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The Bill Simmons Podcast
127 minutes | 2 days ago
Brooklyn’s Ceiling, Brady vs. Boston Fans, 'The Bachelor,' and Taylor Swift With Jackie MacMullan and Nora Princiotti
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Jackie MacMullan to discuss the Kevin Durant–James Harden combo for the Nets, the Nets’ exciting win over the Bucks, “hopeless” NBA teams in a shortened season, fake NBA trades, and more (2:00). Then Bill talks with The Ringer’s Nora Princiotti about Tom Brady and the Buccaneers heading to Lambeau Field to face the Packers in the NFC championship game and possible trades for Deshaun Watson (1:11:00), before discussing the new season of ‘The Bachelor’ and Taylor Swift's latest two albums (1:41:00).
84 minutes | 4 days ago
The Henne Game, Brady Over Brees, Most Fun Super Bowl Possibilities, and Round 3 Lines With Cousin Sal
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the nail-biter between the Chiefs and the Browns, the Buccaneers' win over the Saints, Ravens-Bills, and Packers-Rams (2:00), before guessing the lines for the conference championship games (51:00). Then they discuss the “most fun” Super Bowl matchup (1:00:30), before closing the show with Parent Corner (1:11:00).
86 minutes | 7 days ago
Harden Trade 2.0, Brady’s Big Chance, and NFL Playoff Picks With Peter Schrager
The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares some more thoughts one day removed from the James Harden trade (2:00) before talking with Fox and NFL Network's Peter Schrager about all four upcoming NFL divisional-round playoff games (26:00). Then Bill shares his Million-Dollar Picks for the divisional round (1:17:00).
129 minutes | 9 days ago
LeBron’s MVP Run, LaMelo’s Leap, Steph’s F.U. Tour, and the NBA's COVID Issues With Ryen Russillo
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to talk about the NBA board of governors meeting to discuss COVID-19 protocols (2:00) before evaluating LeBron's case for MVP (20:30), speculating on which teams may come out of the Western Conference (36:30), breaking down NBA rookies (1:16:30), ranking the Top 6 NBA League Pass teams (1:45:00), and more.
89 minutes | 11 days ago
Browns Fever, Lamar’s Revenge, the Sleeper Rams, and Round 2 Lines With Cousin Sal
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss all six wild-card games (2:00) before guessing the lines for Round 2 of the NFL playoffs (59:00). They close the show with Parent Corner (1:11:00).
101 minutes | 14 days ago
The Resurgent Knicks and NFL Playoff Picks With Mike Breen and Peter Schrager
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by broadcaster Mike Breen to talk about an optimistic start to the Knicks season, tales from the broadcast booth, and more (3:30). Then Bill talks with Peter Schrager of Fox Sports and NFL Network about Bill’s NFL Playoff Gambling Manifesto and to preview all the wild-card games, before Bill gives out his Million Dollar NFL Picks (44:00).
104 minutes | 16 days ago
NFL Playoff Sleepers and 'Cobra Kai' Season 3 With Warren Sharp and Shea Serrano
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Warren Sharp of 'The Ringer NFL Show' to discuss the AFC and NFC wild-card matchups, playoff sleepers, future bets, and more (3:00). Then Bill talks with Shea Serrano about 'Cobra Kai' Season 3, some callbacks to the 'Karate Kid' universe, Season 4 predictions, and more (1:11:00).
91 minutes | 18 days ago
Philly’s Disgrace, Buffalo’s Ceiling, and Round 1 Playoff Lines With Cousin Sal
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Eagles’ puzzling loss to the Washington Football Team, the Dolphins’ loss to the Bills, the Browns finally making the playoffs after beating the Steelers, Packers-Bears, the Titans’ field-goal win over the Texans, and more (2:00) before guessing the NFL lines for the wild-card round of the playoffs (44:00). They close the show with Parent Corner (1:15:00).
91 minutes | 21 days ago
A Bucs-Bills Super Bowl, Week 17 Bets, and 2020 Teen Culture Awards With Peter Schrager and Zoe Simmons
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Fox and NFL Network's Peter Schrager to discuss NFC championship odds, the most fun playoff scenarios, the upcoming NFL coaching carousel, and more (3:00). Then Bill gives out his Million-Dollar Picks for NFL Week 17 (32:00) and is joined by his daughter, Zoe, for the inaugural Year-End Teen Culture Awards (1:02:00).
110 minutes | 23 days ago
Week 1 NBA Notes. Plus, NBA Then and Now With Jackie MacMullan and Bob Ryan
The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares some thoughts from Week 1 of the 2020-21 NBA season (2:00), before talking with sports media legends Jackie MacMullan and Bob Ryan to discuss NBA stories ranging from the 1960s up until today. They also discuss tweaks to this NBA season, including travel and the shortened schedule, the James Harden sweepstakes, and more (27:00).
96 minutes | 25 days ago
Dallas Ain’t Dead! Plus: MVP Rodgers, Tua Troubles, Goff Flops and Playoff Scenarios With Cousin Sal
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the many different NFL playoffs scenarios that could lie ahead, as well as some Week 16 games, including the Cowboys' win over the Eagles, the Cardinals falling to the 49ers, Packers-Rams, Dolphins-Raiders, Colts-Steelers, and more (2:15). Then they Guess the NFL Lines for Week 17 (48:00), followed by Parent Corner (1:25:00).
133 minutes | a month ago
William Zabka on 'Cobra Kai,' and a 2020 Sports Repodders Recap With Bryan Curtis and Jason Gay
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons shares some early NBA reactions before giving out his Million-Dollar Picks for NFL Week 16 (3:00), before he is joined by actor William Zabka to discuss Season 3 of ‘Cobra Kai.’ They talk about making the platform switch to Netflix, successfully rebooting a classic franchise, Zabka’s character (Johnny Lawrence) switching from antagonist in the film franchise to protagonist in the TV show, Season 3 excitement, and more (23:00). Finally Bill talks with The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and WSJ’s Jason Gay for another edition of the Sports Repodders. They discuss COVID-19’s major blow to the sports media industry, how sports media innovated when there were no sports to cover, a look back at the 2020 NFL draft, sports gambling permeating mainstream sports culture, the evolution of the relationship between athlete and journalist, and more (56:00).
178 minutes | a month ago
The 2021 NBA Over/Under Mega Preview With Ryen Russillo and Joe House
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo and Joe House on the eve of the 2020-21 NBA season for the annual NBA over/unders podcast. They make their picks for win totals in both the Eastern (2:00) and Western conferences (1:30:00), MVP, rookie of the year, most-improved candidates, and more! (2:52:00)
107 minutes | a month ago
The Jets Win! (No!!!) Plus: MVP Watch, Hurts vs. Murray, and the Parlay Murderer With Cousin Sal and Sean Fennessey
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal and Sean Fennessey to briefly discuss the Jets' win over the Rams, possibly ruining their "Tank for Trevor" campaign (2:30) before Bill and Sal recap the rest of NFL Week 15, including: Jalen Hurts's impressive showing in the Eagles' loss to the Cardinals, 49ers-Cowboys, the Chiefs' win over the Saints, Patriots-Dolphins, the MVP discussion, an early look at the playoff picture, cross-off teams, and more (26:00). Then they guess the NFL lines for Week 16 (1:07:00) before closing the show with Parent Corner (1:29:00).
89 minutes | a month ago
The Future of Sports With Barack Obama and Bakari Sellers. Plus, Million Dollar Picks Week 15.
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Bakari Sellers and 44th president of the United States Barack Obama to discuss conferring with NBA players in the Orlando bubble during the wildcat strike, athletes pushing for social change, how different leagues, including the NBA, WNBA, MLB, NFL, and NCAA, responded to the coronavirus pandemic, whether college athletes should be paid, the Mount Rushmore of sports, being a dad in quarantine, his new book, ‘A Promised Land,’ the tumultuous first few months of his presidency, and more (3:30). Later, Bill gives out his Million Dollar Picks for NFL Week 15 (1:11:00).
93 minutes | a month ago
Giannis Stays! Plus: Mark Cuban on Luka’s Ceiling, NBA Bubble Lessons, and Dirk as Dallas’s Sports GOAT.
The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares his thoughts on Giannis's signing the supermax contract to stay in Milwaukee, and all the winners (there's more than you'd think) that result (2:30). Then, he talks to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban about the NBA season starting in just a week, lessons learned from the NBA bubble's success, changing NBA policy, taking over the Mavericks in 2000, adopting advanced metrics, Dirk Nowitzki's career as a lifelong Maverick, Luka Doncic, and more (21:00).
89 minutes | a month ago
Bills vs. Steelers, Hurts vs. Wentz, Tua vs. Mahomes, and the First Puppy Weekend With Cousin Sal
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Bills' win over the Steelers that shook up the AFC playoffs standings, the Chiefs' win over the Dolphins, Cardinals-Giants, Saints-Eagles, Philadelphia's QB situation, Falcons-Chargers, Texans-Bears, cross-off teams, and more (2:00). Then they Guess the Lines for Week 15 (53:00) and close the show with Parent Corner (1:18:00).
92 minutes | a month ago
Buffalo’s Big Rise, the 0-16 Jets, a Fletch Remake and Top Gun 2 with Jon Hamm and Peter Schrager
The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by actor Jon Hamm to discuss becoming a Chiefs fan after the Rams' departure from St. Louis. They also talk about some of Hamm's new movies, including ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ (out now), a new ‘Fletch’ film, and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ (4:00). Then Bill talks with NFL Network’s Peter Schrager to discuss the Jets' most recent loss to the Raiders and the positives and negatives of an 0-16 season. They also discuss Dolphins-Chiefs and Steelers-Bills (38:00) before Bill gives out his Million Dollar NFL picks for Week 14 (1:00:00).
128 minutes | a month ago
The Unhappy NBA Star Era, 2020 New York Sports, and MTV’s 'The Challenge' With John Jastremski and Dave Jacoby
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons shares his thoughts on James Harden wanting out of Houston, as well as some history behind the unhappy NBA star era (2:30), before talking to John Jastremski from WFAN radio about the current state of New York pro sports (34:00). Finally Bill talks with his old pal David Jacoby about the new season of MTV’s 'The Challenge: Double Agents.' They break down the competitors into tiers as they gear up for the new season (1:24:30).
97 minutes | a month ago
The Bizarro Browns, Frisky Giants, Zombie Pats, and Bad-News Jets With Cousin Sal
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Browns’ decisive win over the Titans, the Broncos losing a close game to the Chiefs, Rams-Cardinals, the Jets barely keeping their 0-16 season intact vs. the Raiders, the Patriots' blowout win vs. the Chargers, cross-off teams, and more (4:00). Then they Guess the Lines for Week 14 (55:00) before closing the show with Parent Corner (1:24:00).
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