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NBA What-Ifs, Brady vs. Belichick, Vintage Barkley, and Sports Nostalgia by Necessity with Ryen Russillo | The Bill Simmons Podcast

NBA What-Ifs, Brady vs. Belichick, Vintage Barkley, and Sports Nostalgia by Necessity with Ryen Russillo | The Bill Simmons Podcast

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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.

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Aaron Hartje

They are correct that not every foul back in the day was a decapitation. But back then there WAS the RISK of decapitation that does not exist today. While I believe that in some ways the defense of that past era is exaggerated, I can't say definitively that the soft players we have today would be willing to continue to challenge some of the players in those defenses. And James Harden is not going to be allowed to shoot uncontested threes either. There's going to be one hand on him and one in his face - not some imaginary 5-foot halo around him which, if you enter it, you're immediately going to be called for a foul.

Mar 23rd
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Aaron Hartje

Jerry Rice had more than 3,200 yards receiving and a Super Bowl appearance in his first three seasons at Oakland. Any other great examples of it not working out for a guy leaving his team, guys?

Mar 23rd
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Aaron Hartje

The nostalgia games were great. But, what were the ratings? I had absolutely no idea they were even showing these nostalgia games. THAT'S what the ratings were. I know it's tempting to think that what happened in the last day or so is going to completely change the approach of a network like ESPN, which is horrible, but not all of us are sports columnists and podcasters.

Mar 23rd
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NBA What-Ifs, Brady vs. Belichick, Vintage Barkley, and Sports Nostalgia by Necessity with Ryen Russillo | The Bill Simmons Podcast

NBA What-Ifs, Brady vs. Belichick, Vintage Barkley, and Sports Nostalgia by Necessity with Ryen Russillo | The Bill Simmons Podcast