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  1. Brian Phillips

    Brian Phillips

    Brian Phillips (@runofplay) is a staff writer for Grantland.

  2. The Movies We Loved in 2014

    Grantland Staff

    Brian Phillips: You were hoping, perhaps, for subtler dialogue? Deeper character development? Insight both profound and sympathetic into the workings of the human soul? A plot that made sense? Is that what you thought you were signing up for when you...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  3. The Ultimate ‘Serial’ Think Piece, Written by Someone...

    Brian Phillips

    "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion," Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said. "But not his own facts." Yet it is Serial's willingness to slip beneath the facts, to swim in the murky undertow of interpretation and perspective...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
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  5. Ever Say Never Again: On the History and Future of James Bond

    Brian Phillips

    The 24th James Bond movie started filming this week, a few days after the shadowy cabal of producers who control the franchise live-streamed an announcement of its title, cast, and car. To cover the important news first: the Aston Martin DB10, a purp...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
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  7. The Dark Room

    Brian Phillips

    It is not, visually, one of the high points of 2014. The picture is hazy and a little blanched. There is no composition to speak of. The two human subjects are positioned arbitrarily off center in the frame, first at the top, near the elevator doors,...

    Blog | December 03, 2014
  8. A Man at 47: Is Mike Gundy — the Most Successful Head Coach...

    Brian Phillips

    Oklahoma State has a terrible football team. I say this without bitterness, even though I'm a lifelong fan. Sometimes you're going to catch a bad season. This is not, God knows, the first smoking meteorite of subpar football ever to crater ...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  9. Sea of Crises

    Brian Phillips


    Blog | November 05, 2014
  10. Scooting Toward Bethlehem: Kevin Durant’s Foot Injury and t...

    Brian Phillips

    You're goddamn right we're going to talk about the scooter. Maybe you know which scooter I mean. Maybe you don't, because you live in the South of France and spend your days driving a speedboat while laughing a devil-may-care laugh, i...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  11. Inside Out

    Brian Phillips

    "I don't do well with claustrophobic situations." That's Landon Donovan, talking in "The Finish Line," the new Grantland Features series on his imminent retirement from soccer, about the aftermath of his most famous goal...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  12. The Ball Is the End: Assessing Lionel Messi’s Career on the...

    Brian Phillips

    Lionel Messi played in his first competitive match for FC Barcelona 10 years ago this month, on October 16, 2004. He was already famous, of course, among the hardest-core coterie of Barça fanciers, the types who write forum posts about trainin...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  13. This Is Katie F-​-​-ing Ledecky: A Thesis About Kicki...

    Brian Phillips

    This is a column about Katie Ledecky. It has a simple thesis. The thesis is that Katie Ledecky kicks ass. The thesis is a gasoline fireball from which Katie Ledecky is walking away in slow motion, too cool to look back. The thesis is the world-...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  14. Dear Novak, Love Roger: Two Tennis Greats Trade Emails During the...

    Brian Phillips

    From: Roger Federer <> To: Novak Djokovic <> Date: September 8, 2014 5:03 PM Subject: :( Dear Novak, You watching this? xRF --- Roger Federer "What is wanted is not the will t...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  15. Fire Walk With Nick Kyrgios

    Brian Phillips

    Nick Kyrgios plays tennis like someone who knows he is made of fire. He knows it so completely, is so certain of it even when other people aren't, that he is willing to burn himself alive every now and again to make the point. When things are g...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  16. Broken at Love

    Brian Phillips

    Did you know that former world no. 1 tennis player and nine-time major champion Monica Seles has written the first two volumes of a young-adult romance series? It's true! The series is called The Academy. It's set in a boarding school for a...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  17. Unreality TV

    Brian Phillips

    News is inherently viral. It is information that is meant to be spread. The epoch of Upworthy can make it hard to remember this, but the virality of the news predates the Internet -- Paul Revere was both America's first newscaster and its first ...

    Blog | August 22, 2014
  18. Tough Talk

    Brian Phillips

    The NFL is so popular, and plays such a charged role in American culture, that it has become a large paradox. The league is a mirror of society, reflecting our difficulties with race, class, sexual orientation, and gender. But the league is also an e...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  19. Soccer in Oblivion

    Brian Phillips

    The first cylinders of German chlorine gas were released on Allied soldiers during the Second Battle of Ypres, in northwestern Belgium, on April 22, 1915. The soldiers were Algerian and Moroccan, colonial forces fighting for France. The Germans &...

    Blog | August 07, 2014