September 18, 2014

And Now We Praise Not Particularly Famous Punt Blockers

While the NFL’s major on-field talking points have been Robert Griffin’s ugly injury, the resurgent Buffalo Bills, and the installation of Darren Sproles 3.0, it’s also worth paying attention to one frivolous quirk that has AND THE PUNT IS BLOCKED!! It’s not unreasonable for announcers using the brief time while the punter awaits a snap […]

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There’s a Monster at the End of This Column

WWE’s ‘Night of Champions’ and John Cena’s always looming heel turn.

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The Lowe Post Podcast: Zach Lowe and Joe Mande

Stand-up comedian and ‘Parks and Recreation’ writer Joe Mande chats with Zach Lowe about bad NBA team names, Roy Hibbert, and comedy.

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Johnny-Come-Lately’s Guide to the MLB Stretch Run

Baseball isn’t like the NBA, where you don’t really need to pay attention until the second round of the playoffs. So if you’ve been on a spiritual quest to Cambodia or playing ninepins with the ghosts of Henry Hudson and his men in Upstate New York, you’re being dropped like an armful of groceries into the final push of the MLB pennant race, and you probably need some help. Here’s what you need to know to follow along during the home stretch and prep for the postseason.

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The Biggest Surprises From the First Champions League Group-Stage Matches

The first matchday of the Champions League is in the books, and, pleasantly, there were some surprises. Let’s have a look at the biggest.

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The Sound and the Fury: Are Florida and Will Muschamp Shouting Into the Void?

Will Muschamp was the hottest coordinator in the country when he left Texas to become Florida’s headman. Three-plus years later, he might be a dead coach walking. His future depends on his offense finding life — but no. 3 Alabama awaits.

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Cousin Sal’s Week 3 Prop Bets!

I’m going to pretend people are still reading this weekly devastation. So far I’m down 27,500 jermajesties overall betting on this most peculiar of NFL seasons. That is not good. I’ve done some research and found that some people don’t even make 27,500 jermajesties in a week. Last Thursday was a rough one. I could […]

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Week 4 College Football Viewing Guide: Children Will Listen

Jameis Winston’s first-half suspension makes it harder to enjoy Saturday’s Clemson–Florida State tilt, but Bill “Dumbledore” Snyder is here to save us on Thursday night. Welcome to Week 4.

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Imagining Football in a Non-NFL World

What would football look like if the NFL went away and a whole new league took its place?

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National Pastime: How Washington Built a World Series Favorite

Five years ago, the Washington Nationals were the joke of baseball. Now, they’re the best team in the National League, and World Series favorites. Here’s how the best 25-man roster of 2014 was built.

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Derek Jeter’s Diary: Clear Eyes, Cold Hearts, Must Win

The baseball season is a long and lonely road. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captain’s private journal. Thursday, September 11: vs. Tampa Bay We’re being no-hit into the eighth inning by a guy named Alex Cobb when I say something to the team. It’s […]

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New Season’s Resolutions for the NHL

Hockey is back. Hockey is great. Hockey can be better. Here are a few ideas for our friends in the league office.

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September 17, 2014

We Have to Get Eric Bledsoe on the Bucks

Can you imagine how much fun it would be to watch fast breaks with Jabari and Giannis and Bledsoe every night?

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Small Vols: Tennessee and the Children’s Hour

Tennessee has a long way to go before it once again stands among the SEC powers, but second-year head coach Butch Jones has the young Volunteers growing up in a hurry. Here’s a two-day peek into the world of a sleeping giant.

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The Grantland NFL Podcast: Adrian Peterson, Fantasy Football, and a Conversation With Eric Weddle

Chargers safety Eric Weddle joins the podcast this week after Robert Mays and Bill Barnwell talk about Adrian Peterson and fantasy conundrums.

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Meet Chris Carter 2.0

For years, Chris Carter was a power prospect whose inability to make steady contact was his undoing. Now, he’s hitting home runs at a career rate while improving in other key areas as well. Oh, and he’s hitting one-handed dingers. So what changed? And will it last?

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Heisman Watch: Set Your Cheat Code to ‘Amari Cooper’

Bryce Petty regains his front-runner standing, D.J. Foster emerges from the dust, and Amari Cooper goes into video-game mode. It’s the post–Week 3 Heisman Watch!

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Grantland Exclusive: Redacted NBA Scouting Reports

Let’s take a look at some other redacted scouting documents, which came to me from my extensive network of anonymous sources.

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Staying on Schedule: The Chargers’ Ball-Control Success

The product of San Diego sustaining so many drives in its Week 2 upset of Seattle was the same as it was for the Chargers last year: It wore the opposing defense out and kept their own defense fresh.

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The NHL’s Analytics Awakening

Hockey analytics has arrived and is here to stay. But compared to sports like baseball, the field is still in its infancy. Despite the progress of the last year, there’s a long road ahead, and lots of ground still left to be covered. So where do we go from here?

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Can Derrick Rose Shoot?

Of course Derrick Rose can shoot. Just a few years ago, Rose was, hands down, one of the best jump-shooting guards in the NBA.

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