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What Does It Take To Shut Darren Rovell Up? A Really Dumb Joke About A Fat Guy

ESPN and Twitter Where, oh where, has the Internet’s foremost authority on “sports” “business” gone? It has been two whole days since Darren Rovell, Grand High Chief of the Self-Appointed Twitter Police and Oracle of Playboy Bunny Attractiveness, has Tweeted, and those who have followed the career and arrogant antics of the man I have lovingly nicknamed **** Biscuit would...
Via With Leather
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nene In Lineup As Wizards Return To Playoffs Tonight

Before we get to the NBA playoff vibe in Chicago and series breakdowns via twitter, first things first. Yes, ESPN NBA guru Bill Simmons likes the Wizards chances to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. New B.S. Report: @BillSimmons and @ZachLowe_NBA discuss playoff matchups, potential breakout stars, and NBA awards http://t.co/z3rN4aCFCf — Grantland (@Grantland33) April 18...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 4/20/14

Hello and Happy Easter, everyone. Or Happy 4/20, if that’s more your style. Here is Twinkie Town’s 2014 Top 30 prospects. Here is Bill Simmons with a pretty good breakdown of what it’s like to own a professional sports franchise. Sim Bhullar has declared for the NBA draft.  SCOREBOARD MLB Texas 6, Chicago 3 – The Rangers allowed a run for the first time since Wednesday....
Via The Rhino and Compass
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Drake Talks Raptors With Bill and Jalen

Canada basketball has been on the come up for the last few years and with the Raptors finally winning another divisional championship. Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose sat down with T-dot native rapper and ESPYS host Drake, to talk about the most famous moments in Raptors franchise history and about the fans in Toronto that don’t get enough credit for their tremendous support of Canada’s...
Via Hooped Up
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the win last night doom the Celtics' lottery odds? Well, not really.

Let me get this straight first: The win last night certainly didn't help the Celtics in any way, and looking at the Celtics' remaining relatively easy schedule, it is certainly understandable why one would think that the Celtics have made a huge mistake by winning last night. Yet as bad as it looks, it is not the end of the world, and I will try to explain why.First of all...
Via Celtics Life
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle’s NBA Chances Take Another Hit With Pending Bucks Sale

According to Grantland’s Bill Simmons, a sale of the Milwaukee Bucks — to hedge fund billionaires Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens — was pretty much a done deal as of Wednesday, until current owner Herb Kohl realized he might be able to sell off the team for even more than the rumored $550 million(!) price tag. All along, it was assumed that the 79-year-old Kohl, who has no heirs...
Via Next Impulse Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons trolls J.R. Smith with NBA Green Week comment (Video)

The New York Knicks fell to the Miami Heat 102-91 on Sunday, but J.R. Smith set a couple of records during the process. Smith hoisted an NBA-record 22 three-pointers, making a Knicks-record ten of them on the way to 32 points. Sunday’s performance comes on the heels of a 32-point outing against the Washington Wizards […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Bucks close to being sold to new ownership

There has been a lot made about the Milwaukee Bucks and the attempt by current owner Herb Kohl to sell the team to a new ownership group. Not a whole lot of movement has been made but it appears things have changed and the Bucks could be moving to a different owner. What fans are wondering is, does a move to a new owner mean a move out of Milwaukee? According to Bill Simmons, the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Are They Now? Rob Fredrickson

The perception of a professional athlete too often leaves little room for humanization. Us fans will hear a football player’s name called during the NFL Draft, read about his multi-million dollar contract, listen to talk radio turn a human being into a figure on a balance sheet and we jump to the conclusion that the athlete’s life is now on auto-pilot. It’s almost impossible...
Via cover32 - Cardinals
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons & Jonah Keri On 2014 Cardinals

Sometimes it’s good to hear some different views on the Cardinals. Earlier this week Bill Simmons of ESPN and Grantland had a 2014 MLB preview podcast and was joined by author and Grantland writer Jonah Keri to discuss all things baseball. I’ve edited down the the hour plus pod to just the part where they talk about the Cardinals below. A quick disclaimer: if you are Matt Adams...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Would You Trade Derrick Rose for Goran Dragic

In Bill Simmons’ latest article, NBA Bag: Figuring Out the Ever-Changing, Pick-Swapping 2014 Draft, he talks about the 2014 NBA Draft and answers email question from readers.One question from a reader was interesting: “Wanna play a game that will simultaneously make you really sad and result in a shouting match with your friends? It’s called “Who’s the worst player you...
Via Sports Mockery
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jalen Rose gets Spurs coach Gregg Popavich to crack a smile

Spurs head coach Gregg Popavich is a notoriously difficult sideline interview. NBA analyst Jalen Rose accomplished a huge feat Wednesday night in his first stint as a sideline reporter by getting Pop to laugh and make a joke. Current NBA analyst Avery Johnson is apart of the ESPN broadcast team and a former player of Coach Popavich’s. Jalen wanted to know how Johnson’s jersey...
Via Jocks and Stiletto Jill
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Exit 31 shows growing emphasis on high quality content

Rewind back to 2009 and HBO had a monopoly on high quality sports documentary content. It wasn't just the prevailing opinion at the time but also a motivating realization for 30 for 30 founder, Bill Simmons. From the NYT: “I was watching an old HBO Sports documentary and got mad that HBO had this monopoly... I thought, we’re a sports network and they’re not, but...
Via Awful Announcing
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

How Wilt Chamberlain Saved the 1964 NBA All-Star Game (Video)

NBA Hall of Famer Bob Pettit shared an interesting piece of basketball history in an interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons, in which he recounts the 1964 NBA All-Star Game that almost didn’t happen, if not for Wilt Chamberlain. The locker room full of the league’s best players was split in deciding whether or not to sit out the exhibition game unless the players’ union...
Via Basketball Bicker
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN combines ESPN Films, FiveThirtyEight and Grantland into one creative unit

  ESPN has created a new content unit that will combine the resources of the existing ESPN Films documentary unit, Grantland and the soon-to-be launched FiveThirtyEight. It will be called "Exit 31." Why "Exit 31"? It signifies the exit off Route 84 in Connecticut that leads to ESPN's worldwide headquarters. Get it? The most important takeaway is that...
Via Awful Announcing
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Grantland Runs A Major Article On The WWE Network

Grantland.com has a new article by ESPN personality and Grantland editor Bill Simmons and David Shoemacker on the recent launch of the WWE Network. Below are some highlights from the piece: Simmons on if he thought the WWE Network would ever happen: “I gave up. When WCW and ECW folded and McMahon bought their wrestling libraries, I thought the WWE Channel was definitely coming...
Via PWS Entertainment
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

I’m not 100% on board this Bill Simmons trade proposal for Kevin Love

Bill Simmons has dreamed up a trade scenario that he believes will land the Celtics Kevin Love: Like Love in Minnesota, [Rajon] Rondo can leave Boston in July 2015. And like Love, you can’t trade him unless it’s a team that (a) has assets to give back, and (b) could entice him into staying. Harder than you think. Houston and Dallas don’t have the assets. New York DEFINITELY...
Via Red's Army
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons lists Celtics as favorites to trade for Kevin Love this summer, lays out possible deal

I know he's not everyone's favorite guy — but I love Bill Simmons' analysis. Maybe it's because he likes thinking of hypothetical situations (and so do I), maybe it's because he's from Boston and doesn't hide that (and so am I), or maybe it's because he made it big after starting from basically nothing in the industry. Or maybe it's simply that...
Via Celtics Life
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Sports Media Musings: Bill Simmons Shines During Celtics-Lakers Telecast; Kirk Minihane Saves “Dennis & Callahan”

Programming Note: With Bruce away, I’m captaining the ship this week. Always exciting, often disastrous. Shoot tips, comments, and other feedback to Hadfield.Ryan@Gmail.com or, if you consider yourself the progressive type, yell at me on Twitter, @Hadfield__. Today: In which we go Three & Out — yet again, because we lack a stretch wide receiver – while we discuss happenings...
Via Boston Sports Media Watch
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons seems to have changed his tune on Rajon Rondo's future (and maybe tanking too?)

Back in October Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose did Grantland video previews for each NBA team.  While discussing the Celtics, one thing they were absolutely certain of was that Rajon Rondo would be traded (from 10/8/13, here are the full quotes and the embedded video):Rose: "Bill, this is why we give the people what they want. What you just described is the worst-kept secret in...
Via Celtics Life
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons on the Celtics: "I’m not a believer in tanking, I think you do what you can."

I've been pretty hard on Bill Simmons for the past year or so. That's until now. Simmons has said in the past that the Celtics should tank, or something close to that. Here are some quotes from October when he made a video for Grantland, with Jalen Rose. Simmons: "Clairvoyant Bill thinks Rajon Rondo has 20 games or less left as a Boston Celtic. He will play 20 games...
Via Celtics Today
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Durant: 'Sorry for jumping the gun' on Westbrook's return

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Scott Brooks said Kendrick Perkins will start Thursday against the Miami Heat. Russell Westbrook, on the other hand? Well, we still don't know about that. Despite Kevin Durant saying, in an interview with Bill Simmons of Grantland.com, Westbrook would start against Miami, Durant backed way off his original statement Wednesday in Oklahoma City. "We'...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Knicks reportedly would love to trade for Jeremy Lin

The New York Knicks lost Jeremy Lin in a widely unpopular move when they failed to pony up the cash to sign him long term following the “Linsanity” phenomenon in 2012. Less than two years later, it sounds like they would love to have him back. Chad Ford joined Bill Simmons on the “B.S. Report” […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons ranks 30 worst contracts in basketball, you'll never guess which Celtic came in at #2

Just kidding, everyone with more than 16 working brain cells would have guessed it - it's Gerald Wallace.Simmons' annual worst contracts list is always really well done, and this year was no different. Guy is a complete NBA nerd, and that nerdiness shines through in the best possible way when it comes to ripping the GMs that gave out these deals. The whole thing is worth...
Via Celtics Life
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Picks His Own Nickname and It’s Pretty Lame (Video)

‘Durantula’.  ‘The Slim Reaper’.  ‘Iceberg Slim’.  All of these names are acceptable and personally, I think The Slim Reaper is by far the best choice.  Well, Durant told Bill Simmons he wants to be called ‘The Servant’.  Yeah, let us pick the nickname next time KD.  See the video below: See More Cool Stuff Here
Via Juan Elway
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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