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The Future of the NFL Is Here, and It Looks Exactly Like Rams-Chiefs

Monday’s 54-51 thriller will go down as a classic. It was also a declaration of intent for where the league is heading.

How the West Was Woke: ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ and Gaming’s Iron Curtain

There is a fissure in the discourse around video games, which has become as divisive as our politics. And it’s only getting worse.

‘The Clinton Affair’ Is a Necessary, Maddening Documentary

By featuring the women affected by Clinton’s behavior—including Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey—the six-part docuseries offers a tough postmortem on a national spectacle with long-lasting consequences

Bad News, Yankees Haters: James Paxton Really Is an Ace

New York’s trade for the Seattle lefty elicited the same split reaction that has defined Big Maple’s career, but his underlying numbers suggest he has top-10 potential in the Big Apple

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Remembering William Goldman

Bill Simmons enlists the help of Brian Koppelman, Mike Lupica, Sean Fennessey, and Wesley Morris to remember the late creative legend

Booger McFarland on Chiefs-Rams

Plus, Ryen discusses the NFL MVP race and shares his thoughts on the College Football playoff rankings

Bill Simmons Talks Rams-Chiefs, Super Bowl Value Picks, and Thanksgiving Day Games

Bill and the Degenerate Trifecta join Sal to break down the epic ‘Monday Night Football’ matchup before discussing best bets for the Thanksgiving NFL slate and more

Lombardi’s Week 11 Reactions

Plus, Sean McVay’s and Andy Reid’s offensive prowess on ‘Monday Night Football’

The Return of Maui Magic, Villanova’s Rough Start, and Virginia Tech’s Statement Win

Titus and Tate preview the Maui Invitational before discussing Villanova’s early struggles and more

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The Jimmy Butler Era Can’t Fix Everything Wrong With the Sixers, but It’ll Try

Philly is still riding the high of its new star acquisition, and for good reason. However, the franchise is juggling a number of familiar problems just beneath the surface.

Rams-Chiefs Gave Us the Blueprint for NFL Roster Construction

Monday night’s masterpiece showed how the best teams allocate resources on both sides of the ball—and how the league’s brightest minds use them

The Celtics Are Still a Long Way From Greatness

Boston isn’t looking like the contender it was expected to be before the season. What needs to change to put the team back on track?

Presenting the 2018 NFL Nucleus Draft

Eight staffers, 40 total picks—and a look at who is most valuable in the league right now

Every Single Part of the First ‘Creed’ Is Perfect

A revisit of Ryan Coogler’s 2015 film and all of the magical details that set the bar high for ‘Creed II’

Started As a Pharma Rep, Now We’re Here: ‘9-1-1’ Watch, Week 8

In one of the most shocking twists ever, this week’s installment of Fox’s emergency procedural was a thoughtful, well-constructed episode of TV

Can $300 Million Buy Bryce Harper a Glove?

The free-agent outfielder had a horrific 2018 on defense by most metrics. Will it make a difference to the teams considering handing him a record-breaking deal?

In Praise of Tom Waits, Character Actor

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ gives Waits his first (mini-)leading role—but it’s the culmination of a varied and impressive second career

The Five Must-See Matchups to Watch Week 12

The Saints might be the hottest team in the NFL, but the most consequential Week 12 matchups can be found farther down the playoff pecking order. With so much mediocrity, few teams can count themselves out of it—even the Cowboys.

A Brief Guide to Being a Cynthia Erivo Fan

The multi-award-winning actress steals a good portion of ‘Widows’ and is one Oscar away from an EGOT. If you are not already on the Erivo train, get on board.

The Meta Role of a Lifetime: On Florence Pugh’s Breakout Performance in ‘Little Drummer Girl’

The John le Carré adaptation depends on a complicated, messy performance from the young ‘Lady Macbeth’ star. She delivers, and then some.

Yorgos Lanthimos Only Wants to Be Your Problematic ‘Favourite’

The button-pushing master director’s new royal comedy-drama-thriller features a new twist—and some of his old tricks

The Rams’ Win Over the Chiefs Was Pure Football Nirvana

Monday night’s epic featured the third-most points in NFL history, 1,000 yards of offense, and thrilling defensive highlights. It’s hard to call it anything but an all-timer.

Kardiac Kemba Has Arrived in the NBA

Walker has hit another level this season, and monster nights—like the 43 points he dropped on the Celtics—are single-handedly bringing the Hornets back to relevance

The Yankees’ James Paxton Trade Could Be a Tremendous Bargain—or a Horrendous Mistake

New York acquired the oft-injured left-hander on Tuesday from the Mariners, who seem to be signaling that their retooling effort is now a full-blown rebuild

The Most Underappreciated Movie Franchise of the Last 10 Years Is … ‘Twilight’?

The sparkly, kitschy vampire movies debuted 10 years ago, giving us two bona fide movie stars, a multimillion-dollar franchise, and a blueprint for how to market female-driven films to female audiences. Will we ever take the series seriously?

The Khalil Mack Trade Single-handedly Swung the NFC North

Led by another dominant showing from Mack, the Bears defense crushed the Vikings on Sunday. But will a star-studded defense be enough to help Chicago keep pace with the conference-juggernaut Rams and Saints?

The Next NBA Team That Could Go Bold on the Trade Market

After missing out on Jimmy Butler, the Pelicans are still looking for help for Anthony Davis ahead of a franchise-defining summer

The Starting 11: The Ravens, Colts, and Redskins are Officially on Playoff Bubble Watch

While Baltimore and Indy made strides in the direction of the postseason on Sunday, Washington lost Alex Smith (and then signed … Mark Sanchez?). What do this week’s results mean for the playoff landscape?

Les Miles and Kansas Is a Perfectly Flawed College Football Union

The king of the press conference is back. The meme-generating, grass-eating former LSU coach has returned to helm the nation’s most downtrodden program. What can go wrong? A lot. Will it be fun? Absolutely.

The Wizards Don’t Have a Future. Can They Start Rebuilding?

Washington has put its entire roster on the trading block after a demoralizing start to the season, but Ernie Grunfeld’s poor planning might have locked the franchise into its current dysfunctional core

The Hype/Concern Index: Why Is Kevin Durant in a Slump?

All the good, bad, and LeBron from around the NBA

The ‘Widows’ Exit Survey

From Viola Davis’s magnetism to Daniel Kaluuya’s menace, from Colin Farrell’s accent to the dog performance of the year, the Ringer staff talks one of the best movies of 2018

The Five Defining Lines of William Goldman

The late screenwriter possessed a singular gift for crafting language that could stick in your head and live on forever

The Best Heist Movies Since ‘Heat’

With the release of Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows,’ here’s a list of the best bank jobs from Michael Mann’s masterpiece to lesser-known jewels from the likes of David Mamet and Brian De Palma

Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’

Twenty-five years after the historic performance that became the band’s best-selling final album, we talked to producers, directors, musicians, and fans present for Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s greatest performance

I Do Know Her: The Undying Diva Power of Mariah Carey

With a new album, Mariah continues one of the most successful yet underrated careers in pop music history

The ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Exit Survey

Did that huge reveal violate canon? Is it possible to give Hot Dumbledore enough screen time? Are the beasts still fantastic? The Ringer’s magical creatures attempt to sail to clarity about the latest installment in the ‘Harry Potter’ wizarding world.

The Saints Can Beat You With Anyone and Week 11’s Game-Changing Plays

A new week, a new role player emerges for Drew Brees and the explosive New Orleans offense. Plus: The Jags’ QB woes are laid bare against the Steelers, Lamar Jackson is as elusive as advertised, and the Cowboys’ ground game finds its footing.

The Guy Behind Net Neutrality Wants to Break Up Facebook

In his new book, legal scholar Tim Wu traces the history of antitrust enforcement in the United States and illustrates how breaking up tech giants wouldn’t have seemed so radical in a different era

Give the Dog From ‘Widows’ an Oscar

In a movie full of terrific performances, a 15-pound West Highland white terrier still stands out

‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Gets John le Carré Right

Park Chan-wook’s AMC miniseries is a gripping spy thriller set in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of the late ’70s. But what it says about the psychology of its characters transcends genre or time period.