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Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy - movies, tv, sports - he does it all

  • Jun 18, 2009
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Bill Simmons, aka the "Sports Guy" is the best and funniest sportswriter in the nation.  While he's known as the Sports Guy, that name really doesn't do him justice, as he's an excellent commentator/critic of movies, television, celebrity, and wannabe celebrities.  In fact, I'd say he's one of the nations leading commentators on all things pop culture.   If it wasn't illegal, he'd be an expert on gambling (table games, as well as sports gambling).  What sets him apart from your average sports commentator (newspaper, TV, or radio) is that he combines top notch analysis (his NBA analysis blows doors off of any other writer/commentator I've seen), with extreme humor.   There's very few writers that can offer his readers multiple laugh out loud moments.  It's rare that I get through one of his articles without at least one moment where I uncontrollably laugh out loud.  He's also not afraid to write some seriously long articles.  This is a blessing and a curse.  It's a blessing, because I often find myself not wanting his articles to end because I enjoy them so much, and a curse, because it can take a long time to get through them (he's been known to warn readers about article length, as he gets frequent emails from readers "thanking" him for causing they're legs to fall asleep from reading while... errrr... sitting down).

Simmons has an enormous and diverser following. I think one of his keys to success is that when you're reading his stuff, it's like you're bs-ing with one of your buddies.  Unlike many commentators, he's not self-important and takes a common sense, every-man approach to things.  He was a fan first, who became a writer and isn't afraid to write and commentate from a fan's perspective.  This makes him much more readable and, in my opinion, much more credible.

As a long time reader, it's been interesting to see his career advance.  He went from his own site, to being one of many columnists on Espn.com's Page 2, to being one of the original writers for Jimmy Kimmel live (which was a real shame, becuase that meant the frequency of his columns was significantly reduced), to leaving Jimmy Kimmel to go back to writing his column on Page 2 (where he now has an entire section called "Sports Guy's World" dedicated to him), to becoming a succesful author ("Now I Can Die in Piece", and the upcoming "Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy").  He also has one of the most downloanded sports podcasts on iTunes (the BS Report) and is probably the best twitter account I follow.  Over the years he has become friends with some of his celebrity fans, like Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, who contribute to his podcasts, and Malcom Gladwell, who wrote the foreward to his upcoming book (Simmons and Gladwell also did a very entertaining three part email exchange, where they bounced a variety of ideas off each other).

There are so many things I love about the guy... his running draft diaries, his mailbag where he answers reader's questions, his various theories and phrases he's coined.  For instance here are some of his original theories/concepts:

  • The Ewing Theory - when a team becomes better when their "Superstar" leaves
  • The Unintentional Comedy Scale - Mike Tyson scores very high.
  • Basic Cable Classics (w/ Adam Carolla) - he and Adam review classics movies, such as "Roadhouse" and "Red Dawn"
  • the VP of Common Sense - the idea that teams need to hire someone that has a little bit of common sense to assist their general manager in making decisions (I personally believe we need a Sec. of Common Sense in the cabinet, but that's a later review).
  • Levels of Losing - the stomach punch, the goose/maverick tailspin, the guillotine, etc.
  • The Reggie Cleveland Allstars - sports figures whose names would make you think they're of a different ethnicity than they actually are (Reggie Cleveland, Grady Sizemore, Khalil Green, Reggie Willits, etc.)
  • The Manning Face
I'm laughing as I type thinking about all his references (I think ESPN.com has a glossary of all his terms).  The guy is great.  If you like sports and/or pop culture, give the guy a try.  I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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June 19, 2009
After being a huge critic he finally got on twitter and is a big fan of it. he's a good one to follow.
June 18, 2009
i was literally LOLing while i was going through your bullet points
June 18, 2009
I think your review is better than mine. I love the Manning Face...forgot to write about that one. Its true that his perspective as a fan first adds something great to his writing.
June 19, 2009
your review inspired me.
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review by . June 18, 2009
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Bill Simmons is my favorite columnist and his columns provide critical analysis and deep humor. He writes for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine and you can find his writings at the Sport's Guy's World. Prior to being hired by ESPN, he ran his own site called The Boston Sports Guy. Part of what makes him so great is that his success highlights the meritocracy of the internet. He was a guy blogging about sports who was so funny that he was hired by the preeminent sports brand and is now one of its biggest …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
Been catching up on some Sports Guy. Can't wait for his new book to be on the Kindle.
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Bill Simmons has a Twitter account with over 384,000 followers and is the host of The B.S. Report Podcast hosted on ESPN.com

He is also a columnist and podcaster for Page 2 on ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He was formerly known as "The Boston SportsGuy" but, is now known simply as "The Sports Guy". He uses extended analogies to pop culture throughout his sports reporting.


On October 1, 2005, he released his first book, Now I Can Die In Peace which is a collection of his columns leading up to the 2004 World Series victory of the Boston Red Sox.

On April 19, 2006- Simmons defeated Bernie Mac in the NBA Cares Celebrity Fantasy League with a score of 1028-852. He said that he won due to his extensive NBA knowledge and acknowledged Kobe Bryant as part of the reason he won.

In July 2008, he announced that he would be taking time off to finish his second book out, The Book of Basketball, The NBA According to the Sports Guy which will be released October 27, 2009.

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