Bill Simmons Questions ESPN's Support Of Grantland

At SXSW, Bill Simmons gave a legitimately interesting interview to Re/code. It features Simmons sliding from passive-aggression to bluntness, but always railing against his ESPN bosses for not giving Grantland the funding or credit he believes it deserves. » 3/16/15 2:31pm 3/16/15 2:31pm

Introducing: The Shabazz Assist 

Two years ago, Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry introduced the Kobe Assist, a new statistic that "proves that missing shots is sometimes just as valuable as making them." Goldsberry's analysis was interesting, but it left out a key component: the dunkpass. You see, Goldsberry examined what percentage of a player's missed… » 1/07/15 11:29pm 1/07/15 11:29pm

Hey, Where The Hell Is Bill Simmons's Friday NFL Picks Column?

Where in the damn hell is the Friday NFL picks column? Just where the hell is it? Don't come at me with this Barnwell skunkweed oregano shit, man. The suspension is over, man, I need that good Simmons shit, the freshest NFL picks weed. I pay my mortgage on Simmons picks! Jesus fucking Christ where are the… » 10/17/14 7:22pm 10/17/14 7:22pm

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

Grantland’s Jonah Keri on His Beloved and Extinct Montreal Expos

What if I told you that there was a fun-loving, oft-forgotten baseball squad that wouldn't earn five minutes in a Ken Burns documentary because they always leaned more "Pee-wee's Playhouse" than PBS? A team that featured announcers calling knuckleballs balles papillon (the latter being the word for butterfly in… » 4/24/14 10:31am 4/24/14 10:31am

Andy Murray's Mom Loves Trolling Yoko Ono

Via Grantland, a delightful tale of a tennis superstar's mother's sardonic quest for enlightenment. War is over if you want it, but Twitter beef is forever. » 3/25/14 10:50am 3/25/14 10:50am

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

Why You Can't Talk About Pop Culture Like You Talk About Sports

Drew Magary’s Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. Email Drew here. Image by Jim Cooke. » 10/03/13 3:20pm 10/03/13 3:20pm

What Is Nate Silver's New ESPN Site Going To Look Like?

Nate Silver's ESPN-owned FiveThirtyEight site is not going to be The Nate Silver Show + a few contributors. Silver's plan is to make it a Grantland II, of sorts. » 8/08/13 2:39pm 8/08/13 2:39pm

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

Grantland just dropped nearly 20,000 words from the great Brian Phillips on the Iditarod. If we said we had read it and it was great we would be lying, because reading it will take a couple hundred lunch breaks or so, but we can probably bet that it is great. The layout itself is beautiful. [Grantland] » 4/24/13 12:35pm 4/24/13 12:35pm

Hey, Grantland Is Streaming Live From Bill Simmons's "Man Cave"

Here's ESPN's counterprogramming from Day 1 of the tournament: A live feed from Bill Simmons's house. Jalen Rose has a bat over his shoulder, there's a tux and Simmons is wearing a T-shirt for a fictional band. There's lots of talk about gambling. Watch it here. » 3/21/13 11:53am 3/21/13 11:53am

LeBron James Is A Better Defender Than The Computerized Version Of An…

There is plenty of great information to be gleaned from Zach Lowe's exclusive look at the Toronto Raptors' camera tracking system, known as SportVU, but buried within the piece is yet another anecdote that demonstrates the fact that LeBron James is not of this planet. » 3/19/13 1:45pm 3/19/13 1:45pm

The Piggyback Bandit Has Struck Again

Sherwin Shayegan, aka the Piggyback Bandit, hasn't been seen or heard from since his summer star-turn, which culminated with this exhaustive account of his sad adventures by Grantland's Bryan Curtis. But earlier this week, Shayegan was back at it after a basketball game at a midwestern junior college, and police in… » 2/01/13 3:20pm 2/01/13 3:20pm

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

A Very Important Bill Simmons GIF

Words cannot do justice to Flapping Bill Simmons. Words cannot do justice to Flapping Bill Simmons. Words cannot do justice to Flapping Bill Simmons. Words cannot do justice to Flapping Bill Simmons. » 11/09/12 5:31pm 11/09/12 5:31pm