Overall I'm pretty excited, but the first two "teaser" columns they had a couple of weeks ago were pretty weak tit.
I think Simmons really likes the Podcast format and that is why he has gravitated to it so much over the past few years. Each podcast probably takes as much, if not less, prep work than a column. The podcast itself lasts about an hour, there's a little bit of editing, and finally it "goes to air". The podcasting process is much less work.
The unfortunate thing about Grantland, for me personally, is that it is just another sign in how much he has strayed away from his column over the past five years. In the past five years he has: written two books, started the podcast, acted as executive producer on 30 for 30, and now started Grantland. He realizes as much as anybody that if he wants to make real money that he has to do less and less of what made him big to begin with and branch out into more and more of these types of ventures.
I hope Grantland is a success because I want him to do well, but it's too bad that it will come at the cost of fewer and fewer columns.