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  1. JBill

    The Ringer

    This was very silly and funny
  2. JBill

    ESPN Is Pathetic

    Drew Magary gets into why it's all so nauseating. https://www.gq.com/story/espn-fed-jemele-hill-to-the-wolves Trump's tweeting about her today was entirely predictable, and ESPN hung her out to dry. They left her alone to be a target for this racist asshole. For shame to the ESPN decision...
  3. JBill

    The Ringer

    They're churning out so much stuff between pods and articles I honestly can't find it all, but here a few I've enjoyed lately: Danny Chau I think usually writes about the NBA, but I loved his piece about hot chicken (warning, you will crave it after reading the piece)...
  4. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    He said it was going to be one a week while the show is in the early stages.
  5. JBill

    Durant to Warriors

    Not sure what gave it away, Presti and his "perfectly coiffed" hair, his "quiet, steely confidence," or Bennett and Presti's courageousness staying at a Holiday Inn Express in the Hamptons.
  6. JBill

    Durant to Warriors

    Durant is too likeable, but I'll enjoy hating and rooting against the Warriors as a team. Sports!
  7. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Speaking of Simmons thin skin, it's kind of amazing how thin skinned Skipper is. Simmons still gets under his skin in the worst way.
  8. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    I like the bar thing that tells you how long it will take to read a column. Not sure if that's Ringer specific, or for all Medium articles.
  9. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    He's good with the easy breezy convo, and for a half hour show with a couple ten minute conversational type interviews edited down I think it will work fine. I don't know if that makes it must watch or anything, but I think the direction and breakdown of the show is less worrisome than just...
  10. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Simmons says with Mike that the show is going to be two interviews and some other stuff. If the focus is on the interviews then I don't think the show is going to be a disaster. I'd be less concerned about the format and content because I think Simmons is smart and surrounds himself with smart...
  11. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    The Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman pod is a holdover from Grantland, they had an NBA gossip pod with Andrew Sharp. Not my thing, but don't mind it as an occasional part of a regular NBA pod with rotating hosts. And speaking of hosts, I also don't mind it because I'm convinced Simmons is keeping...
  12. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    I'd recommend the Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer politics podcast with Simmons. I think it's interesting even if you're not a democrat, they have some good insider input having worked in the Obama campaigns and administration. I saw that Simmons just spun them off into their own podcast on...
  13. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    That was a fun podcast with Curtis, Simmons has great chemistry and back and forth with all the former Grantland people (and now sometimes Ringer people) he brings on to talk to, Wesley Morris especially being one of my favorite guests.
  14. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    I think they've rolled this out well, already over 120,000 followers on twitter. And an email newsletter prior to the website launching seems like a good idea, particularly as that's the only way to read Simmons for now, so they'll have a massive distribution list by the time the website...
  15. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Can't read it behind the insider wall, but uh, I predict Simmons is going to go nuts at ESPN taking the trade value column idea. http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14756267/ranking-stephen-curry-lebron-james-top-50-players-trade-value-nba
  16. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Great final NFL pod of the season. And I would listen to an entire hour of Simmons and Cousin Sal making fun of their agent, James 'Baby Doll' Dixon. "You're gonna have to do the impossible Baby, and listen to the podcast yourself."
  17. JBill

    Grantland

    Speaking of Grantland, some of the writers' contracts ran out at the end of the year, and they are landing in new places. Jonah Keri tweeted that he's done at ESPN, but is moving on to SI and MLB Network and a couple other places. A couple writers are hinting at a new project/location. I'm not...
  18. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    The Michael B. Jordan pod was great though, I don't think they're buddies exactly. Agreed about the Katie Nolan one, some awkward moments/transitions, I didn't even finish listening. I'm curious to see when he'll unveil his new writing venture? I've really liked the Channel 33 podcast stuff so...
  19. JBill

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Sal doing the "...are we sure they're good?" line on the Pats killed me.
  20. JBill

    Grantland

    Skipper really is something else. In one more Jim Miller story about Grantland, Skipper goes on the record to blame Sean Fennessey for the site folding. If only he had taken the top job! Can't quite figure out the quote function yet, but here's the link...