March 24, 2006

The Tangled Web of Sports

Sports Illustrated this week ran a major package on the influence of web on sports, featuring a photo and interview with Bill Simmons, as well as a sidebar on my pal Aaron Gleeman. Overall it's a decent roundup, and fairly accurate summation of web sports aimed at the typical SI reader (i.e., 50-year-old white male who has never heard of Simmons, Gleeman, or Deadspin). There is a bit, though, of what the latter blog described as a "Andy Rooney-talking-about-grunge feel."

(The SI piece is behind the subscription wall, but see Gleeman for highlights).

And speaking of long-form, Simmons-related stuff, check out both his marathon 2-hour chat on, and an in-depth interview with Chris Ballard (author of the SI piece) on In the latter we get to see the rarely-glimpsed dark side of Sports Guy, as he vows to quit in "18 to 20 months" to write screenplays, and says he's his "own worst critic." Yea, that's every writer, but I'm not used to hearing that stuff from Bill.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 24, 2006 01:37 AM
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