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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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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.
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 LIV, predicting annoying Super Bowl story lines, talking Parent Corner, discussing the return of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm', and more.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons presents every parent corner with Cousin Sal from the 2019 NFL season.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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!
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Atlanta's wild win over the 49ers, playoff quarterbacks 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).
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).
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].
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).
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).
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).
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Andy Grundy

sorry but omg I can't stand Mallory! Her very first sentence I was already so annoyed! Best part of the pod was done by then anyway. Not saying she's not a good person just can't stand way she talks & emphasize's things. like so over dramatic with even the word so! lol

Jan 18th
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Aaron Hartje

Is it not possible that one of the reasons that Ravens fans are so disappointed is because - despite their insistence to the contrary - they know that Lamar probably only has about three more seasons in him being able to physically do the things he is doing? He is not going to get faster from this point on and his ability to accurately throw passes beyond 10 yards is still in question.

Jan 17th
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Aaron Hartje

Actually, no. Marcus Mariota is NOT "technically 3-1 in the playoffs." As a quarterback, you are not credited with a win unless you start a game that your team wins. Mariota has barely played in the two playoff wins the team has had this season. His TEAMS are 3-1 in the playoffs during his career. HE started two playoff games prior to this season, and his record is 1-1.

Jan 13th
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Zack Dimasi

Oo Bill, you should've stuck with betting on the Titans over Ravens lol.

Jan 12th
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Courtland Geyer

Episode 619: Great episode! You need to have Mina Kimes on the show more often!

Jan 11th
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Avery Pierson

I want the NBA talk back😭😭😭

Jan 8th
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Aaron Hartje

Bill definitely has a blind spot when it comes to Stern and Silver, doesn't he? Even when Stern's chickens are coming home to roost and he was continuing to do a poor job as commissioner in those final years, Bill blames the owners instead of Stern. The reason the NBA would all but disappear tomorrow if LeBron James got hit by a car is because it became strictly a personality-driven league under Stern and Silver. And let's not be too quick to pat Stern on the back for the fact that there aren't many NBA teams currently up for sale. How many NFL and MLB teams are up for sale? The NBA is not outstanding in this regard.

Jan 3rd
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Joseph Carter

My absolute favorite pairing! I wish you guys did a weekly pod. I'll pay for that RN!

Jan 3rd
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John Miltenberger

deubk houwe or fuck oxx

Jan 3rd
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Aaron Hartje

I guess as far as picking the winner of the year, personal politics are much more important than stating any rational case. I stopped listening to this one once they got to the main 16, seeing how it was going.

Dec 30th
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Jared Anicetti

so like... um, like.. people just like.. like.. I'm mean like.. like ..yo like. a reason these people like.. oh like. what like.. stuf up with all the like. like.. your guests was intolerable

Dec 29th
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Brendan Michael

guest at the end for the 2019 bracket is the worst

Dec 27th
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Harpua221

Classic House.

Dec 21st
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Ben Jones

Mallory is fucking TERRIBLE

Dec 20th
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Aaron Hartje

Yes. Hillary was the "most qualified person ever to run for president' ... who had never run anything in her life, including a household.

Dec 12th
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Aaron Hartje

I appreciated the discussion about expanding the college football playoff, if only because it demonstrated how incredibly stupid the 5+3 idea is. Anyone who puts any thought at all into that set-up realizes that it does not work towards crowning a more legitimate national champion.

Dec 12th
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Joseph Allen

I understand Mariota absolutely fucked us.... but thank you..... thank you for finally giving us the credit we deserve #WeBelieve #TitanUp

Dec 6th
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Jones Nex

I lost so many brain cells listening to bill Simmons jerk himself off about shortening the season and a midseason tournament

Dec 4th
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Adrian H

the fact that you have Donovan Mitchell (and Booker) over Rudy Gobert is sad. Gobert is the best player on the Jazz and by far the most important. Gobert is becoming the most underrated player in the league.

Nov 27th
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Chris Bragg

Finally unfollowed. Became tired of poor takes (like a few weeks ago that there were a bunch of mystery Trubisky fans that don't exist in real life). But worse is the unneeded and unkind fanbase bashing.

Nov 4th
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