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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:24 am    Post subject: The Bill Simmons thread (2.0) Reply with quote

So after Bill Simmons' suspension from ESPN a couple of months ago, he has a few new "battles" with some of the various ESPN folks.

http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bill-simmons-goes-scorched-earth-calls-mike-mike-absolute-garbage.html


http://thebiglead.com/2014/11/06/mike-golic-on-bill-simmons-lebron-comments-he-grabbed-a-headline-which-is-something-i-know-he-loves/

https://twitter.com/BillSimmons/status/530421724081569792

The last one is a reference to the ESPN Omnesbudman's piece on Simmons' suspension.

One wonders who ESPN will side with in the Simmons/Golic battle.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This will be fun.

My guess is that it will be the old "off setting fouls" since they can't do anything to Simmons without doing something to Golic.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Golic said they settled their differences.

Meanwhile, I got a kick out of this pic.

http://instagram.com/p/vFcg81CdLP/

I can imagine them talking a lot about their various pipebombs.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pic with Punk. :)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never knew he was suspended to begin with.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just saying...

http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2014/11/28/3597559/judge-finds-goodells-story-was-a-lie-immediately-reinstates-ray-rice-to-nfl
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As is Bill...

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Bill Simmons
And there it is. RT @AdamSchefter: Ray Rice has won his appeal, per sources.
12:22 PM - 28 Nov 2014

Bill Simmons
Got it. RT @AdamSchefter: Judge believes Ray Rice did not lie.
12:23 PM - 28 Nov 2014

Bill Simmons
As I predicted in my 11/21 column - the verdict for the Rice appeal came out on Black Friday. What a coincidence. http://grantland.com/the-triangle/welcome-to-the-week-12-thunderdome/
12:25 PM - 28 Nov 2014

Bill Simmons
So the judge ruled that Ray Rice didn't lie in June. Here was Goodell's CBS interview on Sept. 10. Read carefully. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ray-rice-controversy-commissioner-roger-goodell-defends-nfl-says-league-didnt-see-second-video/
12:27 PM - 28 Nov 2014

Bill Simmons
Ray Rice's lawyer absolutely hammers Roger Goodell and says "his judgment cannot be trusted." http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ray-rices-lawyer-peter-ginsberg-hammers-roger-goodell-says-commissioner-cant-be-trusted-20141128-story.html
4:26 PM - 28 Nov 2014
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B.S. Report: Don Van Natta Jr.

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I broke down the Goodell/Rice saga and Goodell's perplexing stint as NFL commish with ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. (who's been covering him on and off for the past 2 years). This pod inadvertently ended up unfolding like an episode of "Serial." I defy anyone to come out of this podcast feeling like the NFL isn't PROFOUNDLY screwed up right now. You might care, you might not. PS: I am done talking about this story unless something else major happens. You know where I stand.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was on Monday before his Tue podcast linked above:

Bill Simmons amusingly censors himself on BS Report during Ray Rice conversation
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill Simmons Questions ESPN's Support Of Grantland

Full interview is here:

ESPN’s Bill Simmons Talks Podcasts, Grantland and His Next Contract

This isn't going to end well... ;)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simmons is apparently going to be a guest commentator for RAW, this coming week. They're already teasing a JBL/Simmons feud.

the Simmons/Vince dynamic should be the most fun part about this.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think Bill has much time to get seriously involved in a lot of things. But as a longtime WWF/WWE Fanboy, he not doubt enjoys being able to have some fun with it.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And he's going to leave.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/09/sports/bill-simmons-and-espn-are-parting-ways.html?_r=0

I can see Fox making a play for him, but he wants to stay with primarily covering the NBA, I can see Turner creating a new entity for him.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing this was the final straw for Skipper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28V-Jd938Bg

It's late in the piece once they get to what Goodell will do. Bill is none too kind to the Commish, though he's not calling him a liar.

Likely that negotiations haven't been going great, and one of the issues is stuff like this. Skipper knew Bill was going to keep doing this, and taking shots at other ESPN Folks (there's a quick one in there at a former Colts/Bills executive who works for ESPN). Rather than let it drag on, or prior to suspending him again, Skipper got "ahead" of the story by saying ESPN was not renewing him.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course lots of stuff on Deadpsin.
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