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Andrew Wild
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.

Entries by Andrew Wild

Reinventing the Mamba

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 4:25 PM

When was the last time Kobe Bryant was still Kobe Bryant? It's a difficult and, for some, painful question to ask. As much as he tries, and dear god is he trying, Kobe isn't Kobe this year. Not even close. His points, assists, and rebounds numbers are his lowest since...

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Dark Side of the Dom: Why the Trade for Craig Kimbrel Does Not Add Up

(7) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:51 PM

As a member of Red Sox nation, my heart soared upon hearing news that we had traded for Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel's four-year stretch in Atlanta from 2011 to 2014 brought back flashbacks of Eric Gagne's beautiful three-year stretch with the Dodgers in the early-aughts, and he has a chance to...

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Trade Deadline Moves for MLB Playoff Teams

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Baseball has returned after an incredibly successful All-Star break, featuring a revamped Home Run Derby that received nothing but rave reviews, and ended with a dramatic victory by hometown favorite Todd Frazier. The day after that, some other event called the All-Star Game showed off the incredible amount of young...

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Scoring Isn't Everything: The Best NBA Players With Fewer Than 15 PPG

(7) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 9:30 AM

This year's All-Star Game was a blast, continuing the high-scoring trend we've seen lately in these yearly exhibitions. Russell Westbrook's great performance helped the West to a win, and a new record was set for combined points in an All-Star Game, 321 total points. It's hard to blame the players...

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Wild Stat of the Week: Rebuilding 'The Pyramid', Re-Visiting 'The Book of Basketball'

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 12:30 PM

(Win Shares calculate how many wins a player has been responsible for over his career. WS/48 is a measure of how many wins a player contributes for every 48 minutes he is on the floor. All numbers courtesy of Basketball Reference)

The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons should...

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Wild Stat of the Week: Behind the Scenes of a Hollywood Meltdown

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 8:12 AM

Stat of the Week: 120.5 (Defensive Rating for the Lakers, a statistic that estimates how many points an opposing team will score in 100 possessions. Lakers are last in the NBA.)

The 2014-15 season was supposed to be the start of a turnaround for the Lakers. Mike D'Antoni skipped town...

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Are You Ready For Some L.A. Football?

(4) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 8:35 AM

As we near the twentieth anniversary of the Rams and Raiders leaving for supposedly greener pastures, Los Angeles is close to having one, or quite possibly both teams, come back home. Of course, this isn't the first time, or the twentieth time, there have been rumors of the NFL's return...

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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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