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With Russillo piping in with something like ‘in a weird way, he might be the worst Royal son period, I feel like that isn’t a CRAZY thing to say, but you know there is gonna be this narrative out there that it’s really the family that’s the problem and the press, whatever, but that’s just the world we live in today where you just can’t say what is common sense.’
'Yup, these are my listeners!'
 

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“Want to go on Rogan and debate it”

Ryen killed Billy with that one, takes about 15-30 seconds for BS to compose himself
 

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“Want to go on Rogan and debate it”

Ryen killed Billy with that one, takes about 15-30 seconds for BS to compose himself
Was actually posting about this and you beat me to the punch. The randomness of the line, combined with the deadpan delivery and Bill's reaction just slayed me. I literally spit some coffee out.
 

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What the fuck would such a conversation entail? About what topic is the world currently a lesser place because of the absence of a MM- TS dialogue?

to the extent I care, which is nil, they were treated shabbily by their own family and the press, 100%. So go off and lead a quiet life if that’s what you’re purporting to do. But yeah, trying to pop up-now as people of the cultural moment, when the only thing that is interesting is their royal status, which they have themselves set fire to….. just go away.

Like maybe it would be interesting to hear MM and TS discuss… various Army Corps of Engineers infrastructure proposals. “Well Taylor I do agree that the sluice gates on the lower Missouri River are badly in need of replacement, but…”
 

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If I've ever had a more enjoyable commute than the one I just spent listening to JackO whine about the MFY, I don't remember it.
 

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If I've ever had a more enjoyable commute than the one I just spent listening to JackO whine about the MFY, I don't remember it.
Classic Bill Simmons to bring his friend on when the Yankees are doing poorly.

It is so weird how much joy Bill gets out of mocking his friends for their sports teams. He's been really petty about it. It probably has to do with the fact that the Boston teams have been in the toilet relative to the previous 2 decades, so the Boston candle is dimming and Bill has to blow out the candles of his friends to still look like he's still brighter.
 

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JackO is such a fuckface. It bugs me that he's the representative for all Yankee fans on Simmons' podcast (on the rare occasion that baseball is discussed), but he matches up pretty well with the public perception of Yankee fans, so I guess it's fair enough.
 

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Classic Bill Simmons to bring his friend on when the Yankees are doing poorly.

It is so weird how much joy Bill gets out of mocking his friends for their sports teams. He's been really petty about it. It probably has to do with the fact that the Boston teams have been in the toilet relative to the previous 2 decades, so the Boston candle is dimming and Bill has to blow out the candles of his friends to still look like he's still brighter.

You really hate Simmons now. I am a Yankees fan. JackO's appearance was great. It's just sports, man. It is fine to fuck with people about professional sports. He is willing to take shit when his squads suck.
 

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JackO is such a fuckface. It bugs me that he's the representative for all Yankee fans on Simmons' podcast (on the rare occasion that baseball is discussed), but he matches up pretty well with the public perception of Yankee fans, so I guess it's fair enough.
I stopped listening to the Jacko segments a couple of years ago because they are petty either way (whether it's Bill busting Jacko or Jacko busting Bill), but more because neither one of them knows what they are talking about when it comes to baseball. And it doesn't help that they've both admitted in the past that when their teams aren't playing well, they don't watch them. Which is their choice, but it makes it hard to take seriously their opinions of what's currently wrong with their teams.
 

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I stopped listening to the Jacko segments a couple of years ago because they are petty either way (whether it's Bill busting Jacko or Jacko busting Bill), but more because neither one of them knows what they are talking about when it comes to baseball. And it doesn't help that they've both admitted in the past that when their teams aren't playing well, they don't watch them. Which is their choice, but it makes it hard to take seriously their opinions of what's currently wrong with their teams.
It’s a tough listen when either/both routinely say things like ‘I’m not against analytics but here’s why it’s bullshit.’ The missive against Craig Biggio’s HOF candidacy in the latest conversation was pretty bizarre, too.
 

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Classic Bill Simmons to bring his friend on when the Yankees are doing poorly.

It is so weird how much joy Bill gets out of mocking his friends for their sports teams. He's been really petty about it. It probably has to do with the fact that the Boston teams have been in the toilet relative to the previous 2 decades, so the Boston candle is dimming and Bill has to blow out the candles of his friends to still look like he's still brighter.
You do know he didn’t force JackO to come on. I feel confident that JackO gets no compensation from the pod.
 

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The next big thing is... unreal people. o_O

Bill's wife's friends are "a little witchy." So, not the full witch, just like witchy adjacent? They're not worth the full first rounder but maybe like a conditional pick swap, witch-wise.
 
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The next big thing is... unreal people. o_O

Bill's wife's friends are "a little witchy." So, not the full witch, just like witchy adjacent? They're not worth the full first rounder but maybe like a conditional pick swap, witch-wise.
Simmons talking ghosts with Chuck is ELECTRIC.

That entire thing was hilarious and insane. Chuck is all in on the fact that some people might not be real. But only a very small amount of people can "see" these unreal people. Electric.
 

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The next big thing is... unreal people. o_O

Bill's wife's friends are "a little witchy." So, not the full witch, just like witchy adjacent? They're not worth the full first rounder but maybe like a conditional pick swap, witch-wise.
Weird that it was an attic. Normally bad stuff happens in the basement.
 

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Simmons's music knowledge always surprises me. I am stunned that he has a working knowledge of Dinosaur Jr., though I'm curious how extensive that knowledge actually is. I feel pretty comfortable that he was faking his way through Klosterman's (somewhat pointless, IMO) comparison of The Hold Steady's longevity with that of the Beatles.

I find the ghost stuff hilarious mostly because he paid $16m for that mansion (assuming that's the house at issue -- he apparently owns a ton a real estate). Can you imagine buying a $16m home and then having your family start freaking out because some workers claimed it was haunted?
 

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It occured to me today that there's a 50% shot the "witchy friends" were jealous of the Simmons manse and colluded on their ghost detection.
Imagine how little you would have to know about the great Bill Simmons to think telling him someone was tortured in his attic would upset him. They really messed up if that was their plan. They made his day. Maybe the wife set it up as a gift to him.
 

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Klosterman's unhinged "unreal people" thought was not explored enough. What was he even talking about?
 

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I like Klosterman but there is no doubt that one day, when he gets old, he is just going to be someone who constantly says crazy things and comes across like a total loon. It's just a matter of time before that day comes.
 

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I like Klosterman but there is no doubt that one day, when he gets old, he is just going to be someone who constantly says crazy things and comes across like a total loon. It's just a matter of time before that day comes.
He's such a fucking boomer.
 

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I like Klosterman but there is no doubt that one day, when he gets old, he is just going to be someone who constantly says crazy things and comes across like a total loon. It's just a matter of time before that day comes.
Good for him, I’ll still be listening.
 

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This is a good example of one way (amongst many positive counter-examples) of how the internet + capitalism is making it harder to have a civil society. Instead of this being some story that a couple dozen people told their friends before dying out, it’s a viral story that gets broadcast with “maybe she wasn’t crazy?” normalization spin to millions of people. And then the 1% who want to believe get deeper into dysfunction, and the 3% that are predisposed to maybe believe get moved closer towards the crazy ones. Simmons and Klosterman get discussed and paid. Good stuff.
 

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That sounds more like a free speech + internet issue than a capitalism one. It’s not like Simmons is a First Take-like guy. Klosterman also didn’t get paid.
 

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It was a particularly dumb part of the podcast because Bill and Chuck both went with the "she didn't seem crazy" argument. Dear readers, she was a couple donuts short of a dozen. There are lots of people who are, for lack of more precise terminology, bonkers who seem more or less normal and then come out with the strangest things.
I wasn’t familiar with the story so looked it up after the pod and my first reaction was that she was absolutely bonkers. How in the world did they not think she was crazy.
I like Klosterman but there is no doubt that one day, when he gets old, he is just going to be someone who constantly says crazy things and comes across like a total loon. It's just a matter of time before that day comes.
Maybe, but on this pod he also said “Your reality is only as big as your memory” which is the most profound thing I’ve heard in a long time.
 

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No Simmons pod since July 14 (not counting Rewatchables which have surely been recorded earlier). He's probably taking an extended vacation, but I need my fix, man. My commutes have not been the same.
 

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No Simmons pod since July 14 (not counting Rewatchables which have surely been recorded earlier). He's probably taking an extended vacation, but I need my fix, man. My commutes have not been the same.
I think my hero said 5 weeks.
 

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The non-baseball pods I listen to regularly have really been scraping the bottom of the barrel, so Simmons taking the month off was probably the smart play. KOC and Chris Vernon did about 15 minutes (or at least it felt like 15 minutes) about their favorite movies on their last pod.
 

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The non-baseball pods I listen to regularly have really been scraping the bottom of the barrel, so Simmons taking the month off was probably the smart play. KOC and Chris Vernon did about 15 minutes (or at least it felt like 15 minutes) about their favorite movies on their last pod.
That's why Russillo was brilliant for life advice. Sports agnostic!
 

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No Simmons pod since July 14 (not counting Rewatchables which have surely been recorded earlier). He's probably taking an extended vacation, but I need my fix, man. My commutes have not been the same.
Can’t get by without another hour about KD’s legacy? I don’t think Bill has shared his thoughts about the trade in the last 6 weeks
 

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Can’t get by without another hour about KD’s legacy? I don’t think Bill has shared his thoughts about the trade in the last 6 weeks
You got him good! This post reminds me why I listen to your podcast and not his.