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Badder Beats

Mar 27, 2019

As Brant James' bracket blooms in the spring warmth, Ryan Butler's withers and fades. But at least the month yielded for him an off-Broadway musical.

Long live the king.

Pivoting from college basketball like a second baseman turning two, Ryan offers his Major League Baseball win and loss total projections.



Mar 19, 2019's Thom Cunningham, a tireless college basketball observer, joins Brant James and Ryan Butler to poke and prod their NCAA Tournament brackets before they go into the metaphorical (or perhaps literal?) shredder.

Knowledge flows forth.

There's also American Gaming Association president Bill Miller and senior...

Mar 12, 2019

Iconic oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro spins tales, offers insights and tells us why he left Las Vegas after decades of helping build the place. Coming home to Pittsburgh had much to do with it. 

Vaccaro (@JimmyVaccaro), now at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, tells us why he was the only oddsmaker to put a line on the...

Mar 7, 2019

Brant James returns from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference feeling inspired about data but more insecure about his ability to do math.

A few quality minutes with journalist/statistician Nate Silver (@NateSilver528) makes it much better. (9:04)

NFL chief operating officer Maryann Turcke calls legal sports betting...