Personally, it always seemed like one of the most bizarre sports rituals we have is trying to pick favorites before halfway through a regular season that actually requires six entire months to sort out who even will participate in the league’s playoffs. A look around the current status of the MLB standings as September prepares make its debut offers a wide range of teams who could qualify for the postseason. To further the point, it has been 17 years since the league has seen a team win consecutive World Series, when the New York Yankees were dynastic in the late 1990s into 2000. The time after the rubble of roster reformation via the trade deadline has settled, with a more appropriate look at the health, trends and conditions of each contender is the best vantage point of assessing playoff chances.
What’s it like to be a Clemson Tiger? That’s the question Clemson’s director of new and creative media, Jonathan Gantt, tries to answer every day. At every school, the football team is supported by other teams, from the strength staff to academic support to the grounds crew. The newest and most front-facing of these are social media departments. Gantt works alongside an assistant director, 12 to 15 students, and another full-time designer to serve all 19 sports at Clemson. But they are at their best when it comes to football. Look no further than Clemson’s football Twitter account. Before Gantt’s arrival in 2013, it didn’t rank among college football’s 10 most-followed team accounts. It’s now
Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer Close ESPN contributor on TV, radio, podcasts, blogs, Magazine Charter member of FSWA Hall of Fame Author of "The Best Philadelphia Sports Arguments" Follow on Twitter The struggling offense of the Tampa Bay Rays entered Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays having scored a mere 47 runs in 19 August games. Put into perspective, that's 19 runs fewer than the next-worst team, the Philadelphia Phillies. As a result, it’s hardly a surprise that numerous Rays hitters were starting to show up on ESPN’s most-dropped list. Is that fair? Well, the Rays scored six runs to beat Toronto on Tuesday and several Rays produced, so let’s take a look at which Rays should