By BEN DENSON
Without any sort of warning, without any compassion towards its fastidious literary following and with heartless disregard, ESPN has shut down Grantland. Readers mourned its death, sadly realizing that with Grantland gone, so goes the world of creative sports journalism. It is a sad day for all journalism. The sports-culture online magazine reached the apex of athletics and everyday pop-culture. Carefully weaving the ins and outs of society’s hopes, fears and aspirations with commonplace sports reporting, Grantland was an oasis in a desert of mundane journalism.