October 24, 2014

The Quarterback Contract Question

Welcome to the world of NFL signal-callers, where signing bonuses, cap hits, and guaranteed money mean almost as much to your future as how you play on the field.

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Denver’s Unsolvable Defense Puts It in a League of Its Own

From the front end to the back end, the Broncos have better talent than just about any defense in football, and they have the depth to match.

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In Search of the Elusive Makeup Call

The makeup call is an infuriating piece of NBA folklore. We assume it exists, rolling our eyes as officials compensate for one mistake by piling on another.

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Scenes From ‘The Grantland Basketball Hour’ Debut

‘The Grantland Basketball Hour’ premiered Thursday night, with guest appearances from Jeff Van Gundy, Grantland writer Zach Lowe, Doc Rivers, and Michelle Beadle. In case you missed it, here are some scenes from the show.

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Scooting Toward Bethlehem: Kevin Durant’s Foot Injury and the Thunder’s Apocalyptic Future

Kevin Durant, the scooter of mortality, and the future of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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October 23, 2014

The Hell With It

How the coolest match in WWE became an afterthought.

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Triangle All-Stars: Kobe Bryant, the Perfect Teammate

The Triangle All-Star team is a way for the Triangle blog to celebrate our favorite players. This week we will introduce you to the people’s Dream Team — the characters, untapped talents, and head cases who make the NBA our favorite thing to watch.

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Cousin Sal’s Week 8 Prop Bets!

I’m pretty sure last Thursday was my first good one since the players switched from leather helmets.

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Ranking the Champions League Blowouts

After a round of Champions League fixtures that saw 40 goals scored in a single day, let’s take a moment to highlight a series of blowouts that have reestablished this year’s league hierarchy.

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The J.T. Barrett Bubble: Ohio State’s Freshman Quarterback Breaks Out As the Buckeyes Try to Break Back In

Ohio State was supposed to flop without Braxton Miller. Suddenly, however, the Buckeyes are back on the brink. Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is breaking out; can Urban Meyer’s squad break back into the playoff mix?

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Week 9 College Football Viewing Guide: Sheep May Safely Craze

We’re heading into the back half of the season, and both major Mississippi teams are undefeated and ranked in the top three. No. 2 Florida State is on a bye this week. Marshall, the fourth undefeated FBS squad, is hosting Florida Atlantic. It’s either Magnolia State football or leaf-peeping this weekend, folks. Welcome to Week 9.

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The Tom Kurvers Trade: One Deal, One Million Repercussions

Like most Maple Leafs fans, I’ve spent far too much time imagining an alternate reality in which this horrible trade had never taken place. And it turns out that doing so can be an interesting exercise.

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The Cornerback-Destroying Sammy Watkins and the NFL’s All-Rookie Team (So Far)

We’re almost at the halfway mark of the season, and these are the rookies making a major impact.

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World Series Game 2: The Royals Knot Things Up Thanks to a Bochy Botch

After a sluggish opening-game loss, the Royals awoke in a spirited Game 2 win to even the series at one apiece. K.C.’s players deserve credit — but they also got some serious help from a Bochy botch.

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