November 21, 2014

The Grantland NFL Podcast: Talking Raiders and Previewing the Rest of Week 12

After detailing Thursday’s stunning upset win by the Raiders, the Grantland NFL Podcast gets its first game show while previewing Week 12.

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Welcome to the Week 12 Thunderdome

The Sports Guy takes to his inbox to make his NFL picks and settle a few arguments.

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NHL Grab Bag: The Silent Treatment

Signing a toddler, Phil Kessel outrage, and throwing things at the Maple Leafs (again).

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Love Hurts: Why Cleveland’s Interior Defense Isn’t Working

Cleveland’s problems might have more to do with the kind of players it has, rather than how they’re playing.

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Democracy Now: What a Weird Week in Baseball News-Breaking Taught Us About Media Evolution

A 13-year-old boy helped break the Billy Butler signing, and that was only one of the weird things that happened this week! This isn’t the first time we’ve seen team PR departments, civilians, and intrepid teens deprive high-profile reporters of scoops, but the rapid succession of stories from nontraditional sources reinforced a few lessons we’ve learned about breaking news in the Internet age.

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The Patrick Willis All-Stars: Honoring Great College Players on Awful Teams

Every college football season, the spotlight inevitably (and obviously) falls on a cluster of the richest, most visible, and most successful teams. But those big winners are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sport’s wealth of talent. Today, we’re going below the fold to recognize the best players on the bad teams — the largely anonymous guys who might be household names if they were part of more successful outfits.

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Mile High Protection Issues: Is Denver’s Offensive Line Up for Another Super Bowl Run?

While it’s unfair to say that it’s time to worry about the Denver offense after a meager seven-point output in St. Louis, we’re entering the stretch of the season when we begin to figure out just how good the contenders really are.

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Boxing Relevance Report: Marketable Young Americans

When Chris Algieri enters the ring Saturday against Manny Pacquiao, he’ll be a huge underdog. If he wins, he could leave it as boxing’s newest star.

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Keep England Weird: Why the Premier League’s Craziness Might Be Here to Stay

Even if the table returns to normal this year, it’s quite possible we’re seeing the beginning of something new in the Premier League.

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Cheap Heat Podcast: With Special Guest Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson joins the show! Oh, and Rosenberg and Shoemaker talk about this Sunday’s ‘Survivor Series’ PPV.

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2014-15 NCAA Basketball Preview: The Big 12

Should we be betting on Texas to end Bill Self’s historic streak of 10-straight conference championships with Kansas?

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Just Win, Sort Of: How the Raiders Took Down the Chiefs

The Raiders finally got into the win column this season thanks to a few big plays by their offense and a few mistakes by the Chiefs.

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A Man at 47: Is Mike Gundy — the Most Successful Head Coach in Oklahoma State Football History — Actually Any Good?

Mike Gundy is the most successful football head coach Oklahoma State has ever had. So why do fans want to run him out of town?

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NBA After Dark Podcast: Fear the Deer and Salute Swaggy P

Chris, Andrew, and Juliet get excited about the Bucks and Nick Young, but are concerned for David Blatt.

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November 20, 2014

The Chaos of the 2015 RB Free-Agent Class

Generally, long-term deals for running backs who were allowed to hit free agency just haven’t worked out. And by generally, I mean that essentially every single contract has failed to live up to even reasonable expectations.

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Cousin Sal’s Week 12 Prop Bets!

Make all the Derek Carr jokes you want, but statistically he hasn’t done a terrible job. In fact, Carr has gone over the 190.5 mark three times in the last four games.

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The Future Is Now: Q&A With Seth Rollins

An interview with rising WWE star Seth Rollins (and a preview of ‘Survivor Series’).

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Who Is on the NHL Hot Seat?

Somehow, we’ve made it this far without a single coach or GM losing his job. But it’s inevitable that the pink slips will eventually start flying, and probably sooner than later. Here’s a look at 10 seats around the league that are already getting warm or worse.

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Week 13 College Football Viewing Guide: Buzz, Your Girlfriend

Week 13 brings what we’re going to charitably refer to as a significant drop-off in the number of quality contests, with so many power programs inviting punching bags onto campus to warm up for their season-ending rivalry tilts, but we’re here to take you through your impending Saturday and point out your likeliest entertainment options in each time slot.

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NBA Shootaround: Small Thing to a Giant

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 3: The Question Remains

As Landon Donovan finishes his professional soccer career, he reveals the struggles he has faced over the years coming to terms with the fact that he will no longer be playing the game he loves.

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Breaking the Pyramid: How Pep Guardiola Created a Postmodern Monster at Bayern Munich

Now that Pep has his point guard in Xabi Alonso, plus a versatile cast of midfielders and full-backs to play every position imaginable around him, Bayern are even better than they were last year.

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Cardinal at a Crossroads: Is Stanford’s Golden Era Coming to a Close?

After four consecutive BCS bowl appearances, Stanford is suddenly facing the very real prospect of a losing season. Is this setback a blip, or a return to the natural order?

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