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  • Bad Quarterback League, Week 14: The Skins Were Bad, But Not Bad Enough

    Just the stats this week. Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins played one of the most depressing games of all time at an icy FedEx Field, but it wasn’t enough to measure up to Mike Glennon (36 percent passing!), EJ Manuel (4 INTs!), and Kellen Clemens, who’s really been much better than expected as a […]

  • Q&A: Inside Llewyn Davis and Oldboy’s Max Casella on the Coens, Spike Lee, Woody Allen, and Surviving The Sopranos and Child Acting

    Almost 30 years into his acting career, Max Casella has had a pretty fantastic 2013. November saw him playing the host of a true crime show in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake, and as of last Friday you can see his memorable turn as Pappi Corsicato, owner of the New York City folk music club the […]

  • #HotSportsTakes: The Shame of Auburn Football

    Every now and then, we will attempt to write the worst sports column on earth. Today: Let’s talk about the BCS National Championship and the value of integrity. PASADENA, CALIFORNIA — There’s practically nothing in the realm of sports that stirs nostalgia in us quite like the Tournament of Roses every year. It’s the gold […]

  • Freak Show & Tell: Best. Funeral. Ever.

    Every week, television documentaries present us with so many unusual people, with so many strange and/or disturbing problems, you might find it hard to keep up with all of them. That’s where I come in! Here’s an unflinching look back at TV’s Week in Freak Shows. Best Funeral Ever (TLC) Who Is This Now? Johnnie […]

  • The Designated Player: Lessons and Memories From the MLS Cup Final

    Saturday’s MLS Cup final wasn’t a game for the ages, though it ended up being a pretty engrossing one and did have its own mythical qualities for future generations. It was the coldest MLS Cup final ever, featured a penalty shootout that went to the 10th round, and we saw Sporting captain and keeper Jimmy […]

  • My Bro King of the Year: Jake Johnson’s Quarter-Life Heroes

    Now more than ever, pop culture is about the small stuff — an obscure TV show, a few notes in a pop song, a tweet. To celebrate a year of micro moments, every day a new Grantland writer will highlight one specific thing — a Big Little Thing — that we won’t soon forget. There’s […]

  • Thank You for Not Coaching, Week 14

    Sometimes it takes a really weird context to get coaches to be aggressive. I’m not going to be naming any of the myriad decisions to go for two from the Eagles-Lions snowstorm as candidates for good or bad calls in this week’s Thank You for Not Coaching, because the coaches were really choosing not to […]

  • Inside Llewyn Davis Is a Lonely, Lyrical, Anti-Coming-of-Age Story

    I purposely tried not to learn anything about Inside Llewyn Davis before seeing it, but the whole tone is right there in the title, in the hero’s difficult name. The movie never pushes the joke too hard, but it’s understood that Llewyn has spent his life telling people how to correctly pronounce his name (it’s Welsh). I […]

  • What Will NBC’s Follow-up to The Sound of Music Live! Be?

    Ah, you’re thinking, Tuesday. A safe distance from last Thursday, when my virtual social world was overtaken with The Sound of Music Live! reactions. A page turned from Friday, when my favorite website, Grantland, ran not uno, but dos brilliant essays on NBC’s spectacle. SNL has dealt with Carrie Underwood & Co., and so it […]

  • To Roy Halladay, With Gratitude

    Yesterday, free-agent pitcher Roy Halladay announced that he’d sign a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and never play professional baseball again. It seems so antiseptic to put it that way, but that’s what happened. And it’s a great loss for baseball. The Halladay legend is well known. The first-round pick out of a […]

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