Not 10 minutes after I posted yesterday’s “Daily Links,” I had three people email me asking for my thoughts on Grantland ceasing operations. It was a site I read often and yeah, it sucks that it shut down, but having read a lot about it over the last 6 months since Bill Simmons was fired, I can’t say I’m too surprised they killed it. There were a whole lot of things going on behind-the-scenes that 99% of us don’t have a clue about, so it’s tough to speculate on the how and why of the situation. The bottom line though was when ESPN decided to part ways with Simmons, and then writers started flocking to him for his new HBO gig, along with other writers going their separate ways, it was basically gonna be impossible for that site to stay afloat. Then you hear two sides of the story whether or not the site was even profitable for ESPN, and Simmons’ claim that ESPN didn’t support it and you start getting into the nuts and bolts of what was going on that we don’t know about. It sucks that it’s gone, I read it a lot, and it definitely made a mark in the sports/pop culture world. As for the “Right Reasons” podcast every Friday, I’m assuming that’s gone as well. I will see if I can get a definitive answer on that.
The “Bachelor” final four rose ceremony is tonight. As mentioned yesterday, if I find out by tomorrow’s column who got eliminated, then I’ll let you know. Still sticking to my prediction that it’ll be Amanda that goes home. We’ll see.
-I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this until after yesterday’s column went up. Do you know what 25th anniversary was yesterday? Jessie Spano’s “I’m So Excited” episode airing. Are you kidding me? I could’ve dedicated a whole column to that thing. It aired Nov. 3rd, 1990. I hope all of you have learned your lesson from that episode: don’t take caffeine pills if you don’t want to turn into a spaz when studying for tests.
-David Justice sure made a name for himself yesterday. The former baseball player took to Twitter to refute any false reports that he once abused Halle Berry during their marriage. I hadn’t even heard where Halle said anything about being abused, but apparently David did and wanted to clear the record – all while taking shots at his ex-wife. Shots that another former husband of hers, Eric Benet, totally agreed with. You think 4 failed marriages is enough, Halle? How about you just stop?
-The Gwen & Blake rumors are never going to end until they make it official that they’re dating. Especially when Gwen eggs it on in interviews. You know what these two should do? Show up to the CMA’s tonight hand in hand, present an award together, and preferable it’s an award that Miranda wins so they can make out right in front of her. That should do the trick. I mean, Blake’s done worse to Miranda, so what’s the big deal about a little smooch with his new chick in front of her?
-I think every day for the next month, entertainment sites are gonna take quotes from Leah Remini’s new book and do a headline about it. Yesterday, these two came to light. First, Tom Cruise’s kids trashed Nicole Kidman saying she was “a f***ing suppressed person.” Seems like their fake marriage really paid off well for the kids. And then my favorite story, Leah says that Tom Cruise asked to play hide-and-seek with Will and Jada Smith. Can we all agree that Tom Cruise is the weirdest celebrity ever? Ok good.
-Ben Higgins celebrity crush is Blake Lively. Is it any surprise that Lauren Bushnell, the front runner and girl most likely he’ll choose, is the only one of the four left that closely resembles Blake? Anyway, here’s Blake in a bikini since I haven’t seen her in one in a while. And now my day is made.
-Didn’t link to the Glamour DWTS recap yesterday because it wasn’t up by the time I posted, but here it is. Some interesting behind-the-scenes notes, most notably that Nick Carter had no idea the sex of his baby until it was announced on the show.
-Since it is the 25th anniversary of “Home Alone,” there will be some theaters re-releasing it coming up during the holidays, even some having a live orchestra. Was the score a big part of “Home Alone?” I certainly don’t remember it being very integral. “Star Wars?” Yes. “Home Alone?” Not so much. I don’t think I’ll be watching a “Home Alone” re-release in the theaters this holiday season.
-All hail the king. The only professional athlete pretty much ever, that did it the right way. And I’m not talking about his accomplishments on the field, I’m talking about off of it. Derek Jeter got engaged over the weekend, and it just solidified how smartly this guy handled his women. Never got engaged or married during his playing days, because he wanted to play the field. Then not a year after his career is over, he locks in a Sports Illustrated bikini model. All pro athletes should take note. This is how it’s done.
-Kendall Jenner will be walking the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year because, well, she’s Kendall Jenner. If she WASN’T walking the show this year I would’ve been surprised. Isn’t every outfit she gets photographed in now basically lingerie? Of course she should be there. As will I. Sitting on my recliner taking this all in.
-Uh oh. Another couple that just couldn’t quite make it. People, Joe Jonas and Gigi Hadid have ended their relationship after a whopping 5 months together. Man, that’s like eternity. How were they not able to pull through this? C’mon you guys. Everyone in America was hoping you’d make it. And by “everyone,” I mean about 17 people. Must be tough for Joe Jonas. How will he ever land another girl after this?
-And finally, congrats go out to the Kansas City Royals for winning the World Series this year. If you’re a fan of baseball, you gotta be happy for a franchise that hadn’t won in 30 years. And major props for whoever decided to give the microphone to Jonny Gomes at their parade yesterday. God Bless America and God Bless Jonny Gomes.
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