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Grantland Issue 3

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Grantland Quarterly is a collaboration between McSweeney's and Bill Simmons's new web magazine Grantland. It will feature the best sports writing from the website, delivered in a full-color book featuring original artwork and a host of print exclusives—including original fiction, new writing from editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, posters and pull-out sections, old-school baseb ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by McSweeney's
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I read most of this quarter's stuff online during the slow march of death that is known as May as a high school Math teacher.

What will make these quarterly's really shitty is that when the content sucks online, the quarterly will suck also. So when I open the package to see the a pouting Tom Brady, NBA players dressing like Carlton Banks and the overanalyzed Jeremy Lin on the cover, I was worried. Rightfully so, even if the article on NBA fashion drives home a great point (that the current nerd
Mike Smith
Grantland delivered another fun edition of the quarterly. As usual, not everything is great, but I find I appreciate the articles I wouldn't usually read when they show up online. But the quarterly manages to at least keep me somewhat connected to some of the pop culture that I often ignore. And I love the articles like the Eddie Murphy history that describe full careers in a way that allows the reader to connect with eras that have been forgotten or never experienced. The detailed story of the ...more
I continue to enjoy this intersection of Grantland's writing and McSweeney's art and design. Connected with more of the stories in the third quarterly than the second,* especially the oral history of the Malice in the Palace and the pieces about head injuries / the future of football.

The copy editing was improved from the second issue that had several dropped footnotes (What did we miss?!?).

Looking forward to future volumes that will keep me abreast of what happened in sports (and pop culture) t
This issue was even more uneven. I like the idea that covers the intersection of sports and popular culture, but Simmons really needs to mature beyond his obsession with reality TV. I know that he and his buddies love it, but I think he dramatically misjudges the interests of his readers. I also think it is time to take this endeavor past its initial basement blog navel-gazing and actually commission some writers to get out into the field and really discover some good long-form sto ...more
These volumes are beginning to fall into a nice reliable pattern. The Bill Simmons stuff is always good. Brian Phillips can make me care about anything (even soccer) and I love Louisa Thomas' stuff. Needs more David Shoemaker. I also enjoy the short stories at the end of these volumes. Finally, the oral history of the fight between the Pistons and the Pacers was very well done.
The sports writing is good; the celebrity gossip (*three* articles on the Oscars, coverage of so-called reality TV, Van Halen, et cetera ad nauseum) blows major donkey dick.
Christopher Dart

Some really outstanding articles and some others which only a year later are already dated or just boring. Would give it 3.5 stars.
Great collection from Grantland in its third edition. This subscription is the gift that keeps on giving.
The series seems to getting thinner as it goes.
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