Bill Simmons Had Lena Dunham Back On His Podcast, And They Said Things

For the third time now, thought leader Lena Dunham joined multiplatform presence Bill Simmons on his podcast yesterday. It was a typically awkward and at times baffling example of audience cross-pollination between two people with little in common besides their love of their own voices. Dunham has takes on the… » 1/15/15 2:53pm 1/15/15 2:53pm

Bill Simmons Goes On Twitter Rant, Calls Out ESPN And Mike Golic

Mike Golic, co-host of ESPN radio show Mike & Mike took a bit of a shot at ESPN colleague Bill Simmons on this morning's episode. Simmons has since gotten wind of it, and he is pissed. » 11/06/14 1:20pm 11/06/14 1:20pm

Grantland has a couple of exceptional pieces up today: Rembert Browne's account of two days in Ferguson and Brian Phillips's essay on Ray Rice. Both are worth taking some time out for. [Grantland] » 8/15/14 10:53am 8/15/14 10:53am

Bill Simmons Will Host A Grantland TV Show On ESPN

Starting this October, ESPN will air what it's calling The Grantland Basketball Show in prime time—"the first Grantland-branded television series." Who wants to see Bill Simmons do his best Harvey Levin impersonation? » 8/12/14 3:31pm 8/12/14 3:31pm

Over here, Steven Hyden explains why John Coltrane, Black Flag, and Ultramagnetic MCs suck. ("[A]n album that the majority of pop fans will have no interest in hearing... can never be meaningful.") [Grantland] » 5/21/14 6:20pm 5/21/14 6:20pm

It's been 20 years since The Last Shot, Darcy Frey's stone classic on Coney Island hoops, was published. In a very nice piece, Amos Barshad catches up with Frey and the book's surviving principals, exploring not only the reporting process but the book's continuing effects on their lives. [Grantland] » 5/14/14 5:42pm 5/14/14 5:42pm

Cool Charts: Where The NBA's Best Scorers Are Getting Their Shots

Last Friday on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry released a great series of charts breaking down the top NBA scorers and shooters from various spots on the floor. The graphics—interactives, thanks to Bostonography's Andy Woodruff—are revealing as always, especially Dirk Nowitzki's: » 4/28/14 1:20pm 4/28/14 1:20pm

I'm Jonah Keri, World Authority On The Expos. Any Questions For Me?

Jonah Keri, staff writer for Grantland and author of Up, Up, & Away, will be hanging out in the comments below for the next hour or so, ready to take your questions on the Montreal Expos, bagels, and whatever else comes to mind. Have at it. » 3/28/14 12:55pm 3/28/14 12:55pm

Coach K's Facebook Presence Does Not Come With A Sense Of Humor

The person who runs the official Mick Krizilonski Facebook page is a person who cannot put "has a functioning sense of humor" or "understands satire" on a resumé. Case in point: This morning, Coach K's official Facebook page shared an article with the headline "#HotSportsTakes: Jim Boeheim Could Learn From the Coach K… » 2/26/14 12:01pm 2/26/14 12:01pm

Bill Simmons Had Lena Dunham On His Podcast; Here Are Things They Said

Multiplatform presence Bill Simmons had thought leader Lena Dunham on his podcast today. Since you are probably at work and unable to listen, we pulled out some of the things they said so that you can read them. » 2/20/14 4:29pm 2/20/14 4:29pm

In this column, Bill Simmons presents an analogy in which the commissioner of the NBA is Simmons/a dad, general managers are small children, and basketball players are shoddily-manufactured and overpriced consumer products. A worldview has rarely been captured so well in so few words. [Grantland] » 2/19/14 6:14pm 2/19/14 6:14pm

ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte calls the Essay Anne Vanderbilt story "understandable but inexcusable." Meanwhile the Arizona Republic talks to Vanderbilt's partner, Gerri Jordan, in a piece you should read if you've been following this. ("I don't hold any grudge, really.") » 1/27/14 4:40pm 1/27/14 4:40pm

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

Bill Simmons has made the right call and decided to own his terrible NFL picks after several weeks of burying them in sidebars of various articles. He's 102-130-8 in 2013 (he finished over .500 in four of the last five seasons). » 12/27/13 2:17pm 12/27/13 2:17pm

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

Robert Andrew Powell lived in Ciudad Juárez and wrote a book about its soccer team when Juárez had the highest murder rate in the world. Now he's got a piece on Grantland, ripping into the FX crime drama set there: "The Bridge is to The Wire as Sharknado is to Jaws." [Grantland] » 9/25/13 8:35pm 9/25/13 8:35pm