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  • How to Throw a Perfect Knuckle Ball

    It may be the greatest mystery of acquired skill in sports. A trait so difficult to master yet so powerful in result only a handful of professionals can achieve success with it. The knuckleball is a pitch that isn’t thrown hard or fairly accurate, but just thrown to perfection in delivery which makes it the most difficult pitch to hit in baseball. Time Wakefield and R.A. Dicky have made quite the illustrious career for themselves by throwing this one pitch more than any other, Wakefield lasting an outstanding 17 years, tenured with the Boston Redsox. Here is a breakdown on the perfect way to throw a pesky knuckler.

  • A Century of Ballparks (Infographic)

    Part of a continuing exploration of information design using baseball as a core theme, this poster, by Lou Spirito, illustrates the current 30 MLB ballparks to scale. Each field is shown in a common green hue while surrounded by a color from the respective home team’s primary palette. Ballparks are arranged in ascending order by date opened. I00 years separates the first and last.

  • 10 Greatest Moments of Derek Jeter’s Incredible Career

    Truly, there are few pinstripe clad baseball players that trump Derek Jeter. Entering the Big Leagues when Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio was the toast of the music world, Jeter quickly saw an elevation to equal—and much longer lasting—fame. Now, in 2014—nineteen years removed from his MLB debut—Jeter has decided to hit the ole dusty trail come this fall. Yankee fans will be awash in nostalgia when the Captain’s final season comes to pass. As such, we decided to countdown the best moments from Jeter’s career.

  • The 10 Most Anticipated Sporting Events of 2014

    With the World Series in the books, 2013—in terms of great sporting events—has passed. But, after the passing of December 31st, the year begins anew and hence the athletic clock can be reset. To celebrate the conclusion of 2013 and to welcome the arrival of the approaching year, RSVLTS has put together a list of the sporting events to get most excited about in 2014.

  • 14 Awe-Inspiring Athletic Performances of 2013

    Athletically, 2013 was a three hundred and sixty five day span of time that was collectively awe-inspiring. From the resurgent Boston baseballers to Peyton Manning making a late-career case of superiority in his more than a decade-long rivalry with Tom Brady, there were plenty of moments that made fans—with their mouths agape—go, “HOW IN GOD’S NAME DID HE DO THAT?!”

  • 10 Examples of Brief Sports Superstardom

    Athletics—and those who partake in such events in a professional manner—are often thought of in two repelling polarities, either existing as a veritable earthbound deity or residing in the muck of sporting shame. However, what is often forgotten amongst the overdone stories of greatness and its polar opposite are the tales of those who were stars for a brief amount of time—the guy who, for a month, was better than the best player of the time. For these athletes, they stood as the momentary pinnacle of their respective sport—only to be cast to the wayside after one short year, month, or day. What are some prime examples of brief stardom in sports, you ask? Well, this top 10 begins now, RSVLTS responds.

  • The 11 Most Captivating Games of the 2013 Sports Year

    A multi-billion dollar industry, the world of mass spectator sports is truly an integral part of American society—inspiring fans to rabidly cheer, disapprovingly jeer, and become collectively energized. What fuels this phenomenon are the games that become etched into the lore of their respective sport; when the mental torment of watching a team struggle through a difficult season culminates in a fatigue-awash victory. The best games of 2013 fit such a criteria. And, with so many team-wide moments that prove to viewers the value of hard work, RSVLTS has gathered a Top 11 list to give 2013 a Norse Funeral-like send off.

  • 10 Athletes Who Blew Our Minds in 2013

    It’s clear that—in sports—there’s a need to point out the best individual players despite the overwhelming message that a team’s collective effort trumps everything (points to Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Seahawks) But, with the Most Valuable Player Awards being among the most coveted pieces of recognition in athletics, RSVLTS is here to count down the Top 10 Most Valuable Athletes of 2013. And, while it may not compete with the opinion of the Associated Press, it still is a part of the Yearbook13 event—where there is a chronicling of all the most notable, memorable, and otherwise monumental aspects of the fleeting year.

  • 10 Athletes You Need To Know In 2014

    The world of athletics can be likened to a grand cycle—one where, as old players retire, new generations emerge to occupy the open void. Whether still in college or emerging as standout professionals, upstart athletes are the players that get sports’ fan base energized; eager to watch the latest young sensation. And, as a part of the RSVLTS Yearbook13 event; we have gathered a list of all the latest—as Dick Vitale phrases it—“Diaper Dandies” that look ready to electrify the sports world in 2014.

  • Top 10 Most Touching Sports Moments of 2013

    Sports have functionally become the mechanism that unites communities—providing those facing adversity with a brief amount of respite. In 2013, this was proven with moments that gave purpose to an otherwise questionable necessity of spectator sports. As a part of the Yearbook13 event, RSVLTS has compiled a list of the moments in 2013 athletics that transcend stats—giving athletics an intangible relevance in American society.

  • The 10 Biggest Blockbuster Sports Deals of 2013

    With each passing year, there is one thing that is guaranteed in sports; massive amounts of money will be spent. Whether on a team-seeking superstar, who can bring a franchise’s championship aspirations to fruition or by a wealthy entrepreneur taking new ownership of a club, money is required to make either of the aforementioned transactions. In 2013, there were many instances of massive spending for the sake of bolstering the already considerable fanbase of spectator sports. What were the most notable, you ask? Well, look no further than Yearbook13, responds RSVLTS.

  • Top 10 Overhyped Sports Stories of 2013 (That Didn’t Actually Matter)

    With ESPN running nearly 24-hour sports news and banter-laden segments, they need to maintain a constant flow of material. Unfortunately, this means that many of the stories that they cover are tabloid-esque sensationalist time-fillers that further invoke the interest of a population who catalyze meaningless brouhaha. A year full of soap opera-worthy drama that ESPN beat until the end of its ninth life, 2013 had no shortage of meaningless locker room tales. And, in true End of the Year fashion, RSVLTS has the best—and least meaningful—of the sporting news abyss. 10. Mark Sanchez’s Headband Does anybody remember that guy who was the New York Jets’ starting quarterback? Well, the biggest splash he made in 2013 was via his choice of headwear. And, as the media gravitated towards it, it spiraled into a story much larger than necessary. Seriously, the MLB is on during the summer, can’t tabloid NFL stories fall to the wayside during the offseason? 9. The Alex Rodriguez Saga While controversial, the Alex Rodriguez debacle in New York City hardly has the same impact as it once did. Once a player who would easily join the all time greats in Cooperstown, A-Rod is now a shamed fallen star more »

  • 10 Sports Fans Who Became Famous

    Fandom in American Sports is one of this country’s most celebrated cultural aspects. Often, fans go to games and–amidst a crowd of fellow game goers– go home unnoticed. However, there are rare occasions when fans become just as famous–if not more so– than the players on the field. Sometimes iconic, sometimes loved, and sometimes vilified; RSVLTS has compiled a list for some of the most notable famous fans.

  • The 12 Greatest Feuds In American Sports History

    Feuds: the players start them and the media perpetuates them. But, with the inherently competitive nature of sports, it seems that people thrive off of a good dramatic conflict. Feuds pervade sports and have given pundits, reporters, and other media members a good storyline to boost the ratings of an upcoming matchup. But, what are some of the best feuds in sporting history? Well, RSVLTS is here to chronicle some of the best, most intense, and most comical feuds in sporting history. Before beginning, it must be stated that this list will only cover the four major team sports in America– a criteria that disqualifies the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. But, without further ado, the best sporting feuds:

  • The 11 Worst Uniform Decisions Made By Sports Franchises

    In sports, tradition is always regarded as important. Teams are always looking to tread into new territory while still acknowledging their origins. But, some origins are—well—prettier than others. Hence, some of the more gruesome throwback uniforms are as follows:

  • A-Rod Gets the Much Deserved/Anticipated Taiwanese Animation Treatment

    With all the hilariously shameful news surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s downward spiraling career, it’s no surprise Next Media Animation created this parody of the soap opera that is A-Rod being chased around town by a laughably accurate rendering of Bud Selig. It will put a smile on your face knowing that you never have to see this moron grab his crotch with a constant bewildered look on his face, while at the plate.

  • The Longest Professional Sports Careers

    The average playing career for an NFL players is 3.5 years, the average MLB career is 5.6 years, the average NBA career is 4.8 years, and the average NHL career is 5.5 years. Playing in one of the major four American sports takes a toll on a person’s body that is nearly unfathomable. The aforementioned being established, it is truly an incredible feat when an athlete exceeds the career length average of their respective league. The praiseworthy nature of such a feat is heightened when athletes break their sport’s average career length by a sizable amount. Hence, it is the intent of this article to explore the athletes whose Herculean fortitude has seen them experience generation-bridging careers. But first, those worthy of an honorable mention will be listed. A Pair of NHL Legends: Considered the greatest hockey player to ever play the sport, Gretzky’s career lasted from 1978-1999. And, one of his most notable teammates makes the final list. But, Gretzky is unfortunately trumped by other NHL greats for the primary portion of the list. Moreover, Martin Brodeur—the greatest goalie in hockey history—misses the list by the mere span of a year. But, the fact that he hasn’t retired clearly more »

  • The All-Movie Baseball Team Line Up

    Baseball movies. We love’em. You love’em. They molded our up bringings. Whether they were comedies about a young kid getting the chance of a life time or seasoned vetren dealing with the reprecussions of an aging athlete, we learned a lot from these movies and some of their names have grown to become more house hold than contemporary players in the majors today. We’ve devised a line up of the cream of the crop baseball players in movies in preparation for the ASG at Citifield.

  • The Encyclopedia of Obnoxious Sports Fans

    To state the obvious, spectator sports are excessively popular in America. Namely, the sports of Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Hockey are collectively referred to as America’s four major sports. Sporting teams can unite a city, and establish a common brotherhood within the residents of a community. However, there are some sports patrons who take their fandom to extremist levels—detracting from the enjoyment of others. This will be an article that discusses the sporting world’s most annoying types of fans—not the teams or the cities with the most obnoxious fans. There’s always one occupant of the stands that drives the common spectator insane, and this article is meant to establish the most grating trends in sport spectating.

  • The 10 Most Bizarre Trades In Sports History

    Trades are often some of the most rumored and speculated occurrences in all of professional sports. People’s minds are often littered with images of what the discussed player would look like in a different team’s uniform. But, some trades in sports history are something of an oddity. Whether a player is traded for himself, an inanimate object, a seemingly oversized bounty, or in the presence of sheer spite, all of the completed trades on this list stand out in athletic history as thoroughly bizarre.

  • Who Would Win The Coaching Staff Basebrawl between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks?

    Last night, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the LA Dodgers got into a bench clearer after pitcher, Ian Kennedy, went on a head hunting binge, first at rising Dodger prospect, Yasiel Puig, which was retaliated by Zack Greinke hitting Miguel Montero in the back. Normal baseball. Nothing to see here. Then in what seemed like a double retaliation, Kennedy went after Greinke, which is an absolute baseball ‘no-no’, but to boot threw at his head, now tallying the head count to two. Montero, the Diamondbacks catcher seemed to be the peacemaker when he was behind the plate on both accounts, first tending to Puig, then trying to hold back Greinke, pleading with him for Kennedy’s innocence, but to no avail the ruckus began. “It got pretty ugly,” said Montero. Obviously this cleared the benches, players threw some punches, but more interesting was the amount of physicality shown by the coaches. Mattingly threw D-Backs bench coach Allan Trammel to the ground, LA batting coach and forearm advocate Mark McGwire seemed like he was letting off 15 years of steam going after anything wearing red, like a bull in a ring. McGwire had to be held back by Arizona third base coach and more »

  • Your First Look At The Proposed Changes To America’s Most Historic Sports Venue

    The most historic venue is all of American sports is about the undergo a major overhaul that will bring it up to speed with the 21st century without taking away from any of the character we’ve come to know and love. The $300 million renovation plan for Wrigley Field is still waiting for approval from the city but it would include a better clubhouse and facilities for the players, a Jumbotron video scoreboard and more night games.

  • Critiquing Obama’s Pitching Technique

    Today, President Barack Obama posted a picture to Facebook of him greasing up the ol’ windmill, practicing his pitching form. At first glance it looks like he has a pretty good pitching motion but we talked to a pitching expert, former pro pitcher and pitching instructor to give “Ba-Rocket” Obama a few pointers. In addition to the pointers below, our expert has offered a free lesson to the Obama (afterall he’ll have three more Opening Days as the leader of the free world) so if anyone from the Secret Service is reading this and he’d like to take us up on the offer you probably already know how to find us.

  • Why 100 MPH Pitchers Are The New Normal For MLB [Infographic]

    As Major League Baseball prepares to open its season Sunday, high-octane pitching is dominating the game as never before. One day it’s the Cincinnati Reds’ Aroldis Chapman, the”Cuban Missile,” firing 103-mile-per-hour fastballs out of the bullpen. The next, starters like the Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price are clocking triple digits deep into games when they should be tiring. In 2003, there was only one pitcher who threw at least 25 pitches 100 mph or faster. In 2012, there were seven. A growing number of fastball pitchers are throwing at speeds reached by only a handful of hurlers a decade ago. This infographic explains why the velocity revolution hit warp speed, and what it means for baseball.

  • The Best Seats In The House: 10 Most Unique Places To Watch Baseball

    Baseball starts in only a few weeks and while every baseball stadium is unique in it’s own way there are a few experiences unlike anything else in the league. Last year during our Baseball Bucket List adventure which took us to 12 MLB stadiums in order to complete dozens of YOUR baseball bucket list items we got to watch baseball games from several of these amazing places. Over the last three years been to all 30 MLB stadiums so here are the best places to watch baseball in America from the guys who know.

  • 8 MLB Greats Created Out of LEGOS

    flipflopflyball has an awesome ongoing photo series featuring Major League Baseball greats created out of LEGOS. We’ve pulled together some of the best but make sure you follow their Tumblr blog to see all the latest updates.

  • The 100 Most Powerful Sports Photos of 2012

    2012 was an incredible year for sport. Records broken, if not shattered. Olympics fever was at an all time high. Feats of speed and strength awed crowds. The fastest man in the world left us speechless, while the reigning boxing champion of the world lay unconscious, face in the canvas. Heroes retired from their respective games, whether riding off into the sunset for a curtain call, or face in hands, hanging in shame. We’ve experienced bevy of sports controversies, as well as mountain top triumphs, and all tell their respective stories in photos. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of moments that could have been included in this list but we’ve weeded through them all and narrowed it down to the 100 most powerful sports images of 2012.

  • 15 Pro Athletes Who Played For Their Hometown Teams

    Brandon Crawford, the San Francisco Giants’ starting shortstop, grew up in San Francisco rooting for the team with which he just won the World Series. I doubt there is a better feeling in professional sports. What other athletes have gotten the chance to live our their childhood fantasies and play for their hometown teams? Some of the players on this list will be obvious to some, but others might surprise you.