December 17, 2014

Simply Golden: How the Warriors Became the Total Package

The Warriors are unselfish, a terror on defense, and yes … a title contender.

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Who Is the Ultimate Backyard Quarterback?

Do you want to win? Do you want to have a good time? Do you want all your friends to survive? All of those considerations come into play.

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Dear Jim Harbaugh: Just Go to Michigan

The same habits that have become grating in an organization full of professional egos would make him great with a locker room full of 20-year-olds.

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Korver’s Threat: How the Atlanta Sharpshooter Frightens NBA Defenses

The mere risk of Korver getting off a clean shot terrifies opponents, and the defensive respect that terror commands opens the floor up for his teammates.

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Will the First Major Sports League in Vegas Really Be … the NHL?

It’s looking increasingly likely that Gary Bettman will allow a team in Sin City.

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We Went There: The Brooklyn Nets Say Good-bye to Jeffrey ‘Gamblero’ Vanchiro

One of the Nets’ most visible fans, a former graffiti writer and professional gambler, took his own life over the weekend.

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December 16, 2014

The NFL Buddy System: How One Team Helps Another Make the Playoffs

For each of the 19 remaining playoff contenders, here are the other teams that could provide a helping hand with a victory or two.

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Triangle All-Stars: Briles, Bo, Bosa, and the Lords of College Football in 2014

We opened the 2014 college football season by presenting our preseason Triangle All-Stars, a group so weird and wonderful that most of them played or coached their way out of contention for our postseason list. Triangle All-Stars burn bright, and they burn fast. Greatness this Triangle-y isn’t always meant to last long. In fact, only one player returns now after also enjoying his August day in the sun (hint: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). So enjoy this fresh look at the people who made college football special to us this year. They may not be the best (though some of them are). They may not have the shiniest stats (though some of them do). But they made us glad to be fans this season, and that’s worth celebrating.

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Watch Andrew Hawkins Tell His Side of the Protest Story

Hawkins delivered one of the most impressive interviews you will see all year. Whatever you believe, you have to respect his candor.

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10 Lessons Everyone Can Learn From the Oilers’ Misery

If the Oilers can’t be a contender, they can at least serve as a cautionary example.

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The Ignored Evolution of the Sixers

The record may not say it, but Philly is building for the future while avoiding the permanent stink of this much losing. Plus, 10 things to like (or not).

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15 Wishes for the USMNT in 2015

The United States men’s national team goes into 2015 riding a long winless streak, with some serious questions about where they stand. The new year presents an opportunity to refresh, to put the World Cup behind them for good and focus on the future.

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