Who Were The Tallest Athletes In History?

As part of the new collection Sportographica, the chart above shows the tallest players in history by sport/league/discipline. While there isn't a regular-sized human in there to give you context, consider this: If you stacked all these professional athletes on top of each others, the pile would stretch ALL THE WAY TO… » 4/02/14 5:23pm 4/02/14 5:23pm

So, Which Countries Had The Worst Olympics?

After the usual agonizing about who's winning the Olympics—Do you use medal count or gold count? What about something weighted? WHAT ABOUT GDP?—Russia made things relatively easy at the end of the day, seemingly establishing itself as the consensus winner. » 2/24/14 12:06pm 2/24/14 12:06pm

Chart: Does Your Choice Of Candy Reveal Your Politics?

We already covered this for booze, but the research firm NMRPP has released a chart showing the political leanings (x-axis) and voter turnout (y-axis) of various major candy brands. Bubble size is proportional to the population of survey respondents who ate each type of candy. » 2/13/14 11:27am 2/13/14 11:27am

Map: Which States Produce The Most College Basketball Recruits?

Mode Analytics, which previously mapped out where college football players are from, has turned its attention to the much more timely sport of college basketball. The map above shows which states have produced the most current D1 players, relative to their college-age male populations. » 1/23/14 12:23pm 1/23/14 12:23pm

Maps: Which Of Our Readers Were The Biggest Homers In The HOF Vote?

Thanks to your input, the Deadspin HOF vote—revealed earlier this month—was generally agreed to be pretty decent. That might be letting some of you off the hook a little easy, though. We've given MVP voters plenty of crap for their homer votes; who, among our readership, turned out to be the biggest homers in our HOF… » 1/22/14 2:40pm 1/22/14 2:40pm

Do Colder NFL Games Have Fewer Penalties?

While watching some insanely frigid football last weekend, one Deadspinner wondered if there were fewer flags in cold NFL games, the result of referees deciding, consciously or not, to speed games up and get the hell off the field. Without scrutinizing hundreds of hours of game tape we can't really tell if the refs or… » 1/11/14 11:35am 1/11/14 11:35am

Cherrypick Your Way Through 143 Years Of Baseball Stats

Did you know that Curt Schilling led the league in complete games from 1992-2001? That Tim Raines led the league in hits from 1981-87? That Fred McGriff led the league in home runs from 1987-95? All great stats to argue for your favorite player's HOF admission, made possible by the magic of cherrypicked, arbitrary… » 1/09/14 3:48pm 1/09/14 3:48pm

Is "Discipline" Overrated In The NFL?

The 2013-14 Seahawks finished the year with a 13-3 record, a +186 point differential, and +40.1 percent DVOA, making them arguably the best team in the NFL. They also led the league in penalties (128) and penalty yards (1,193). Baltimore led in both categories last year and won the Super Bowl over the 49ers, who were… » 1/07/14 1:43pm 1/07/14 1:43pm

What Can We Learn About America From The Stuff We Put Up Our Asses?

This Christmas, we took our annual look at what Americans got stuck in their butts this past year. It sure felt like a banner year for rectum accidents, but was this really this case? And the obvious followup: What does it mean for the economy? » 1/01/14 2:05pm 1/01/14 2:05pm

Chart: The Average Weight Of NFL Rookies, By Position And Year

While football in the mid-80s could be pretty brutally violent, it's worth remembering that these players were, typically, a lot smaller than the NFL behemoths we're so used to today. The chart above—pulled from an interactive visualization created by Reddit user abresler—shows the average weight of each draft class… » 12/27/13 3:23pm 12/27/13 3:23pm

The Amazing MLB Payroll Graphic Gets An Update

Now that the winter meetings are over, Phil Roth has updated his excellent interactive payroll tool, which lets you explore the salary commitments of every MLB team from 1998 through 2024. That purple block you see above is $240 million worth of Robinson Cano, yours for just 10 flat payments of $24 million. » 12/26/13 10:51am 12/26/13 10:51am

The 12 Best Sports Infographics Of 2013

While 2013 saw plenty of "Snowfall"-inspired graphical masturbation, it was generally a great year for sports-related graphics and data viz. The 12 works below are some of our favorites, listed in order of publication. Sorry for the image fuzziness; click "expand" to get a better look. And let us know what we may have… » 12/19/13 3:00pm 12/19/13 3:00pm

Eli Manning Makes A Late Push For The Interception Record Books

When we last checked in on Eli Manning's quest for the single-season interception record, the Giants QB had thrown 17 interceptions through 10 games, but was tapering off and seemed in danger of losing the league lead to Geno Smith. We wrote at the time that they'd need a Tarkenton-level meltdown to reach 30… » 12/16/13 1:14pm 12/16/13 1:14pm

Does More Ball Movement Help An NBA Offense, Or Just Waste Time?

What counts as good NBA ball movement? The "seven seconds or less" theory developed by Mike D'Antoni's Phoenix Suns contends that teams are more efficient earlier in the shot clock (they are), and that the best strategy is, consequently, to get a shot off quickly with relatively few touches on the ball. On the other… » 12/12/13 2:38pm 12/12/13 2:38pm

Chart: The Voting Trajectory Of Every Hall Of Fame Candidate Ever

To aid in your Deadspin HOF ballot decisions, Kenny Shirley and Carlos Scheidegger of AT&T Labs have created a great interactive graph for exploring the voting trajectories of all 1,000-plus players/managers ever to be candidates for the Hall. The screencap above might make it look a little dense, but it's a very… » 12/10/13 4:03pm 12/10/13 4:03pm

Where Are The Sweet Montages? Breaking Down The Rocky Movies By Scene

"Rocky Morphology," the chart above from Fathom.info, breaks down all six Rocky films by scene type: "dialogue" scenes, training scenes, pre-fight scenes, fight scenes, and—of course—montage scenes, complete with linked movie stills. Without wading too far into the endless exercise in bullshit that is ranking the Rocky » 12/09/13 12:30pm 12/09/13 12:30pm