• Using Technology To Overcome Golf “Mis-hits”

    Did you know that 76% of all iron shots are mis-hits struck outside the center of the face. Yes, you heard that right. Considering the face of the club is where the fastest ball speeds are produced this might explain why you shoot like you and Sergio Garcia shoots like Sergio Garcia. The fact that nearly 8 out of 10 golf shots are “mis-hits” led Taylor Made to develop a revolutionary new technology, designed to improve consistency and distance. No golfer is perfect, not even the best players in the world hit the center of the club every time. So their “Face Slot Technology,” available on the RSi line of clubs starting November 14, 2014, provides greater consistency across the face, giving players improved performance on mis-hits. This technology won’t turn you into a pro overnight but it’ll certainly make bachelor party outings a lot less frustrating. Photo source: sporttechie.com

  • This Commercial Is An Incredible Ski Film

    Filming athletes in LED suits is all the rage right now, and we’re just fine with that. It makes for awesome video and which what Philips was hoping for when they teamed with Swedish agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and filmmakers Sweetgrass Productions to create “Afterglow,” a short film to promote Philips’ color-backlit Ambilight televisions. The 12-minute long video was filmed at Golden Alpine Holidays in Aleyska, Alaska. The slopes were lit up with brilliant colors while the team of professional skiers wore suits comprised of thousands of LEDs. This is the sort of advertising we can really get into.

  • Why Do College Athletes Continue To Sign Autographs For Money? Because, Why Not?

    Jerseys.  Pictures.  Flags.  Babies. Go ahead and ask the 20 year old version of me for a few signatures, I’d sign anything if the price is right. I even mean a “$1 Bob” bid on a vinyl gazebo kind of Price is Right. When I was 20 Bob Barker was still neutering pets on TV, the Big 10 Conference had 11 schools instead of 14 (in college counting is no longer required), and reading tweets from athletes was not considered a scheduled segment on Sportscenter.  I didn’t possess the clout and notoriety that college football athletes have today.  Unless you’re counting an open container and a lifestyle detrimental to my liver I didn’t possess anything.  Whether they were proud alumni seeking an autograph, a memorabilia agency looking to cash in, or Bank of America card services: no one wanted my signature. There is seemingly an annual accusation of NCAA rule violations by some of college football’s biggest stars relating to the art of signing their name.  Jameis Winston.  Todd Gurley.  Johnny used-to-play Football.  The memorabilia demand is clearly there and as for the athletes there’s more we know of, and likely far more we don’t. In addition to playing football, more »

  • 24 Teams With Longer Championship Droughts Than The Kansas City Royals [Original Infographic]

    People are going crazy over the fact that the Kansas City Royals haven’t played a World Series game in 29 years. But 20% of the teams in Major League Baseball, and nearly two dozen additional professional teams from the NBA, NFL and NHL, haven’t played in championship game on over 29 years. With some, looking at you Chicago Cubs, feeling the pain of a drought that is decades long.

  • This Skate Video Has Amazing Cinematography

    When we were kids, skate videos were gritty and shaky, shot on Hi8 or VHS and featuring dudes in baggy jeans and pop punk music. And we loved them. But now, with the advent of affordable HD cameras, skate videos have become beautifully shot short films with wide angles, slow motion, and, most importantly, no tiresome uses of fisheye lenses. “La République du Skateboard,” a short film from Neels Castillon, is described as “an impressionistic ode to street skateboarding.” And with incredible shots around Paris captured by a Red Epic camera, that description is most apt. For more great projects in a similar fashion, check out Neels Castillon’s website.

  • The Yankees System Doesn’t Work

    Our sports editor Jim Kelly Jr. says we shouldn’t blame Brian Cashman for the Yankees mediocrity.  The ghost of baseball’s original ‘cash-man’ still calls the shots in the ‘House the Yes Network Built’. While the curtain closed on Derek Jeter’s storied career with the New York Yankees this season, as franchises presented retirement gifts destined to boost the climate controlled storage facility industry, the continued mediocrity of the Bronx Bombers took a welcomed, albeit hot, backseat.  If not for fans and media alike bidding a nostalgic farewell to the George Clooney-of-shortstops the spotlight may have been far brighter on a glaring trend in New York: The 2014 Yankees were not good. Nor were the 2013 Yankees, who had their own retirement dog & pony & sandman show with closer Mariano Rivera. Taking the sting out of an 85 win season by teams presenting ‘thanks for historically kicking our ass’ gifts to an iconic rival, an odd yet accepted act that feels like presenting your high school bully with a savings bond at graduation. For a team enamored with icons of dynasty the last man standing is one who has never played an inning.  Brian Cashman, behind only Brian Sabean in San more »

  • The Keep-Away From Peyton Record Touchdown Celebration Was Rehearsed

    Our favorite moment from last night’s record setting night for Peyton Manning was by far the monkey-in-the-middle game Broncos receivers played with their quarterback after he broke the record for most touchdowns thrown in the history of the NFL. After Manning surpassed Brett Favre reaching 509 career touchdown passes in the first quarter, the gang had a little fun at Peyton’s expense, but as Fox’s Marc Garafolo pointed out, everyone, including Peyton was in on it the whole time. We've all been had. Demariyus Thomas said Peyton Manning himself planned the keep-away. Peyton had them practice it too. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 20, 2014

  • This Running Back Has a Chance To Break One of the NFL’s Most Coveted Records

    This year, we celebrate 30 years since Eric Dickerson’s unprecedented NFL season when he rushed for 2,1305 yards in his second season with the Los Angeles Rams. That set the bar high, very high. Since then we’ve seen the likes of Emmit Smith, Barry Sanders, AP, Marshall Faulk and a handful of other running backs fall short of Dickerson’s coveted record, but this year an unlikely candidate may surprise us. DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys has rushed for 785 yards, 180 yards more than Dickerson had at the same point in 1984. However 130.8 yards per game, he will end up with 2,093 yards and fall short of the record as Dickerson rushed for at least 175 yards in a game four times in the final ten games. Murray will need to stay more than consistent and his style of play combines ground and pound with finesse which is remarkably like Adrian Peterson’s style the year he came within inches of breaking Dickerson’s record, but what Murray has over Dickerson is consistency, having rushed for at least 100 yards in all six games so far. On the other hand, Dickerson had two games with less than 50 yards during more »

  • 10 Things That Happened When the Kansas City Royals Last Won the World Series

    The 1985 World Series is known for two things: Don Denkinger’s infamous blown call and the last time the Kansas City Royals reached the pinnacle of baseball. It was a long drought that spanned 29 years, 5 Presidents, and 4 Major League Commissioners. But that slump ended when the Royals swept the Orioles to earn a World Series berth. 29 years is a long time. So what was the world like last time the Royals were in the big show? Let’s take a look.

  • Wrigley Begins Demolition of Iconic Bleachers for Stadium Rehab

    In the first phase of the park’s four-year, $575 million “1060 Project” renovation mission, Wrigley’s iconic bleachers were torn down. In a project to expand stadium capacity by 300 seats in the left and right field bleachers along with the addition of more concession stands and more room for fans on the concourse, the stadium will be expanded to reach the edge of the sidewalk on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. The first phase is on pace to be finished by opening day on April 6th in their opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with the seat expansion, the Cubs have plans to also add clubhouse upgrades, batting tunnels to compete with other major league clubhouses, new restrooms, concessions, seats, restaurant and retail areas for fans, along with a hotel.   Photos via: Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

  • Axe Bat

    The shape of a baseball bat hasn’t changes since it’s introduction to the game 150 years ago, why is that? The glove has been transformed time and time again, tailoring sizes and webbing to position players, making it an optimal size to catch a fly ball or field a ground ball for a quick release. So why has the baseball bat not been looked at for improvements? Well it has now. Bruce Leinert a former New York Woodworker had an idea to change the game over 20 years ago, after an idea stemming from a Ted Williams quote opened his eyes to change the game of baseball forever. In Williams’ 1971 book The Science of Hitting, Ted Williams said that a hitter’s wrists, at the point of contact, should be “square and unbroken … just as when you hit a tree with an ax.” Right then and there Leinert built himself the first bat with an axe handle in two hours. Now twenty-four years later, he a signed a 20-year licensing deal with Baden Sports, a family-owned sporting goods company based in Washington. We had a chance to try out the Axe Bat Avenge and were incredibly impressed with it’s more »

  • Oregon Ducks Will Wear Throwback Uniforms Wore Against Washington From “The Pick”

    in a mere 16-second turnaround on Oct. 22, 1994, Kenny Wheaton and the Oregon Ducks created pandemonium in the aisles of Autzen Stadium, When Wheaton took a 97-yard interception return against the University of Washington to the house and sealed a 31-20 win and propelled the 1994 Ducks toward their first conference crown in 37 years. In honor of the 20th anniversary of “The Pick,” Nike and the Oregon Ducks have partnered to re-create a modernized version of the iconic 1994 uniform design that the team wore during that glorious moment – a proper tribute to a turning point in the Ducks football history. This modern version of the classic 1994 Ducks uniform features the original number and name font from that year, as well as a modernized bold, iconic stripe to tie in the Classic Green jersey and University Gold pant and helmet. The “UO” logo is featured on the pant, and Duck logo highlights the sleeves. Following this iconic turning point, Oregon went on to play in 17 bowl games over the next 19 years and have the best winning percentage in the Pac-12 (.731), claim shares of five conference championships and finish two years ranked second in more »

  • The Shifting Center of Pro Athlete Production

    Slate’s Ben Blatt put together a fascinating visual of the shifting center of pro athlete production. With the information he could gather, Blatt collected birth records for 23,000 football players, 3,200 basketball players, and 1,000 hockey players and mapped out a reletive difference in player geography throughout sports. For example we can see the dramatic migration south west for baseball while hockey players are scattered across Michigan, Wisconsin and Upstate New York. Blatt uses the same algorithm used to track the country’s shifting population center over time, which shows the balance of pro athletes in this country (Hockey excluded) heavily shifting south since the 1950s.

  • The First World Series Sweep Turns 100

    After losing a doubleheader to the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 4, 1914, the Boston Braves record stood at 26-40. They were in last place, the worst in the league. The team took a day off and on July 6, they started off on a streak that lasted for two months. In the period between July 6 and September 6, the Braves went 43-13, propelling themselves from last all the way to first place. They were the first team to go from worst to first, earning the moniker “Miracle Braves.” Despite their incredible turnaround, the Braves were still considered the underdog going into the world series against the Philadelphia Athletics. In addition to stats that couldn’t compare to the Athletics, the Braves didn’t even have a home field to garner any home field advantage. Just two months earlier they moved out of their home for the previous 43 years, South End Grounds, and were renting Fenway Park from the Red Sox while awaiting construction of Braves Field. But none of this mattered when it came to actually playing the game. The Braves won the first game 7-1 and didn’t let up for the rest of the series. Three games later, on more »

  • Yao Ming Makes Shaq Look Like a ‘wittle baby’

    In a past article we showed you how Yao Ming dwarfs basically everything he holds, stands next to or is in a photo with, but he’s just topped himself by taking a photo with one of the largest humans alive, Shaq. In a recent Instagram post Shaq, who also dwarfs basically everything he comes in contact with, looks like a small child compared to the 7′ 6″ Ming. Loading Yao says he's 7 feet 4 I think he's 7 foot 8 View on Instagram

  • This Landon Donovan Tribute Will Make You Proud To Be An American [VIDEO]

    Friday marks the end of an era for sports in the United States. As Landon Donovan, the greatest player in U.S. National team history, prepares to play for his country one last time on Friday, this touching video, produced by USsoccer.com, recaps the history of Landon Donovan, tracing his rise as a U-17 MNT forward through the heights at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

  • LeBron and the Boys Get a Fresh Look for the 2014 Season

    Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert has been teasing the world with the Cavs new uniforms for the 2014-15 season. The uniforms, which will supposedly be worn for their opening game are a subtle navy blue with yellow and red accents and a quote upside down that will read “All for one. One for All.” Ok @cavs fans, one last tweet on the uniforms.This will give you the feel of what KI will look like wearing it. pic.twitter.com/p40NtB8wKf — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 9, 2014 Here is full look.@cavs will be wearing em' opening night at The Q.They look even better in person versus the graphic pic.twitter.com/WthRWxxznN — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 9, 2014 . @cavs 22 days/526.5 hrs until opening tip.New floor&Humongotron.Here’s a slice of a potential new uniform.You like? pic.twitter.com/uSXQOw3tdE — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 8, 2014

  • A Scaled View of Every Jumbotron in the NFL [Infographic]

    After the Dallas Cowboys introduced their absurd video board to the world, teams have followed suit in similar fashion. With new stadiums holding 80,000+ people, a large video board is becoming a go to source for a public obsessed with super slow-mo, replays and getting as close to the action as possible. The Houston Texans have one-upped the cowboys by erecting a 277 ft wide video board to their stadium, trumping the width of the cowboys twin boards that float above the field at 177 ft, while the infographic is dated, showing the Vikings Jumbotron as a measly 33.5 x 19 ft, when in actuality, the entire stadium no longer exists. Expect big things from Minnesota in the next few years.

  • The Cross Country Classic: How To Pull Off The Ultimate MLB Playoff Road Trip in One Straight Shot

    How adventurous are you when it comes to travel? We at the Roosevelts are quite good at plotting out baseball road trips and also consider ourselves a 9 out of 10 when it comes to adventure travel. It started in 2010 when we did the epic 30 Stadiums in 30 Days challenge with COED.com and continued in 2012 with our Ultimate Baseball Bucket List. The MLB Playoffs are in full swing and there is a really unique situation taking place in the American and National League Championship Series’ that may never happen again. Each of the four teams left in the Playoffs are located basically on a straight line across the country. It’s actually amazing when you see it on a map. And best of all there is a simple way to drive East To West, Baltimore to St. Louis to Kansas City to San Francisco, over the course of six days and see home games in all four cities. The timing works out perfectly there is plenty of time between games so the driving isn’t even all that grueling. Help a bro out, share this story with your friends: Tweet The idea is simple and we’ve plotted it out more »

  • 5 Public Relations Lessons You Need To Know From Watching the NFL Fumble the Ray Rice Scandal

    Tor Constantino shares five leadership lessons that individuals and businesses can learn from the NFL’s missteps.  NFL brass must be breathing a sigh of relief. The Major League Baseball playoffs have begun, the 2014-15 NHL season has taken to the ice and the first tip off of the NBA’s the new season. Luckily for the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell, there will be plenty of action on the field, court, ice and diamond to distract from the dog pile of off-the-field issues and embarrassments tarnishing the NFL shield over the past several weeks. Related: 5 Public Relations Lessons You Need To Know From The Late Great John F. Kennedy Over the past several years, the NFL has become one of the most powerful and profitable sports brands on the planet, generating more than $10 billion a year in revenue even though, ironically, the league itself is structured as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(6) organization. —- Despite the league’s unprecedented prosperity, the recent spate of bankrupt behaviors alleged against some of the NFL’s most prominent players have marred the league’s marketing and money-making prowess. Most notably: Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, was most recently charged with two counts of aggravated assault against his 18-month more »

  • MLB Introduces A “Shot CLock” For Pitchers In Arizona Fall League

    Not so long ago, MLB took the step of forming a “pace of game” committee to address the mounting levels of down time in an average major-league contest. That committee  created three new rules one of which was introduced last night in the Arizona Fall League. A “pace of play” clock is being was introduced that will give pitchers between 12 and 20 seconds to pitch the ball when they receive it back from the catcher. Pace of Play clocks installed next to each dugout at @MLBazFallLeague opener tonight. Horrifying. pic.twitter.com/UC2sbS1dac — Steve Berthiaume (@BertDbacks) October 8, 2014 MLB will test the following rule changes/rule enforcements, per a league press release: Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep at least one foot in the batter’s box throughout his at-bat, unless one of a series of established exceptions occurs, in which case the batter may leave the batter’s box but not the dirt area surrounding home plate. (Exceptions include a foul ball or a foul tip; a pitch forcing the batter out of the batter’s box; “time” being requested and granted; a wild pitch or a passed ball; and several others.) No-Pitch Intentional Walks: In the event a team decides to intentionally more »

  • Roger Goodell’s Days As The NFL’s Omnipotent Enforcer Are Numbered

    NEW YORK CITY — Roger Goodell’s days as the NFL’s enforcer are clearly numbered, and team owners expect to hear details of how the commissioner’s role in the league’s disciplinary process could be reduced when they conduct their fall meeting at a Manhattan hotel on Wednesday. Discussion at the one-day meeting will be dominated by matters of social responsibility and how to improve and strengthen the league’s personal conduct policy. At the center of that issue is the acknowledgement that Goodell is open to ceding some of the singular power he has wielded in terms of meting out league discipline on the personal conduct front. In the aftermath of the NFL’s poorly received response to the Ray Rice domestic violence case, as well as the other highly publicized legal problems of Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy, Goodell has signaled that he’s willing to surrender or share the power to discipline in personal conduct matters. According to a memo sent from Goodell to the teams on Monday, that initiative might even include the establishment of an independent panel of outside experts who would have the responsibility of deciding whether players who have been arrested should be allowed to stay on the more »

  • A New Interactive U.S. Map Based On Where Baseball Players Were Born

    On Monday, I wrote a piece in which I divided the United States into 50 states of equal population. Today, I’m dividing the country up in order to evenly distribute a small segment of its population: professional athletes. Thanks to the sports-reference.com family of websites (and ESPN player profiles, league sites, and Wikipedia), I was able to find the birthplace of every American player currently in any one of the four major sports. Click on the buttons below for an animated look at where and when the players in each sport were born.

  • Madison Bumgarner Likes To Chug Beer, You Guys.

    When the Giants win and move on that means Madison Bumgarner will be chugging multiple beers in the locker room. It all started last week against Pittsburgh when, after striking out 10 during a four-hit shutout to get the Giants, Bumgarner took four beers and started chugging them in the locker room. Then Tuesday night, after the Giants beat the Washington Nationals in four games to advance to the National League Championship Series, Bumgarner one-upped himself by chugging five beers in celebration. Source: Bleacher Report

  • 15 Minutes Of Glorious Spinning In MMA Fights [Video]

    For skilled and agile fighters, spinning is an effective move. First they avoid a hit from their opponent then are suddenly in position to deliver a bunch of their own. But not everyone is so graceful. Some of these spins are successes, while some of these fighters just look like that kid in high school who always talked about martial arts classes but when he finally got in a fight he just spastically bounced around then got dropped by one punch. But when set to Strauss’ “Blue Danude” or Offenbach’s “Can-Can,” they are all entertaining. Oh, and one dude gets a backwards kick to the junk.

  • Who Should Be On The New York Yankees’ Mount Rushmore? [Vote Now]

    There has been a lot of debate whether or not Derek Jeter deserves to be on the New York Yankees’ theoretical “Mount Rushmore”. There are four spots to fill, one needs to be Babe Ruth, that is hardly debatable, but what about the other three? For a team with 21 numbers retired numbers and an owner who changed baseball forever we want to settle the argument and allow the fans to vote.

  • Kansas City Royals’ Hero Eric Hosmer Invited Fans To Party With Him After ALDS Sweep, Paid For Everyone’s Drinks

    Kansas City Royals’ ALDS hero Eric Hosmer made it an especially late night for some of his Kansas City Royals teammates as they spent the night celebrating with fans after sweeping the American League Division Series. After the game, Hosmer sent out a Tweet inviting fans to celebrate the victory with them at McFadden’s Bar in Kansas City’s Power & Light District. He thanked fans for their love this season, and to return the favor he used his personal credit card to pay for an open bar for one hour for everyone at McFadden’s. KC you guys showed us so much love all year were returning the favor for you guys tonight at @McFaddensKC #allonebigfamily see.u all there — Eric Hosmer (@TheRealHos35) October 6, 2014 Boisterous cheers greeted the guys as they walked into the bar just after 1 a.m. The players posed for pictures and stopped to sign autographs. They popped bottles of champagne and showered the fans. A Twitter user named @The1DougieFresh said Hosmer’s tab was reportedly over $17,000. A friend of mine who bartends at McFaddens just told me Hosmer's 1 hour bar tab was $17.5K!!! @TheRealHos35 #Royals #TakeTheCrown #KCproud — Doug Porter (@The1DougieFresh) October 6, 2014 Hosmer more »

  • The Beltway Series: Orioles-Ravens or Nationals-Redskins. The time has come to choose.

    Fans living in the DC/Baltimore metro area have a decision to make because the Beltway Series is a legit possibility I grew up in a suburb of Washington D.C. Technically; this suburb is located in the state of Maryland. The most well known city in said state is Baltimore. I like crabs. I support Under Armour apparel. And I’m a big fan of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s just lovely. Having said that, I’m a D.C. sports fan through and through. I grew up watching the Redskins, and really really want to have a secret handshake with Alex Ovechkin. I was a fan of the red white and blue Bullets, the teal Wizards, the Michael Jordan teal Wizards, the worst jerseys in the history of the NBA Wizards, and the current red white and blue Wizards. I’ll also be a fan when we finally change the name back to the Bullets (please, Ted Leonsis. It’s embarrassing!). Although I grew up going to Camden Yards, and the 2131 Cal Ripken Jr. moment is one I’ll never forget, it was an easy switch when the Nats came to town. Now that October baseball is upon us with two “local” teams having a legitimate shot at playing for the more »

  • LeBron James Used His Freakish Memory To Learn The Caveliers’ New Offense In 2 Days

    Like most of the all-time greats, LeBron James has an incredible work ethic unrivaled by most of his peers. But LeBron also has a secret weapon that separates him from many of the other greats: his amazing memory. James may have an “eidetic memory” — the closest thing to the mythical photographic memory — according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. He can remember specific plays from old games in exacting detail. One teammate told Windhorst that you can’t use the same football team twice when you play LeBron in the “Madden” video game because he remembers which plays you ran. He is already putting that work ethic and memory to use in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ken Berger has written a story for CBSSports.com about new Cavs coach David Blatt and the building of his relationship with James. The piece includes one telling nugget from the team’s first week of full practices. At the end of the second day of practices, during which the team was practicing twice a day, Blatt “blew his whistle and told the players to clear the court and get off their feet.” He then held a meeting with this coaches for about 30 minutes. When more »

  • The United States According To College Football Fans

    With data based on Facebook ‘likes’, New York Times estimated the boundaries of fandom for 82 teams. Unlike professional sports, the college game is much more provincial, with scrappy regional programs dominating their corners of the country. Texas and Oregon are two of the most popular teams, but together they account for only 25 percent of territory in the lower 48 states. There is no team with a level of national support that approaches that of, say, the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox or the Los Angeles Lakers. If you squint while looking at the college football map, you might even think you’re looking at a state map. In the Southeast, strong programs like Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana State and Oklahoma dominate their states — and stop right at the border. But there are enough exceptions to make this quite different from the state maps we all grew up learning. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been so mediocre for so long — failing to finish in the top 15 nationwide since the Kennedy administration — that fans have moved their support to the Wisconsin Badgers. And Nebraska! They do love their Cornhuskers across much of the Great Plains. But programs can more »

  • Danny MacAskill’s New Video Stars Scotland. And It’s Magnificent. [Video]

    Danny MacAskill is a street trials pro cyclist, so we are used to seeing him bouncing around urban environments. But MacAskill wasn’t always a city boy. He’s from Scotland’s Isle of Skye, laden with rocky, natural wonders. In this video he returns to Skye and does some impressive riding on the Cuillin Ridgeline that would see a lesser man (me) shit his pants and break his neck. But seriously, the Scottish vistas are incredible and it’s refreshing to see Danny MacAskill in such a different environment, yet still doing some unbelievable cycling.

  • Newly Restored Footage of the 1924 World Series Found 90-Years Later

    Newly found footage of the Washington Senators’ 1924 world series victory over the New York Giants was restored and released to a Library of Congress blog post. The four-minute newsreel shows the highlights of the 12-inning game and fans flooding the field after the Senators pull off a narrow 4-3 win. Library of Congress staff were able to restore the film and set the silent footage to musical scoring by pianist Andrew Simpson. The irony of all this is that the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota becoming the Twins and the NY Giants moved to San Fransisco, but the franchised Washington Nationals will be taking on the west coast Giants in the National League Division Series playoff. Could this be history repeating itself?

  • RSVLTS Investigates: Where Is Jeffery Maier Today?

    One of the pivotal moments of Derek Jeter’s long career happened in his rookie season, way back in 1996. Jeffrey Maier, a 12-year-old from New Jersey, made one of the most important fan plays in baseball history when he deflected a batted ball in-play into the Yankee Stadium stands during Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series. His action altered the course of Game 1, as the resulting home run allowed the Yankees to tie the score. They would go on to win the game and that series, four games to one. Jeffrey Maier changed everything for the 1996 Yankees. If Derek Jeter, a rookie in 1996, popped out instead of hitting the home run who knows how their World Series run, and his swagger filled career, would have changed. So where is Jeff today? We investigate. Our search began on Google where we learned that Jeffrey was a pretty solid college baseball player at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was a first-team all-NESCAC selection, played briefly for the Pittsfield Dukes in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2005 and in 2006, he became Wesleyan’s career hits leader. This is where the trail goes dry. With some more »

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