April 18, 2014

Triangle All-Stars: The Final Roster for the People’s Dream Team

We couldn’t let the buzzer sound on the regular season without looking back at the world champions of our heart.

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Roster Doctor: George Springer’s Rise, Wil Myers’s slide, and Much More in the Fantasy Baseball Mailbag

The Roster Doctor is here to sooth your fantasy sorrows with the first fantasy baseball mailbag of the 2014 season.

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B.S. Report: Zach Lowe

Bill Simmons and Grantland’s Zach Lowe give their thoughts on the NBA playoff matchups, who they think the breakout young star will be, and the NBA awards ballots.

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The Weekend Never Starts Around Here: The MLS Almanac

As a public service, an attempt at an MLS almanac to guide you through the phases of the season.

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Spring Snapshot: Big Ten Football Check-in

How many more teams than 10 are currently in the Big Ten? Is it worth talking about Nebraska football, or just Bo Pelini’s cat? Does Sparty look poised to reload after claiming the Rose Bowl crown? It’s B1G Spring Snapshot time.

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The Grantland NFL Podcast: NFL News and Free-Agency Awards

Mays and Barnwell catch up on a month of NFL news and give out free-agency awards on today’s podcast.

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NHL Grab Bag: Brian Burke Made a Joke on Twitter and It Was Funny. We Wanted to Tweet ‘Ha-ha’ at Him But We Didn’t.

Welcome to a weekly grab bag of thoughts and observations from the past few days and/or decades of hockey.

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Who’s That Guy? New York Yankees Savior Yangervis Solarte!

The Yankees’ infield was supposed to be a complete and total mess. And it is! But out-of-nowhere contributor Yangervis Solarte is helping the surprising AL East leaders stay afloat.

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Bill and Jalen’s Playoffs Preview: The NBA Heat Check Championship Belt, Fading Stars, and More!

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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Bad Boys Illustrated: Archival Photos of the Isiah-Era Pistons

Morris Thomas is one of the most popular professors on campus in East Lansing, but he also possesses one of the best collections of Detroit Pistons photographs known to man.

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About Last Night: Aces High

In case you were busy heading directly into the inner sanctum of Nick Saban for mutually beneficial reasons, here are the five biggest stories you missed in sports on Thursday.

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‘The Finish Line,’ Episode 4: Dinner With Dirk

After a successful return to the court, a rejuvenated Steve Nash sits down with former teammate Dirk Nowitzki to reminisce about the time they had together on the Dallas Mavericks, speculate about what would have happened had they stayed teammates, and talk about the times they’ve played against each other.

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April 17, 2014

At Least the Knicks Won the Regular-Season Championship Belt

It is the team’s first championship in 41 years, not counting their decadelong run of undefeated press conferences.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Are the Captains Now

The Philadelphia Flyers are America’s team. They truly represent the best of us.

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It’s Time for True Seeding in the NBA Playoffs

As good as the playoffs are, they would probably be better if the NBA abolished conferences and liberated its playoff system from the tyranny of irrelevant regionalism.

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NBA Regular-Season Shootaround: Good-bye to All That

With the playoffs on the horizon, we looked back on some of our favorite smaller moments, head-scratching story lines, beloved players, and games from the course of the season.

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A Conversation About the Wizards

The believer vs. the hater; an internal conversation about the Washington Professional Basketball Team.

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Andrelton Simmons, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Resisting the Temptation to Hit for Power

Andrelton Simmons and Jackie Bradley Jr. are going to be valuable regulars for at least the next decade based on defense alone. That’s their floor. Their ceiling depends on what they do with the bat. Strange as it seems, the best thing for both players might be to not worry about hitting for power.

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The NBA Mega-List of Things to Like and Dislike

Every year, dozens of “likes” and “dislikes” fail to make it into a Tuesday column, left to die if they are somehow unique to that particular season. And every year, we try to save at least some of them with a mega-post to showcase the worthiest.

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The Sad Boys: Looking Back at Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith’s Brick-Laden Season in Detroit

On a team loaded with young bucks primed to dominate the interior, the Pistons would be wise to decorate their perimeter with decent jump-shooters and strong pick-and-roll playmakers. Instead, they went out and signed two below-average volume shooters who don’t really make the players around them better.

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Bill and Jalen’s Playoffs Preview: LeBron, the Best Finals, and More!

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: Frozen Treat

In case you were busy jamming out to “Hit Somebody!” by Warren Zevon, here are the top five stories you missed in sports on Wednesday.

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