Posts Tagged ‘Grantland’


* Jason Segel will play David Foster Wallace in a movie co-starring Jesse Eisenberg. Sounds sort of horrifying at first. But it’s going to be based on David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which was an outstanding book. So…remain hopeful.

* The cockroach that’s invading Manhattan and is immune to the cold. And now my family will never visit again.

* Is the world ready for Real Basketball Moms of Kentucky. Probably not.

* Guess the Seinfeld quote based on a GIF. That’s an order, Private.

* Reassessing Oliver Stone’s JFK. I just watched this again for about the 40th time. I don’t believe any of the conspiracy theories in it but it’s just an amazing movie that I’ll watch 40 more times.

* The bizarre story of the guy who was faking sign language at Nelson Mandel’s memorial got stranger when the man claimed he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the service and that’s why none of his signs made sense. Oh, and the guy who was next to heads of state is an accused rapist and murderer

* Top literary feuds of 2013, courtesy of The New Yorker.

* From Grantland, why are ACL tears on the rise?

* For the headline alone: Queen irritated by Buckingham Palace police nibbling on royal nuts, court told. 

* This New York Times series on a homeless 11-year-old is soul crushing.

* Salon claims that straight white men don’t have any friends. No argument here.

Put down the shovel and read some links:

Nelson Mandela’s death is somehow shocking — even though he was 95 and in extremely ill-health. I can’t imagine what it’s like for South Africans like my wife and in-laws.

* Here is The New York Times obituary.

* Mandela’s struggle in posters.

* The Mexican golf course that overcame the drug cartels.

* Mandela’s impact on sports.

* And his life in pictures.

* Free samples of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of the Year.

* Video of George Saunders and his office hours.

* Great, short NFL Films piece on Dr. Z Paul Zimmerman. And The Boston Globe on how the film came together.

* Noel Gallagher is mad. Sort of dog bites man, but still.

* The crazy tale of how T.J. Quinn eavesdropped on Barry Bonds’ grand jury testimony.

* Bryan Curtis on Jameis Winston.

* The World Cup draw will be held today. The New York Times explains how it works and why it matters.

* Grantland takes a look at the way people mourn, using the death of Paul Walker as the jump off.

Don’t panic, people. Everything’s going to be okay. It is Monday. Sorry. But these are The Tapes, our weekly links section that usually runs on Fridays, a nice cap to the week. But it’s been a few weeks since we’ve run them and a series of weekend events has led us to running these at the start of the week instead of the end. So hopefully you still enjoy them, even though you still have five days of work left.

* The New Yorker gets a redesign.

* Chris Jones on what happened on the flight from Dallas to Washington after JFK’s assassination.

* The NBA is likely going to change the format for the Finals, which is currently a 2-3-2. They’ll make it like the rest of the playoffs with 2-2-1-1-1.

* One of the Italian scientists convicted of failing to predict a deadly earthquake, who was sentenced to six years in prison, is still trying to say he shouldn’t be blamed. The nerve, huh? When ever someone complains about the U.S. judicial system, make yourself feel better by reading about the Italian one (this case, Amanda Knox, The Monster of Florence).

* The New Republic originally didn’t like Animal Farm.

* Take the Breaking Bad super quiz.

* Grantland goes on the set with Kenny Powers.

* Yankee fan or no, Mariano Rivera’s final appearance at Yankee Stadium was very cool.

So much for having nothing to talk about.

TV and Fury end up burning this week’s podcast space by discussing the super-sized stadium experience in college football and the impending finale of Breaking Bad. Turns out they’re both fans of the show-recap industry.

Here’s the link.

Some quick links this week:

* Interesting story in The New Yorker: Trial by Twitter. Focuses on the infamous Steubenville rape case.

* Also from The New Yorker, a little different angle on The Godfather. Was it a bad influence on cinema?

* The University of Oregon’s new football complex is, of course, ridiculous. I’m terrified to see what St. Thomas does to match it.

* A great profile of the late NASCAR driver Dick Trickle.

* Twenty-two ingenious ways to improve the subway system.

A Grantland piece lays out precisely what the U.S. did and didn’t accomplish in winning the somewhat confusing Gold Cup tournament. Unofficially, TV agrees with pretty much all of it.

* In other soccer non-news, some MLS players bit the Super Bowl Shuffle for a tongue-in-cheek rap video to promote their annual all-star game. Word.

* The Associated Press – remember them? – has discovered that America is having a hard time getting rid of at least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals.


It’s time for the links. Print them out and use them to fan yourself.

* Great story on Jack Handey, who’s the envy of every comedy writer in America.

* Grantland celebrates Jeff Bridges — although not his new movie — with a YouTube Hall of Fame tribute. Wish there would have been some Jagged Edge action, though.

* From the LA Times, the tale of a man who has the signatures on 2,913 Sports Illustrated cover subjects and his quest for an unnamed model on a 1960 issue. And the sad followup.

* New York Magazine on the controversy over Rolling Stone’s cover with the Boston Bomber. 

* Fun piece from Patrick Reusse on nine lost traditions from baseball.

* Drew Magary on how America is ruining Johnny Manziel.

* Wright Thompson on a search for family history in Scotland.

* Dude wrestles shark.

* The Boston Globe on what life inside the joint is like for ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

* Grantland is in on the new Netflix show “Orange is the New Black.” TV is, too.

* Remember when TV did some extra work in a video? Here is the final product.

If it’s Friday it’s time for some links.

* As a fan of fake oral histories about fake sports teams, I enjoyed this one on the 1989 Cleveland Indians.

* Bill Simmons on how to fix the Lakers, with the required shots at Kobe (but no 6-for-24 jokes?).

* From the great website Letters of Note, a dying man’s letter to his 3-week-old grandson.

* It was E.B. White’s birthday yesterday (well, he’s dead but still). Here’s an interview with him from the Paris Review on the art of the essay (he was alive when he gave the interview).

* Patrick Reusse: Twins should show mercy, fire Gardenhire.

* New book coming out on the JFK assassination that won’t be about conspiracy theorists but could be controversial. 

* NHL ’94 is back. 

* For the new Body Issue in ESPN the Magazine, Wright Thompson wrote about Bushwacker the bull. 

* The BBC has created a documentary about Muslim soccer players in the English Premier League.

* Esquire believes that new releases from Kanye West and Jay-Z are ushering in a big-sound era in rap. However, a couple of Grantland podcasters see one album as being superior to the other.

* Apparently, it’s time to put down that craft beer and pick up a slushy drink. So says The New York Times.

* Evidence links the Boston Strangler to a 1964 murder.

* The man behind the Dickens-Dostoevsky hoax speaks.

Welcome to this week’s sizzling links, each hotter than the last.

* Here’s Eli Saslow’s ESPN The Magazine story on former Minnesota State Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner.

* I sent this story to family members who are out in the sun all summer and scoff at sunscreen. It’s Sports Illustrated writer Tim Layden — one of the best in the business — writing about his battle with skin cancer and his new nose. 

* Great news for Twins fans. Carlos Gomez is now one of the best players in baseball. It’s going to kill my dad in a few years when the same article’s written about Trevor Plouffe, who will be tearing it up in Arizona.

* The New York Post with its five favorite moments from New York Rangers coach John Tortorella’s time on the bench. Commence meltdowns.

* Grantland’s latest 30 for 30 short is on Clint Malarchuk, who was nearly killed on the ice 20 years ago. 

* Movie theater owners think the studios give away too much of the plot in long trailers so want them shortened to two minutes. 

* A few days old but needs to be seen again, the epic double flop by LeBron James and David West.

* Charles Ramsey — the Good Samaritan in the horrific Cleveland kidnapping case — does not want free hamburgers. 

* From The Onion: Netflix CEO: We Made a Big Gamble on Americans wanting to sit around and mindlessly watch TV for hours but it paid off.

* Will Leitch in the Bay with Stephen Curry. Leitch is also doing a series of podcasts from the Bay as part of a tour of America. Some good listens in in the bunch.

* Drew Magary is not impressed with Bill Simmons’ theory that Memphis sports fans get nervous because Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated there.

* I did like Simmons’ piece on Dwight Howard.

* In the mood to be scared out of your mind? Then read about coronavirus, a SARS-like disease that some see as a threat to the entire world. So we’ve got that going for us.

* This week marked the 28th anniversary of a soccer disaster that killed 39 people in Belgium – the Heysel Stadium disaster. Here’s one fan’s take.

* The podcast of the week award goes to … Radiolab for its show about a pair of married journalists in Tampa and their experience having a micropremie. Sound familiar? Modern medicine is incredible.

Hi. This week’s links. The happiest link is Kailey Vandrovec’s CaringBridge journal. Kailey is finally back home with Terry, Jess and her siblings. I’m sure the Vandrovec house is again a bit chaotic. But it’s finally a full house and I’m sure they all couldn’t be happier.

* Grantland is running another bracket and I remain a sucker for these things. This one’s about the most hated players in the NCAA tourney. Christian Laettner seems like the overwhelming favorite — he tweeted as much — but there are so many to choose from. Charlie Pierce wrote a bit about Danny Ainge and that horrible face of his.

* Just going to let the headline do the talking on this one: Fox Station Apologizes For Focus on Breasts in Women’s Day Story.

* A lady in Maryland got a ticket for going 63 in a 65 mph speed limit. Seems outrageous, but I’ve also read people saying she deserved it for going slow but staying in the left lane.

* A long story for the week. From David Remnick, who’s not just a great editor. Here he writes about the Russian ballet director who had acid thrown in his face a few months ago. I know — ballet! But if you have time it’s worth it as it’s an insane story about insane ballet people.

* New York Magazine compiles a list of everything Carrie Bradshaw wondered about on Sex and the City. It’s long.

* From The Onion: Pope Francis resigns.

* I could watch that Rubio double behind-the-back move all day. In fact I did that on Wednesday.

* Slate demands an end to email signoffs.

* The Bucks’ Larry Sanders got tossed on Wednesday and as he walked off he saluted all three refs with a delightful thumbs-up gesture. Hey, now.

Welcome to this week’s links. Hey, the Gophers just missed another jump shot.

* The Star Tribune’s Michael Rand explains how the Gophers could easily end up as the 9th seed in the upcoming Big Ten tourney, a dangerous spot for a team people still consider something of a lock for the NCAA tournament. What a strange team. Wouldn’t be surprised if they made a run to the Elite 8. Wouldn’t be surprised if they lost by 23 in the first round.

* Prince went on Fallon and destroyed a 1961 Epiphone that didn’t belong to him. Cue the Dave Chappelle basketball skit.

* On Grantland, Bryan Curtis with the Sportswriter’s Dictionary.
“era (n.) — an arbitrary period of time. Often demarcated by the presence or absence of a superstar: ‘the post-Jordan era.
first-ballot Hall of Famer (n.) — there have been far more first-ballot Hall of Famers minuted in baseball columns than in actual baseball. The phrase really means ‘automatic Hall of Famer.'”

* It’s the 20th anniversary of Dazed & Confused and Esquire goes all in looking back at the classic cult film.
SHAMEFUL CONFESSION FOR A MEMBER OF GEN-X: I have never seen all of Dazed and Confused. I know, I know.

* The Metropolitan Museum of Art is again being sued by someone who claims it misleads people into thinking a fee is mandatory for admission.

* It’s that time of the year when America goes crazy for brackets. New York Magazine’s Vulture site has the “Ultimate Sitcom Smackdown Bracket.”  Spencer Hall, meanwhile, has brackets for the 64 dumbest things he’s done in his life.

* Fox plans on challenging ESPN with its own sports network. It will have NASCAR, baseball, college hoops and football, soccer. And “studio shows, including one that is to be hosted by Regis Philbin, a celebrated Notre Dame fan.” Well then.