October 23, 2014

The Cornerback-Destroying Sammy Watkins and the NFL’s All-Rookie Team (So Far)

We’re almost at the halfway mark of the season, and these are the rookies making a major impact.

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World Series Game 2: The Royals Knot Things Up Thanks to a Bochy Botch

After a sluggish opening-game loss, the Royals awoke in a spirited Game 2 win to even the series at one apiece. K.C.’s players deserve credit — but they also got some serious help from a Bochy botch.

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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.

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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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