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  1. Team Philippines at the FIBA World Cup: Always Bet on Blatche

    Rafe Bartholomew

    At the end of July, when I visited the Philippine National Team's pre-FIBA World Cup training camp in Miami, assistant coach Josh Reyes marveled to me about the kind of competition his team would...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  2. Johnny Watch: A Preseason Browns Game for the Birds

    Matt Borcas

    There is but one, truly serious philosophical problem, and that is the Cleveland Browns' quarterback competition. Do you throw Johnny Manziel to the wolves in Week 1, on account of his superior talent, even though he'd pr...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  3. The Super-Rotation Rivalry

    Ben Lindbergh

    There's a new rivalry brewing in baseball. Unlike most cases of animus or intense competition between teams, it's not based on being in the same division or geographical region. It's built, instead, on strong starting ro...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  4. Yadi’s Secret Sauce

    Ben Lindbergh

    Last week, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina completed the latest in a long line of preternaturally perceptive plays at the plate. As he'd done so often before, Molina evaluated his competition, drawing upon a deep familiarity with...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  5. B.S. Report: Half-Baked Ideas With Kevin Wildes

    Bill Simmons

    Kevin Wildes joins Bill to pitch his half-baked ideas, including a basketball bullpen, a World's Greatest Dad competition, getting rid of hats in baseball, and many more! Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the B....

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  6. 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
  7. NBA Lottery Reform Is Coming

    Zach Lowe

    The NBA submitted an official proposal to reform the lottery this week at competition committee meetings in Las Vegas, pushing aside the Wheel idea in favor of a revised weighting system that shifts each team's odds of getting the top pick,...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  8. Coloring Inside the Lines: The Thrill and Dread of Drafting Dante...

    Danny Chau

    Twenty-three. That's the number of games Australian prospect Dante Exum has played against top-level international competition in his age group since 2012. That includes two age-specific FIBA World Championships (U17 in 2012, U19 i...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  9. Does Sitting a Rookie Quarterback Actually Help Long-Term?

    Robert Mays

    A few days before the conversation about Johnny Manziel turned to his vacation habits, Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters that he expected a real competition for Cleveland's starting quarterback spot. Declarations like this a...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  10. Cannes Diary 2014, Days 3-5: Why the Hell Doesn’t Hilary Sw...

    Wesley Morris

    What am I looking for here every year? The answer is vague yet clear: something I love. The first weekend is usually good for getting close to that something. Between Friday and Sunday, a handful of competition films screened. The closest I&rsquo...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  11. Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Discovering the Underdiscovered

    Wesley Morris

    Last week, when the Cannes International Film Festival announced its main competition lineup, there were loud groans. Mostly, they came from my kitchen. The 18 films eligible for the Palme d'Or came from directors who are frequentl...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  12. Shiftless When ‘Idol’

    Steven Hyden

    Like all fantastically successful institutions, American Idol benefited from perfect timing. Back when the most popular TV talent competition in history debuted on June 11, 2002, the record industry was in the midst of its pre-market-collapse prime....

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  13. Best Screenplay: Which Writers Will Be Celebrating Next Week?

    Mark Harris

    A couple of months ago, I wrote a Grantland column about the competition for Best Screenplay Oscar nominations in which I suggested that this year, Best Adapted Screenplay would be crammed with contenders and Best Original Screenplay would offer a qu...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  14. Box Office Top Five: Ron Burgundy Can't Handle Bilbo Baggins

    Zach Dionne

    1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, $31.45 million (last week: no. 1; $127.5 cumulative) Bilbo Smaug'd up the competition for a second weekend in a row, dropping 57 percent from last week's debut and moving the latest Hobbit’s needle to ...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  15. NBA Regular-Season Championship Belt Game Alert: Warriors vs. Tim...

    Chris Ryan

    Last week, we introduced the NBA Regular-Season Championship Belt — a season-long King of the Hill competition to make seemingly inconsequential matchups very friggin' consequential. The idea came from this awesome thread on the /r/NBA board ov...

    Blog | November 06, 2013
  16. Freak Show & Tell: In Rick and Karissa's Cheapskate Competition, ...

    Tara Ariano

    Every week, television documentaries present us with so many unusual people, so many strange and/or disturbing problems, you might find it hard to keep up with all of them. That's where I come in! Here's an unflinching look back at TV's Week in Freak...

    Blog | November 05, 2013