Basketball:

Frank Vogel Falls Victim To Larry Bird’s Warped Thinking Gregg Doyal discusses the circumstances behind Frank Vogel’s firing. He posits that it was Larry Bird’s experience in the 1980s, which was significantly warped by his team’s talent, that resulted in Bird deciding to fire Vogel.

Did Vogel Get A Fair Shake? Zach Lowe provides a historical analysis of Frank Vogel’s tenure in Indiana. He argues that, while the firing may have not been entirely unjust, it probably was short-sighted.

Tyronn Lue Is Holding LeBron James Accountable, And They’re Closer Because Of It Brian Windhorst traces the Cavs’ season following the firing of former head coach David Blatt. He finds that Tyronn Lue’s willingness to call out LeBron, Love, and Kyrie has helped the team grow stronger and closer as a unit.

Real Plus Minus: The Bogus New Stat Everyone Is Using Chris Parker, writing for Cleveland scene, argues that ESPN’s stat Real Plus Minus – and it’s offshoot RAPM – is a faulty metric for tracking players, especially for basketball.

Inside The Increase In Three Point Shots And The Utah Jazz David Locke’s podcast statistically traces the rise of the three-point shot in the NBA. Afterwards, he analyzes how this revolution could pose problematic for the Utah Jazz.

Soccer:

Pep Guardiola Must Carry Out Major Surgery To Save Manchester City Jamie Jackson argues that incoming Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, is going to have significant work to ensure City’s transformation. For example, Vincent Kompany has been often hurt the past two years, but still wants playing time. Jackson suggests bringing in John Stones from Everton, even though that move could hurt more than help. All that is clear, though, is that this squad needs a reformation.

Why Rooney’s Midfield Move Makes Sense for Manchester United and England Martin Laurence argues that, following Sir Alex Ferguson’s lead in 2012, Louis Van Gaal has correctly brought longtime United striker Wayne Rooney in a central midfield role. This is smart for a few reasons. First, it means Rooney will not interrupt the budding chemistry between Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who have combined for twelve of twenty goals since the latter joined the starting XI. Additionally, Rooney is a fast thinker and brilliant football mind, thus his move to midfield allows his greatest strength to be utilized appropriately. Finally, expect the English National Team to follow Van Gaal’s thoughts and move Rooney to midfield.

Atlético Madrid’s New Generation Buy Into Diego Simeone’s Masterplan David Hytner examines who Diego Simeone has quickly rebuilt the Atlético Madrid team that won the Champions League in 2014. Only five starters remain from that squad, and nonetheless, the current unit has been very successful. While few other teams respect the way Atlético play, their style has won games, and just defeated possession’s kings in Bayern Munich. This strategy, combined with Antoine Griezmann’s speed and scoring prowess, Jan Oblak’s goalkeeping, and leadership from old squad members has resulted in Atlético’s excellent season.

Baseball:

The Cubs’ Start Is Even More Dominant Than It Seems Rob Arthur contends that the Cubs are, currently, one of the best teams in MLB history. Their run differential is fourth best in the history of baseball, and our absolutely the best team currently in baseball.

Sports: by Stats:

Why Steph Curry’s Injury Does Not Mean An Asterisk Is Necessary, The Spurs-Thunder Series Is The Best So Far In This Season’s Playoffs, And The Cavs Are An Elite Team. Jordan Cohen analyzes the first part of the NBA playoff’s second round.

Sports: by Stats, Podcast 2: NBA Playoffs First Round Analysis and Round Two Predictions Jordan Cohen and Jove Tse analyze the first round of the NBA playoffs, Dwight Howard’s future, and make predictions for the second round.

Ten Thoughts: San Antonio Spurs VS. Oklahoma City Thunder, April 30, 2016 Jordan Cohen examines the intricacies of the first game of San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City.

 

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