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  1. The ‘World Cup Is Over, Now What?’ Guide to Soccer

    Mike L. Goodman

    Just because the World Cup is over doesn't mean soccer stops. Soccer never stops; that's one of its biggest appeals. There are so many different teams, leagues, club competitions, and international tournaments that, if you want to...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  2. The Myth of the First-Pitch Strike

    Joe Lemire

    People often say that strike one is the best pitch in a pitcher's arsenal. Increasingly, box scores tally first-pitch strikes, and broadcasters tout their efficacy. The concept has seeped so far into our collective consciousness that it even has...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  3. Men in Blazers: With Special Guest Barry Hearn!

    Roger Bennett and Michael Davies

    Rog and Davo celebrate a rare, happy day for Arsenal. Leyton Orient chairman and pod legend Barry Hearn dispenses wisdom. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Network on iTunes, and check out&nbs...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  4. Arsenal Win the FA Cup in the Most Arsenal Way Possible

    Mike L. Goodman

    Sometimes stories really do write themselves. Of course when Arsenal broke their nearly decadelong trophy drought against Hull City on Saturday, it would be in the most nerve-racking way possible. Naturally, Arsenal, one of the best teams in the Prem...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  5. Soccer Players You Need to Know Before the World Cup: Gervinho

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    If you're an Arsenal fan, here is a statement you will not agree with: Gervinho is really good at soccer. But replace "Arsenal" with "Roma," and your response might be something like: No shit, buddy....

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  6. An Elbow Injury for Jose Fernandez, and Surgery for Baseball Fans...

    Michael Baumann

    From time to time, I like to watch highlights of Brandon Webb, my favorite pitcher of the past 10 years. The big, slightly putsy-looking Kentuckian had a strange, mostly upright delivery and an arsenal of pitches that ponderously approached the plate...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  7. Samir Nasri Was Manchester City's Secret Weapon

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    If you watched any part of Manchester City's title-winning season, some things stood out: how frequently David Silva made defenses look like they've never played together, the number of bad haircuts on their backline. You probably...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  8. Manchester City and the Incredible, Vanishing Premier League Titl...

    Mike L. Goodman

    It seems to be a sign of our fast-paced media times that Manchester City's title win is only 24 hours old and already feels like it was totally inevitable. Nowadays things are obviously going to happen, until they don't, and then...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  9. Premier League Takeaways: New Everton, Old Arsenal, and Jozy Alti...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Another week, another shocking result in the Premier League, as the teams enter the home stretch, approach the sharp end of the season, and otherwise cliche their way toward season's end on May 11. This weekend had lots of results we...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  10. Men in Blazers: Everton, Arsenal, and USA-Mexico

    Michael Davies and Roger Bennett

    Live from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Rog and Davo are stunned by Everton's second wind, Arsenal's impotency, and USA 2-Mexico 2. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Network on iTunes, and check out our pod...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  11. Poor Ox: Arsenal-Chelsea and the Mistaken-Identity Red Card

    Mike L. Goodman

    Poor Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain. When you have a 15-minute stretch as poor as the one the Arsenal midfielder had against Chelsea on Saturday, you usually at least get to disappear afterward. A turnover leading directly to a goal, getting caught out of p...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  12. Champions League Viewing Guide: Stop What You’re Doing and ...

    Mike L. Goodman and Spike Friedman

    With so many of the second legs of the Champions League round of 16 seemingly foregone conclusions, we're doing a Pass and Move preview this time around. Here's a quick guide to which games will be worth watching this week and why...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  13. Sticks and Stones

    Brian Phillips

    Jose Mourinho knows how to lie in a way that sounds deeper than the truth. Of his many usefully unscrupulous talents, this is one of the most useful and least scrupulous. He says things that he knows are untrue, and that you know are untrue, and that...

    Blog | February 21, 2014
  14. Chelsea Are Playing Like Chelsea Again, and the Premier League Sh...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Jose Mourinho warned us. He told us this was coming. Ahead of Chelsea's pre-Christmas clash with fellow title contenders Arsenal, Mourinho just came right out and said it. If I want to win 1-0, I think I can. One of the easiest things in football...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  15. An Emotional Cost-Benefit Analysis of Competing in the FA Cup

    Brett Koremenos

    In the waning moments of their 2-0 victory over Tottenham this past weekend, Arsenal saw a key member of their attack carried off the field on a stretcher. He didn't know it when he was making amusing/taunting hand gestures toward the Tottenham suppo...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  16. About Last Night: Blow Out the Candles

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy trying not to giggle when you heard "the Shockers cracked the top 10," here's what you missed in sports on Monday: A late pick-six by 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman in the final regular-season game at Candlestick Park clin...

    Blog | December 24, 2013