Athletes are mostly boring. We wish this wasn’t true. After all, the athlete lives an exceptional life and it stands to reason that exceptional lives require exceptional people. This underlying assumption has launched a thousand profiles written by a countless number of writers, the vast majority of whom come away with notebooks filled with boilerplate about hard work, dedication, and the importance of teammates and championships. Some coherent narrative must be stitched together from the clichés, and we, as sportswriters, generally follow one of two templates.
By now, you’ve seen the Facebook photos of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn. In the Tiger meta-scandal, the release of these pictures is an important milestone. This is the moment when the narrative of Woods’s love life passed from our hands back into his.
1. Russell Westbrook: The Kingslayer
Because I account for 203 of the more than 200,000 views of this video, I am now starting to fall in love with all these details about it, besides the shot: the steal, Kobe making a mental note to check on Orbitz for flights to Germany and walking up the court, Westbrook's "I won the lottery!" fist pump. I guess the shot is pretty good, too.
Hey, big news, everyone! It’s time to announce the results of the First Annual Grantland Halloween Costume Contest. Thanks to the rabble-rousers, mischief-makers, and non-sluts of the world, who sent us photos and costume descriptions over the past few days. We enjoyed every one.
Before we get to the winners, The Triangle had a few Honorable Mentions: