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The 2012 Year-End Blowout

The Year in Simmons

Anything and everything written by the Sports Guy in 2011-12

HHere’s everything I wrote (columns and blog posts) and recorded (podcasts) in 2011-12.

2012

JANUARY 6
NFL Playoff Mailbag (Round 1)

JANUARY 13
NFL Playoff Mailbag (Round 2)

JANUARY 20
NFL Playoff Mailbag (Round 3)

JANUARY 30
NBA Season In Review: Time For A Change

JANUARY 31
NBA Season In Review: 20 Questions (Part 1)

FEBRUARY 1
NBA Season In Review: 20 Questions (Part 2)

FEBRUARY 3
The Half-In-The-Bag Super (Mail)Bag

FEBRUARY 6
The Day After Super Bowl XLVI Searching for Silver Linings

FEBRUARY 10
Sports Guy’s NBA All-Star Team

FEBRUARY 16
The All-Linsanity Mailbag

FEBRUARY 23
The Five-Year Anniversary Party for Danny Ainge’s Last Good Move

MARCH 9
NBA’s Highest Trade Value List, Part One

NBA’s Highest Trade Value List, Part Two

MARCH 13
Favorite Traditions: The Annual Clips-Celtics Game

MARCH 21
Trading Red Sox E-mails With Michael Schur

MARCH 22
The Warriors: How To Annoy A Fan Base In 60 Steps

APRIL 3
Handicapping the NBA’s MVP Race

APRIL 5
On Concussions & the NFL’s Ongoing Hypocrisy

APRIL 11
The Rebirth of the Celtics

APRIL 13
33 Reasons To Be Excited About the NBA’S Stretch Run

APRIL 20
Fenway 100 & The Return of the Mailbag

APRIL 28
25 Most Intriguing People of the 2012 NBA Playoffs

MAY 3
Rose’s ACL Injury & the 20 Biggest NBA Footnote Titles

MAY 9
Welcome to the (New) Clipper Nation

MAY 11
The Truth, The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth

MAY 18
Handing out NBA Playoff Awards

MAY 22
The Playoff Eclipse Chronicles: 75 Hours, 6 Games, 1 Arena

MAY 30
Retro-Diary: The Zombies & The Invincible Spurs

JUNE 6
The Exchange: Gladwell vs. Simmons IV (with Malcolm Gladwell)

JUNE 8
The Consequences of Caring: 2 Losses, 2 Coasts, 24 Hours

JUNE 13
NBA Finals: Thunder Family Values

JUNE 15
NBA Finals: The Mandatory Power Rankings

JUNE 20
NBA Finals: “That Boy Competed” (on Westbrook)

JUNE 22
NBA Finals: LeBron Makes LeLeap

JUNE 27
NBA Mock Draft: Simmons vs. Ford (with Chad Ford)

JUNE 29
NBA Draft Diary XVI: Starring the Notorious DJS

JULY 20
NBA Summer Review: Game of Thrones, Part 1

NBA Summer Review: Game of Thrones, Part 2

JULY 25
The Fantasy Legend of LaDainian Tomlinson

SUMMER OLYMPICS (7/27 to 8/15)

London Chronicles, Vol. 1: The 10th Checkpoint

London Chronicles, Vol. 2: Handball! (Handball?) Handball!

London Chronicles, Vol. 3: Swimming vs. Gymnastics (The Dr. Jack Breakdown)

London Chronicles, Vol. 4: Great Britain Lives Up To Its Name

London Chronicles, Vol. 5: Olympic Hoopapalooza (a Quadrupleheader)

The London Chronicles, Vol. 6: Wait, Dwight Howard Got Traded??????

The London Chronicles, Vol. 7: Olympic Mega-Mailbag, Part 1

The London Chronicles, Vol. 8: Olympic Mega-Mailbag, Part 2

AUGUST 27
Red Sox Nation Hits the Panic Button

SEPTEMBER 7
2012 NFL Preview: The New Quarterback’s League

SEPTEMBER 14
Week 2 Mailbag: The Combo Platter

SEPTEMBER 21
Week 3 Mailbag: Referee Armageddon

SEPTEMBER 27
The GoldenGate/Replacement Ref Mailbag

SEPTEMBER 28
Week 4 Mailbag: The Elaborate Chat

OCTOBER 5
Week 5 Mailbag: The Island of Dr. Simbeau

OCTOBER 11
Oklahoma City & The Harden Dilemma

OCTOBER 12
Week 6 Mailbag: Something to Trust

OCTOBER 18
Goodell & The Hierarchy of Hypocrites (plus Week 7 Picks)

OCTOBER 24
30 for 30 Short: Jake (An Appreciation)

OCTOBER 26
LeBron’s Quest for Immortality

OCTOBER 30
The Harden Disaster (OKC Cuts Bait)

NOVEMBER 2
The Polarizing Michael Vick (plus Week 9 picks)

NOVEMBER 9
Going All Out with the Week 10 Picks

NOVEMBER 16
Just Go Away, Gary Bettman (plus Week 11 picks)

NOVEMBER 21
The Mailbag: Special Thanksgiving/NFL Edition

NOVEMBER 30
The NFL’s Year of Living Cautiously

DECEMBER 7
Thoughts on Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant and Leadership

DECEMBER 14
The Sports Movie/NFL QB Power Poll

DECEMBER 21
Mayan Apocalypse Holiday Mailbag

BLOG POSTS

A Staples Center Hoops Doubleheader (3/12)The Re-Throning of the Kings (3/14)Pushing Around the KingsDown Go The Bruins (4/25)Drew Brees Signs (7/13)Russia Beats Spain (8/10)Sequeltology: Breaking Down the Brackets (9/4)Down Goes Granger (with Zach Lowe, 11/6)

Skunk of the Week Picks: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 11Week 12

B.S. REPORTS

Flea (1/12)Jonathan Kraft (2/3)Larry Bird (2/7)Bob Ryan (2/13)President Barack Obama (3/1)Sloan Conference: Mark Cuban, Daryl Morey, Eric Mangini, Jeff Van Gundy & Bill James (3/6)Magic Johnson (3/12)Steve Nash (3/24)Bill Hader (3/25)Dustin Penner (5/29)Lena Dunham (6/12)Louis CK (6/26) MLB All-Star Week (7/10): Matt Kemp, Kevin Millar, Sean Casey, George BrettCousin Sal, Vegas + NFL Over/Unders (8/29): Part One and Part TwoJack Black (9/5)Seth Meyers (9/12)Jimmy Kimmel (9/19)Arnold Schwarzenegger (9/25)Malcolm Gladwell (10/5)Brian Scalabrine (10/23)NBA Over/Unders with Joe House: Part 1 and Part 2Adam Carolla (11/6)Nate Silver (11/29)Half-Baked Ideas with Kevin Wildes (1/7), (2/3), (12/10) Chuck Klosterman (2/15), (7/18)


2011

JANUARY 7

Dissecting The Brady/Manning Rivalry

JANUARY 13

Solving the Carmelo Trade Dilemma

JANUARY 14

Round 2 NFL Playoff Picks

JANUARY 20

The Most Loaded NBA All-Star Game Ever?

JANUARY 28

How Kobe, Dirk & Other Oldies Are Defying the NBA’s Age Curve

FEBRUARY 4

The Super Mailbag + My Super Bowl Pick

FEBRUARY 17

The 2011 NBA Trade Value List, Part One

The 2011 NBA Trade Value List, Part Two

FBERUARY 25

Part 1: NBA Trade Deadline Grades

Part 2: The Perkins Trade (And The Death of Ubuntu)

MARCH 4

Greed is Good in the NFL Labor Talks

MARCH 11

Running Diary: Lakers-Heat

APRIL 1

The NBA Power Poll, Part 1

APRIL 8

The NBA Power Poll, Part 2

APRIL 11

The Gift of Tiger Woods

APRIL 26

The Maloofs & the NBA’s Small Market Woes

MAY 3

Part One: Handing Out “The Wire” Quotes as NBA Playoff Awards

Part Two: Handing Out “The Wire” Quotes as NBA Playoff Awards

MAY 13

Lunch with the Zen Master

MAY 24

Remembering the Macho Man

JUNE 8

Welcome to Grantland

JUNE 8

LeBronDown II: LeBron Melts Down Again

JUNE 9

The Bruins, My Dad & The Stanley Cup Finals

JUNE 10

The Red-Hot NBA Might Be Going Away

JUNE 13

NBA Finals Game 6 Retro-Diary

JUNE 16

The Bruins Finally Get the Hot Goalie

JUNE 20

Hate-Watching “The Killing” Season Finale

JUNE 22

Painting the NBA Trade Picture

JUNE 24

Welcome to NBA Draft Diary XV

JUNE 29

The Movie Star, Part One: Ryan Reynolds

The Movie Star, Part Two: Will Smith

JULY 8

How to Solve the NBA Lockout

JULY 15

Sports Book Hall of Fame: “The Game,” by Ken Dryden

JULY 22

CM Punk & the Art of Wrestling Entrance Music

JULY 27

Breaking Down the 2011 Red Sox

AUGUST 5

Summer of Mailbag, Vol. 1: Rucker Park, A-Rod & Pippa

AUGUST 12

Summer of Mailbag, Vol. II: Curbing Enthusiasm about Mustache Jokes

AUGUST 17

The 2011 Sports Collectors Convention: A Mega-Photo Essay

AUGUST 19

Summer of Mailbag, Vol. III: Brawling in China

AUGUST 25

Summer of Mailbag, Vol. IV: Kobe & Politically Incorrect Sports Movies

AUGUST 30

E-Mail Exchange: Keri & Simmons on Desmond Jennings

SEPTEMBER 2

Summer of Mailbag V: Should Verlander Win the MVP?

SEPTEMBER 9

2011 NFL Preview: It’s All About Continuity

SEPTEMBER 16

NFL, Week 2: The Volatile Stock Market

SEPTEMBER 23

Summer of Mailbag, Vol VI: Why Tom Hanks Rules All

SEPTEMBER 27

Breaking Down the NBA’s Amnesty Clause (with Jonathan Abrams)

SEPTEMBER 29

MLB Running Diary: Game 162, The Wheels Come Off

OCTOBER 4

Creating a Renegade Basketball League: The Oracle (with Jay Kang)

OCTOBER 7

NFL, Week 5: Picking Anything & Everything

OCTOBER 14

Bitching About the Red Sox & the NBA Lockout

NFL, Week 6: Lessons from the First 5 Weeks

OCTOBER 19

How the NBA Pushed Me To Buy NHL Season Tickets

OCTOBER 21

Mourning a Possibly Lost NBA Season

OCTOBER 28

The NFL Quarterback Power Poll

OCTOBER 29

The Career Arc: Eddie Murphy

NOVEMBER 2

Jay & Bill’s YouTube Adventure: Mariah Carey

NOVEMBER 8

Joe Frazier’s Death & The Ghosts of Manila

NOVEMBER 11

NFL E-Mails & Week 11 Picks

NOVEMBER 14

TV Recap: A Superior “Homeland” Episode

NOVEMBER 18

Business Vs. Personal: The NBA’s Nuclear Winter

NOVEMBER 23

The Case For the Grantland Quarterly

NOVEMBER 25

A Black Friday Half-Mailbag + Week 12 Picks

DECEMBER 2

NBA X-Mas, Day 1: “Road to Groundhog Day”

DECEMBER 5

NBA X-Mas, Day 2: “The Donut Dilemma”

DECEMBER 6

NBA X-Mas, Day 3: “Is Arron Afflalo Really Worth $50 Million?”

DECEMBER 7

NBA X-Mas, Day 4: “Where the Hell is Chris Paul Going?”

DECEMBER 9

NBA X-Mas, Day 6: “The Day David Stern Stayed Too Long”

DECEMBER 13

NBA X-Mas, Day 8: “The Chris Paul NBA Hostage Continues”

DECEMBER 14

NBA X-Mas, Day 9: “The Might of Dwight”

DECEMBER 15

NBA X-Mas, Day 10: “The Black Sheep Little Brother’s Revenge”

DECEMBER 16

NBA X-Mas, Day 11: “The Day After The Day The Market Crashed”

DECEMBER 22

NBA X-Mas, Day 12: “The Day I Unveiled the Greatest Fantasy League Ever”

DECEMBER 23

NBA X-Mas, Day 13: “The Day This Gimmick Wouldn’t Die (Plus, 2012 Predictions)”

DECEMBER 30
Breaking Down Week 17: Who Knew It Would Matter?

NFL QUICK PICKS

Round 3, 2011 PlayoffsWeek 4Halloween Costume RehashWeek 11Week 14Week 15

YOUTUBE HALL OF FAME SUBMISSIONS

July 6July 20Aug. 3Aug. 10Aug. 24Sept. 8Sept. 14Sept. 28Oct. 5Nov. 2Nov. 30Dec. 21

SIGNATURE BS REPORTS

David Duchovny (1/7)Adam Carolla (1/14) and (1/14)Patton Oswalt (1/19) and (1/19)Half-Baked Ideas with Kevin Wildes & Joe House (2/10
Friday Night Lights w/ Alan Sepinwall (2/11)
David Stern (2/14)Jimmy Kimmel (2/17)Jason Sudekis (2/21)William Goldman (2/28)Chris Nowinski on concussions (3/8)Jalen Rose on Fab Five (3/9)“Drive Angry” with Adam Carolla (3/11)Jackie MacMullan (3/11)Jeffrey Ross (3/25)Chuck Klosterman (3/2) and (4/6)Norm McDonald (4/12)“Fast Five” with Adam Carolla (4/24)Chuck Klosterman & Charles Barkley (5/24)David Kahn (6/24)Chris Connelly (3/1) and (7/6)Seth Meyers (7/11)CM Punk (7/27)Alex Gibney (9/27)Sugar Ray Leonard (10/4)Al Michaels (10/14)Blake Griffin (10/19)Ticketmaster’s Nathan Hubbard (10/20)David Stern (8/12) and Billy Hunter (10/24)Jane Leavy (10/26)John Walsh on Hunter Thompson (10/27)Chris Herren (11/2)Adam Carolla (11/3)Louis CK (12/15)Mega-NBA Preview w/ Joe House (12/19)

Bill Simmons is the Editor in Chief of Grantland and the author of the recent New York Times no. 1 best-seller The Book of Basketball, now out in paperback with new material and a revised Hall of Fame Pyramid. For every Simmons column and podcast, log on to Grantland. Follow him on Twitter and check out his new home on Facebook.

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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, log on to Grantland.

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