What I Think of SI’s 2013 Sportsman of the Year Pick

December 16, 2013
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Mariano Rivera capped off a spectacular career this year, the undisputed greatest closer in history. He came back from a knee injury that shut him down in 2012 to get 44 saves with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, earning the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award in the process. The season was […]

Did Jeneba Tarmoh Get Jobbed Again? No. (A Very Short Explanation of Track & Field Relays)

August 11, 2012
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Sean Newell makes the case over at Deadspin that Jeneba Tarmoh, who tied Allyson Felix for third in the 100m at the U.S. Olympics Trials, was screwed out of a place on the women’s 4x100m relay team. A very brief response: 1. It is hard to argue with Jon Drummond’s team selection when the four […]

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Happy Retirement, Tek. Thank you for Squishing A-Rod’s Face.

February 27, 2012
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News came down today that Jason Varitek is retiring this week. I could tell you how old it makes me feel that so many of my favorite players are retiring, or tell you about how great Tek was at handling a pitching staff, but let’s be honest: when I am old and gray and I […]

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Farewell Wake

February 17, 2012
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I had to take a few minutes to acknowledge today’s news that Tim Wakefield is retiring after 19 years in Major League Baseball, 17 of them with the Red Sox, at the age of 45. Wakefield never set the world afire with his pitching, but there are few athletes more loved by Boston fans. He […]

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Thierry Henry, and touching the sublime

December 31, 2011
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Arsenal is reportedly close to completing a deal that will bring team legend Thierry Henry back to North London on loan from the New York Red Bulls for a two-month period. The thought of Titi back in an Arsenal kit is a joyful one for me, but when I expressed that joy on Twitter, I […]

Rules and Predictability in Sports by Ryan Caldwell

December 28, 2011
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This post marks our first guest submission to Field Grade! Ryan Caldwell works as a consultant for several contractors in the defense industry. He recently graduated from law school and is making a tentative return to blogging. You can follow him on Twitter at @CaldwellGR. This is an issue that has irritated me for a […]

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Yes, I’m from Boston. No, I don’t read Simmons.

December 16, 2011
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I’m from Boston. I love sports. People often assume that I must love the Sports Guy. The truth is I haven’t read a word he’s written in several years. Here’s why. I read Bill Simmons when he was the Boston Sports Guy and sent out his columns in a newsletter. I loved those columns: he […]

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