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This Is The Most Convincing Theory Yet For Why The Indiana Pacers Have Collapsed

Bob Voulgaris, who has been described as the world's best NBA gambler, went on Bill Simmons' podcast last week and laid out a convincing theory for what's going on with the Indiana Pacers. He says the Pacers are simply burned out. Coach Frank Vogel plays his starting five too many minutes, and now those five guys are fatigued. Show More Summary

Donnie Yen Officially Joins Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II

Last week, Grantland's Bill Simmons wrote a feature about "The Action Hero Championship Belt," detailing how each year in cinema was conquered by a certain onscreen badass. It's a fun read, and you should check it out. But because of...Show More Summary

The Action Hero Championship Belt

This is a wonderful Friday read from Grantland's Bill Simmons. You will find plenty to quibble with but a good and knowledgeable writer with an enthusiastic love of his subject is always a joy. My main beef is Simmons' claim that Eastwood's...Show More Summary

Personality driven sites bring Pandora approach to sports journalism

This week saw the long-awaited launch of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight as a part of ESPN, adding to that company’s investment in personality-branded sites. They already have Grantland, led by and based around Bill Simmons, and they’re reportedly working on another site led by and based around relatively-recent hire Jason Whitlock. Bristol isn’t the only company following […]

Jalen Rose Gets Gregg Popovich to Open Up in Interview, Bill Simmons Loves It

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is known for giving short interviews, but ESPN's Jalen Rose was able to get the 65-year-old to open up on Wednesday night. This may go down as the most successful interview any sideline reporter has had with Popovich. Show More Summary

Grantland will offer live analysis for the NCAA Tournament once again

Grantland Live Madness is returning for this year’s edition of the NCAA tournament. As was the case last year, Bill Simmons and other guests will offer insight and unique, entertaining analysis throughout the day on Thursday, March 20th. ESPN analyst Jalen Rose will accompany Simmons throughout the day’s stream. Michelle Beadle, Cousin Sal Iacono from Jimmy […]

Roundup: Peter Vecsey Goes After Bill Simmons, Hunter Bags 500-Pound Boar & Patrick Beverley Baptizes Chris Bosh

last monthSports : The Big Lead

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Exit 31 shows growing emphasis on high quality content

Rewind back to 2009 and HBO had a monopoly on high quality sports documentary content. It wasn't just the prevailing opinion at the time but also a motivating realization for 30 for 30 founder, Bill Simmons. From the NYT: “I was watching an old HBO Sports documentary and got mad that HBO had this monopoly... Show More Summary

Are Philadelphia 76ers Tanking Too Hard?

With the Philadelphia 76ers on a 17-game losing streak (and counting!), some analysts are openly questioning whether they've gone too far overboard with tanking. Grantland's Bill Simmons accused the Sixers of "s------g on games" andShow More Summary

Bill Simmons Discusses Grantland

Grantland, the ESPN owned site edited by Bill Simmons, is almost three years old. That’s as good a time as any to check in with Simmons on the site’s past and future. Recode did just that, and below are some highlights. The full interview is here. On keeping Grantland fresh: This is a really dangerous time for us. Show More Summary

WWE Network Gets High Praise From ESPN Personalities

The WWE Network is so new that its facing plenty of growing pains. Despite the problems that have beset the online broadcast network, some luminaries in the sports world, including ESPN personality Bill Simmons are singing its praises. Show More Summary

#SXSWi 2014 Recap: Media & the Personal Brand With ESPN’s Bill Simmons, Nate Silver by @wonderwall7

The featured session, Media & The Personal Brand – ESPN, Grantland & 538, featuring ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Nate Silver, had a full room early afternoon on Saturday of South by Southwest Interactive 2014. Simmons and Silver talked about...Show More Summary

Bill Simmons Met Jared The Subway Guy. Looks Fun!

last monthSports : Deadspin

Both Simmons and Jared Fogle were at SXSW and stopped for a quick photo. Good times. Maybe they shared a sandwich with Fritos on it. Read more...

FiveThirtyEight to relaunch March 17

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight will relaunch March 17, ESPN president John Skipper announced at South by Southwest as he introduced Silver and Grantland’s Bill Simmons for a panel on personal media brands. News! Based on @NateSilver538‘s calculations, there’s a 90.617854% … Read more

Nate Silver Gives the Lowdown on New ESPN Site at SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas — Data whiz and nerd demigod Nate Silver revealed a slew of details about his site FiveThirtyEight's new home on ESPN during a conversation with Grantland's Bill Simmons here at SXSW on Saturday afternoon The biggest piece...Show More Summary

Bill Simmons's Dad Helped Recruit Nate Silver To ESPN

last monthSports : Deadspin

Time.com's Jack Dickey, writing for Time, has a profile of Nate Silver, the data maven who will be bringing his number-crunching digital publication, FiveThirtyEight, to ESPN later this month. There's plenty of good stuff in there (for subscribers) about ESPN's courtship of Silver. Read more...

2 conversations I listened to today (with great pleasure).

1. The Sartorialist, Steve Schuman, talking about photographing fashion on the streets and his devotion — even as many other offers come his way — to blogging and to sincere self-expression. 2. Lena Dunham talks to Bill Simmons about "Girls" (establishing her distance from her character Hannah) and about the pop music and TV and movies that have influenced her.

Lena Dunham: Jezebel's Exposé About My Vogue Photoshoot Was Messed Up

She fulfilled one of her dreams by covering the February 2014 issue Vogue magazine, but unfortunately Lena Dunham dealt with negative press following the publication's release. During an interview with "Grantland's" Bill Simmons posted...Show More Summary

HBO's 'Mildred Pierce' Fired Lena Dunham Right Before 'Girls'

Sure, she's a big shot these days, but back in 2011 HBO wasn't crazy about Lena Dunham. Chatting with Grantland's Bill Simmons, the "Girls" creator and star admitted to being let go from HBO's "Mildred Pierce" miniseries after one day. "I got fired off of the one day I did on ['Mildred Pierce,']" she said. Show More Summary

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