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SB Nation's best longforms of 2014

After producing dozens of original features this year, we have selected these 16 as our favorite pieces of 2014.

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Time For A Change

Perhaps a new mindset is just what Louisville needs to rid itself of the Kentucky "plague."

Time For A Change

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Perhaps a new mindset is just what Louisville needs to rid itself of the Kentucky "plague."

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#Lookit

Never talk trash to LeBron James

Tobias Harris learned a lesson Friday night.

Never talk trash to LeBron James

Tobias Harris learned a lesson Friday night.

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NBA

Rockets win in Smith's debut thanks to Harden

James Harden continued his phenomenal season, leading the Rockets to an overtime win in Josh Smith's debut with the team, plus three other things we learned Friday night.

NBA
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Rockets win in Smith's debut thanks to Harden

James Harden continued his phenomenal season, leading the Rockets to an overtime win in Josh Smith's debut with the team, plus three other things we learned Friday night.

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College Football

Previewing Saturday's 5 bowl games

Five bowls are on the Saturday docket, and four have spreads of seven or fewer points. The action won't always be aesthetically pleasing, but it should be competitive. You don't always get both.

Previewing Saturday's 5 bowl games

Five bowls are on the Saturday docket, and four have spreads of seven or fewer points. The action won't always be aesthetically pleasing, but it should be competitive. You don't always get both.

NFL
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The NFL is a better place with James Harrison

The veteran outside linebacker came out of retirement to toughen up the Steelers defense. And it's working.

A long offseason in store for UNC

Friday's bowls featured great individual performances from players like Louisiana Tech's Houston Bates and Rutgers' freshman backs. Friday also saw awful ball from North Carolina, a young team with...

Wait, why are the 49ers getting rid of Harbaugh?

Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers are parting after an incredibly successful run. The divorce goes against everything NFL executives claim they want.

Guy drove to fight over Kobe argument on Christmas

Or: CHRISTMAS IN TEMECULA.

The Bitcoin Bowl turf looks just ghastly

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Seriously, how did this happen?

NFL
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How J.J. Watt saved the NFL

The thrilling conclusion of a harrowing tale of espionage.

Michigan fans *really* confident about Harbaugh

There's nothing official yet, but Michigan analysts consider the move more and more likely.

Bret Bielema is wearing a cowboy hat

College football is strange.

NFL
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What ever happened to the chip block?

A good chip block goes a long way to holding off a pass rush. So why aren't more teams using them?

Dale Jr. explains peeing during NASCAR race

NASCAR’s most popular driver answers some of his fans’ most pressing questions.

Jets website turns against GM John Idzik

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Things are bad when your official team website is levying criticism.

Watch this emotional tribute to Craig Sager

Inside the NBA helped tell Craig Sager's story, and it's fantastic.

Big questions for Friday's 3 bowls

Day 7 of bowl season stars players like Louisiana Tech's Vernon Butler, Wes Lunt of Illinois and Rutgers' Leonte Carroo. It features four power-conference teams, only one of which is favored.

3 questions for Lions vs. Packers

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The NFC playoff bracket hinges on the Week 17 showdown between NFC North rivals. Can the Packers keep rolling, or will the Lions steal the show? Retired NFL player Stephen White previews the game.

DraftBag: Answering your NFL Draft questions

The Vikings could be after a receiver in the 1st round, but could they target another position? This week's #DraftBag also compares top receivers and picks out the most underrated QB.

Scott says 'idiots' think Kobe makes team worse

The Lakers coach isn't buying into the stats that show the Lakers are better without Kobe.

NFL
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Revisiting NFL preseason predictions

Everyone in the business misses on a few projections and predictions, but only a few are willing admit they were wrong. Retired NFL player Stephen White looks back at a few of his hits and misses.

Marvin Lewis, Bengals have unfinished business

Lewis has been on the sidelines in Cincinnati for 12 seasons and 100 wins., but he's still searching for his first playoff win. Can he take the Bengals all the way this year?

NFL referees are getting worse

A Week 16 taunting call against the Steelers highlights just how arbitrary and potentially costly bad officiating is getting in the NFL.

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How LeSean McCoy reached NFL stardom

LeSean McCoy details his story of growing up in Harrisburg, Pa., and how that shaped him to eventually become one of the NFL's most dynamic running backs.

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