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  1. What the Totally Insane Box Office for ‘American Sniper&rsq...

    Mark Harris

    Can sudden, massive, greater-than-expected success at the box office help a Best Picture contender win an Academy Award? It's a question that doesn't come up very often, but a reasonable one to ask after Clint Eastwood's...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  2. Final 2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Best Director, Best Pict...

    Mark Harris

    Going into Tuesday's announcement of the Directors Guild of America nominations, the Best Director Oscar race was a mess - five slots and a dozen contenders, all but two of them toting some serious baggage in their struggle to pus...

    Blog | January 14, 2015
  3. Picking Up the Wild-Card Pieces

    Bill Barnwell

    After 20 teams saw their NFL seasons end after Week 17, four more teams made their way into the discard pile this weekend. Arizona, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Pittsburgh each has to make the difficult transition from playoff contender to uninvolved bys...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  4. The Lies NFL Playoff Contenders Tell Themselves

    Robert Mays

    As we head into the homestretch of the regular season, the biggest weaknesses of fringe playoff contenders come into stark relief. Maybe you've been able to put a Band-Aid on that depleted secondary or paper over the gigantic crack that is your ...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  5. Mississippi State’s Poached Dreams: Your Weekly College Foo...

    Matt Hinton

    To the outside world, no. 19 Ole Miss's 31-17 win over no. 4 Mississippi State on Saturday represented a much-needed thinning of the playoff field: Following the Bulldogs' expulsion from the ranks of upper-echelon contenders, the...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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