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Thank you for making the Rio Olympics awesome

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At some point during the Olympics— the days very much blur together at this point— I was sitting at my desk yammering about judo or handball or whitewater slalom kayak racing or something.  A coworker asked me if I was always into the Olympics this much, or if it was only because this year I was hosting a podcast.  I told him that the podcast existed because I love the Olympics, and not the other way around. Read the whole post

Ethical quandary: Why do we make sports predictions and what are they supposed to prove anyway?

SB50 predictionPrediction accountability is important. I’m borrowing a phrase here from Eric Single, my coworker at SI. For him it’s sort of like a catchphrase, as a quick Twitter search shows. Although I think he’s half-kidding.

Predictions are a staple in sports media. They’re in newspapers, magazines, websites, pre-game shows, podcasts and everywhere else. Whether you’re a reporter, analyst, writer, commentator, studio host or fan on Twitter, you make predictions. Read the whole post

Reintroducing the PHLNYPR

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It’s a big day for my little passion project—the PHLNYPR finally has a home.

The PHLNYPR, many of you probably don’t know, is a… thing… I’ve been doing on Twitter since September 2012. It stands for Philly/New York Power Rankings.

On the first day of every month, I rank all 12 pro sports teams from Philly and New York in the four major sports leagues. Read the whole post

Happy New Year: Breaking down the 2016 Phillies wall calendar

2016 Phillies CalendarMy Phillies wall calendar arrived in the mail on Thursday.  This is an annual tradition, one of the perks of renewing my Sunday season ticket plan.

I’m sure this used to be an easier exercise for the Phillies’ marketing staff.  Utley!  Rollins!  Howard [when he was popular]!  Several really good pitchers!

Now… it’s a little harder to string together 12 solid months of players who fans will be excited to see as they flip through the year. Read the whole post

I’m launching a podcast

The Mitch Goldich Podcast FINAL LOGOTo start with the lede: I’m launching a podcast. You probably already figured that out from the headline.

Technically I’ve been launching a podcast for the past few months, today is just the day I can finally switch things into past tense and say that I’ve launched a podcast. You can already listen to Episode 1 on my site, or search for it and subscribe in the iTunes store. Read the whole post

Ten years after Super Bowl 39

SB39The Super Bowl was five days ago, so you’re probably sick of reading about quarterback legacies and all the exhausting debates that go with them.

But today happens to be February 6, 2015— the 10 year anniversary of the Eagles and Patriots meeting in Super Bowl XXIX.

Since I already took one deep dive into a game from that season, when I wrote about the 10-year anniversary of Week 1 for The 700 Level in September, why not end the season the same way? Read the whole post

My best work of 2014

It’s list season. Actually I might have missed list season. I’ve spent the last couple weeks reading all sorts of posts sharing the best books, movies, articles, cat photos, etc. of 2014. So I hope I’m not too late, waiting until December 31.

If I am late, it’s because I was a little hesitant at first to do this. It seems like a bit of a narcissistic exercise to put together my best work of the year. Read the whole post

Jimmy Rollins: Fifteen years with one shortstop

In case you missed it, I wrote my first story for Sports Illustrated Friday, about the symbolism of Jimmy Rollins being the first homegrown Phillies star to leave town.

One story wasn’t enough for me to get it all out of my system, so here’s a more personal take on what it’s been like to follow Rollins all these years.

Rollins’ first full season in the Major Leagues was in 2001. Read the whole post

Overdue Movie Review: Field of Dreams (1989)

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A photo of the road leading up to the Field of Dreams house I shot on a visit to the movie site in 2009.

I think deep down I always knew I’d get found out. I probably could have predicted exactly how it would go down too.

A couple months ago my brother and I went to a minor league baseball game in Las Vegas. Read the whole post