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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 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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan remember the life of Kobe Bryant.
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).
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Calen Weston-Bartholomew

Russillo legit makes me lol that comment about Jokic's arms killed me 😂

Feb 7th
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luke kenton

That music chat was great - hope we get more Zane Lowe on the pod

Jan 29th
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ID16139700

Please for the love of god don’t bring J. A back on the pod ever again. He said someone sent him a video of the Kobe’s helicopter as it was going down which was confirmed to be a video from a completely different crash and that was debunked as of Sunday night. Then he talks about the video as if it’s must see tv, with almost no remorse or feelings or responsibility to even see if the video was verified. He then asked a group of young adults was it ok for tmz to report Kobe’s death before even his wife knew, of it is because that’s how this generation gets all of its information anyway. Overall just irresponsible and almost no feelings or emotions coming from this dude whatsoever. I didn’t expect him to balling be show some fucking remorse for the guy who helped build L.A. and his career!

Jan 29th
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Steve Goldman

Comeback from ruptured Achilles was impressive, but his best feat had to be image rehab after raping girl in Colorado.

Jan 27th
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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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