On Deadspin, the great sportswriter Charles Pierce (a man equally comfortable with Flann O’Brien and the Celtics) takes on The Sports Guy. This is a critical piece, but CP shows some love, old-guy-to-younger-gun style. A limpid, funny explanation of the charms and larger flaws of Bill Simmons’ writing. Pierce is especially good on Simmons’ penchant for lame, sweeping pop-culture observation.
In related news, Pierce now has a very cool blog on Boston.com. Note the quote from At Swim-Two-Birds at the top of the page. Go read it, go bookmark it, keep reading.