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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons hosts the most downloaded sports podcast of all time, with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes, and media staples, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House, and a slew of other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN’s Mina Kimes to discuss a new look for the Patriots with Cam Newton at the helm, some teams that probably should have tried to sign Newton, great NFL head coaches, uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 NFL season, and more (2:54). Then Bill talks with his old friend JackO to discuss the MLB’s plans for a shortened 2020-21 season, the gripping reboot of ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ on Netflix, and more (39:54). Finally Bill talks with actor Peter Gallagher about ‘The OC’ and Sandy Cohen as an iconic TV dad, some of his past films including ‘The Player,’ ‘While You Were Sleeping,' and ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape,’ as well as some of his current work including ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,’ ‘Grace and Frankie,’ and his new film, ‘Palm Springs’ (1:28:04).
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by NBA insider Shams Charania to discuss the NBA restart, its implications for the 2021 salary cap, journalism in the Orlando bubble, and more (4:17). Then Bill talks with former editor in chief of The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Belloni, about the short-form video platform Quibi, some of its missteps, and ways it could rally back (54:05).
Kenny Smith and Will Ferrell

Kenny Smith and Will Ferrell

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by two-time NBA champion and sports commentator Kenny "The Jet" Smith to discuss what makes 'Inside the NBA' so authentic, stories from the 1994 and 1995 Finals runs, Hakeem Olajuwon, ESPN's 'The Last Dance,' and more (3:10). Next, Bill talks with actor, producer, and writer Will Ferrell about quarantine family time; youth soccer; HBO's 'Succession'; LAFC; his new Netflix film, 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga'; and more (48:05)!
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the Patriots signing QB Cam Newton to a one-year deal (2:09) before revisiting a defining moment in 2010: LeBron James and ‘The Decision’ (50:56). Finally they look at the 2010 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks (1:16:09).
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by actor Don Cheadle to discuss some of his iconic films, including 'Boogie Nights,' 'Out of Sight,' 'Crash,' and 'Hotel Rwanda,' playing Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO's 'The Rat Pack,' Black actors and storytellers in Hollywood, working on TV and films during the pandemic, his Showtime series 'Black Monday,' and more (6:00). Then Bill talks with actor Rob Lowe about joining the podcast world with his new podcast, ‘Literally! With Rob Lowe,’ Hollywood in the 1980s, the Brat Pack, some of his films including 'The Outsiders,' 'St. Elmo's Fire,' 'About Last Night,' 'Tommy Boy,' and more. Rob also shares stories from his time following the Showtime Lakers (59:35).
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to talk about their early years in podcasts and radio, respectively (3:10). Then they revisit the 2008 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks (40:33).
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by NBA veteran and New Orleans Pelican JJ Redick to discuss some of the challenges of staying NBA-ready during the pandemic, the benefits of regimented training and recovery, thoughts on the “Orlando bubble,” LeBron’s gravitas among NBA players, the playoffs format, and more (1:44). Then Bill talks with screenwriter and former entertainment journalist Cord Jefferson about the social significance of HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ and its "second impact," his time at Gawker, the grind of late-night TV, working with television titans like Damon Lindelof (‘Watchmen’) and Mike Schur (‘The Good Place’), elevating the superhero genre, and more (42:35).
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by his old friend JackO to discuss the grim outlook for the 2020 MLB season and the ESPN 30-for-30 'Long Gone Summer' (2:45). Then Bill is joined by Grammy-winning rapper, actor, and entrepreneur LL Cool J to discuss historical hip-hop, the Rock the Bells brand, Kobe Bryant, Lakers greats, the original GOAT, set stories from 'Any Given Sunday,' and more (44:13). Finally, in an excerpt from the 'Flying Coach' podcast, Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll talk with NBA champion and coach Doc Rivers about growing up in Chicago, dealing with racism, and sharing stories with the Clippers team during the Donald Sterling scandal (1:30:24).
The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks about the concerns some players are having about the return of the NBA, and some of the parallels to 1968 (1:55). Then Bill and Ryen Russillo revisit the 2007 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks (18:52).
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by sports analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose to discuss More Than a Vote, a nonprofit organization championing voting rights created by LeBron James, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jalen, and other current and former pro basketball players (2:10). Then Bill, Chris Ryan, and Joe House revisit the 2006 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, comedy, and legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks (33:55). Finally, Bill talks to writer-director Judd Apatow to discuss family life in quarantine; directing his daughter in his new film, ‘The King of Staten Island’; working with Pete Davidson and Steve Buscemi; early-2000s comedies; casting movies; and more (1:56:20).
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by attorney, author, and political commentator Bakari Sellers to discuss the "perfect storm" that mobilized the current Black Lives Matter movement; people and organizations making statements, including Roger Goodell, LeBron James, and Patrick Mahomes; some history behind the civil rights movement; the political climate leading up to the 2020 presidential election; Bakari's book, 'My Vanishing Country'; and more (1:55). Then Bill talks with stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Bill Burr to discuss the pre–Super Bowl football era, the unwritten rule book in hockey known as "the code," taking a break from stand-up during the pandemic, his new movie 'The King of Staten Island,' working with Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson, and more (49:19). 'My Vanishing Country' by Bakari Sellers
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by World Series champion CC Sabathia to discuss his experience at the protests in Brooklyn, the moment he realized the nation was ignited by the killing of George Floyd, and the platforms today's athletes have and their ability to speak out against injustice. They also discuss CC's time with the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians, including the 2007 ALCS, watching LeBron James play high school sports in Cleveland, the incomparable Mariano Rivera, the 2009 World Series, bench-clearing brawls, how athletes may be affected by moving the start date of their season, and more.
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by civil rights activist and podcaster DeRay Mckesson to discuss a plan he and his team at Campaign Zero have been working on to systematically reform police departments to combat police brutality. They discuss how the use of recently obtained data, education, and smart solutions can help bring about these changes (3:45). Then, Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll are joined by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to have a conversation about the state of our nation, how we got here as a country, our absence of leadership, and how we can take action to grow and bring about change following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer (46:17). Here are links to resources that DeRay recommends podcast listeners explore: joincampaignzero.org policescorecard.org checkthepolice.org
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the recent protests, both nationwide and in L.A., after the death of George Floyd while in police custody (1:45). They then speculate on salvaging the 2019-20 NBA season (41:45) and revisit the 2005 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks (1:04:05).
The Ringer's Bill Simmons answers a bunch of listener-submitted mailbag questions (2:10), before he is joined by author Michael Lewis to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of youth sports being cancelled, what a return to sports arenas may look like, the most interesting coaches, and more (33:55). Lastly, Bill talks with actor and director Jason Bateman about Season 3 of his Netflix series 'Ozark' as well as the HBO miniseries 'The Outsider,' his evolution as a director, reactions to 'The Last Dance,' the '30 for 30' documentary series, quarantine life, bringing back baseball movies and sitcoms, and more (1:39:20).
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O'Connor to discuss the proposed World Cup–like group stage format for the NBA playoffs, potentially eliminating conferences, how to maintain the integrity of the NBA regular season, exciting matchups, and more (2:15). Then Bill and Joe House revisit the 2004 NBA draft and discuss some of the subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends from that draft class (40:25) before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks (55:00).
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss The Match 2; encouraging rumors about the return of the NBA and possible playoff scenarios; ex-athlete commentator bias; Horace Grant's comments following ‘The Last Dance’; the spectrum of “forgivable athletes”; one of Bill’s favorite sports documentaries, ‘When We Were Kings’; and more!
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House and Jason Concepcion to run though Jason's list of the biggest lies told in the ESPN documentary series 'The Last Dance' (2:20). Then, Bill talks with NBA champions Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes about the inception of the 'All the Smoke' podcast, their thoughts on the NBA playoffs prior to the league shutdown, Matt's time at the Clippers during the Donald Sterling era, the complex chemistry of the "Lob City" Clippers, the "We Believe" Warriors, Tim Duncan vs. Kobe Bryant, the best teams they've ever played on, and much more (25:55)!
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by the Deadman himself, the Undertaker (a.k.a. Mark Calaway), to discuss the WWE’s documentary series ‘Undertaker: The Last Ride,’ as well as stories from more than 30 years of professional wrestling, his favorite 'WrestleMania,' his relationship with Vince McMahon, recovering from major injuries, learning from pro-wrestling legends, developing his character, the best crowds, and much more.
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the final two episodes in the ESPN documentary series 'The Last Dance' (2:25) before Ryen and "Optimistic Bill" talk about the NBA potentially inching toward a return, as well as the murky future around the start of the MLB season (49:00). They share TV programming advice for content-starved networks (1:26:30) before revisiting Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz and Michael Jordan's sixth and final championship (1:38:40).
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Steven Sande

JJ: I love the raptors Bill: Yeah... how about those Celtics though lol

Jun 19th
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Joe Barile

pass

Jun 12th
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Aaron Hartje

Yes, dialogue is at a much higher level now ... of white people being told to shut up and do whatever the black people at the table tell them. And it will be just as constructive now as it has been every other time.

Jun 8th
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Duda Pereira

Hi Bill, I'm a big fan since the "Boston Guy" days. Keep pushing man, your work is so important in this moment! Eduardo, from Brazil.

Jun 5th
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Robert Aviles

anybody know when just the sports talk come up?

Jun 5th
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Joshua John Mocarski

Bill Simmons your awesome this Aaron Hartje the guy is clearly just a hater what a joke. a.h getting a fucking life dude whoever comments 50 times on a podcast is a fucking loser

Jun 5th
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Robert Aviles

boooooo

Jun 3rd
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Aaron Hartje

And Bill demonstrates once again that he lacks the ability to comment intelligently on anything outside of sports, movies, and television.

Jun 1st
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Aaron Hartje

So is Rusillo unable to read crime statistics, understand them or place them in context? He can't be so stupid as to take flat-out numbers and not do the intellectual leg work required to place them in proper perspective.

Jun 1st
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Aaron Hartje

It's always nice when someone doing a sports podcast reveals that they know absolutely nothing about the economics of college sports. All they really seem to know is that they want the players to be paid and that college football drives the train. And their simplistic framing of those issues is the foundation upon which they base all of their other assertions. But unless you acknowledge there are nuances to these issues then everything that springs forth afterward just ends up further and further from reality.

May 27th
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Aaron Hartje

It's hilarious how it is so obvious that Bill knows his beloved NBA is a shitshow so he tries to cut down all the other sports – in this case college football or NFL football - in order to try to make it seem as though the NBA is the only one making any sense and everyone else is just rushing headlong into disaster.

May 27th
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Maurice Sawyers

Bill Simmons SUCKS

May 24th
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Aaron Hartje

I am going to have to call b******* on their analysis of broadcast teams. While I believe there is plenty of merit to their assertion that people watching NBA games want to hear a star or two in that booth, no one who watches NFL football gives two s**** whether somebody in that booth is a former star player. Don't get me wrong. It's a great when a capable former athlete can fill that role, but matchups make an NFL broadcast - not the broadcast team. As long as you have a capable crew in the booth no one cares who it is. It's only when that crew is bad that anyone takes notice.

May 20th
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Aaron Hartje

Bill's idea about having 25 incredibly wealthy people be able to buy huge multimillion-dollar NBA playoff packages is brilliant. There's nothing that improves the image of a league more than to shout from the rooftops that the only people it is interested in allowing to attend its events must be extremely rich.

May 20th
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Carson Sinner

The guest on this pod is struggling so much to find words and complete thoughts. It's hard to hear him say eh eh eh eh ya yaaa ya knowwww. So much filler.

May 13th
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Aaron Hartje

It's so weird that a guy like Bill, who seems to believe he's pretty studied up on the things he needs to know, seems kind of ignorant when it comes to the Coronavirus, and it's a little ironic because he's kind of obsessing on it. I've also noticed that that group of talking heads that is primarily focused on the NBA is the most pessimistic about weather sports like college football will be starting. more campuses everyday are announcing that they are going to be opening up for the fall term. There's not really a great deal of doubt that in three or four months we will have college football. You almost get the feeling that they are seeing the writing on the wall that the NBA - which in some ways should have the easiest return of any of the major team sports - is so far from having it s*** together that it may never resume its season and that they kind of hope for the same for those other sports so that the people who cover THOSE have to suffer as they are. Then again, this is the same group of guys that believes that the NBA is popular and either refuses to look at the ratings, ignores them, or recognizes them and doesn't compare them to the ratings during the Jordan era.

May 11th
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Nathan Baker

Holy fuck, Bill, I love you but stop talking about coronavirus. how many times can you have the same convo on a sports pod? For the love of God, I come to you for a distraction.

May 9th
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Nathan Baker

Jordan didn't end Drexler, Drexler had nagging injuries in 1993 and only played 49 games.

May 5th
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dcathey99

amazing playoff concept on my ig page @dcathey99 please check it out

Apr 27th
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Aaron Hartje

1)It is absolutely not true that before 9/11 you could walk into any office building and go up to any floor with a big ass bag and not be checked. 2) The opinions on accelerating the time frame for getting SPORTS up and running again was when that ridiculous 1 million-person mortality estimate was reduced down to around 60,000 about a week and a half ago. 3) It's a myth that Las Vegas is shut down. You can go online right now and get hotel rooms on the strip. 4) How in the hell, in realistic terms, would the cancellation of the college football season "disproportionately affect female athletes"? There is no reason to believe that the benefits cited by the guest cannot be attained any other way or that they necessarily have been part of women's athletics to any great extent to begin with. The numbers don't even include football when it comes to the equation of how many male athletes there are in relation to female athletes. Many more males would be affected in terms of pure numbers than there would be a females. This is all aside from the number of male sports that were eliminated to be able to create some of these women sports. A considerable number of universities lost baseball and wrestling teams out of mandated equity that was part of Title IX. If, indeed, female athletes would be disproportionately affected, maybe that's actually more of a market correction than anything else.

Apr 17th
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