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How Tom Brady’s Future Fits Into the History of Icons Leaving Their Forever Teams

How Tom Brady’s Future Fits Into the History of Icons Leaving Their Forever Teams

For all of the highlights of Tom Brady in a Patriots uniform, his final pass as a member of the franchise may have been a pick-six. With New England trailing the Titans late in the fourth quarter of their wild-card-round playoff game on January 4, Brady dropped back to throw just like he had 11,613 times prior over the past 20 seasons. Except this time things didn’t go as planned. The ball bounced off receiver Mohamed Sanu and into the arms of Tennessee cornerback Logan Ryan, who waltzed into the end zone for a touchdown. The score all but ended the Patriots’ comeback attempt, their run of...

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Justin Sayles
March 12, 2020
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The NFL’s 2020 Free Agent Class Could Reset the Pass Rush vs. Pass Coverage Debate

The NFL’s 2020 Free Agent Class Could Reset the Pass Rush vs. Pass Coverage Debate

Filed under:Last season, the Patriots and Ravens defenses prioritized pass coverage above all else. Will we finally see a new market-setting cornerback contract this spring? And what will that mean for pass rushers who are looking to get paid?Late last month, Chris Jones joined Colin Cowherd’s show The Herd to chat about the NFL offseason. The Chiefs defensive tackle discussed Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City’s potential as a dynasty, and the proposed CBA. At one point, the conversation turned to Jones’s future with the franchise. A day prior, had broken that the Chiefs were expected to use the...

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Robert Mays
March 13, 2020
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The Cheating Scandal Rocking the Poker World

The Cheating Scandal Rocking the Poker World

Filed under:How a Twitch-streamed no-limit hold’em player found himself at the heart of one of the most fascinating gambling controversies in yearsOn January 12, a group of poker players gathered at Stones Gambling Hall near Sacramento to play no-limit hold’em. The game was being streamed on Twitch, part of a regular broadcast from the casino called Stones Live. The audience was able to see the players’ face-down cards because of RFID sensors in the cards and on the table, and the game was broadcast on a half-hour delay so that viewers couldn’t relay information from the broadcast to the...

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David Hill
October 4, 2019
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How the Point-MJ Experiment Foreshadowed the Modern NBA

How the Point-MJ Experiment Foreshadowed the Modern NBA

Filed under:Long before Luka and LeBron were putting up 30-point triple-doubles, there was a big playmaker named Michael Jordan who briefly dabbled with playing point guard, to great effect. The move was short-lived, but the ripple proved long-lasting.By the spring of 1989, Michael Jordan had already announced himself as a forever talent. He’d made the All-Star Game in each of his first five NBA seasons and earned three All-NBA selections along the way, including two to the first team; he’d led the league in scoring twice, and became the first player ever to in the same season.Before...

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Dan Devine
March 11, 2020
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The Five Most Revealing Strategies of the 2020 NFL Draft

The Five Most Revealing Strategies of the 2020 NFL Draft

Filed under:While we’ll have to wait a few years to determine which teams won the draft, the Eagles, Packers, Broncos, Raiders, and Panthers tipped their hands and showed how they’re trying to build their rostersIt will take years before we know which teams won the 2020 NFL draft, but we don’t have to wait that long to determine the blueprints franchises are using. Every draft provides insight into team-building plans across the league, as organizations take on new identities and showcase the directions they’re trying to go. So let’s take a look at five teams whose 2020 draft hauls revealed...

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Robert Mays
April 27, 2020
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Bad Boy Pistons, NFL Draft Lessons, NBA Summer News, and Suns-Bulls 1993 With Ryen Russillo

Bad Boy Pistons, NFL Draft Lessons, NBA Summer News, and Suns-Bulls 1993 With Ryen Russillo

Filed under:Exploring the third and fourth episodes of ‘The Last Dance’The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss Episodes 3 and 4 of ESPN’s documentary series The Last Dance (2:53) before talking about the NFL draft (32:00), the logistics behind bringing back the NBA (1:03:25), and Game 4 of the 1993 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns (1:29:30).Subscribe: / / / /Plus, Riley and Rodger try to make sense of the Green Bay Packers’ confounding selection of quarterback Jordan LoveThe turnover-prone QB will reportedly join his former NFC South rival....

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Bill Simmons
April 27, 2020
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How Bill O’Brien’s Many Screw-ups Led to the Precedent-Setting Laremy Tunsil Deal

How Bill O’Brien’s Many Screw-ups Led to the Precedent-Setting Laremy Tunsil Deal

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☰×The left tackle’s extension is questionable in a vacuum, but worse when you consider the totality of O’Brien’s tenure as GMWhereas most NFL coaches and executives looked cool, calm, and...

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April 27, 2020
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The Five Steps to Every Tom Thibodeau Coaching Cycle

The Five Steps to Every Tom Thibodeau Coaching Cycle

Filed under:From the initial buzz to the inevitable burnout, the Thibs timeline is pretty well-known at this point. Will we see it again in New York?Him again. The New York Knicks want Tom Thibodeau. He’s “atop the list of targets,” according to It’s not entirely surprising, even after his shaky stint with the Wolves, which felt like a reality TV show—let’s go with 90 Day Fiancé, a show built on forced cohesion—coupled with a viral fail video of a kid hitting his face on a diving board he sprung off of two seconds earlier. Still, it appears NBA front offices continue to revere Thibodeau....

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Haley O'Shaughnessy
May 28, 2020
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How Many Titles Should Michael Jordan Have Won?

How Many Titles Should Michael Jordan Have Won?

Filed under:Anyone can count Michael Jordan’s rings, but how many championships should he have won? We introduce two new metrics to determine which NBA stars exceeded their title expectations.A ring is a ring, and every NBA championship should be treasured—but not all title paths are created equal. The 1996-97 Bulls needed to beat the 44-win Bullets, 56-win Hawks, 61-win Heat, and 64-win Jazz in a row; 40 years earlier, the Celtics and rookie Bill Russell received a bye to the conference finals, then beat the 38-34 Syracuse Nationals and 34-38 St. Louis Hawks to win the franchise’s first...

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Zach Kram
May 11, 2020
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Embiid for MVP, Tiger’s Future, Taylor Swift, and ‘Boogie’ With Joe House, Nathan Hubbard, and Eddie Huang

Embiid for MVP, Tiger’s Future, Taylor Swift, and ‘Boogie’ With Joe House, Nathan Hubbard, and Eddie Huang

Filed under:Plus, NBA second-half predictions, Bill’s thoughts on the new-look Knicks, and moreThe Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to revisit the NBA MVP discussion and Joel Embiid. They talk MVP odds and some predictions for after the All-Star break (3:00). Then Bill and House are joined by Nathan Hubbard to discuss Tiger Woods’s serious car accident and his future in golf as well as the PGA Tour (40:00). Then Bill and Nathan discuss the new Ringer podcast Every Single Album: Taylor Swift with Nathan and Nora Princiotti, as well as Jay-Z selling Tidal to Square (50:00)....

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