As a public service, Deadspin will be supplying ESPN's Grantland with a forum for corrections, clarifications, and reader comments till the startup has a chance to produce its own. Readers who have corrections or comments for Grantland can send them to email@example.com, subject line "Dear Grantland." »
If you haven't yet read Charlie Pierce's Grantland essay about his time at The National, you should, and not just because it's Pierce hanging out in Bill Simmons's house, and not just because it's the best appreciation of the much-appreciated National you'll find. You should read it because it's essentially the… »
The best piece of writing we've ever read about Wizards space cadet Gilbert Arenas was the famous Wizznutzz psychological profile of Agent Zero, which includes this brilliant factoid: "Gil was at the birth of his daughter! It wasnt a tom cruise scientology "Silent birth" but Gil did put his Halo game on mute!" (And there's … »
The big event on ESPN this weekend is "Ali Rap," a documentary hosted by Chuck D that posits the theory that Muhammad Ali was the originator of what we think of today as "hip-hop." (That's the other half of the music they did on the "Judgment Night" soundtrack, if you're confused, rockers.) It's a flimsy argument at best —… »
After reading both Chuck Klosterman's excellent ESPN: The Magazine cover story on Barry Bonds and steroids and John Heilemann's less-excellent but still compelling essay in New York Magazine, we are officially over-intellectualized when it comes to steroids. There are all kinds of points to be made on every side of the … »
Suggested questions for today's ESPN SportsNation chatters ...
• Noon. Page 2's Bill Simmons: Admit it: Instead of going to the Super Bowl, you're actually just hanging around Jacksonville all week. We knew it.
• 1 p.m. Page 2's Chuck Klosterman: Honestly, we can't believe how relatively few KISS references you've made … »
OK, this is pretty much the last day of calm before the entire Super Bowl shitstorm blows up, so here's your last chance to catch your breath. »
It's always funny when writers fight — imagine fourth grade girls, except with more slapping — and it's even funnier when both writers take paychecks from ESPN. Unfortunately, as much as we might like to make this little tidbit into a fight, it's mostly just an old guy with a microphone tossing pebbles at a young guy… »
Last night, at the Riviera Cafe in New York City, Our Boy Bill Simmons launched his worldwide tour to promote the release of his first book, Now I Can Die In Peace. And we — Deadspin editor Will Leitch and "photographer" Lockhart Steele — were there, because the bar serves alcohol and had some Arizona Cardinals… »
Our boy Bill Simmons and Spin and Esquire columnist Chuck Klosterman are such ideological Bosom Buddies that the surprise is not that they've collaborated on Page 2 again — they tried this once before — but that they don't do it every day, every week, every month, every year. We've always kind of suspected Bill has a… »