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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Gregg Williams, and the Rams' Hope...

    Robert Mays

    Even great pass-rushers disappear for stretches. Double-digit sack totals are the mark of a respectable year, but even someone with those numbers might go half a season of games without one. The best edge players are the ones who are a constant probl...

    Blog | August 04, 2014
  5. The Ravens Are Ready to Lean on Their Defense — Again

    Robert Mays

    It's hard to question Ozzie Newsome. The Hall of Fame tight end turned general manager has run the Ravens for 18 years now. It's a stretch that includes eight 10-win seasons, two Super Bowl wins, and two more trips to the AFC Cham...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  6. In Defense of the Worm-Eye: 'The Strain' and Gross-Out ...

    Molly Lambert

    In the past few weeks on your daily commute, you may have noticed billboards and posters depicting an eye being opened by a gloved hand to examine the worm that has wriggled its way inside like a parasite. This is the promo art for...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  7. The Case for Melo to the Hornets

    Michael Pina

    Whatever your views on Carmelo Anthony - as an open wound on defense, cap space-guzzling hangover, or misunderstood, point-scoring virtuoso - it's undeniable that whichever team signs him this summer will be mu...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  8. It's Going to Be Fine: An Honest (Really) Defense of Claimed...

    Holly Anderson

    Here's a thing we didn't know about a favorite term, often deployed with derision, for the annual college football title: The term "mythical national championship" actually dates back to 1921, a linguistic reme...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  9. The Weekend of Manny Machado's Discontent

    Michael Baumann

    I'm far too publicly in the tank for Manny Machado to walk back my praise for him. Over the past two years I've gushed about his defense and intelligence, called him one of the coolest players in the game, and generally not shut u...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  10. NBA Playoffs Overnight: The Perfect Spur

    netw3rk, Andrew Sharp, Shea Serrano and Chris Ryan

    A look back at last night's NBA action. (GIFs by Jason Gallagher) Andrew Sharp: He would smother people on defense. He would knock down open 3s and never take any other kind of shot from the perimeter. He'd have a...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  11. The Designated Player: The Roller Derby Defenses of MLS

    Graham Parker

    A couple of weeks ago I described New York's breakout win over Houston Dynamo, with the caveat that the Red Bulls defense appeared to be built on roller skates. Fast forward to last weekend and it's ROLLER DERBY! EVERYWHERE! For anyone o...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  12. Samir Nasri Was Manchester City's Secret Weapon

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    If you watched any part of Manchester City's title-winning season, some things stood out: how frequently David Silva made defenses look like they've never played together, the number of bad haircuts on their backline. You probably...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  13. The End of Mark Jackson and a New Beginning for the Warriors

    Zach Lowe

    I first interviewed Mark Jackson about 20 games into last season for a piece about Golden State's massive improvement on defense. Jackson went out of his way to point out, unsolicited and on the record, that it would be wrong to publicly cr...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  14. Don’t Stop Frontin’: The Mind-Boggling Multiplicity o...

    Robert Mays

    In half a second, Manny Ramirez will snap the ball over Peyton Manning's head, and Denver's Super Bowl nightmare will be on its way. But that isn't important right now. Right now, in the exact moment before that ball is...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  15. Difficult X-Men: A Defense of Cyclops

    Alex Pappademas

    Earlier this month, I wrote a thing about the X-Men character Gambit, of whom I am not a fan. I knew exactly what I was doing when I did this, but I definitely underestimated precisely how many hornets were in that nest. Turns out the Cajun Puss in B...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  16. Farewell, Woody: The Knicks Clean House

    Zach Lowe

    Mike Woodson had no chance of returning as Knicks coach once James Dolan shelled out that sweet, sweet Cablevision money for Phil Jackson. Woodson has a reputation as a defense-first guy, but with the exception of the mini-season he coached after Mik...

    Blog | April 21, 2014