Pearl Jammin' with Grandpa, the Bill Simmons Thread

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I'm sure Bill puts thought into the gambling picks, because they're a.) legit measurable, and b.) a way he measures himself against his friends. [I didn't mean that as mean as it sounds... sports gambling is what he and his buddies do, and I'm sure he doesn't take that casually.]

That Pats Super Bowl pick was, I'm sure, made mostly to set up his amusing playoff run of wins at Cleveland (which fired BB), Buffalo (revenge for snatching the division, and "we own them"), the Chiefs ("we've been right there every game!"), and ultimately, of course, Tampa Bay. It's not serious football commentary. Everyone knows that.
 

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IIRC Bill didn't say that Kelce was Pitts floor. When he was talking to Schrager they were both mentioning how much hype Pitts was getting as a rookie TE (which is true, he was the #4 overall pick and a lot of people are very high on him) and Simmons posed the possibility that Pitts could be a great TE, and said "What if he just comes in, and he is like Travis Kelce already?" Which was basically saying that with the hype Pitts was getting, it's not crazy to think he could have a 1,100, 10TD season. That's different than Bill proclaiming or predicting that Pitts is now going to be as good as Kelce and giving a ton of analysis on why he thinks that.
 

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Bill on Friday: there just aren't a lot of surprises in NFL Week 1.
Bill on Sunday: underdogs were 11-4 against the spread, when will we ever learn the lesson?
 

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Bill predicting the Pats @NYJ line at -9 was the highlight of the podcast for me.
If I remember right, he actually thought he was being too favorable to the Jets initially and bumped the line even further to the Pats.

Edit: he was about to guess -10 and talked himself into -9.
 
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IIRC Bill didn't say that Kelce was Pitts floor. When he was talking to Schrager they were both mentioning how much hype Pitts was getting as a rookie TE (which is true, he was the #4 overall pick and a lot of people are very high on him) and Simmons posed the possibility that Pitts could be a great TE, and said "What if he just comes in, and he is like Travis Kelce already?" Which was basically saying that with the hype Pitts was getting, it's not crazy to think he could have a 1,100, 10TD season. That's different than Bill proclaiming or predicting that Pitts is now going to be as good as Kelce and giving a ton of analysis on why he thinks that.
Pretty sure he literally said that Pitts was the floor on guess the lines with Sal. But you know what -- saying that he'll come in as good as Kelce is also crazy; he's a rookie, rookies often struggle, and TE can be a particularly complex position to pick up (even Kelce took four years to be a thousand yard receiver).
 

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Pretty sure he literally said that Pitts was the floor on guess the lines with Sal. But you know what -- saying that he'll come in as good as Kelce is also crazy; he's a rookie, rookies often struggle, and TE can be a particularly complex position to pick up (even Kelce took four years to be a thousand yard receiver).
He 100% said that Kelce was Pitts floor. Maybe it’s not what he meant but he definitely said it.

And yes, Simmons know nothing about football. His takes are embarrassing (especially after he talks about how much he researched and studied then says things that are categorically wrong)

And the whole picking the Pats to win the SB is Simmons apex mountain. If they do well, he can say he was on it from the beginning. If they suck, he can say he was making a joke about other teams bandwagon fans. Either way, Bill was 100% right
 

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I love to give Bill shit, because he was a difficult person to work with once upon a time. But his crazy NFL takes, and comparing one of the greatest actors from one of the greatest TV series of all-time to The OC, is precisely why he can be a blast to listen to.
 

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I love to give Bill shit, because he was a difficult person to work with once upon a time. But his crazy NFL takes, and comparing one of the greatest actors from one of the greatest TV series of all-time to The OC, is precisely why he can be a blast to listen to.
Did you work with him (forgive me if you've told this story before)?
 

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You would be shocked to hear Simmons is more sure of his Pats to win the Super Bowl pick, despite the team being 0-1. Solid commitment to the bit.