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  1. The Best Wrestling Show of the Year Wasn’t WWE’s &lsq...

    The Masked Man

    Monday's Raw ended with John Cena versus Seth Rollins, a rematch of the previous night's TLC pay-per-view. To underscore the significance of the rivalry, this time they fought in a steel cage. It was a very good match, better than...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  2. The Book of Daniel

    Bill Simmons

    Donald Sterling's imaginary "Worst American Professional Sports Owner" championship belt always blended perfectly with his all-black outfits and protruding belly. He inherited the title from outgoing Cavaliers owner Ted...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  3. Who’s Ready to Fill Up the Tank and Put the Work In?

    Andrew Sharp

    Kobe Bryant, seven days ago: "The idea of me having no patience is misunderstood. I don't have patience when we're not putting the work in, if I see that we're not doing our job as professionals. If that's happening, I'l...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  4. An Elegy for the Authority. Plus: The Maskies!

    The Masked Man

    It feels like just last week, the Authority was domineering the WWE and persecuting our beloved heroes under the pretense of doing what's "best for business." Led by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, the group was ruthless...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  5. UFC Goes Punk

    The Masked Man

    Well, I guess we can officially stop fantasy booking CM Punk's reappearance at WrestleMania. The shocking announcement came Saturday night during UFC 181: Punk is going to the UFC, to fight sometime in 2015. It's an odd match, bec...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  6. WWE ‘Survivor Series’: Sting! WTF?

    The Masked Man

    Sunday night in St. Louis, the Authority - the nefarious onscreen embodiment of the real-life WWE power structure - was in a tough spot. Triple H and his wife, Stephanie McMahon, had been running Monday-night Raw with two iron fis...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  7. Upside Down: The Weird, Sad Bankruptcy of the NHL’s Jack Jo...

    Katie Baker

    Two months into the 2012 NHL lockout, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson uploaded some frustrated comments to his now-defunct personal website. I want to work! I'm a professional athlete and I want to play hockey! In my chosen profess...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  8. The Movies of 1994: The Imperfect Charms of an Assassin and His S...

    John Lopez

    With each generation, the quizzical French love for American culture manifests anew in the most appropriately bizarre of fashions. Sometimes you get de Tocqueville's Democracy in America; others, Jean-Pierre Melville wearing a cowboy hat and rif...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  9. The Future Is Now: Q&A With Seth Rollins

    The Masked Man

    Before Survivor Series weekend, we talk with WWE superstar Seth Rollins about his journey from the indie wrestling circuit to the big time. *** I know you guys live busy lives. What would you be doing right now if not for this int...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  10. ‘The Finish Line: Landon Donovan,’ Episode 3: The Que...

    Grantland Channel

    As Landon Donovan finishes his professional soccer career, he reveals the struggles he has faced over the years coming to terms with the fact that he will no longer be playing the game he loves. Watch Episode 1 and Episode 2 of The Finish Line: La...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  11. Grantland Dictionary: Sportscasting Edition

    Bryan Curtis

    Last year, I compiled a Devil's Dictionary of Sportswriting. Since then, Grantland has added more glossaries covering the NHL, MLB, and professional wrestling, among others. But Ambrose Bierce, who wrote the original Devil's Dictionary, mi...

    Blog | November 11, 2014
  12. The Hell With It

    The Masked Man

    Hell in a Cell - featuring the giant, five-ton cage that was built by mystic metalworkers and encloses the ring and the ringside floor - has a place in the history of WWE gimmick matches behind...

    Blog | October 23, 2014
  13. The NFL Trading Deadline: Who Is the Next Percy Harvin?

    Bill Barnwell

    One of the disappointing things about covering the NFL as opposed to one of the other major professional sports is the lack of in-season trades. Baseball, basketball, and hockey all have active trade deadlines with months of rumors leading up to a fl...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  14. Cheap Heat Podcast: John Cena and Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose'...

    The Masked Man and Peter Rosenberg

    David Shoemaker and Peter Rosenberg talk Cena vs. Lesnar and the return of Dean Ambrose, then find out their WWE wrestler names. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Network on iTunes, and check out our&a...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  15. Welcome, John Rocker: A Brief History of Professional Athletes on...

    Caitlin Mangum

    Last night's Survivor premiere featured controversial former MLB pitcher John Rocker's return to the media spotlight. Even if you weren't a fan of the '90s Atlanta Braves, you've probably been offended by Rocke...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  16. The Replacements: Punk’s Gone. Bryan’s Gone. Reigns I...

    The Masked Man

    At SummerSlam, WWE announced that next year's event would be moving from Staples Center, where it has spent the past six years, to "New York and New Jersey." It was intentionally vague, because WWE seems to be u...

    Blog | September 24, 2014