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  1. Method to the Madness: How Belichick Rules the Draft

    Bill Barnwell

    "Bill Belichick is smart, but sometimes he succeeds just by aiding other teams' efforts to be stupid." I've said that about Belichick a few times now, and while I wasn't aware of his scientific credentials at the time, he&#03...

    Blog | January 26, 2015
  2. Who’s That Guy? Lakers Waiver Wire Pickup of the Year Tarik...

    Tucker Tashjian

    Who's That Guy is an ongoing Grantland series and an orientation tool to use in the vast sports landscape. And hey, even though they have a terrible record, the Lakers are still a very real part of that landscape. Who is he? Ta...

    Blog | January 20, 2015
  3. NFL Conference Championship Wrap-up: See You in Arizona

    Bill Barnwell

    Seattle's comeback victory over Green Bay on Sunday afternoon in the NFC Championship Game is why we watch football. It's why we care about training camp cuts and mock drafts and advanced metrics, why we slog our way through preseason play-...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  4. Study Up: TCU’s Rise, Ohio State’s QB Race, and More ...

    Matt Hinton

    College football is burdened by the longest offseason of any major sport: eight solid months from final gun to opening kick, with each one certain to drag on a little longer than the last. But it doesn't waste any time in the transition: Th...

    Blog | January 16, 2015
  5. What’s Next for Oregon in the Post-Loss, Post–Marcus ...

    Michael Weinreb

    For a fleeting moment on Monday night, in the midst of a whirlwind opening touchdown drive that gave Oregon its only lead of the national championship game, I could see an alternate narrative unfolding around Mark Helfrich. I could envision a world i...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  6. Lightning Round: The Rajon Rondo Trade

    Grantland Staff

    On Thursday, Rajon Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, along with Dwight Powell, for Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, and draft picks. Here are the first-glance reactions from the Grantland staff. Bill Simmons: Okafor!!!!...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  7. On Wisconsin: Melvin Gordon and His Madison Proving Ground

    Holly Anderson

    Wisconsin's marching band is a highly ritualized outfit, famed for its postgame celebrations that keep thousands of fans in Camp Randall Stadium for close to an hour after home games. There's also a lesser-known tradition, one you...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  8. Meet Hawaii’s Scott Harding, the Most Interesting Man in Co...

    Michael Weinreb

    The most fascinating laboratory experiment in college football this season has unfolded almost entirely out of view. Unless you are a hardcore gambler or a raging insomniac, you probably don't catch many Hawaii games on your viewing interfa...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  9. NHL Tankapalooza! The Race to the Bottom and Two of the Biggest P...

    Katie Baker

    How appropriate that the 2015 NHL draft will be in Sunrise, Florida! A new day will dawn; we'll smile toward it and squint. The fishermen will intuit some fine catches coming their way any minute. Adolescents with angry skin will wear hats...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  10. The 2013 NFL Redraft

    Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays

    The 2013 NFL draft was supposed to be a mess. 2012 had Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin. 2014, even a year in advance, held Jadeveon Clowney in what was regarded as one of the deepest draft classes in league history. 2013 was the awkward year in betwee...

    Blog | October 30, 2014
  11. The Quarterback Contract Question

    Bill Barnwell

    Where does your team quarterback's come from? Most likely, he comes from your team's selection during the NFL draft. Of the league's 32 starters, three were acquired by trade (Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, and Jay Cutler), six were v...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  12. How to Pick a World Series Rooting Interest As a Non–K.C. o...

    Michael Baumann

    Having only two teams in the World Series means that fans of the other ...; [fiddles with abacus] ...; 28 major league teams are forced to either jump on a bandwagon or view the whole thing as a neutral, which can get a little borin...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  13. NBA Rookie Watch: All the Stars We're Going to Know and Love...

    Andrew Sharp and Juliet Litman

    As the NBA season draws near, Grantland's NBA staff will be asking and attempting to answer a series of 20 pressing questions facing players, teams, and coaches. Since before the NBA draft, we've known that this year's rookie c...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  14. Bill and Jalen's 2014-15 NBA Preview: Orlando Magic

    Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose

    After what Bill and Jalen think was a great draft, the Magic have an impressive young nucleus -- but not enough to make the playoffs this year. Bill and Jalen aren't sure Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton will be as good as they expect them to...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  15. Absent From Class: Where Are the NFL’s 2014 Draftees?

    Bill Barnwell

    Most NFL observers say it takes a minimum of three years to judge a draft class. The 2014 draft class is miles away from proving its eventual worth under those standards, but what we can notice after five weeks is that there are all kinds of first-ro...

    Blog | October 09, 2014
  16. K.J. McDaniels and How the NBA Dumps the Forgotten Lower Class

    Zach Lowe

    The funky new contract K.J. McDaniels signed with the Sixers this week makes it official: We just finished the summer of weird NBA contract doings, with minutiae like trigger dates, guaranteed amounts, and wink-wink draft deals getting some limelight...

    Blog | October 03, 2014