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Grantland.com starts the game with a changeup (to your brain)

UPDATE: forget changeups, these are both blazing fastballs. Molly on the Summer movie lineup. Katie on the Knicks. great reads, both. I’m gonna go work on my changeup now…

(Tried posting this direct to facebook, but have lost familiarity with the rules of how much content, or if it should be a link, or status update if you want to add editorial. things were getting cut off, so i’ll just post it on le tumblr for now. i need to get this fired up over here, anyways.  btw, i’ve almost accrued more readers in this period of dormancy than when I was writing. and I’d like to thank all of you that have stuck around or joined the team. it’s that sort of blind faith – as opposed to worship – that really helps in times of doubt or writing anxiety or whathaveyou. so cheers.)

anygrantland, just got back stateside from Barcelona (traveling on bin laden day, que lastima!!). and I’m very excited to read the first two previews of my CO-WORKERS Molly and Katie (linked via Bill Simmons in the headline above). I just did a little pre-game checking out the initial response, and see some mixed emotions out there. but I didn’t see nearly enough attention (read: any) to the fact that a site with Simmons, Klosterman, Gladwell and Eggers as the headliners trotted out two young ladies for their Big Preview. to my mind, even if they just rubbed the keyboard on their breastssississ and booties that’s already a huge win. speaks to a progressive potentially game-changing sensibility.  or to be more grounded: if you know you have the hot-fire radioactive-heat fastballs in the repertoire, it’s like starting the game with a changeup. and with ML or KB it’s like changeups of the Johan (we miss you, come back soon!) or Pedro variety. for non-baseball fans: THESE CHANGEUPS ARE GOOD THINGS. please. open your mind, haters. LITERALLY.  anyways, let me not continue with the doth protesting too much… and who knows maybe i’ll have to amend this after reading if in fact they only rubbed the keyboard on their bodies and … uhhhhh… what the bloggerfantasy was i talking about?  is this type of talk allowed on ESPN, Bill? please advise…

Boxing is a glorious sport to watch and boxers are incredible, heroic athletes, but it’s also, to be honest, a stupid game to play. Even the winners can end up with crippling brain damage. In a lot of ways, hustling is the same. But you learn something special from playing the most difficult games, the games where winning is close to impossible and losing is catastrophic. You learn how to compete as if your life depended on it. That’s the lesson I brought with me to the so-called “legitimate” world.
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Jay-Z, Decoded

The perfect metaphor for life as an artist.