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MLB Hits a Home Run With Modified Derby Format

With a new format put in place, the Derby was full of much more excitement.

The MLB listened to its fans and ratings when it realized it needed to make a change to the Home Run Derby. In its basic model, this event should naturally be exciting, given how much people enjoy watching home runs, especially towering moonshots. However, in past years, the 10 out system allowed for batters to take their time. That meant taking pitches and waiting for every single perfect one to swing at. That drags out the event, and people just wants to see the home runs.

 

Trust Teddy Bridgewater to be a Top-10 Fantasy Quarterback in 2015

A strong finish in 2014, poise under pressure, third-down performance and new weapons are reasons to like Bridgewater's fantasy potential this season
Trust Teddy Bridgewater to be a top-10 Fantasy Quarterback in 2015

It may be difficult for me to convince anyone that Teddy Bridgewater will be a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2015. Aside from being a sophomore in the NFL, having minimal changes in his offensive line, I also am a loyal Vikings fan.

 

Big 12 Wild Card Players in 2015

Texas needs more production and consistency from quarterback Tyrone Swoopes this season
Big 12 Wild Card Players in 2015

The Big 12 may have missed out on the inaugural College Football Playoff last season, but that doesn’t mean the conference lacks for impact players. While some are more household names than other, each Big 12 team has their “wild card” players that figure to play a big role in how their respective season will pan out.

Miami Dolphins 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

Coach Joe Philbin is under pressure to turn corner and fast
Miami Dolphins 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

Once among the perennial elite, the Dolphins have been largely irrelevant for quite a while now, without a playoff win since Dec. 30, 2000. While the fans are long past impatient, owner Stephen Ross leaned toward a youth movement in the offseason.

Buffalo Bills 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

The Rex Ryan-led Bills are on their way to finally getting their act together
Buffalo Bills 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

When coach Doug Marrone up and quit on the team on New Year’s Eve, the Buffalo Bills were doing what they always do: leading the NFL in dysfunction. Marrone was on the job just two years and had led the team to a 9–7 finish, Buffalo’s best in a decade but still not good enough to end a 15-year playoff drought.

 

SEC's Top Players Returning from Injury in 2015

Ole Miss needs a healthy Laquon Treadwell.
SEC's Top Players Returning from Injury in 2015

Injuries are a big part of any college football season. Whether it’s a starting quarterback, a No. 2 receiver or a defensive lineman part of a deep rotation, injuries will always have an impact on a team.

 

To help preview the season, Athlon is taking a look at some of the injured players from 2014 and their return in 2015.

Ohio State's "Monster" Ezekiel Elliott is Just Getting Started

The Buckeyes' tailback is ready to build on breakout second half of last season
Ohio State's "Monster" Ezekiel Elliott is Just Getting Started

Ohio State assistant Tony Alford was so giddy at the thought of being Ezekiel Elliott’s new position coach that he temporarily misplaced his filter.

 

Danica vs. Dale Jr. Feud Overshadows Joe Gibbs Racing’s Dominance at Kentucky

Tom Bowles goes “Through the Gears” following Kyle Busch’s victory under the lights at Kentucky Speedway
Danica vs. Dale Jr. Feud Overshadows Joe Gibbs Racing’s Dominance at Kentucky

It’s amazing what people focus on in a 2015 world marked by 140-character Tweets, five-second Snapchats and zero attention span. Despite a weekend of great Kentucky racing, producing a rules package that holds promise, the largest headline can be shortened to three words.

 

“Go f**k yourself.”

 

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