It would have saved Grantland some headaches, but it's hopeless.
Meet the woman who's guiding Bill Simmons through the "Dr. V" controversy
Meet the woman who's guiding Bill Simmons through the "Dr. V" controversy.
A couple hours ago, The Onion filed a gem: “Nate Silver Warns Against Overestimating His Value to ESPN.” The (fake) Silver of this article said, “The approximations of my future drawing power in fact resemble more of a random walk—in layman’s terms, a random model that cannot accurately predict future outcomes.”
Best Goal: By miles (which, ironically, seemed like the distance the ball traveled), Giovanni van Bronckhorst against Uruguay. Simply unstoppable. Most important goal (to Americans): Landon Donovan against Algeria, of course. To prove that soccer is now "mainstream," all you have to do is look at the many sports columnists (Bill Simmons, most notably), in their obligatory Lebron articles, using Donovan's goal as an example of what sports can be.
Bill Simmons: 20 Questions for the World Cup Ghana and pan-Africanism Raphael Honigstein: how Germany reinvented itself The World Cup and tunnel vision Amy Lawrence: Dunga's defense unravels Fascism's excellent record Black South African players in the age of apartheid
OK, a note on the Soccer Wars. The truth is this: soccer has won. No-one expects soccer to supplant the NFL in American affections but any comparison of soccer in America in 1990 and 2010 reveals how much progress the game, and most especially the World Cup, has made. Indeed, I was struck last weekend by how much "bigger" the tournament was in Washington, DC than it was even in 2006. And it's not just international, immigrant-stuffed cities such as DC, NYC and LA in which soccer has taken root. Among the five TV markets in which the England-USA match did best? Cincinnati.
William Rhoden, in his New York Times column today, scolds the NBA for letting the officiating get out of hand in these (wonderfully) neverending NBA playoffs. Bill Simmons, over at ESPN.com, makes the same case at considerably more length. Both men are right, to a degree: NBA officiating has been consistently abyssmal for years now, and professional basketball has paid a heavy price. Nothing in the current playoffs approach the disgrace of two years ago, when a fanastic Suns-Spurs series--a de facto championship series--was ruined by suspensions.