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Today’s Contest: Other ’90s TV Shows That Deserve Sequels

Let’s say you worked at a major TV network. Your job is to revive one show from the 1990s with the original cast, but years later. Not a remake. For example, Bill Simmons and Brian Austin Green recently discussed 9021-Old on a podcast, where the West Beverly alums would be navigating life in their late-30s. [...]

1982: The Year a Kicker Won the MVP

Our own Ethan Trex is doing a little writing on the side for Bill Simmons’ new site, Grantland. Ethan’s debut piece looks back at the 1982 NFL strike-shortened season, when a kicker who was almost cut in training camp went on to win the MVP. If you like Ethan or Simmons or football or labor [...]

What’s Your Earliest Memory?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Today’s first question is for the teachers. What do you do on your summer breaks? If you’ve got one of [...]

Whatever Happened to Play?

When browsing Bill Simmons’ new long-form sports site, Grantland, I found myself wondering two things. First, what is a “Grantland”? And second, didn’t the New York Times try this once? Although it only lasted two years, the Times’ Play magazine was an early attempt at a print version of Grantland. It combined long-form sports stories with [...]

What New Holiday Should We Create?

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Let’s pretend you’ve been appointed calendar czar. Your first order of duty is creating one new federal holiday. You can [...]

Name Your Own Holiday!

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Let’s pretend you’ve been appointed calendar czar. Your first order of duty is creating one new federal holiday. You can [...]

Newspapers—On Computers!

Fascinating 1981 news report explaining how certain San Francisco residents were reading the morning paper on their computers. We’ve come a long way: “It takes over two hours to receive the entire text of the newspaper over the phone, and with an hourly usage charge of $5, the new tele-paper won’t be much competition for [...]