Washington Redskins: Building and Maintaining a Team Identity

Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder, the owner who dominates the Washington NFL scene, maintains a very polarized public image in regards to how his fan base views the organization. This has become a trend much larger than Washington, as fans of many other teams are starting to take interest. Protests have already taken place in Green Bay and Dallas this season, with another scheduled in Minnesota later this year. Snyder has chosen to suppress the opposition’s voices in his hometown, trying to keep the team identity as strong as possible in the DC area. Those who resist his stubborn stance on the issue are forced outward to other NFL cities to gain support. Read more of this post

Criticizing Success: The Reality of Thursday Night Football

TNF

Thursday Night Football first began in 2006, and since then it has grown enormously. But ever since its inception, Thursday Night Football has drawn criticism from many, including players. Fans and media alike are very critical of the sloppy product that is put forth on Thursdays, and players have openly expressed their displeasure with the short recovery time they have from a game on Sunday to a game on Thursday. I took a deeper look into the numbers behind Thursday Night Football to see whether or not the fans have the right to call these games sloppy or not. Read more of this post

Cracker Jack-Pot: Million-Dollar Lyrics

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When was the last time you heard the famous song Take Me Out to the Ball Game? If you can’t remember, perhaps try the last baseball game you attended. Now think back to that game. Think of the number of fans listening and singing along to the iconic song during the seventh inning stretch. Now compound that number in your head across every game for every team for an entire season. Now take that number and stretch it back decades to the song’s institution into Major League ballparks. That is how many times Take Me Out to the Ball Game has been played in a Major League setting, and for the sweet and salty snack Cracker Jack, this represents something quite astounding. Read more of this post

Out with the Old, In with the New

Beal and Wall

The Wizards are arguably a top 10 team in the NBA right now, and are arguably a much better team than they were during the Gilbert Arenas-Caron Butler-Antawn Jamison-era. One thing is for sure though: they have been more successful in the playoffs, nearly beating the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. However, the differences in team composition between the 2005-2006 Wizards and the 2013-2014 edition leave me wondering if the new Wizards are missing something that the old team had, something that would have won them the series. Read more of this post

The Chicago Cubs and the Divide Between Top Hitting and Pitching Prospects

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Imagine you are the general manager for an MLB team today and are presented with a choice: Take either a top-hitting prospect or a top-pitching prospect—both equally regarded. With that information only, whom do you choose?

Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs

When Theo Epstein became the Chicago Cubs general manager in 2011, he inherited a barren farm system. ESPN.com prospect evaluator Keith Law selected just one Cubs prospect in his 2011 pre-season Top 100 list: Trey McNutt at number 66. Read more of this post

Why Dalton Deserves More Credit

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After last week’s drubbing of the Tennessee Titans, the Bengals were the only team in the AFC with an undefeated record (prior to yesterday’s defeat to the Patriots). Since drafting the combination of A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, the Bengals have reached 3 consecutive postseasons, only to lose in the Wild Card round each time. After each loss, critics blame Dalton for his poor postseason numbers while overlooking the fact that he helped his team reach the playoffs. Last season, I wrote an article analyzing whether or not Peyton Manning performed worse in the playoffs. For Dalton, the answer is as obvious as one touchdown, six picks and an adjusted yards per attempt of 3.80. These numbers are not even remotely close to his regular season numbers, regardless of the level of competition.  Read more of this post

Georgetown Soccer: Profile on the Rise of a Powerhouse

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Before 2006, the name Georgetown meant little to nothing in the college soccer world. While the program dates back to 1952, the team had only produced two trips to the NCAA tournament and one conference title. So when Brian Weise, a coach with no head coaching experience under his belt, was hired in 2006, few could have predicted the change that has come. However, after just one recruiting cycle, Coach Weise has established Georgetown as an east coast powerhouse. The program is now nationally recognized, perennially vying for titles and attracting top recruits from across the country. How has Coach Weise managed to transform the soccer program in such a short time? One huge impact was the shift to a fully funded soccer team in 2005, but is there something in Coach Weise’s tactics that has also helped turn the program around? Read more of this post

Why We Love Sports

phila flyers

With the NHL preseason a few weeks away, I must admit that I have never been much of a hockey fan. Basketball, baseball, football, and soccer are all sports I follow intensely, but hockey never really piqued my interest. That all changed over the course of a few months earlier this year. Read more of this post

A Legacy of Greatness

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The 2013-2014 San Antonio Spurs are arguably one of the greatest teams ever assembled, not just in basketball history, but in all of sports. The reasons range from obvious to subtle, but, in the end, it is their overwhelming team synergy that places them over nearly every other team that has hoisted a championship trophy. Read more of this post

So, What Is Mystics Live?

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If you haven’t noticed by now, we have been putting out a lot of content this past week about the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. While it may not be the most mainstream sports team out there, it is certainly a strong brand and a franchise that is on the leading edge of enhancing the spectator experience at games.

The “Mystics Live” app, created by Kiswe Mobile, is just one of those ways that the watching the Mystics is a different and innovative experience of watching women’s basketball. The app’s layout allows users to choose how to watch games in a way that brings them the most enjoyment.

Features of the Mystics Live app include:

  • Different camera angles so the user can choose how they want to view the game (from a traditional style to a baseline camera often associated with video games like the NBA 2K series)
  • Live box scores to make checking statistics easy and accessible
  • A rewind button to replay spectacular moments or just something the viewer might have missed while watching the game in person
  • Highlight reels of Mystics players which fans can then share with their friends on social media with the click of a button

Mystics Live enhances the viewing experience for Mystics fans and enables them to watch games however they so choose. It gives control of the viewing experience to the fan, which is ultimately what many people want while watching sports: a sense of personalization that makes the experience their own. The app is available for iPhones, iPads, and iPods in the Apple App Store and for Droids and Androids in the Play Store. We are very impressed with what Kiswe Mobile has done so far with the Mystics Live app and how it will continue to grow.

Image courtesy of sportslive.org

Nick Barton
Carl Yedor
Georgetown University Class of 2017, 2016

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