People are scoffing at the benching of Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Tua Tagovailoa might be the best quarterback to get Miami to the postseason.

Image for post
Image for post
Tua Tagovailoa pre-snap versus the Auburn, Nov 27, 2018. (Picture courtesy of the University of Alabama)

Before I talk about Tua Tagovailoa, I’d like to tell you about someone you’ve probably never heard of; his name is Ryder Kuhns.

Kuhns was a redshirt-senior first baseman for the University of Hawaii baseball team last season. He’d bounced between a pair of Division-I programs and junior colleges before landing at UH, but if you go back a little further, you might be able to learn something about the Miami Dolphins.

Before he was a college baseball player, Kuhns attended St. Louis School, one of Hawaii’s most prominent high school athletic powerhouses. …


NBA, Facial Recognition
NBA, Facial Recognition
Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Multiple non-profit organizations have called on the NBA to continue their social justice work by banning the use of facial recognition software by teams and arenas.

Two non-profit organizations, Fight for the Future and MediaJustice, are calling for the NBA to ban the use of facial recognition software in their arenas. In a joint release on Monday, the groups cite the league’s recent statements on social injustice. Per the statement, the groups are hoping, “to gather grassroots pressure” to lead the NBA to enact such policies.

Following a summer in the United States unlike anything in recent history, the NBA did not shy away from discussing issues of race in America. In fact, it often positioned itself as a leader on issues of social justice. However…


Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Tim Hart on Unsplash

The NBA is starting it’s 2020–21 season on Tuesday. As COVID-19 continues to overwhelm medical facilities throughout the United States, the league should be pushing their schedule back. However, following other professional sports leagues like the NFL, MLB, and NCAA, the NBA has committed to playing regardless of the dangers imposed on their employees and those around the sport. Ultimately after losing substantial revenues from their original decision to suspend the 2019–20 NBA season, the league and players were unwilling to pass on massive television revenues from their Christmas Day schedule, one of their most marketable days of the year.


Marc Delucchi projects where prospects will fall and which trades will go down in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Final NBA Mock Draft With Trades

Marc Delucchi projects where prospects will fall and which trades will go down in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

After months of scouring through scouting reports, watching highlight reels, and reading various rumors, the NBA Draft is finally here. With plenty of unknowns still up in the air, I take my best shot at how the first round will shake out.

The 2020 class is known best for what it lacks: obvious top-end talent. It’s become clear that James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball, and Anthony Edwards are in a tier of their own to most teams at the top of the draft, but how they rank among themselves seems heavily undecided. …


Marc Delucchi gives his predictions for every NFL game in Week 10 with probabilities and adjusted break-even betting lines.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Al Soot on Unsplash

Every year, I enjoy making NFL individual game predictions. Over the last few seasons, FiveThirtyEight has run a prediction contest that allowed individuals to compete against each other and their ELO model. Last season marked the first time I participated, but I finished in the 97th percentile among all competitors.

I’m generally skittish about making official predictions early in the season because I tend to embarrass myself. So after waiting for the first third of the season to finish, I’ve been bringing my predictions to Medium since Week 7.

The rules are simple, pick the winner of every game with…


Marc Delucchi gives his predictions for every NFL game in Week 8 with probabilities and adjusted break-even betting lines.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Izaac Crayton on Unsplash

Every year, I enjoy making NFL individual game predictions. Over the last few seasons, FiveThirtyEight has run a prediction contest that allowed individuals to compete against each other and their ELO model. Last season marked the first time I participated, but I finished in the 97th percentile among all competitors.

I’m generally skittish about making official predictions early in the season because I tend to embarrass myself. So after waiting for the first third of the season to finish, I’ve decided to bring my predictions to Medium.

The rules are simple, pick the winner of every game with a probability…


Marc Delucchi gives his predictions for every NFL game in Week 7 with probabilities and adjusted break-even betting lines.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Izaac Crayton on Unsplash

Every year, I enjoy making NFL individual game predictions. Over the last few seasons, FiveThirtyEight has run a prediction contest that allowed individuals to compete against each other and their ELO model. Last season marked the first time I participated, but I finished in the 97th percentile among all competitors.

I’m generally skittish about making official predictions early in the season because I tend to embarrass myself. However, now that every team has played at least five games, and FiveThirtyEight discontinued their series this season, I’ve decided to bring my predictions to Medium.

The rules are simple, pick the winner…


Expect college coaches to begin advocating online instruction when they realize it could make bubbles possible. Even when it puts athletes at risk.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Emma Dau on Unsplash

Major college sports face a trapeze of their own making. They’ve long insisted players are not professionals worthy of pay. At the same time, those same athletes face full-time commitments to teams that generate millions of dollars in revenue for schools.

In the coming months, colleges and universities will face life and death decisions amidst budgetary catastrophes. There’s reason to worry whether they’ll prioritize student health or revenues.

School administrators tend to be better at managing bureaucracy than understanding crisis. The long history of the NCAA failing to protect athletes leaves even more reason for concern.

While up to this…


White people must end the oppressive system we built

Image for post
Image for post
(Photo by AJ Colores on Unsplash)

For something to break it must have had a function it is no longer capable of performing. Policing in the United States is not broken, but doing exactly what it was designed to do.

The worldwide protests following the police homicides of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have brought a bevy of ideologies to the forefront of the conversation. Many are calling the American policing system broken. They are tying its failures to figures like President Donald Trump. However, modern policing has been a bipartisan project.

Our society is here because white America continues perpetuating the realities of racism. The…


If someone doesn’t stop professional sports from returning as scheduled, there will be victims. So why are we letting it happen?

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Rojan Maharjan on Unsplash

It could be your favorite player on your favorite team. It could be an assistant coach. It could be the grandfather of a hotel employee. Someone will be the first to die.

This is the reality of professional sports in the United States amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

If indeed the NBA, WNBA, NASCAR, MLB, PGA, MLS, NFL, NHL, NCAA[1] follow their current schedules, the consequences will be catastrophic. Perhaps not absolutely, surely some teams, maybe even entire leagues, will combine rabid precaution with necessary luck to evade the virus. …

Marc Delucchi

Freelance journalist and writer focused on sports and politics. Also has experience as broadcaster, baseball scout, and semi-pro economist. Kenyon College alum.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store