February 27, 2015

‘B.S. Report’: Doug Collins

Doug Collins stops by the studio to share stories of playing for the 76ers and coaching a young Jordan on the Bulls, and then breaks down how the NBA playoffs are shaping up.

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Constant Compensation: How Do the Ravens Always Have So Many Draft Picks?

Since the NFL started its compensatory picks system in the mid-’90s, no team has earned more than Baltimore’s 41 — and that number will only go up.

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How Larry Krystkowiak and Delon Wright Brought Utah Basketball Back to National Prominence

A win over Arizona would certainly grab the attention of the college basketball world, but the signs that Utah is back? They’re already here.

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Your Cavs Juggernaut Has Arrived, and All It Took Was a Bowling Trip

The secret of David Blatt’s turnaround — along with all the trades, Kevin Love becoming more enmeshed in the offense, and the jettisoning of Dion Waiters — is simple: LeBron. The man responsible for Blatt’s deliverance is the same one who almost cost him his job.

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Titus’s Triangle NCAA All-Stars: Second Bananas Edition

Five of the best second bananas in college basketball.

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Oh, Arsenal: Why the Gunners Couldn’t Carry Their Newfound Defensive Solidity Over to the Champions League

While the capitulation at the Emirates wasn’t totally unexpected — big-game meltdowns have been Arsenal’s calling card since the calendar flipped to a new decade — the loss was so bad that it’s hard not to wonder: Will Arsène Wenger’s side be able to recover?

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Roster Doctor: The Best Value Picks for the 2015 Fantasy Baseball Season

Let everyone else in your league construct fancy schemes that punt on closers, ignore most starters to protect ratios, or treat power categories like they’re the only ones that matter. For you, value should be king.

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NHL Grab Bag: A Shot of Jagr

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

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‘NBA After Dark’ Podcast: With Royce Young, Plus Tom Krell of How to Dress Well

Chris, Juliet, and Andrew talk about the drama in Dallas and KG’s return to the Wolves. Plus, Royce Young calls in to talk OKC and How to Dress Well comes by to talk Nuggets.

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‘Jalen and Jacoby’: Rajon Rondo, Larry Sanders, the Big Ten, and More

Jalen and Jacoby address the issues surrounding Rajon Rondo, Larry Sanders, the Big Ten, and Jalen’s music video appearances.

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Grantland Exclusive: The Re-oranging of the Cleveland Browns

Should we make this thing blue? The rebranding of the Cleveland Browns.

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February 26, 2015

‘B.S. Report’: Chuck Klosterman on Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, and the Sixers

Bill calls Chuck Klosterman to discuss Kobe’s media tour, Rondo’s trouble in Dallas, and Sam Hinkie’s tanking strategy for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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What’s Wrong With the Wizards?

The real nightmare here is a team that’s just good enough to make you care and just clueless enough to make you miserable.

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Moneyball II: Charles Barkley, the Sports Media, and the Second Statistical War

How advanced statistics have become the new battleground for the age-old struggle between sportswriters and athletes.

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Press, Press, Boom: How a Bit of Brilliance Decided a Suffocating Tactical Battle Between Leverkusen and Atlético

Two über-aggressive pressing sides rammed heads and locked horns for 90 minutes — only for the game to be decided by a subtle moment of brilliance and a sudden thunderbolt.

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Alex Rodriguez: The Hall of Fame Heel Baseball Could Have Had

Baseball’s long history includes a lot of legendary players; what it lacks is a legendary heel. So while Alex Rodriguez lies awake and wonders where he’d be if he’d stuck to the straight and narrow, we wonder what would have happened if he’d strayed even further from the righteous path.

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NBA Shootaround: Villain Ball

Harden vs. Paul, Z-Bo vs. Boogie, and the rest of Wednesday night’s NBA action.

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The 10 Most Burning NHL Trade Deadline Questions

Will the Coyotes make a move? Will veterans be changing addresses? Could it all be — ugh — one big nothing?

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Mind the Gap: Has Baseball’s Minors-to-Majors Jump Really Gotten Harder for Hitters?

Last year, highly touted prospects like Gregory Polanco and Javier Baez struggled mightily when they reached the majors. But was it a blip or a trend? With blue-chippers like Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo poised to earn the call, it’s time to explore whether it has actually gotten harder for minor league hitters to successfully make the jump to the major leagues.

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