April 16, 2014

Forget It, Jake. It’s Little Italy. (Saying Good-bye to the NCAA’s Limited Snack Stance.)

We can’t let this go without putting some kind of immediate postwar romantic spin on the imaginary fallout.

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Rounding Out the NBA Awards

A torturous exercise — fun, but also torturous.

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We Bought a Tank: Looking Back and Looking Forward with the Sixers

I am a little conflicted over this Sixers season. So I decided to go home and watch them play on their floor one last time, to see if it gave me any clarity.

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Why the West Is Fun: Are Division Winners Colorado and Anaheim Actually the Most Vulnerable?

There’s a lot of noise surrounding players and teams entering the Stanley Cup playoffs and very little signal. So over the next few days, avoid listening to that guy at the office who brings up the career playoff points rate of Danny Briere, who is coming off his worst points-per-game rate since the Clinton Administration, while simultaneously talking down the playoff inexperience of Ben Bishop. We have so much information, yet so little of it really matters.

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No Pale Imitation: How Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, and a Savvy GM Have Revived the White Sox Offense

Jose Abreu is crushing the ball. Adam Eaton looks like the perfect leadoff man. We may only be 14 games into the season, but it’s still impossible to ignore that the 2014 White Sox currently have the most improved year-over-year offense in modern MLB history.

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Derek Jeter’s Diary: The Final Season Begins

The baseball season is a long and lonely road. And so is the offseason. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captain’s private journal.

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121 (or So) Things to Love During the NHL Playoffs

Have you been watching hockey this year? It’s cool! No worries. Everyone’s busy. I totally get that. To help you catch up, here’s a short but incomplete list of a few things to watch during the NHL postseason.

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Bill and Jalen’s Playoffs Preview! (With Special Guest Drake!)

Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose have all the answers — OK, maybe too many answers — about the NBA playoffs in this exclusive Grantland series.

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About Last Night: Cali Civil War

In case you were busy getting a tour of New York from Rex Ryan, here are the top five stories you missed in sports on Tuesday.

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April 15, 2014

Life After Tayshana: Coping With the Aftershocks of a Tragedy

Taylonn Murphy is committed to keeping the memory of his daughter alive.

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The Year of the Sun Gods

Phoenix was officially eliminated from the playoffs Monday night with a loss to the Grizzlies, but we can’t let this Suns team pass without paying the proper respects.

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Men in Blazers: MiB Passover Special!

Rog and Davo revel in the emotional magic of Liverpool-Manchester City. Haim jump on board for the MiB Passover special.

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The Lowe Post Podcast: Zach Lowe and Spurs GM R.C. Buford

Zach talks to Spurs GM R.C. Buford about conference realignment, the team’s culture, and whether he’d ever leave.

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Why Haven’t Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales Signed Yet? And Why Is Tony Clark So Cheesed Off?

Two weeks into the season, two useful MLB free agents have yet to sign. Why? And why is everyone so unhappy about it?

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Die Another Day: Seven More X-Day Sports Movies for Kevin Costner to Lace Us With

Here’s the Triangle’s Marshall Plan for an entire series of sports-themed day-in-the-life films, all able to be filmed on the cheap, all with the potential to bring glory to our great nation, and, most important, all with Kevin Costner.

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The Rainmakers: Players Who Create the Most Corner 3s

More than 95 percent of made corner 3s this season have been assisted, the highest such number anywhere on the court.

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Get in the Ring: Celebrating the ’88-’89 Red Wings

It seems like an odd thing to say about a franchise that came of age with Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, and Alex Delvecchio, and later went on to 23 straight playoff appearances and four Stanley Cups, but my favorite Red Wings team of all time was the 1988-89 edition.

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Jonah Keri Podcast: With Special Guests Alex Anthopoulos and Grant Brisbee

The Jonah Keri Podcast is back! Throughout the season, we’ll have fun/smart guests on to talk baseball and occasionally quote random ‘Simpsons’ lines or tout hole-in-the-wall diners in Topeka and Esterhazy.

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Introducing a Revolutionary New NBA Stat: True Loathing Rating

Hate is unmeasurable and incredibly destructive to team chemistry, not to mention the job security of franchise personnel. So, what’s to be done? Shall we just accept that there is this random, unquantifiable variable — this hate particle, if you will — that has the power to tear the fabric of a team apart, and we can do nothing at all about it?

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Bill and Jalen’s Playoffs Preview! (Day 2!)

Can the Heat three-peat? What’s at stake for Kevin Durant? Will Indiana bounce back? And how pathetic is the Eastern Conference? Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose have all the answers — OK, maybe too many answers — about the NBA playoffs in this exclusive Grantland series.

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About Last Night: Grizz Punch Their Ticket

In case you were busy remembering the 96, here are the top five stories you missed in sports on Monday.

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