Contributors

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Jonathan Abrams is a staff writer for Grantland. He is working on a book about the NBA’s prep-to-pro generation of players.

@ JPdabrams

Most recently: Noah’s Spark

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Tara Ariano is a Grantland contributor and the West Coast editor of Previously.TV.

@ TaraAriano

Most recently: Freak Show and Tell: The Return of Courtney and Doug

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Katie Baker is a staff writer at Grantland.

@ katiebakes

Most recently: From the Jaws of Victory

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

@ AmosBarshad

Most recently: The Holy Hand of Brazil

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Rafe Bartholomew is an editor at Grantland and author of Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and the Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball.

@ rafeboogs

Most recently: Golovkin-Rubio: ‘Muchas Gracias; Champion’

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Michael Baumann is a Grantland contributor and author of the upcoming book Philadelphia Phenoms: The Most Amazing Athletes to Play in the City of Brotherly Love, due in November 2014.

@ mj_baumann

Most recently: The Giants’ Peavy-Hudson Muscle Car and the Mid-rotation Edge

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Tom Bissell is the author of Chasing the Sea, God Lives in St. Petersburg, The Father of All Things, Extra Lives, and Magic Hours. His book The Disaster Artist, cowritten with Greg Sestero, will be published October 1.

Most recently: Poison Tree

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Matt Borcas is a contributing writer for Grantland.

@ mattborcas

Most recently: Heisman Watch: When a Loss Is a Win

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Chris B. Brown is a contributing writer for Grantland, the author of The Essential Smart Football, and the editor of the website Smart Football.

@ smartfootball

Most recently: June Jones’s Retirement, and the Lasting Influence and Likely End of the Run-and-Shoot Offense

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Jordan Ritter Conn is a staff writer for Grantland. He wrote The Defender: Manute Bol’s Journey from Sudan to the NBA and Back Again, a multimedia e-book published by The Atavist.

@ jordanconn

Most recently: Steve Cunningham: Fighting for Her Life

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Bryan Curtis is a staff writer for Grantland.

@ curtisbeast

Most recently: The Commissioner

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Jason Fagone is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of Ingenious, a book about inventors and cars.

@ jfagone

Most recently: Dropped

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Sean Fennessey is the deputy editor of Grantland.

@ sean_fennessey

Most recently: I Do F-​-​- With You? Learning to Like Big Sean

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Spike Friedman is a contributing writer for Grantland and makes theater with the Satori Group in Seattle, Washington.

@ SpikeFriedman

Most recently: The Really True Story of Seattle Trading Percy Harvin to the Jets

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Jason Gallagher is the founder of Ballerball.com and the cowriter of The Lockout: A Musical.

@ jga41agher

Most recently: The Dallas Cowboys Tree of Competence

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Corban Goble is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

@ corbangoble

Most recently: The Kansas City Royals Already Won the World Series of the Internet

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Kirk Goldsberry is a professor and Grantland staff writer.

@ kirkgoldsberry

Most recently: Can the Clippers Finally Get to the Conference Finals?

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Justin Halpern is the author of the no. 1 New York Times best seller Shit My Dad Says and I Suck at Girls. He writes for TV shows you probably never watch. He also, for some reason, hosts a podcast about the NBA.

@ justin_halpern

Most recently: The Adventures of Roger Goodell: Defender of Women

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Mark Harris is the author of Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood and Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.

@ MarkHarrisNYC

Most recently: The Shonda Rhimes Revolution: Finishing What ‘The Sopranos’ Started

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David Hill lives in Brooklyn. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s and the New York Times. He writes sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater.

@ davehill77

Most recently: The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds

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Hua Hsu teaches at Vassar College. He is finishing his first book, A Floating Chinaman.

@ huahsu

Most recently: He Does the Recruiting: Cam’ron, Harlem, and High School Basketball Lies

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Steven Hyden is a staff writer at Grantland. He is currently writing a book on pop-music rivalries.

@ Steven_Hyden

Most recently: The New Drive-in: ‘V/H/S: Viral’ and the Horror Movie Farm Team

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Cousin Sal Iacono is a writer/performer for Jimmy Kimmel Live and a notorious degenerate sports gambler.

@ TheCousinSal

Most recently: Cousin Sal’s Week 7 Prop Bets!

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David Jacoby is an ESPN producer who somehow became a writer and editor for Grantland.

@ djacoby

Most recently: Grantland Reality TV Fantasy League: The Return of the Way-Too-Early But Totally Necessary ‘The Challenge’ Preview

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Rany Jazayerli runs the Rany on the Royals website. He is one of the founders of Baseball Prospectus, and works as a dermatologist in suburban Chicago.

@ jazayerli

Most recently: One Away: The Total Improbability of the Royals’ World Series Run and the Agony of Potential Defeat

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Christina Kahrl covers baseball for ESPN.com. She is also on the board of directors of GLAAD.

@ ChristinaKahrl

Most recently: What Grantland Got Wrong

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Jonah Keri is a staff writer for Grantland. His book The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team From Worst to First is a national best seller. His new book Up, Up, and Away, on the history of the Montreal Expos, is now available.

@ jonahkeri

Most recently: Jonah Keri Podcast: Andy McCullough and Grant Brisbee

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Chuck Klosterman is a contributing editor at Grantland and the author of eight books. The latest is I Wear the Black Hat.

@ CKlosterman

Most recently: Bad Boys and Good Times

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Brian Koppelman , pre-Dolan Knicks fan, also writes (and sometimes directs) movies like Rounders, Solitary Man, and Ocean’s Thirteen.

@ briankoppelman

Most recently: The Moment Podcast: Brian Koppelman and Alex Blumberg

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John Lopez is a Grantland contributor and a writer/filmmaker living in Los Angeles.

@ jedgarlopez

Most recently: Box Office Winners and Losers: Brad Pitt’s Semi-Glorious Tank Bastards Storm Hollywood

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The Masked Man is David Shoemaker, author of the new book The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Pro Wrestling.

@ AKATheMaskedMan

Most recently: The Replacements: Punk’s Gone. Bryan’s Gone. Reigns Is Gone. Who’s WWE’s Next Big Thing Now?

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Sean McIndoe ’s work can be found at, Down Goes Brown. When he’s not writing, he makes hockey jokes on Twitter at @downgoesbrown.

@ DownGoesBrown

Most recently: Where Do the Oilers Rank on the NHL Misery Index?

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Mike L. Goodman is a freelance soccer writer. You can also see his work on ESPNFC, Foreign Policy, and StatsBomb.

@ TheM_L_G

Most recently: Roma Holiday: How the Italian Club Became a Champions League Contender

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Wesley Morris is a staff writer for Grantland. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for criticism for his work at the Boston Globe.

@ Wesley_Morris

Most recently: Cape Fear: The Entertaining Critique of the Superhero Industry in ‘Birdman’

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Jason Concepcion is a staff writer for Grantland and coauthor of We’ll Always Have Linsanity.

@ netw3rk

Most recently: The Maester Learns Dothraki, Week 2: Khal Drogo Is My Spirit Guide

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Ryan O’Hanlon is the senior digital editor at Pacific Standard.

@ rwohan

Most recently: A Screaming Comes Across the Sky: Mario Balotelli Lands in Liverpool!

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Graham Parker writes the Designated Player column for Grantland. He is the chief soccer writer for the Guardian US and an editor at Howler.

@ KidWeil

Most recently: The Designated Player: MLS Coach Theater Rankings

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Brian Phillips is a staff writer for Grantland.

@ runofplay

Most recently: Inside Out

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Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

Most recently: Cerebral Commotion: Patrice Bergeron’s Quiet Concussion Radicalism

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Robert Andrew Powell is a contributing editor at Howler magazine and the author of This Love is Not for Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez and Running Away: A Memoir.

@ robertandrewp

Most recently: ¡Ay, Chihuahuas!

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Eric Raskin is the editor-in-chief of ALL IN magazine and is a former managing editor of The Ring magazine. He cohosts the twice-monthly boxing podcast Ring Theory. His first book, The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story of the Tournament That Forever Changed Poker, was released this spring.

@ EricRaskin

Most recently: Boxing Relevance Report: Fighters We Love to Hate

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Jalen Rose is an ESPN/ABC analyst and executive producer of Fab Five, the highest-rated documentary in ESPN history. Keep up with him at JalenRose.com and JRLADetroit.com.

@ jalenrose

Most recently: Jalen and Jacoby: Marshawn Lynch’s Lamborghini and Emmanuel Mudiay’s Decision

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Chris Ryan is an editor at Grantland.

@ chrisryan77

Most recently: The Sea Is Dope

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Shane Ryan is a contributing writer for Grantland. His book about the young stars of the PGA Tour will be published by Random House in early 2015.

@ ShaneRyanHere

Most recently: The End of a Brilliant Summer: Rory at the Ryder Cup

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Shea Serrano is a staff writer for Grantland. He recently published his first book, Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book.

@ SheaSerrano

Most recently: Cam’ron Made an Anti-Ebola Mask. Here Are Some More From Your Other Favorite Rappers

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Bill Simmons is the editor-in-chief of Grantland and the author of the New York Times no. 1 best seller The Book of Basketball. For every Simmons column and podcast, click here.

@ BillSimmons

Most recently: B.S. Report: Zach Lowe and Haralabos Voulgaris

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Mark Titus is the founder and author of the blog Club Trillion. His book, Don’t Put Me In, Coach, chronicles his career as a walk-on benchwarmer for the Ohio State basketball team and is on sale now.

@ clubtrillion

Most recently: My Trip to NBA Scout School

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Colson Whitehead is the author of several books. His new novel, Zone One, is now available.

@ colsonwhitehead

Most recently: Occasional Dispatches from the Republic of Anhedonia