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  1. The Last Complete Contender Falls Back to the Pack: Your Weekly C...

    Matt Hinton

    We're on the cusp of the seminal month of every college football season: Inevitably, November is the time of year when loose assumptions begin to harden into a formal pecking order, whether or not any definitive order has actually emerged....

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  2. Joe Maddon’s Future and the End of an Era in Tampa Bay

    Jonah Keri

    Joe Maddon has opted out of the final year of his contract as Tampa Bay Rays manager, capping a disastrous season that started with the Rays as World Series contenders and ended with a sub-.500 record, their best pitcher traded, their general manager...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  3. Roma Holiday: How the Italian Club Became a Champions League Cont...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Roma are a really good soccer team. This shouldn't be surprising. They are, after all, the biggest team in the biggest city in Italy. It's easy to shrug and say, "Of course Roma are the second-best team in Serie A. They are Roma.&quo...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  4. NBA Windows: The Cavs Have All the Makings of a Title Contender

    Zach Lowe

    This year, more than any in recent memory, the NBA is about windows of opportunity. As we gear up for what could be a classic season, Grantland will take a close look at the ones that matter. *** He has lived thr...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  5. 2014-15 NHL Preview: The Contenders

    Sean McIndoe

    And then there were seven. After covering the bottom feeders, the middle of the pack, and those that defy any logical projection, NHL season preview week wraps up today with our final group of teams: the best of the best. If you've been...

    Blog | October 02, 2014
  6. The Sins of the New Orleans Saints

    Robert Mays

    The Saints spent this offseason checking off nearly every box on the Contender Checklist. Despite bumping up against the cap, they did enough we'll-deal-with-this-later shuffling to lure Jairus Byrd in free agency. They followed that by tra...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  7. Meet Your Continental European Champions League Contenders

    Mike L. Goodman

    It's Champions League time. To help you get set up, we're going to go on a brief tour around Europe, to get you up to date on all the major non-Premier League teams. Our tour will take us through Germany, Spain, and Ital...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  8. The Designated Player: Ranking MLS’s Six Contenders

    Graham Parker

    The first couple of weeks of September are the moment when MLS's season-long bend through summer and its hurdles of international tournaments, European club friendlies, FIFA dates, and irregular ambles around baking stadiums start to resolv...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  9. Bill and Sal’s 2014 NFL Degenerate Gambling Preview: AFC No...

    Bill Simmons and Sal Iacono

    Grantland's Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal look at the AFC North, a division with three legitimate contenders (Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens) and one team that's "built for next year" (Browns). Bill and Sal agree the Bengals will lik...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  10. Weak Links: The Potentially Fatal Flaw for College Football'...

    Matt Hinton

    The 2014 college football season is rapidly approaching. Are you excited? We're excited! We're also here to help you prep for the impending campaign with a steady stream of preview content. So check back daily (well, not on weeken...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  11. What the Jon Lester–Yoenis Cespedes Blockbuster Means for t...

    Jonah Keri

    In one of the most shocking blockbusters in MLB trade deadline history, the Oakland A's sent All-Star Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance pick to the Boston Red Sox for Cy Young contender Jon Lester, former Athletic Jonny Gomes, less than ...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  12. About Last Night: Manny Being Manny

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy trying to figure out what the deal is with netball, here are the top six stories you missed in sports on Tuesday: In a battle of AL playoff contenders, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado's 12th-inning walk-off blas...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  13. The Rory Coaster Reaches Its Apex at the British Open

    Shane Ryan

    There's never really been a period of time when it has been boring to be Rory McIlroy, but it's a fair guess that 2014 is already a strong contender for Most Interesting Year of His Life. Entering the season, the two-time major champion and...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  14. What Do You Do When Your Contender Becomes a Rebuilder?

    Michael Baumann

    On Tuesday, I looked at the good side of early-season unpredictability and the tough decisions faced by GMs who find their clubs a lot further along the rebuilding-contending spectrum than they'd have thought in March. The Blue Jays, Marine...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  15. What Do You Do When Your Rebuilder Is an MLB Contender?

    Michael Baumann

    Running a baseball team is about managing your priorities and seizing opportunities. It would be pretty easy to be a major league GM if rebuilding and contending were the binary states lots of people assume them to be. But it's not that sim...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  16. Welcome to Heat-Spurs 2.0

    Zach Lowe

    After six frenzied weeks, we've got the dream Finals for everyone outside a few select fan bases - fans of other contenders, plus Lakers fans, who must now watch as Miami or San Antonio strengthens its claim to the honor...

    Blog | June 03, 2014