The Sports Guy Vs. ESPN: How Bill Simmons Lost Bristol

It was, he would later tell a confidant, like something out of The Godfather. Bill Simmons was meeting with two of the most powerful executives at ESPN, John Skipper and John Walsh, in a conference room in ESPN's then-unfinished Los Angeles office hard by the Staples Center. Within three years, this would be the… » 9/26/14 1:32pm Friday 1:32pm

How Do Other Notable ESPN Suspensions Compare With Bill Simmons's?

ESPN dropped a three-week suspension TV personality and Grantland honcho Bill Simmons last night, somehow working that large stick even deeper into its collective anus. How does Simmons's punishment compare with other notable suspensions handed down by the ever-suspension-happy ESPN in the past? » 9/25/14 1:03pm Thursday 1:03pm

Bill Simmons Lays Out Nonsensical Theory About LeBron James

At the half during last night's Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers game, ESPN multiplatform presence Bill Simmons offered up a remarkable theory to explain why LeBron James came out slowly in the game. James, he speculated, may have been distracted by the results of the NBA draft lottery, in which his former team, the… » 5/21/14 12:02pm 5/21/14 12:02pm

18 Things Rolling Stone Couldn't Fit Into Its Bill Simmons Profile

I went to a Clippers game with Bill Simmons, heard him explain why other players don't like Blake Griffin, and joined him in making fun of a pre-shitstorm Donald Sterling, who sat, inert, across the court from us. ("Maybe it's like a Weekend at Bernie's kind of thing.") I ate sushi with Bill in L.A., watched him tape… » 4/29/14 3:00pm 4/29/14 3:00pm

Here's How You Know These Aren't Your Father's Celtics And Lakers

At 19-37, only the Sixers, Bucks and Magic are worse than the Celtics in the East. Things are actually worse for the 19-36 Lakers who, thanks to Sacramento, can at least say they are not the worst team in the West. Mike D'Antoni has used sixed different starting point guards and 28 different starting lineups. The… » 2/22/14 9:39am 2/22/14 9:39am

The Journalist and the Con Artist

It wasn't even a well-executed story about a golf club. Most people agree now, broadly, about Grantland's failings toward transgender people in its telling of—and creation of—the tragic story of the golf-club inventor Essay Anne Vanderbilt. Bill Simmons, the founder and editor-in-chief of the prestige-sportswriting… » 1/22/14 9:03pm 1/22/14 9:03pm

How Grantland Screwed Up The Story Of Essay Anne Vanderbilt, Inventor

This weekend, Gerri Jordan, proprietor of Yar Golf, agreed to speak with me about the chain of events that led to the October suicide of her partner, Essay Anne Vanderbilt. Today, she declined to carry through. "I have spoken with an attorney," she wrote in an email, "and we are gathering information for potential… » 1/20/14 9:55pm 1/20/14 9:55pm