Got it - [productforums.google.com...] - thanks.
Is John Mu revealing anything about Penguin in this? You'd have to think he is, wouldn't you?
@Ralph_Slate - after looking at your site and having seen other sites hit by Penguin, then correlating it to John Mu's assessment of your site, the only thing I can think of is that the internal links to content ratio is very high. Google doesn't comment on penalties, But John Mueller did give you a technical and an IBL's all clear - then just focused you on "thin content".
Again, I still think you're "brand" activity might have lifted you out. Brands that I see ranking with a pass are are often not much better, but you'd have a hard job being a strong brand versus the official bodies in your sports niche. Nevertheless, you have a good following and are useful, it would seem.