Admittedly, I’m a fan of Grantland Rice. If you don’t know who that is, you’re likely not a sports fan (or were born after 1980). Grantland Rice was a renowned sports writer during the first half of the 20th century (and the most important sports coumnist of the 1930′s). Famous for his fluid prose…he demonstrated a naturalistic ease derived from his passion for poetry and the hard discipline of athletics.
Here’s a famous example of his poetry (and how he saw ‘sports as life’):
“For when the One Great Scorer comes, To write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost, But how you played the game”.
Such was the genius of Grantland Rice. And the assembliage of sportswriters who’ve created “Grantland.com” have strived to capture some of his insight and wit. Grantland.com is not, perhaps surprisingly, merely an outlet for sports pundits. To the contrary, they discuss politics, movies, culture and a myriad of other subjects. And, of course, sports remains the strong central current of the site.
“Grantland” is the brainchild of sports columnist (and beloved fan of Boston) Bill Simmons. Simmons, a former ESPN Magazine writer, wanted to create a site that could broaden the scope of sports journalism…allowing writers to highlight the linkages sports has to so many facets of life.
It’s not often that I’d promote a site I have nothing to do with. Let’s be honest, as internet bloggers, we tend to be a megalomanaical lot in general (with shameless self promotion the expected norm). But Grantland.com is worth it. It’s worth putting ego aside and recognizing when a site gets it right. And it does get it right…it gets it very right indeed.