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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).
July 22, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons unveils his plan to save the NBA calendar, appreciates the excellence of Brooks Koepka, and talks about the recent Dan Le Batard situation at ESPN (2:24). Then Bill sits down with actor Kevin Bacon to talk about his long career in Hollywood (38:29).
July 18, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O’Connor to discuss Chris Paul’s future in Oklahoma City, NBA summer league takeaways, Kawhi’s two-year deal, and more (1:55). Then Bill sits down with Chris Ryan and Amanda Dobbins to discuss Netflix’s regression, the looming streaming war, summer TV, and more (58:25).
July 15, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN’s Zach Lowe to discuss Russell Westbrook's trade to the Rockets, Chris Paul's future on the Thunder, NBA pre-agency, the top 10 NBA players, specialization vs. generalization, 2019-20 MVP speculation, a Western Conference preview, consequences of trading future draft picks, and more!
July 12, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons reacts to Russell Westbrook being traded for CP3 and picks (2:22). Then, Bill is joined by Cousin Sal to talk NBA future bets, Wimbledon, Parent Corner, and more (23:24). Finally, Bill sits down with actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani to discuss stand-up comedy, 'Wrestlemania,' getting older, horror movies, deep fakes, 'Silicon Valley,' 'The Big Sick,' his new film 'Stuber' with Dave Bautista, Netflix, and more (1:06:27).
July 9, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to talk about Russell Westbrook trade rumors, his current value, best fits, and more (4:50). Then Bill and House connect with Shea Serrano to discuss the mastermind Kawhi Leonard, how his decision affected other teams, the the 2019-20 Western Conference, 'Hobbs & Shaw,' heist movies, and more (47:50). Finally Bill and House discuss their recent trip to Vegas for NBA summer league, casino gripes, Death Valley, and [SPOILERS] HBO's most shocking show to date: 'Euphoria' (1:24:40).
July 6, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by SI's Chris Mannix to discuss Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the LA Clippers, OKC's massive trade haul, a new favorite in the Western Conference, what’s next for Russell Westbrook, the Lakers’ roster additions, and more (5:44). Then Bill talks with the NYT's Marc Stein about Lakers vs. Clippers, the "swipe-right" generation of basketball players, and more (1:14:30).
July 2, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss Kawhi Leonard's options, best fits, and undetectable motivations. They talk D'Angelo Russell's addition to the Warriors , the Brooklyn free-agency sweep, the Knicks' misfortunes, the 76ers' exciting starting five, the Celtics adding Enes Kanter, Jimmy Butler to the Heat, Hassan Whiteside to the Trailblazers, mailbag questions, Gym Corner, and more!
July 1, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to recap a wild Day 1 of NBA free agency, including the Brooklyn Nets acquiring Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan and swapping D'Angelo Russell for Kevin Durant, another miss for the Knicks, Al Horford to the 76ers, the Orlando Magic's new roster, Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers, JJ Redick on the Pelicans, Jimmy Butler to Miami(?), the improved Utah Jazz, Kawhi Leonard's best landing spot, best available free agents, and much more!
June 27, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss how Kemba Walker would fit into the Celtics' roster, the Hornets' salary mess, Kawhi Leonard as the most confusing free agent in recent NBA history, how Kevin Durant's next decision could play out, whether or not "tampering" is a real thing anymore, more Lakers trades, the Rockets focusing on Jimmy Butler, teams in the West that are one move away from being contenders, sleeper free agents, mailbag questions, and more!
June 25, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Marc Stein of The New York Times to discuss NBA free agency and how, outside of two guys, no one is really sure where these players will end up. They speculate about landing spots for Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Al Horford, D'Angelo Russell, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant, and more (2:25). Then Bill calls up his dad to say farewell to Kyrie Irving one last time and briefly discuss the Celtics' draft (1:00:00). Finally, Bill sits down with actor Michael K. Williams to discuss his new limited series on Netflix, 'When They See Us,' based on the true story of the Central Park Five; becoming one of HBO's most iconic characters, Omar Little; plus 'The Night Of,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' New York City gentrification, and much more (1:21:50).
June 24, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with actor Bill Hader to talk 'Barry,' blending comedy and drama, the NBA Finals, sports-talk shows, and more (2:00). Then Bill talks with rapper/actor Common about 'John Wick,' playing a hitman in multiple movies, rappers crossing over into acting, Chicago, the NBA, Celebrity All-Star games, Kanye West, and more (43:35).
June 21, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to rehash the Pelicans-Lakers trade and point out the winners and losers of the 2019 NBA draft (2:37). Then Bill sits down with the king of Yacht Rock, Michael McDonald, to discuss playing with Steely Dan, his time with the Doobie Brothers, heartbreak songs, his solo career, his summer tour with Chaka Khan, and more (1:25:50).
June 19, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Bryan Curtis to discuss the changes in the NBA from 2010 to 2019, starting with "The Decision," Twitter, media access, player movement, and more (4:10). Then Bill sits down with his old friend and fantasy baseball team co-owner Kevin Hench to discuss Kyrie Irving "ghosting" the Celtics, the Chris Paul trade-request rumor, the Stanley Cup Final, fantasy baseball misery, Patriots 2019-20 predictions, and more (44:30).
June 17, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the massive trade between the Pelicans and the Lakers, who won the trade, what the Lakers need now, how Zion Williamson will fit with the new Pelicans roster, Klutch Sports, and more (1:35). Then they discuss Kevin Durant's future, the possibility of the Warriors retaining him, New York basketball courting him (1:26:55), mailbag questions, Gym Corner, and more (1:53:57).
June 14, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons recaps Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Toronto's first ever NBA title, Golden State's injuries, Toronto's sound game plan, what Kevin Durant's next year may look like, and more (1:45). Then Bill sits down with actor Adam Scott to talk about the first year of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'; making 'Step Brothers,' 'Party Down,' and 'Big Little Lies'; the end of 'Game of Thrones', Hollywood stories; and more (48:35).
June 11, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to recap a roller coaster of a Game 5, KD’s injury, Kawhi’s impressive play, a depleted Warriors bench, a dangerous Raptors squad, Game 6 implications, how KD’s injury may affect free agency, Gym Corner, the Stanley Cup final, and more!
June 8, 2019
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to recap game 4 of the NBA Finals, Kawhi’s historic playoff run, game 5 predictions, NBA Summer moves, and more (2:05). Then Bill sits down with boxing heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. to talk about his exhilarating fight with Anthony Joshua, his fight prep, the rematch, and more (1:02:40).
June 6, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to recap Game 3 of the NBA Finals, examine the argument for "rest," brand the Kawhi trade an all-timer, answer mailbag questions, revisit Gym Corner, give out Finals predictions, and more.
June 4, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by author Chuck Klosterman to revel in NBA Finals story lines and subplots, compare commissioners David Stern and Adam Silver, and more (2:25). Then, they discuss high school track star Matthew Boling (1:03:50), 'Fleabag' Season 2, and outraged 'Game of Thrones' fans (1:20:08).
June 3, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss Game 2 takeaways and Game 3 questions in the NBA Finals (3:15). Then Bill talks to Kevin Clark about Andy Ruiz, Anthony Joshua's stunning loss, and the rematch people already want (41:48). Finally Bill calls up his old friend JackO to talk Red Sox struggles, the flourishing Yankees, 2020 election speculations, and more (1:13:43).
May 31, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House immediately after the Toronto Raptors beat the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals to discuss what went wrong for the Warriors, what went right for the Raptors, Game 2 speculation, and more (3:00). Then Bill sits down with Mallory Rubin a week and a half removed from the end of 'Game of Thrones' to discuss the ending of the show one final time (35:45). Finally, Bill talks with David Shoemaker about AEW as a competitor to WWE, their successful 'Double or Nothing' PPV, poaching superstars, what a new weekly wrestling show could mean for the WWE, and more (1:12:38).
May 29, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the Toronto Raptors winning four consecutive games to win the Eastern Conference finals, Kawhi Leonard's enormous performance, what happened to the Bucks, and more (1:50). They talk NBA Finals subplots, MVP odds and narratives (1:02:55), answer mailbag questions, and address yet another situation coming from the Lakers' camp (1:45:00).
May 23, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the All-NBA teams, the Warriors with and without KD, Bucks-Raptors, what's sure to be a wild NBA offseason, fake trades, and more (4:45). Then Bill sits down with David Epstein, author of 'Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,' to talk about the benefits of delaying specialization in young athletes, looking at training and practicing differently, testing for talent, PEDs, HGH, and more (1:09:45).
May 22, 2019
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to talk Bucks-Raptors Game 4 (2:25), the Warriors sweeping the Trail Blazers without Kevin Durant (39:50), Magic Johnson's comments about the Lakers front office (1:32:30), and one final edition of [SPOILERS] 'Throne Game' (1:50:30).
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