Football

Chip Kelly and the Reinvented Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly

It seemed like every which way you turned for NFL coverage this offseason people were talking about the Philadelphia Eagles, including yours truly. Now, not all that talk was about one wide receiver’s racially charged comments. A lot of it focused on the man in charge, new head coach Chip Kelly. Coming from an Oregon […]

Hockey

House of Caps: Ovechkin Ready to Take D.C. by Storm

Alex Ovechkin

This is going to be a crucial season for Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, the reigning Hart Trophy winner who once again held the hottest stick in the league last year and once again suffered through major playoff disappointment. Will 2013-14 be the one where he and the Caps finally live up to their former hype?

Basketball

Remembering T-Mac: What to Make of Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady has a complicated legacy. Most nights he was a good scoring guard. Sometimes he was a liability, missing wide stretches of games with an assortment of injuries. And occasionally, T-Mac could rise to the moment and just about do the impossible. Who was T-Mac? After 15 seasons, we’re still looking for the answer.

Hockey

Blues Clues: When Everything Isn’t Enough

Alex Pietrangelo

On paper, it would seem that the St. Louis Blues have all the necessary pieces to take home the Stanley Cup come June 2014. Fans and prognosticators both see plenty to like in the current incarnation of the team, with the latter becoming evidenced by publication The Hockey News’ preseason prediction of St. Louis besting Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Finals. But is everything they have heading into 2013-14 going to be enough?

Baseball

Speed Thrills: How pace shapes the way we consume professional sports

Billy Hamilton

There’s a general consensus that baseball is a fascinating and deeply complicated sport, but it’s never exactly been a source of fast-paced thrills. How, then, in a world where speed and tempo make basketball, hockey and football teams stand out among their peers, are the best teams in MLB often the ones who slow the game down the most? What does it all mean?

Reviews

Babe: The Legend Comes to Life (1974)

Babe Ruth

Let’s start with the mythology of Babe Ruth the athlete. He was the first player to hit three home runs a single game of the World Series. He didn’t just set the record for home runs, but utterly destroyed it, routinely hitting fifty or more in his prime. He called his shot in the World Series, dedicated a home run to a sick child (who than miraculously recovered) and was a pretty good pitcher to boot. Mark Milner breaks down the biography.

Basketball

Attitude Check: When Athletes Make Mistakes

Metta World Peace

The NBA offseason can be a troubling time for many athletes, simply offering too many opportunities for individuals to run into trouble. Rather than focus on the downward spiral of players like Lamar Odom and J.R. Smith, however, should we instead focus on the progress other athletes, like Metta World Peace, have made after their own missteps?

Hockey

Old Timers’ Game: The NHL Post-40

Teemu Selanne

If you’re like us at TheGP, you’re nearing a very significant moment in your hockey fandom. The players you grew up watching are now on the precipice of ultimate retirement. While we’ve seen football, basketball and baseball players come and go, there’s something about the longevity of an NHLer that makes the departure of somebody like Teemu Selanne or Jaromir Jagr far more resonant than some of their peers in other sports. Get ready for a weird year.

Basketball

Canada Basketball approaching Golden Age

During Canada Basketball’s introductory press conference, general manager Steve Nash referred to the current state of Canadian basketball as the “golden age” for the nation in the sport. Just 10 years ago, hardcore, patriotic basketball fans keenly focused in on the status of Canadian ballers like Carl English and Aaron Doornekamp. Dwayne Riley-Grant explains how much can change in a decade.

Baseball

The Tommy John Chronicles: Matt Harvey Edition

Matt Harvey

Dear Mets fan, Matt Harvey has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, and you are helpless. You worried that this might happen, that the prized young Mets prospect might go down with any pitch, all the while you delighted to his dominance, a bright orange lining that turned up when you were feeling blue. You recognized that he was no flash in the pan and that his talent was real and lasting – or at least as lasting as the baseball gods would allow. But then fate struck.