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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Jonah Keri Podcast: Jayson Stark and Dave Van Horne

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah Keri talks to Jayson Stark about top contenders and his new book, Wild Pitches, and to broadcaster Dave Van Horne about the Marlins and his days calling Expos games. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter here, and subscribe to...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  10. The St. Louis Blues Collapse in the Playoffs, As Per Hockey Tradi...

    Sean McIndoe

    We're now up to four teams eliminated from the first round of the NHL playoffs. But with all due respect to the Lightning, Red Wings, and Stars, only one team sent to the sideline so far has been a legitimate Cup contender. That would be...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  11. Triangle Cheat Sheet: The Case for the Final Two Contenders

    Patricia Lee

    We'll keep this brief. You watched that Florida-Connecticut game, and boy was Scottie Wilbekin a no-show. You watched that Kentucky-Wisconsin game, and wow, did you see that Aaron Harrison shot? Oh, and that Traevon Jackson shot? Nobody wanted t...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  12. Q&A: Chandler Parsons on Playing D, Texas Hold ’Em, and...

    Zach Lowe

    Chandler Parsons is about to become the go-to name for league executives who trumpet the value of second-round picks. He's a solid third option on the Rockets - a team that fancies itself a title contender - and one of just nine p...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  13. B.S. Report: JackO and Jonah Keri

    Bill Simmons

    Bill Simmons calls up his buddy JackO to talk Yankees-Red Sox, then Grantland's Jonah Keri joins the show to predict the Rookie of the Year and World Series contenders. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the B.S. Report on iTunes,...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  14. Sprinting to the Finish Line

    Zach Lowe

    We're coming down the stretch of the NBA season, when contenders jell ahead of the playoffs and the tankers hit an extra gear that features fake injuries, weird rotations, and guys like Mark Madsen chucking 3-pointers. The league separates into ...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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