As far as I can tell, Grantland is to ESPN as Miramax is to Disney. Bill Simmons and Chuck Klostermann are there with a number of other contributors. Michael Schur is one of them. He’s best known as a writer for some NBC comedies. But, to me, he’ll always be the Fire Joe Morgan guy.
FJM was a site that would make fun of jurassic views on baseball held by Joe Morgan and other folks. I thought it was mean-spirited and petty, and possibly turned some folks off on sabermetric thinking, but it seemed to have a following.
Schur co-wrote a piece on cricket with Nate DiMeo. It looks like a delayed live-blog of the World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan. Two things are obvious. At least one of them is a Red Sox fan. There are a few comparisons between bowlers and Red Sox hurlers. Also, they should have done some homework. They look like Ugly Americans.
I’ve been watching the Bruins play hockey this year. My wife turned me on to them. But I haven’t written much about hockey. Why? I don’t feel like I know enough about the game to write intelligently about it. Yet these guys will write about a sport they know even less about. Some real cricket fan could Fisk this like Schur would Fisk Joe Morgan. (Come to think about it. It would have been funny if Carlton Fisk worked for ESPN and someone had a blog called Fisking Carlton Fisk, but I digress.) If this is par for the course at Grantland, I’m afraid to look at ESPN’s Page 2.
(I have no idea if Boycott is anything like Morgan. I just thought BGB would make a good title.)