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  1. The 2014 Miami Marlins: The Dog That Didn't Bark

    Michael Baumann

    The 2014 season didn't have to be a moral victory for the Miami Marlins. To a certain extent, it still doesn't: The Marlins have quietly gone 19-12 since the All-Star break and sit 2.5 games out of the second NL wild-card spot. Ma...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  2. MLB Midseason Report

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to the MLB All-Star break, a necessary pause during the grueling baseball campaign, and also the most boring time of the season for many fans. Since I've already said my piece on the yawnfest, let's turn our attention to something w...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  3. The 30: Stuck in the Middle With You

    Jonah Keri

    When Major League Baseball introduced the second wild-card spot in 2012, it triggered the Age of Uncertainty: The extra playoff spots mean more opportunity, but they also mean less clarity in the standings throughout the year. Such is the case as...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  4. Good-bye, NHL Regular Season!

    Sean McIndoe

    Well, that final NHL weekend was a bit of a dud. When the Stars shut out the Blues on Friday night to clinch a wild card, it meant that all 16 playoff spots had been wrapped up, with two days remaining. That left Sunday night's Dallas-Ph...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  5. 2014 MLB Preview

    Grantland Staff

    The 2014 MLB season is rapidly approaching. Prepare for Opening Day (well, Opening Days ...;) with Grantland's MLB Preview, which includes Jonah Keri's division primers, our staff MLB Warning countdown series, over/under odds, fan...

    Blog | March 21, 2014
  6. Best Director: Who's in, Who's Out, Who Will Get Snubbed

    Mark Harris

    On Tuesday, the Directors Guild of America announced its five nominees. No eyebrows were raised. No foreheads were furrowed. The words "snub" and "unexpected" and "wild card," which had been pawing the ground and snorting, were forced to stay in thei...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  7. NFL Divisional Round Pain and Gain

    Robert Mays

    Wild-card weekend was a nearly perfect weekend of football, and it's because what we got out of it is exactly what we hoped for. The first round of the NFL playoffs is supposed to be about craziness. We want 45-44 wins, and weird upsets, and Beast Mo...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  8. The NFL Discard Pile

    Bill Barnwell

    While the NFL dropped an incredible weekend of wild-card action onto our televisions this past weekend, the 20 NFL teams without playoff berths continued to move on with their respective offseasons. In the middle of writing previews and recaps, I was...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  9. It's Time to Talk About the Nightmares That Old Spice Momsong Com...

    Mark Lisanti

    Whatever your rooting interest over the NFL's wild-card weekend, there is no debate about its ultimate winner: a certain purveyor of mass-market body-odor neutralizers with a penchant for the absurd. And for the disturbing. And for the … hold o...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  10. Bill Barnwell on the NFL playoffs

    Bill Barnwell

    The Colts' Hollywood ending was just the opening act in an NFL weekend that kept us glued to the couch.

    Story | Conversation | January 06, 2014
  11. Cousin Sal's NFL Wild-Card Weekend Prop Bets

    Sal Iacono

    Week 17: +60,000 jermajesties Season total: -134,500 jermajesties (Obligatory weekly explanation: A "jermajesty" represents the fake name given for a dollar amount in this series. It's also the unfortunate name of one of Jermaine Jackson's sons.)...

    Blog | January 03, 2014
  12. Grantland NFL Podcast: Previewing This Week's Wild-Card Round

    Grantland Network

    The Grantland NFL Podcast returns with swooning affection for Phil Emery's press conference and previews of this week's wild-card round. You can listen to this podcast on the ESPN Podcenter here, or subscribe to the Grantland Sports podcast networ...

    Blog | January 03, 2014
  13. NFL Playoffs Stock Watch: Which Units Are Trending Upward/Downwar...

    Robert Mays

    Since moving to Baltimore, the Ravens' identity has been mostly tied up in one thing: defense. It was how they won their first Super Bowl, it's the side of the ball where their stars played, and when we look back on the first two decades of Ravens fo...

    Blog | January 02, 2014
  14. An Early Holiday Wish List for the Out-of-the-Running NFL Teams

    Robert Mays

    Every season, Thanksgiving is about when we start figuring things out, and this year is no exception. Several teams made their playoff case last week, with the Saints, Panthers, Colts, and Eagles all gaining ground in either a division or wild-card r...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  15. AL Wild-Card Preview: Indians vs. Rays

    Jonah Keri

    On Monday, we highlighted how the Rays' starting pitching edge, plus just enough offense, would propel them to victory over the Rangers in Game 163. The starting pitching matchup is much tougher to call for Wednesday's Rays vs. Indians wild-card elim...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  16. Five Takeaways From the Reds-Pirates Wild-Card Game

    Jonah Keri

    The Pirates are off to St. Louis, while the Reds are headed home after Pittsburgh won the wild-card elimination game 6-2 Tuesday night, before a delirious home crowd at PNC Park. It was a monumental win for a franchise that had gone 21 years since it...

    Blog | October 02, 2013