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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Wingspan and a Prayer: Trying to Decipher the Massive Promise of ...

    Zach Lowe

    Tyson Chandler has improbably become an archetypal NBA player. There have always been dirty-work big men in the NBA -- seven-footers with zero offensive game expected to block shots, rebound, and stay out of the way on offense. Defense comprised almo...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  11. Status Bro: The Inauthentic Authenticity of Maroon 5

    Steven Hyden

    There's a public-relations maneuver common among campaigning politicians and disgraced celebrities that involves the deployment of self-awareness as defense mechanism. The idea is that if you acknowledge the public's perception of...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  12. A Defense to Match: Appreciating the Stingy Spartans in the Offen...

    Chris B. Brown

    Mark Dantonio and Pat Narduzzi have shared a sideline for more than a decade, first at Cincinnati and now at Michigan State, and in the process they've forged one of college football's great coaching pairings. In recent years the head coach...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  13. Bill and Sal’s 2014 NFL Degenerate Gambling Preview: NFC No...

    Bill Simmons and Sal Iacono

    Despite the Green Bay Packers being the favorite to win the division, Sal thinks the Bears' improved defense and the good odds they are getting make them a good pick to win the NFC North. Bill and Sal also like the under on the Aaron Rodgers and...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  14. Keep It Like a Secret: The Elegant Wonder of ‘The Honorable...

    Chris Ryan

    If you watch enough soccer, you become familiar with the idea of players passing in triangles. It's one of the tenets of possession-based soccer; in order to keep the ball circulating, three players carve open a defense by passing among the...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  15. Need for Speed

    Bill Barnwell

    Speed kills. Al Davis might have said that about the NFL once, and it's hard to argue against him. Speed's the toughest thing to control and the most difficult skill to plan against as a defense. Think Colin Kaepernick running through the G...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  16. The Grantland NFL Podcast: 2014 NFC East Preview

    Robert Mays and Bill Barnwell

    Mays and Barnwell have a lot to say about Eli Manning, the brutal Dallas defense, and the rest of the NFC East. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Sports podcast network on iTunes here and the Grantland NFL...

    Blog | August 15, 2014