September 1, 2014

The Grantland NFL Podcast: 2014 Player Prop Bets

With the season rapidly approaching, Mays and Barnwell run through their favorite player prop bets in today’s Grantland NFL Podcast.

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B.S. Report: Guess the Lines With Cousin Sal!

Cousin Sal and Bill get fired up on a special Labor Day B.S. Report, in which they discuss the NFL’s Week 1 lines.

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The 2014 Pigskin Pantheon: Week 1 College Football Awards

College football serves and is served by many gods, old and new. Here, week after week, we’ll build a temple to them, installing idols as we go. The temple is made of words and pictures from the Internet. Just go with it.

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Handicapping the Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks

For golf nerds, this is the only chance to second-guess a momentous decision that doesn’t involve going for a green in two or switching irons at the last moment because of a phantom wind gust. This is Selection Sunday combined with the NFL draft combined with a third thing that hasn’t yet been invented but which itself combines elements of patriotism, anticipation, scorn, disbelief, and, finally, relief or anger.

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The 30: For the Orioles, Cardinals, Jays, and Rangers, Timing Is Everything

Timing is everything in baseball. Sometimes, it can kill a team, as the Rangers and Blue Jays have discovered. Other times, it can make a season, as the Cardinals and Orioles are about to learn.

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Team USA FIBA Weekend Recap: A Machine With Two Settings

Team USA either must be smiting ruination upon the world’s basketball pretenders, or it must be learning important object lessons about respecting one’s opponents so as to better dominate them in the future. This is how we, as a nation, process Team USA’s games.

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Look on the Bright Side: Reasons for Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, and Man United to Be Optimistic

Even for those teams in the darkest of places, there are reasons for optimism. Here are reasons for all the teams that dropped points this week to feel good about themselves.

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Just Give Todd Gurley the Damn Ball: Your Weekly College Football Wrap

Georgia’s tailback shines, the national champs flail, UCLA forces us to reassess our expectations, and more from college football’s opening week.

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August 29, 2014

The First Hundred PAs: The Curious Case of Cubs Rookie Javier Baez, Slugger and Strikeout Machine

Is Cubs uber-prospect Javier Baez a bust, or a future Hall of Famer? As counterintuitive as it may seem, his first 100 plate appearances say … both.

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Texas A&M’s Stunning 2014 Debut, Plus More Thoughts and Observations From College Football’s Opening Night

Thoughts on Texas A&M’s outburst, Ole Miss’s sneaky victory, Vanderbilt’s shame, and more 2014 college football opening night goodness.

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An Outsider’s Guide to Loving College Football

An incomplete guide to everything that makes college football the best casual entertainment in sports.

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Bill and Sal’s 2014 NFL Degenerate Gambling Preview: Weekend Roundup

Over the past week, Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal have been previewing the upcoming NFL season for all the degenerate gamblers out there. To help you catch up on all the fun this extended weekend, here’s a roundup of the previews released so far.

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Cheap Heat Podcast: ‘Night of Champions’ and Wrestling Memorabilia With Guest Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts is back to talk about the greatest wrestling memorabilia find ever, the professional obligations of a McMahon, and the potential awesomeness of ‘Night of Champions.’

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Jalen and Jacoby Pop the Trunk: Viewer Questions, Naming the Hip-Hop Group Bracket Final Four, and More

Jalen and Jacoby pop the trunk to break down the Josh Shaw scandal, Josh Gordon’s suspension, Lance Stephenson’s rap song, Team USA, Kevin Love, and much more!

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The Grantland NFL Podcast: 2014 NFC North Preview

Robert Mays espouses the virtues of his Chicago Bears before getting to the rest of the NFC North with Bill Barnwell.

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Never Mind the Gasols! Go, Team USA! It’s Time for the FIBA Basketball World Cup!

The FIBA Basketball World Cup kicks off in Spain this Saturday, and the excitement is underwhelming!

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Bill and Sal’s 2014 NFL Degenerate Gambling Preview: NFC East

Cousin Sal tries to convince Bill Simmons that his Cowboys have a chance to win the NFC East over the favored Eagles.

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