This season marks the 20th anniversary of the yellow first-down line, televised football’s single greatest innovation since instant replay. The yellow line has become invaluable, and more than that, has become a friend. And now apparently it’s not good enough anymore???
When ESPN introduced the "BottomLine" as an experiment on its new ESPN2 channel nearly 20 years ago, few expected the feature to become as ubiquitous in sports broadcasting as it has. Today, nearly every cable sports net has its own version of the scores ticker, and in an industry that clings to convention it's…
Similar to what The New York Times did for the 100m dash in 2012, The Wall Street Journal has developed a great graphic to show just how much faster the top speed skaters have gotten over the years. The still above is part of an animation pitting every male 500m gold medalist against each other; the 2002 winner (Casey…
This morning, the Washington Post published a map and list of the home states of the U.S.'s Winter Olympians. Commenter Jessica Minton wasn't a fan, so she took the data and created her own interactive map that breaks down the states' athletes by gender and by sport.
You'll want to bookmark this interactive calendar, produced by Column Five Media. It's an intuitive way to sort the Sochi goings-on by sport and date, and the events are listed by an actual American time zone.
In a series of weird graphics, designer Taylor Holland takes vectors of various sports fields and rotates all the individual elements around and around and around. The results are kind of mesmerizing, although not without the occasional unfortunate swastika.
Below are four maps showing which team in each of this weekend's games has more Facebook fans in every county in America.
It took 12 weeks, but we've reached that point in the season. It's now possible to visualize the NFL's circle of life, where every team has lost to the team preceding it. Any Given Sunday, indeed.
We spend so much time here making fun of chyron mistakes that we sometimes forget to give thanks for the serendipitous moments where on-screen graphics and live action work in hilarious concert.
I've been bugged by this since around 3:55, and I'm not the only one—we've gotten emails and tweets from people complaining about CBS's ticker, which uses a striking yellow "Final" box to indicate which games are over. If you're half paying attention, it makes you think there's a flag on the play. Every play.
The hockey internet is fawning over this graphic from Chris Boyle at Canadiens blog Eyes on the Prize, and it's easy to see why. The chart takes a second to understand, but when you do, it's hard to come away thinking there's any stat more telling than Fenwick.
Thanks to NHL.com for putting this one together. It becomes super-easy to visualize the new format, which was approved by the NHL's Board of Governors today and will go into effect next season. Four divisions, two conferences. It'll mean more rivalry games, every team playing in every arena every season, and, aside…
Two years ago, we were taken by the NFL's ouroboros: a visual representation of the league's parity, where any team can beat anyone else. In the graphic, each team has a victory over the team next to it, going clockwise, until it circles back.
In W.P. Kinsella's novel, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, the narrator's father muses upon a loophole in the rulebook. There's nothing that specifically states the foul lines end at the fence.
Darrin Crescenzi is a Portland-based graphic designer, and something of a go-to guy for Nike. He's responsible for, among other things, the Team USA Olympic jerseys, Nike's Livestrong campaign, and various logos and brandmarks going back half a decade. These are all corporate things that are hard for anyone who's not…
If Buzzfeed and the Times made a baby, and it had epilepsy, it would look like this: "10 Animated GIFs From London 2012." These gifs are different—they're constructed from rapid fire shots taken by the Times's photographers, rather than from actual moving pictures. It sort of defeats the entire purpose of the medium.
Durant is known for being able to go left or right, and finish with either hand. The data shows that to be true from near the basket and from midrange. But if you can keep KD on the perimeter, he's significantly more likely to beat you from the left.
The old new paradigm got a piece of a newer paradigm this week, as once-revolutionary USA Today acquired the Big Lead. What does this mean? Blog posts slipped under your hotel-room door? We pulled some numbers from the press release to illustrate how it all might fit together.