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

Trope-Recycling Bill Simmons Has Bill Simmons Syndrome

Bill Simmons this week mused on the fate of Dwight Howard, who appears to be the NBA's equivalent of plutonium: a potential world-beater but perilously radioactive. To characterize the gap between Perceived Dwight Howard and Actual Dwight Howard, the founder of Grantland and ESPN spittling-head did something very Bill… » 5/25/13 4:51pm 5/25/13 4:51pm

There Are Some Odd Grantland Headlines Floating Around In Internet…

It turns out that with some spare time and trial and error, you can find some drafts (or posts marked for deletion?) on Grantland. By altering one number at a time in the seven-digit page URL—I stuck to fooling around with the last three—one can discover a bunch of headlines floating around Grantland's draft space.… » 12/17/12 6:30pm 12/17/12 6:30pm

Grantland's Jonah Keri Picks The Giants In Seven; ESPN's Jonah Keri…

Today on Grantland, a pair of World Series preview pieces: Rany Jazayerli on why the Tigers could win, and Jonah Keri on how the Giants could take home the championship. Both men predict the series will go seven games—Jazayerli takes Detroit; Keri, San Francisco. Also on a list of experts' World Series picks. … » 10/24/12 4:25pm 10/24/12 4:25pm

Read The Full Saga Of The Piggyback Bandit

Back in 2009, we wrote about the strange antics of Sherwin Shayegan, otherwise known as the Piggyback Bandit. Intrigued by Sherwin's story, the fine folks at Grantland sent Bryan Curtis on the bandit's trail in the hopes that some sense could be made of the man's obsession with piggyback rides. » 7/11/12 1:05pm 7/11/12 1:05pm

Everything You Could Ever Want To Know About The Early Years Of WFAN,…

Grantland's oral history whizzes have cooked up a doozy today on WFAN, the all-day New York sports talk radio station. Mike Francesa doesn't speak in the piece—a footnote explains that it's a "matter of principle" regarding his beef with ESPN—but everybody else does. Imus, Rose, Russo, Somers, Eagle, Franklin, Lampley,… » 7/10/12 11:00am 7/10/12 11:00am

ESPN's Going To Produce A Bunch More 30 For 30 Films

So, fantastic news. ESPN will announce at today's upfront that they will roll out a second series of sports documentaries under the 30 For 30 umbrella, even though it's no longer the network's 30th anniversary and there may not be 30 of them. The first one will premier this fall, and new films will roll out over the… » 5/15/12 11:00am 5/15/12 11:00am