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Andrew Wild is a high school student in Los Angeles whose studies sometimes get in the way of watching all of the sports he loves.

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Wild Stat of the Week: Why the Mariners Will Win the Pennant

(18) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Wild Stat of The Week: Pythagorean Record 78-52 (71-59 actual record)

Don't look now, but the third-place Mariners might be the best bet to represent the AL in the World Series this year. Lame duck commissioner Bud Selig's parting gift to baseball, the second wild-card spot, might hold the path...

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Breaking Down the Biggest Trades on Deadline Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 1:20 PM

For years now, fans and pundits have been complaining that baseball teams have become too defensive and scared, leading to a decline in meaningful trades, especially at the trade deadline. How many times have you had your eyes peeled on your computer until 4 p.m. on the trade deadline just...

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Wild Stat of the Week: Houston Has a Problem

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Wild Stat of the Week: 382 (Astro losses over the past four years, 38 more than the next most-losing team, the Twins)

The Houston Astros are in the midst of a historical rebuilding process, one that is challenging some of the fundamental philosophies of baseball. Houston has lost...

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The Problem With the All-Star Game

(4) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:46 PM

Snubs in the MLB All-Star Game are far more frustrating than in any other sport. The Pro Bowl is a complete joke at this point and I don't know anyone who still cares about it, including the NFL itself. It's a vacation to Hawaii for the players, so the picks...

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Wild Stat of the Week: Why LeBron Needs to Get Out of the Heat

(13) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 8:46 AM

13.5 (Combined 2013-14 Win Shares from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh)

Note: Win Shares are a fairly simple statistic, finding out how much better a player was on both ends than a league average player and figuring out how many wins it was worth. A player with three...

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NBA Mock Draft: Picks 1-10

(14) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 8:50 AM

The ping pong balls have had their say and although the draft order is set, the same can not be said about who each team plans on taking or if and picks will get traded. But if everything holds as it is, let's take a look at how the first...

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Wild Stat of the Week: Paying Tribute to the Best There Ever Has Been

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:19 AM

WIld Stat of the Week: 64 (Years Vin Scully has been working the booth for the Dodgers)

There's any number of statistics to impress you with showing how long Vin Scully has been with the Dodgers. For example, over his time with the Dodgers, Vin has seen 11 Dodger managers,...

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Wild Stat of the Week: Feeling Cavalier

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 10:33 AM

The UVA Cavaliers came out of nowhere to have an amazing season, claiming the ACC regular season and tournament titles under the guidance of ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett. Shortly after beating Duke in the ACC Final, the powers that be gave UVA a #1 seed in the...

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Wild Stat of the Week: Balancing the Dodgers' Checkbook

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Even before Bill James and the Moneyball revolution, baseball has been understood through the powerful lens of statistics. It is impossible to imagine baseball prospering without daily box scores and having kids read their hero's batting average off the back of baseball cards. Sometimes we'll use newer and more intricate...

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Wild Stat of the Week: Paul George, Secretary of Defense

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:39 PM

No matter how you feel about advanced statistics, the sports world is shifting more and more towards them, and this week we'll use them to break down the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year race.

Wild Stat: .086 Defensive Win Share Per Game recorded by Paul George (Courtesy of Basketball...

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You Can Go Your Own Way: 2014 MLB Free Agency Preview

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 4:02 PM

The free agency period of 2013 promises to be much different than those of 2011 and 2012. After seeing the mega-contracts handed out to the likes of Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Alex Rodriguez, and even Jayson Werth pan out so badly, we shouldn't be expecting any more record-breaking free agency...

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A Tribute to the Mamba: Celebrating the Game's Best Competitor Since Jordan

(4) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 11:50 AM

The Black Mamba will rise again. If there's anything we should have learned from watching Kobe for 17 years, it's to never doubt what he says he can do. He will nail the buzzer-beater. He will play 48 minutes a game for a week to drag his team into the...

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The Road Ahead for the Lake Show

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 9:04 AM

The Lakers have had an unbelievably disappointing season, but they have finally been playing like the team everybody was expecting before the season started. With Dwight dominating the paint and Kobe closing out every close game, the Lakers have gone 9-2 in their last 11 games. That run has finally...

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Trading Places: The 2013 MLB Free Agent Preview

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 8:16 AM

This year's free agent market fails to live up to last year's in terms of star power, but after a season with so much parity, it'll be interesting to see what changes happen. Many teams (Baltimore, Toronto, Pittsburgh) will be looking to get to the next stage and this offseason...

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NFL Power Rankings

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 7:37 AM

More than halfway through the season, we have a pretty good idea of who the powerhouses are. The road to New Orleans is looming upon us and we'll see what teams are on the fast track.

1. Houston Texans: They are an absurdly complete team. Defensively, they are anchored...

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Unleash (Or Release) Tim Tebow!

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 9:27 AM

The Jets have got to do something about the Tebow situation. They seem complacent about leaving him on the bench for the most part, and if he was only brought on to motivate Mark Sanchez, it's been a train wreck. Only Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden have a worse QB...

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The Cy Young Race Doesn't Disappoint

(9) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 2:20 PM

In a year with two of the most interesting MVP debates in years, the Cy Young race doesn't disappoint. In the NL, it's a mess with R.A Dickey, Johnny Cueto, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Cain, and even the relievers Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel all vying for the coveted award. In...

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The MVP Race Heats Up

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 9:07 AM

It'd be safe to say that no one saw this kind of MVP race coming for the 2012 season. In the American League, a player who smashed rookie records despite missing the first 20 games of the season was a lock for the MVP, before someone threatened to become the...

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5 NFL Bounceback Years

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 9:29 AM

They say that in sports, it doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down, but whether or not you get back up. These guys definitely got knocked down in 2011 but 2012 should prove to pick them back up.

DeSean Jackson: I really want to believe in this guy....

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What We Can Learn from the American Dream Team

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 9:22 AM

What appears to have been the last American Dream Team sure gave us a lot of entertainment. They appropriately destroyed Tunisia and Nigeria, and came up when it mattered against Spain, Argentina, and Lithuania. But now that it's all over it's time to wrap up and see what we learned.

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