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March 27, 2020
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament to discuss a wide variety of topics, including Pearl Jam’s first concert, the Seattle SuperSonics, hanging with Dennis Rodman, the best music venues, tour stories, their new album ‘Gigatron,’ and MUCH more.
March 25, 2020
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by his pal Jimmy Kimmel to catch up and discuss self-quarantine life, the return of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, Jimmy hosting the Kobe Bryant memorial, Kobe Bryant memories, restaurants being affected by the Coronavirus, Parent Corner, and more (2:27). Then Bill talks with actor, writer, and comedian J.B. Smoove about writing on ‘SNL’, his audition for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, his comedic influences, being in New York for during the inception of Hip-Hop, his favorite ‘Curb’ episode, doing roasts, his new comedy tour and much more (52:37).
March 23, 2020
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to ask a series of “what-if” questions given the uncertainty surrounding the 2019-20 season. They discuss old games being aired on TV, Tom Brady leaving the Patriots, book, TV, and movie recommendations, and Game 5 of the 1993 Western Conference finals between the SuperSonics and the Suns.
March 18, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss an end of an era: Tom Brady confirmed he is leaving the New England Patriots. They also discuss a few NFL trades including Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills, DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, David Johnson to the Texans, QB signings, Parent Corner and more (2:57). Then in honor of the GOAT's departure, Bill reads an article he wrote back in 2001 before the infamous Patriots-Raiders AFC divisional playoff game, describing the long and sad road to what would become the Patriots dynasty (54:45).
March 16, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's BIll Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss how COVID-19 rocked the World and everything in it including sports. They discuss the possibility of a lost NBA season, how the playoffs might work if the league resumes play, NBA players and owners covering arena workers wages, NBA Awards if the season ended right now, and ask "What will sports analysts talk about after a month of no sports?" They also give some TV, movie, and book recommendations, answer mailbag questions and more!
March 13, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by best-selling author and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell to discuss worst-case coronavirus scenarios, why America waited too long to react and didn’t listen to experts soon enough, what people can do to keep this from becoming even worse, and how long our favorite distractions (sports, movies, etc.) might be on hold until life starts to feel safe again.
March 11, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss the possibility of pro sports in empty arenas, the NBA's new media policy, how COVID-19 will affect March Madness, youth sports, The Masters, and more (2:38). Then Bill talks with renowned chef David Chang about Season 2 of his Netflix series, 'Ugly Delicious,' the rise of food delivery and its effect on sit-down restaurants, food trends, Chang's new book, 'Eat a Peach: A Memoir,' grappling with success and failure, the importance of work ethic, and much more (36:39).
March 9, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the Lakers' first win over the Clippers this season, the revitalized MVP race, the Brooklyn Nets' firing of head coach Kenny Atkinson, the Rockets' slump, some new segments, Gym Corner, and much more!
March 6, 2020
The Sports Repodders returns as HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Bryan Curtis and WSJ’s Jason Gay to discuss rumors of Al Michaels to ESPN, TV rights deals, Tony Romo’s big CBS contract, the next great sports broadcaster, the newfound legitimacy of ‘First Take,’ ESPN’s decision to cancel ‘High Noon,’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on sports, the 2020 election, and more!
March 4, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin Clark to discuss the potential NFL QB upheaval for the 2020 season (2:04). Then Bill talks with author and podcast host Stephen Dubner about cowriting 'Freakonomics,' the evolution of sportswriting, the future of the NFL, getting ready for legal sports gambling, the science of napping, athletes after sports, vaping, the coronavirus, and much more (30:54).
March 2, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the surging Rockets, Lakers-Pelicans, playoff matchups if the season ended today, the Clippers’ plans for the future, continued Bucks success, mailbag questions, Gym Corner, and more!
February 28, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN's Zach Lowe to discuss the biggest stories in the NBA, including the battle for Los Angeles and the Warriors-Timberwolves trade (3:50). Then they go over the top 25 NBA players (right now) they'd want to finish out the season with in hopes of winning an NBA title (20:08).
February 26, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by actor Jason Segel to discuss California prep school basketball, starting out in acting, ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ I Love You, Man,’ ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ learning from Judd Apatow, early-2000s comedies, movie set stories, and more (3:24). Then Bill sits down with his old friend Adam Carolla to talk about the early days of podcasting, the Deontay Wilder–Tyson Fury boxing match, fatherhood, cars, fake movies, and much more (55:16).
February 24, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to talk Lakers-Celtics, Jayson Tatum’s impressive stretch, Clippers vs. Lakers, the Rockets experiment, whether the Spurs are still a “smart” team, Wilder-Fury, and more!
February 21, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan to revisit the 2015 Oscar movies, including ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Birdman,’ ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Boyhood,’ and many more (2:28). Then Bill is joined by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to discuss crafting a sports show, the pro basketball Hall of Fame, interviewing NBA players, current NBA stars, NBA draft mistakes, journalism in 2020, Roger Goodell, and more (32:3).
February 17, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the joys of NBA All-Star Weekend, the new All-Star Game format, why it worked, the dunk contest, things to watch for after All-Star Weekend, NBA scuttlebutt, and more!
February 14, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by business and tech analyst Ben Thompson to discuss monetizing digital media, streaming TV, subscription overload, podcasts, broadcast rights, NBA, and more (2:25). Then Bill and JackO have a long-overdue conversation about the Astros cheating scandal, Mookie Betts to Los Angeles, the Democratic primary elections, and more (1:21:36).
February 12, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to look at the top of the NBA standings. They discuss the Raptors' impressive title defense, the improving Celtics, the Pacers adjusting to Victor Oladipo's return, the 76ers' struggles, the surging Bucks, the Rockets' new plan, and more (1:55). Then Bill talks with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters to discuss his inspirations, timeless music, the concept of a band, touring in vans, kids' relationship with music today, and much more (48:14).
February 10, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Disney CEO Robert Iger to discuss his book The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years As CEO of the Walt Disney Company, his career, lessons in leadership, the rise of streaming, launching Disney+, growing ESPN, unforgettable NBA games, the start of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!,' and more.
February 6, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo 30 minutes before the NBA trade deadline to discuss the trades that have already happened as well as the one coming through at the eleventh hour. They point out desperate trades, teams who didn’t do enough, and more (2:08). They finish up by discussing the Red Sox's trade of Mookie Betts to the Dodgers (1:53:10).
February 5, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by longtime friend and Knicks fan Brian Koppelman to discuss the state of the Knicks, Steve Mills’s departure, the possibility of Masai Ujiri taking over, and more (2:27). Then Bill sits down with Wesley Morris of The New York Times to make Oscar picks and discuss 2019 movies (32:05). Finally, Bill talks with actress Claire Danes about acting as a child, some of her past work including ‘My So Called Life,’ ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ and ‘Little Women.’ They also discuss the final season of ‘Homeland,’ premiering February 9 (1:04:12).
February 3, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Super Bowl LIV, and whether the 49ers gave the game away or the Chiefs took it, or both. They talk bad bets, the halftime show, a ranking of the recent Super Bowls, Parent Corner, XFL, and more.
January 31, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by NFL Network’s Peter Schrager to discuss the upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the Chiefs and the 49ers; they talk about Jimmy “nobody believes in me” Garoppolo, possible Super Bowl MVPs, Kelce vs. Kittle, Super Bowl story lines, and more (2:33). Then Bill talks with Cousin Sal, who is on the ground in Miami, about some fun Super Bowl prop bets (36:10). Finally Bill calls up Joe House to briefly discuss Luka vs. Zion and share some memories of Kobe Bryant (57:30) before making some Million Dollar NFL Picks (1:22:29).
January 29, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by J.A. Adande to discuss what Kobe Bryant meant to Los Angeles, sports fans, and a whole generation of basketball players. They also discuss some of their favorite Kobe moments, news coverage of the tragedy, and more (2:05). Then Bill is joined by Zane Lowe, Nathan Hubbard, and Joe House to discuss the future of music, the return of vinyl, today's most popular artists, album structure, and more (58:05).
January 26, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan remember the life of Kobe Bryant.
January 21, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo and Joe House to make their NBA All-Star picks. They also discuss the possibility of the 76ers moving on from Joel Embiid, the NBA’s ratings decline, All-Star honorable mentions, and more.
January 20, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal and Massage-Chair-Joe House to discuss The Chiefs taking care of business at home vs. the Titans, and the 49ers win over the Packers, before guessing the NFL lines for Super Bowl 54, predicting annoying Super Bowl storylines, Parent Corner, discussing the return of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, and more.
January 17, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by NFL Network’s Peter Schrager to preview the upcoming NFL conference championship games (2:13), before calling up Joe House to make some Million Dollar Picks, including some fun prop bets (35:24). Then Bill talks with Mallory Rubin about the ever-developing Astros cheating scandal and how the rest of MLB is affected, including the Red Sox, Mets, Dodgers, and others (1:00:09). Finally, Bill calls up his dad to quickly discuss Red Sox manager Alex Cora's departure from the team (1:35:15).
January 13, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to recap the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, including the Chiefs putting up 51 points on the Texans in a comeback win, the Titans stunning the Ravens, Seahawks-Packers, and 49ers-Vikings. They also Guess the Lines for the conference championship games, discuss the best and worst Super Bowl matchups, and talk future bets and subplots.
January 10, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN’s Mina Kimes and Mallory Rubin to speculate on Tom Brady’s next move, talk divisional round of the NFL playoffs, discuss ‘The Bachelor,’ and more (2:10). Then Bill calls up Joe House to make some Million Dollar NFL Picks as Bill continues his quest to go 8-0 with playoff bets (1:31:28).
January 8, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the Philadelphia 76ers and some of their what-ifs from the past few years, including Markelle Fultz, signing Al Horford, trading draft picks, and more. (2:45). Then Bill talks with The New York Times' Wesley Morris about the best movies of 2019, defending Gwyneth Paltrow, and more (31:35).
January 6, 2020
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to recap NFL wild-card weekend, including another painful Saints postseason exit vs. the Vikings, Seahawks-Eagles, Bills-Texans, Patriots-Titans, questions surrounding the 2020 New England Patriots, and more (3:05). Then they Guess the Lines for the divisional round (1:08:20).
January 3, 2020
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to remember the late David Stern (3:00). Then Ryen sticks around to call up ESPN senior writer Seth Wickersham to discuss the upcoming Patriots-Titans playoff game and the implications to the end of the Brady era in New England (33:45). Then Bill and Ryen talk with Fox Sports and NFL Network’s Peter Schrager to preview Round 1 of the NFL playoffs (1:01:15). Finally Bill and Russillo call up Joe House to make some NFL Million Dollar Picks (1:33:40).
December 31, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons presents every parent corner with Cousin Sal from the 2019 NFL season.
December 30, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss a 49ers-Seahawks nail biter, the Dolphins taking down the Patriots, Cowboys-Giants, Jameis Winston’s 30 for 30, favorite Cleveland Browns coach of the decade, and Super Bowl odds (1:54), before guessing the lines for round 1 of the NFL playoffs (52:25). Finally Bill is joined by his daughter Zoe Simmons to briefly discuss the standout teen culture moments of 2019 (1:22:20).
December 26, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons hits on the NBA Christmas games (3:55), before making Million Dollar NFL Picks for Week 17 (21:38). Finally Bill and Rembert Browne bring back an old Grantland tradition with a “Who Won the Year?” bracket featuring Keanu Reeves, Tiger Woods, Kawhi Leonard, J.Lo, and many more (33:50).
December 23, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss another action-packed Jameis Winston performance, Giants-Redskins, Titans-Saints, Patriots-Bills, and more before they guess the NFL lines for Week 17 and try to sift through all the playoff implications (2:05). Then Bill talks with J.A. Adande about Eddie Murphy’s long awaited return to ‘SNL’ (1:00:10).
December 20, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Mallory Rubin for Mallory's Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top three story lines of the week, including Christian McCaffrey's chance to break a big record, teams facing playoff elimination, Saturday's impressive NFL slate, and more (3:00). Then Bill talks with Joe House, fresh out of a holiday gathering, to discuss the Presidents Cup and make some Million Dollar Picks (41:40).
December 18, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Adam Sandler and Kevin Garnett to discuss their new film, 'Uncut Gems'; sneaky athletic actors; dynamic movie sets; stories from the NBA; 'SNL'; and more!
December 16, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Atlanta's wild win over the 49ers, playoff QBs on the road, Cowboys-Rams, the Browns, fantasy football torture, and Bronny James, (2:30), before guessing the NFL lines for Week 16 (50:15).
December 13, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined ESPN's Brian Windhorst to discuss the 76ers, Celtics, Lakers, Clippers, and more (2:25). Then Bill is joined by Mallory Rubin for Million-Dollar Picks and Mallory's Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top three story lines of the week, including Heisman weekend, NFL coaches on the hot seat, and more (44:00). Finally, Bill calls up his buddy JackO to discuss the Yankees' signing pitcher Gerrit Cole (1:34:30).
December 11, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by author and longtime 'BS Podcast' guest Chuck Klosterman to discuss sports villains, the most recent Patriots "scandal," different sports eras, tweaking the CFP, Hillary Clinton's interview with Howard Stern, media subscriptions, and the new Netflix film 'Marriage Story' [SPOILERS].
December 9, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the 49ers-Saints shoot-out, Seahawks-Rams, Buccaneers-Colts, Ravens-Bills, Patriots-Chiefs, playoff contenders, and how Bill’s fantasy season hinges on Eli Manning vs. the Eagles (1:35), before guessing the NFL lines for Week 15 (50:43).
December 6, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin Clark and Kevin O’Connor to discuss Tom Curran’s article about the end of the Tom Brady era (1:55). Then Bill and Kevin O’Connor discuss getting Trae Young some help on the Hawks, and the 2019 NBA draft class, before hashing out Bill’s NBA midseason tournament idea (32:49). Then Kevin Clark returns for some Million Dollar Picks, including the anticipated rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua (1:05:27). Finally, Bill sits down with Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top four story lines of the week, including the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff, AFC and NFC playoff implications, and more (1:29:45).
December 4, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares his idea for an NBA midseason tournament that could shorten the NBA regular season (3:05), before he is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the Knicks and Kyrie Irving getting booed in Boston (20:00). Then Bill sits down with actor Tim Robbins to discuss some of his films including 'Bull Durham,' 'The Player,' 'Mystic River,' and 'The Shawshank Redemption,' as well as his new film, 'Dark Waters.' They also talk about political activism, legendary New York sports moments, and more (1:02:20).
December 2, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Patriots’ loss to the Texans, the Ravens toppling the 49ers, Colts-Titans, Eagles-Dolphins, Steelers-Browns, NFC East playoff predictions, Chargers-Broncos, cross-off teams, and more (2:10), before guessing the NFL lines for Week 14 (48:05). Finally, Bill and Sal discuss Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ (1:19:54).
November 27, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss the 10 best NBA players today (2:40), a Thanksgiving preview, and Million Dollar Picks (56:53). Then Bill sits down with actor Sterling K. Brown to discuss some of his past work including ‘Army Wives,’ ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson,’ as well as ‘This Is Us,’ NBA, NFL, and more (1:32:07). Finally they discuss Sterling’s new film, 'Waves' [SPOILERS] (2:16:40).
November 25, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Patriots-Cowboys, 49ers-Packers, Eagles-Seahawks, Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers, the annual Lions Thanksgiving game, the Titans on a roll, and more (3:08), before they guess the NFL lines for Week 13 (53:20).
November 22, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons talks about Celtics-Clippers (2:27) before sitting down with Mallory Rubin to talk NFL QBs, including Philip Rivers, Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, and Tom Brady (20:42), before Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top five story lines of the week, including this weekend’s NFC playoff implications, Chase Young’s return to Ohio State football, Astros SpyGate, and more (34:45). Then Bill and Mallory run through some Million Dollar Picks (1:02:35). Finally, Bill is joined by Amanda Dobbins to discuss the Apple+ flagship show, ‘The Morning Show’ (1:18:52).
November 20, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Marc Stein of 'The New York Times' to discuss Luka Doncic, The Raptors’ title defense, Ja Morant, James Harden, Lakers, Clippers, Celtics, and more (3:08). Then Bill sits down with actor Chadwick Boseman to talk about sports movies, making biopics, '42,' 'Draft Day,' 'Black Panther,' his new movie '21 Bridges,' NFL, NBA, and more (1:06:08).
November 18, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Bears-Rams snoozefest, the 11 cross-off teams, Vikings-Broncos, Patriots-Eagles, Ravens-Texans, murky AFC playoff implications, and more (1:45). Then Bill and Sal are joined by Charitybuzz auction winner, Mark Harris to guess the NFL lines for week 12 (34:40).
November 15, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN's Matthew Berry for a fantasy football check-in after 10 weeks in the NFL season (1:50). Then Bill talks with Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top five story lines of the week, including 'The Mandalorian,' Lamar Jackson vs. Deshaun Watson, Colin Kaepernick's upcoming NFL workout, and more (55:20), followed by a brief Million Dollar Pick (1:51:00).
November 13, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O’Connor to talk NBA awards after 10 games including MVP, ROTY, COTY, Most Improved, Most Hopeless Team, and more (1:50). Then Bill sits down with Matt Damon to talk 'Ocean’s,' 'Rounders,' NBA, NFL, MLB, his new film 'Ford v Ferrari,' feuding with Jimmy Kimmel, and more (53:25).
November 11, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Vikings-Cowboys nail-biter, the L.A. Rams’ meltdown, Packers-Panthers, Saints-Falcons, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens shellacking the Bengals, Bills-Browns, Cardinals-Bucs, a playoff check-in, and more (2:15), before guessing the NFL lines for Week 11 (41:15). Then, Parent Corner, DAZN’s Logan Paul vs. KSI boxing match, and more (1:11:08).
November 8, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to have the NBA MVP conversation and discuss Dwight Howard's solid play for the Lakers, worst teams in the league, and more (2:45) before giving out NFL Million Dollar Picks (38:10). Then Mallory Rubin joins the group for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top five story lines of the week, including the upcoming LSU-Alabama game, Chargers relocation rumors, Seahawks-49ers, and more (57:20)!
November 5, 2019
The Book of Basketball 2.0 podcast is live! Here’s an excerpt from the second episode with Steve Kerr about two times “The Secret” was threatened during his time with Chicago and Golden State.
November 4, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Lamar Jackson and the Ravens handing the Patriots their first loss of the season, the Browns being unable to get out of their own way against the Broncos, and Raiders-Lions, Eagles-Bears, Texans-Jaguars, and more (4:40), before guessing the NFL lines for Week 10 (47:05).
November 1, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss some NBA thoughts on the Warriors, Nets, Kings, Suns, Rockets, the 76ers-Timberwolves melee, and more (5:35), before giving out some NFL Million Dollar Picks and discussing the Washington Nationals’ World Series win (31:05). Then, Bill sits down with Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top five story lines of the week, including potential Josh Gordon landing spots, Vikings-Chiefs, the Patriots’ toughest opponent so far this season in the Ravens, and more (1:01:25).
October 29, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by SI and DAZN's Chris Mannix to discuss the start of the NBA season, including the Warriors' drop-off, Trae Young, Luka Doncic, Pascal Siakam, searching for depth in the Eastern Conference, Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn, and more (2:15) before discussing the upcoming Canelo-Kovalev match for the WBO light heavyweight championship (52:15). Then Bill sits down with former Facebook executive and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri to discuss some of Facebook's criticism, how social media platforms are addressing bad actors, the upcoming 2020 election, innovating Instagram, athletes on social media, and more (1:03:22).
October 28, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Colts sneaking out another win, this time against the Broncos; plus Bills-Eagles, Patriots-Browns, the return of Drew Brees, the undefeated 49ers, a pitiful Chargers-Bears matchup, playoff implications, challenges, and more (2:15). Then they guess the NFL lines for Week 9 (36:44).
October 25, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss Nationals-Astros (2:50), NBA observations (23:45), and NFL million dollar picks (42:20). Then Bill sits down with David Chang to discuss his new show, “Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner,” archaic food criticism, sad Washington football fans, and Chang’s first Parent Corner (1:01:55).
October 23, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's BIll Simmons reacts to Lakers-Clippers (2:24), before sitting down with actor and director Edward Norton to discuss 'Rounders', directing a film while acting, spending smarter in film production, '25th Hour', 'American History X', his new film 'Motherless Brooklyn' premiering November 1st, and more (28:50).
October 21, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to talk Cowboys-Eagles, Lamar Jackson running all over the Seahawks, another Trubisky meltdown, Colts-Texans, and more (2:16), before guessing the NFL lines for Week 8 (44:52). Finally, Bill calls up JackO to discuss a decade of the Yankees missing the World Series (1:27:28).
October 18, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo and Joe House for the annual NBA over/unders podcast. They make their picks for win totals in the Western Conference for the 2019-20 season.
October 16, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons briefly talks about LeBron‘s reaction to Daryl Morey’s comment about Hong Kong (3:10). Then Bill is joined by Kevin O’Connor to discuss some title contenders for the 2019-20 NBA season (9:55). Finally Bill sits down with Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top five story lines of the week including wrongfully doubting the Raiders and Russell Wilson displaying MVP behavior (47:15). They wrap up by discussing the season 2 finale of HBO's 'Succession' (1:26:35).
October 14, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Jets' first win of the season (over the Cowboys), the 49ers coasting over the Rams to 5-0, Steelers-Chargers, Texans-Chiefs, Seahawks-Browns, and more (2:05). Then they guess the NFL lines for Week 7 (42:03). Finally, Bill talks with Kyle about the Season 2 Finale of HBO's 'Succession' (1:16:40).
October 11, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her top five story lines of the week including another Clayton Kershaw postseason meltdown, the last two undefeated NFL QBs (Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo), the upcoming Patrick Mahomes–Deshaun Watson matchup, and more (2:36). Then Bill gives out some Million Dollar Picks (45:13), before talking with Shea Serrano about his new book 'Movies (and Other Things)' and what sports movie events they would most want tickets to (51:47). Finally, Bill sits down with actor, comedian, and 'Big Mouth' cocreator Nick Kroll to talk awkward puberty stories, the show's appeal to teenagers, and more before Bill's son joins the pod to share his thoughts on the show (1:18:15). Nick Kroll: Middle-Aged Boy Tour
October 8, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by the Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay to discuss the fallout from Daryl Morey's Hong Kong tweet, the upcoming exhibition games in China, whether or not the NBA has leverage, where ESPN fits into all this, and more (2:36). Finally, Bill talks with David Shoemaker of 'The Masked Man Show' to discuss Fox's 'Friday Night Smackdown' and this year's stacked wrestling calendar before asking, "Do we have too much wrestling?" (1:06:10).
October 7, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss their gambling losses on the Bears, Chiefs, and Cowboys; how seriously to take the Raiders; Christian McCaffrey's jump to the front of the MVP race; NFC contenders; and more (2:50). Then they guess the NFL lines for Week 6 (47:15).
October 4, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN’s Matthew Berry to talk fantasy football (2:09). Then he sits down with Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her five most intriguing story lines of the week, including the return of Melvin Gordon and Golden Tate to their respective teams (39:43). Finally, Bill calls up Joe House to give out some Million-Dollar Picks (1:17:55).
October 2, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by author and longtime 'BS Podcast' guest Chuck Klosterman to discuss competitive media, 'Joker' criticism, morality in art, TV shows, Metallica, impeaching Trump, the 2020 presidential election, and more.
September 30, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to recap Sunday’s matchups including Patriots-Bills, Saints-Cowboys, Browns-Ravens, the Rams-Buccaneers shootout, and the down-to-the-wire Chiefs-Lions matchup (2:05), before guessing the NFL lines for Week 5 (39:15).
September 27, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to discuss the evolution of rock music (2:30) and the Lakers' hopes for the 2019-20 season (19:35). Then Bill calls Joe House to discuss Bill's 50th birthday and give out some Million Dollar Picks (51:00). Finally, Bill sits down with Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her five most intriguing story lines of the week, including Pete Alonso's quest for the rookie home run record, the Jalen Ramsey trade saga, and more (1:33:45).
September 25, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by NFL Network's Kyle Brandt to discuss some NFL week 4 storylines including a meaningful Patriots-Bills matchup, Mitchell Trubisky coming off a win, Daniel Jones, and more (4:00). Then Bill talks with Rolling Stone's Alan Sepinwall about the 25th anniversary of an all-time year for TV: 1994 (47:40). Finally, Bill sits down with academy award-winning actor Billy Bob Thorton to discuss some of his films including 'Sling Blade', 'Monster's Ball', 'Friday Night Lights', 'Bad Santa', 'Blood In Blood Out', and more. They also talk directing, hosting SNL, Amazon's 'Goliath', MLB, and more (1:23:50).
September 23, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to recap Sunday’s matchups including Daniel Jones’s debut in Buccaneers-Giants, Chiefs-Ravens, a painful Rams-Browns game, Colts-Falcons, and more (2:50), before guessing the NFL lines for Week 4 (49:35).
September 20, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her five most intriguing story lines of the week, including Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes and backup QBs starting in Week 3 (2:30). Then Bill and Joe House make some Million Dollar Picks (47:15). Finally, Bill sits down with 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to discuss the democratic debates, running against Ted Cruz for US senate in 2018, and more (1:26:05).
September 18, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by author/journalist Malcolm Gladwell to discuss his new book 'Talking With Strangers,' as well as recent controversies, the audiobook revolution, classic conspiracies, NBA tampering, and more.
September 16, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal and special guest Joe House to discuss another Rams-Saints debacle, Eagles-Falcons, another Dolphins shutout, Jimmy G’s big day, Broncos-Bears, House’s 6-team parlay, and more (2:34), before guessing the NFL lines for week 3 (38:44).
September 12, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Mallory Rubin for Mallory’s Most Intriguing, in which she shares her five most intriguing story lines of the week in football, including: Chip Kelly's uncertain future at UCLA, a rough start to the Jets' season, backup Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew II, and more (2:15). Then Bill connects with Joe House for Million-Dollar Picks (52:27). Finally Bill, House, and Mallory discuss another wild episode of HBO's 'Succession' (1:29:12).
September 11, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by his buddy JackO who gives his thoughts on the Red Sox firing their GM David Dombrowski, the surging Yankees, the Democratic presidential candidates, and more (4:10). Then Bill sits down with Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn to discuss his long career, his new novel 'Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn,' what he'd learned from Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, and David Fincher, and more (33:08).
September 9, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Antonio Brown signing, and the Patriots steamrolling the Steelers without him; A tough-fought battle between the Colts and the Chargers, Lamar Jackson's electric performance, Kyler Murray's NFL debut, Chiefs-Jaguars, and more, before guessing the NFL lines for Week 2.
September 7, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls up his dad to discuss Antonio Brown signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.
September 6, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons recaps the 2019 NFL season opener, Packers at Bears (2:55), before making million-dollar picks with Joe House (17:48). Finally, Bill is joined by Mallory Rubin for "Mallory’s Most Intriguing," in which she shares her five most intriguing story lines of the week in football (1:05:30).
September 4, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by NBA legend Steve Nash to talk player empowerment and how the public reception has changed around players who leave their teams for new horizons (2:55). Then Bill sits down with 'Billions' cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien to discuss athlete cameos, turning 50, hanging with billionaires, writing the show, and more (37:25). Finally, Bill talks with Chris Ryan about Team USA, their narrow victory over Turkey, why young players may feel inclined to sit out of FIBA, Olympics predictions, and more (1:09:15)!
September 3, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal continue the age-old tradition of guessing the NFL lines before each weekend's slate of games; Get ready for Week 1!
August 29, 2019
In Part 1 of their two-part podcast, Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal gear up for the 2019 NFL regular season by running through each team in the AFC and talking odds, sleepers, parlays, Parent Corner, and more!
August 27, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame (1:44) before being joined by NFL Network's Kyle Brandt to discuss the ripple effects of Andrew Luck's retirement, athletes' "second acts," as well as some 2019 NFL season predictions (8:44). Then Bill sits down with actress and Emmy record-holder Julia Louis-Dreyfus to discuss being a sports parent, 'SNL' in the 1980s, 'Seinfeld,' 'Veep,' working with James Gandolfini, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' the 'Curb'-'Seinfeld' reunion, Larry David, future projects, parenting advice, and more (33:10)!
August 25, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares some thoughts on Andrew Luck's surprise retirement (2:30) before sitting down with actor and comedian David Spade to talk '90s 'SNL,' talk shows, 'Grown Ups,' 'The Benchwarmers,' 'Tommy Boy,' David's new show on Comedy Central, his friendship with Norm McDonald, and more (31:28). Finally, Bill calls up Nathan Hubbard who shares his thoughts on Taylor Swift's new album 'Lover,' her career, and her future (1:49:34).
August 23, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN's Mina Kimes to discuss Super Bowl LIII, the 2019 NFL season, Baker Mayfield, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Jimmy G, Tom Brady, joining the booth for Rams preseason games, next-gen analytics, and more!
August 21, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to discuss NBA superteams, the 2019-20 NBA season, Kevin Durant’s search for ... something, saving the Knicks, players vs. the media, and more (2:15). Then Bill sits down with the NYT’s Wesley Morris to discuss 2019 TV, including 'Euphoria,' 'Fleabag,' 'Succession,' 'Billions,' 'PEN15,' and more (56:29).
August 19, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin Wildes to throw out some half-baked ideas (2:45). Then, from their live show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Bill, Mallory Rubin, Joe House, and Ryen Russillo discuss summer foods (1:17:17).
August 16, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN's Matthew Berry to preview the 2019 fantasy football season. They talk high-stakes leagues, snake drafts, auctions, draft-day mania, first-round picks, RBs, QBs, WRs, TEs, and more (1:30). Then, they discuss the '90210' reboot (1:17:15).
August 14, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst to discuss his time with Team USA and some of the players who shined, including Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox, and Donovan Mitchell. They talk playoff hopes for the Utah Jazz, the Lakers–Clippers feud, LeBron’s next NBA season, and more!
August 12, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Wesley Morris of The New York Times to discuss Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,’ including Brad Pitt’s star power, Leo and Pitt as a duo, Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate, the ending, Tarantino’s re-creation of late '60s Hollywood, his legacy as a filmmaker, and more.
August 9, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by comedian Sarah Silverman to discuss working on 'Saturday Night Live,' internet outrage, stand-up comedy, acting, pickup basketball games, summer TV, legal weed, the Roast of Hugh Hefner, and more!
August 7, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss Tom Brady’s contract, Ezekiel Elliott’s threats to hold out for money, NBA vs. NFL contracts, GM David Griffin’s comments on LeBron James, Gym Corner, and more.
August 5, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by tech journalist Kara Swisher to discuss early internet, Facebook's influence, policing social media, the internet through the ages, flying cars, future technology, interviewing tech magnates, hosting effective panels, and more!
August 1, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by author and longtime 'BS Podcast' guest Chuck Klosterman to discuss book tours in the selfie era, ESPN's political policies, LeBron making news at his son's AAU game, Charles Manson, extraterrestrials, the ideal presidential candidate, TV, film, and more.
July 30, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by JackO to discuss the MLB trade deadline, Yankees–Red Sox, A-Rod's announcing, the 2020 election, and more (4:04). Then Bill sits down with owner of Fanatics and 76ers part-owner Michael Rubin to talk about sports team ownership, player empowerment, the 2019-20 76ers, sports apparel trends, counterfeit merchandise, streamlining production, and more (56:45).
July 25, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons opens the NBA summer mailbag to cover who will be next year’s Pascal Siakam, Paul George–to-L.A. conspiracy theories, the underrated Warriors, and more (2:55). Then Bill sits down with actor Kevin Costner to discuss his early years in Hollywood, his career as a director, making ‘Dances With Wolves,’ ‘Bull Durham’ stories, playing sports in movies, and more (44:45).
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