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Bill Simmons

William J. "Bill" Simmons (born September 1969) is a columnist and podcaster for Page2 on ESPN.com and a former writer for ESPN The Magazine. He is also an Executive Producer of ESPN's new documentary project, 30 for 30. He is known by the nickname "The Sports Guy" (formerly "The Boston Sports Guy"). His ESPN.com column is written from the viewpoint of a passionate sports fan, and often uses extended analogies and references to pop culture in his columns.

He moved to Los Angeles on November 16, 2002 to work as a writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Show. He has since left the show to work full-time for ESPN. He has signed a contract to remain with ESPN until 2010.

Simmons currently hosts his own podcast on ESPN.com, ESPN Xtra, and iTunes titled "The B.S. Report." From when he began his podcast on May 8, 2007, until June 14 of that year, it was called "Eye of the Sports Guy." He has also filmed segments for the television series E:60.

He set the record for the longest chat on ESPN's Sportsnation on November 28, 2007, breaking Rob Neyer's previous record. He did the chat to support ESPN's fund raising efforts for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer. Neyer has since re-broken the record on March 31, 2008 on the opening day of the baseball season. Matthew Berry currently holds the record of 13 hours and 12 minutes.

He also "officially" announced his candidacy for the position of Milwaukee Bucks general manager, for which he was not hired. In a similar move he announced his candidacy for the Minnesota Timberwolves general manager position. Again he was not hired.

In the July 27, 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Simmons officially announced his retirement from his magazine column. He continues to write for the ESPN.com website.[1]

Personal life

Simmons grew up in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He attended The Greenwich Country Day School for the eighth and ninth grades. He attended Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut and, in 1988, completed a postgraduate year at Choate Rosemary Hall, a prep school located in Wallingford, Connecticut. He then attended the College of the Holy Cross, graduating in 1992 with a 3.04 GPA in Political Science. Subsequently, he studied print journalism at Boston University, where he received his master's degree.[2] Before his affiliation with ESPN, he was known as the "Boston Sports Guy" on the web site Digital City Boston. Simmons also worked for the Boston Herald briefly in the 1990s. Simmons was also a bartender for a short time while he established himself on the web. He was originally referred to as "The Sports Guy" by childhood friend Steve Jung.

On November 16, 2002, he moved to California to work as a comedy writer for the show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. Although he left the show in 2004, he remained in California. Simmons also frequently writes about his non-sports-related personal life in his columns. He often mentions his wife, Kari Crichton Simmons, but only as "The Sports Gal," and his baby daughter Zoe Josephine, born in the spring of 2005. He and his wife also had a son, Ben, in November 2007.[3]

Simmons has his own section of ESPN.com's Page 2, titled "Sports Guy's World," and in late 2004 ESPN launched an online cartoon based on his columns (the cartoon has since been discontinued). His wife occasionally writes mini-articles within Simmons' own Page 2 articles, on subjects such as hatred of actor Michael Rapaport and searching for good donuts in L.A. He has appeared on I Love the 90s: Part Deux, Colbert Report and Jim Rome Is Burning, and is an occasional guest on several sports talk radio shows.

On October 1, 2005, Simmons released his first book, Now I Can Die in Peace. The book is a collection of his columns, with minor changes and lengthy footnotes, leading up to the 2004 World Series victory by the Boston Red Sox.

In the March 13, 2006, edition of ESPN The Magazine, Simmons revealed that he would be competing in the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event. Simmons busted out of the tournament during his first day of play.

On April 19, 2006, Simmons won the NBA Cares Celebrity Fantasy League, beating out Bernie Mac in the final by a score of 1028-852. Other celebrities who participated were Pamela Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Modine, Michael Rapaport, Star Jones Reynolds, Kenny Smith and Diana Taurasi. Simmons attributed his success to his extensive knowledge of the NBA and to star player Kobe Bryant, as well as the Isiah-esque ineptitude of TNT analyst Kenny Smith.

In July 2008 Simmons announced that he would be taking 10 weeks off from writing columns for ESPN.com's Page 2 to concentrate on finishing his second book, The Book of Basketball, The NBA According to the Sports Guy, which will be released on October 27, 2009.

During a 2009 Podcast, Simmons stated that he refuses to look at his Wikipedia page, citing the number of gross inaccuracies.

In a March 2009 podcast, Simmons claimed to be six foot one and a half, although his friend Chuck Klosterman claimed he was not that tall.

In a March 2009 appearance on The Adam Carolla Podcast, Simmons told Carolla he does Pilates for his bad back and attends the same Pilates Studio as Miley Cyrus.

In an April 2009 podcast with Chris Connelly, Simmons admitted that he did not have a girlfriend between 1982-1987.

August 28th, 2009 Was seriously injured in a boating accident behind AT&T Park

Rooting interests

A native New Englander, Simmons is a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Holy Cross Crusaders (his alma mater), and Boston Celtics. He is also a Los Angeles Clippers season ticket holder, and has been very critical of their head coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy, Sr.[4][5] He was a longtime fan of the Boston Bruins and the NHL, but claims that their poor management led to his completely losing interest in them until the 2008 playoffs.[6] Simmons's interest in soccer was piqued by the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He subsequently wrote a column detailing his efforts to choose an English Premier League team to follow, eventually selecting Tottenham Hotspur.[7] Following the United States' success in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Simmons traveled to the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City to cover the USA's World Cup qualifier against Mexico. His ensuing article detailed the events that transpired.[8] He claims that the change in NBA draft age eligibility has revitalized his interest in college basketball, limiting the amount of time he can dedicate to watching Tottenham. He also passionately roots against certain teams, specifically the New York Yankees, New York Jets, Boston College, Indianapolis Colts, Montreal Canadiens, Duke University Men's Basketball, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Style

Simmons' writing is characterized by references to movies, television shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Beverly Hills 90210, Mad Men, The O.C. and Entourage, his "everyday Joe" sense of humor, and his bias toward Boston-area sports teams. While his articles and podcasts have no set schedule, Simmons usually writes one to two articles per week and also submits two to three podcasts per week.

Simmons frequently mentions friends and family in his column, and trips to Las Vegas or other gambling venues with his friends. He frequently writes about his gambling, whether it's at the blackjack table or his many parlays during football season. On Fridays during the NFL season, he makes picks for every game.

Simmons will also discuss movies (most notably, Hoosiers, The Godfather, Teen Wolf, The Shawshank Redemption, Boogie Nights, Dazed and Confused, the Rocky series, The Karate Kid and Almost Famous, his favorite film from 2000-2009), favorite TV shows of the past and present (for example, Friday Night Lights), his many fantasy sports teams, memories regarding professional wrestling, especially Roddy Piper (mainly with the WWF/E), video games and even throwing in a few references to adult video. One of his ongoing projects is "The Best 72 Sports Movies of the last 33 Years," which he updates in no particular order. He has named eight of 72 movies and has not written a column for this project since November 27, 2005.[9]

He also occasionally writes columns answering readers' e-mails. He almost always ends these columns with a strange e-mail, followed by the statement "Yup, these are my readers." He also engages in lengthy chat sessions with readers on ESPN.com.

One of his recurring columns is his annual Draft Diary, where he discusses watching the NBA Draft, usually with his father (who was born in 1947), and mocks various aspects of it. He has admitted that the 2007 Draft Diary was his worst and would like a mulligan.

Simmons has attended several Super Bowls since being hired by ESPN and has admitted to disliking Jacksonville and Houston, citing them as inadequate locales for the event. He gave Arizona slightly better grades overall but said it couldn't compare to the ideal locations of Miami, New Orleans, and San Diego. He has suggested that the Super Bowl be permanently rotated between these three cities.

Controversy

Simmons is an avid NBA fan and is quick to express his opinions over who is doing a good job and who is not. He has heavily criticized Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor (who once called Simmons an "asshole") and head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr., and especially former New York Knicks coach and general manager Isiah Thomas. This led to Thomas threatening Simmons on Stephen A. Smith's radio show in early 2006, saying, "If I see this guy Bill Simmons, oh, it's gonna be a problem with me and him." In a column posted on ESPN.com on July 19, 2007 Simmons stated that he and Thomas had a half-hour long chat, facilitated by sports announcer Gus Johnson, about Simmons' criticisms of Thomas, and that Thomas remained civil and cordial throughout.[10] With regard to Rivers, Simmons wrote an article poking fun at the coach's use of the Ubuntu concept in his locker room.[1] Ubuntu is an African tradition which emphasizes unity and togetherness.

Simmons and Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy feuded over the presidency of Red Sox Nation. The Red Sox asked Simmons to run for the ceremonial position and he accepted. In a candidate's memo, Simmons remarked that he was a better choice than Remy because he is not a smoker. Remy criticized Simmons for about five minutes during the July 16, 2007 NESN broadcast of the Red Sox - Royals game. Simmons later removed himself from consideration and Remy was named president. Remy was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2008. He underwent successful surgery to remove the cancerous area, but suffered an infection and also pneumonia during his recovery. Remy took an indefinite leave of absence from NESN broadcasts as of April 30, 2009 due to the complications.

Simmons was embroiled in a feud with management at ESPN.com. When asked by the editors of Deadspin.com why he had not written a new column in over 2 weeks, he replied "I still love writing my column and only re-signed last year because I really did believe that we had hashed out all the behind the scenes bullshit and come to some sort of agreement on creative lines, media criticism rules, the promotion of the column and everything else on ESPN.com. Within a few months, all of those things changed and certain promises were not kept. It's as simple as that."[11][12]

Immediately before the feud erupted, Simmons was scheduled to interview Sen. Barack Obama for a podcast. Obama was still running against Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination at the time. ESPN nixed the interview, saying that they would only allow its reporters and columnists to interview a presidential candidate once the nomination had been finalized. Deadspin.com believed this was an example of ESPN pulling rank, and speculated that ESPN was thinking, "Some online guy is gonna have Sen. Obama as a guest on his PODCAST? What the hell's a podcast? Better to wait until Stu Scott can talk to him about Carolina hoops after the convention. Why waste the access on a podcast?"[2] As it turned out, Deadspin.com was quite prescient - Stu Scott interviewed Obama right before the convention began.

On October 31, 2008, ESPN refused to post Simmons' NFL Week Nine Picks, instead just put up his predicted lines. In response to many reader emails, Simmons posted to his long dormant blog explaining what happened (which has since been removed from his personal blog).[13] Simmons also stopped recording his podcast, which prior to the incident he had been doing at least one per week. At the time, Cousin Sal, a frequent contributor to Simmons' podcasts, noted on Dave Dameshek's podcast that Simmons was retired from podcasts.

Additionally, according to Deadspin, Simmons had quit the BS Report due to the content being edited out of them [14]. The controversy revolved around the entry of pornography actor Christian into a ESPN fantasy basketball league. Simmons was upset that his explanation of ESPN's refusal to allow him into the league was edited out of a B.S. Report podcast.[15]

On November 25 2008, Simmons returned to recording his BS Report podcast. The podcast now begins with a disclaimer, which says "The BS report is a free flowing conversation that occasionally touches on mature subjects." [16]

Memes

Simmons responds to issues in the sports world in a unique way, usually putting a different spin on events, ideas, and theories. He uses such terms so frequently that ESPN.com has a glossary of Simmons conventions, with links to articles in which they were used.[17] He sometimes has stated that something terrible in sports or elsewhere "never happened" - such as the San Antonio Spurs NBA title during the lockout-shorted 1999 season, the Florida Marlins 1997 World Series win, and (repeatedly) Rocky V. He refuses to call the Oklahoma City Thunder by name, instead only calling them "the Bennett City Hijackers," "The Team that shall not be named," as well as "Seattle's Sloppy Seconds," "the Zombie Sonics" or "Kevin Durant's Future-Former Team."

Ewing Theory

One of Simmons's most used Internet memes has been the Ewing Theory,[18] which was conceived by reader Dave Cirilli and named after Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks. In 1998-99, the Knicks made the NBA Finals after Ewing sustained an Achilles' tendon injury. Thus, the Ewing Theory claims that when a longtime superstar who has never won a championship leaves the team via injury, trade or free agency, and the media writes the team off, the team will play better. Other examples noted by Simmons include:

One reader asked if Iraq was a contender for the Ewing Theory, based on the notion that the country would become a huge success story after a future withdrawal of U.S. troops. Simmons' response was "No."[20]

Given the time since the name Ewing Theory was coined and the Giants' Super Bowl XLII victory, a number of readers suggested the name be updated to the "Tiki Theory" and Simmons agreed.[21]

Levels of Losing

Another recurring Simmons topic is the 13 Levels of Losing, where he defines, describes and ranks the most painful ways for a sports team to lose, such as the "Stomach Punch" (a game that ends with an opponent making an improbable and game-winning play; the Music City Miracle is a good example), or the "Guillotine" (when your team is hanging tough, but somehow you just know they will fail in the clutch).[22] Not surprisingly, given Simmons' background, he ranks Game 6 of the 1986 World Series as the most painful defeat in sports history.

Simmons revised and updated the list to have 16 levels because of the New York Mets' collapse during the 2007 season and Michigan football's loss to Division I-AA Appalachian State.

Common Sayings

Additional Simmons running conventions include referring to players who are no longer effective as having "a giant salad fork sticking out of their back," the Vengeance Scale, the "Juvenation Machine" (used to describe an athlete or team having a strong comeback year), "Theo Ratliff's Expiring Contract" (indicating that player's value as a means of creating salary cap space rather than as an on-court contributor), a cocaine heartbeat (usually referring to trades that should be immediately made) or "I will now light myself on fire" (catchphrase he uses whenever forced to admit an unpleasant truth, such as his 2008 acknowledgment of Kobe Bryant as the player most deserving of the 2008 NBA MVP award).

VP of Common Sense

Simmons recently made the semi-serious suggestion that sports teams should hire a Vice President of Common Sense who would be an average fan essentially taken off the street and given no behind-the-scenes knowledge. This official would be called in to assess important transactions; his reaction would be a gauge to help the team notice obviously poor decisions arising from such problems as bureaucracy, groupthink and hype. By way of introduction to the concept, Simmons said that the VP of Common Sense would have selected Reggie Bush over Mario Williams in the 2006 NFL Draft, though he has since praised Williams' strong play for the Texans.

H-O-R-S-E Competition

Since 2002 Simmons and his friend Joe House have advocated the idea of bringing back a H-O-R-S-E competition to save All-Star weekend. He even stated at the end of the article that commissioner David Stern could take credit for the idea. He said that every NBA player loves to play H-O-R-S-E and that the bragging rights would be through the roof. On February 3, 2009, the NBA announced that TNT would televise a G-E-I-C-O competition on All-Star Saturday, with the three participants being Joe Johnson, OJ Mayo, and Kevin Durant. Although Bill was thrilled that H-O-R-S-E finally made it to All Star Weekend, he did feel that the players involved should be more charismatic and joke around with the other players. He suggested Paul Pierce or Sam Cassell as ideal participants.

Reggie Cleveland All-Stars

Simmons also created the "Reggie Cleveland All-Stars," a list of sports figures whose names would seem to indicate that they are of a different race or ethnicity than they actually are. Simmons first mentioned the phenomenon with Marcus Giles and Sidney Ponson. One of his readers suggested Reggie Cleveland (a white former pitcher with a black-sounding name) as the best possible example of this phenomenon which led Simmons to name the list after Cleveland.[23]

Simmons officially designated the following people as All-Stars:

It is not clear whether Simmons realizes Grady Sizemore is of mixed race. Many others have been nominated on various websites. He also noted in his 2006 NBA Draft diary that Patrick O'Bryant, a first round pick of the Golden State Warriors, was a "mortal lock" to be named to the All-Star team. In a 2007 column, Simmons named former Denver Broncos linebacker Rulon Jones as a "first-ballot Reggie Cleveland All-Stars Hall of Famer."

In a recent column Bill mentioned that he wanted to name his second child "Nate" so he could create his own Reggie Cleveland All-Star from scratch named Nate Simmons. He said he sounds like a wide receiver/kick returner on the Arizona Cardinals but unfortunately, his wife shot the idea down, briskly.

The Tyson Zone

A more recent Simmons meme is the so-called "Tyson Zone," named in honor of boxer Mike Tyson. The Tyson Zone is the status an athlete or celebrity reaches when his or her behavior becomes so outrageous that one would believe any story or anecdote about the person, no matter how shocking or bizarre.[30] For instance, if one would not be surprised to hear reports that a particular athlete agreed to fight a caged lion for a sum of money or started a career of breeding unicorns, that athlete has entered The Tyson Zone.[31]

People whom Simmons has officially listed as Tyson Zone members include:

Simmons has stated that Ben Roethlisberger secretly entered the Tyson Zone during the summer of 2006 after news of his motorcycle accident and a later incident involving a burst appendix, for which he was rushed to the hospital.[33] The term may also be used in adjective form as the word "Tysonic."

Emilio Estevez All-Stars

In a September 19, 2008, column, Simmons created the Emilio Estevez All-Stars. The team is named in recognition of people with Latino names who don't look remotely Latino.

Troy O’Leary All-Stars

In a column on October 17, 2008, Bill Simmons created the Troy O'Leary All-Stars.

"Speaking of the Titans, you won't believe this, but I have another dumb All-Star Team for you -- from the producers of the Lindsey Hunter All-Stars, the Reggie Cleveland All-Stars and the Emilio Estevez All-Stars, it's the Troy O'Leary All-Stars! That's right, it's the long-awaited team of African-American athletes whose names sound Irish. So far we have Troy O'Leary, Patrick O'Bryant, Cortland Finnegan, Jonathan O'Sullivan and, um ... that's it.

Diane Lane All-Stars

Simmons has also mentioned the Diane Lane All-Stars, referring to attractive female celebrities over the age of 40. Members include:

Simmons has also noted that Kelly Ripa will join the list as soon as she turns 40. He compared Maria Bello's 40th birthday to the day when Jack Nicklaus joined the Senior Tour when he turned 50 - nobody else has a chance for 3–4 years, making Diane Lane the ceremonial Arnold Palmer-type figure.

Sneaky Hot Hall of Fame

First referenced in a 2007 column,[34] Simmons described Jamie-Lynn Sigler as "one of those celebs who is prettier in person than on TV," and started the "Sneaky Hot Hall of Fame":

The Lindsey Hunter All-Stars

In his August 10, 2007 mailbag, Simmons, with a reader's help, added a new category "The Lindsey Hunter All-Stars", a list of male athletes and celebrities with names that make them sound like a hot girl.

Simmons has named the following as All-Stars:

Gambling

Simmons commonly makes gambling references in his articles. He typically prefaces gambling remarks with the statement, "if gambling were legal,"[35] so as to insinuate that he does not participate in the activity.

Manning Face

The Manning face is a known facial expression displaying a mix of frustration and disgust. It is most often displayed by NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and his younger brother, Eli.[36]

Although the expression was named for the Manning brothers, the term has become synonymous with other professional sports players and coaches, including New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin,[37] It was coined in 2004[38] and was later defined by Malcolm Gladwell as "the look of someone who has just faced up to a sobering fact: I am in complete control of this offense. I prepare for games like no other quarterback in the NFL. I am in the best shape of my life. I have done everything I can to succeed - and I'm losing. Ohmigod. I'm not that good."[39] Simmons still refers to this despite his own home team's loss in the 2007 playoffs, later writing "Eli Manning gave me the Eli Manning face!"[40]

The Derek Lowe face is also a related face in Simmons' "Pantheon of Faces," which he has referenced in several columns.

I'm Keith Hernandez

When a person seems to do something completely off the wall and/or completely outrageous for no other reason than he or she is famous and feels he can get away with it or not face repercussions from it, Simmons will say he is having an "I'm Keith Hernandez Moment." The reference comes from the famous Seinfeld episode where Keith Hernandez, on a date with Elaine, tries to convince himself to kiss Elaine by reciting (in his head), "Wait a second - I'm Keith Hernandez!" A commonly used example of an athlete in an "I'm Keith Hernandez" Moment is Reggie Bush's ill-advised lateral against Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Bill also has noted that Don Nelson, coach of the Golden State Warriors, has been in "I'm Keith Hernandez" Mode since the upset of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs.[41]

Donovan McNabb Comedy Hall of Fame

In one of his podcasts, Bill Simmons mentioned that Donovan McNabb is one of those people who tries too hard to be funny, and inevitably, come off as more odd than funny. During one of his marathon chat forums on ESPN.com, someone posted a question asking, 'Who belongs in the Donovan McNabb Comedy Hall of Fame?': When someone does something they think is funny that actually isn't. Bill Simmons replied with the following first draft of the hall list:

  • Kobe Bryant
  • Donovan McNabb
  • Chad Johnson
  • Eli Manning
  • Peyton Manning (referencing especially his "cut that meat" phrase from a TV commercial)

Marko Jaric-ing

In his April 1, 2009 mailbag [42], Simmons, with a reader's inspiration, created the rules for Marko Jaric-ing, a new category made to describe a male who has gotten a female who is completely out of his league. The category was inspired by NBA point guard Marko Jaric's marriage to supermodel Adriana Lima.

The rules are as follows:

  • Level 1: Just a pure Marko Jaric-ing. Your buddy can't believe he pulled it off, neither can anyone else, and nobody is even jealous of him.
  • Level 2: He Marko Jaric'd her to the degree that, when he's not around, his other friends talk about it incessantly and come up with rationalizations like, "Do you think her last boyfriend mistreated her in some way and she was ready for anyone?" or "Is he built like a camera tripod and he never told us?" There's no answer. Just conjecture.
  • Level 3: The best of the levels, since this involves the buddies being so flummoxed by the relationship that they tease the girl to her face about being Marko Jaric'd -- all good-natured stuff like, "Thanks for your ongoing charity with our friend" and "Do you realize you helped our friend overachieve for the first time in his life?" Bill noted though that this level could get dangerous if the wrong person is doing it after too many drinks.

Simmons's favorite movie example of a Marko Jaric-ing is when Jon Favreau's character Mikey gets Heather Graham's character Lorraine in "Swingers." His favorite TV example is the marriage in every ABC sitcom. His favorite celebrity example is Lyle Lovett getting Julia Roberts in her prime. His favorite multi-platform example is Turtle landing Jamie-Lynn Sigler on "Entourage" and in real life.

Apollonia Corleone All-Stars

In his April 1, 2009 mailbag [42], Simmons, with a reader's inspiration, created the Apollonia Corleone All-Stars, named after the wife of Michael Corleone from The Godfather. This is a list of actresses who, due to appearing in nude scenes from widely-seen movies, often possessed the first pair of breasts seen by various generations of boys.

Simmons has named the following actresses or scenes as All-Stars:

Simmons also mentioned Scarlett Johansson for the movie The Killing Game. This was Simmons's April Fools' Day Joke for his mailbag, in which he commented that the scene and movie were both fictional.

The Drew Bennett Award

In his August 18, 2009 podcast with Matthew Berry Simmons created the "Drew Bennett Award". This award goes to the breakout "White Wide Reciever" in the NFL.[43]

People who Simmons says has won this award are:

References

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?id=4343991
  2. ^ Bill Simmons '92 is "Boston's Sports Guy", HolyCross.com, College of the Holy Cross, 2001-06-01. Retrieved on 2008-02-11.
  3. ^ http://www.wickedlocal.com/easton/news/education/x2045584135/Simmons-retiring-next-year
  4. ^ Open letter to Blake Griffin
  5. ^ Bill Simmons' Twitter
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  7. ^ Simmons, Bill (2006-07-19). "And my team is .." ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  8. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/090817
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  10. ^ Simmons, Bill (2007-07-18). "Nothing tops Vegas and hoops". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  11. ^ Simmons: "Certain Promises Were Not Kept"
  12. ^ Simmons, Bill. "Unhappiness at the Worldwide Leader". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  13. ^ http://sportsguy.blogspot.com/
  14. ^ http://deadspin.com/5093550/ohand-about-simmons-podcast-he-told-me-he-quit-it
  15. ^ http://www.hankbrockett.com/2008/10/espn-and-porn-evidently-dont-mix.html
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  18. ^ Simmons, Bill (2001-05-09). "Ewing Theory 101". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  19. ^ Another large side order of links
  20. ^ May 14, 2007 Mailbag
  21. ^ The Super Bowl XLII mailbag
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  23. ^ a b Bill Simmons (2002-05-09). "Mail Call for Sports Guy". Page 2. ESPN. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  24. ^ Bill Simmons (2006-01-05). "Welcome Back Coach Fredo". Page 2. ESPN. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  25. ^ Bill Simmons (2006-08-04). "Mailbag, baby, mailbag". Page 2. ESPN. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
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  27. ^ Bill Simmons (2005-07-22). "Sports Guy's Top Sports Movies: Nos. 18 & 22". Page 2. ESPN. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  28. ^ a b c Bill Simmons (2007-03-17). "Running with the Madness, Part II". Page 2. ESPN. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  29. ^ Bill Simmons (2006-08-16). "Who will wear the AL crown?". Page 2. ESPN. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  30. ^ Simmons, Bill (2004-12-17). "Hunkering down in the mailroom". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  31. ^ Simmons, Bill. "Hunkering down in the mailroom". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  32. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/glossary
  33. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/060929
  34. ^ Simmons, Bill (2007-02-22). "Welcome to the hip-hop Woodstock". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  35. ^ Simmons, Bill (2007-10-26). "Perfection, triple negatives ... and free tacos!". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  36. ^ Gallo, DJ (2006-01-16). "Hey Peyton, need some help?". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  37. ^ Simmons, Bill (2008-01-22). "Finally, some hardware for LT and Tiki". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  38. ^ Philbrick, Mike (2007-01-30). "A.M. Jump". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  39. ^ Simmons, Bill (2006-03-02). "Curious Guy: Malcolm Gladwell". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  40. ^ Hoffman, Dave (2006-03-11). "Simmons-Gladwell Chat". ConcurringOpinions.com. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
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  42. ^ a b Simmons, Bill (2009-04-01). "Have a slice of cheesecake ... and two helpings of Isiah". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  43. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/stations/player?id=4408088 Around 51 Minute Mark

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