March 3, 2015

Five-Game Free Fall: Why Southampton Shouldn’t Suddenly Be This Bad

Upon further inspection, Ronald Koeman’s side turns out to be way more than just the latest fun-while-it-lasted underdog story.

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NHL Deadline Day Award Winners

Before we turn our attention to the stretch drive, let’s hand out some awards for this year’s deadline maneuvering.

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Q&A: Dominique Wilkins on the Hawks, 1990s-era NBA, and the Slam Dunk Contest

Grantland recently talked to Wilkins about a statue of him that will be unveiled outside Philips Arena, the Hawks, the state of today’s NBA, and, of course, the slam dunk contest.

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Dollars and Sense: The Human Cost of the Cubs’ Kris Bryant Decision

Holding back superprospect Kris Bryant this April will give the Cubs another prime year from their blue-chipper at the cost of missing his bat for only a few early weeks in a season in which they might not contend anyway. From a business standpoint, it’s a no-brainer. But it’s problematic for baseball and human reasons, and here’s why.

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How We’d Fix It: The Solutions for the Post-Harbaugh Niners Are In-House (or So They Hope)

The 49ers have a Harbaugh-size hole on their sideline. Can those left behind continue the franchise’s recent success?

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Remembering the Man Who Made New York Love the Knicks Again: Anthony Mason, 1966–2015

For Knicks fans, the ’90s iteration of the team seemed like an inextricable ingredient of the city’s atmospheric brew. The main reason: Anthony Mason, live and direct from Springfield Gardens, Queens.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Crappiness: A Closer Look at the Sixers

The only thing wrong with what Philly’s doing are the people who think it’s some profound approach to basketball philosophy. Just because something is counterintuitive doesn’t make it more intuitive.

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March 2, 2015

The Monuments Men: Inside the Mad Scramble to Bring You Your Annual NFL Championship DVD

Hanging with the crew of filmmakers and historians at NFL Films as they fight incredible deadline pressure to produce their annual Super Bowl DVD.

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Them Again? Liverpool’s Patented Late-Season Sprint Up the Table Kicks Into High Gear

As the Premier League table stands, the Reds sit in fifth place, a mere two points behind Manchester United in the final Champions League place and only three points behind third-place Arsenal.

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Adam Dunn, Juan Pierre, and Why We Need WAR

Adam Dunn and Juan Pierre were both drafted in 1998, both played 14 years in the majors, and are both now officially retired. So, which one was better? Until recently, it would have been almost impossible to say.

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The 30: Offseason Stock Report

Since the calendar has turned to 2015, we’re starting off fresh. Last year’s results don’t matter — sorry, Giants fans — and all teams are ranked based on how they look coming into the spring.

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DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul Are Saving the Clippers’ Season

Maybe Jordan is better off without Blake Griffin clogging the lane on offense, and good enough on the other end to anchor the defense by himself. Maybe Paul is best when the ball is in his hands instead of watching Griffin operate as some kind of swingman playmaker.

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NHL Weekend Wrap: Welcome to the Swap Meet

Today is trade deadline day, but after a very busy weekend, there may not be much excitement left. Here’s a quick roundup of the deals since Thursday.

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The Irritation Game: How James Harden and the Rockets Undid LeBron and the Cavs

Nothing gets the blood pumping like a possible Finals preview. Right about the time MVP candidate/scoring leader/International Swag Champ James Harden got tangled up with LeBron James, I realized that I absolutely love rooting against this Rockets team. They are so good, so skilled, and so smart. They are worthy villains. In sports, there is no higher compliment.

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