Bill Simmons

A Gender-Neutral Pronoun Won't Work in English. We're Stuck With "She" and "He."
January 24, 2014

It would have saved Grantland some headaches, but it's hopeless.

Grantland Undergoes LGBT-Sensitivity Training
Meet the woman who's guiding Bill Simmons through the "Dr. V" controversy
January 21, 2014

Meet the woman who's guiding Bill Simmons through the "Dr. V" controversy.

Nate Silver Speaks—and Reveals His Real Plan
July 22, 2013

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,

It Was a Great, Awful Week in ESPN's History
December 15, 2012

"You Don't Know Bo" killed in ratings. But Rob Parker? He killed thoughtful conversation.

Nate Silver Is Not The Only Solution
December 03, 2012

Covering politics isn't all about the numbers, either.

Harden Your Heart: The Thunder Trade Is Sad Now, But Will Be Great for the NBA’s Fans
October 29, 2012

The Oklahoma City Thunder broke up their core by trading James Harden to the Houston Rockets. It will turn out well for everyone, including the fans.

James Downie's Best and Worst
July 12, 2010

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.

Best of the Web, PM Edition
July 02, 2010

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

The Soccer Wars Are Over
June 17, 2010

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.

Great Playoffs Vs. Not-so-great Officiating?
May 30, 2009

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, 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.