Ben Berkon is a freelance sports, humor, and tech writer/blogger from New York City. Berkon's work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Sports, The Onion, Contently, Medium, and Rising Apple, and he also manages The Beanball and Blah Blah Berkon, his personal stat-heavy baseball and humor blogs, respectively. He's [unfortunately] been a Mets follower his entire life. Follow him at @BenBerkon on Twitter.
‘Captain America 2′: Everything We Know About ‘The Winter Soldier’ So Far
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' (or 'Captain America 2') hits movie theaters on April 14, 2014. Rumors and speculation about the film began months ago. Here's everything we know so far.
The 5 Least Likely ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoffs
AMC's hit show 'Breaking Bad' is drawing to a close. Perhaps to the dismay of some selfish fans out there, 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan correctly refused to produce integrity-killing plotlines (i.e. like how Pam and Jim get married on 'The Office') to further line his pockets with more dough.
10 Careers Ex-MLB Pitcher Brian Wilson Could Pursue if He Never Pitches Again
From 2008 to 2011, Brian Wilson was one of the best closers in major league baseball. Pitching for the San Francisco Giants, Wilson tossed a combined 3.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 2.65 K/BB and 163 saves during that span.
10 MLB Pitchers Who Were Never Supposed to Throw Again — But Did
Pitching is one of the worst stresses a person can put on their arms. Yet that hasn’t stopped thousands of players—both amateur and professional—to pursue a career in it.
IKEA or IFAKE: Which is a Real IKEA Product and Which Did We Make Up?
Ever gone to IKEA before? Of course you have. The only thing worse than going to one of their stores and then having to put together all your cheap furniture is trying to pronounce those difficult Swedish names.
10 Wilson Alternatives in the Film ‘Cast Away’
When Tom Hanks is in a movie, it's hard to imagine anyone else portraying his character. Such is the case for his Oscar-nominated performance as Chuck Noland, the stranded FedEx employee in 'Cast Away.'
10 Eco-Friendly Pick-Up Lines to Try on Women Who Love Mother Earth
For those who care deeply about the environment—and about picking-up chicks who love the environment—use the following pick-up lines. Also, be sure to share them with friends. It's kind of like recycling. NEXT: 25 Pick-Up Lines to Use on Female ‘Doctor Who’ Fans
Best Music Albums of 2013 [So Far]
Music is all about individual taste so choosing the best music albums of 2013 is an unenviable task.
Best Movies of 2013 [So Far]
The best movies of 2013 list gets meatier with each passing week.
5 Ways Parents Ruin Every Holiday
Every year for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years and just about every other major and minor holiday, you get guilted into spending time with your parents. Without fail, parents always make that special time together unbearable. For instance, have your parents ever argued about the real motivations behind the Civil War...
Best TV Shows of 2013 [So Far]
Crowning the best TV show of 2013 would not be an easy choice. In fact, it might be easier to crown the worst TV of the year. 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,' 'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Swamp People'...well, that show is actually pretty cool, so we'll just throw shade at the Kardashians again.
Flying High — Major League Ultimate Frisbee Star Talks About the Rising Popularity of Sport
America enjoys sports. Many consider baseball as the country's "national pastime" even though football, and often basketball, pull better ratings. While soccer and hockey arguably boast the best athletes in the world, Americans would rather drink Bud Heavy and watch drivers turn left in NASCAR than embrace European football.
Over Thirteen Years in the Making: Fans Reflect on the Increasingly Layered Feud Between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays
On Monday, June 10, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays game turned into a bench-clearing brawl after Red Sox starter John Lackey intentionally threw at Rays outfielder Matt Joyce.
10 Most Disappointing MLB Starting Pitchers in 2013 [So Far]
There are a lot of instances of pitchers with bad surface statistics who have more indicative peripherals. However, there are also pitchers who have both bad surface and peripherals.
Sidearming His Way to the Majors: How Reliever Greg Burke Reinvented His Pitching Career
Greg Burke's career trajectory might not be as drama-filled as Josh Hamilton's, as awe-inspiring as Rick Ankiel's, or as dynamic as Jose Bautista's, but to finally hold down a major league bullpen spot after eight years of toiling in the Independent and minor leagues--as an undrafted free agent--is certainly noteworthy...
How Important is Luck in Baseball?
Luck plays a large role in the outcome of baseball games, and how players are perceived by fans.
10 Most Disappointing MLB Hitters in 2013 [So Far]
Even with the best projectable advanced statistics, baseball is still often unpredictable--which makes it both great and incredibly frustrating (depending on which end of the extreme your team's player lands on). Below are several examples of the most disappointing major league hitters so far in 2013, despite otherwise successful careers...
The Wiseass — Legion of Dudes
Sure, the Legion of Dudes likes to party hard, drink scotch, slay babes, and eat rare meat, but they also like to laugh. This is where 'The Wiseass' comes into play. The Wiseass doesn't need good looks, necessarily to get by -- just a repertoire of killer jokes...
5 MLB Players Likely to Be Traded This Deadline
The July 31st trade deadline is always one of the most exciting stretches of time for fans.
The Grub Guy — Legion of Dudes
Men are hungry creatures. They're hungry for women, good times, and of course, big honking pieces of beef. The Legion of Dudes are no different.