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  1. The Grantland NFL Podcast: The Colts Defense and a Midweek News R...

    Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays

    Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays adopt the dominant Colts D and run through the midweek news in today's podcast. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Sports podcast network on iTunes here and the Grantland NFL P...

    Blog | October 22, 2014
  2. World Series Preview: Five Keys to Victory for the Royals and Gia...

    Ben Lindbergh and Jonah Keri

    On Tuesday night, the Giants and Royals will face off in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series. (That's the matchup we all predicted this preseason, right?) As the even-year streakers in San Francisco prepare to battle the seemingly unbeatable breakou...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  3. Notre Dame’s Adolescent Defense and the Teachable Moment of...

    Holly Anderson

    At an Atlanta gate for a flight to Chicago the weekend of the Stanford-Notre Dame game, with weather forecasts calling for 40-something temperatures and spitting rain in South Bend, a group of Fighting Irish alumni stood making wry jokes ab...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  4. The Survivor’s Guide to Beating Kansas City’s Ultimat...

    Ben Lindbergh

    Defense doesn't earn anyone an entrance song, and historically, it hasn't been a great way to get paid. Nevertheless, the Kansas City Royals' recent opponents have learned to dread the appearance of defensive replacement...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  5. NFL Week 6 Winners and Losers: How Do You Spell Elite? F-L-A-C-C-...

    Robert Mays

    The Lions Defense This Lions performance had a lot in common with the last time Detroit played without Calvin Johnson. It was early October and Detroit was facing a division rival away from home. Offensively, th...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  6. Dallas Buyers Club: Why We’re Bullish on the Cowboys Defens...

    Robert Mays

    By the end of last season, the Dallas Cowboys' defense was in ruins. Teams were moving the ball at will. Dallas gave up 6.07 yards per play, third worst in the league. And according to weighted DVOA, this was the worst defense in football....

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  7. The Stanford Defense vs. Everett Golson: The Key Battle to Watch

    Matt Hinton

    A month ago, on the heels of Notre Dame's season-opening win over Rice, I wrote about Everett Golson's game according to the usual template. I played up his elusiveness ("his mobility is a defining asset") and...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  8. MLB Playoff Myths: Beware the Misleading Narratives!

    Ben Lindbergh

    Even after learning how to read pitchers' minds and quantify the crack of the bat, sabermetricians are still struggling to solve the postseason. It's not for lack of effort: Many analysts have tried to write the query or run the r...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  9. Boomers? Oklahoma’s 3-4 Defense Faces a Measuring-Stick Mom...

    Matt Hinton

    After decades of making his living coaching the 4-3 defense, Bob Stoops has no problem listing the reasons he opted to install a 3-4 scheme at Oklahoma following the 2012 season. There are four, and Stoops rattles them off like a man who's discu...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  10. Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: In Defense of ‘Utopia&...

    David Jacoby

    I can't lie, the first week without Bachelor in Paradise was tough. No Khaki Chris Harrison, no vandy handys, no AshLeeeeeeeeee, no talking raccoons, none of the delicious delusion that made this summer so special. All good, though...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  11. You Shall Not ... Run? The Brick-Wall Rush Defenses of the Jets, ...

    Robert Mays

    It's hard to be a consistently good run defense in the NFL. Take ... wait for it ... the Bears, last season. In 2012, Chicago finished first in run-defense DVOA. Last season, it dropped to 32nd - from best to worst in a single seas...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  12. We Have to Get Eric Bledsoe on the Bucks

    Andrew Sharp

    I have a dream for the Milwaukee Bucks. It involves Giannis growing into his body and then eating swingmen alive on defense. It involves Jabari growing into the new Carmelo but with better passing and a lifetime at stretch 4. It involves Larry Sander...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  13. Jason Heyward, Baseball Enigma

    Michael Baumann

    There was a moment after the 2010 MLB draft when four NL East teams suddenly had a young right fielder who was either in the majors or on the way there, and who was expected to one day challenge for MVP awards. Division partisans were suppos...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  14. Can Todd Gurley Be Stopped? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Matt Hinton

    I don't want to tease South Carolina fans desperate for some semblance of optimism after watching their team get torched by Texas A&M in the SEC opener, so I'll be clear up front: No, Georgia running back Todd Gurley almost certainly c...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  15. Barr and the Boys: It’s Time to Get Excited About the Vikin...

    Robert Mays

    Terence Newman said it best. Earlier this year, right after Washington hired Jay Gruden to be its new head coach, Newman congratulated his team's ex-offensive coordinator while also wondering when his defensive coordinator would f...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  16. Iron Men: Quantifying the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Remarkable In...

    Ben Lindbergh

    At the age when most players, and particularly most catchers, have begun to decline, 31-year-old Pirates backstop Russell Martin is peaking. As usual, Martin has excelled on defense this season, posting strong pitch-framing stats, a stellar pop time,...

    Blog | September 11, 2014