Grantland’s One-Year Anniversary – Quickish’s Top 25 List

This list, from Dan Shanoff’s inimitable and essential Quickish (other than my little bits of course) is full of awesome stuff. All of them are great pieces, but I particularly recommend all the ones on here from Brian Phillips and Tom Bissell. I’m just honored to be a small piece of such a great group:

Grantland 1-Year Anniversary Greatest Hits Top 25

Today is the one-year anniversary of Grantland’s launch. After looking through the handy Quickish archive of Grantland tips, here is an assuredly incomplete list of the 25 best sports things the site has published, with designations appropriate for the occasion:

“Rushmore” — Four Things People Think About When They Think of Grantland:

“Growing Up Penn State” (Michael Weinreb)
“B.S. Report: Barack Obama” (Bill Simmons)
“The Importance of Ichiro” (Jay Caspian Kang)
“The Malice at the Palace: An Oral History” (Jonathan Abrams)

“Pantheon” — 10 More Things People SHOULD Think About When They Think of Grantland:

“The Garden of Good and Evil” (Katie Baker)
“The Future is Now” (Chris Brown)
“The Fiberglass Backboard” (Bryan Curtis)
“The Greatest Paper That Ever Died” (Alex French And Howie Kahn)
“Wilt vs. Elgin” (Dave McKenna)
“The Rise of the NBA Nerd” (Wesley Morris)
“The Long Autumn of Roger Federer” (Brian Phillips)
“Tim Tebow: Converter of the Passes” (Brian Phillips)
“James Brown’s Augusta” (Wright Thompson)
“Occasional Dispatches From the Republic of Anhedonia” (Colson Whitehead)

“Also Receiving Votes” — 11 Other Things That Represented the Grantland Ideal:

“The Murder of Tayshana Murphy” (Jonathan Abrams)
“A Requiem for the Dream Team in Philly” (Bill Barnwell)
“Madden and the Future of Video Game Sports” (Tom Bissell)
“Ode to the War Daddies” (Chris Brown)
“What Would the End of Football Look Like?” (Tyler Cowen)
“An Evening With Jose Canseco” (Bryan Curtis)
“Three Man Weave” (Chuck Klosterman)
“A Fighter Abroad” (Brian Phillips)
“Soccer’s Heavy Boredom” (Brian Phillips)
“Novak Djokovic: The Shot and the Confrontation” (Brian Phillips)
“Oden on Oden” (Mark Titus)

 

  • http://twitter.com/brianpiercy brian piercy

    I can easily see turning this into a must-read bucket list for the next 12 months. For those who are interested, I also suggest “Still Life”. (Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, 2009.) It will give you chills – especially if you got your bell rung during HS football. 

    http://www.texasmonthly.com/2009-05-01/feature2.php

  • timothytrump

    Per an earlier reading recommendation you made, I read “Think Fast, Think Slow.”  More erudite than “The Tipping Point” by M Gladwell,  Then again the author is a heavyweight in cognitive psy.  great chapter on punditry. Apparently the more certain you are about complex issues, the more likely you are to be wrong.  That I just love.  Thanks for your informed web page.

  • timothytrump

    Per an earlier reading recommendation you made, I read “Think Fast, Think Slow.”  More erudite than “The Tipping Point” by M Gladwell,  Then again the author is a heavyweight in cognitive psy.  great chapter on punditry. Apparently the more certain you are about complex issues, the more likely you are to be wrong.  That I just love.  Thanks for your informed web page.