Comparing the Marginal Cost of the Fifth-Year Option for NFL First-Round Picks

One of the major additions in the 2011 NFL CBA was the introduction of the fifth-year option as a way for teams to retain their first-round picks for one extra season at a cost-controlled level. For these high draft picks, they receive a raise on what they were making on their rookie deals, but it … More Comparing the Marginal Cost of the Fifth-Year Option for NFL First-Round Picks

Looking Back on the USMNT: Thoughts on the USMNT against Belgium and into the Future

Crushing. Exasperating. Frustrating. Slap any adjective you want on the way the USMNT went out; it doesn’t really matter. Sure, the team had their chances, but it doesn’t change the fact that they went out in the Round of 16 (albeit, against a Belgian side that was much stronger than the Ghanians in 2010). To … More Looking Back on the USMNT: Thoughts on the USMNT against Belgium and into the Future

Thoughts on the World Cup: The Round of 16 and Quarterfinals

After a rollicking series of 48 group games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, we have reached what is often called the “business side” of the tournament. The minnows have been separated from the sharks, and we have a situation where the teams can no longer tie. It’s a situation very similar to the … More Thoughts on the World Cup: The Round of 16 and Quarterfinals

Thoughts on the World Cup: Group Stage Part Three

Time is running out on the Group stage of World Cup 2014, and our boys are nearing kickoff of their match against the Germans. There will be no predictions here, only things that we’ve learned from the games from Monday through Wednesday. Some of the matches were entertaining; others were played very cautiously. But we … More Thoughts on the World Cup: Group Stage Part Three

Who Knew a Draw Could Sting so Badly? Thoughts on USA-Portugal and the Rest from Sunday’s Games

Ouch. I won’t bother with dwelling on the final play of last night’s USA game; I think we’ve all seen more than enough of it. But as frustrating as it is, we could be England (or Spain, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.), going into our final group game with absolutely nothing to play for. It’s … More Who Knew a Draw Could Sting so Badly? Thoughts on USA-Portugal and the Rest from Sunday’s Games