Bill Simmons goes on hilarious rant about local baseball announcing: ‘How is it so awful every year?’

As Bill Simmons acknowledged on his podcast Tuesday, everyone loves to mock sports TV announcers. But as Simmons then demonstrated on the same podcast, it is very funny to mock sports TV announcers. In a conversation with Ringer editor and frequent sports media writer Bryan Curtis, Simmons discussed Jim Nantz, Gus Johnson, Joe Buck, Bill Raftery, Mark Jackson, Jeff van Gundy and...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant on treatment from Thunder fans: ‘I would do the same thing’

Kevin Durant bears no ill will toward Oklahoma City Thunder fans for the reception he got in his return to the city.In a wide-ranging chat on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Durant admitted that he wanted to see what playing the villain was like when returning as a member of the Golden State Warriors, and doesn’t fault Thunder fans for the boos, cupcake jibes, and hostile reception.“Man...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons called out Jonah Keri, and we think he’s joking, but you never know

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated published the first part of Jonah Keri’s annual “trade value” rankings, in which Keri ranks the top 50 players in baseball by how much they would fetch in a theoretical trade. The concept began with Bill Simmons ranking NBA players at ESPN and followed Simmons to Grantland, where his then-colleague Keri applied the same process to baseball players...
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March 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant tries to explain infamous 2010 tweet about super-teams

One of the reasons some people branded Kevin Durant a hypocrite after he joined the Golden State Warriors was a 2010 tweet in which he seemed to deride LeBron James and Chris Bosh for joining the Miami Heat.Durant sent the tweet eight days after LeBron James announced his decision to join Miami, and it read as a criticism of the “super-team.” Durant was immediately ripped for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Ratings for Bill Simmons’ ‘Any Given Wednesday’ aren’t pretty

Last time we checked in on the ratings for Bill Simmons’ new HBO show, Any Given Wednesday, ratings had just risen 39 percent from the first to the second episode. So let’s just real quick see how things have gone since then, and… AHHH, avert your eyes! At least Any Given Wednesday beat its lead-in “Dumb and Dumber To”: — Sports TV Ratings...
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July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons apologizes for talk about ESPN employees

Bill Simmons took some more shots at ESPN in an interview that was published this week, and he made one remark that seemed particularly harsh. While chatting with The Hollywood Reporter about the way things ended at the World Wide Leader, Simmons implied that ESPN has fired or moved on from all of its respectable employees. “They’ve now gotten rid of everybody who is a little...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons Now Reportedly Makes $7 Million To $9 Million Per Year At HBO

Twitter/Simmons Former ESPN personality Bill Simmons may no longer work at the Worldwide Leader, but he’s apparently still making some decent bank. Simmons, who left the media giant over a year ago, reportedly is making between $7 million and $9 million per year at HBO, per a report by The Hollywood Reporter. HBO is also reportedly a minority investor in Simmons’ media group...
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June 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons’ HBO Show Officially Announces Name, Premiere Date

Winter is Coming, but so is Bill Simmons’ new show on HBO. “Any Given Wednesday” will debut on June 22, and is being described as a “sports media” talk show, according to Variety. It was given an initial 20-episode order. “Bill Simmons represents a unique and distinct voice with a proven track record of challenging the norm and igniting debate and discussion on a wide...
April 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons accuses ESPN of “hijacking” his ideas after letting him go

The boiling bad blood between Bill Simmons and ESPN shows no sign of cooling off anytime soon.  It seems that ever since The Sports Guy left the friendly confines of ESPN, he’s been on a mission to take swings at his former employer at nearly every turn.  Of course, that’s not all that different from when Simmons was actually working at ESPN and calling out everyone from Ray...
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February 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons Unveils Name Of New Website, Takes Another Jab At ESPN

It’s been less than four months since ESPN shut down Grantland, but its creator already has plans to launch a similar venture. Bill Simmons announced via Twitter on Wednesday he’ll be launching a new sports website called “The Ringer.” My next website is called The Ringer – launches later in 2016. Check out our logo & sign up for our newsletter at
February 17, 2016  |  Discuss

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