The Bill Simmons Thread

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I can understand how the first 17 people could be bit or scratched, but #18 had no excuse.
 

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Hilarious on the podcast today when Jimmy Kimmel calls out Bill for being the guy that wears a Ramones t-shirt yet couldn't care less about the band.

"You can't do that!"

"I just liked the shirt."

Bill absolutely is that guy. As a self-appointed pop culture expert, he should know how bad it is to wear a punk shirt and to not be down with that cause. Huge poseur move.
 

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Hilarious on the podcast today when Jimmy Kimmel calls out Bill for being the guy that wears a Ramones t-shirt yet couldn't care less about the band.

"You can't do that!"

"I just liked the shirt."

Bill absolutely is that guy. As a self-appointed pop culture expert, he should know how bad it is to wear a punk shirt and to not be down with that cause. Huge poseur move.

I didn’t listen yet, was Jimmy crying when he made that joke on behalf of punk fans that are really serious about the band?
 

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Hilarious on the podcast today when Jimmy Kimmel calls out Bill for being the guy that wears a Ramones t-shirt yet couldn't care less about the band.

"You can't do that!"

"I just liked the shirt."

Bill absolutely is that guy. As a self-appointed pop culture expert, he should know how bad it is to wear a punk shirt and to not be down with that cause. Huge poseur move.
I feel like there are two “you’re the kinda guy” that you just know who they are.

1. Is the Dice line about the kinda guy who gets out of the shower to take a piss.

2. Kimmel quoted the other.
 

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I can't wait for the inevitable fifteen months of quotes and references to Lebowski when he does finally get around to see it. I'm already not clicking on the "Where We Stand At The Midpoint of the 2019-2020 NBA Season, As Told By Big Lebowski Quotes" column.
 

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Bill Simmons‏Verified account @BillSimmons 3m3 minutes ago
I’m not on the Big Lebowski pod because I’ve still never seen the Big Lebowski - at this point the reactions of people who can’t believe I haven’t seen it outweigh how entertaining the movie might be.


The context of this is that the other Ringer staff did a Rewatchables podcast on Lebowski and Bill isn’t on it.

The podcast was pretty good.
 

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This has been his shtick since the last time I actually read him, which was like 2006. What was it, The Wire, that he’d always talked about he’d never seen?

In a way, he was the first and the worst hipster, and still is.
 

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This has been his shtick since the last time I actually read him, which was like 2006. What was it, The Wire, that he’d always talked about he’d never seen?

In a way, he was the first and the worst hipster, and still is.
He also refuses to watch The Simpsons because, “cartoons aren’t funny.”
 

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As someone who actually still follows Simmons and doesn’t just blast him for stuff he said 12 years ago or tongue and cheek comments on Twitter...

I thought he had a really good two-part podcast with Chris Bosh. Bosh is smart and insightful and had some great stories and anecdotes about playing in Miami. It’s also very apparent how difficult it has been for him since his career abruptly ended.
 

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As someone who actually still follows Simmons and doesn’t just blast him for stuff he said 12 years ago or tongue and cheek comments on Twitter...

I thought he had a really good two-part podcast with Chris Bosh. Bosh is smart and insightful and had some great stories and anecdotes about playing in Miami. It’s also very apparent how difficult it has been for him since his career abruptly ended.

I love Simmons. He’s far from perfect but I don’t need him to be.
 

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Well, that's dumb on at least two levels.
And, oddly enough because of the genius of the movie, brilliant in at least one intended way, as he his story with respect to this movie is now an unconscious emanation of the movie’s effect on him, which will now stand, man.
 

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Listening to Bill’s Dad *again* whinging on the podcast about Garappolo, Butler, Amendola, yak yak yak.

The Garappolo trade has turned into the biggest all-around moan-fest since Pedro going to the Mets in 2005.
 

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I’ve said it before but for a seemingly smart guy, on sports he’s a WEEI caller. He’s what is meant by “fellowship of the miserable”
 

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BS is the point where I will instantly stop listening if he talks any Boston sports team other than the Celtics. His Sox and Pats takes have been atrocious and ill-informed for a very long time now. He seems to have zero actual knowledge about either team outside of very broad surface details.
 

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Simmons (wise): Don't bust on 90/10 players, just because they have one flaw doesn't mean they stink.

Also Simmons: Ben Simmons stinks because he can't hit outside shots.
 

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The Al Pacino interview was so much better than I thought it would be. Bill said on Twitter he took a few minutes to warm up but once he did he was great. I definitely misjudged him because most of his characters are grumps and recent pictures have made him look very old so I assumed he would be checked out and just go through the motions but I think once he realized it was better than the usual junkets and he could go deeper he was into it. He gave very thoughtful answers and seemed to love looking back at his older movies.

Highly recommended
 

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The Al Pacino interview was so much better than I thought it would be. Bill said on Twitter he took a few minutes to warm up but once he did he was great. I definitely misjudged him because most of his characters are grumps and recent pictures have made him look very old so I assumed he would be checked out and just go through the motions but I think once he realized it was better than the usual junkets and he could go deeper he was into it. He gave very thoughtful answers and seemed to love looking back at his older movies.

Highly recommended
Yes, that was awesome. What was not awesome was Kevin Durant. Man alive, Durant is a phony in so many ways, I completely skipped the 2nd part because I just couldn't listen to him anymore. By the end of the first part, the mere sound of Durant's voice was grating.

Simmons gets one of the best hoops players in history to be a friend of his Pod and it ends up being a fake poser. It's a shame he couldn't get Steph.
 
The Al Pacino interview was so much better than I thought it would be. Bill said on Twitter he took a few minutes to warm up but once he did he was great. I definitely misjudged him because most of his characters are grumps and recent pictures have made him look very old so I assumed he would be checked out and just go through the motions but I think once he realized it was better than the usual junkets and he could go deeper he was into it. He gave very thoughtful answers and seemed to love looking back at his older movies.

Highly recommended
Many thanks for that tip - I was going to give that episode a miss.
 

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Yes, that was awesome. What was not awesome was Kevin Durant. Man alive, Durant is a phony in so many ways, I completely skipped the 2nd part because I just couldn't listen to him anymore. By the end of the first part, the mere sound of Durant's voice was grating.

Simmons gets one of the best hoops players in history to be a friend of his Pod and it ends up being a fake poser. It's a shame he couldn't get Steph.
Couldn’t agree more. That’s amazing how unlikeabke he came off there.
 

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Simmons was on Maron’s WTF, if anyone is interested.
I actually enjoy watching two friends, or colleagues, interact when both default to always taking about themselves. There’s that unspoken battle for conversational control that I find enjoyable. I’m going to guess that Maron wears down Simmons and has Simmons interviewing him by the end.
 

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I actually enjoy watching two friends, or colleagues, interact when both default to always taking about themselves. There’s that unspoken battle for conversational control that I find enjoyable. I’m going to guess that Maron wears down Simmons and has Simmons interviewing him by the end.
Listened to it and enjoyed it -- I'm a big fan of both Maron (whom I worked with at Comedy Channel in the early 90s) and Simmons and their podcasts.

Maron definitely deferred to his guest, and for all his protestations, Simmons clearly enjoyed talking about himself. Not a lot of stories I hadn't heard before -- wish they talked more about the science of producing and marketing and making money on podcasts, where they are world-class experts -- but was a good way to get through my workout.
 

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Funny argument between Bill and Mike on the NBA MVP with Mike giving Bill a hard time. Mike thought that anyone other than LeBron was a terrible argument. Bill liked Harden. Bill never broke out the stats to defend his side. Maybe Bill was a little shook.
 

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Because stats is a great way to reason with Francesca.
I realize this was a long time ago but the reason Mike became Mike was because he was a huge stats guy. He came up through the research department at CBS and he got the Mike and the Mad Dog gig as the stats guy in contrast to Russo's opinions. There was a time when stats meant a lot to Mike. I agree, that ship has long since sailed. It's in Bora Bora by now.
 

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Listened to it and enjoyed it -- I'm a big fan of both Maron (whom I worked with at Comedy Channel in the early 90s) and Simmons and their podcasts.

Maron definitely deferred to his guest, and for all his protestations, Simmons clearly enjoyed talking about himself. Not a lot of stories I hadn't heard before -- wish they talked more about the science of producing and marketing and making money on podcasts, where they are world-class experts -- but was a good way to get through my workout.

I felt exactly the same way. It was easy listening but not boring.