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Will Leitch

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Athens, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Will:

Sports Aren’t a Constant Anymore, and That’s Probably Good

Game cancellations used to be reserved for weather disasters or 9/11, but we live in a new world now. → Read More


Which division champ is most likely to repeat in '23?

For all the talk about how division races supposedly don’t matter as much as they used to -- and I can think of a couple No. 1 and No. 2 seeds who would very much disagree with you -- it still means something to be able to call yourself a → Read More


Our crystal ball predicts the next 10 World Series champs

Off the top of your head, see if you can name the teams that won the World Series every year of the last 10 seasons, in order. You ready? No peeking. The answers are, of course: 2013: Red Sox over Cardinals 2014: Giants over Royals 2015: Royals over Mets 2016: → Read More


Who will be each club's best player in 2023?

Happy New Year! We made it! All told, 2022 was a pretty fantastic year -- as close to “normal” as it has been around these parts in quite a while. But '23 promises to be even better. Because new years always promise to be even better. That’s the point of → Read More


You might not have seen these 8 breakouts coming

Every year has breakout guys. We don’t mean players like Julio Rodríguez or Adley Rutschman -- can’t-miss prospects who, when they made it to the Majors, did not, in fact, miss. We’re talking about the players who hadn’t made much of a mark in the Majors until the 2022 season → Read More

Fox Sports Still Sucks at This, and Other World Cup Takeaways

What we learned from a riveting and dispiriting tournament. → Read More

The U.S. Pulled It Off

The U.S. Men’s National Team made you pull your hair out and eradicate what was left of your fingernails, but they managed to beat Iran in the World Cup. → Read More


7 players due for their first MVP Award

Congratulations to the Yankees’ Aaron Judge and the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt, who won their first MVP Awards on Thursday. They both had fantastic, even historic seasons, and now they can call themselves MVPs forever. And that’s the thing: Once you win an MVP, you can call yourself that for life. → Read More


5 pitchers who are due for a Cy Young

The Cy Young Award results, as you might have heard, were announced Wednesday night, and your winners, in what was hardly a surprise, were Houston’s Justin Verlander and Miami’s Sandy Alcantara. It was Verlander’s third Cy Young Award and Alcantara’s first -- the first Cy Young for that Marlins franchise. → Read More


5 big storylines for pivotal Game 5

Well, we do know one thing for sure now: This World Series is heading back to Houston. Phillies fans might have dreamed of clinching this thing in Philadelphia just like they did in 2008, but the Astros, well, they’re pretty stubborn, and after combining for the second no-hitter in World → Read More

LeBron James Doesn’t Talk About Politics Anymore

Two years after making himself ubiquitous in American political life, LeBron James is sitting out the midterms. → Read More


The best players in the World Series, ranked from 1-30

Two teams in the World Series. Fifty-two players available. Which ones do you want? As they’ve done in the past, MLB.com’s Will Leitch and Mike Petriello came together to do a draft of the players in the Fall Classic, but this time, with a twist. Instead of trying to fill → Read More

Who to Root for in the Baseball Playoffs (Not the Astros)

A guide to who you should root for in the 2022 MLB playoffs. (Hint: not the Astros. Not the Yankees, either.) → Read More


Here are the keys to each Division Series

With the Wild Card Series over, the playoffs now kick into an even higher gear: The Division Series features eight teams that have what it takes to win it all. There are some surprises, some underdogs, some fascinating subplots … and surely much wildness to come. All four Division Series → Read More

There Is No Fixing This

Tua Tagovailoa’s ugly injury is the latest reminder that no policy change can excise brutality from the NFL. → Read More

Brett Favre Was Always Pretty Awful

Thanks to his legion of defenders, the ex-QB thought he could get away with anything. An egregious scandal in Mississippi shows there are limits. → Read More

Rejoice: Tom Brady Is Miserable

It’s nice to know the guy who always wins experiences rough patches like the rest of us. → Read More

Serena’s Greatness Always Extended Beyond the Court

Tennis champion Serena Williams probably played the final match of her career at the U.S. Open on Friday night, and it was as unforgettable as her impact on the sport and beyond. → Read More

The Mets Are Having an Extremely Un-Mets Season

They’re overachieving their way to the playoffs — and having a great time doing it. → Read More

NFL suspends Cleveland's Deshaun Watson for six games. Nice try.

NFL suspends Cleveland Brown quarterback Deshaun Watson over massage accusations. Don't compare him to Vontaze Burfict, Josh Gordon or Tom Brady just yet. → Read More