January 23, 2015

‘B.S. Report': Bill’s Dad and J-Bug

Bill Simmons calls up his dad and his buddy J-Bug to discuss the Belichick and Brady press conferences, how depressed they are about Deflategate, and more.

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‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: Reviewing Preseason Prop Bets and Opening the Mailbag

Barnwell and Mays shoot down the Deflatriots story, review their preseason prop bets, and open up the mailbag.

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Pop History: A Deep Dive Into the ‘Royal Rumble’

Rewatching ‘Rumble’ through the years to see which wrestlers got the crowd most riled up.

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Mark Titus’s Triangle NCAA All-Stars: Unique Jersey Numbers

Five college basketball players that have caught our attention.

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PDX Problems: Can the Blazers Survive LaMarcus Aldridge’s Absence?

In the Western Conference, every game matters. Bank 31 wins in 44 games, and you could still be one major injury away from the playoff math getting uncomfortably tight.

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‘You Mad, Bro?’ Revisited: What We Can Learn From the 2012 Patriots-Seahawks Matchup

A lot of guys are gone, but the key players are still there, so there’s lots to learn about Super Bowl XLIX from what we saw when these teams met up two years ago.

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Sideline Hero Q&A: Clemson’s Coach-Wrangler Adam Smotherman

Grantland spoke to Clemson’s sideline coach wrangler about his unusually specific game-day duties, his personal workout regimen, and whether he’s ever considered putting DC Brent Venables on an elastic leash, like a rowdy toddler in a crowded mall.

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NHL Grab Bag: The World Cup of Young Guns

Is including a new 23-and-under team in the next World Cup of Hockey a good idea?

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‘Jalen and Jacoby': Kobe Bryant’s Injury, Warriors-Rockets, and the NBA’s Real MVP

Jalen and Jacoby discuss Kobe’s injury, the Warriors-Rockets rivalry, and who they think is the real MVP this year.

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The Midseason Missing: Will the Africa Cup of Nations or Asian Cup Ruin Anyone’s Premier League Season?

Have a key player on South Korea or Senegal? Too bad! You’ll have to suck it up and be a bit short on depth for a few weeks.

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Brady, Belichick, and Great Balls of Fire: A Front-Row Seat for the Foxborough Farce

Could this actually be the beginning of the end for the duo that has dominated football?

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January 22, 2015

‘Cheap Heat’ Podcast: ‘Raw Reunion,’ ‘Royal Rumble,’ and More

‘Raw Reunion,’ the ‘Royal Rumble,’ and Rosenberg beefing with other wrestling podcasts.

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15 Years of NBA Trade Value

All the Trade Value columns in one place.

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Riding the NFL Coordinator Carousel: Who Went Where and What Does It Mean for Next Year?

The stretch between Black Monday and the final spin of the NFL coaching carousel is always frenetic, manic, and hard to understand, but 2015’s coordinator diaspora feels especially loopy and scattershot.

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NBA Shootaround: Mr. Westbrook Goes to Washington

Russ and KD take D.C., LeBron finds a nemesis, and more.

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2014 NFL Preseason Predictions Revisited

Which players ended up fitting the classic archetypes we mapped out in August?

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The Apathy and Absurdity of the NHL All-Star Game

Just like the All-Star Weekend has become a tradition, columns complaining about the All-Star Weekend have too. The fantasy draft helped breathe new life into the All-Star concept; maybe it can do the same for this post. It’s worth a shot.

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No Goggles Needed: Can Jerian Grant Finally Lead Notre Dame’s High-Flying Offense Deep Into March?

It took a Vine-able piece of magic, but the country finally noticed how good the best player on the nation’s best offense really is.

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Bill Belichick Responds To DEFLATEGATE Accusations

“And any time that players complain about the quality of the footballs, I make them worse, and that stops the complaining.”

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Miami Nice: The Wayward Marlins Take Aim at Sustained Success

The Marlins aren’t strangers to winning, or even to spending money. But until now, they have been strangers to running their organization like every other baseball team.

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