Taking the time machine back to 1985, the last time the Royals were in the World Series. Plus, the genius of Peyton Manning.
The Sports Retort, Oct. 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014 |
Brian Costa explains how the rules for how you build an MLB champion no longer seem to apply and argues how the playoffs could benefit from even more playoff teams.
The Sports Retort, Oct. 9, 2014
Oct 9, 2014 |
The Sports Retort breaks down NFL owner posses and wonders whether it's too soon for hockey.
The Sports Retort, Oct. 6, 2014
Oct 6, 2014 |
Defending baseball, the sport that has become the easy kid in class to pick on.
The Sports Retort, Oct. 2, 2014
Oct 2, 2014 |
Have Major League Baseball players set the bar too low for themselves on champagne celebrations? Plus, Matthew Futterman on Olympic bid follies.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014 |
Breaking down the MLB playoffs and a fun fact on what sets the Orioles apart.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014 |
A preview of the Ryder Cup and why the U.S. team might be better without Tiger Woods.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 22, 2014
Sep 22, 2014 |
Jason Gay joins us to discuss his self-imposed football-free weekend and Kevin Clark wonders who exactly is good in the NFL this year.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 18, 2014
Sep 18, 2014 |
What would be the implications of Scottish independence in the world of sports? Plus, trying to make sense of the early NFL season and much more.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014 |
The Sports Retort offers the three most important rules for playing in an NFL survivor pool.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014 |
Is the NFL too big to fail? Jason Gay on the Ray Rice situation, the future of tennis, college-football alternate uniforms and presidential golf.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 8, 2014
Sep 8, 2014 |
A farewell to Derek Jeter's farewell tour, what the NFL's first week taught us about Tom Brady and Andrew Luck and arm wrestling music.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 4, 2014
Sep 4, 2014 |
The kickoff to the NFL season is one of the most exciting days on the sports calendar. Plus, a warning to beware of the Jaguars.
The Sports Retort, Sept. 2, 2014
Sep 2, 2014 |
Takeaways from the first week of the college-football season. Plus, making picks inspired by the movie "Minority Report."
The Sports Retort, Aug. 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014 |
The Sports Retort finally turns its full attention toward football as college games begin this week with a heavyweight SEC-Big Ten clash and the first look at the post-Johnny Football Texas A&M.
The Sports Retort, Aug. 18, 2014
Aug 18, 2014 |
Mo'ne Davis is the talk of the sports world, but should we make such a big deal about Little League?
The Sports Retort, Aug. 11, 2014
Aug 11, 2014 |
A view of preseason football (and soccer) from an Englishman. Plus, why amateur sports still needs a big change.
The Sports Retort, Aug. 4, 2014
Aug 4, 2014 |
Are you ready for some football? We go on a training camp tour of the NFL with Kevin Clark.
The Sports Retort, July 28, 2014
Jul 28, 2014 |
Jason Gay joins us to judge which sports events would work better running just once every four years and whether cycling or golf has a bigger problem reaching young fans.
The Sports Retort, July 24, 2014
Jul 24, 2014 |
The Yankees' tarp troubles raises a deeper question: Why don't they play more baseball in the mud? Plus how to fix Brazilian soccer and much more.
The Sports Retort, July 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014 |
Baseball's unwritten rules, putting athletes to the pancake test and sympathy for Ivan Drago.
The Sports Retort, July 17, 2014
Jul 17, 2014 |
Ranking golf's majors, counting down the days until college football season and grooving pitches to Derek Jeter.
The Sports Retort, July14, 2014
Jul 14, 2014 |
Sure, Germany won the World Cup, but one question remains: Was the game-winning goal a true golazo?
The Sports Retort, July 10, 2014
Jul 10, 2014 |
The Sports Retort handicaps Argentina-Germany and presents a theory for why LeBron James isn't the most important NBA free agent this summer.
The Sports Retort, July 7, 2014
Jul 7, 2014 |
Ahead of the Midsummer Classic, the Sports Retort catches up on baseball's first half and propose innovative suggestions on how to bring more fun to the game.
The Sports Retort, July 2, 2014
Jul 2, 2014 |
With the U.S. out of the World Cup, what's your interest level in the rest of the tournament?
The Sports Retort, June 30, 2014
Jun 30, 2014 |
Does the U.S. have a prayer against Belgium in the World Cup, and if the game goes to penalty kicks, which five Americans would get the call?
The Sports Retort, June 27, 2014
Jun 27, 2014 |
Should the U.S. men's national soccer team play in South America's World Cup qualifying group?
The Sports Retort, June 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014 |
Jason Gay joins us to talk up the World Cup's Germany-U.S. showdown and the experience of getting rushed by Chilean fans in the press box.
The Sports Retort, June 19, 2014
Jun 19, 2014 |
Innovation dominates talk of how to improve World Cup officiating. Plus: overly eager Chilean fans and star players possibly afraid of needles.
The Sports Retort, June 16, 2014
Jun 16, 2014 |
Should the World Cup just be limited to soccer? The Sports Retort offers an innovative suggestion on how it could be expanded into the ultimate team event.
The Sports Retort, June 12, 2014
Jun 12, 2014 |
Jonathan Clegg joins the Retort from Rio to play in our World Cup snake draft and rate the best Wes Anderson movies.
The Sports Retort, June 9, 2014
Jun 9, 2014 |
Jason Gay joins the Sports Retort to discuss World Cup mania and the overloaded sports calendar.
The Sports Retort, June 5, 2014
Jun 5, 2014 |
The Sports Retort's Ponies and Tonys show handicaps the possible Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, the top Broadway productions and whether Daniel Radcliffe would make a good jockey.
The Sports Retort, June 2, 2014
Jun 2, 2014 |
What will the U.S. starting 11 be in Brazil? Plus, Ballmer's trophy acquisition and a Stanley Cup preview.
The Sports Retort, May 29, 2014
May 29, 2014 |
Which teams in baseball deserve to win? Plus, Sochi memories and the closing window for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Sports Retort, May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014 |
What's the best holiday to watch sports on? Plus, catching up on the Rangers and the French Open.
The Sports Retort, May 22, 2014
May 22, 2014 |
The biggest revelation at the NFL's owners meetings? Owners love Jon Bon Jovi. Plus, college football over/unders and the cities that would be least excited to win a title.
The Sports Retort, May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014 |
Jason Gay joins the Sports Retort to discuss Triple Crown mania and if the Pacers were just playing possum. He also has a radically innovative suggestion for baseball.
The Sports Retort, May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014 |
Will the winner of the Pacers-Wizards series become the worst conference finalist in any sport ever?
The Sports Retort, May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014 |
Why Johnny Manziel would have been the perfect pick for the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Jets. Plus, getting chippy about Sidney Crosby.
The Sports Retort, May 8, 2014
May 8, 2014 |
The Journal's Kevin Clark empties his notebook for us ahead of the NFL draft with tales of Manziel, Belichick and McGill University.
The Sports Retort, May 6, 2014
May 5, 2014 |
Can anyone come up with a reason for the Miami Heat to worry after the latest turns in the NBA playoffs?
The Sports Retort, May. 1, 2014
May 1, 2014 |
The annual Kentucky Derby horse snake draft includes digressions about Tony Danza and Superman villains. Plus: crab legs on the sports page.
The Sports Retort, Apr. 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014 |
The Sports Retort discusses the news surrounding the alleged comments made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, lamenting the unfortunate timing considering the Clippers' recent success and the surprisingly entertaining NBA playoffs.
The Sports Retort, April 24, 2014
Apr 24, 2014 |
Paul Shirley and Chris Herring join the Retort's long-promised NBA extravaganza, with talk of Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony, overmatched coaches and crying on "One Shining Moment."
The Sports Retort, April 21, 2014
Apr 21, 2014 |
The Sports Retort podcast steers across the Atlantic Ocean and lands in Spain for the Champions League. Plus, why London should get an NFL team.
The Sports Retort, April 17, 2014
Apr 17, 2014 |
Why memories of the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys" teams make us feel so good. Plus, a preview of the NHL and NBA playoffs.
The Sports Retort, April 14, 2014
Apr 14, 2014 |
Jason Gay is back from Augusta to answer a full battery of Masters questions.
The Sports Retort, April 10, 2014
Apr 10, 2014 |
How is the Masters like "The Truman Show"? The Journal's Matthew Futterman joins us to explain his theory.
The Sports Retort, April 7, 2014
Apr 7, 2014 |
UConn vs. Kentucky: Which team deserves to win? Plus, setting up Masters week, checking in on the Derby contenders and dipping our toe in the NBA water.
The Sports Retort, April 3, 2014
Apr 3, 2014 |
Jason Gay joins the Retort to explain his side of his very real beef over a cat mug with the NCAA, along with his opinions of dogs on Wisconsin's so-called Motion W.
The Sports Retort, March 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014 |
The Captain: Is that William Shatner or Derek Jeter? Plus, a breakdown of the Final Four and a preview of the AL and NL West.
The Sports Retort, March 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014 |
Does the NFL have a celebration problem? Plus, why bringing up your bracket is as annoying as talking about your fantasy team.
The Sports Retort, March 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014 |
We feast on the NCAA tournament, with debate over whether to celebrate Kentucky's win over Wichita State, post-mortems for Duke and Syracuse and fresh Cyclone memories.
The Sports Retort, March 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014 |
The Retorters become divided over whether a long run by Wichita State in the NCAA tournament would be a good or bad thing.
The Sports Retort, March 17, 2014
Mar 17, 2014 |
Breaking down the NCAA tournament: Time for Wichita State to face a true challenge, which team is this year's Florida Gulf Coast and why Syracuse may be the King Hippo team of the tournament.
The Sports Retort, March 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014 |
How much denial are Jets fans in about Darrelle Revis playing in New England? Plus, overdue love for conference tournaments and handicapping the AL Central.
The Sports Retort, March 10, 2014
Mar 10, 2014 |
Want to get deep into the weeds to find a college-basketball sleeper? Consider Maryland (for your NIT pool). Plus a look at other NCAA bubble teams and a preview of the NL Central division.
The Sports Retort, March 6, 2014
Mar 6, 2014 |
Jason Gay joins the Sports Retort while shopping for groceries at Trader Joe's, debating the finer points of honey sesame seed almonds and Carmelo Anthony.
The Sports Retort, march 3, 2014
Mar 3, 2014 |
After a tumultuous weekend, the Retort team breaks down which college basketball teams will most likely claim the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The Sports Retort, February 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014 |
The Retort begins to work its way into baseball shape with a rundown of early over-under MLB win total predictions.
The Sports Retort, February 24, 2014
Feb 24, 2014 |
College basketball moves to center stage. Actually, it shares center stage with football prospects doing standing broad jumps. But the Retort is ready.
The Sports Retort, February 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014 |
We get another Olympic dispatch from our team in Sochi, including a plan to engineer a bloodless coup of USA Curling.
The Sports Retort, February 17, 2014
Feb 17, 2014 |
On the latest Sports Retort, Olympics savant Matthew Futterman joins us from the mountains above Sochi to discuss his borderline-irrational adoration of cross-country skiing and why he's made enemies in the Netherlands.
The Sports Retort, February 13, 2014
Feb 13, 2014 |
Jason Gay and Jim Chairusmi join us from Sochi to ponder which Winter Olympic sport (besides curling) could someone least embarrass himself in with no training.
The Sports Retort, February 10, 2014
Feb 10, 2014 |
What would make the best NFL home for Missouri draft prospect Michael Sam? And how does Sochi's European Restaurant compare with Asian Restaurant?
The Sports Retort, February 6, 2014
Feb 6, 2014 |
Jim Chairusmi checks in from Sochi with a full report on the Olympic buildup: some good, some bad and lots of very, very strange.
The Sports Retort, February 3, 2014
Feb 3, 2014 |
Why would any neutral observer enjoy a 43-8 Super Bowl? The Sports Retort has the answer.
The Sports Retort, January 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014 |
We leave no gambling stone unturned ahead of the Super Bowl, up to and including prop bets involving the gloves of opera singers.
The Sports Retort, January 27, 2014
Jan 27, 2014 |
The Sports Retort discusses whether New York/New Jersey is the ideal location for the NFL's biggest game. Plus, is it time for the NHL to put the Stadium Series on ice?
The Sports Retort, January 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014 |
We celebrate a burst of innovation by the NFL, from how it chooses its Pro Bowl teams to the possible demise of the extra point.
The Sports Retort, January 16, 2014
Jan 16, 2014 |
A full-throated defense of Jim Harbaugh's khakis anchors the Retort's coverage of what we like to call the NFL Football Playoff.