25 Best Starting Pitchers in the National League

    Entering 2011, the balance of pitching power so heavily favors the National League that it’s scary. The uncanny predominance of talented pitchers in the NL is reminiscent of ...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 2,943 reads 10 comments

  11. Chicago Cubs: 10 Players on the Market Who Could Secure a Trip to the Playoffs

    With the Cubs placing their crosshairs on a 2012 run like Sarah Palin, it’s worth considering the chances that they could aim a little bit higher. The Cubs have now added a solid No...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 2,250 reads 5 comments

  12. Adrian Gonzalez for MVP and 50 Bold MLB Predictions for 2011

    There’s no way to predict what’s going to happen in 2011. For evidence, look at 2010, and the 50 bold predictions I would have made for last season...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 5,516 reads 33 comments

  13. MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Potential Deals That Make Sense For the Chicago Cubs

    If it wasn’t already clear, the 2010-11 off-season has broadcast to the world the Chicago Cubs’ full-blown dormancy in the National League Central...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about almost 4 years ago 4,747 reads 15 comments

  14. MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Pitching Targets for Teams Missing Out on Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee’s imminent free-agent destination is no certainty yet, but there’s one reason he would re-sign with the Rangers (his family) and 160,000,000 proverbial reasons he would sign with the Yankees...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about 4 years ago 917 reads 0 comments

  15. MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Outfielders Available for Teams Whiffing on Carl Crawford

    Now that Jayson Werth has signed his jaw-dropping contract with the Nationals, the hot stove dominoes are likely to start falling...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about 4 years ago 2,465 reads 0 comments

  16. San Diego Chargers: Why the Bolts Shouldn't Print Playoff Tickets Just Yet

    Are they the NFL’s best flip-the-switch team? Sure. Do they clean up around the holidays like a Times Square sanitation crew? Of course they do...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about 4 years ago 783 reads 35 comments

  17. New York Yankees Have To Give Derek Jeter Whatever He Wants: Just Pay the Man

    Will he’ll be the third best shortstop on the team in a couple years? Sure. Don’t his career numbers make him a rich man’s Craig Biggio? Of course...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about 4 years ago 1,114 reads 18 comments

  18. Michael Vick Shows Us Why the Era of the Running Quarterback Is Finally Here

    Sure, it just happened Monday. But, for player personnel experts and casual fans alike, Michael Vick’s jaw-dropping performance against the Redskins was enough to herald a new era of QB play in the NFL...

    Topher Guthrie Written by Topher Guthrie about 4 years ago 476 reads 2 comments