The Impending Sports Analytics Doom

How the latest obsession with statistics and data are sapping the drama from our sports world. Following the dramatic conclusion of the Super Bowl a couple of months ago, the sports world exploded into a frenzy of overreaction. Most notably, the final sequence of events, in which Seattle’s offense elected to throw the ball on […]

1999: The Year Duke Lost (And UConn Won)

  1999 was a great year. I was able to witness my favorite college basketball player of all time (Khalid El-Amin), on my favorite college basketball team (UConn), win a National Championship against the worst, most annoying, hateable team in all of college sports: Duke. To be clear, in the world of college basketball, there […]

BOTJ Bracket Challenge 2015

It’s that time of the year again, March Madness is upon us! Join our BOTJ Tournament Challenge on ESPN to compete against us, and invite your friends. Just follow this link: Or search for “Back of the Jersey” in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. It’s free, why wouldn’t you do it? Even Ethel from accounting is […]

An Ode to: The 1983 N.C. State Wolfpack

Labeled the most storied run in NCAA history, the “Cardiac Pack” proved to be a fitting nickname for the ’83 Champs. The year was 1983. The number one song in the country was “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. The President of the United States was Ronald Reagan. And, most importantly, I was not […]

Stop the Madness!

A Salute to the All-First Week Team & Those Who Busted Our Brackets Each year it seems like the NCAA Tournament cannot get more exciting. It’s impossible, I tell myself. But, every year it exceeds my expectations. This year has to be one of the best first weeks in recent memory, with plenty of upsets, […]

BOTJ NCAA Bracket Challenge

It’s Tournament time! Go head-to-head against the Back of the Jersey staff in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge! It’s free to enter, and the winner gets a $100 prize and will be mentioned on our site! What are you waiting for?? Enter the the challenge here. Or here:     

Bracket Destruction, Cinderella Style

Rory Goulding It’s Thursday afternoon, the first day of the NCAA Tournament. You’re sitting at work, monitoring 4-8 games on your ESPN Gamecast (constantly refreshing because your job slows down streaming speeds to a comically snail-like pace) when the unthinkable happens. Ever since you filled out your bracket days ago, you’ve been psyched, knowing that […]