President Obama on Bill Simmons’ Podcast
President Obama discussed sports and pop culture with Grantland.com’s Editor in Chief Bill Simmons for his popular podcast “The B.S. Report,” now available on Grantland.com, at ESPN.com’s Podcenter and on iTunes.
Kyle Maynard knows that the impossible can be possible. Born without arms or legs, Maynard became a symbol of inspiration when the Georgia native won a state title in high school wrestling, but now, at age 25, he wanted to prove he could make his dream of climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro a reality. While touring as a motivational speaker in support of his memoir, No Excuses, Maynard battled feelings of personal discouragement and low self-esteem. But, his life transformed after a chance meeting with two severely wounded soldiers. The encounter led him to seek physical challenges as a way to motivate himself and bring hope to others. Chris Connelly reports on Maynard’s attempt to reach Mount Kilimanjaro’s peak earlier this year — a climb fraught with risk, sacrifice, and self-discovery. Bob Ley hosts.
“I would say my purpose in life, at least from my perspective, would be to help show other people their purpose, help show other people their capabilities, help show other people their human potential.” — Kyle Maynard
“If there is a handful of people that experience that desire to do something greater in their life, because of this, then it’s worth it.” — Maynard, on how his climb may affect others
Four years ago, Elena Delle Donne was the nation’s top women’s basketball recruit. But she lasted just two days at UConn before walking away from the game altogether and heading home to Delaware. After a brief break, she returned to the court for the University of Delaware, a program that had never – until this year – held a Top 25 ranking. Now – the nation’s leading scorer – Delle Donne says she is happy playing basketball again – inspired by a close bond she shares with someone who has never seen her play the game. Mark Schwarz talks to Delle Donne about rediscovering the passion in her play. Bob Ley hosts.
“He told me it wasn’t burnout, it was about homesickness. And little did I know that he was very right. He could see it in my eyes, and, he knew. — Elena Delle Donne, on what Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma told her when she left UConn after just 48 hours on campus
“It didn’t look like she was playing with any joy or any happiness or any, ‘I love this game more than I love my life,’ which is what you would need to do if you were going to be the best player in America.” — Geno Auriemma, Connecticut Head Coach, on Delle Donne
Grantland staff writer Jonathan Abrams chronicled the most infamous night in NBA history through a series of interviews with participants and witnesses from the night of November 19, 2004. Those at the Palace of Auburn Hills spoke to Abrams about the brawl, security, fan behavior, and the tenuous relationship between the players and spectators for an oral history of what has become known as the scariest moment in the NBA.
Football is a sport with a strong fan base in Mexico. However, in a country where the only collegiate and semi-professional leagues exist, the possibility of becoming a professional “American Football” player, as it is known there, and making a living from it, is an impossible dream for boys who aspire to be the next Mark Sanchez. Those who still opt to pursue their dream, and ride the wave for as long as it takes them, must search for other ways to make a living through sports. Among those are former “American Football” players who found what they say is an alternate path in the Most Mexican of sports: Lucha Libre.