October 22, 2014

Triangle All-Stars: Greek Meek, Greek Freak, and the Second Unit

The Triangle All-Star team is a way for the Triangle blog to celebrate our favorite players. This week we will introduce you to the people’s Dream Team — the crazy characters, untapped talents, and head cases who make the NBA our favorite thing to watch. Today, meet the second unit. Nick Calathes, G, Grizzlies Why […]

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The Grantland NFL Podcast: The Colts Defense and a Midweek News Roundup

Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays adopt the dominant Colts D and run through the midweek news in today’s podcast.

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10 Takeaways From the NBA’s Rejection of Lottery Reform

This is a complex problem with complex answers, and nearly half the league’s teams sent a loud message: Keep working, and at least give us time to digest everything.

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Can the Clippers Finally Get to the Conference Finals?

If they make it, it will be a result of Doc Rivers finding ways to optimize their terrific offense, improve their defense, and utilize their deep bench. If they fall short, it will be because they couldn’t become anything more than the sum of their ballyhooed parts.

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How Long Can DeMarco Murray Do This, and How Much Will It Cost the Cowboys?

DeMarco Murray is a walking anachronism. Strike that. DeMarco Murray is a running anachronism. The Cowboys halfback is the figurehead for a throwback ground game in a pass-happy league. With Sunday’s 28-carry, 128-yard performance against the Giants, Murray became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of a season’s first seven […]

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The Giants’ Peavy-Hudson Muscle Car and the Mid-rotation Edge

The Royals and Giants have similar rotations matchups in Games 1 and 4. The other two parings, Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Ventura and Tim Hudson vs. Jeremy Guthrie, are where this series will be decided.

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NBA After Dark Podcast: LeBron’s Players-Only Meeting, Russell Westbrook’s Big Moment, Plus Special Guest Jesse Williams

Chris Ryan, Andrew Sharp, and Juliet Litman talk about LeBron’s players-only meeting and Russell Westbrook’s big moment. Then Jesse Williams of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ comes by to talk Bulls, sneakers, and Metta World Peace.

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The Really True Story of Seattle Trading Percy Harvin to the Jets

An in-depth Grantland speculation into what transpired in the minutes before Percy Harvin was shipped to New York.

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Cerebral Commotion: Patrice Bergeron’s Quiet Concussion Radicalism

He was one of the first to talk about what happens when you get a concussion. His first one was very nearly his last.

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Heisman Watch: When a Loss Is a Win

Jameis Winston is rising. Bryce Petty is sliding. Is Everett Golson maintaining or improving his position despite a loss? Welcome to the Heisman Watch.

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B.S. Report: Zach Lowe and Haralabos Voulgaris

Grantland’s Zach Lowe and NBA gambler Haralabos Voulgaris join Bill to make predictions and look forward to the upcoming NBA season.

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World Series Game 1: A Win for the Giants, a Loss for Momentum, and Blurred Dreams in a Royally Blue Town

The Royals had all the momentum entering Game 1 of the 2014 World Series. But with an assist from a dominant Madison Bumgarner, they reminded us that momentum is fleeting — if it exists at all.

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Bill and Jalen’s 2014-15 NBA Preview: Indiana Pacers (Plus, Some Bad News)

Bill and Jalen have a hard time previewing the Pacers season with so much up in the air after Paul George’s devastating injury. How will Indiana adjust to the loss of George and Lance Stephenson? How will Roy Hibbert perform as the focus of the offense? And will the Pacers — gasp — tank and rebuild? At the end of the clip, Bad News Jalen and Bad News Bill have some bad news.

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The Annual NBA League Pass Rankings, Part 2

Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe conclude their semi-scientific formula of what NBA teams you should be watching this season and why.

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October 21, 2014

Introducing the Triangle All-Stars: Meet the Starters

The Triangle All-Star Team is a way for the Triangle blog to celebrate our favorite players. This week we will introduce you to the people’s Dream Team — the crazy characters, untapped talents, and head cases who make the NBA our favorite thing to watch.

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QB Curve: Clint Trickett, West Virginia’s Hair Raider

Quarterbacks: There are a lot of them! Each week, QB Curve will keep you up to speed on the game’s most important position by putting a different college signal-caller in the spotlight and putting the rest of the field in perspective. Today: West Virginia’s sudden star, Clint Trickett.

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B.S. Report: Breaking Down the Five Worst Teams in the NBA

Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose count down the worst five teams in the league in Part 1 of their 2014 NBA Preview.

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Where Do the Oilers Rank on the NHL Misery Index?

So stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Edmonton Oilers seem like they might be terrible this year. Last night’s win over the Lightning moved them to 1-4-1 and one point clear of dead last place in the league. They’ve been a mess defensively, the goaltending has been shaky, and the young […]

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How to Pick a World Series Rooting Interest As a Non–K.C. or San Fran Fan

Having only two teams in the World Series means that fans of the other … (fiddles with abacus) … 28 major league teams are forced to either jump on a bandwagon or view the whole thing as a neutral, which can get a little boring. So to avoid the latter, now seems like a good time to combine America’s two greatest pastimes — baseball and telling other people what to think and how to feel — and offer advice for whether you should pull for the Royals or the Giants if your team is already out.

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The NFL Trading Deadline: Who Is the Next Percy Harvin?

After the Percy Harvin deal, anything is possible, so here is a list of players who might be well served by a change of scenery.

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Jonah Keri Podcast: Andy McCullough and Grant Brisbee

Jonah Keri talks to ‘Kansas City Star’ writer Andy McCullough about the upstart Royals and to SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee about the Giants’ run at a third World Series in five years.

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Roma Holiday: How the Italian Club Became a Champions League Contender

With a mix of kids, veterans, and misfits, Rudi Garcia has the Serie A team punching above its weight class.

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Golovkin-Rubio: ‘Muchas Gracias; Champion’

Gennady Golovkin, the beloved Kazakh knockout artist, goes “Mexican style.”

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The Grantland NFL Podcast: What Went Wrong for the Seahawks, and the Rest of Week 7

After Seattle’s stunning weekend, Mays and Barnwell detail what has gone wrong for the Seahawks, then pay heed to the Dolphins, Jaguars, and the rest of Week 7’s stars.

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One Away: The Total Improbability of the Royals’ World Series Run and the Agony of Potential Defeat

In three short weeks, the Royals have gone from being forlorn losers to being the biggest story in sports. But for Kansas City fans, winning hasn’t diminished the fear of losing; it has only heightened it, and a championship is the only release.

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Bill and Jalen’s 2014-15 NBA Preview: Detroit Pistons

Having Stan Van Gundy take control in the locker room and in the front office is a great thing for the Pistons. Featuring Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings, and Jodie Meeks may not be a great thing for the Pistons.

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The Annual NBA League Pass Rankings, Part 1

Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe deliver their semi-scientific formula of what NBA teams you should be watching this season and why.

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