The impact of the MLB “juiced ball” on pitcher earned run average and predictive factors

In the early to mid-20th century, baseball was unquestionably America’s pastime. Today, we still revere stars like Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, who were cultural icons as well as excellent baseball players. However, baseball itself has been upstaged by professional football and basketball as the sport of choice for many Americans today. This is due...

Advocacy, Sports, and Faith

Cassius Clay, Lew Alcindor, and Chris Jackson may not be familiar names to most Americans or even to sports fans. However, it is undeniable that most if not all sports fans would recognize the names Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and more devoted fans of basketball would recognize the name Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. All three were...

Bayern inch closer to an eighth straight Bundesliga title with a 1-0 win in Der Klassiker

Since the Bundesliga’s restart, Bayern and Dortmund have looked like the league’s two strongest teams, coinciding with their position in the table. The Black and Yellow thrashed FC Schalke 04 4-0 and won comfortably against Wolfsburg. Similarly, Bayern beat a scrappy Union Berlin side 2-0 and overcame a 10-minute rough patch against Eintracht Frankfurt to...

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And then there Were Four

And then there Were Four

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10/09/2014

In my defense, I did at least correctly predict the AL Wild Card Game, which is about as well as any professional sports writers have predicted these playoffs have done. I’ll jump right into the absurdity: Kansas City sweeps Anaheim Nobody saw this coming. Well, technically, of the 26 paid experts ESPN had predict the…

Critical Voices: Hozier, Hozier

Critical Voices: Hozier, Hozier

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10/09/2014

As Julius Caesar once said, “experience is the teacher of all things.” No sentiment could ring more true than this in explaining the skill with which Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier Byrne has crafted his debut album, Hozier. The album is evidently a construction of Byrne’s life-experiences: after dropping out of studying music at Trinity College,…

The Strain on Aces

The Strain on Aces

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10/09/2014

Kershaw, Scherzer, Verlander, Price, Shields, Lester, Bumgarner, Strasburg.  These are some of the biggest names in baseball.  But something separates these guys from a Cabrera or a Trout.  Sure, they’re pitchers, but they’re more than that.  They’re aces.  When October rolls along, aces take on an entirely new role.  They go from pitching once every…

A Dreamy Reality: Neoimpressionism at the Phillips

A Dreamy Reality: Neoimpressionism at the Phillips

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10/09/2014

To establish the Dream of realities…to strive for the pursuit of the Intangible and meditate—in silence—to inscribe the mysterious Meaning.–Henry van de Velde, 1890 Do we dream of realities or do we seek to make realities dreams? Amidst the stress of midterms, presentations and large coursework, reality sits upon our shoulders like a heavy burden,…

Raising the Specter of Corruption in Serie A

Raising the Specter of Corruption in Serie A

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10/08/2014

I am writing this because I am bitter. I am bitter about a league that has been diminished by corruption.  I am bitter about the blatant disparity with which teams in Serie A are treated, specifically the exceptional favoritism shown to Juventus.  There is a reason they are not-so-affectionately referred to as ‘Rubentus’ (rubare meaning…

Latest Who, "Kill the Moon," Tries a Little Too Hard

Latest Who, "Kill the Moon," Tries a Little Too Hard

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10/08/2014

Doctor Who has proven in the past that it can be a scary show. Despite its origin as a program for children, the show has evolved significantly over the course of its 51 year history. Series 8’s latest offering, titled Kill The Moon, does everything it can to scare the viewer; however, the end result…

The Chaos of Week 6 in College Football

The Chaos of Week 6 in College Football

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10/08/2014

The sixth week of the college football season contained all the marks of excitement, including marquee matchups featuring top teams, a successful Hail Mary pass, record-setting shootouts, and upsets. Lots of upsets. The #2, #3, and #4 teams all lost, as did 11 of the top 20 teams, making week six one of the most…

Tea in DC: The Caffeine-Rich DuPont Circle

Tea in DC: The Caffeine-Rich DuPont Circle

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10/08/2014

If your are dissatisfied with the lack of proper appeasement of your caffeine addiction in the greater Georgetown area, let me suggest a journey for you. Take an extremely pleasant 25 minute walk down Q or P street and you will find yourself at DuPont Circle, surrounded with coffee shops galore, and other great places…

Rooting for L.A.’s Other Basketball Team

Rooting for L.A.’s Other Basketball Team

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10/07/2014

Because I am likely one of the only Los Angeles Clippers fans you’ll ever know in your lifetime, I’ll be the first to admit it-being a Clippers fan can be pretty miserable. L.A. loves its basketball, but the city has been a Lakers town since the organization relocated from Minneapolis in 1960. In every street…

The NFL Thermostat: Week 5

The NFL Thermostat: Week 5

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10/07/2014

HOT 1. New York Giants Offensive Rookies This comes in part from my own bias for my hometown team, as several rookies have helped contribute to their team’s success this year.  But on Sunday the Giants rookies were especially good, leading to a comeback victory. Running Back Andre Williams took over for an injured Rashad…


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