Gutman: NFL now all about passing game

October 7, 2009
Anyone who watched “Monday Night Football” this week looked on with puzzlement as Adrian Peterson struggled, posting only a 2.2 yards per carry average. The Vikings’ wise and seasoned quarterback, however, threw for three touchdowns and helped the team score 30 points. Most viewers must have been sitting at home thinking, “These aren’t the Vikings »

Gutman: Twins’ Mauer power

September 23, 2009
It’s too late in the season to call it a fluke. Every time he plays part of a season and get injured, we claim that over a full 162-game season this would not have happened. But this season it’s happening. It’s happening in a place where little else is happening. Minnesota may receive little attention »

Gutman: Statistics 101: QB equation

September 9, 2009
Here’s a football question that sounds like it came out of a nightmare you had when you fell asleep in introductory macroeconomics, intro microeconomics or statistics: You’re offered the choice between two sets of quarterbacks: pool A and pool B. Each pool has four quarterbacks. You will receive one of the four quarterbacks, chosen randomly, »

Gutman: A draft pick and a prayer

August 28, 2009
WASHINGTON Two weeks ago I went to a job interview. I sat down with the person who would be signing my paychecks and explained my credentials, the lessons I’ve learned in college, the challenges I’ve overcome in my life and how I think I can help an organization. My potential employer, in turn, tried to »

Gutman: Upside-down MLB

April 16, 2009
What matters is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. For the last few years, this seemed to be the motto for teams like the Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Florida Marlins and Baltimore Orioles. Texas and Baltimore didn’t care how many runs their awful pitching surrendered and how many games »

NCAA Tournament | Gutman: Experience a must for Yale teams

March 30, 2009
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. BRIDGEPORT There is no reason to speak about specifics of Friday’s hockey game. It was one bad (though important) game at the end of the greatest seasons in Bulldog hockey history. This year’s team exceeded all expectations, won the ECAC regular season and »

Gutman: Hockey needs more love

March 25, 2009
The number one most frustrating activity in which I participate is golf. Whoever had the idea to spend a day whacking a little ball in every direction but toward the hole deserves to be put in solitary confinement. In Alcatraz. The number two most frustrating activity in which I participate is probably one of the »

Gutman: Rethinking franchise operations

February 26, 2009
There needs to be a fundamental re-evaluation of the way in which sports franchises operate. Ownership presently cooperates with the general manager and president of most teams to make decisions regarding personnel and coaching. If someone must be blamed for a lack of success, that someone is the coach, the man left out of this »

Gutman: Baseball transcends steroids

February 12, 2009
Baseball is not about the present. Even when individual games seem to matter, the other 161 in the season loom large. You can never get too excited about a baseball game because you know that it’s relatively inconsequential in the long run. Today’s baseball game is something like celebrating Christmas right before heading to the »

Gutman: Someone please stop the football fluff

January 29, 2009
I love baseball. Even more than the game itself, I love the sportswriting that surrounds baseball. It’s almost completely result-oriented: who’s hot, who’s cold, who’s winning and who’s losing. With games almost every single day of the season, there’s no such thing as buildup to any given contest. It’s all about the results — no »

Gutman: Ravens vs. Steelers is winter wonderland

January 15, 2009
Some say sunset is the most romantic, magical time of day. Screw that, sunset sucks. I thought about this as I trekked to some godforsaken corner of Connecticut — also known as up Science Hill — in today’s arctic conditions. That good-for-nothing sun set while I was walking, and the return trip was colder and »

Gutman: Just call them the Atlanta Cowards

December 4, 2008
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. The Atlanta Braves were once a model franchise. Under the brilliant guidance of John Schuerholz, the team featured a dominant pitching rotation with players like John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. These superstars led the proud franchise to a ridiculous 14 consecutive »