August 29, 2014

The First Hundred PAs: The Curious Case of Cubs Rookie Javier Baez, Slugger and Strikeout Machine

Is Cubs uber-prospect Javier Baez a bust, or a future Hall of Famer? As counterintuitive as it may seem, his first 100 plate appearances say … both.

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Texas A&M’s Stunning 2014 Debut, Plus More Thoughts and Observations From College Football’s Opening Night

Thoughts on Texas A&M’s outburst, Ole Miss’s sneaky victory, Vanderbilt’s shame, and more 2014 college football opening night goodness.

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An Outsider’s Guide to Loving College Football

An incomplete guide to everything that makes college football the best casual entertainment in sports.

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Bill and Sal’s 2014 NFL Degenerate Gambling Preview: Weekend Roundup

Over the past week, Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal have been previewing the upcoming NFL season for all the degenerate gamblers out there. To help you catch up on all the fun this extended weekend, here’s a roundup of the previews released so far.

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Cheap Heat Podcast: ‘Night of Champions’ and Wrestling Memorabilia With Guest Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts is back to talk about the greatest wrestling memorabilia find ever, the professional obligations of a McMahon, and the potential awesomeness of ‘Night of Champions.’

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Jalen and Jacoby Pop the Trunk: Viewer Questions, Naming the Hip-Hop Group Bracket Final Four, and More

Jalen and Jacoby pop the trunk to break down the Josh Shaw scandal, Josh Gordon’s suspension, Lance Stephenson’s rap song, Team USA, Kevin Love, and much more!

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The Grantland NFL Podcast: 2014 NFC North Preview

Robert Mays espouses the virtues of his Chicago Bears before getting to the rest of the NFC North with Bill Barnwell.

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Never Mind the Gasols! Go, Team USA! It’s Time for the FIBA Basketball World Cup!

The FIBA Basketball World Cup kicks off in Spain this Saturday, and the excitement is underwhelming!

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Bill and Sal’s 2014 NFL Degenerate Gambling Preview: NFC East

Cousin Sal tries to convince Bill Simmons that his Cowboys have a chance to win the NFC East over the favored Eagles.

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August 28, 2014

Your Champions League Cinderellas Guide

Are you looking for a Cinderella team to follow through this year’s Champions League? You feel burned-out on previous darlings Borussia Dortmund and Atlético Madrid, after their respective transformations from underdogs to perennial title contenders? Well, here are three different possible bandwagons to join, depending on just how Cinderella-y you want your Cinderella to be.

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Week 1 College Football Viewing Guide: Let Go and Hang On

Texas A&M–South Carolina. Clemson-Georgia. Wisconsin-LSU. Florida State–Oklahoma State. There’s no shortage of excitement as Week 1 of the college football season finally arrives. Here are the main story lines to watch.

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Triangle All-Stars: Bo, Jack, and the College Football Kings of Our Hearts

The 2014 college football season is finally here! Are you excited? We’re excited! At long last, it’s time to usher in the new campaign the best way we know how: by presenting our 2014 College Football Triangle All-Stars. Trigger warning for USC fans: Prepare for a lot of Myles Jack.

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NFL Roundup: Josh Gordon Is Gone, Cam Is Hurt, But Bortles Is Here

In the span of five weeks since preseason football started, I’ve gone from pitying the Jags fans who have to talk themselves into Bortles as a star to slowly talking myself into Bortles as a star. This might be a sign we need real football to start.

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Soler Powered: A Big Debut for the Cubs Rookie

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re talking about the exciting young prospect coming up. The responsible thing to do is be patient and let the kid … Oh. Never mind.

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You’re the Captain Now: Who Will Lead These Seven NHL Teams on the Ice?

These days, some teams change captains roughly as often as Apple updates iTunes. Heading into this season, we’re looking at seven openings. Here’s a look at our best guesses as to who’ll end up filling them.

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Bill and Sal’s 2014 NFL Degenerate Gambling Preview: AFC West

Bill and Sal aren’t as hot on the Broncos as Vegas is and think the Chargers, at the odds they are getting now, are a great bet to win the division and potentially get into the AFC Championship Game and maybe even the Super Bowl.

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The Weakest Link: A Look at the Worst Position Groups in the NFL

This isn’t an attempt to rag on teams for the sake of doing it, but just to take stock, a week before the season starts, of what areas teams might have the most trouble in when the games get going.

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