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A 5-Part Plan To Fix The NFL’s Coaching Diversity Problem

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After a recent spate of hirings and firings, the NFL is in the midst of a coaching diversity crisis. Fewer than 10 percent of the NFL’s head coaches are black — even though about 60 percent of the league’s...

Our Guide To Super Bowl LIV

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Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers is one of huge contrasts: Patrick Mahomes vs. Jimmy Garoppolo. Passing vs. rushing. Offense vs. defense. Legendary barbecue vs. legendary burritos. (We can only hope...

Is Super Bowl History Repeating Itself?

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Graphics by Sakshi Jain Before the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers face off Sunday in Super Bowl LIV, senior sportswriter Neil Paine looked back through Super Bowl history to see how this game stacks up against previous championships....

Has The NFL’s Instant Replay Run Its Course?

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There’s a classic coachspeak phrase that gets trotted out when people blame losses on bad officiating: “You’ve got to take it out of the refs’ hands.” After an NFL season when replay-review changes intended to fix officiating mistakes seemed...

Tyreek Hill vs. Richard Sherman Is The Super Bowl Matchup To Watch

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One of the most important matchups in Super Bowl LIV will be between Kansas City’s speedster wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, and San Francisco’s second-team All-Pro cornerback, Richard Sherman. How the Chiefs choose to attack Sherman, and how the Niners...

How Much Football Is Even In A Football Broadcast?

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Graphics by Ryan Best Around 100 million Americans will tune in this Sunday to watch Super Bowl LIV. The big game hasn’t just become the nation’s most popular sporting event; it’s also become America’s most important and most-watched television broadcast,...

The Chiefs Were On Their Way To A Loss. Then Patrick Mahomes Turned It...

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For three-plus quarters during Sunday’s Super Bowl LIV, Patrick Mahomes looked mortal, uncharacteristically missing on throws he usually completes. As the fourth quarter began, and the Chiefs drove to the 23-yard line of the San Francisco 49ers, their quarterback...

How Our New NFL Model Did This Season

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Quarterbacks ruled the 2019 NFL season, with Patrick Mahomes bringing the Lombardi Trophy to Kansas City and Lamar Jackson emerging as the league MVP. Quarterbacks were in control of the FiveThirtyEight prediction model, too, as a key factor of...

The NFL’s Divisional Round Gave Us A Few Near-Upsets — And One Certified Mega-Upset

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sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, sports editor): Well, that was quite a weekend. For a hot second on Sunday, it looked like we would lose both of the FiveThirtyEight Super Bowl favorites in one round … but the Chiefs came roaring...

The Rooney Rule Isn’t Working Anymore

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Jan. 14, 2020, at 3:17 PM The NFL isn’t hiring minority head coaches at the same rate as it did a decade ago. Although the 2019 NFL season isn’t quite over yet, all of the head coaching slots for next year have now...

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Dodgers’ Ross Stripling not opposed to throwing at cheating Astros

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Count Dodgers hurler Ross Stripling among those in the MLB ranks who aren’t happy. The 30-year-old righty, a member of the 2017 Los Angeles squad...

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