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The Natural Probability of a No-Hitter
Some guys have all the luck. Not a favorable umpire. A lot of variables need to cooperate for a Major League Pitcher to throw a successful complete game no-hitter. The pitcher needs both good stuff and good command - a combination that many can't put toget...

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The Natural Probability of a No-Hitter
Some guys have all the luck. Not a favorable umpire. A lot of variables need to cooperate for a Major League Pitcher to throw a successful complete game no-hitter. The pitcher needs both good stuff and good command - a combination that many can't put toget...

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What's More Likely: The Chiefs at 16-0 or the Jaguars at 0-16?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are mired in another awful season, posting exactly one moral victory when they beat the +28 spread against them in their contest against the Broncos. They plan to install some swimming pools in the stadium, though. Promising! This r...

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Fix the NHL: Loose Ends
Change the Way Draft Position is Determined ...Are these high school fans or highly paid draft picks? Brendan: All for it, except for the method that McIndoe proposes implementing. I’m not entirely sure what’s wrong with the system in the NFL, where the te...

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Say Goodbye to Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson celebrates one of his 101 saves between 2012 and 2013. He shouldn't see any more in black and orange. The Baltimore Orioles and their fans have seen two very different Jim Johnsons over the last two seasons. In 2012, Johnson was lights out, fini...

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Fix the NHL: Longer Overtime, Fewer Shootouts
Jonathan Toews scoring on what amounts to the most exciting coin flip in sports. Brendan: I totally agree with the idea that hockey should extend overtime in an effort to see fewer shootouts, except by “totally” I mean “everything except the Fewer Shootouts...

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Fix the NHL: Kill the Loser Point
Evengi Malkin comes up when you Google image search "NHL loser." As an extremely fair-weather Capitals fan, Google knows what's up. Brendan: As you may or may not know, when an NHL game goes to overtime, both teams are guaranteed to leave with 1 point. To ...

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Let's Fix the NHL
With the NHL, the smallest of the big four professional sports (sorry, soccer) starting tonight, Observational Studies co-founder Brendan Porto and I will be launching a regular discussion of changes that have been suggested to improve the popularity of hoc...
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