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Will Leitch

Steelers-Pats Preview: This Is Big

The Steelers have won two Super Bowls with Ben Roethlisberger under center but, as any Pittsburgh fan knows (and any Patriots fan is happy to remind you), they didn't have to go through the Patriots for either of them. Can they prevail this time? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Call It a Comeback? Best Manziel Fits

Johnny Manziel, the talented but troubled quarterback who washed out of the NFL after two seasons, has begun taking responsibility for his past indiscretions. He says he wants to clean up his act and return to the NFL. But where? More»
SoE Original

Kelce Lately? FWIW, His Show's Old

There was a dinosaur in Florida, while the elephant in the room in Kansas City: Travis Kelce can't dress. Plus, a man chooses to be humiliated on national TV -- not once, but twice -- on the latest edition of "For What It's Worth" with Robert Flores. More»
Mike Lupica

No Way, Jose: Don't Blame Voters

The debate around the Baseball Hall of Fame and whether players suspected of PED use should get in or not can understandably get heated. But lecturing voters, the way Jose Canseco did, does not lead to a healthy discussion. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Belichick Quotes Of The Year Awards

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has always been one of the more interesting interviews in sports for all sorts of reasons. From robot answers to taking down a reporter, we decided to give out trophies for his best bon mots. More»
Will Leitch

What's On The Line For Final 4 QBs?

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There's one thing that all four teams left in the NFL playoffs have in common: They have an elite quarterback. And three of the four have Super Bowl rings. So let's look at their careers and figure out what a championship would mean to them. More»
Michael Klopman

Trumbombs Come Cheap For The O's

The Orioles and Mark Trumbo finally came to an agreement on a multi-year deal. And the O's didn't even have to break the bank to re-sign the reigning Major League leader in home runs. Let's break down what this means for Baltimore. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Super Bowl's Inaugural Connection

It happens every four to eight years: Pundits try to connect the new commander-in-chief to the sports world. So we decided to explore the relationship between the inauguration of a new president to that year's Super Bowl -- there are some odd trends. More»
Alex Wong

The Ultimate NBA 3-on-3 Teams

Did you hear? Ice Cube revealed his plans to create a 3-on-3 basketball league that'll feature a bunch of retired NBA stars like Allen Iverson. That got us thinking. What are some intriguing 3-on-3 teams made up of retired NBA players? More»
Manny Randhawa

HOF Voters Now Know Better, Edgar

Edgar Martinez only received 27 percent of the Hall of Fame vote in 2015. But in 2017, that number shot up to 58.6. Clearly, there's been a shift in the voters' minds. That means we may soon be hearing Martinez give an induction speech in Cooperstown. More»
Matt Brown

Reasons To Love College Hoops 2017

There is no college football on Saturday, and the NFL playoffs are reserved for Sunday. For the first time this season, college basketball has a football-free Saturday. If you haven't been paying close attention yet, here are 10 reasons to be excited. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Conf. Championships: Top 20 Players

If there's one thing we can agree on when it comes to the conference championship games this weekend, it's that there will be plenty of star power. With that said, I decided to rank the best 20 players who will take the field on Sunday. More»
Cy Brown

Super Bowl scenarios ranked, 4 to 1

With championship week now upon us, there are only four potential Super Bowl LI matchups remaining. But not all games are created equal. Which matchup will the viewing public want to see most out of the final four? More»
Will Leitch

GB-ATL Preview: Letting It Fly

If you like a jam-packed scoreboard, then you're going to want to watch the NFC title game between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. There will be plenty of points scored, that's for sure. And it'll be the last game at the Georgia Dome. More»
Mike McCormick

Best Sorta-Sports Movie: Final Four

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To give sports fans something movie-related to debate between now and the Oscars, here's your chance to vote for the greatest "non-traditional" sports movie on Earth. These are only kind of jock flicks, for sure, but they're all entertaining. More»
Will Leitch

In The Bag: Jeff Officially A Legend

The Houston Astros teams from 1997 to 2005 were fantastic, but they never get the credit they deserve. Maybe that's why it took so long for Jeff Bagwell, the best player on those teams, to make the Hall of Fame. Either way, it's about time. More»
Mike Lupica

Green Bro! Rift That Keeps Giving

The further the Green Bay Packers advance in the NFL playoffs, the more we seem to hear about Aaron Rodgers and his family. That's because nothing is truly private anymore. So we must ask ourselves: How much info is too much? More»
Matt Giles

The Murder of Michael Wright

In November 2015, former Arizona star and New York Knicks draft pick Michael Wright was found dead in his car in Brooklyn. A year later, his longtime mentor and roommate Mark Holdbrooks was arrested for the killing. That's just the beginning of the story. More»
Matt Brown

Zags Far Beyond A Cinderella Story

Gonzaga is often met with skepticism because of its weaker West Coast Conference schedule, but as the Bulldogs continue as the nation's lone remaining unbeaten, it's become clear that the program's first-ever Final Four bid is well within reach. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Hall of Fame Vote: What We Learned

Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez are the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, with Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero and Edgar Martinez among those who fell short. Let's look at what we learned from Wednesday's announcement. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Best Hall of Fame Classes In History

Baseball HOF classes like the one announced Wednesday, when three players gained entry, are rare. But this helps make up for lost time. Let's look back and see which BBWAA-inducted Hall hauls had the most star power. More»
Michael Klopman

Baseball HOF '17 Class Announced

The votes are in and the Baseball Hall of Fame is gaining three more members in 2017. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are heading to Cooperstown this summer. More»
Karim Zidan

Obama's Legacy of Sports Diplomacy

One of the many long-lasting aspects of President Obama's legacy is his impact on the sports world. From his love of basketball to attending a baseball game in Cuba, Obama proved, in his words, that "sports have had the power to bring us together." More»
Andrea Hangst

Steel the One? Ben's Legacy Vs. Pats

When the Steelers go on the road to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, there will be a lot more on the line for Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger than anyone else. Here's why. More»
College Football

Ducks Suspend Strength Coach After 3 Hospitalized

The University of Oregon and new head coach Willie Taggart suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week. More»
Terence Moore

Haunted Hawks? Still Missing 'Nique

The Atlanta Hawks have been a strange franchise for a while. It's as simple as this: The Hawks haven't been the same since the day they decided to trade Dominique Wilkins, the "Human Highlight Reel." Hawks fans certainly haven't forgotten. More»
Matt Brown

Early 2017 Top 25 Heisman Candidates

Lamar Jackson will be back at Louisville after taking home the Heisman Trophy in December, but history says he'll have stiff competition in trying to win it again. Here's an early look at those best positioned to challenge Jackson for the Heisman in 2017. More»
Will Leitch

In Defense of Sports' Biggest Villains

Those who are aren't New England Patriots fans will certainly be rooting against the Pats during the AFC Championship Game. They're universally accepted villains, and that's a good thing, because we need villains. More»
NBA Injury Report

CP3 Will Miss 6-8 Weeks For Thumb Surgery

The streaking Clippers (7-0 in 2017) are down another All-Star. With Blake Griffin still recovering from knee surgery, the team announced that Chris Paul will need to undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss up to two months. More»
Mike Lupica

Not Easy Being Green: Will He Learn?

Nobody is talking about the triple-double Golden State's Draymond Green recorded against the Cavaliers on Monday. That's on him, because Green committed yet another dumb foul when he walloped LeBron James on a fast break. More»
Ross Tucker

Talk the Line: Bigs Win Playoff Games

The NFL postseason trend that many have pointed out is that the teams with the better quarterback have advanced. But there's another trend that has gone unnoticed. The teams with better offensive lines have been winning. More»
Joe DeLessio

Who's Active On NHL's 100 Best Ever?

The NHL will soon reveal their list of the 100 greatest players in league history. Thirty-three of them have already been announced, and there will reportedly be exactly six active players included. So let's break down just who those six might be. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Braves New World: Wins In Atlanta

The Braves finished the 2016 season with one of the worst records in the Majors. But still, they were 40-36 from July 6th to the end of the season. So they have something going for them. These offseason moves could make them a little better. More»
Alex Wong

Cav Not: Warriors' Revenge Is Golden

At 34-6 heading into Monday's contest against the Cavaliers, the Warriors didn't necessarily need a victory on their home floor against the team they have played in the NBA Finals the past two seasons. But a 126-91 blowout didn't hurt. More»
Terence Moore

Hail to the Cubs! Obama fetes Champs

On Martin Luther King Day, the world champion Cubs visited the White House and met with President Obama, who shared some laughs and memories of Chicago. That brought up some ivy-covered memories of my own. More»

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