June 23, 2017
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on longtime friend Joe House to break down the best and worst moments from the 2017 NBA draft.
HBO's Bill Simmons relaunches the most downloaded sports podcast of all-time with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes and media members, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House and other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on longtime friend Joe House to break down the best and worst moments from the 2017 NBA draft.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Kevin O’Connor to discuss the Lakers’ decision to cut ties with D’Angelo Russell (5:00), Brooklyn’s best moves (8:00), Dwight Howard on the Hornets (11:00), Kristaps Porzingis’s trade window (16:00), the Celtics’ plan in free agency (21:00), Ben Simmons skipping summer league (27:00), and Josh Jackson declining workouts (30:00). Then, they go through all of the potential draft scenarios and select the best fit for each lottery team in the 2017 NBA draft (34:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Malcolm Gladwell to discuss the ridiculous rate of offseason story lines in the NBA (5:00), LeBron James’s right to act in his own self-interest (13:00), dealing with juggernauts in the NBA (23:00), billionaire owners’ spending habits (33:00), Tiger Woods’s painkiller problem (36:00), trimming the NBA schedule (44:00), Tom Brady’s concussions (53:00), solving the public-use problem for golf courses (1:02:00), and the Bill Maher controversy (1:06:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on staff writer Kevin O’Connor and executive editor Chris Ryan to make sense of why the Celtics traded back in the stacked 2017 draft. Then, Ringer staff writer Mark Titus joins to discuss who won the trade between the Sixers and Celtics (46:00), Jayson Tatum’s rookie of the year potential (43:00), Luke Kennard’s NBA fit (56:00), Josh Jackson’s desire to win the dunk contest (1:02:00), and NBA draft diaries (1:05:00). Finally, Bill’s dad calls in to give the final verdict on Danny Ainge’s draft record and decide whether the Celtics made the right move to trade the no. 1 pick (1:08:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Will Ferrell to discuss the NBA Finals (4:00), the cable TV domination of ‘Step Brothers’ (13:00), the amount of denials before ‘Anchorman’ was made (19:00), working on ‘Old School’ while on ‘SNL’ (26:00), flubbing his first line on ‘SNL’ (34:00), his favorite ‘SNL’ sketch (40:00), the modern ‘SNL’ format with big-name actors (48:00), filming a Lifetime movie with Kristen Wiig (53:00), the way his kids act with Will Ferrell as their dad (1:01:00), Lonzo Ball on the Lakers (1:11:00), and the chance LeBron comes to L.A. (1:15:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons reports live from Oakland with 2017 NBA Champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant to discuss the initial moment right after the confetti fell in Oracle (4:00), running the pick-and-roll with Curry (11:00), David West’s impassioned postgame speech (16:00), the shot in Game 3 (21:00), appreciating LeBron’s journey (26:00), Curry’s high-level play in the playoffs (31:00), Kyrie’s “bag full of tricks” (34:00), Obama’s congratulatory text (39:00), the Warriors free agents this offseason (46:00), building winning habits with the Warriors (55:00), the nonsense of comparing different eras (1:01:00), Rasheed Wallace’s stretch five game (1:05:00), three-on-three in the Olympics (1:16:00), Iguodala’s big Game 5 dunk (1:21:00), McCaw’s bright future (1:24:00), and checking the boxes in a basketball career (1:28:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons reports live from the road to discuss the NBA Finals with help from his old friend Joe House. Topics include: Cleveland’s historic Game 4 (5:00), Kyrie’s similarities with Isiah Thomas (9:00), Durant’s place amongst the greatest forwards in history (14:00), the superteam misconcepcion (21:00), LeBron’s long-term game plan (29:00), Kevin Love on the trade block (37:00), the NBA Finals officiating(42:00), Blake Griffin’s fit in Boston (52:30), pre-draft NBA trades (58:00), the Bad Boy Pistons vs. 2017 Warriors (1:06:00), and whether the Cavs can come back down 3-0 (1:11:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor to discuss the many rumors and rumblings surrounding the NBA. Topics include: Jerry West’s interest in the Clippers (5:00), CP3’s no-trade clause (12:00), Lonzo and the Lakers (18:00), possible Kings trade packages (30:30), Isaiah Thomas’s trade potential (39:30), the Paul George situation (47:00), LeBron to the Lakers (55:00), and adjustments for the Cavs in Game 3 (1:05:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on James Corden to discuss bringing ‘The Late Late Show’ to London (02:00), moving to America (12:30), starting his show as an unknown (21:30), the development of “Carpool Karaoke” (26:30), the logistics of success within today’s media landscape (30:30), the time he spanked Donald Trump on Broadway (42:00), and improving the election process (45:00). Then they dive into the World Cup (55:00), the popularity of soccer in the U.S. (56:00), Bono’s advice to Chris Martin regarding fame (01:03:00), the importance of television today (01:05:00), and James’s friendship with Adele (01:12:30).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Kevin O’Connor to discuss their initial reactions from Game 1 of the NBA Finals (5:00), Kevin Durant’s comfort level (13:00), Curry’s Game 7 redemption (19:00), LeBron matching Durant (22:00), and Kevin Hart’s nicknames for the Cavs (27:00). Then, JackO joins to discuss his and Bill’s 25th college reunion this weekend (32:00), Aaron Judge’s absurd upside (46:00), and ways to rekindle the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry (55:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons makes his 2017 NBA Finals prediction. Then, Ice Cube joins in the studio to discuss collaborating on the 30 for 30 documentary ‘Straight Outta L.A.’ (23:00), the Lakers-Celtics rivalry in the ’80s (31:00), the growth of N.W.A (40:00), the importance of ‘Boyz n the Hood’ (49:00), the reason ‘Straight Outta Compton’ worked (55:00), ‘No Vaseline’ vs. ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ (1:05:00), and the Big 3 basketball league (1:11:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House and Bryan Curtis to talk about Tiger Woods’s latest media frenzy (01:30) and make NBA Finals predictions (23:00). Finally, Bill and Bryan take time to remember the late Frank Deford (44:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by author Chuck Klosterman to discuss the recent passing of Chris Cornell (03:00), the importance of film soundtracks (10:00), if super-teams hurt the NBA overall (26:00), LeBron’s legacy (40:00), the NFL’s rule change on celebrations (57:00), and the conspiracy theory on Michael Jordan’s first retirement (65:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by comedian Bill Burr to discuss his love for hockey (10:00), the great food in Winnipeg (15:00), the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry (23:00), the major changes at Fenway (34:00), the weirdness of hockey (41:00), Kelly Olynyk’s Game 7 (53:00), Chris Farley’s comedic intensity (1:02:00), the potential for R-rated sports channels (1:17:00), Paul Pierce’s farewell (1:21:00), and Trump’s international tour (1:25:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on his dad to discuss the Celtics’ worse playoff losses (5:00), Isaiah Thomas’s injury (12:00), the free throw differential in the Eastern Conference finals (17:00), Avery Bradley’s magic (21:00), LeBron in Jordan territory (28:00), Kyrie’s improved play vs. Curry (34:00), and Kevin Love’s impact on the series (37:00). Then, ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Hasan Minhaj joins to give his thoughts on his new Netflix special (42:00), the innovation of comedy specials (50:00), hosting the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (55:00), the 2002 Western Conference finals (1:00:00), Vivek’s ownership (1:10:00), Kings fans losing Boogie Cousins (1:14:00), Jeremy Lin’s run in New York (1:18:00), the Warriors bandwagon in the Bay (1:24:00), and the Cavs’ lackluster defense (1:27:00).
Is LeBron a baby? Could Boston trade for Anthony Davis? Is James Harden the Peyton Manning of basketball? Are the Lakers really taking Lonzo? What should Chargers fans do? Why are dogs allowed on airplanes? Earl Woods vs. LaVar? Did karma injure Kawhi? Who is 2017’s Jerome James? Was the Boogie trade good for the Kings? How tall is Dom? What’s the opening scene of a Clippers 30 for 30? Where will CP3’s Clips statue go? Is it OK for Pop to be mean? Is CT one of the greatest Boston athletes ever?
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Mark Titus to break down last night’s draft lottery (02:00), if Markelle Fultz is definitely going to be a Celtic (11:30), what Lonzo Ball’s draft declaration says about him (15:00), players who could be the second pick (28:00), and Malik Monk’s stock (31:00). Then Titus shares stories about growing up with Gordon Hayward (36:00) and playing on the first team that Brad Stevens ever coached (38:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss Game 7 of Celtics-Wizards (02:00), John Wall’s performance in the series (07:00), who Scott Brooks trusted (15:00), a rested LeBron in the Eastern Conference finals (30:00), James Harden and the regular-season MVP vote (34:00), the Western Conference finals without Kawhi Leonard (41:00), and Tuesday night’s fascinating NBA draft lottery (49:30).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Emmy Award–winning comedian Aziz Ansari to discuss shooting the second season of ‘Master of None’ in Italy (5:00), taking intense Italian lessons (15:00), directing modern Woody Allen moments (24:00), improvising scenes in auditions (29:30), hosting ‘SNL’ for the first time (33:00), stand-up at the Comedy Cellar (38:00), living outside the internet outrage cycle (43:00), working with Lorne Michaels (48:00), the untimely passing of Harris Wittels (53:45), shooting the ‘Otis’ video with Kanye and Jay Z (1:04:00), listening to Kanye albums before their release (1:08:00), Kanye and Jay’s humorous side (1:12:00), the first time meeting Dave Chappelle (1:19:00), and the ‘Girls’ series finale internet controversy (1:25:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons celebrates 10 years of podcasting by bringing on ‘B.S. Report’ Hall of Famer Adam Carolla to discuss Sylvester Stallone’s 1980s cop thriller ‘Cobra’ (9:00), the best ’80s montages (14:00), the lifestyle of liking “bad movies” (28:00), Tom Hanks in ‘Cast Away’ (33:00), hanging out with Helen Hunt (39:00), the start of the ‘Fast’ franchise (44:00), the plot holes in ‘Furious 7’ (49:00), Vin Diesel’s global lifestyle (1:02:00), Charlize Theron in ‘Fate of the Furious’ (1:11:00), and the perfect plot for the ninth ‘Fast’ movie (1:17:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay and Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis to discuss the end of ESPN’s ‘The Sports Reporters’ (5:00), LaVar Ball’s impact on Lonzo Ball’s draft stock (15:00), ESPN’s priorities in today’s media landscape (24:00), ESPN’s attachment to live sports (34:00), the future of ESPN2 (39:00), Adrian Wojnarowski’s rivalry with ESPN (48:00), the ESPN news ticker (55:00), the value of good writing in any medium (1:02:00), and parting shots on The Players’ Tribune (1:07:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Michael Rapaport to discuss the uninspiring NBA playoffs (5:00), the upcoming ‘NBA Awards’ show (11:00), Kelly Olynyk’s man bun (17:00), Phil Jackson’s problems in New York (26:00), overhyping ‘Hamilton’ (33:30), Chris Paul’s overrated status (38:00), Ty Lue complaining (41:00), reporter questions for Popovich and Belichick (44:00), LeBron’s ability to avoid injury (49:00), A-Rod’s stickman status (52:00), beefing with Dan Le Batard (1:02:00), and shooting ‘True Romance’ scenes with Christian Slater (1:13:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ‘South Park’ cocreators Matt Stone and Trey Parker to discuss writing the show during the 2016 election (6:00), their show’s similarities with ‘SNL’ (13:00), the NYT’s ‘Ghostbusters’ review (19:00), the difference between humor and trolling (28:00), Bill Hader’s increased involvement with the show (35:00), streaming ‘South Park’ (43:00), having creative free rein (47:00), the rivalry between Butters and Cartman (51:00), the sheer amount of powerful companies in the tech industry (55:00), beefing with Sean Penn (1:01:00), their desire to do another movie (1:06:00), and what’s next on Season 21 of ‘South Park.’
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes longtime friend of the show Joe House to discuss the CP3 era in L.A. (5:00), sign-and-trade options for Blake Griffin (18:00), reasons to reassemble the Clippers’ core (21:00), Stockton-CP3 comparisons (29:00), Wizards-Celtics (32:00), Ian Mahinmi’s struggles (38:00), Al Horford’s impact (44:00), the odds of a Warriors sweep (48:00), Gordon Hayward’s free agency (52:00), Raptors-Cavs (58:00), Harden’s sloppiness (1:04:00), Aldridge’s future with the Spurs (1:08:00), and series predictions (1:12:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O’Connor to break down the somewhat-uneventful first round of the NBA playoffs (01:00), Game 6 for Chris Paul (05:30), Golden State’s chance at sweeping the playoffs (11:30), what’s wrong with James Harden (15:30), a must-win game for the Celtics against the Bulls (22:00), and the Raptors eliminating the Bucks (30:00). Then, Mike Lombardi joins the show to talk about Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears (41:00), the Panthers taking Christian McCaffrey (57:30), the Texans taking Deshaun Watson (60:00), and Al Davis’s eating schedule (1:11:30).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes back Cousin Sal to discuss potential NFL draft prop bets (4:00), the backup QB conundrum (10:00), the Pats’ sneaky-good picks (16:00), a potential Jimmy G draft-day trade (19:30), the Warriors’ 16-0 potential (28:00), Edmonton’s Stanley Cup odds (32:55), and betting on the writers’ strike (36:00). Then, two-weight world champion boxer Andre Ward joins (40:10) to discuss his Olympic gold medal in Athens (45:00), 12 rounds vs. 15 rounds (51:00), fighting Sergey Kovalev (58:00), contemplating retirement in 2014 (1:04:00), the rematch with Kovalev (1:14:00), the best Bay Area athletes (1:17:00), his favorite legendary fights (1:21:00), and the Raiders’ exit from Oakland (1:25:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by old NBA buddy Haralabos Voulgaris to discuss Kawhi’s MVP case (5:00), the importance of durability (10:00), Isaiah Thomas’s improved play (14:00), James Harden’s defense (20:00), Shane Battier’s advanced stats (27:00), LeBron’s injury luck (34:00), Blake Griffin’s power forward style (40:00), the Warriors’ “disease of more” (45:00), the Bucks-Raptors toss-up series (48:00), Joe Ingles on the Clippers (55:00), Giannis’s rise (1:04:00), the ’01 Lakers’ dominance (1:13:00), and the return of Austin Rivers (1:17:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons discusses the top NBA playoff story lines, including Rondo’s injury (4:00), CP3’s future plans (11:00), Steven Adams’s disappearing act (14:00), the Jazz’s struggles (19:30), Spurs-Grizz (23:30), Raptors-Bucks (27:00), and Round 1 playoff predictions (28:20). Then, ‘The Breakfast Club’ cohost Charlamagne tha God joins (35:50) to give his thoughts on Charles Barkley (40:00), the power of Black Twitter (44:00), the cultural influence of ‘The Breakfast Club’ (52:00), Nelly’s fighting skills (56:00), confronting Kanye (1:00:00), Jay Z’s dominance (1:09:00), Nas’s impact (1:14:00), ways to fix ESPN (1:20:00), Serena’s pregnancy (1:30:30), and who owns the belt in hip-hop (1:38:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Viceland stars Desus and Mero to discuss NBA fashion (5:00), making waves on the internet (12:00), the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry (16:00), the plight of Knicks fandom (24:00), Phil Jackson vs. Melo (30:00), Blake Griffin’s Kia commercials (36:00), Jordan’s gambling (42:00), 1990s NBA fights (47:00), LeBron’s brand (53:00), La La and Melo’s split (56:00), Chappelle’s return (1:02:00), Denzel’s one-name status (1:06), and Eddie Murphy’s comedic reign (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ringer staff writers Robert Mays and Jason Concepcion to discuss Bulls-Celtics (5:00), Rondo’s playoff run (11:00), Fred Hoiberg out-coaching Brad Stevens (18:00), Jimmy Butler trade myths (22:00), a possible Porzingis trade to the Celtics (26:00), Phil Jackson’s many missteps (32:00), Danny Ainge’s master plan (35:00), James Dolan’s youth (42:00), Draymond Green’s blocks (45:00), picking Phil Jackson or Melo (48:00), and Vin Diesel’s impact on the ‘Fast’ series (50:00). Then, Tate Frazier joins to run through the main story lines throughout the playoffs thus far (54:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Kurt Russell to discuss the origin of Mr. Nobody in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise (5:00), the alternate universe where he (and not Kevin Costner) played Crash Davis (16:00), the big chance to play Elvis on ABC (23:00), Snake Plissken’s motivations in ‘Escape From New York’ (29:00), shooting ‘Silkwood’ with Meryl Streep and Cher (36:00), meeting Goldie Hawn (41:00), experiencing tabloid culture as a celebrity couple (48:00), Robin Williams’s incessant joke-telling (53:00), working with Sly Stallone (58:00), Val Kilmer’s on-set antics (1:04:00), bringing Herb Brooks to life in ‘Miracle’ (1:10:00), and his love of wine (1:16:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to definitively determine who deserves the NBA’s highest honor (5:00), redraft the supporting casts of the Rockets and Thunder (8:00), and decide the “winner” of each NBA season since 2000 (13:00). Then, film producer Neil Moritz joins (28:15) to discuss the origin story of Vin Diesel’s “Dom Toretto” (32:00), his bias against CGI shots (42:00), Paul Walker’s untimely death (48:00), the Rock’s intro to the franchise (54:00), the new trilogy of ‘Fast’ films (59:30), the biggest flaw in each ‘Fast’ film (1:06:00), producing ‘Cruel Intentions’ (1:17:00), working with Tupac on ‘Juice’ (1:20:00), and the best signs for box-office success (1:28:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons answers a slew of mailbag questions from readers and listeners on the MVP race (8:00), the Admiral vs. Olajuwon (19:00), Tony Romo’s TV career (26:00), Jokic vs. Nurkic nickname ideas (35:00), Sergio Garcia’s Masters win (42:00), the TNT Bulls (53:00), Rajon Rondo’s 3-point percentage (59:00), and who gets the no. 1 pick in the NBA draft (1:04:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the Cavs taking the East crown (6:00), Toronto’s newfound toughness (11:00), John Wall’s unmatched speed (16:00), Rob Hennigan’s scouting whiteboard (22:00), the great MVP debate (32:00), the second-best Spur (40:00), Popovich’s coach-of-the-year candidacy (47:00), All-NBA selections (54:00), Draymond vs. Gobert (59:00), Isaiah Thomas’s second-team spot (1:04:00), Karl-Anthony Towns’s spectacular season (1:11:00), and Boogie’s next destination (1:18:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Bryan Curtis discuss the art of sports broadcasting (2:00). Then, Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post joins them to talk about Roger Goodell and the NFL’s credibility problem (28:45), the painkillers epidemic in sports (35:00), Pat Summitt (43:45), and the current state of ESPN (58:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on NBA All-Star Kevin Durant to discuss his near season-ending injury (4:00), the decision to embrace being the enemy in OKC (15:00), the amount of talent in today’s NBA (24:00), Russell Westbrook’s and James Harden’s MVP cases (30:00), ways to fix the All-Star Game (38:00), Scott Brooks’s redemption in D.C. (46:00), the loaded 2017 draft class (56:00), and Shaq vs. JaVale McGee (1:04:00). Then they address James Worthy’s harsh reality (1:11:00), Durant’s college recruiting process (1:22:00), and the timetable for his return to the court (1:26:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by two-time MVP Steve Nash to discuss his best chance to win a title (6:00), the specialization of basketball (13:00), the modern point guard (17:00), playing with Kidd and KJ in Phoenix (24:00), players resting in the NBA (32:00), the NBA vs. Premier League schedules (39:00), Dirk’s longevity (48:00), working with the Warriors (56:00), and the greatest soccer players in the world (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on author Chuck Klosterman to discuss Kobe’s storytelling in ‘Musecage’ (5:00), the Westbrook-Harden MVP race (15:00), Oklahoma City’s talent disparity (22:00), the obsession with the triple-double (28:00), Devin Booker’s 70-point outing (32:00), Carmelo’s legacy (48:00), Gonzaga’s mid-major dominance (1:00:00), the Final Four (1:12:00), and Kentucky’s perfected recruiting pitch (1:16:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O’Connor to discuss the top-five draft picks in UK-UCLA (6:00), Lonzo Ball’s NBA fit (13:00), the top-eight draft picks as of right now (23:00), the Clippers’ losing ways (33:00), the NBA Sweet 16 model (40:00), Gordon Hayward’s free agency (46:00), and the Nets’ improved play (50:00). Then, JackO joins to discuss Trump’s Time interview (54:00), the future of the Republican Party (1:01:00), and the Yankees’ many prospects (1:05:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on comedian Larry Wilmore, the cocreator of ‘Insecure,’ to discuss the 2017 Lakers drama (5:00), Kobe’s prime (14:00), LaVar Ball’s brashness (23:00), competitive balance in the NBA (33:00), Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up (45:00), Richard Pryor’s honesty (54:00), the multiverse political scenario (1:02:00), the success of ‘Black-ish’ (1:10:00), and the biggest fear in Trump’s America (1:15:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Mark Titus and Chris Ryan to induct ‘Blue Chips’ into the Sports Movie Hall of Fame. Topics include: the most ridiculous moments (5:00), Nick Nolte’s intense coaching style (14:00), Bob Knight’s mystique (19:00), point-shaving scare tactics (23:00), Shaq’s final college game (30:00), the player cameos (35:00), rebooting ‘Blue Chips’ (42:00), post-retirement Larry Bird (47:00), and the best college basketball movies (53:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer to discuss technology’s impact of viewing habits (6:00), the Clippers’ need for a championship (12:00), the potential of a new Clippers arena (24:30), the Seattle expansion for the NBA (35:00), the NBA boardroom (42:00), understanding the salary cap (54:00), the future of this Clippers core (1:02:00), and the Microsoft scouting report (1:12:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on The Ringer’s Mark Titus to discuss Evan Turner’s ideal skill set (5:00), LeBron on a mid-major (8:00), Cousin Sal’s best bet for the title (16:00), the best rivalry in college hoops (23:00), and Villanova’s chance to repeat (28:00). Then, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor join to give his thoughts on the top NBA prospects in March (37:00), Jayson Tatum vs. Josh Jackson (46:00), Rick Pitino’s regrets (53:00), and the need for Gus Johnson (1:03:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on former Grantland teammate Zach Lowe to discuss the Warriors’ losing ways (6:00), the only teams to go three years without 20 losses (15:00), Durant on the Warriors (19:00), Jazz-Clippers (25:00), whether this is the last year for Doc Rivers (34:00), whether the Jazz are for real (40:00), All-NBA picks (48:00), are the Spurs smoke and mirrors? (55:00), James Harden’s passing ability (1:02:00), and Croatian basketball power rankings (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi and Kevin Clark to discuss NFL free agency, Deshaun Watson’s draft fit (7:00), Mike Glennon in Chicago (11:00), the Patriots signing Stephon Gilmore (19:00), Brandin Cooks rumors (26:00), the Romo-coaster (34:00), and which L.A. football team will be the worst (40:00). Then, JackO joins to give his thoughts on Trump’s presidency (48:00), Mike Francesa’s reunion with Mad Dog (1:04:00), ‘SNL’ so far this season (1:08:00), and building a women’s basketball dynasty at Holy Cross (1:11:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the Wizards’ impressive season so far (6:00), the Bradley Beal–Ray Allen comparison (11:00), the best free-agency acquisitions (23:00), Russell Westbrook’s ball hogging ways (32:00), OKC’s best-case scenario (39:00), and Westbrook chasing stats vs. wins (46:00). Then, NHL All-Star P.K. Subban joins to give his thoughts on the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry (57:00), his ability to be the NHL commissioner (1:05:00), hockey’s concussion protocol (1:20:00), and Connor McDavid’s skill set (1:25:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas to discuss his recent success (02:00), dealing with larger players’ physicality (05:00), the polarizing Marcus Smart (14:00), his favorite NBA teams (16:30), the best players from Washington state (19:00), All-Star Weekend (25:30), meeting Tom Brady (29:00), Floyd Mayweather’s fandom (32:00), Iverson comparisons (38:00), and the Celtics’ title chances (46:00). Then, Ringer writer Shea Serrano joins to give his thoughts on ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ (57:00), who owns the action hero championship belt (1:12:00), and Keanu Reeves’s next chapter (1:17:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons sits down with Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton to discuss growing up in the Boston Garden (2:00), his father’s reaction to Luke’s getting a head coaching job with the Lakers (10:00), his rookie season with teammates Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton (12:30), the chemistry of last year’s Golden State Warriors (16:30), working with Magic Johnson (40:00), what he learned from Phil Jackson (52:00), and his 20-year, friendly rivalry with Richard Jefferson (59:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons ventures over to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to discuss the Oscars Best Picture mix-up (5:00), Ryan Gosling laughing (13:00), Cousin Sal’s bad beats (16:00), Jimmy’s near-death experience during rehearsal (25:00), behind-the-scenes Oscars insight (33:00), Jimmy’s next hosting gig (44:00), and Jimmy’s favorite fast food items (52:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris and Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey to discuss the Best Picture fiasco (6:00), Casey Affleck’s win (13:00), ‘La La Land’ losing (19:00), the Oscars voting process (24:00), and the ‘Sully’ snub (31:00). Then, they talk about ‘Moonlight’ moments (37:00), the 2012 Oscars (45:00), Netflix’s model vs. traditional movies (54:00), and the best movies of 2017 so far (1:02:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House, Chris Ryan, and Kevin O’Connor to discuss Boogie’s impact on the Pelicans (8:00), Brandon Ingram’s potential (12:00), Paul George vs. Jimmy Butler (18:00), GMs using the trade machine (28:00), the Nerlens Noel trade (34:00), Jrue Holiday’s value (44:00), the top players in the 2017 draft (54:00), P.J. Tucker’s impact on the Raptors (1:05:00), Finals scenarios (1:09:00), and Andrew Bogut’s next destination (1:14:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Stratechery founder Ben Thompson to discuss the Apple–LeBron James comparison (6:00), Netflix’s dominance (14:00), Hulu’s handicap (21:00), Twitter’s lack of evolution (27:00), Facebook and Google’s advertising strategy (37:00), Slack’s upside (43:00), and the perks of living in Taiwan (52:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Clippers guard J.J. Redick to discuss Doc Rivers’s offense in L.A. (6:00), the 2009 Finals (14:00), is this the last dance for the Clippers? (19:00), the 3-point revolution (28:00), Bradley Beal’s skill set (34:00), the UNC-Duke rivalry (39:00), Magic Johnson taking over the Lakers (48:00), the best non-Warriors team (55:00), ways to beat the Warriors (1:02:00), and the best unicorns in the NBA (1:08:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Malcolm Gladwell to discuss Dwight Howard’s and Carmelo Anthony’s main problem (6:00), the 3-point evolution (13:00), Jim Dolan’s rich-son complex (24:00), Seattle SuperSonics–expansion-team scenarios (34:00), basketball in the center of culture (42:00), ‘Battle of the Network Stars’ (54:00), the need for candid athletes (1:03:00), Magic Johnson’s new job (1:07:00), and the staleness of tennis (1:14:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Ringer staff writer Kevin Clark to discuss the trade of Serge Ibaka (5:00), Rob Hennigan’s coaching hires (10:00), the only Magic players worth keeping (15:00), and Bill Belichick’s draft-day trades (21:00). Then, Sean Grande, the voice of the Boston Celtics, joins to discuss potential Celtics deals (26:00), Isaiah Thomas’s miraculous fourth quarters (31:30), Iverson vs. Isaiah (38:00), how playing style has changed in the NBA (45:00), Marcus Smart’s value (53:00), Jaylen Brown’s rookie season (57:00), and Andre the Giant at MSG (1:00:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on ‘Billions’ creator Brian Koppelman to discuss Jim Dolan’s Fredo complex (5:00), Phil Jackson’s influence on the Knicks (14:00), the greatest moment in Knicks history (20:00), Season 2 of ‘Billions’ (28:00), and the potential of a ‘Rounders’ sequel (38:00). Then, The Ringer’s David Shoemaker joins to discuss the Andre the Giant documentary announcement (50:00) and preview ‘WrestleMania 33’ (1:02:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Warriors forward Kevin Durant to discuss his favorite thing about his new team (6:00), LeBron-Barkley beef (12:00), James Harden’s leap (19:00), Durant’s rivalry with LeBron (29:00), and what Thunder teammate he misses the most (38:00). Then, Roc Nation Sports agent Rich Kleiman joins to talk the 2012 Finals (54:00), “Waiters Island” (61:00), and his most comparable player (68:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to discuss the “supervillains” narrative (5:00), back problems in 2015 (8:00), Pat Riley’s “disease of more” after championship runs (11:30), Steph Curry’s magic (15:00), and John Stockton’s dirtiness (18:00). They also tackle Luke Walton’s impact on the Warriors (23:00), Durant-Curry growing pains (27:00), chasing 73 wins last season (33:00), the dysfunctional “Jail Blazers” (40:00), and social awareness in the NBA (43:00). Last, they address the Michael Jordan–Tom Brady comparison (51:00), the Chargers leaving San Diego (56:00), and the Warriors’ move to San Francisco (59:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Mike Lombardi to break down the Patriots’ incredible comeback and pinpoint where the momentum shifted (01:50). Then, Cousin Sal calls in to discuss how some outrageous prop bets paid off (27:55). Finally, Bill calls his dad to describe just how important this victory is to Boston (59:50).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis to discuss the emotional roller coaster of re-watching Super Bowls (6:00), Chris Berman’s farewell (14:00), the end of the highlight era (21:00), Bill’s first time meeting Berman (28:00), Berman’s ESPN documentary (34:00), NFL Network’s relationship with Berman (40:00), and the “stick to sports” audience in the current political climate (52:00). Then, Mike Lombardi hops on to give his final Super Bowl prediction (1:07:00), explain why the Falcons defense doesn’t pose new problems for Brady (1:14:00), and the Falcons’ “Nobody believes in us” card (1:20:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan and Rembert Browne to discuss ‘White Men Can’t Jump,’ the fourth inductee into the Sports Movie Hall of Fame. They cover Woody Harrelson’s hustling tactics (6:00), Wesley Snipes’s height (11:00), Rosie Perez’s polarizing character (17:00), the essence of pickup basketball (26:00), Woody’s fashion (30:00), Wesley Snipes’s career trajectory (37:00), the black actor championship belt (44:00), ‘New Jack City’ power rankings (48:00), and the premise of the remake (52:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal and Mike Lombardi to discuss all things prop bets for Super Bowl LI. Topics include: high-scoring teams’ historical Super Bowl record (6:00), the origin of the “Matty Ice” nickname (12:00), Gatorade colors (15:00), Belichick’s kickoff deferrals (21:00), first TD scored (27:00), Desmond Trufant’s injury (34:00), Matt Ryan’s passing yardage (38:00), Julio Jones’s breakout potential (44:00), John Lynch’s hiring (49:00), Tony Romo’s likely release (54:00), the MVP race (57:00), and the Gary Russell prop bet of the year (68:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the Bulls meltdown (5:00), Bill’s six best made-up Carmelo trades to the Clippers and Cavs (15:00), and Melo’s sneaky-best dark horse destination (32:00). Then, former Grantlander Rembert Browne joins to discuss the greatest sports moments in Atlanta history (35:00), the goodwill of Gucci Mane’s release (46:00), Matty Ice in the Super Bowl (50:00), Pats-Falcons fanbases (54:00), and Super Bowl predictions (1:02:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by comedian and fellow Bostonian Bill Burr to discuss the joys of parenthood (6:00), Wayne Gretzky’s interview style (11:00), the “Big Bad Bruins” (15:00), NBA rivalries (20:00), the Mount Rushmore of TV actors (25:00), Lakers fans claiming Minneapolis titles (33:00), the Belichick-Brady era (37:00), Michael Jackson’s impact on the Pats’ ownership (45:00), PED usage in sports (49:00), Super Bowl LI (54:00), and Derek Jeter’s majesty (1:02:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls on Cousin Sal to discuss the Pats-Falcons Super Bowl matchup (5:00), the disappointing NFL playoffs (13:00), whether Tom Brady is the best QB ever (18:00), Tony Romo’s trade value (20:20), the Pats’ continuity (25:00), Matt Ryan’s MVP candidacy (28:00), the Super Bowl LI line (30:00), and Kansas-Kentucky this weekend (33:00). Then, Wesley Morris of The New York Times joins to discuss his Oscar nominations (40:25), the Best Picture buzz surrounding ‘Deadpool’ (53:50), Tom Ford’s directorial taste (58:00), the category fallacies (1:01:00), O.J.’s best movie bid (1:05:00), subplots of the Oscars (1:14:00), and whether weird movies are on the way (1:17:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ‘Late Night’ host Seth Meyers and ‘Good Place’ creator Michael Schur to discuss this weekend’s AFC championship game between the Patriots and Steelers (3:00), the baseball Hall of Fame and MVP award debates (33:48), and working with Lorne Michaels on ‘SNL’ (42:20).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi to discuss Antonio Brown’s locker-room video (6:00), Will Fuller’s inopportune drops (10:00), the Chiefs’ defensive miscues (13:00), Le’Veon Bell vs. Bill Belichick (16:00), Falcons-Packers (21:00), Steelers-Pats (28:00), and Jimmy Garoppolo’s trade value (30:00). Then, comedian Sarah Tiana joins to discuss her Falcons fandom (36:00), Arthur Blank’s mustache (41:00), problems with ‘The Bachelor’ (44:00), and betting on ‘Roast Battle’ (52:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the Cowboys’ devastating loss (5:00), the other 3 Round 2 games, Denzel’s Oscars odds (24:00), Packers-Falcons (29:00), Steelers-Pats (33:00), and Superfly Snuka’s passing (36:00). Then director Peter Berg talks about ‘Patriot’s Day’ (46:00), Garry Shandling (65:00) and whether ‘Friday Night Lights’ will ever return (76:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on FS1’s Mike Lombardi to discuss the NFL playoff divisional-round matchups (6:00) and designate a corresponding character from ‘The Wire’ for each remaining team. Then, comedian Jeff Ross joins to discuss ‘Roast Battle’ (33:00), his relationship with Ralphie May (38:00), Jamie Foxx’s roast-hosting skills (46:00), the best roast joke of his career (58:00), Pete Davidson’s 9/11 jokes (66:00), beefing with Robert De Niro (71:00), seeing Trump on the golf course (76:00), and brainstorming his next comedy special (84:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the not-so-wild NFL wild-card weekend (6:00), Aaron Rodgers’s ridiculous Hail Mary streak (8:00), Matt Moore’s concussion protocol (15:00), Big Ben’s bad throws (21:00), the divisional-round lines (27:00), Pats-Texans (32:00), Steelers-Chiefs (37:00), and Alabama-Clemson national title picks (44:00). Then Fox’s Joe Buck joins to give his thoughts on calling Packers-Giants (52:00), fandom in the TV booth (58:00), the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry (1:06:00), Jerry Jones’s impressive work with the Cowboys (1:15:00), and the best possible Super Bowl matchup (1:20:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by FS1’s Mike Lombardi to discuss Brock Osweiler vs. Connor Cook (5:00), Atlanta’s occasionally great offense (14:00), Eli Manning’s mistakes (18:00), cold-weather cough-ups (21:00), Dolphins-Steelers (25:00), and Matt Moore’s starting QB potential (30:00). Then, The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin joins to offer up her thoughts on why announcers call Roethlisberger by his first name (37:00), Terrell Davis in the Hall of Fame (43:00), QB cluster theories in the draft (49:00), and Alabama vs. Clemson (53:00). Finally, House hops on the line to explain why Washington sports teams continue to suffer (1:01:00) and to discuss Kyle Korver to the Cavs (1:04:00), Eric Gordon’s All-Star-caliber play with Houston (1:08:00), the increased talent level in the NBA (1:10:00), and ending the NFL stink streak of 2016 (1:15:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Week 17 (1:22), the NFL MVP odds (9:43), who should be coach of the year (15:35), and the new coaching vacancies (17:22).They also cover this weekend’s playoff matchups: Texans-Raiders (26:45), Lions-Seahawks (34:09), Dolphins-Steelers (40:15), and Giants-Packers (49:00).
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Joe House discuss George Karl’s controversial new NBA book (and the anecdotes that surprised Bill the most when he read it) (2:35). Then they rattle off their NBA power rankings for December (33:50), measure Cleveland against Golden State (1:10:50), and pick Week 17’s big Lions-Packers game (1:10:18).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Cowboys-Lions and Dez Byant’s catch of the year (2:00), Derek Carr’s broken leg and the AFC West (8:00), who should be the MVP (24:00), the firing of the Ryan brothers (35:00), Cowboys-Eagles (45:00), the Raiders’ chances with Matt McGloin (55:00), and their Super Bowl predictions (59:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to
discuss the best bets for NFL Week 16, Matt Barkley’s friskiness (17:00),
the best NBA Christmas Day games (24:00), LeBron’s extended playing time (28:00), potential Nuggets trade options (32:00), Blake Griffin’s injury history (36:00), NBA unicorns throughout history (47:00), Shaq and Wilt Chamberlain (1:02:00), Kareem’s sky hook (1:05:00), George Gervin’s finger roll (1:08:00), and the best college basketball class in decades (1:12:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Pats-Giants trilogy potential (5:00), Broncos offense vs. Broncos defense (10:00), Macho Man Tommy Savage (17:00), the Pats’ favorable schedule (23:00), the cold-weather home team theory (35:00), Titans-Jags (40:00), the derailed Vikings defense (45:00), Chip Kelly’s work habits (51:00), and football on Christmas Day (55:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons leans on FS1’s Mike Lombardi to discuss another rout of the Rams (6:00), Bengals-Steelers (10:00), Tom Brady’s offensive balance (17:00), the Chiefs’ need for turnovers (23:00), and Cowboys-Bucs (26:00). Then, Joe House joins to honor the late, great NBA reporter Craig Sager (33:00), offer up the best NFL picks for Week 15 (42:00), and discuss Chris Berman’s betting record (45:00). Finally, The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin hops on to give the definitive food delivery app breakdown (1:02:00) and explain why ‘Star Wars’ continues to be such a cultural phenomenon (1:06:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane to discuss his three-year incarceration and 2016 release (5:00), his humble beginnings in Alabama (8:00), what is unique about Atlanta’s music scene (15:00), Atlanta’s club culture (20:00), his goal of owning the “East Atlanta Hawks” (27:00), collaborating with Malcolm Gladwell (34:00), and Thanksgiving with Falcons receiver Julio Jones (39:00).
Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal discuss Dallas’s lackluster performance (1:20) and wonder if Tony Romo would have done better (5:04). They also review the remaining weeks of the schedule and the emerging playoff picture (8:30), debate penalty revisions (26:35), and talk Odell Beckham Jr. (28:05), Deflategate Part 2 (32:09), fantasy football (40:15), and this year’s Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (53:55).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi to gush over their favorite scenes from ‘Goodfellas’ (6:00) and designate a character for each NFL contender (10:00). Then, Joe House joins (29:00) to discuss watching Kristaps Porzingis in person (33:00), the Boogie trade bandwagon (39:00), the Warriors’ unselfish playing style (43:00), the failing Wizards (46:00), and the best bets for Week 14 (50:45). Finally, Bill’s dad calls in to discuss the Chris Sale trade (1:00:00) and the panic meter for Pats-Ravens (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Bravo’s Andy Cohen to discuss the rise of reality TV (6:00), ‘Desperate Housewives’ vs. ‘Real Housewives’ (10:00), the casting process of ‘Real Housewives’ (15:00), the potential of ‘Real Housewives: All-Stars’ (20:00), the tag “America’s gay best friend” (27:00), Bill’s reality show pitch: ‘Malibu Little League’ (32:00), idolizing Howard Stern’s radio model (37:00), the craziest matchups on ‘Watch What Happens: Live’ (43:00), the Brangelina split (47:00), and escapism after the election (50:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal directly after ‘Sunday Night Football’ to discuss Cam Newton’s dress code violation (5:00), Khalil Mack’s monstrous season (10:00), Mike Nugent’s PAT misses (14:00), Andy Reid out-coaching his opponents (17:00), firing Rob Ryan (24:00), Raiders-Chiefs (27:00), Carson Wentz’s downfall (33:00), Jeff Fisher’s extension (39:00), Broncos-Titans (44:00), Dolphins-Cardinals (48:00), potential Week 14 upsets (54:00), the history of Seahawks-Packers (58:00), Cowboys-Giants (1:01:00), and the post-Gronk Pats (1:04:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on FS1’s Mike Lombardi to somberly discuss Gronk’s season-ending injury and where the Patriots go from here (6:00). Joe House hops on the line to talk Tiger’s return (20:00) and give out the best three bets for Week 13 (27:00). Then Ringer NFL writers Robert Mays and Danny Kelly join to discuss NFL futures and the best-case scenario for playoff matchups (41:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Ringer NBA writer Kevin O’Connor to properly rank all 30 teams in the league, discuss the Mavs’ tanking strategy (6:00), the Brandon Knight issue with the Suns (12:00), if the Timberwolves should tank (16:00), the struggling Magic (20:00), Justise Winslow vs. Stanley Johnson (25:00), Luke Walton’s baby Lakers (29:00), teams to watch at the trade deadline (37:00), Boston and Boogie (44:00), the not-so-great Pacers (52:00), the Hawks with Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder (1:02:00), pseudo contenders like the Celtics (1:05:00), Rockets and Raptors, and Warriors vs. Cavs: The Trilogy (1:12:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the aftermath of the Thanksgiving Day games (6:00), Gary Kubiak’s decision to kick instead of take the tie (10:00), AFC West odds (14:00), Bruce Arians’s sloppy Cardinals (22:00), Dak Prescott’s MVP credentials (27:00), Andrew Luck’s return (31:00), Matt Barkley’s series of unfortunate touchdown drops (36:00), Michigan–Ohio State (42:00), is Jared Goff good? (46:00), Derek Carr’s pinkie (54:00), the Panthers’ playoff hopes (1:02:00), and the best holiday entertainment this Thanksgiving (1:04:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Sal’s 0-3 Week 11 Vegas trip (5:00), the Chiefs’ surprising stumble (11:00), the Dolphins’ chances of getting to 10 wins (15:00), Dak’s MVP candidacy (17:00), the reason behind Thanksgiving games (24:00), Vikings-Lions (27:00), Kirk Cousins’s Flacco contract (30:00), the Bills’ upcoming schedule (34:00), Giants-Browns as the worst game of the weekend (38:00), Jeff Fisher’s mediocrity (41:00), Trump claiming Brady’s innocence (46:00), Chiefs-Broncos (51:00), Andrew Ward’s decision over Kovalev (53:00), and Goldberg’s quick bout with Brock Lesnar (56:00). Then, House calls in to hand out the best Thanksgiving Day gambling plays (1:01:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on FS1’s Mike Lombardi to discuss the Pats’ lackluster D-line (6:00), ways for the Titans to win the AFC South (10:00), Doug Pederson vs. Adam Gase (15:00), Raiders-Texans in Mexico (23:00), and Ben McAdoo’s many Post-it notes (27:00). Then, Joe House joins (33:20) to give the best NFL picks for the weekend and to discuss the best burger joints in L.A. (40:00). Finally, The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis comes on to give insight into covering the 2016 election (48:00), the Cowboys’ return to prominence (58:00), and Tony Romo’s locker room rapport in Dallas (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on NBC’s Cris Collinsworth to squash their social media beef and discuss TV critiques (4:00), Al Michaels’s new TV schedule (11:00), Green Bay’s struggles (16:30), calling two NFL games in one week (21:00), and Collinsworth’s worst NFL loss (27:00). Then, The Ringer’s Micah Peters joins to discuss U.S. soccer prodigy Christian Pulisic (35:00), Micah’s beloved Saints stealing the NFC South (46:00), Pelicans star Anthony Davis (52:00), and the highlights of FX’s ‘Atlanta’ (59:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons leans on old pal Cousin Sal to discuss the Cowboys offensive line as MVP (5:00), the Seahawks’ physicality (12:00), the L.A. football experiment (20:00), Pats-Seahawks rivalry potential (24:00), the Panthers packing their bags (29:00), Bills-Bengals (33:00), Colin Kaepernick’s vote (40:00), Titans-Colts (47:00), the reprehensibly bad Packers (50:00), Tim Tebow’s magic in Denver (1:02:00), and a word from the president of the Tony Romo fan club (1:08:00).
Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi to discuss New England’s defense against Russell Wilson (2:50) and which NFL teams are contenders or pretenders (9:25). Then Joe House joins to pick NFL games for the Callaway par-3 (27:00), debate a hypothetical John Wall trade to the Nuggets (36:40), and speculate on Klay Thompson’s early shooting struggles (42:10). After that, JackO breaks down a wild election and wonders about the future of both parties (49:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Matthew Stafford’s comeback (6:00), who’s going to win the NFC North (10:00), Melvin Gordon’s redemption (14:00), the NFL’s top records against the spread (18:00), Zeke Elliott’s entertaining running style (25:00), Drew Brees’s MVP potential (31:00), how bad Jared Goff is (39:00), Mike McCarthy’s play-calling (48:00), Jeff Fisher vs. Jack Del Rio (52:00), and Seahawks-Pats on ‘Sunday Night Football’ (55:00).
Bill Simmons and JackO break down the greatest baseball game of all time (Game 7 of the World Series) (2:30). Then The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor joins the show to talk about early NBA season surprises (31:40). Plus, Joe House gives his Week 9 NFL picks and things to watch in tonight’s Thunder-Warriors game (58:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss who’s more cursed in the World Series, the Raiders’ ridiculous road record (10:00), Dak Prescott vs. Tony Romo (17:00), and the top-tier teams in the league (20:00). Then, Mike Lombardi hops on the line to break down the Jamie Collins trade and Bill Belichick’s message behind it (23:00). Finally, Bill and Sal run the gamut and give out their picks for Week 9 (34:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi to discuss Gus Bradley’s coaching future (4:00), the Panthers’ comeback potential (8:00), the Vikings’ O-line issues (14:00), reasons to trust Matthew Stafford (18:00), the ailing Bills (21:00), and the Chargers’ playoff potential (24:00). Then, The Ringer’s Robert Mays, a Cubs fanatic, joins to give firsthand World Series thoughts from Chicago (28:00). Finally, Joe House hops on to discuss if the Warriors should panic (52:00), LeBron’s desire for the MVP (1:09:00), and Joel Embiid’s ceiling (1:14:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the fall of football (3:00), adding entertainers to the TV booth (8:00), Tom Brady’s MVP odds (13:00), ‘Sunday Night Football’ vs. the World Series (17:30), Blake Bortles’s road record (22:00), the lowest NFL spreads ever (25:00), the problem with the PAT (28:00), the four worst teams in the league (31:00), the out-of-sync offenses (38:00), the NFC East vs. the AFC West (45:40), Dan Quinn’s questionable call (50:30), Warriors vs. the field championship odds (56:50), LeBron’s MVP campaign (59:00), the Cubs’ curse (1:03:30), and the Indians’ best hope with Andrew Miller (1:05:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on football aficionado Mike Lombardi to discuss Green Bay’s talent pool problem (6:00), the not-so-bad Bills (14:00), Carson Palmer’s struggles (19:00), the Jags’ potential statement win (22:00), and the revamped 76ers (26:00). Then, Joe House joins for the annual NBA preseason tradition of picking over/unders (30:00). Topics include: Howard vs. Horford on the Hawks (34:00), the Celtics’ improved spacing (39:00), LeBron’s MVP mission (46:00), PG-13 and the sneaky-good Pacers (51:05), Delly on the Bucks (57:00), MSG and Brandon Jennings (1:00:00), John Wall vs. Brad Beal (1:04:00), the Nuggets’ League Pass potential (1:07:00), the Warriors’ 16 potential losses (1:09:00), Thibs and the T-Wolves’ turnaround (1:20:00), the Jazz’s crunch-time problem (1:24:00), and the many chips on Russell Westbrook’s shoulders (1:28:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Tony Romo’s looming return (6:00), the Falcons no-call (12:00), Cam Newton’s early celebration (18:00), “What’s Wrong With Aaron Rodgers?” Week (22:00), the up-and-down Lions (29:00), the shaky Bengals (34:00), Andrew Luck’s midseason motto (36:00), the Bills’ bounceback (44:00), Dan Quinn’s demeanor (49:00), Mike McCarthy’s odds to be the first coach fired (56:00), and the consistency of the Rams (58:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on noted Falcons nonbeliever Mike Lombardi to discuss the Bengals’ lack of physicality (10:00), the Cowboys’ two-down offensive dominance (16:30), Ben McAdoo’s mismanagement (23:00), and Buffalo’s limited talent level (30:30). Then, Joe House joins to give his top NFL picks for Week 6 (35:30) and offer up a primer on the NBA over-unders in the Western Conference (50:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal call up Jimmy Kimmel to talk about Dak Prescott vs. Tony Romo, the comedy gold Donald Trump has brought late-night TV, and their live event benefiting the Scholars at Risk program at Harvard University (2:00). Then, Bill and Sal go over the Week 6 lines (30:00) and the Boston Red Sox’s chances in the MLB playoffs (59:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on front office guru Mike Lombardi to discuss the stable Vikings (5:00), the hopeless Colts (10:00), Carson Palmer reverting to his mean (13:00), the most talented underachieving teams (23:00), and course-correcting the Sixers’ process (31:00). Then, Joe House jumps on the line to help make his top-3 picks for Week 5 (39:00), discuss the NBA MVP odds loopholes (49:30), and run through the over-unders and expectations in the Eastern Conference (55:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ wonder if the Falcons are a contender and if Carolina and Arizona are in trouble (4:00). Then, they guess Week 5 lines (17:30), come up with the week’s best teaser, and mull over some 2016 MLB playoff bets (43:30).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls Mike Lombardi to talk about what Carolina needs to fix against Atlanta, Josh Gordon’s release from the Browns, and more (2:30). Then Joe House joins the show to discuss his picks for Week 4 of the NFL season and what we should be watching for in the Ryder Cup (32:30). Finally, JackO gives his thoughts on David Ortiz retiring and shares how he felt after the first presidential debate (47:30).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to guess the lines for Week 4. Topics include: Carson Wentz’s big week (5:00), Vin Scully’s farewell (8:30), the struggling Bengals (17:00), Matthew Stafford’s garbage-time magnificence (24:00), Tom Brady’s vacation (28:00), the top-tier teams (36:00), Mike Mularkey’s coaching record (41:41), Chargers-Saints (49:30), the stout Minnesota defense (56:00), and Ryder Cup best bets (1:01:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on NFL insider Mike Lombardi to discuss Pats-Texans, Brock Osweiler’s sustainability (5:00), the top four teams heading into Week 3 (8:00), Green Bay’s predictable matchup offense (14:00), Kirk Cousins as a one-year wonder (19:00), the Jets’ durability (25:00), and the Pats’ 16-0 potential (29:00). Then, Joe House joins (33:30) to offer up his three best NFL bets, break down why the Warriors over-under is so high (48:00), and discuss KD’s slighted stance (54:00). Finally, The Ringer’s Chris Vernon hops on the line (1:02:30) to give a preview of his podcast plan for the college football and NBA seasons and give out his best bets for the weekend.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the Emmys aftermath, Mike McCarthy’s ‘first coach fired’ potential (8:00), Pats-Texans (16:00), Wentz’s impressive start (20:00), AP’s injury (31:00), trading Gus Bradley for Rex Ryan (38:15), Broncos-Bengals (45:40), conditions at the Coliseum (55:45), Jay Cutler’s love life (1:02:00), and reasons to trust the Steelers (1:05:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons celebrates the triumphant return of Mike Lombardi to the pod by discussing Bill Belichick’s “born to run” mentality (6:00), the Colts’ double-digit deficits (12:00), the Cardinals’ sloppiness (17:00), Ryan Tannehill vs. Blake Bortles (20:40), whispers about the Bills and Rex Ryan (25:00), and Tampa Bay’s sleeper status (33:00), and then the two rehash the Pats’ AFC championship game loss. Then, Joe House joins (37:00) to offer up his three best bets for Week 2 and discuss the decent Cowboys (44:00), Matthew Stafford’s engagement level without Megatron (50:00), a healthy Jadeveon Clowney (58:00), and Matt Ryan’s trade value (1:02:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal on the ‘Any Given Wednesday’ set to discuss Week 2 NFL matchups, Al Michaels’s double shift (13:00), Bill’s Giants-Pats Super Bowl prediction (21:00), RG3’s injury bug (28:00), the irrelevant Falcons (36:00), Baby Doll’s Emmy prediction (44:00), and Sal’s first week on Facebook (52:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the Broncos-Panthers season opener (10:00), Cam Newton’s durability (15:00), and the three best picks for the Sunday NFL slate (20:00). Then, New York magazine writer-at-large Rembert Browne joins to give his thoughts on Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ (30:30) and the tortured history of Atlanta sports (55:00). Finally, Bill’s dad joins (1:04:45) to give his final preseason thoughts on the Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo, and the pulse of the Boston sports scene.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons returns with Cousin Sal to dish out the best bets for Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season. The duo discuss Jameis Winston’s breakout in Year 2, the Chiefs’ Super Bowl odds, Aaron Rodgers’s return to form (19:00), the Browns with Robert Griffin III (31:00), Matt Ryan’s elite status (37:00), Russell Wilson’s MVP potential (41:00), Captain Gronkowski (51:00), Garoppolo’s Pats (56:00), and the need for two Monday Night Football games (1:01:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons talks to Tony Kornheiser about the evolution of sports writing (9:00), the Colin Kaepernick controversy (23:30), the mechanics of 15 years of ‘PTI’ (50:00), and ‘The Night Of’ (1:03:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal celebrate the 10-year anniversary of them guessing the NFL lines by bringing in Joe House to discuss the Patriots’ 12-4 destiny, the Belichick-Hillary parlay of the decade (24:40), Brock Osweiler’s hot hand in Houston (33:20), the putrid NFC East (43:50), and Russell Wilson’s MVP potential (1:01:00), then wrap up with a roundup of odds and futures (1:05:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Michael Rapaport discuss the NBA’s crazy summer, Belichick and Popovich (13:00), Dwight Howard and Boogie Cousins (16:15), KD and the Warriors (26:00), OKC and Westbrook (46:00), Mike’s fantasy football obsession (53:30), Robert De Niro (1:02:30), more all-time consummate stickmen (1:12:00), and LeBron’s spot in the NBA pantheon (1:17:45)
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Malcolm Gladwell on ways to fix track and field (3:00), how sports doping has changed over the years (10:00), Michael Phelps’s status as one of the world’s biggest athletes (29:00), and what the NBA can learn from FIBA (41:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on acclaimed author James Andrew Miller to discuss his new book, ‘Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency’; Ari Emanuel and power struggles within agencies (23:00); the CAA connection to LeBron’s ‘Decision’ special (36:00); the importance of live events in television (51:00); and the highs and lows of the John Skipper era (56:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Chris Ryan to discuss Team USA basketball’s struggles against Australia (12:00). Then, ‘AGW’ writers Joel Solomon and Travon Free join to give their final thoughts on A-Rod (32:25). Finally, ‘Roast Battle’ runner-up Sarah Tiana and ‘AGW’ writer Pat Barker discuss the artistry behind the roast (54:00) and Blake Griffin’s comedic chops.
Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis brings on the former top editor at Sports Illustrated, Us Weekly, Rolling Stone, and Esquire to discuss the appeal of a magazine (5:00), Rick Reilly’s SI career and departure (12:00), handling the SI Swimsuit Issue debate (21:00), and his new book, ‘The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers’ (30:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by six-time MTV ‘Challenge’ champion Johnny Bananas to discuss his decision to get revenge against Sarah (6:00), T.J. and the crew’s reaction to his money grab (17:00), NBA comparisons to ‘Challenge’ stars (28:00), mastering the first-night toast (48:00), and Bananas’s next challenge: his own show (1:04:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and ‘ShackHouse’ cohost Joe House talk MLB trade deadline (3:00), Westbrook’s big decision (5:00), and whether the PGA Championship needs an identity change (19:00). Then, Bill’s longtime buddy JackO weighs in on the DNC (40:00) and whether the Yankees should fold for 2016 (58:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal for an emergency summer bet proposal to curse Donald Trump’s presidential chances. Then ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writer Brendan Lynch joins (27:05) for another edition of his internet deep dives. Finally, Bill’s buddy JackO gives his final thoughts on the Republican National Convention (52:00), breaks down Trump’s tirade, and predicts Hillary vs. Trump debate scenarios.
This bonus ‘Bill Simmons Podcast’ includes extra material from the first four episodes of ‘Any Given Wednesday,’ including interviews with Charles Barkley (2:15), Ben Affleck (15:30), Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Cuban (24:00), Bill Hader (36:45), Joe Rogan (41:00), Anthony Anderson and Chris Bosh (49:30), and Aaron Rodgers (56:30).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls up his buddy JackO for an emergency quickie bonus podcast to discuss Day 1 of the Republican National Convention, how Donald Trump wound up a presidential candidate, and what to make of Melania Trump’s speech.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on his dad to discuss Tom Brady bailing on Deflategate (6:00) and the current feelings in Boston on the Red Sox’s recent trade for Drew Pomeranz and on Celtics draft pick Jaylen Brown’s inability to finish around the basket. Then, ‘New York Times’ critic at large Wesley Morris talks pitfalls of the summer movie scene (26:00), the relevance of ‘Good Times’ today (35:00), Blake Lively’s shallow character in ‘The Shallows’ (52:00), and how to deal with the tragedies poisoning our times (1:02:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on longtime pal Joe House to discuss Dwyane Wade’s decision to sign with the Bulls, star players ending careers with different teams (17:00), the battle for Al Horford (22:00), the Knicks’ plan for the future (32:00), OKC’s new look and next move (40:00), debunking Kevin Durant’s “weakness” (48:00), ‘The Decision’ vs. KD’s self-determination (57:00), and House’s impending eat-off against Danny Chau (1:06:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the first official day of NBA free agency, Durant’s window with Golden State (10:00), Curry’s “superstar” durability (24:00), Dwight’s next destination (32:00), the most tortured NBA franchises (40:00), Miami’s ability to avoid disaster (50:00), the Celtics’ FA scenarios (56:00), and the Thon Maker age conspiracy (1:01:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes Joe House to break down the 2016 NBA draft, OKC’s Oladipo theft (8:00), Thon Maker to the Bucks (19:00), the Celtics and Jaylen Brown (24:00), the Knicks’ uncanny knack (34:00), and the NBA Finals and LeBron passing Larry Bird (45:00). Then, Orlando native and Ringer staff writer Kevin Clark joins (52:00) to discuss the Magic’s bizarre move. They conclude by discussing Orlando’s response to its tragic mass shooting.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on two-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA All-Defensive team honoree Jimmy Butler to discuss being a late-blooming draft steal, Tom Thibodeau’s raw deal with the Bulls (15:00), guarding LeBron vs. guarding Steph (22:00), the importance of the 3-pointer (29:00), his personal beefs (35:00), dispelling trade rumors (46:00), and playing for Team USA in Rio (52:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on 3 ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writers to discuss Stephen Curry’s Finals no-show (so far), Kevin Love’s trade value (16:00), 2016 Team USA options (28:00), J.R. technical foul goading strategies for Draymond (37:00) and Brendan’s fetish for bizarre internet deep dives (52:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell to discuss Rick Barry’s free throw mechanics, GSW’s reinvention of the wheel (14:00), expanding the pool of NBA stars (23:00), Kevin Durant’s next destination (30:00), Steph Curry’s brand and cheap contract (35:00), Muhammad Ali’s era and surviving the 1960s (43:00), LeBron James’s ridiculous training regimen (1:01:00), and the Carmelo Anthony-Kevin Love trade potential (1:04:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on longtime buddy Joe House to talk about Bill’s trip to Oakland for Game 5, the ceiling of OKC-GSW, the meaning of 73-9 if Golden State loses, the Russell Westbrook-Stephen Curry battle, Kevin Durant’s steady rise up the pyramid, and Bill’s bold Game 6 prediction.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and one of the world’s most prolific NBA bettors, Haralabos Voulgaris, on OKC-GSW, OKC’s dominance on the boards (18:00), Golden State’s possible adjustments (25:00), Steven Adams vs. James Harden (34:00), LeBron’s durability and rim protector role (44:00), Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves (49:00), and Joe Lacob’s braggadocious profile backfiring.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons with charity: water’s founder, Scott Harrison, on his foundation’s goal of solving the global water crisis.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Joe House celebrate Episode 100 by discussing last night’s Thunder-Warriors game, the NBA salary cap and contract extensions (18:00), and the NBA draft lottery (25:00). Then, JackO joins to talk Trump and the Yankees (35:00), and House closes with thoughts on D.C. sports (56:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes comedian and ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writer Travon Free to break down the Thunder’s athletic advantage, Westbrook’s alpha-dog mentality (14:00), the Spurs’ championship runs (17:00), playing high school basketball with Tyson Chandler (21:00), Curry’s clean image (28:00), Steven Adams’s bruiser status (32:00), losing to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament while playing for Long Beach State (40:00), Westbrook vs. Curry (51:00), LeBron’s subtweets (55:00), and predictions for the NBA Finals (59:00).
Craig Kilborn talks about his lifelong love of basketball and the Timberwolves, as well as his time at ESPN, Comedy Central and CBS.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on world-renowned chef David Chang to discuss the beginning of Noodle Bar, Momofuku’s move to D.C. (12:00), “selective competitiveness” with critics (18:00), the Redskins’ and Clippers’ tragic flaws (26:00), the Pats’ professionalism (31:00), hanging with John McEnroe (33:00), the best chef-inspired films (40:00), Five Guys vs. In-N-Out Burger (50:00), Chang’s golf aspirations (1:05:00), and his greatest sports moment: Linsanity (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Michael Rapaport to discuss Harvey Keitel’s ‘Copland’ advice, the Knicks and David Blatt (13:00), Prince’s “stickman” credentials (17:00), MJ’s fashion sense (25:00), LeBron’s teammate potential (31:00), Cavs-GSW (40:00), Dwight Howard’s next stop (46:00), Dr. J’s legacy (50:00), Matt Dillon’s longevity (1:03:00), and ‘Rocky’ revisited (1:06:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by billionaire investor and ‘Shark Tank’ star Chris Sacca to discuss Google’s profit ceiling (8:00), Twitter’s lack of innovation (20:00), YouTube vs. Google Videos (28:00), the genesis of Uber (38:00), the e-sports revolution or lack thereof (46:00), Snapchat’s success (1:01:00), Mark Cuban and ‘Shark Tank’ (1:11:00), and the future of live video at sporting events (1:16:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons talks to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele about their new film, ‘Keanu’; writing comedy sketches (20:00); the state of edgy improv (37:00); and impersonating President Obama (53:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons talks to Chuck Klosterman about Prince as one of the most prolific musicians of his era, and they revisit the film ‘Purple Rain.’ Wesley Morris comes on to share his memories of the artist, and ponders what other musicians we’ll mourn when they die (36:00). Plus, Joe House calls in to talk about the NBA playoffs (55:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons chats with comedian Louis C.K. about owning his own show (‘Horace and Pete’), battling the stigma of “being broke” (18:00), internet headline culture (28:00), the creative decisions behind ‘Horace and Pete’ (35:00), the ‘Golden Globes’ with Jessica Lange (45:00), Garry Shandling’s silent impact (52:00), the economy of outrage (1:02:00), and the future of his FX hit, ‘Louie’ (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons preps for the NBA playoffs with Haralabob, who calls in from an undisclosed location to discuss GSW’s historic regular season, the Cavs’ upset potential (8:00), the Thunder’s incompetence (15:00), OKC’s crunch-time lineup (26:00), Kobe’s 60-point finale (32:00), stopping GSW (37:00), a gentler Popovich (45:00), and sixth man Blake Griffin (50:00). Then, The Ringer’s Katie Baker joins (57:45) to break down the NHL playoff picture.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes world-champion Warriors forward Draymond Green to discuss 73 wins, GSW’s management of playing time (8:00), their “lucky” 2015 championship (12:00), Curry’s added edge (16:00), the Game 7 loss to LAC (19:00), the proposed Klay Thompson–Kevin Love trade (28:00), Magic’s mentorship (38:30), Curry’s confidence (41:00), and defying the Pats’ undefeated curse (44:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons submits his All-NBA 2016 selections, with help from Joe House. Topics include: Karl-Anthony Towns’s ROY campaign, Pop vs. Kerr (11:00), Draymond’s DPOY credentials (15:00), C.J. McCollum’s breakout season (20:00), Bill’s All-NBA First Team (25:00), CP3 vs. Isiah Thomas (34:00), LeBron’s season by the numbers (39:00), the Gervin-Curry scoring mark (45:00), Bill’s All-NBA Second Team (49:00), Harden’s drop-off (52:00), Bill’s All-NBA Third Team (54:00), Curry’s uncontested MVP candidacy (59:30), and an NHL playoff preview (1:03:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons eulogizes “The Process,” then brings on NBC’s Willie Geist to discuss the 2008 election vs. the 2016 election (16:30), how Cruz’s campaign seems rational compared to Trump’s (20:15), the lack of late-night political takedowns (27:00), Trump’s cable-TV success (30:00), and Geist’s new show, ‘Sunday Today With Willie Geist.’ Then, JackO calls in to discuss the promise for the Pinstripes (39:00), UConn’s dominance (48:00), Trump’s difficulty in grabbing the nomination (51:30), and LeBron’s bizarre run in Cleveland with the RNC ahead (58:00). Finally, Bill’s son stops by to recap the highlights of ‘WrestleMania’ (1:06:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes Chuck Klosterman to respond to Monday night’s wild NCAA championship game, rank all-time Final Four moments (11:30), discuss the singularity of collegiate success (26:00), break down Celtics-GSW (30:00), go over the NYT’s Joe Lacob story (36:00), and have the pro-chance vs. pro-karma argument (42:00). Then, David Shoemaker joins to announce he’s joining The Ringer and break down all things ‘WrestleMania’ (53:00).
House and Shackelford are joined by Bill Simmons to break down the state of Tiger Woods’s career, favorable Masters odds (16:00), and Mickelson’s moment in Augusta. Then, House and Shackelford list their “greenroom guys” to watch this week (31:00), map out the best prop bets (40:00), and wrap up with a Masters-inspired Speed Round.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Diana Taurasi to discuss her WNBA return from Russia, UConn’s dominance (6:00), the stupidity of lowering the rims (13:00), GSW’s selflessness (16:30), playing pickup with Westbrook and Draymond (21:00), and the struggling Lakers and D’Angelo Russell (30:00). Then, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman break down the Russell scandal (38:10), NBA coaches/players on the move (53:00), and the 2016 ‘Sources Say’ MVPs (1:06:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes Keith Olbermann to discuss “the never-ending state of stupidity” in politics, learning to compromise in America (19:30), the impact of social media on cable news (25:00), baseball’s future (32:30), Pedro’s peak All-Star Game performance (42:40), how to fix ‘SportsCenter’ (54:15), and modern sports news (1:00:00).
Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis hosts a feature podcast examining the media element of the Trial of the Century. Guests include HBO’s Jim Lampley, former New York Times TV writer Bill Carter, and ‘Inside Edition’ correspondent Jim Moret, who covered the trial for CNN.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to wrap up the Elite Eight weekend, Buddy Hield’s rise on draft boards (10:00), Ingram vs. Simmons (15:00), the NHL playoff picture (22:00), Connor McDavid’s rookie season (27:00), and GSW’s historic season (32:00). Then, Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald join to discuss the Smashing Pumpkins reunion (38:30), greatest ‘SNL’ performances (52:00), and ‘Girls’ (1:00:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons pays tribute to the life of Garry Shandling. Then, David Duchovny joins to discuss NY vs. Boston, Curry’s relatable game (18:00), Starks’s dunk near Jordan (23:30), ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ auditions (26:00), ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ (33:00), Shandling’s “nonchalant talent” (40:00), ‘The X-Files’ (48:00), the Knicks’ future (1:02:00), and Dustin Hoffman’s JumboTron behavior (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes 30 for 30 director and Mandalay Sports Media co-chairman Mike Tollin to discuss Ben Simmons and the state of Philly sports (11:00), ‘The White Shadow’ (18:00), Bill’s idea for ‘Varsity Blues 2’ (27:00), GSW’s winning culture (32:30), MLB Opening Day (38:00), the Clippers’ chances (48:30), the death of the USFL (59:00), and his greatest meeting ever, with Donald Trump (1:02:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to make sense of March Madness, top NBA prospects in the tournament (11:00), Buddy Hield’s balls (14:00), the Pelicans shutting down A.D. (18:00), Spurs-GSW (22:00), Kawhi’s athleticism (27:00), and House’s new podcast with Geoff Shackelford, ‘ShackHouse’ (33:00). Then, Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann joins to discuss lessons from Deflategate (38:00), Goodell the sheriff (43:00), Gawker vs. Hulk Hogan (47:00), Erin Andrews (56:00), and the NCAA paying players (59:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes Fox Sports’s Jay Glazer to discuss the current NFL landscape, the secret to the 2007 Giants (12:00), UFC vs. NFL (17:00), the original NFL Insider (29:00), picking a fight with Peyton Manning (44:00), NFL lockout scoop (50:00), his relationship with Roger Goodell (55:00), interning with Mike and the Mad Dog (1:02:00), and Gronk’s new show (1:08:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes fellow HBOer Jim Lampley to discuss his Mount Rushmore of boxing, Mike Tyson’s self-awareness (24:00), the current top fighters (30:00), Floyd Mayweather’s legacy (35:00), boxing vs. UFC (41:00), concussions in boxing (52:00), the burden of being the first sideline reporter (1:00:00), and all things Howard Cosell (1:06:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes old friend Chuck Klosterman to discuss March Madness, Ben Simmons’s ceiling (8:00), capricious LeBron fandom (18:30), Curry’s apex (29:00), a GSW–Kevin Love trade (37:00), moving the 3-point line (44:00), and Kobe’s farewell (50:00). Then, Jonathan Abrams joins to promote his new book, ‘Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution’ (1:05:20).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes Jon Favreau, former director of speechwriting for President Obama, to break down the 2016 primaries, Donald Trump’s lack of a speechwriter (10:00), and this season’s WWF-style debate format (21:00). Then, Dan Pfeiffer, former senior adviser to Obama for strategy and communications, joins to discuss Ted Cruz’s lack of likability (26:30), advising the Trump campaign (31:00), the Obama-Clinton Cabinet dynamic (39:00), Obama’s post-presidency (45:00), flaws in media coverage (50:00), and the impact of technology on the political landscape (1:05:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes Joe House to discuss Holy Cross’s Patriot League championship, March Madness (12:00), Durant-Celtics (17:00), Cleveland’s bad body language (29:00), the Pistons-Cavs mismatch (36:00), and the resurgence of Dougie McBuckets (41:00). Then, NFL Films’ Greg Cosell joins to discuss top free-agent signings (47:00), Osweiler bolting the Broncos (52:00), the Panthers’ SB50 problems (59:00), Peyton to L.A. (1:08:00), and Brady’s non-pass to Gronk (1:10:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports to discuss the desire for a Rousey-Holm rematch, UFC’s growth (15:00), a Deflategate update (27:00), Goodell vs. Brady (30:30), the NFL’s narrative (34:00), and Peyton Manning’s legacy (44:00). Then, Bill’s dad joins to pick the Pats’ scariest QB matchup (54:00), say goodbye to Peyton Manning (1:00:00), consider Holy Cross’s NCAA hopes (1:07:00), and break down the Celtics’ stretch run (1:12:00).
Chris and Andy cohost to discuss the TV Championship Belt, the Netflix model (12:00), the prestige dramas ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Billions’ (19:00), and ‘Better Call Saul’ (28:00), and celebrate the work of Courtney B. Vance on ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.’
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons welcomes Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis to discuss the future of studio shows, the biggest problem with the political media (10:00), the “insider” model (19:00), the importance of scoops (24:00), locker-room access (31:00), underproducing TV and radio (40:00), the return of Rick Reilly (43:00), OKC and the media (50:00), and Steph Curry’s magnetic similarities with Magic (54:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to break down Saturday’s GSW-OKC matchup and Curry’s game winner (6:00), defend LeBron’s ’09-’15 run (10:30), discuss Curry’s defense (16:00), and debate whether Steph entertains on an MJ or Bird level (24:00). Then, friend and former Grantlander Kirk Goldsberry joins to talk about three-point-line possibilities (36:00), Curry’s ridiculous range (48:00), Kevin Love’s anachronistic game (56:00), and whether the NBA should expand the courts (1:00:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to talk the Oscars, Sly Stallone’s speech and Tony Burton’s death (7:00), and land best Oscar bets (22:00). Then, Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris discusses the importance of Chris Rock’s Oscar monologue (30:00), Alicia Vikander’s ascent (38:00), Damon vs. Leo (49:00), and post-Oscar narratives (53:00). Finally, original Grantlander Robert Mays reports from the NFL combine (57:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons chats with Golden State’s Andrew Bogut about GSW’s team-first mentality (8:00), tricks to setting screens (12:00), the murky future of the center position (15:00), GSW’s beautiful passing (17:00), Steph Curry’s evolution as a superstar/celebrity (24:00), Steve Kerr’s coaching style (32:30), the chase for 73 wins (38:00), and whether Bogut’s Australian comrade Ben Simmons will change his mind and play in the 2016 Olympics (48:00).
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons rolls on another Monday with Joe House to break down Warriors-Clips Saturday night, Curry vs. CP3 (5:00), Celtics-Dubs April Fool’s edition (11:30), Lillard’s Blazers (17:00), the bad Rockets (19:00), the Wizards’ moves (24:30), and the potential dud 2016 NBA draft (35:00). Then, Alan Sepinwall joins to talk Louis C.K.’s ‘Horace and Pete’ (46:00), Damien Lewis as Bobby Axelrod (56:00), recasting ‘O.J.,’ (1:02:00) and proclaiming ‘The Walking’ IS ‘Dead’ (1:04:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons leans on Juliet and Chris for help in making sense of the NBA trade deadline. Topics include: Duke-UNC upset (5:00), the Warriors’ supremacy (7:00), the savant Sean Marks (10:30), Frank Vogel on ‘The Bachelor’ (13:30), Cleveland’s ability to be beaten (17:15), the Thunder’s formula (20:30), problems in Phoenix (30:00), the Grizzles (33:00), the competitive Celtics (37:00), Orlando’s odd dynamic (41:30), BK’s new outlook (46:00), the pageantry of Kobe (53:00), and overall winners and losers (56:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons discusses the launch of his digital venture, ‘The Ringer’; brings on Robert Smigel to talk about his Hulu special, ‘Triumph’s Election Special 2016’ (18:00); and consoles JackO about the state of the Republican Party and the country in general (50:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Joe House about a great All-Star weekend/Dunk Contest, the loaded West team (11:30), best All-Star games (14:30), then how the trade deadline could affect Miami (21:15), Houston (28:30), Blake and the Clippers (39:00), Boston (49:30) and Jabari Parker (54:30). Plus, House on the Super Bowl, and Bill’s daughter reviews Adele’s surprise Friday concert in L.A.
Chris & Andy talk about Kanye West and the Madison Square Garden reveal of ‘The Life of Pablo.’
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Michaels to discuss his “rivalry” with Bob Costas, ‘Sunday Night Football’ vs. ‘Monday Night Football’ (11:00), Dick Ebersol’s role with NBC (29:00), L.A.’s new football stadium (34:00), the Olympics in L.A. (37:00), Brentwood’s most infamous moments (44:00), and a moderately fast speed round with two stellar Pete Rose stories (58:00)!
HBO’s Bill Simmons and NBA gambler extraordinaire Haralabos Voulgaris break down the 2015-16 NBA season. Topics include: canned NBA coaches, the Spurs’ innovation (9:00), SVG’s and Brad Stevens’s stellar seasons (13:00), Suns-Lakers ’06 (25:00), Kyrie comparisons (28:00), Kevin Love’s ceiling (34:00), Kawhi vs. Durant (38:00), best shooters in NBA history (42:00), the Warriors’ home record vs. the ’86 Celtics’ home record (49:00), the best NBA owners (59:00), the 2015 NBA draft class (1:09:00), and NBA trade deadline must-do deals (1:11:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal break down all the triumphs and tribulations of SB 50 prop betting, and then discuss Denver’s all-time defense (7:00), Cam’s unraveling on the big stage (11:00), Simms and Nantz’s new show (30:00), Von Miller’s urine specialist (43:00), and whether Peyton Manning would be safe on the rides at Disney World (52:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons welcomes Joe House to discuss Curry’s electric performance in D.C., the ceiling for Curry’s highest scoring game (14:00), the farfetched KD/GSW story (18:25), Cam & the Panthers (24:30) and a SB 50 pick (31:00). Then, Michael Rapaport explains why he’s not on FX’s new OJ show (42:00), then talks OJ & CTE (48:00), Cam Newton & race & media (55:00), Straight Outta Compton (1:04:00), his only Hollywood boner (1:07:00) and the Knicks & Warriors (1:14:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal scour the internet for their favorite SB 50 prop bets, talk best and worst case Peyton Manning scenarios, find the best Thomas Davis prop bet, learn where a forearm is, talk Ted Ginn’s MVP/Goat chances, figure out a way to bet on Mike Carey AND Phil Simms, and unveil Sal’s Gary Russell Memorial ‘obscure Super Bowl prop bet lock of the year.’
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks hoops with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Topics include: disrupting the Warriors (11:00), best 21st century teams (21:25), Team USA’s 2016 roster (27:00), defensive wizardry in today’s NBA (38:00), Celts-LA 2010 (46:00), D-Rose & NBA title windows (59:00), the Cavs (1:02:00) and the best team/player since 1989 (1:09:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons hosts a mega NBA Reddit mailbag with Joe House! Topics include: Blake Griffin trade ideas, Grizzlies & Mike Conley (13:00), Gordon Hayward (16:00), Cavs trade options (23:00), Kings playoff chances (34:00), Ben Simmons lottery bump (41:00), Anthony Davis (43:00), John Wall’s new agent (49:00), Dwight Howard’s next team (57:00), LeBron’s role in Blatt firing (1:03:00) and three burning questions for David Stern (1:07:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to TNT’s Charles Barkley about ESPN vs. TNT, the NBA’s broken lottery system (5:00), the burden on young NBA stars (12:00), the Bird-Doc fight (17:00), Blake Griffin’s latest saga (20:00), Kobe vs. Duncan (27:00), GSW’s invincibility (32:00), Curry as an all-timer (40:00), David Blatt’s firing (48:00), Boogie/C-Webb/D.C. (54:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to reflect on Pats-Broncos, importance of home-field advantage (13:00), discuss Bill’s all-time Pats list and worst Pats losses ever (16:00), the Sheriff’s final shootout (24:00), shaky Carson Palmer (29:00), Super Bowl 50 line (38:00) and a ‘Royal Rumble’ review (44:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons and Joe House break down Panthers-Cards (6:00)and Pats-Broncos (18:00), then esteemed TV showrunner Mike Schur lays out the worst case scenario for Pats fans and life as a 21st century Boston fan (39:00), then Wesley Morris discusses the Rondo/Kennedy saga & ODB vs. Carolina (1:04:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons & Channel 33’s Chris Ryan talk Eastern Conference All-Star ballots, PG-13 vs. LeBron (10:50), Miami’s vice (17:40), Carmelo’s post prime (24:30), Cleveland’s possibly fatal flaw (31:40), the West’s killer starting five (44:00), Durant’s next stop (50:00), Clippers & Dirk (59:00), Harden/Boogie/Dwight getting snubbed (1:07:00) and Bill’s greatest ‘who says no?’ trade ever (1:14:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons catches up with Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris to discuss a possible Oscars boycott by black performers, Spike Lee (13:05), Hollywood’s real race problem (23:00), Chris Rock (32:00), Best Picture nominees (41:00), ‘Room’ (44:20), ‘The Revenant’ (50:00), the 2009 & 1999 Oscars (53:00) and ‘The Martian’ (1:08:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Cousin Sal about the crazy Cards-GB game, Peyton Manning (5:40), Car-Sea (17:15), L.A. football (29:25), hanging with Tony Romo (31:40), Andy Reid’s new TV show (37:37), Round 3 lines (42:22) and a Royal Rumble preview with a surprise guest (51:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss Round 2 best bets, catches up with JackO on Trump/Republican Party & Bill’s Dad breaks down Pats-Chiefs matchup. Topics include: abysmal D.C. sports teams, Chandler Jones’ hospital visit (6:15 mark), Andy Reid & Ned Yost (11:30), Pitt-Den (18:00), GB-Cards (24:00), Panthers-Hawks (35:00), Spurs-GSW(39:00), Trump (44:00), weird Pats week (58:00) and Celtics shake-up (1:08:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks with best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell about the big LA football news & St. Louis’s pain, Bob Iger’s curious involvement (22:50), the stupidity of publicly-funded football stadiums (28:25), changing landscape of broadcast TV (35:00), do’s & don’ts for sports owners (38:00), the injury plagued NFL (42:55), the loss of “big” TV shows (50:25), David Bowie & MTV (56:40) and Tiger vs. Federer (1:10:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons & Cousin Sal recap Wild-Card weekend, then discuss Minnesota’s place in tortured NFL fan base history (5:00), the Cincy catastrophe (14:00), a traumatized Jim Nantz (20:00), Super Bowl odds (29:00), The Golden Globes (32:00), Saturday Round 2 lines (39:00), Bill’s Nick Saban hot take (51:00), Sunday Round 2 lines (56:00), and a confusing Revenant moment (1:11:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss NFL Wild Card weekend starting with KC-Texans (5:00), Pitt-Cincy (15:00), Seattle-Vikings (30:00) and Packers-Washington (44:00). Then talking NBA with Celts (1:07:00), Suns (1:18:00), OKC future bets (1:20:00) and more!
HBO’s Bill Simmons catches up with Chuck Klosterman to discuss rabid Boston fans, Peyton Manning (7:00 mark), HGH & career preservation (14:00), PED policies and MLB’s steroid era (21:00), Curry’s impact (28:00), Chuck’s Star Wars theory (35:00), the NCAA blowing its New Year’s Eve plan (44:00), Chip Kelly(48:00), Taylor Swift (58:00) and ‘Making of a Murderer’ vs Fox’s OJ mini-series (1:10:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons wraps up a wacky Week 17 & makes picks for the NFL Wildcard weekend with Cousin Sal. Topics include: AFC playoff picture, Tom Brady injury (6:00 mark), Making of a (Manning) Murderer (10:00), Jets’ collapse (15:00), Super Bowl odds (21:00), Cousins vs. Rodgers (25:00), “red hot” Seahawks (32:00), ‘H8teful Eight’ NFL QBs (36:00), NFL in LA (39:00), coaching vacancies (42:00), Wild Card line guesses (47:00), Pats/Belichick conspiracies (58:00) and Aaron Rodgers’ relaxation level (1:00:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the NFL’s final regular season week of the NFL regular season. Topics include: the latest Steelers/Tomlin meltdown, GB issues (8:00 mark), Bill’s defense/explanation of NE’s loss on Sunday (15:00), Coughlin’s future (21:00), NFC and AFC homefield advantage scenarios (29:00), Bill’s favorite new streaming series (40:50), the Peyton Manning saga (51:00), Packers-‘Sota (1:00:00), Jets-Bills (1:09:00), Andy Reid’s Andyreidness and possible Playoff Wonk Teams (1:12:00) and Bill’s special holiday gift for Sal!
20 years ago this month, one of the great action movies of all-time was released. What were the 10 most important lessons from Heat? Was DeNiro vs. Pacino worth the hype? Was this peak Michael Mann? Was this one of the great ensemble casts ever? Has there ever been a longer or better action scene than the bank heist? What was Pacino’s best line? Who won this movie between Pacino and DeNiro? If you ever wanted to hear two dudes do an hour-long deep-dive on Heat, this is the pod for you… THIS PODCAST IS WORTH THE RISK.
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House for NBA/NFL Holiday Friday Rollin’ w/ Bill & House’s 2015 All-NBA teams, Draymond Green as Warriors MVP, Kawhi as MVP (13:00), LeBron vs. Bird (18:00), Spurs’ sneaky goodness (21:00), Anthony Davis (29:00), KD-Westbrook’s return (32:00), Clips-OKC (35:00), Bulls’ chemistry (42:00), most amazing Warriors stat (48:00), the fall of Dwight (50:00), Jabari trade scenarios (56:00), Xmas Day Picks (1:00:00) and NFL Week 16 Best Bets (1:05:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Cousin Sal about his trip to Dallas to watch a Cowboys game in Jerry Jones’ suite, as well as: ODB vs. Josh Norman (10:00), Bill’s review of ‘Concussion’ (14:00), Cam Newton as MVP (19:00), Week 16 Picks (23:00), Belichick’s hatred for fantasy football (32:00), AFC playoff QB’s (34:00), Andy Reid vs. Brandon Weeden (39:00), Carolina’s undefeated chances (46:00), Broncos-Bengals MNF (53:00) and Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe mishap (55:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons plays a special edition of “NBA Trades: Who Says No?” with Joe House starring fake trades for Dwight Howard, Memphis (14:00), Carmelo (22:00), D-Rose (26:00) and Boogie Cousins (28:00). From there, they discuss the Rondo/Kennedy incident(31:00)and make NFL Week 15 Best Bets (38:00). Then, JackO discusses the last Republican debate(54:00), Chris Christie’s ‘John Kerry’ candidacy (59:00)and the potential of President Trump (1:02:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on international soccer’s all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach before her final game with the US Women’s National Team. Topics include: 2015 World Cup experience, her evolving fame (7:00), Women’s WC vs. Men’s WC (13:00), gender pay gap and fixing FIFA(16:00), turf vs. grass (24:00), a possible TV career (30:00), why she thinks Jürgen Klinsmann is the wrong US coach (37:00), concussions and youth soccer (42:00), career disappointments & triumphs (1:00:00) and her last game (1:09:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons goes over the NFL playoff picture and Week 15 lines with Cousin Sal. Topics include: Pats-Texans recap, AFC playoffs(4:00 mark), NFC playoffs (9:00), Panthers’ credibility (11:00), Mike Tomlin’s Blackjack coaching style (17:00), unwatchable games (22:00), semi-unwatchable games (26:00), Jets-Cowboys (30:00), Teddy Bridgewater’s matchup w/ Bears (37:00), Alex Smith’s resurgence(45:00), Eagles’ craziness (50:00), watchable games (53:00), Steelers-Broncos (1:00:00) and Peyton Manning’s suspicious sideline behavior (1:02:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to talk about Golden State’s streak and answer questions from NBA Reddit about the struggling Wizards (10:00), the lingering Mavs (14:00), the Hinkie ‘process’ (17:00), Ben Simmons (27:00), Harden and the Rockets (34:00), the 2016 Lottery/Lakers (39:00), Charlotte(?!?!–42:00), 2016’s elite small forward glut (49:00), NFL Best Bets (53:30) and ‘The Revenant’ (1:07:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons proves you’re never too old to watch ‘The Challenge.’ It’s a good old fashioned grab bag simulcast w/ Juliet discussing Tony’s libido (3:00 mark), Nany’s new-found confidence (12:00), Johnny Bananas’ knack for toasting (14:00), Jenna vs. Brianna (31:00) and C.T.’s inevitable return to TV (38:00). Next up, Chris Ryan comes on to chat about ‘Survivor’ (41:00), the Sixers’ new addition (52:00), Russell Westbrook’s real estate dealings (56:00) and Gordon Hayward’s decked out Hacienda style home(1:02:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons catches up with Katie Nolan on the Left Coast. Topics include: L.A. sports scene (3:00 mark), Larry Bird’s 59th birthday (14:00), Tom Brady’s end-of-career ability (20:00), current NFL model (26:00), Katie and Jaromir Jagr’s uncanny haircut (37:00), social media etiquette (48:00), Jamie Horowitz’s Kobe Bryant comparison (57:00) and NHL support in November (1:05:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to talk Week 14 NFL Picks and a possible playoff picture. Topics: Belichick’s recent struggles (3:00), Pitt/Sea playoff chances (8:00), Harry Styles’ GB allegiance (18:00), Jeff Fisher’s mustache (25:00), Sly’s Oscar speech (37:00), Sean Payton’s sabbatical(46:00), NFL ROY race (57:00), Tom Coughlin’s next stop(1:05:00) and the ‘Rocky’ franchise(1:10:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons chats with Joe House about Green Bay’s Hail Mary, Kobe’s last stand (10:00), Kobe vs. Duncan (17:00), the floundering Wiz (22:00), Paul George (26:00), Stephen Curry’s historic 20-game run (36:00), 20 crazy Curry stats (42:00), Curry vs. MJ (50:00) and best Week 13 NFL bets (1:00:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings in his buddy JackO to discuss Boston’s David Price signing, then Trump and the Republicans (23:00). Then, Michael Rapaport talks Kobe’s bizarre farewell tour (38:00) and flawed NBA rebuilding plans (44:00). And finally, original Grantlander Jay Caspian Kang talks Kobe’s demise & NBA twitter (52:00) and Grantland/Linsanity (1:12:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Cousin Sal about Sunday night’s controversial Pats-Broncos game, the Thanksgiving games (25:00 mark), Week 13 NFL picks (30:00), NFC East quagmire (40:00), Adam Carolla (53:00), Mike Tomlin’s crazy coaching (1:02) and ‘Creed’ (1:09–Spoiler Alert!).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to ‘Creed’ star Michael B. Jordan about his bond with Carl Weathers (4:00 mark), the ‘Rocky’ franchise (7:00), Stallone’s Oscar-worthy performance (13:00), Cotto-Canelo ringside reactions (21:00), mimicking top flight acting talents (28:00), ‘The Wire’ vs. ‘Friday Night Lights’ (34:00), Ryan Coogler’s creative touch on ‘Creed’ (44:00), future projects (54:00) and a modern Rom-Com starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence (1:04:00).
HBO’s Bill Simmons discusses NBA vs. college coaches (2:00 mark), Stephen Curry’s mastery of chaos (8:00), Spurs/GSW (13:00), Spurs’ ceiling(21:00), Doc Rivers/Clips (29:00), NBA innovations (39:00), Houston/OKC (47:00) and best rookies (56:00) with esteemed NBA gambler Haralabob Voulgaris. Then, Joe House talks Chinese food (1:06:00), Thanksgiving NFL picks (1:12:00) and Ben Simmons (1:22:00)
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Cousin Sal about the Cowboys’ mini-resurgence (2:06 mark), worst NFL teams (8:12), Thanksgiving games (18:40), Cam for MVP (22:21), handsome QBs (29:47), are we sure Matt Ryan’s good?(34:01), crossed-off NFL teams (42:00), Peyton Manning’s demise (54:25, Cotto-Canelo (1:00:15) and WWE Survivor Series (1:07:15).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Joe House about an incredible Warriors-Clippers game, Clipper flaws (8:01 mark), Curry & Draymond (20:00), Curry as an all-timer (29:44), Week 11 NFL picks (36:32), Ben Simmons (55:17), the putrid NFC East (1:06:54) and the abominable 76ers (1:12:11).
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Chuck Klosterman about Chuck’s controversial interview w/ Tom Brady (3:15 mark), Grantland’s demise (27:45), Bill’s President Obama interview(38:33), HBO’s Kareem doc (1:00:15) and their revised list of the greatest NBA players ever.
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Week 11 NFL lines, Ronda Rousey’s shocking defeat (3:50 mark), Giants-Pats (7:00), Manning’s injury (17:13), KC’s AFC West contention (20:20), Romo’s return (29:13), Greg Hardy’s WWE career(30:30), Cards-Seahawks (36:50), Cam’s TD dance (40:01), Bengals-Cards (50:03) and two must-see TV shows.
HBO’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss NFL week 10 best bets, Giants-Pats (19:20 mark), Seahawks-Cards (24:40), Stephen Curry and the Pantheon (34:50), Golden State’s 70 win quest (51:51), the 3 worst NBA teams (55:48), Boogie trades (58:33, and an 2015 NBA re-draft (1:11:12)
Stepping in for HBO’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald weigh in on Fargo, The Leftovers, Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, the 30-minute TV model and Jeremy Renner’s most recent candid interview. Also, the guys announce the launch of Channel 33, the upcoming pop culture/NBA podcast from the Bill Simmons podcast network.
HBO’s Bill Simmons discusses Knicks’ Porzingis franchise player potential, NBA Rookie of the Year race, Andrew Wiggins’ rise in Year 2, De Niro vs. Pacino, and a couple of “world class stickmen” with Michael Rapaport.
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks Week 10 NFL, another traumatic Dallas Cowboys loss, Andrew ‘The Giant’ Luck, Greg Hardy vs. Ray Rice, Minnesota’s playoff sleeper sweepstakes and Jim Nantz-gasms with Cousin Sal.
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks Week 9 NFL best bets, his new favorite NBA team (not the Celtics), Clipper flaws and NBA power rankings with Joe House. Then Bill’s dad comes on to defend himself for briefly turning on Tom Brady, and to recap the Brady versus Bird argument.
HBO’s Bill Simmons reunites with old Grantland buddies Chris Ryan & Andy Greenwald. On the docket–Homeland, The Leftovers, Project Greenlight and current state of binge-watching. Special bonus announcement at the end!
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell about Grantland’s abrupt demise, public funded sports arenas/stadiums, new owner syndrome, Tom Brady’s never-ending career, the corrupt NCAA, Obama’s next job and how America needs a sports czar more than ever.
HBO’s Bill Simmons guesses Week 9 NFL lines, toys with Raiders’ playoff candidacy, discusses Jameis Winston’s NFL cohort and consoles Cousin Sal after his awful weekend in sports.
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks Week 8 NFL gambling plays, Curry’s MVP statement, NBA way-too-early to worry about teams and Hezonja’s clutch gene potential with Joe House. Plus JackO stops by to discuss his pick for the Republican presidential candidate, Pete Rose’s TV presence and A-Rod’s ability to convince America to love him again.
Guest hosts Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman hijack HBO’s Bill Simmons’ podcast for their own action-packed preview of the 2015-16 NBA season in a special edition of “Sources Say.”
HBO’s Bill Simmons breaks down the Vegas Over/Unders for wins with the NBA’s Western Conference teams along with his buddy Joe House.
HBO’s Bill Simmons guesses Week 8 NFL lines and World Series futures, and debates Pats-Dolphins, Broncos-Packers and worst NFL coaches with Cousin Sal. P.S. featuring our new theme song!
HBO’s Bill Simmons makes Week 7 NFL best bets, and breaks down the Vegas Over/Unders for wins with the NBA’s Eastern Conference teams along with his buddy Joe House. Includes four gambling locks free of charge!
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Judd Apatow about today’s comedic landscape, living in a social media-driven world, Adam Sandler’s career to date, ‘Freaks and Geeks’ in 2015, fame and celebrity, parenting, and developing talents like Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer into movie stars.
HBO’s Bill Simmons guesses Week 7 lines, and talks Seattle’s swoon, Cam Newton as MVP, Indy’s ‘Snapfu’, Kimmel’s first pitch, Andrew Luck voices, and Pats-Jets with Cousin Sal.
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks Week 6 NFL gambling plays, Pats-Colts blowout predictions, and Lamar Odom’s tragic downhill spiral with Joe House.
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks to Casey Wasserman about Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympic bid, the NFL in L.A., Los Angeles being the next great American city, and the evolving role of agents in the NBA.
HBO’s Bill Simmons discusses the Chase Utley slide, early NFL surprises, Week 6 lines, soccer-watching confessions and the Patriots in F.U. mode with Cousin Sal.
HBO’s Bill Simmons makes best bets for Week 5 NFL, talks DC’s hottest restaurant, NBA Division bets, NBA off-court incidents, Rockets-Clips 2015, and John Wall racial coding with Joe House.
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks about the value of quarterbacks, Chip Kelly and systems, fixing the length of sporting events, era-specific movies, Project Greenlight, and why Trump is resonating with some voters with old friend Chuck Klosterman.
HBO’s Bill Simmons discusses shaky kickers, Pats-Cowboys, Todd Gurley’s emergence, Kaepernick’s swoon, Peyton Manning’s gluten-free arm, NHL sleepers and “Guess the Lines” for Week 5 with Cousin Sal.
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks Week 4 NFL gambling plays, first NFL coach fired, 2015 NBA Finals retro-review and a possible 2016 NBA title sleeper with old buddy Joe House.
HBO’s Bill Simmons talks Grantland memories, best 2015 movies, DeNiro vs. Pacino, Anne Hathaway vs. Emily Blunt, favorite movie theater experiences and new beginnings with Pulitzer Prize winning critic Wesley Morris.
Episode 2: HBO’s Bill Simmons discusses DeflateGate, Roger Goodell, the 2015 MLB Playoffs, President Trump and grating ESPN personalities with old buddy JackO.
HBO’s Bill Simmons makes his triumphant return to podcasting by breaking down the 2015 NFL season, discussing 16-0 possibilities for the Patriots and guessing Week 4 lines with Cousin Sal.
Episode 0 of the Bill Simmons Podcast…