So I did not post about Simmons's conference championship game picks, but needless to say, he took both underdogs to win outright, and instead both favorites covered. To be fair to him, had I posted my picks, I would have only gone 1-1, as I liked the Broncos and Niners to cover, and the Niners to possibly win outright. To be unnecessarily generous to both him and me, the Niners were about a foot away from winning outright. Anyways, much as we all wanted to enjoy some tasty Simmons schadenfreude after the GREATRIOTS laid a huge egg in Denver, his Twitter feed was silent between Friday evening and Monday morning, and when he did get around to tweeting on Monday, he had bigger concerns to address.
A fanboy should not be a sports columnist, a TV analyst and a website editor.
Although there are relatively inconsequential differences between a Blogger-hosted blog and the site Jay is using now, for all intents and purposes, one of these so-called "weblogs" is the only reason he has a voice right now.
Around this time, web entrepreneurs with no conscience about accountability and ethics
Yeah, I hate those unethical bloggers!
launched their own grubby sites,
I'm not going to link to it, but if you're feeling generous, go to Sports Talk Florida's site, and soak up the non-grubbiness.
then hired fanboys for pennies while ordering them to accrue as many clicks as possible by whatever means possible,
LEAVE BLEACHER REPORT OUT OF THIS. THEIR MOBILE APP IS ACTUALLY KIND OF GOOD. (No really, it is. ESPN Scorecenter has become progressively shittier with every upgrade, and Bleacher Report TeamStream is non-horrible.) I also love the insinuation that it's only bloggers who ever stoop to ethical lows to generate buzz. No mainstream old media print journalist would ever consider such a thing!
even if it meant stalking famous athletes and media people and publishing blatant lies, blind items, dick and vagina photos, whatever attracted the eyeballs of various stoners and losers.
Deadspin's commenters are the worst people on the internet, but I'm pretty sure there are at least some non-commenting readers who are neither stoners nor losers.
All of which brings us to Simmons today. Having ruined the sports media industry in too many ways to count,
This is attributing too much power to Bill. He's an obnoxious, talentless pile of dinosaur shit--but his overall impact on the sports media industry is probably no worse than "kind of bad." It might even be neutral. Sure, he's spawned a massive crowd of mouth breathers who think that liking sports means comparing athletes to characters from TV shows, and that the Ewing Theory is demonstrably provable via the scientific method. But he's also probably inspired a lot of smart and entertaining people to start writing about sports. Lord knows I'm not one of them (I'm not inspired by Simmons, nor am I smart or God knows entertaining). But many of your favorite bloggers, and maybe even some of your favorite mainstream writers, probably owe a little bit of their success to him. Plus, Grantland as a whole is a steaming sauna of shit fumes, but it employs some great writers like Bill Barnwell and Zach Lowe. If I had magical past changing powers, I'd cut off Simmons's career around 2003 (and even that might be too late), but I certainly wouldn't stop him from ever having begun writing.
he now finds himself in an unforgivable legal predicament that could end his hollow reign atop a media empire that should know better.
If the fallout from this Dr. V situation is the end of Grantland, I'll grow a mullet. Wishful thinking on Jay's part.
It was Simmons, as editor-in-chief of ESPN’s Grantland spinoff site, who approved the publication of a piece last week called “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.” The story was intended to determine the legitimacy of a unique piece of golf equipment. It ended with the transgender community crying foul over the insensitive work of the story’s author, Caleb Hannan, who discovered in the course of his reporting that the putter’s inventor, Essay Anne Vanderbilt, was a transgender person.
When Vanderbilt learned that Hannan was aware of the information and that he had told Phil Kinney, one of the putter’s investors, she e-mailed Hannan and accused him of a “hate crime.” Then she committed suicide. The date was Oct. 18, 2013.
Last week, Hannan’s story ran on Simmons’ site, outing Vanderbilt as transgender and not treating the suicide with the proper tact and care. After reading it, and then absorbing the firestorm of criticism accompanying it, all I could ask myself was:
How can I make this about me somehow?
Why is a career fanboy
To be fair to Bill, he's been a professional writer in some capacity or another (term "writer" used loosely for the past seven or eight years, as he's averaged about three columns per year, but still) for pretty much his whole adult life. He's an insufferable fanboy, and a real piece of shit to work with, but he knows the sportswriting industry. I'll give him that much. He still shouldn't be Grantland's editor, but acting like he's nothing but a guy who likes sports is disingenuous. He's shitty sportswriter, but he's still a sportswriter.
making critical decisions about a difficult story involving suicide and a transgender person? Why was Bill Simmons in this position to begin with? Shouldn’t he have been back in Boston, wearing a Celtics throwback jersey and screaming from the cheap seats that Doc Rivers quit on the team?
While that is some top-notch mockery, let's face it: if Jay were editing a site as big as Grantland, he'd make horrendous ethical gaffes like this fucking constantly.
Part 2 later this week.