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August 29, 2011

How the Hell do the Angels Keep Winning?: At Grantland, Jonah Keri takes a look at Los Angaheim’s ability to consistently outpace statheads’ expectations.

August 25, 2011

Picasso Theory: A couple of reactions, from Tangotiger and Phil Birnbaum, to Malcolm Gladwell’s piece about the “psychic benefits” of owning a sports team.

August 22, 2011

Malcolm Gladwell on the NBA lockout: At Grantland, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the ‘psychic benefits’ of owning an NBA team, and why those can offset actual losses in the minds of some owners.

August 16, 2011

Grantland on MLB: At Grantland, Rany Jazayerli writes about the D-Backs’ unexpected 2011 turnaround, while Jonah Keri lists six teams that could surprise in the playoffs.

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August 12, 2011

Sign Stealing, the Jays and So-Called ‘Cheating’ in Baseball: At Grantland, Jonah Keri looks for evidence that the Jays stole signs… or that it even matters (from a performance or ethical perspective).

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August 10, 2011

Flash Over Substance – DeSean Jackson and the Eagles: 74% of respondents to a recent ESPN poll think DeSean Jackson will be more valuable to Philly in 2011 than Nnamdi Asomugha, but Grantland’s Bill Barnwell points out that Jackson will be overrated until he improves his catch rate.

August 9, 2011

Two Canadians Argue About Barry Zito (and Art vs. Science): At Grantland, baseball’s culture wars are played out in a debate between the romantic story of Zito’s decline in San Francisco (Chris Jones is convinced Scott Boras’ binder destroyed Zito spiritually) and the scientific facts of the case (as Jonah Keri points out, Zito’s peripherals made a decline utterly predictable).

August 8, 2011

Jonah Keri on Zack Greinke, Ryan Vogelsong, and pitching statistics: Jonah Keri brings DIPS theory and FIP to Grantland’s audience.

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July 26, 2011

Grantland on Deadline Lessons, Childhood Simulations: A couple of Grantland baseball articles of note this afternoon — Jonah Keri’s seven lessons from trade deadlines past, and Michael Weinreb’s ode to an obscure tabletop baseball board game he played in his youth.

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Let’s Make a Deal: The Cleveland Indians are a good test case for the pros and cons of building a team through trades, writes Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli.

July 20, 2011

NFL free agents you meet in hell: At Grantland, Bill Barnwell put together a list of free agent archetypes that almost never produce at a level commensurate with their pay.

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July 15, 2011

The Sports Book Hall of Fame: Grantland’s staff makes its first choices for the Sports Book HoF.

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July 13, 2011

The Economics of the Designated Hitter: At Grantland, Dan McLaughlin writes about the practical effect of the DH rule on the game’s economic structure.

July 12, 2011

Usain Bolt and the limits of human speed: Grantland’s Chuck Klosterman asked scientists and track experts how low they thought the 100-meter world record could possibly go.

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The 25 Least Valuable Players in the NFL: Just what it sounds like, via Bill Barnwell and Grantland.

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July 11, 2011

Derek Jeter and the Subtleties of Greatness: At Grantland, Jonah keri reacts to DJ3K-mania by underscoring the relative meaninglessness of the milestone and appealing for fans to use better stats as the new benchmarks.

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July 8, 2011

The Milwaukee Brewers are testing MLB’s conventional wisdom about the importance of defense: At Grantland, Rany Jazayerli analyzes the Brewers’ sub-par defense, and why “zigging when everyone else zags” in the market for glovework might be a winning strategy.

July 7, 2011

Mark Moseley and the 1982 NFL Season – A Case Study in Weird: Grantland’s Ethan Trex looks at the factors that led a kicker (!) to be named the NFL’s MVP in 1982.

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July 6, 2011

Bill James Q & As: Bill James chats with Grantland’s Chuck Klosterman and the hosts of Slate’s Hang Up & Listen podcast.

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July 5, 2011

Which Actors Tarnished Their Oscars the Most in 2011?: A little Hollywood Sabermetrics from Grantland’s Lane Brown, who calculated the degree to which various actors lowered their average post-Oscar Rotten Tomatoes score in 2011 alone.

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June 29, 2011

Point/Counterpoint: Do Statistics Belong In Baseball?: Baseball Nation’s Grant Brisbee responds to Jonah Lehrer’s Grantland article with a funny point-counterpoint that turns both sides of the debate into ridiculous caricatures.

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June 28, 2011

The Stat Community Responds to Jonah Lehrer: Grantland’s Jonah Lehrer wrote an anti-sabermetrics article yesterday, and it was a big topic of discussion at BBTF, The Book Blog, Fangraphs, and Baseball Prospectus. Update: And Beyond the Boxscore.

June 21, 2011

Chuck Klosterman on Rock VORP: Also from Grantland, a tongue-in-cheek attempt by Klosterman to quantify a rock star’s Value Over Replacement Musician.

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What GMs don’t know about the NBA Draft: Grantland’s Ben Cohen writes about the somewhat futile endeavors of scouts and statheads alike to project the potential of a draft prospect.

June 20, 2011

Relative Dominance – Rory McIlroy’s run at Congressional: Grantland’s Bill Barnwell puts McIlroy’s 8-stroke victory in its proper historical perspective by ranking the top 20 Majors performances since 1960.

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June 14, 2011

Moneyball 2.0: Grantland’s Bill Barnwell researches how MLB teams are winning on a budget in 2011.

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