This Week


The Grantland Q&A: Robert Downey Jr.

The ‘Avengers’ star on life inside and outside of Iron Man’s armor

Grantland Features: ‘Knuckles vs. Numbers’

Hockey's advanced-analytics movement has called for the extinction of the enforcer. Our latest documentary feature looks at the fate of NHL brawlers, and their fight to remain a part of the sport.

The Last Man on Earth

Dwight Yoakam has sold millions of records, hung out with Johnny Cash, and dated Sharon Stone. He directed one of the weirdest Westerns ever. He even has his own brand of frozen food. Now, he’s just released one of his best LPs. So why is this renaissance cowpunk part of a dying breed?

Shedding the Blockers

How massive Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton worked through an unimaginable tragedy and became a top-flight NFL prospect

Here’s Earl

Earl Sweatshirt is all grown up. Now what?

April 13 - April 19, 2015

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers


Talking with Dallas owner Mark Cuban about the playoffs, the Rockets rivalry, Rajon Rondo, Tim Donaghy, and his 15 outspoken, wild, and successful years in the NBA

Necessarily the News

Understanding the explosion of outrage around the announcement of Trevor Noah as the new 'Daily Show' host requires looking at everything from the state of political satire to the Brian Williams mess to the racial politics of South African popular culture. In other words: It gets really complicated, really quickly.

April 6 - April 12, 2015


30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 6 — Sonny, Ed, and the NCAA

In the sixth and final chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ we see Sonny Vaccaro’s life accomplishments brought to reckoning after he left the shoe business in 2007, and the steps he’s taken since to bring down the multibillion-dollar monster he helped create

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 5 — The LeBron Affair

The fifth chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ flashes back to Sonny Vaccaro’s first glimpse of LeBron James, whom Vaccaro declared to be the greatest high school player he’d ever seen — after only 10 minutes in a pickup game. With Adidas losing out to Nike for LeBron’s signature, Sonny indulges in what could have been.

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 4 — There Are Victims Here

In the fourth chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ we learn how Sonny Vaccaro and a former friend started a bidding war between Nike and Adidas. From the divergent perspectives of Tracy McGrady and Lenny Cooke, we learn what the war has done to America’s top young talent.

City Boys

How 20 years of intertwined, New York–centric friendship led to a collaboration between Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz and Noah Baumbach in the director’s new film, ‘While We’re Young,’ and a renewed sense of purpose for the erstwhile Beastie Boy

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 3 — Kobe and the Gunslinger

In the third chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ Sonny Vaccaro explains how he was fired from Nike and how he rebounded. With the support of a new employer, Vaccaro sets out to find the next Michael Jordan for Adidas, and he discovers that lightning does indeed strike twice.

Grantland Features: ‘Flying From Cancer’

In our latest documentary feature, one man lives out his dreams thousands of feet aboveground in the face of a life-altering diagnosis

Alex Garland Is Not God

The man behind some of the most chilling and intelligent science fiction of the past 20 years has finally directed his first movie, the artificial-intelligence thriller ‘Ex Machina.’ Just don’t call him an ‘auteur.’

The Fastest Mouth in the West

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green on toughness, trash talk, and a lifetime of proving doubters wrong on the basketball court

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 2 — The Jordan Effect

In the second chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ we learn how Sonny Vaccaro helped Nike build a marketing empire in 1984 when he encouraged the company to take a chance on a young Michael Jordan as its signature athlete. What followed would revolutionize the commercialization of youth athletics.

30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 1 — How Sonny Became Sonny

In the latest 30 for 30 film, directors Jon Weinbach and Dan Marks offer a definitive look at Sonny Vaccaro, one of the most polarizing and influential figures in basketball recruiting and sports culture. In the first of six chapters, we learn about his beginnings.

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