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Bill Simmons's ESPN-backed Grantland.com launched in June and became a lively source of intelligent long-form sports commentary from writers well known (Malcolm Gladwell, Chuck Klosterman) and up-and-coming (Katie Baker, Bill Barnwell). The site hews to the Sports Guy's pop-culture sensibility—a sensibility ripe for parody, as became clear when comedian Jared Bloom started tweeting (fake) rejected Grantland pitches from @fakegrantland. (Among his best: Suh, Suh, Suhdio: Ranking the best defensive players to be born since the debut of Phil Collins's No Jacket Required.) In a meta twist, Grantland has since hired Bloom, making him perhaps the only man in the world hired specifically to mock his employer.
43 Dog Bites Tiger
Tiger Woods's 2011 took an odd turn in October when a fan at the Frys.com Open threw a hot dog Woods's way. Afterward, the frank flinger, Brandon Kelly, offered a bizarre defense: He was inspired by the movie Drive. "As soon as the movie ended," he said, "I thought, I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog in front of Tiger." Crazy? Perhaps. But plenty of misbehaving sports figures could have taken Kelly's lead in '11 and blamed their boorishness on the movies.
Harrison ACT: Called NFL commish Roger Goodell a "crook," "puppet" and "devil" BLAME: Horrible Bosses
PERPETRATOR: Frank McCourt
ACT: Held the Dodgers hostage during his divorce
BLAME: Battle: Los Angeles
PERPETRATOR: Serena Williams