I know many on this board (myself included) really liked aspects of Grantland. Think what you will about Simmons and shark-jumping, but that website produced a lot of really good reads on sports and other stuff (and yes, it produced some crap). I thought it was great that so many younger writers were given free reign and did well. I never thought I'd be reading MTVNews, but so many former Grantlanders whose work I enjoy eneded up there.
Simmons didn't get the whole band back together, but his new website https://theringer.com/ is now live. It looks like most of the content isn't sports related yet (EDIT: The current main article is politics related, FYI), but it'll be intersting to see where this goes.
I thought this might be worth a mention to some people here. Simmons himself can be a fairly divisive personality, but it's tough to argue that Grantland was an exceptional collection of talent. If he can do something similar with this new site it could be really cool, along with his show that will be on HBO. It sounds like there are already a lot of familiar names that will be contributing to the site. Channel 33 and his own podcast will also be part of it.
The site will be live sometime in the spring/summer.
My next website is called The Ringer - launches later in 2016. Check out our logo & sign up for our newsletter at https://t.co/EgdH3mnlbC.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 17, 2016
I thought this would be fun for a Monday morning... In Bill Simmons's "The Book of Basketball" he spends what was probably my favorite chapter on "The Wine Cellar" team. The premise is "If aliens come to earth with a time machine and demand to play basketball for the sake of the world, who do you pick?" The time machine is because you don't just pick Michael Jordan - you have to decide which vintage (like wine) of Mike you pick (Simmons took 1992 MJ over 96 MJ). The game is taking place today - meaning 2014 NCAA rules like the 3 point line length are in play.
With that theory in place, who makes your Wine Cellar Team? Does 2013 Trey Burke start over 1992 Jalen Rose? Does Tournament McGary get one of your 12 roster spots? Does Cazzie's game translate with a shot clock, 3 pointer, and 7 footers? 91 or 92 CWebb? Simmons's team was quite versitile, able to go big or small, run a press, have a lockdown 5 for defense, and able to score lots of ways.
Build your starting 5 (or full roster of 12) and defend your picks/years.
Trey Burke appeared on Grantland with Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons to do a full NBA job interview:
In case you missed this article from Friday, Simmons does a great job discussing a couple of "modern miracles" that may warrant a bit more scrutiny. I'm not saying that I know that any of these guys are juicing, but Simmons's list of "people who should have to pee in a cup" makes some excellent points. Interested to hear what the board thinks of it. Why don't we have better PED testing in sports? Reasons cited often include players' freedoms, and that blood testing is invasive, or something. Well, there are all kinds of random and invasive rules commiserate with playing pro sports. Hell, the combine has a literal meat market where players walk around in their underwear and are measured in front of hundreds of men. I'd think that the clean players would push hard for more testing.
Remember as you hear today that a 37 year old tore his triceps 2 months ago and is now on a "victory tour" making tons of tackles... that the NFL doesn't test for HGH.
The following anecdote is also 100 percent true … When Bertrand Berry and Ty Warren suffered a complete tear of their triceps, it took them six months to recover. When Arizona left tackle Levi Brown suffered a complete tear of his triceps in August 2012, the Cardinals immediately put him on their season-ending injured list. When Ray Lewis suffered a complete tear of his triceps in mid-October, we thought he was finished for the season … only he returned to action a little more than two months later. During the third month of his "recovery," he made 17 tackles in a double-overtime playoff game in Denver. In 13-degree weather. At age 37. So when Lewis's name landed in this week's PED scandal, nobody tumbled over in shock. We wasted the rest of Super Bowl week talking about him, wondering whether he cheated, watching his denial for signs that he was lying, Googling "deer antler spray" and talking about everything other than the game. Eventually, the moment will pass, like it always does. Nothing will change. Sadly, the collective irresponsibility of some sports media members — call it "cornballbrotheritis" — ruined any rational media member's chances to question the current environment. You don't trust our ability to handle such a loaded subject, nor should you. We've ruined your trust too many times.
Jalen Rose is going to join ABC/ESPN's pregame NBA Countdown show this year in addition to analyst on ESPN2's Numbers Never Lie, current podcast on Grantland Network, and new role on ESPN College Basketball Gameday. He may be spreading himself thin, but he is now a rising media star and going to be one of the most visible analysts on ESPN.
He taped a new podcast with Bill Simmons yesterday as they are both joining NBA Countdown this fall, and Jalen offers some insight on his recruitment, relationship with Chris Webber, Ed Martin, and rooming together in college. Sounds like Webber took the money right before he left school and turned pro.