I don't mean to be rude, but the idea that we should make clam chowder the way it was made on the sailing ships of its origins, because that's more "authentic," strikes me as completely ludicrous. Do you badger your friends and relatives for serving turkey on Thanksgiving, because goose is more authentic to the… » 3/03/15 10:22am Today 10:22am

Hang on a second, though. Sports pundits and coaches misunderstand and misdiagnose "clutch"—in basketball, for example, they limit their discussion of it to shot-making, and then even within that framework, they attribute it to a guy like Kobe, who traditionally shoots a pretty bad percentage in the kinds of… » 2/28/15 1:23pm Saturday 1:23pm

How To Make Arrabbiata Sauce, The Angriest, Loveliest Sauce Of All

Picture, in your mind, a mundane interaction between any two regular, essentially happy Italian people. One purchasing a packet of chewing gum from the other, for example. Can you picture it? The screaming, the wild gesticulating, the red faces, the flashing whites of crazed eyes and bared teeth, the elaborate… » 2/28/15 12:20pm Saturday 12:20pm

How To Tell If You're Being A Crank On The Internet, And How To Stop

Man, you sure are het up! Agitated. Can you believe these goddamn coddled athletes/P.C. Police/Now Finaglin' Cheatriots/Twitter-celebrated pop stars of possibly dubious talent/people talking about the colors on a dress when we haven't even solved all The Problems yet? I mean, cheese and rice! Where do they get… » 2/27/15 11:58am Friday 11:58am

Report: ESPN And Fox Sports Nearly Traded Employees

Hey, here's a fun little story. Remember last week when Fox Sports's Katie Nolan went on the BS Report, and she and Bill Simmons kinda coyly reminisced about a failed attempt at bringing her over to Grantland, in the way that people talk about these things on the BS Report, where they don't actually say anything,… » 2/25/15 3:30pm 2/25/15 3:30pm

Uh, Guys? I Think The Wizards Forgot To Fire Randy Wittman?

Coming into Sunday's game in Detroit, the Washington Wizards had lost two straight and 9 of 13, a month-long stretch of almost uniformly horrendous basketball in which they've fallen from second to fifth in the East. After the 38-point beating they took from the Cavs at home this past Friday, even that fifth-place… » 2/24/15 1:58pm 2/24/15 1:58pm

How To Make Soft-Boiled Eggs: A Minute To Learn, Two Minutes To Master

The weird thing about soft-boiled eggs is the widespread misconception that they're so much trickier to make than their hard-boiled brethren. Done right, they're really not much trickier at all. Easier than stuffing 1,200 words of padding into an instructional blog post about making them, that's for damn sure! » 2/21/15 12:00pm 2/21/15 12:00pm

The Thunder, Pistons, And Jazz Made A Good Trade

The Oklahoma City Thunder are glad they got rid of Reggie Jackson. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are glad; the coach and front office are glad; the fans are glad. By all accounts, by the time they finally traded him yesterday, in a three-way deal that landed him in Detroit, the discontented backup guard had… » 2/20/15 1:55pm 2/20/15 1:55pm

How To Throw, And Survive, A Six-Year-Old's Birthday Party

You can get away with the extended-family-plus-cake setup for your kid's first, oh, four or even five birthdays. Sure, you might invite one or two chums from preschool or the neighborhood, or the close-in-age cousins, but really: So long as there are candles to blow out, cake to eat, presents to open, and… » 2/20/15 1:13am 2/20/15 1:13am

At Long Last The 76ers Accept That, Yes, It's Finally Time To Rebuild

You can imagine the bittersweet mixture of sadness, gratitude, and relief 76ers fans must be feeling this evening. Today, in a flurry of moves executed just before the NBA's annual trading deadline, general manager and president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie finally pulled the plug on a beloved but aging core of… » 2/19/15 10:23pm 2/19/15 10:23pm

The 76ers Are Run By A Ridiculous TED-Humping Moron

One startling scene serves as the crux of ESPN writer Pablo Torre's very good magazine feature about the braintrust of the Philadelphia 76ers. In it, the general manager of a rival Eastern Conference team calls together a motley assembly of coaches, scouts, media relations experts, retired spies, and straight-up… » 2/18/15 4:55pm 2/18/15 4:55pm

Yeah, I've had the same thought re: Webber. He's good! Even the one clumsy moment he had tonight—when he tried to engage a clearly zoned-out Dwyane Wade in a discussion of the evolution of the Euro-step in the NBA—came from what makes him such a good commentator: He's a curious dude and likes to think, and talk,… » 2/16/15 12:41am 2/16/15 12:41am