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Back to the Future: The Musical?

According to Deadline, Back to the Future may be headed to Broadway: “I’m told that [Robert] Zemeckis is in early talks with his co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri to explore a stage transfer. A stage musical would be an intriguing way to reintroduce a franchise which, over three films, grossed nearly $1 [...]

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 [...]