ELDEN | Jose Fernandez Left Impact On, off Field

On Sunday morning, the baseball community was shaken by the news that one of the best and brightest talents in the game had passed away at just 24 years old. José Fernandez was widely considered one of the best pitchers in baseball. In a year that has seen the highest league average ERA since 2009 and more pitchers used over the course of the season than any other season before, Fernandez excelled.

ELDEN | Is This Real Life, Is This Just Fantasy?

Most of the people close to me either don’t know or only have a marginal understanding of what I do in my spare time. My friends and family know that I am obsessed with baseball, but that’s about all they know. When I was in sixth grade, I created a fantasy baseball league with friends, teachers and family members and continued this into seventh grade. After that year, I realized I was putting much more energy and time into the fantasy league than my opponents, who mostly consisted of casual baseball fans. Soon after, I joined an online simulation league played through the Strat-O-Matic simulation program.

LINSEY | Major League Soccer is Worth Your Time

Major League Soccer is the number one professional soccer league in the United States. Opinions on the league cover the whole spectrum from super-fans to haters. One could hear anything from “It’s a nice way to see some really talented players close to home” to “the only thing more boring than European soccer is American soccer.” Personally, I have always wanted to go to an MLS game to see the action for myself, and this past summer, I got the chance to watch NYCFC host the Colorado Rapids. Here’s the story of my day at the game and my first impression of the MLS. Like many Cornellians, I live within a few hours of New York City.

ELDEN | The Joey Bosa Debacle

For the San Diego Chargers, no offseason is too quiet. Even if they have a mundane season, the team still finds a way to stay relevant in the offseason, but usually not for the right reasons. The Chargers finished last season with four wins, leaving them ahead of only the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns. The team’s franchise quarterback Philip Rivers is entering into his 13th season at the age of 34 and begins the first year of a four-year extension. Age has not impacted Rivers’s play too drastically, though, as he put together a stellar season in 2015-16 by racking up the second most yards and the 12th most touchdowns of any quarterback in the league.

LINSEY | The Goalkeeper: a Positional Analysis

Joao Moutinho slipped the ball to Eder. The Portuguese striker dribbled and fired a seemingly harmless strike from twenty-five yards out. French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, one of the world’s best, normally saves nine out of 10 shots from that distance. Yet, two crucial, unlikely occurrences happened at the same time. First, and most crucially, Lloris was leaning to his left.

LINSEY | Premier League: New Managers in New Positions

When Abel Hernandez kicked the ball back towards his orange-clad teammates, Hull City’s Uruguayan striker made the first pass of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Perhaps the most prominent feature of this new season is the many excellent managers who have taken their talents to the Premiership over the summer. Let’s run the rule over each of the new arrivals and evaluate who will be deemed successful once the season’s last ball is kicked in May. Two weeks into the season, it seems like Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is best positioned for instant success. Mourinho brings a pedigree of success, both in England with Chelsea FC and on the continent with Real Madrid, Porto and Inter Milan.