September 2, 2015

2015 College Football Weekly Watchability Rankings

How to distinguish the worst fall wedding dates from the less-bad (but still terrible!) ones? With this handy guide, of course, which ranks each week of the college football regular season based on entertainment value.

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Back to School: The Science Behind Toronto Flamethrower Marcus Stroman’s Rapid ACL Recovery

Marcus Stroman was set for a breakout sophomore season before a spring ACL tear seemingly torpedoed his 2015 campaign. But thanks to a dynamic combination of confidence and tech, he’s in the final stages of an astonishingly speedy recovery — and poised to rejoin the Blue Jays in time for their playoff run.

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Past Is Prologue: Key NFL Story Lines for 2015

What the past can tell us about who’s likely to stay healthy, who seems like a lock to break out, and which draft pick will put a good team over the top.

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Weak Links: Flaws That Could Doom College Football’s Top Contenders

The 2015 college football season kicks off in a little more than 24 hours, marking the end of summer’s boundless sunny prognostications and the arrival of autumn’s cold, hard truths. Of 128 FBS teams, only eight will open the season ranked in the top 10 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls and listed with odds of 25-1 or better to win the second edition of the playoff, according to Vegas Insider. From the back of the pack to the front, here’s why each of the front-runners could ultimately fail.

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‘The Jonah Keri Podcast’: Anthony DiComo and Tyler Kepner

Jonah talks to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo about the first-place Mets and to ‘New York Times’ writer Tyler Kepner about A-Rod, the streaking Rangers, and the slumping Nationals.

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‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: AFC West Preview

One half of ‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’ team thinks that Denver’s run atop its division will finish in 2015. Find out who and why on today’s AFC West preview podcast.

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How to Sell a Stadium in Six Easy Steps: Calgary Gets the High-Pressure Pitch

Do the Flames need a new stadium? Sure. Should the city pay for it? That’s an entirely different question.

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An At-the-Plate Anomaly: Madison Bumgarner and the Rapid Decline of the Hitting Pitcher

How did we reach a point where everyone now accepts total incompetence in one out of every nine times at bat?

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Video: How to Fix Pickup Basketball With Analytics

From midtown Manhattan to Terre Haute to Venice Beach, there are thousands of pickup basketball games played every day across the country. But for as popular as the game is, there is something fundamentally broken with the majority of pickup games: the scorekeeping.

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September 1, 2015

The DOs and DON’Ts of the Summer Transfer Window, As Performed by Manchester United

Remember when it looked like Manchester United might’ve had this whole transfer window thing all figured out? We don’t, either.

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Moving on From the Freak: The Likely End of Tim Lincecum’s Giants Career

Tim Lincecum might not throw another pitch for the Giants, and his decline is tragic for reasons both typical and unique alike.

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2015 Preseason Heisman Watch: The Dak Attack, a Bunch of Bucks, and the Sophomore RB Trio of Your Dreams

For the first time in three years, the previous season’s Heisman Trophy winner won’t be back to defend his crown. As a result, this year’s race is shaping up to be historically wide-open. With the college football season mere days away, it’s time to heatedly debate the relative merits of the candidates in question, despite the fact that none of them has played a single down yet in 2015. Here, we’ve spotlighted 10 of them for your reading (dis)pleasure. Enjoy!

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‘Grantland Soccer Podcast’: Trouble in Chelsea and the Weekend Premier League Action

Chris Ryan talks to Dave Schilling and Mike L. Goodman about the weekend Premier League action and the trouble at Chelsea.

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Heat Check: Is Pat Riley’s Rebuilt Squad the Most Intriguing Team in the NBA?

Just one season removed from the LeBron era, can Miami challenge in the Eastern Conference?

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Adopt a 2015 College Football Team: Because Everyone Needs a Plan B

The glorious universe of college football is far too large to confine yourself to a single squad. Broaden your horizons and exponentially up your enjoyment!

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