Change Is Hard-Won in MLB, Even When It Tries

Change Is Hard-Won in MLB, Even When It Tries

When Major League Baseball introduced a new, more aerodynamic baseball during the second half of the 2015 season, the changes were dramatic. By 2017, home runs had increased by 35 percent, leading to an all-time single-season record. That was enough to trigger an investigation by a team of scientists commissioned by MLB itself. The league claimed it did not change the physical properties of the baseball intentionally. That begs an important question: how dramatic is the difference when MLB does ...

The Top 10 NBA Storylines to watch out for as the playoffs approach

The Top 10 NBA Storylines to watch out for as the playoffs approach

The 2021 NBA playoffs officially start on May 22nd, and there’s a feeling that this is as wide-open of a championship race as we’ve seen in a decade. Here’s a look at the top 10 storylines as we head into the postseason.   1. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers go for a repeat.     In his second season with the Lakers, James led the franchise to their 17th championship at the NBA Bubble in Orlando, Florida. He ...

Glenn Close’s ‘Da Butt’ Oscar Moment Was Clearly the Work of Questlove

Glenn Close’s ‘Da Butt’ Oscar Moment Was Clearly the Work of Questlove

From Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” drowning out an announcer to Rita Moreno walking on to the theme of “The Electric Company,” the ’70s childrens’ TV show in which she starred, there was never any question who was behind the ones and twos at the Oscars on Sunday night: Questlove, Roots co-founder and drummer, musical director of both the Oscars and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” director of the forthcoming “Summer of Soul” documentary and a walking music encyclopedia. ...

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie: A match made in bone-crunching action movie heaven

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie: A match made in bone-crunching action movie heaven

Before Jason Statham was a household name, he made ends meet selling cheap jewelry on busy street corners. Statham could rake in a couple of thousand dollars a week pulling off elaborate, con-like sales pitches with fun names like “Five-Pound Nailers” and “The Run Out.” So when up-and-coming British filmmaker Guy Ritchie heard about Statham’s unique set of skills, he knew he’d found the perfect actor for his dark comedy about small-time hustlers. Never mind that Statham had never acted ...