Just like last year, we're showcasing the people, ideas and memes that made Deadspin 2009 shine. Today: Bill Simmons.
Bill wrote a very large book about porn that contained an astonishing number of references to basketball.
The book found itself atop the bestseller list. It was such a phenomenon that, all across the country, people stood in long lines so that Bill might autograph their copy and pose for photos. Here's one, captured at the precise moment the author had a stroke.