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NFL Power Rankings: The Saints Are Great No Matter Who Plays Quarterback

NFL Power Rankings: The Saints Are Great No Matter Who Plays Quarterback

Filed under:The Taysom Hill experiment worked in New Orleans, at least for now. Plus: Derrick Henry is a walking cliché, the Dolphins have a quarterback hiccup, and the Browns are built to win ugly.Patrick Mahomes seems to make it a goal to remind the world at least one time each week that he’s the best quarterback on the planet. That was again clear in Kansas City’s 35-31 win over the Raiders on Sunday, a game in which Mahomes’s —the absurdly easy-looking game-winning touchdown drive he engineered late in the game—helped the Chiefs hold on to the top spot in my rankings this week. Kansas...

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The Two Sides of Diego Maradona

The Two Sides of Diego Maradona

Editor’s note: Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60, . Widely regarded as the greatest player of his generation, Maradona won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina and played professionally with Boca Juniors, Barcelona, and Napoli. In October 2019, Brian Phillips reflected on his life and legacy.God had knee surgery on July 24, and He was still limping six weeks later, on September 8, when He walked out of the giant inflatable wolf’s head onto the soccer pitch at the Estadio Juan Carmelo Zerillo, in the Argentine city of La Plata. God wore a navy Le Coq Sportif hoodie with His...

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Patrick Mahomes Is No Longer Just a Phenom. He’s the GOAT in the Making.

Patrick Mahomes Is No Longer Just a Phenom. He’s the GOAT in the Making.

I get it now. I’ll admit to being a little slow on the uptake, but I finally understand what it means to be in the thrall of athletic greatness. In 2003 I moved to Chicago, to a city that was still in the shadow of Michael Jordan five years after he had left the Bulls for good. That shadow continues to linger over the city, as the Bulls have managed just eight winning seasons and one conference finals appearance in the 22 seasons since.It’s not that I was unaware of Jordan’s greatness. You’d have to have grown up in Novosibirsk to not be aware of Jordan’s greatness, and you’d have to have...

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Did the Lakers Scare Everyone Away? Was Detroit Drunk? Plus, More NBA Questions With Jackie MacMullan

Did the Lakers Scare Everyone Away? Was Detroit Drunk? Plus, More NBA Questions With Jackie MacMullan

Filed under:Jackie MacMullan joins Bill to discuss the latest NBA free-agency moves and trades as they look ahead to the upcoming NBA seasonto discuss a whirlwind of NBA free-agency moves and trades as they look ahead to the rapidly approaching NBA season (3:00). Then Bill gives out his Million-Dollar NFL Picks for the Thanksgiving games (1:30:00).Subscribe: / / /Rachel Lindsay joins Juliet to talk about Tayshia and Ivan’s conversation about race, why it was historic for ‘The Bachelorette,’ and moreIvan talks real life, Kenny the comrade goes home, and our beloved host steps up to provide...

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Christian Wood Is Hoping His Sixth NBA Team Is the Charm

Christian Wood Is Hoping His Sixth NBA Team Is the Charm

There were so many thoughts running through Christian Wood’s mind. Fear, for one, and understandably so. It was the middle of March, and a few days earlier he’d learned that he’d tested positive for COVID-19. To that point, his symptoms had been mostly cold-like. His breath had been heavy, his head foggy, and his chest occasionally tight.Now, though, things had taken a turn. Wood was scared. “It felt like I had the flu but 100 times worse,” Wood said. “For a second, it felt like I was about to die.”His mind began drifting. He thought about his past and his future. Only a few days earlier,...

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The NBA Title Picture Looks As Crowded As Ever

The NBA Title Picture Looks As Crowded As Ever

Filed under:With all due respect to the Lakers, the 2021 championship race appears as close as it was heading into last season, even after last week’s frenzy of transactionsThe last week of NBA activity has been so frenzied, with the draft and trades and the floodgates of free agency, that it’s easy to miss the league’s rich forest for its trees. Individual players move, and individual rosters change, but not much has changed from . If anything, this season’s title race appears even more wide open.The obvious place to start when analyzing contenders’ recent improvements is Staples Center,...

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The Five Most Interesting Teams of NBA Free Agency So Far

The Five Most Interesting Teams of NBA Free Agency So Far

Filed under:What happens when you squeeze the draft and free agency into the same chaos? The league looks drastically different a few days later. Here are five teams that dared to dream big for 2021.If the state of the NBA economy is in dire straits, you sure as hell wouldn’t know it from Finally allowed to conduct business again, albeit without nearly as much cap space available around the league as last offseason, many teams acted as they always do, spending freely and swinging big to try to improve their rosters—some more successfully than others.With the bulk of the big names (for this...

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As Contenders Scurry to Keep Up, the Lakers Have Gotten Even Better

As Contenders Scurry to Keep Up, the Lakers Have Gotten Even Better

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Days after trading for Dennis Schröder, the champs added Montrezl Harrell and Wes MatthewsAll of the trades, draft picks, and free-agent signings happening around the NBA this week...

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As Contenders Scurry to Keep Up, the Lakers Have Gotten Even Better

As Contenders Scurry to Keep Up, the Lakers Have Gotten Even Better

Filed under:Days after trading for Dennis Schröder, the champs added Montrezl Harrell and Wes MatthewsAll of the trades, draft picks, and free-agent signings happening around the NBA this week matter, but in the grand scheme of things, they don’t matter as much as the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers just got better. Way better. A month after winning the NBA Finals, the Lakers have for point guard Dennis Schröder, who finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting with the Thunder; and signed center Montrezl Harrell, who won Sixth Man of the Year with the Clippers, and veteran wing Wesley...

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Kansas City Is Saving the Style Points for Later

Kansas City Is Saving the Style Points for Later

Filed under:The Chiefs are a relatively quiet 8-1, if there is such a thing. Patrick Mahomes and Co. might not be as flashy and explosive in 2020, but they’re still just as dangerous.Earlier this week, one of the great creators of our time­—that would be Taylor Alison Swift—described feeling forgotten even before she’d reached a creative peak.“My career started when I was 16 putting out albums, so by 22, I was already feeling like old news,” she in an interview for the magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums series. “I was already watching newer, cooler artists come out every week. I was already...

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Trading for Myles Turner Could Be the Answer for Any Team Looking to Level Up

Trading for Myles Turner Could Be the Answer for Any Team Looking to Level Up

Filed under:The center’s 3-and-D skill set has been underutilized in Indiana, but it’d be a great fit for a contender like Boston or an upstart like New OrleansMyles Turner isn’t even the best center on his own team anymore. That much is clear after the 2019-20 season, when Domantas Sabonis elevated to an All-Star level while Turner suffered a sprained ankle early and never quite found his groove upon returning. If the Pacers actualize the long-held belief that they’d need to trade one of their bigs, Turner is now the only candidate to leave.But despite this hierarchical reduction, Turner...

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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Go Undrafted

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Go Undrafted

LeBron James was half of the NBA’s most effective two-man combination in the 2019-20 season. This fact surprises no one: He is, after all, the world’s best player.More surprising, however, is the other half of that duo. When James shared the court with Alex Caruso, who went undrafted in 2016, the Lakers outscored their opponents by 18.6 points per 100 possessions, out of 864 two-man combinations that played at least 400 minutes. in LeBron’s long and storied career—not fellow no. 1 picks, not future Hall of Famers—has formed such an efficient pair.And in the Finals, it was Caruso’s insertion...

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Nov 16
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NFL Power Rankings: The Bills Bounce Back Into Contention

NFL Power Rankings: The Bills Bounce Back Into Contention

Filed under:Josh Allen reclaimed his Pro Bowl form—or maybe the Seahawks defense is even worse than we thought. Plus: Patrick Mahomes bolstered his MVP case, Tua Tagovailoa breathed life into the Dolphins, and Dalvin Cook put the Vikings on his back.RelatedAnother week, another big shake-up among the NFL’s top-tier teams. The Chiefs settle back into the no. 1 spot thanks to another sterling performance from Patrick Mahomes, who threw four touchdowns in a 33-31 win against the Panthers. The Steelers, meanwhile, remain unbeaten but drop one spot after an unimpressive come-from-behind 24-19...

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Nov 10
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Even Justin Herbert’s Historic Rookie Campaign Can’t Save the Chargers

Even Justin Herbert’s Historic Rookie Campaign Can’t Save the Chargers

Filed under:Herbert is in the middle of an all-time great rookie season and has the stats, efficiency, and historical references to prove it. There’s just one problem: He’s on the Chargers.RelatedIt may not feel like it, but Chargers QB Justin Herbert is in the middle of one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history. The first-rounder out of Oregon has accumulated 2,146 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, and five interceptions in seven games, plus he’s added another 166 yards and two scores on the ground. He’s flashed with , excellent awareness, and top-tier athleticism.Herbert has also...

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Nov 9
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The NBA’s Murky Future With Ryen Russillo and Best Streaming TV/Movies With Wesley Morris

The NBA’s Murky Future With Ryen Russillo and Best Streaming TV/Movies With Wesley Morris

Filed under:Bill talks with Wesley about some new TV shows and movies, including ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ ‘The Undoing,’ and moreto discuss the looming start date for the 2020-21 NBA season, the possibility of rewriting the CBA, the upcoming NBA draft, and more (3:00). Then Bill talks with Wesley Morris of The New York Times about some new TV shows and movies, including Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit; HBO’s The Undoing, On the Rocks, starring Rashida Jones and Bill Murray, Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7; and Hulu’s horror-comedy Bad Hair (1:10:00).Subscribe: / / /Also, Ryen answers...

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How NBA Draft Prospects Have Managed the Waiting Game

How NBA Draft Prospects Have Managed the Waiting Game

The voice on the other side of the computer made Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes do a double-take. “What is your favorite toe?”Hughes was in the middle of one of the 20-plus Zoom interviews he’s done with NBA teams from his home in upstate New York ahead of November’s draft. Most questions up to that point had been conventional. This one was not.“Someone asked me that,” says Hughes, a . “Like, your middle toe, your big toe … it was weird.”Each draft season, prospects are bombarded with questions both bland and peculiar. DePaul’s says he was thrown off when a team staffer asked him what his mom...

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Nov 5
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Ranking the Top 49 MLB Free Agents of the 2020-21 Class

Ranking the Top 49 MLB Free Agents of the 2020-21 Class

Filed under:There may not be any Gerrit Coles in this year’s group of free agents, but these players could still have an outsized impact in the 2021 season and beyondFalse dawns don’t get much more false than baseball’s 2019-20 offseason. After a multiyear capital strike that threatened to toss MLB into its first protracted labor war in more than 20 years, an exceptional free agent crop pried open owners’ purses and enriched some of the game’s biggest stars. Business as usual.Then, the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered commerce and travel for … well, eight months and counting. As a result,...

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Michael Baumann
Nov 4
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‘Warrior’ Is Still the Best Show You’re Not Watching

‘Warrior’ Is Still the Best Show You’re Not Watching

Filed under:As Cinemax winds down its original programming, the martial arts Western inspired by the works of Bruce Lee faces an uncertain future. But the series, whose second season premieres on Friday, deserves to fight another day.One of the casualties from HBO Max becoming WarnerMedia’s number one priority is Cinemax, HBO’s somewhat unheralded sister network. As announced at the start of 2020, Cinemax will —nor will the brand be folded into the company’s glitzy new streaming service. Now you might be thinking, “Wait, Cinemax has TV shows?!” and, well, fair—lots of people slept on The...

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Miles Surrey
Oct 1
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Lamar Jackson and the Ravens Offense Need a Hard Reset

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens Offense Need a Hard Reset

Filed under:Jackson and Co. were exposed by the Steelers defense on Sunday, and it’s clear they have plenty to address if they want to compete for the AFC NorthRelatedThere are few rivalries capable of routinely producing compelling drama like Steelers vs. Ravens, and the series’ latest installment more than lived up to that standard. Sunday’s game came down to the final play, one that pitted strength against strength: Lamar Jackson against the vaunted Pittsburgh defense. But as was the case for much of the afternoon, the Steelers defenders got the better of the league’s reigning MVP,...

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Nov 1
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‘Sports History With Ryen Russillo’: Why NFL Teams Shouldn’t Ever Pay a Running Back

‘Sports History With Ryen Russillo’: Why NFL Teams Shouldn’t Ever Pay a Running Back

Filed under:Russillo makes the argument for why running backs are historically overvalued in the NFLThe Ringer’s Ryen Russillo makes the argument for why running backs are historically overvalued in the NFL, citing botched salaries, astronomical guarantees, and wasted draft picks from recent years. Presented by FanDuel Sportsbook.David and Kazeem also talk about this week’s ‘Raw,’ AEW, and ‘NXT Halloween Havoc’The pop star is back, and she’s deeply in love. But which songs are the best? The worst? And is this album too horny?Verno and KOC discuss the breaking news that Mike D’Antoni is...

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Oct 30
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Tony La Russa Is Wrong for the White Sox, and for the Modern MLB

Tony La Russa Is Wrong for the White Sox, and for the Modern MLB

Filed under:Chicago hired La Russa as its new manager on Thursday. But the Hall of Famer’s views on the game and societal issues could not be more different from those of his new players.In 2020, Rick Renteria managed the Chicago White Sox to their best season in 15 years, and it wasn’t enough to save his job. The Sox let Renteria go on October 12, and his ideal replacement,, would be someone with recent championship experience. Based on that statement, it seemed like the White Sox might take a stab at rehabilitating A.J. Hinch or Alex Cora. Both are currently unemployed and somewhat...

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Michael Baumann
Oct 29
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The Patriots and Cowboys Aren’t Just Losing. They’re Getting Embarrassed.

The Patriots and Cowboys Aren’t Just Losing. They’re Getting Embarrassed.

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Two of the league’s most iconic franchises have been consistently awful in 2020—and reached new low points in Week 7. How did things get so bad?RelatedAdd the New England Patriots and...

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Oct 26
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The Danilo Gallinari Sweepstakes Will Be Heated

The Danilo Gallinari Sweepstakes Will Be Heated

Filed under:Every NBA team could use a versatile sharpshooting forward who also moonlights as a small-ball 5. Gallo might not be the biggest name in free agency, but he might have the most suitors.It’s too early to know what to expect in this NBA offseason. So many of the specifics governing it remain unclear, from the post-Finals audit to determine how much money the league made (or lost) this season and therefore next season’s salary cap and luxury tax lines, to when free agency will actually start. But while the overarching uncertainty could reduce the likelihood of league-shifting...

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Oct 26
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Keeping Calm—and Aaron Rodgers—Is Key to Green Bay’s Blistering Start

Keeping Calm—and Aaron Rodgers—Is Key to Green Bay’s Blistering Start

Filed under:There was skepticism about Green Bay’s prospects in 2020, but we probably should have seen this undefeated Packers team comingThe Green Bay Packers have, at present, the best offense in history. No team is a particularly close second. Their 3.67 points scored per drive through their first four games not only leads football, but leads every offense . The 2007 Patriots—long considered the for innovative, supercharged offenses—averaged about half a point less per drive. The 2020 Packers lead the NFL this season in points and yards per play. They are the in history to score 150...

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Oct 16
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Keeping Calm—and Aaron Rodgers—Is Key to Green Bay’s Blistering Start

Keeping Calm—and Aaron Rodgers—Is Key to Green Bay’s Blistering Start

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