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Earlier today, we told you about Bill Simmons incredibly stupid comment about associating the tense feeling that Memphis Grizzlies fans feel when their team falls behind in a game, and that of the assassination of civil right’s leader Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in 1968. Again, here is Simmons’ idiocy when he spoke Jalen Rose on his last podcast: “I didn’t realize the effect [The MLK assassination] had on that city…I think from people we talk to and stuff we’ve read, the shooting kind of sets the tone with how the city thinks about stuff. We were at Game 3. Great crowd, they fall behind and the whole crowd got tense. They were like, ‘Oh no, something bad is going to happen.’ And it starts from that shooting.” Offensive? No. Stupid? Yes. Anyway, it got us to thinking just what Bill Simmons may say about your town and your team. Here is a sampling we came up with: LA can’t have football because of OJ. See what happens when they have nice things? Philly would win titles if they would just ban Porsches. Jacksonville can’t remove the tarps from the upper deck during Jags games because of [...]
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DALLAS - It is Bill Simmons' position that Memphis' sports anxiety is a product of the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King. Simmons also asserts that Dallas' self-image wallowed in an association with the 1963 JLK assassination but is in recovery now due in part to the 70's TV show 'Dallas.' Are we really simpletons to that degree? Does Bill think we...
Sports fans' temperament in a particular city are often thought to match the general vibe of the local populace.
Backers of Boston, New York or Philly are generally considered intense and confident/cocky, likely partly because of the big-city, hustle-and-bustle lifestyle. Midwest fans are thought to be among the most forgiving, a stereotype that stems from the strong family...
There is no question that ESPN’s Bill Simmons is an amazing basketball mind and kind of like the ultimate fan, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t or won’t say some off-the-wall things (read: WTF) about your favorite team or player. Take this quote in which he (mis)spoke about the hushed crowd in the Grindhouse and [...]The post Bill Simmons Believes Memphis Fans Get ‘Tense’...
It is Bill Simmons’ position that Memphis’ sports anxiety is a product of the killing of MLK. Simmons also asserts that Dallas’ self-image wallowed in an association with the 1963 JFK assassination but is in recovery now due in part to the TV show ‘Dallas.’ Are we really simpletons to that degree? Does Bill think we are? Or is Bill the simpleton?
ESPN analyst and author Bill Simmons has gotten the reputation for being a quirky kind of guy who will say anything out of his mouth.
His latest comments may not land him in hot water, but they definitely might make a community a little hot.
Simmons was in Memphis recently to watch the Grizzlies get eliminated from the Western Conference Finals by the Spurs.
Simmons somehow decided...
On a B.S. Report podcast yesterday, Bill Simmons was discussing his trip to Memphis with fellow ESPN NBA pregame show host Jalen Rose for the Western Conference Finals. The Grizzlies were swept by the Spurs and the pair were discussing their brief time in the city. Rose and Simmons began discussing the city's history and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and how...
Bills Simmons claimed that Memphis Grizzlies fans were tense over the MLK assassination, not the fact that their team was about to get swept by the Spurs.
While the Grizzlies were getting taken to the cleaners by the Spurs in the Western Conference finals, Memphis fans would get nervous whenever Gregg Popovich‘s squad made a big run or a momentum-shifting play. Normally, that would be completely understandable. Fans tend to tense up when their team is getting swept by a superior opponent in a late playoff series.
As it turns out...
ESPN NBA analyst and Grantland honcho Bill Simmons is the center of even more Twitterverse vitriol than usual today after he made a statement about Memphis Grizzlies fans on his latest podcast that was a bit of a leap, to be nice. Of Grizz fans and their apparent tendencies to get down in the dumps when their team is losing (or is swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference...
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