October 31, 2014

Are Manning and Brady Cheating? How Rule Changes Have Helped Extend a Rivalry

Did you enjoy the misleading headline we came up with to generate traffic and rig Google results, only it’s a complete misrepresentation from what I wrote this week? What a farce, right? We’ll never do that again, right? Websites rarely pulled those shenanigans in 2002, but in 2014, they do it all the time. Things […]

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The Lowe Post Podcast: Jeff Van Gundy and Michele Roberts

Zach Lowe and Jeff Van Gundy discuss the Cavs and other early story lines. Also, Zach and Michele Roberts, the new executive director of the players’ union, discuss the potential of a lockout, max salaries, and more.

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The Grantland NFL Podcast: Saints, Jerick McKinnon Fantasy Trades, and the Two Biggest Games of Week 9

Mays and Barnwell break down last night’s Saints win and detail dueling Jerick McKinnon fantasy trades before delving into the two biggest games of Week 9.

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The World Series Winner’s Curse: The Downside of Standing Pat After Glory

To reach the World Series, a lot of things have to go right — clutch hitting, good health, lucky bounces, unhittable bullpens — and those things rarely go equally right in consecutive seasons. But the losers tend to accept this better than the winners.

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Cheap Heat Podcast: Talking ‘Hell in a Cell’ and Randy Orton With Guest Noelle Foley

The guys talk ‘Hell In a Cell’ and Randy Orton’s pseudo-turn with special guest Noelle Foley.

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How Good Can Green Bay Be If It Can’t Stop the Run?

Sleight of hand fooled the Packers early in last Sunday night’s game, when rookie receiver Brandin Cooks ran a jet sweep for a short touchdown on the Saints’ opening drive. No trickery was needed late, though. Green Bay knew exactly what was coming and still couldn’t stop it. With about five minutes left and New […]

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The Brady-Manning Main Event: A Comprehensive Breakdown of a Season’s Worth of Showdowns

You probably remember the truly classic batch of Brady-Manning games, but what about the stinkers? How many of those games really came down to the efforts of the quarterbacks, and how many of them were decided by factors outside of their control?

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Why Did LeBron and the Cavs Get Benched by the Knicks?

The regular season is disproportionately cruel to thin, “new look” teams, trying to find a groove. There’s not much time to regroup, rest, or practice. On Friday, the Cavs are in Chicago to face their brand-new rivals. There’s a very good chance they’ll be 0-2 by this time tomorrow.

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Another Favre-ian Escape for FSU and Jameis Winston, College Football’s Most Volatile but Valuable Player

Once again, Florida State almost blew its national title hopes before staging a late comeback. And once again, Jameis Winston was both the cause of and the solution to the Seminoles’ problems.

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B.S. Report: ‘The Grantland Basketball Hour’ Episode 1

‘The Grantland Basketball Hour’ originally aired October 23, with guest appearances from Jeff Van Gundy, Grantland writer Zach Lowe, Doc Rivers, and Michelle Beadle.

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NHL Grab Bag: Doling Out Discipline

Welcome to a weekly grab bag of thoughts and observations from the past few days and/or decades of NHL hockey.

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Jalen and Jacoby: Celebrating the Return of the NBA Season

Jalen and Jacoby celebrate the return of the NBA, Dwight and Kobe’s “Hold Me Back” moment, the Kings owner acting crazy, and Michael Jordan dissing Barack Obama.

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October 30, 2014

Horned and Dangerous: How Defensive Guru Gary Patterson Built College Football’s Most Prolific Offense at TCU

Gary Patterson first turned TCU into a winner by pairing efficient offense with suffocating defense. But what worked in the Mountain West doesn’t work in the spread-happy Big 12. Pushing his preferred identity aside, Patterson has built a prolific offense this season — and a surprise championship contender.

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Cousin Sal’s Week 9 Prop Bets!

Let’s get to the Thursday-night props.

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Eight Surprises in the NHL (So Far)

Here’s a look at eight of the league’s most surprising teams, both the good and the bad, and whether they have any chance of keeping it up.

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An Incomplete Encyclopedia of NBA Superstar Signature Moves

Basketball is about problem solving. That’s true of all sports to some degree, sure, but it’s especially true about basketball (and soccer), where the constant switch between offense and defense creates a steady flow of problems that need solving. What’s wonderful about a sport of flowing motions like basketball is that players have the opportunity […]

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NBA Shootaround: Russ Never Sleeps

So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is back to help you keep track of it all. You’ll find takes on moments you might’ve missed from the previous night, along with ones you will remember forever.

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‘The Finish Line: Landon Donovan,’ Episode 2: Chasing Happiness

As he prepares for his final regular-season home game with the L.A. Galaxy, Landon Donovan reflects on his introduction to professional soccer in Germany, and on his ultimate decision that playing in and for his home country was what would make him happiest.

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Week 10 College Football Viewing Guide: Amok, Amok, Amok

Auburn and Ole Miss both earned top-four rankings in the first College Football Playoff poll. But with a head-to-head matchup looming on Saturday, one of them is about to fall out of the race. Welcome to Week 10.

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Five Lessons We Learned From the 2014 MLB Season

Last night, Madison Bumgarner led the Giants to their third World Series title in five years, capping a topsy-turvy baseball season in which a legend said good-bye, injuries ripped through pitching staffs, and the last two teams standing were wild cards. Now that the 2014 campaign is in the books, let’s look back at what unfolded and identify five lessons we’ve learned for 2015 and beyond.

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What Happens to Soccer Wunderkinds When They Aren’t So Wonderful Anymore?

At the age of 15, my weekends mainly consisted of sitting on a darkened park bench, trying to keep down sickly swills of cheap cider while listening to tinny dance tunes playing from a cell phone. It’s fair to say that by the same age Martin Odegaard is outperforming me. Born in December 1998, the […]

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Legends of the Fall: The Giants and Madison Bumgarner Beat the Royals in Game 7 to Make World Series History

For all but the briefest, highest-leverage slivers of its season, baseball is the sport in which it’s most difficult for a team to lean on its stars. In Game 7s, though, some of those restrictions are miraculously removed as pitchers’ regular roles loosen. And in last night’s decisive game, those special conditions favored San Francisco more than Kansas City, helping the Giants seal a 3-2 victory that solidified their dynastic status and burnished the October credentials of World Series stud Madison Bumgarner.

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