Sabermetrics godfather and occasional Joe Paterno apologist Bill James has spent the past many years as something of a paradox. You can be confident that he’s smart at something, but a great deal of what he says and does flies in the face of that knowledge.
Like an old-growth tree that moves pitifully slow compared to the deadly encroachments of climate change, the Democratic Party establishment is now bumbling about in search of where to go now. If only there were some... signs.
Here are a couple tweets from politics polling seer Nate Silver, founder of ESPN math website FiveThirtyEight.
The Washington Post spent the last few months surveying a random selection of 504 self-identified Native Americans, 36 percent of whom claimed a tribal affiliation, about the Washington football team calling itself the “Redskins.” Of those surveyed, the vast majority told the Post that the name does not offend them.
The Raptors and their fans have played the “nobody believes in us” card faster and harder than just about anyone, quite possibly because nobody believes in them. But things have reached a fever pitch in Wherever The Raptors Are From, thanks to the limitations of an online poll.
Preseason polls are inherently stupid. But instead of wasting our time arguing with the power-mad beat writers of America, Deadspin proposes that it’s time for the right to determine college football’s best teams—or perhaps just its most interesting—to be taken away from the idiot writers and given to you, the idiot…
Sex is better when both people are having a good time, even when one of those people is a robot. So the next logical step there is that someone is building a sentient sex robot. Okay! It’s the future, and you’re now faced with a question: Would you do it with this hot bot? There are many possible answers, but only one…
The other Sunday at brunch with friends, I caught myself doing something revolting: I was absentmindedly picking at the dry skin on my heels. In public. At brunch.
The other day, ESPN published a story, citing data from the ESPN Sports Poll Annual Report, claiming that Major League Soccer now "equals MLB in popularity with kids." The story was quickly picked up by MLS, CBS, The Big Lead, the Orlando Sentinel, the Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, brandished as…
The annual Harris Poll survey is out, and for the 30th year in a row, Americans named pro football (35 percent) as their favorite sport, with baseball (14 percent) a not-so-close second.
This bizarre poll popped up on ESPN's SportsNation site the other evening and, just as quickly, disappeared. Do you like money?
This poll is currently on the front page of Sochi2014.com, the official page of the upcoming Winter Olympics. I'm pretty sure that if you select "Other," the FSB shows up at your door to whisk you off to a gulag.
NFL communications is PR, and Brian McCarthy is a PR guy, so we shouldn't and don't expect them to share anything that isn't overwhelmingly positive for the league. Take this post McCarthy just tweeted out, which "summarizes" the results of a new HBO Real Sports/Marist poll on public opinion of youth football in the…
"It doesn't matter" most popular choice for Jets' starting QB: He's looked decent in preseason. [ESPN]
The Redskins appear poised to be competitive for the first time in a long while. But aside from the obvious (PUT RG3 EVERYWHERE), rebranding a franchise is a long and complicated process. Frank Luntz focus groups and fake Indian chiefs were just the beginning. Now the team is polling fans, and some of the questions…