The Bill Simmons Podcast

The Bill Simmons Podcast
April 7, 2018 admin

Genre: Sports

Why You Should Listen: Bill Simmons is back doing what he does best, talk sports. Bill Simmons is a sports columnist, analyst, author, and in my opinion one of the best sports podcasters out there. If you enjoy sports, this is a must listen!

Who Should Listen: Sports Enthusiasts

Episode to Get Hooked on: “Portland’s Rise, NBA Finals Sleepers, and UMBC vs. Tyson (Ep. 341)”

Here are the latest Bill Simmons podcast episodes.

LeBron's Odds, Dallas's Doncic Heist, and Kawhi to Boston Talk | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 381)

Listen to LeBron's Odds, Dallas's Doncic Heist, and Kawhi to Boston Talk | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 381)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to talk about Sal's World Cup bets, the odds on LeBron's next team, and gearing up for legalized gambling (3:48). Then Bill is joined by Jonathan Tjarks to talk about the 2018 NBA draft, including the Mavericks' trade to get Luka Doncic, an unfortunate landing spot for Mo Bamba, and an interesting Phoenix Suns roster (27:55). Finally, Bill calls up his dad to talk about Celtics first-round draft pick Robert Williams, the Red Sox, and why Kawhi Leonard would be bad for the Celtics (55:55).

'Creed 2,' Destination Kawhi, and Dwight Howard's Goofy Legacy With Shea Serrano and Joe House | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 380)

Listen to 'Creed 2,' Destination Kawhi, and Dwight Howard's Goofy Legacy With Shea Serrano and Joe House | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 380)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks with Shea Serrano about the 'Creed 2' trailer, 'Death Wish,' and Shea's Spurs fan perspective on Kawhi Leonard (3:35). Then Bill calls up Joe House to congratulate him on his Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup, and to talk about whether teams should trade for Kawhi, Dwight Howard's sixth trade in seven years, HBO's 'Courtside at the NBA Finals,' LeBron's next move, and more (33:45).

The Ringer’s Lottery Mock Draft Party | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 379)

Listen to The Ringer’s Lottery Mock Draft Party | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 379)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings in a slew of Ringer staffers for a special mock draft of the top 14 picks in the 2018 NBA draft.

Kyrie Irving on Leaving LeBron, Boston's Future, Summer Rumors, and Empowered Players | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 378)

Listen to Kyrie Irving on Leaving LeBron, Boston's Future, Summer Rumors, and Empowered Players | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 378)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving to talk leaving Cleveland, changing perspectives, empowered NBA players, summer rumors including the fresh-pressed Kawhi-to-L.A. Lakers, the 2017-18 season, recovering from surgery, 2018 NBA Finals, Boston next season, Uncle Drew, playing basketball in prosthetics, and more (1:40). Then Bill talks with Sean Fennessey about the new horror film 'Hereditary' [SPOILERS] (1:05:40).

NBA Draft Buzz, Plus Nick Kroll Finally Comes On | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 377)

Listen to NBA Draft Buzz, Plus Nick Kroll Finally Comes On | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 377)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks with Kevin O'Connor about the upcoming NBA draft, the trade value of the no. 1 pick, how this year compares with recent drafts, who will claim Luka Doncic, what the Cavs might do, and more (3:22). Then Bill sits down with actor, writer, and producer Nick Kroll to talk about old-school sports radio, 'The League,' TV streaming culture, 'Big Mouth' Season 2, filming 'Uncle Drew,' hosting award shows, and more (55:48).

The Hand of LeBron and Funniest NBA Media Narratives With Bryan Curtis | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 376)

Listen to The Hand of LeBron and Funniest NBA Media Narratives With Bryan Curtis | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 376)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons, still coming down from the NBA Finals, talks LeBron's hand injury, the media aftermath of a finals sweep, and legacy implications for Kevin Durant and Steph Curry (3:15), before sitting down with Bryan Curtis to revisit NBA Finals narratives, the NBA replay, the NBA and NFL offseasons, and more (24:28).


Charles Oakley Tells MJ Stories, Explains Why LeBron Will Leave, and Remembers His Favorite Fights (And It's Amazing) | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 375)

Listen to Charles Oakley Tells MJ Stories, Explains Why LeBron Will Leave, and Remembers His Favorite Fights (And It's Amazing) | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 375)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by the toughest guy in NBA history, Charles Oakley, to talk Michael Jordan stories, the difference between old-school and today's NBA, the Pat Riley Knicks, why LeBron should leave the Cavs, his MSG ban, and a slew of his NBA beefs on and off the court.

Jalen Rose on LeBron's Future, the Kardashians/Jenners As NBA Scouts, and 1998 vs. 2018 | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 374)

Listen to Jalen Rose on LeBron's Future, the Kardashians/Jenners As NBA Scouts, and 1998 vs. 2018 | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 374)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by his old friend Jalen Rose to talk about what NBA players do in Cleveland, Kawhi Leonard's "Pre-Agency," some of Jalen's NBA seasons, the Kardashians/Jenners' impeccable NBA scouting, all-time greats, LeBron's next move, where Kevin Durant may end up in the next few years, Jalen's new morning show schedule, and more.

Curry's Electric Game 2, Plus Andy Samberg and Desus and Mero (UPDATED) | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 373)

Listen to Curry's Electric Game 2, Plus Andy Samberg and Desus and Mero (UPDATED) | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 373)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons recaps Game 2 of the NBA Finals (2:13) before he is joined by actor and long-time Warriors fan Andy Samberg to discuss Game 1 of the NBA Finals, a PED hall of fame, comparisons between NBA teams and 'SNL' casts, and more (18:35). Then Bill sits down with Viceland's Desus and Mero to talk Pusha-T and Drake, LeBron's current mindset, and fixing the Knicks, Yankees, and Red Sox, before trying to figure out what is actually going on in 'Fortnite' (56:05).

The Colangelo Saga and Best NBA Finals Narratives. Plus: Rich Kleiman on KD, Jay-Z, and Superstardom

Listen to The Colangelo Saga and Best NBA Finals Narratives. Plus: Rich Kleiman on KD, Jay-Z, and Superstardom

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares his thoughts on the Bryan Colangelo situation (3:15) before talking NBA Finals narratives and subplots, including historic Finals runs, the real difference between LeBron and Michael Jordan, and Kevin Durant versus LeBron James, Part 2 (14:25). Then Bill sits down with Durant's business manager, Rich Kleiman, to talk about his music industry origins, his run with Roc Nation, meeting Durant, and how players are more equipped today to branch out in the business world (32:10).


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A Warriors Smackdown, LeBron's Next Stop, Doncic Deals, and Ovechkin Owns D.C. With Joe House | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 372)

Listen to A Warriors Smackdown, LeBron's Next Stop, Doncic Deals, and Ovechkin Owns D.C. With Joe House | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 372)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons connects with his longtime friend Joe House to mull over the Rockets' loss to the Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Then they discuss the possible LeBron narratives for the offseason, including one that lands him in Houston, and who could steal Luca Doncic in the NBA draft before talking about the Stanley Cup final, the Vegas Golden Knights' incredible story, and how Alex Ovechkin is the top dog in all of Washington, D.C.

LeBron Murders Boston, World Cup Preview, and Teenage Girl Culture Watch With Kevin Hench, Rob Stone, and Zoe Simmons | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 371)

Listen to LeBron Murders Boston, World Cup Preview, and Teenage Girl Culture Watch With Kevin Hench, Rob Stone, and Zoe Simmons | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 371)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks with Celtics fan and TV producer Kevin Hench about Boston's loss to the Cavs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals and LeBron's superhuman ability to single-handedly pull out a series win (with the help of a few Celtics players) (2:55). Then Bill talks with Fox Sports commentator Rob Stone about the Champions League final and World Cup soccer (41:53), before sitting down with his daughter, Zoe Simmons, to discuss 2018 teenage girl culture involving YouTube, Netflix, and Instagram (1:09:43).

Are the Warriors Dead? Are the Cavs Alive? Plus, Johnny Knoxville! | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 370)

Listen to Are the Warriors Dead? Are the Cavs Alive? Plus, Johnny Knoxville! | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 370)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to talk about Thursday night's Warriors-Rockets Game 5, the Cavs-Celtics series, and the All-NBA team ballot (2:50). Then Bill sits down with the legend Johnny Knoxville to talk growing up a prankster, 'Jackass' origins, shared experiences with the infamous 'Action Park,' 'The Ringer,' 'Bad Grandpa,' and Knoxville's new film, 'Action Point,' coming to theaters Friday, June 1 (39:58).

J.J. Redick on Philly's Future, CP3's Moment, Stopping LeBron, Boston Fans, and One-and-Done | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 369)

Listen to J.J. Redick on Philly's Future, CP3's Moment, Stopping LeBron, Boston Fans, and One-and-Done | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 369)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard J.J. Redick to discuss Round 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Boston home crowd, Chris Paul's great fit with the Houston Rockets, LeBron's calculated movements, and the NCAA one-and-done phenomenon.

Wild/Plausible NBA Summer Moves and Houston's Conundrum With Zach Lowe | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 368)

Listen to Wild/Plausible NBA Summer Moves and Houston's Conundrum With Zach Lowe | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 368)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN's Zach Lowe to discuss possible Chris Paul–Rockets contract decisions, Toronto's coaching situation, fixing the NBA playoffs, and the wildest NBA summer moves you'd actually believe.

NBA Intrigue, Luka Mania, Jack Nicholson Stories, and 45 Years Courtside at Lakers Games With Jonathan Tjarks and Lou Adler | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 367)

Listen to NBA Intrigue, Luka Mania, Jack Nicholson Stories, and 45 Years Courtside at Lakers Games With Jonathan Tjarks and Lou Adler | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 367)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks with Jonathan Tjarks about the Eastern and Western Conference finals and NBA draft lottery candidates including Luka Doncic, Deandre Ayton, and Miles Bridges (3:00), Then Bill sits down with music legend and 45-plus-year Lakers season-ticket holder Lou Adler to talk about witnessing NBA history, the Roxy, some incredible Jack Nicholson stories, and more (38:30).

The Improbable Celtics, 'Cobra Kai,' and Bank Robbery Movies With Bill's Dad and Shea Serrano | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 366)

Listen to The Improbable Celtics, 'Cobra Kai,' and Bank Robbery Movies With Bill's Dad and Shea Serrano | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 366)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons gives his thoughts on the improbable Celtics run as he names the most improbable finals teams in NBA history (3:10). Then Bill calls up his dad to talk about Boston's victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals (24:38). Finally, Bill is joined by Shea Serrano to talk about YouTube Red's 'Cobra Kai,' liking Johnny Lawrence, '80s movies that need to be TV shows, and 'Den of Thieves' and other bank robbery films (58:45).

Sports Gambling Is Legal (!) With Cousin Sal, and Ethan Hawke Breaks Down Every Fun Movie He Ever Made | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 365)

Listen to Sports Gambling Is Legal (!) With Cousin Sal, and Ethan Hawke Breaks Down Every Fun Movie He Ever Made | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 365)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls up Cousin Sal to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on sports gambling in America. They talk about why this is so important, wonder what form sports gambling will take at places like 7-Eleven, and speculate on who the first person involved with a sports gambling scandal will be (2:50). Then, Bill sits down with actor Ethan Hawke to talk about the pre-internet era, sports movies, working with Robin Williams and Denzel Washington, quitting smoking, falling in love on set, and Ethan's new film, 'First Reformed,' written and directed by Paul Schrader. Then Ethan talks about how he lost his Knicks tickets, the progressiveness of the NBA, and accepting LeBron's greatness (23:05).

LeBron's Pyramid Rise, Toronto's Future, and Round 3 Thoughts With Joe House, Plus Celtics Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 364)

Listen to LeBron's Pyramid Rise, Toronto's Future, and Round 3 Thoughts With Joe House, Plus Celtics Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 364)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls Joe House to tell him that LeBron has jumped Bill Russell and is now no. 2 on his all-time list. They talk about today's conditioning and health knowledge versus other basketball eras, the 76ers-Celtics series, Raptors coach Dwane Casey getting fired, and fake trades for DeMar DeRozan (4:25). Finally, Bill connects with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck to talk about the franchise's strong roots, working with Danny Ainge, the Brooklyn trade, Boston's rookies, and more (58:55).

LeBron's Genius and Kyrie's Exit With David Griffin, Plus Sox-Yanks and Dumb NHL Matchups with JackO | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 363)

Listen to LeBron's Genius and Kyrie's Exit With David Griffin, Plus Sox-Yanks and Dumb NHL Matchups with JackO | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 363)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons connects with former Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin to talk about the different levels of LeBron's game, the Kyrie Irving trade and its surrounding story lines, fixing the MVP award, LeBron's next move, and Kawhi Leonard (3:00). Then Bill calls up JackO to talk about the Red Sox–Yankees series, the NHL playoffs, Mike Francesa's return, and more (1:04:55).

Philly's Alive, 'SNL' in Limbo, Childish Gambino vs. Kanye, and the NHL's Strangest Spring With Alison Herman, Katie Baker, and Lindsay Zoladz | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 362)

Listen to Philly's Alive, 'SNL' in Limbo, Childish Gambino vs. Kanye, and the NHL's Strangest Spring With Alison Herman, Katie Baker, and Lindsay Zoladz | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 362)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons weighs in on Game 4 of Celtics-76ers and LeBron James's merciless play against the Raptors (3:15). Then Bill is joined by Ringer TV critic Alison Herman to talk about 'SNL,' its historic run, its recent seasons, and where it could go from here (21:35). Next he connects with staff writer Katie Baker to talk about the NHL playoffs, the Capitals beating the Penguins, the legacy of Alex Ovechkin, and the unlikelihood of a new expansion team taking a shot at the Stanley Cup (54:25). Finally he calls music critic Lindsay Zoladz to discuss Donald Glover's ascension to creative leader, Kanye West's legacy vs. his recent behavior, and more (116:15).

Sleeper Celtics, Boring Rockets, and Next-Gen Tickets With Bill's Dad, Mark Titus, and Nathan Hubbard | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 361)

Listen to Sleeper Celtics, Boring Rockets, and Next-Gen Tickets With Bill's Dad, Mark Titus, and Nathan Hubbard | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 361)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons connects with his dad to talk about the Celtics' second playoff win over the 76ers, how Philly can get back on track, the Red Sox, and (maybe) for the last time revisit the Patriots' 2018 draft picks (3:10). Then, Nathan Hubbard calls in to talk about his vision for next-gen ticket sales and his new company, Rival, as well as L.A. FC's new stadium, and being a sports parent (39:45), Finally, Bill talks with Mark Titus about the Rockets, the NBA's lackadaisical enforcement of traveling violations, the Pacers, the college basketball teams with the biggest persecution complexes, and Titus's bid to be head coach of the Chicago State men's basketball program (1:05:00).

LeBron Believes (Again), Philly's Big Test, and a Chaotic Summer Coming With Brian Windhorst | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 360)

Listen to LeBron Believes (Again), Philly's Big Test, and a Chaotic Summer Coming With Brian Windhorst | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 360)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks with ESPN's Brian Windhorst about how LeBron James seems to believe in this Cavs team once again, the different peaks of LeBron's career, the Celtics-76ers series, LeBron's "final act," Kawhi Leonard's future, and what a wild offseason the NBA is about to have.

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Fixing OKC, Sad D.C. Fans, Saving Giannis, Amazing LeBron, and Didi vs. Jeter With House and JackO | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 359)

Listen to Fixing OKC, Sad D.C. Fans, Saving Giannis, Amazing LeBron, and Didi vs. Jeter With House and JackO | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 359)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to talk NBA playoffs, including the Wizards-Raptors series, and what the Bucks need to do in order to keep Giannis happy. The two also take a swing at how to fix OKC this summer, and talk about LeBron's superhuman performance in the Pacers-Cavs series (3:05). Then Bill connects with JackO to talk about the Yankees, Red Sox, the return of 'Jersey Shore', and the return of Mike Francesa to WFAN Sports Radio (1:00:55).

A Late-Night NFL Draft Party and NBA Talk With Ryen Russillo | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 358)

Listen to A Late-Night NFL Draft Party and NBA Talk With Ryen Russillo | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 358)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to talk about the first round of the NFL draft—from the quarterback selections to the merciless booing of Roger Goodell—and topics from the NBA playoffs, including: Jaylen Brown's potential, the Pelicans, Philly's chance to come out of the East, issues with the NBA lottery, and much more.

Here Come the 76ers, Plus Jerrod Carmichael | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 357)

Listen to Here Come the 76ers, Plus Jerrod Carmichael | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 357)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks about some NBA story lines, including the 76ers undoubtedly being playoff-ready, the Pacers-Cavs series, and Russell Westbrook's impact on the Thunder (6:25), Then Bill is joined by comedian and television star Jerrod Carmichael to talk about about music, Twitter, making TV shows, streaming services, and more (30:00).

NBA Craziness Plus the Return of Desus and Mero | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 356)

Listen to NBA Craziness Plus the Return of Desus and Mero | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 356)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks about a captivating NBA Playoffs first round (2:24) before sitting down with Viceland's Desus and Mero to discuss Yankees-Red Sox, Uber drivers, Kobe Bryant, The Knicks (of course), making TV shows, and getting to the bottom of the beef with The Breakfast Club's DJ Envy (18:50).

Chuck Klosterman on the Tiger Woods Book, NFL Draft QBs, and Rondo's Renaissance | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 355)

Listen to Chuck Klosterman on the Tiger Woods Book, NFL Draft QBs, and Rondo's Renaissance | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 355)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons connects with Chuck Klosterman to discuss Tiger Woods and his legacy through the lens of Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian's recent book 'Tiger Woods' (3:05); the NBA playoffs, including Anthony Davis and all five of Rajon Rondo's levels (42:20); and a quarterback-rich NFL draft (1:08:40).

Brady vs. Belichick, Sad Spurs Fans, and Best New Action Movies With Shea Serrano | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 354)

Listen to Brady vs. Belichick, Sad Spurs Fans, and Best New Action Movies With Shea Serrano | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 354)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks about the bleakest Patriots outlook in recent memory in the wake of Tom Brady's hesitation to sign a new contract (4:12). Then Bill is joined by colleague and Spurs fan Shea Serrano to further discuss the Kawhi Leonard situation (16:33) before talking about the best new action movies and sequel hopefuls (45:45). Warning: There is a lot of 'John Wick: Chapter 3' talk.

NBA Playoff Unicorns, Decoding Kawhi, and Round 1 Overreactions With Joe House | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 353)

Listen to NBA Playoff Unicorns, Decoding Kawhi, and Round 1 Overreactions With Joe House | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 353)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to talk NBA, including a breakout Giannis performance, the Knicks' hilarious coaching search, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs, the 76ers-Heat series, and the Pacers' beatdown of the Cavs. Then they revisit the 'House of Carbs' NBA food cities pod with some feedback from the masses.


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2018 NBA Playoff Mega-Preview With Ryen Russillo | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 352)

Listen to 2018 NBA Playoff Mega-Preview With Ryen Russillo | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 352)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the NBA playoff matchups. They talk gambling stay-aways, questionable coaching, and give their playoff predictions.

Mike Francesa on the NBA's Real MVP, Yanks-Sox, and Masters Lessons. Plus: the Facebook Crisis with Alyssa Bereznak | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 351)

Listen to Mike Francesa on the NBA's Real MVP, Yanks-Sox, and Masters Lessons. Plus: the Facebook Crisis with Alyssa Bereznak | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 351)

HBO and The Ringer's BIll Simmons is joined by Mike Francesa to talk about present and past Masters winners, the Yankees' slow start, the Red Sox's hot streak, other AL teams, NBA MVPs, the NBA playoffs, and what the first couple of picks in this year's NFL draft might look like (5:50). Then The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak connects to talk about the Facebook scandal, Mark Zuckerberg's comments, and how to regulate the internet (1:08:20).

Sixers Mania, the Masters, 'WrestleMania 34,' and Making 'Andre the Giant' | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 350)

Listen to Sixers Mania, the Masters, 'WrestleMania 34,' and Making 'Andre the Giant' | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 350)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to mull over the surprising success of the Philadelphia 76ers (03:30), Patrick Reed's win in Augusta (15:00), and 'WrestleMania 34' (21:00). Then, Bill and Sean Fennessey sit down with 'Andre the Giant' director Jason Hehir to discuss meeting with Vince McMahon (41:15), how important editing is to a documentary (01:07:45), Andre's sex life (01:15:00), interviewing Robin Wright (01:35:00), the use of narrators in documentaries (01:40:00), and more.

So Long, Kyrie, and Hello, Augusta, With Joe House and Bill’s Dad | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 349)

Listen to So Long, Kyrie, and Hello, Augusta, With Joe House and Bill’s Dad | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 349)

Bill Simmons is joined by his dad and Joe House in Augusta, Georgia, after Round 1 of the Masters to talk about the remainder of the Celtics’ season without Kyrie Irving and the Eastern Conference playoffs before getting into their third day at Augusta National Golf Club (23:00).

The 2018 Masters Tournament With Bill's Dad and Jeff Goldblum Reminisces on His Decades-Long Movie Career | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 348)

Listen to The 2018 Masters Tournament With Bill's Dad and Jeff Goldblum Reminisces on His Decades-Long Movie Career | The Bill Simmons Podcast (Ep. 348)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with his dad live from Augusta to talk about his lifelong dream of going to the Masters (5:11) and other news from the sports world (10:30). Then, Bill sits down with the "Mayor of Hollywood," a.k.a. Jeff Goldblum, to talk Steelers vs. Patriots (37:48), to play the IMDb Game (47:01), and to compare stories from fatherhood (88:31).

NBA Playoff Chaos, Kawhi Drama, and UConn Goes Down (Ep. 347)

Listen to NBA Playoff Chaos, Kawhi Drama, and UConn Goes Down (Ep. 347)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor to discuss the upcoming NBA playoffs (2:31), conspiracies surrounding Kawhi Leonard (5:04), and Bill’s disinterest in anything the Spurs are doing (21:03). Then, JackO comes through to discuss the Yankees, Red Sox, and more in the return of the MLB season (56:59); UConn women’s basketball losing to Notre Dame (01:11:37); and their favorite memories from this year’s NCAA men’s March Madness (01:16:10).


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Kevin Durant Returns, Part Two (Ep. 346)

Listen to Kevin Durant Returns, Part Two (Ep. 346)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Kevin Durant dive right back into the mailbag to discuss the Warriors' best game this season (5:00), Klay Thompson stories (13:00), the "take" era of sports media (28:00), Durant's three-on-three dream team (40:00), LaVar Ball (46:00), basketball bloggers (56:00), and NBA free agency this summer (1:01:00).

Kevin Durant Returns, Part One (Ep. 345)

Listen to Kevin Durant Returns, Part One (Ep. 345)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by self-proclaimed "Basketball Guru" Kevin Durant to discuss the distance between players and fans (5:00), growing the game of basketball (11:00), Twitter's impact on the NBA (19:00), the desire to master basketball (25:00), the All-NBA team (30:00), the revamped NBA All-Star Game (34:00), the Rookie of the Year race (41:00), the LeBron partnership (48:00), and the start to another KD mailbag (53:00).


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Al Pacino and Barry Levinson on 'Dog Day Afternoon,' HBO's 'Paterno,' and 'The Godfather' (Ep. 344)

Listen to Al Pacino and Barry Levinson on 'Dog Day Afternoon,' HBO's 'Paterno,' and 'The Godfather' (Ep. 344)

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Al Pacino and Barry Levinson to discuss how the two get along so well (14:45), their new film ‘Paterno’ (19:00), and what they expect the reaction to the film will be (27:20). Then, Bill debunks a ‘Heat’ conspiracy theory (41:20) and Al talks about how Francis Ford Coppola saved his job (48:30), when John Cazale realized Meryl Streep was the greatest actor alive (56:00) and the impact Marlon Brando had on him (59:00).

'Billions,' 'Rounders,' and Andre the Giant With Brian Koppelman (Ep. 343)

Listen to 'Billions,' 'Rounders,' and Andre the Giant With Brian Koppelman (Ep. 343)

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ‘Billions’ co-creator Brian Koppelman to discuss the rewatchability of ‘Rounders’ (05:30), which ‘Billions’ character gets mentioned the most in real life (13:45), the show resonating with rappers and NBA players (1:04:00), and finding a way to make it entertaining without being campy (1:11:15). Then they discuss HBO’s upcoming documentary ‘Andre the Giant’ (1:24:50).

Michael and Martellus Bennett on LeBron James's Activism, Tom Brady, and Getting Traded (Ep. 342)

Listen to Michael and Martellus Bennett on LeBron James's Activism, Tom Brady, and Getting Traded (Ep. 342)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Michael and Martellus Bennett as they discuss why NBA players are more outspoken than NFL players (10:04), what Tom Brady is like as a teammate (34:32), how it feels to get the sudden call that you're being traded (53:02), what they want their legacies to be (56:57), and how elitism keeps change from happening in the NFL (1:16:51).

Portland's Rise, NBA Finals Sleepers, and UMBC vs. Tyson (Ep. 341)

Listen to Portland's Rise, NBA Finals Sleepers, and UMBC vs. Tyson (Ep. 341)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss the Trail Blazers's quest to conquer the Western Conference (03:45), the baggage that could hold back the Rockets (24:00), the Russell Westbrook conundrum (38:00), the insignificance of the triple-double (48:30), the Rookie of the Year race between Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell (50:45), Brad Stevens and the struggling Celtics (57:45), the Boston sports radio scene (01:09:45), and ranking UMBC's win over Virginia among the greatest upsets of all time (01:19:00).


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Chuck Klosterman: Can the NBA Save College Hoops? Should We Abolish Award Shows? (Ep. 340)

Listen to Chuck Klosterman: Can the NBA Save College Hoops? Should We Abolish Award Shows? (Ep. 340)

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Chuck Klosterman to discuss the present and future state of college basketball and how it affects the NBA (03:00) and to debate the potential of the internet forcing today’s youth to grow up faster (15:00). Then they debate how much of an obligation you have to be plugged into society (30:00) before airing their frustrations with awards shows (57:30).

Sad Patriots Fans, Crazy NFL Signings, and Tankapalooza 2018 (Ep. 339)

Listen to Sad Patriots Fans, Crazy NFL Signings, and Tankapalooza 2018 (Ep. 339)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin Clark to discuss Kirk Cousins's massive contract (03:00), the new-look 49ers (13:00), and more impactful free-agency moves (20:00). Then, Bill's dad calls in to talk about trusting in the Patriots' process (31:00) and his frustrating Celtics (42:30). Finally, Kevin O'Connor joins the show to discuss the benefits of tanking (50:30) and to talk about All-NBA predictions, so far (01:14:00).

Bill Hader Live at SXSW (Ep. 338)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined live in Austin by Bill Hader to discuss his new HBO comedy, 'Barry', some of his best stories from working on 'South Park,' and the state of satire in the world today.

2013 Heat vs. 2018 GSW plus the future With Chris Bosh Part Two (Ep. 337)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh to discuss the conspiracy behind the 2008 Olympics leading to LeBron's "Decision" (8:00), Bosh's blood clot issue (24:00), Vince Carter's natural talent (38:00), Jalen Rose as a teammate (52:00), and NBA title contenders this season (1:02:00).

The Heat Mini-Dynasty, Remembered with Chris Bosh, Part One (Ep. 336)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh to discuss the rebound leading to Ray Allen's iconic shot in the 2013 Finals (6:00), the difficulty of completing a three-peat (18:00), the first season in Miami with LeBron (31:00), and the peak of the Miami Heat during the LeBron-Wade-Bosh era (40:00).

Reliving the 2018 Oscars With Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin Sal (Ep. 335)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin Sal to discuss Bill's reason for missing Jimmy's post-Oscars party (6:00), the odds on Jimmy's monologue jokes (12:00), President Donald Trump's tweet about ratings (22:00), Jimmy's growing profile in the political space (32:00), Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty's return (43:00), a special edition of "Parent Corner" (50:00), the Mount Rushmore of late-night guests (55:00), and what's next for Jimmy (1:05:00).

The "Infocalypse," Conspiracies, and the Future of the Internet With BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel (Ep. 334)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by BuzzFeed senior writer Charlie Warzel to discuss the information war on the internet (6:00), the power of conspiracies (17:00), the idea of internet vigilantes (22:00), translating computer crimes into movies (38:00), misusing the internet (52:00), and the power of Twitter (1:02:00).

Sean Miller vs. ESPN, Top 5 NBA Draft, and Cleveland's NFL Draft Conundrum (Ep. 333)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Mark Titus and Tate Frazier to discuss Arizona head coach Sean Miller versus ESPN (6:00), ways to fix the collegiate basketball system (14:00), potential top-five NBA draft picks (28:00), Anthony Davis's dominance (40:00), and Oden vs. Durant (46:00). Then, The Ringer's Kevin Clark calls in from Indianapolis to discuss the NFL combine (55:00) and the Browns' best draft options (1:02:00).

Is the NBA MVP Race Over? And Other Questions With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 332)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ringer staffer Kevin O'Connor to discuss who the NBA MVP is as things stand right now (6:00), the pace of the Pelicans (13:00), LeBron vs. Giannis (20:00), takeaways from the Sloan Conference (25:00), Brandon Ingram vs. Ben Simmons (38:00), Kawhi Leonard's trade value (46:00), and the top 2018 NBA draft prospects (1:01:00).

UFC vs. WWE, Rousey's New Career, & Re-doing the 2013 Oscars (Ep. 331)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's David Shoemaker to discuss the WWE TV rights (6:00), UFC vs. WWE on Fox (13:00), Ronda Rousey's character in the WWE universe (27:00), and HBO's 'Andre the Giant' documentary (40:00). Then, Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris join to re-rank the 2013 Oscars (50:00) and review where the Academy went right and wrong five years ago.

Jordan's Greatness and the Winter Olympics With House and JackO (Ep. 330)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls up Joe House to discuss the need for the definitive Michael Jordan documentary (06:30), how every MJ game was "must-see TV" (19:00), the trouble with comparing him to LeBron (26:00), the Kawhi Leonard mystery (41:30), and tweaking the playoff format (45:00). Then JackO gets on the line to talk about Johnny Weir's style (54:15), Canada's performance in the Winter Olympics (56:00), Tonya Harding's undeserved redemption (01:04:30), and their favorite moments of the Olympics (01:05:00).


Read Bill's article, "How LeBron Can Finish His Fairy Tale Better Than MJ," here: https://t.co/dze1usPJ0m

'Parent Corner' Special Edition Part 2 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 329)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal dish out potentially problematic parenting advice and share stories from their time as dads in the second part of this series.

Revamping the NBA Playoffs, Plus Cousin Sal and Rockets GM Daryl Morey (Ep. 328)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons breaks down the reasons why the NBA playoff format needs to be dramatically different (5:00). Then, Cousin Sal hops on the line to give his thoughts on the Winter Olympics (27:00), the NBA All-Star Game (34:00), and early Oscars picks (42:00). Finally, Rockets GM Daryl Morey joins to detail his journey through the NBA ranks and the importance of analytics in his life (56:00).

Richard Jefferson on Being Traded, Changing Roles, and the New-Look Cavs (Ep. 327)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson to discuss his new life in Denver (6:00), Jamal Murray's potential (12:00), Luke Walton vs. LaVar Ball (22:00), the most impressive rookie in the NBA (30:00), the LeBron GM narrative (38:00), Kyrie Irving's ability to lead (46:00), the IT situation in Cleveland (56:00), and the best NBA teammates (1:04:00).

Scooter Braun on Growing Up on Basketball, Managing Music Stars, and Making Music Pop (Ep. 326)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by talent manager Scooter Braun, who discusses his upbringing around basketball (6:00), the cyclical nature of music (16:00), the decision to roast Justin Bieber (23:00), Kanye's creativity (30:00), the narcissistic nature of superstardom (48:00), the best basketball players in music (1:08:00), and the struggles of safety on tour (1:18:00).

U.S. Soccer, Winter Olympics, Paul Pierce, and Boston Sports Media Shenanigans With Rob Stone, JackO, Bill's Dad, and Kirk Minihane (Ep. 325)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Fox Sports host Rob Stone to discuss the new U.S. Soccer president (6:00). Then, JackO joins to give a full update on all the happenings of the Winter Olympics (26:00). Then, Bill's dad hops on the line to give his takeaways from Paul Pierce's jersey retirement in Boston (45:00). And finally, Boston radio host Kirk Minihane runs through the hottest story lines and the shifting culture in Boston sports (1:01:00).

Two-Hour NBA Trade Deadline Extravaganza (Ep. 324)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by his old ESPN buddy Ryen Russillo to discuss Isaiah Thomas's value in the NBA today (6:00), OKC's positive outlook for keeping Paul George (13:00), the pitfalls of the NBA salary spike (20:00), LeBron's new teammates (34:00), LeBron's next move (54:00), and the impressive upcoming 2018 NBA draft (1:06:00). Then, another former ESPNer, Tom Haberstroh, offers his thoughts on who won the trade deadline and the one trade that didn't happen that should have. Finally, Joe House hops on the line to give his opinion on what it would take for the Wizards to give up John Wall.

The Sports Repodders on Super Bowl Coverage, TV Nostalgia, and the Winter Olympics (Ep. 323)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay and Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis to discuss new media's impact on Super Bowl LII coverage (8:00), broadcast experimentation in the NBA (22:00), the best announcing teams (38:00), Chris Berman's return (52:00), and reasons to not care about the 2018 Winter Olympics (1:01:00).

Super Bowl LII Winners and Losers With Cousin Sal (Ep. 322)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the bad matchups for the Pats (5:00), Doug Pederson's MVP coaching (12:00), the strip sack on Brady (18:00), the Malcolm Butler mystery (24:00), the future of the Pats defense (32:00), Nick Foles's next move (41:00), the Super Bowl odds for next season (52:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:02:00).

Francesa Fridays and Vince Staples (Ep. 321)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Mike Francesa to discuss the latest 30 for 30, on Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells (7:00), the Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches (18:00), the media coverage of Super Bowls (28:00), Eli Manning's fourth-quarter magic (34:00), and picks for Sunday's final showdown (58:00). Then, Vince Staples joins to give his thoughts on the Blake Griffin trade and the state of Clippers fandom (1:04:00).

Larry Wilmore on Good-Natured Hatred, the New-Look Lakers, and Segmented Audiences (Ep. 320)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by 'Black on the Air' host Larry Wilmore to discuss the young L.A. Lakers under Luke Walton (6:00), George Gervin's playground game (15:00), Blake Griffin's goodbye (25:00), N.Y. traffic vs. L.A. traffic (34:00), the age of "agreement culture" (42:00), the power of differing opinions (50:00), and Kendrick Lamar's accessibility (1:05:00). Then The Ringer's Juliet Litman joins to discuss all things 'Bachelor' (1:11:00).

Cousin Sal's SB 52 Primer and J.K. Simmons on The Greatness of 'Oz' (Ep. 319)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss surefire Super Bowl prop bets (10:00), LeBron's Lakers odds (20:00), Ronda Rousey at Royal Rumble (34:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (38:00). Then, Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons joins to discuss HBO's first great drama, 'Oz' (54:00), Kevin Costner's magical arm in 'For Love of the Game,' and the making of 'Whiplash' (1:24:00).

The Jalen Rose Reunion Special (Ep. 318)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons reunites with Jalen Rose to discuss the origins of The Fab Five (5:00), Jalen's rise at ESPN (14:00), 'The Grantland Basketball Hour' (30:00), the NBA All-Star draft (36:00), LeBron's longevity in the East (1:01:00), Kawhi Leonard's situation on the Spurs (1:16:00), Coach K's new sales pitch (1:28:00), and the best NBA Finals cities (1:40:00).

The Hand of Brady and Special Guest Tony Romo (Ep. 317)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Eagles' dominating victory over the Vikings (4:00), Doug Pederson's playoff performance (10:00), the return of Chris Berman (14:00), the Pats' game-winning plays (22:00), the largest Super Bowl spread in nine years (28:00), Danny Amendola's clutch catches (32:00), and the Pats' lack of penalties (41:00). Then, former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS commentator Tony Romo joins to give his thoughts on his first year in the booth (44:00) and the end of the golden age of quarterbacks (51:00). Finally, Bill and Sal wrap it all up with another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:03:00).

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan of 'Lady Bird,’ Plus Francesa Fridays (Ep. 316)

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ‘Lady Bird’ writer-director Greta Gerwig and star Saoirse Ronan to discuss the reception of the film (02:00), the enjoyment of making a coming-of-age story (10:00), and the timing of its release in today’s current climate (34:00). Then, Mike Francesa joins Bill to discuss the unbelievable end to the Vikings-Saints game (51:30), Tom Brady's injured hand (53:30), the most shocking in-game playoff football moments (59:00), their predictions (01:06:45), and the best possible story line for the Super Bowl (01:18:00).

Western Conference All-Stars With Zach Lowe (Ep. 315)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Zach Lowe of ESPN to discuss the angriest NBA fan base (02:00), locks for the Western Conference All-Star starting lineup (04:30), Anthony Davis vs. Karl-Anthony Towns (19:30), the Cavs potentially trading for Boogie Cousins (34:00), their current All-Defense first team (55:45), if the Rockets are legitimate (58:30), the Isaiah Thomas–Paul Pierce drama (01:07:00), and the most bizarre story in the NBA (01:11:15).

Minnesota's Miracle and BortlesMania With Cousin Sal (Ep. 314)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Stefon Diggs's miracle catch in Minnesota (5:00), the Vikings' destiny potential (15:00), the Falcons' poor play-calling (24:00), Mike Tomlin's miscues (30:00), the league's lack of big-name quarterbacks (40:00), Tom Brady defying age limitations (48:00), Jaguars-Pats (52:00), Vikings-Eagles (58:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:04:00).

Round 2 Preview With Mike Francesa and Fixing American Soccer With Kathy Carter (Ep. 313)

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by New York radio legend Mike Francesa to recap last week’s picks (2:35), give their picks for the NFL's divisional round (4:45), discuss NBA coaches’ issues with coverage of LaVar Ball (34:50), and debate who the Red Sox should acquire in the offseason (45:15). Then Kathy Carter, president of Soccer United Marketing, joins to discuss her campaign to become the next U.S. Soccer president and the next step for American soccer as a whole (49:35).

Bill's Best Movies of the Year With Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan (Ep. 312)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's very own Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan to discuss Bill's top 10 movies of 2017.

Guess the Lines Divisional Weekend With Cousin Sal (Ep. 311)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the up-and-down wild-card weekend (5:00), the Falcons' big upset (10:00), Blake Bortles's unmatched badness (14:00), Cam Newton's comeback effort (18:00), Jon Gruden's goodbye (24:00), Titans-Pats (29:00), Falcons-Eagles (35:00), Jaguars-Steelers (39:00), Saints-Vikings (42:00), House's defense of taking the Chiefs moneyline (46:30), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:01:00).

Rehashing the Jimmy G Trade With Mike Francesa and Bill’s Dad (Ep. 310)

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by New York radio legend Mike Francesa to discuss the leaked news regarding the New England Patriots trading away Jimmy Garoppolo (2:10), evaluate Jon Gruden’s imminent return to the NFL (18:45), debate the likelihood of Bill Belichick taking another job (23:30), and give their NFL picks for this weekend (36:33). Then, Bill calls his dad to get a Boston resident’s perspective on the Patriots story (48:10) and the Celtics’ dominant season thus far (61:45).

Pete Holmes on Conspiracies, Humor, and 'Crashing' (Ep. 309)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by comedian and star of HBO's 'Crashing,' Pete Holmes, to discuss his start in comedy, his favorite conspiracy theories (11:00), why roasts are therapeutic (22:00), the art vs. the person (28:00), the premise behind 'Crashing' (33:00), New York's stand-up scene (46:00), recording with Garry Shandling (55:00), Aaron Rodgers's UFO obsession (1:03:00), the power of boredom (1:12:00), and finding the weirdness with podcasts (1:20:00).

Guess the Lines Wild Card Weekend With Cousin Sal (Ep. 308)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the battle for the 6-seed in the AFC (5:00), Andy Dalton's clutch TD for the Bills (9:00), the terrible Titans (13:00), Jon Gruden's potential new gig (16:00), the best teams against the spread in the regular season (28:00), Titans-Chiefs (34:00), Falcons-Rams (41:00), Bills-Jaguars (47:00), Panthers-Saints (51:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:05:00).

Mike Francesa’s Week 17 NFL Picks, Kuzmania, The Rise of OKC, Chris Borland on the Dangers of Football, and Pacific Ocean Hoops (Ep. 307)

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined again by New York radio legend Mike Francesa to recap last week’s NFL picks (2:23) and offer up picks for Week 17 (19:06). Then, The Ringer's Kevin O’Connor joins to discuss precocious NBA rookies (28:17) and the Oklahoma City Thunder trending upwards (31:28); former NFL linebacker Chris Borland and The Ringer’s Kevin Clark come on to debate the factors that hinder player safety in football (35:33); and The Ringer’s Mark Titus and Tate Frazier sit down to consider a hypothetical college basketball rivalry (43:39).

Paul Thomas Anderson on Pursuing Filmmaking, Loving Adam Sandler, and Making 'Boogie Nights' (Ep. 306)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson and Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey to discuss the changing landscape of selling movies (10:00), dropping out of college to pursue filmmaking dreams (20:00), working with Burt Reynolds (35:00), the art form of DVD commentary (45:00), the comedic genius of Adam Sandler (54:00), the intense setting while shooting 'The Master' (1:07:00), and writing scripts on Microsoft Word (1:18:00).

Guess the Lines Week 17 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 305)

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the end of the Cowboys’ playoff hopes after their loss to the Seahawks (2:40), Jimmy Garoppolo’s continuing success as a 49er (5:40), and the gambling implications of the Eagles’ fourth-quarter field goal (11:00). Then they guess Week 17 lines (37:20) and share a very special Christmas edition of Parent Corner (1:06:00).

Mike Francesa on the 49ers' Franchise QB, Eli's Next Move, and Week 16 NFL Picks (Ep. 304)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by legendary New York sports radio host Mike Francesa to discuss Jimmy Garoppolo's setup in San Francisco (5:00), Eli Manning's offensive line problem (12:00), Matt Ryan's down year (19:00), picks for Week 16 (32:00), Detroit's quiet season (40:00), and Super Bowl odds (45:00).

Bryan Curtis on ESPN's Skipper Era and Ben Thompson on Netflix vs. Disney (Ep. 303)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's editor-at-large, Bryan Curtis, to discuss John Skipper's decision to step down at ESPN and Skipper's lasting legacy at the company. Then, Stratechery's Ben Thompson joins (32:00) to give his thoughts on Disney's most recent acquisition and who's competing in the tech space with Netflix.

Guess the Lines Week 16 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 302)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the crazy Pats-Steelers finish (6:00), Todd Gurley's dominant performance in Seattle (15:00), Jimmy G's new groove with the Niners (21:00), the Ravens' playoff chances (36:00), the top NFC contenders (44:00), the Seahawks' struggles (57:00), the NFL games on Christmas Day (1:01:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:05:00).

The Blue-Plate-Special 70th Birthday Pod With Bill's Dad, Kevin Clark, and Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 301)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by his dad for his first full podcast, to talk the best and worst of Boston sports (2:50). Then, The Ringer's Kevin Clark stops by to talk Jimmy G, the AFC playoffs, and growing up a tortured Orlando Magic fan (22:50). Finally, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor calls in to discuss some of the trades that shaped this NBA season, Russell Westbrook's off-ball play, the trade deadline, and way-too early NBA Finals talk (54:00).

The Stanton Trade Swindle With JackO (Ep. 300)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by his old buddy JackO to discuss the Yankees trading for slugger Giancarlo Stanton (5:00), Derek Jeter's secret agent status (12:00), the state of the Miami Marlins (17:00), the renewal of the Red Sox–Yankees rivalry (21:00), Shohei Ohtani signing with the Angels (27:00), Mike Francesa's farewell (35:00), and the chance Holy Cross changes its mascot's name (42:00).

Guess the Lines Week 15 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 299)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss their fantasy football showdown (5:00), Carson Wentz's injury (11:00), Derek Carr's struggles (21:00), the holiday shopping showdown (33:00), Keenan Allen's comeback (39:00), Ravens-Browns (47:00), Winston vs. Mariota (54:00), Raiders-Cowboys (59:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:02:00).

The Sports Repodders With Jason Gay and Bryan Curtis (Ep. 298)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Bryan Curtis and The Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay to talk podcasts and journalism in 2017 (2:08), reinventing studio sports shows (27:15), the 2018 World Cup and Winter Olympics (55:55), and how millennials can break into sports media today (66:40).

Bryan Cranston on TV Dads, Streaming Shows, and Creative Freedom (Ep. 296)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Bryan Cranston to discuss his first big break (5:00), Erik Estrada's ego during 'Chips' (12:00), Larry David's comedy bootcamp (23:30), playing a TV dad on 'Malcolm in the Middle' (32:00), dealing with fame (43:00), the importance of streaming with 'Breaking Bad' (54:00), and working with Richard Linklater (1:04:00).

Guess the Lines Week 14 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 295)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Gronk's cheap shot (4:15), the Music City Miracle 2.0, (8:20), feeling sorry for Eli Manning (23:30), Jimmy Garoppolo and Bill’s new favorite NFC team (27:05), the goofy playoff picture (33:55), Week 14 lines (39:40), and another edition of Parent Corner (67:12).

Steve Kerr Mailbag, Part 2 (Ep. 294)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to discuss Draymond's chances of winning 'Survivor' (6:00), the one-and-done rule (15:00), the art of taking plays from other coaches (30:30), and the difference between winning a title as a player and as a coach (44:00).

Steve Kerr Mailbag, Part 1 (Ep. 293)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to discuss the modern NBA player (6:00), deciding against taking the Knicks job (15:00), Jordan's competitiveness in practice (20:00), getting rid of excessive replay reviews (27:00), Jordan's flu game (35:00), and Jeff Van Gundy's two-knucklehead theory (42:00).

Guess the Lines Week 13 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 292)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the struggles of the Cowboys and "The Clapper" (5:00), Carson Wentz vs. Tom Brady MVP odds (14:00), the playoff picture (19:00), Alvin Kamara's ROY campaign (26:00), the chances the Cowboys bring back Tony Romo (33:00), the number of bad coaches in the NFL (40:00), the Blake Bortles gambit (48:00), the Rams' dominant offense (54:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:03:00).

"Parent Corner" Special Edition With Cousin Sal (Ep. 291)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal dish out potentially problematic parenting advice and share stories from their times as dads.

Chuck Klosterman on the Death of Monoculture, NBA Superteams, and Tom Petty's Passing (Ep. 290)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by best-selling author and old buddy Chuck Klosterman to discuss switching to Sirius XM over the internet, the pop culture influence on politics, the lack of humor in media coverage, the potential of Ben Simmons, and the comedic genius of Jim Carrey.

Guess the Lines Thanksgiving Week Special With Cousin Sal (Ep. 289)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Dak Prescott's disappointing Sunday night (5:00), Kansas City's chances of losing the AFC West (14:00), Wentz vs. Brady MVP odds (18:00), the NFC playoff picture (22:00), Tony Romo's lack of luck (29:00), the three Thanksgiving Day games (37:30), the Rams-Saints marquee matchup (44:00), Blaine Gabbert vs. Blake Bortles (51:30), Panthers-Giants (1:01:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:07:00).

Top 20 NBA Players Right Now With Joe House (Ep. 288)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to construct a top-20 list of the best current NBA players through one month of the 2017-18 season.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Story-telling, Challenging Obama, and the Kaepernick Situation (Ep. 287)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by one of the most influential authors of the 21st century, Ta-Nehisi Coates, to discuss the importance of reading (6:00), LeBron's impressive run managing his celebrity status (18:00), the decision to challenge President Obama (28:00), the role of athletes in political protest (34:00), the Colin Kaepernick situation (48:00), the O.J. doc (1:01:00), and the best season of 'The Wire' (1:08:00).

Guess the Lines Week 11 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 286)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the loaded NFC wild-card race (5:00), another week of bad beats in the NFL (11:00), Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell (20:15), Martellus Bennett's return to New England (28:00), Rams-Vikings (33:00), Ravens-Packers (37:00), Bengals-Broncos (44:00), Bills-Chargers (48:30), Saints-Redskins (54:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:00:00).

NFL Problems, JFK Conspiracies, ESPN, and Announcer Rules (Ep. 285)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker to discuss the glaring problems with 'Thursday Night Football' (7:00), the rise of breaking investigative Hollywood stories (28:00), the JFK conspiracy world (34:00), the much-maligned ESPN layoffs (48:00), and announcer shelf lives (1:04:00).

Celtics Chatter, Dan Patrick, and Pastor Carl Lentz (Ep. 284)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons offers up his thoughts on the Celtics' win streak (5:00) and Kyrie Irving's newfound love of facilitating his teammates (10:00). Then Dan Patrick of 'The Dan Patrick Show' joins to discuss his role in BS's dismissal from ESPN (27:30), the problems with today's sports coverage (36:00), and Westbrook's situation in OKC (49:30). Then Hillsong pastor and NBA confidant Pastor Carl Lentz joins to lay out how secret NBA scrimmages come about in the summertime (1:08:20).

Guess the Lines Week 10 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 283)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the lowlights of the NFL weekend (6:00), Sal's fantasy mishaps (14:00), Eagles-Chiefs (24:00), the Cardinals' playoff chances (28:00), the end of Eli Manning (35:00), Steelers-Colts (40:00), Chargers-Jaguars (45:00), Dolphins-Panthers (54:00), and another rousing edition of "Parent Corner" (57:00).

Movies and NBA Chatter With Wesley Morris, Sean Fennessey, and Tom Haberstroh (Ep. 282)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey and New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris to discuss Oscar noms (7:00), Clooney's struggles (23:00), Jennifer Lawrence's missed chances (32:00), the state of Tom Cruise (41:00), and reasons to watch 'The Deuce' (58:30). Then, recently departed ESPNer Tom Haberstroh joins to give his thoughts on the Cavs' lacking defense (112:00) and potential Boogie Cousins trades (1:24:00).

Smart-Gal Wednesday: Publishing Maven Janice Min on Us Weekly’s Heyday, The Hollywood Reporter’s Rejuvenation, and the Harvey Weinstein Fallout (Ep. 281)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by publishing power player Janice Min to discuss Us Weekly's heyday (6:00), the increased intimacy of celebrity coverage (14:00), the "Brangelina" coverage (19:00), the relatable act upheld by the Kardashians (25:00), working with Jann Wenner (33:00), the end of the celebrity era as we know it (50:00), revamping The Hollywood Reporter (57:00), and how the Harvey Weinstein saga has flipped Hollywood on its head (1:10:00).

Guess the Lines Week 9 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 280)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the never-ending Game 5 of the World Series (5:00), the Texans-Seahawks showdown (15:00), the Pats' trade potential (21:00), the Zombie Browns (30:00), Chiefs-Cowboys (34:00), Rams-Giants (38:30), Broncos-Eagles (43:00), Kirk Cousins's trade value (49:00), DeAndre Hopkins's stake as the best receiver in football (56:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:01:00).

Miles Teller on Reviving Rom-Coms, Making Sports Movies, and Enjoying the Film Process (Ep. 279)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by BSMG president Eric Weinberger to discuss the Dodgers' World Series chances (6:00) and the best ballparks in baseball (14:00). Then, actor Miles Teller joins to give his thoughts on filming 'Whiplash' (35:00), what's missing in modern rom-coms (44:00), and the best parts of being in the movie business (55:00).

Raptors President Masai Ujiri on NBA Growth, Draft Tricks, and Making the Carmelo Trade (Ep. 278)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Chris Ryan to discuss the Sixers' injury situation with top pick Markelle Fultz (7:00) and the ways in which the Philly front office is letting its young core down early this season (22:00). Then, Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri joins (34:40) to give his thoughts on the importance of the NBA draft process and the growth of basketball internationally.

"A Requiem for the Young Yankees" MLB Wrap-up With JackO (Ep. 277)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls 'B.S. Pod' Hall of Famer JackO to reflect on the 2017 New York Yankees' ALCS run and look forward to the future reliance on up-and-coming talent in the Bronx.

Guess the Lines Week 8 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 276)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the fallacy of the home-field advantage this season (6:00), Cam Newton's poor play in Chicago (14:00), Joe Thomas's snap streak coming to an end (22:00), Dolphins-Ravens (28:00), the wild-card contenders in the NFC (33:00), 49ers-Eagles (36:00), Bears-Saints (41:00), Texans-Seahawks (46:00), Broncos-Chiefs (52:00), the World Series matchup (56:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:06:00).

Graydon Carter on Leaving Vanity Fair, Creating Spy Magazine, and Picking on Donald Trump (Ep. 275)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by former longtime Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter to discuss working in a world of satire (6:00), the creation of Spy Magazine (11:00), Trump's threats against Spy Magazine (20:00), the prosperity of the '90s (30:00), the tabloid decade of the 2000s (38:00), Los Angeles as the top American city (52:00), the Vanity Fair Oscars party (1:04:00), and the "grass is always greener" mentality in society (1:12:00).

Hayward's Horrific Injury + Jeff Bridges on Hosting SNL, King Kong, and 'The Dude' (Ep. 274)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons reacts to the gruesome injury Gordon Hayward suffered in the NBA season opener on Tuesday night (5:00). Then, Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges joins (33:00) to discuss working with Clint Eastwood (38:00), the issues with shooting 'King Kong' (44:00), hosting 'SNL' with his brother (53:00), 'The Fabulous Baker Boys' (1:03:00), creating the character of "The Dude" (1:12:00), and his first Oscar (1:20:00).

Guess the Lines Week 7 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 273)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the bad beats of Week 6 (6:00), the best Super Bowl odds (11:00), Carson Wentz's MVP odds (15:00), Adrian Peterson's return to form (22:00), the best bet for first coach fired (29:00), the lack of marquee matchups in Week 7 (33:00), Titans-Browns (36:00), Panthers-Bears (42:00), Jay Cutler's job security (47:00), Ravens-Vikings (52:00), Odell Beckham Jr.'s Ewing Theory potential (57:00), the Super Bowl rematch on Sunday night (1:02:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (1:07:00).

Bob Costas on Learning From Letterman, the Future of the Olympics, and the Best Baseball Story Lines (Ep. 272)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by longtime NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas to discuss broadcasting in the ABA (6:00), Ahmad Rashad's presence (12:00), guest hosts on late-night television (17:00), hosting an HBO show (28:00), the issue with host cities for the IOC (35:00), covering Michael Jordan's iconic game-winning shot in 1998 (46:00), the 20 greatest MLB games of the past 50 years (55:00), the best World Series story line (1:10:00), and the justifiable protests in the NFL and beyond in the sports world (1:17:00).

Jason Blum on Redefining Horror Films, Making Box Office Hits, and Storytelling Tricks (Ep. 271)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by CEO of Blumhouse Productions Jason Blum to discuss the desire to make original movies (6:00), securing the rights to the 'Halloween' franchise (14:00), the origin story behind 'The Purge' (21:00), working with tech companies in Hollywood (30:00), buying the Amityville Horror house (35:00), the iconic 'Friday the 13th' franchise (41:00), 'The Gift' (45:00), the revival of M. Night Shyamalan (1:00:00), 'It' breaking box-office records (1:06:00), Jordan Peele's plea to protect 'Get Out' from spoilers (1:11:00), the problems with CGI (1:18:00), and the slew of upcoming projects at Blumhouse (1:24:00).

Guess the Lines Week 6 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 270)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Cowboys' collapse (5:00), Aaron Rodgers's MVP odds (9:00), Big Ben's abysmal performance (14:00), the impact of injuries to Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt (23:00), the Seahawks' struggling offense (26:00), potential trades for the Jaguars (31:00), Eagles-Panthers (34:00), Chiefs-Steelers (38:00), Dolphins-Falcons (44:00), Packers-Vikings (50:30), MLB playoffs (55:00), and another edition of "Parent Corner" (58:00).

Marc Maron on Pioneering Podcasting, Performing Comedy in Boston, and Interviewing Celebrities (Ep. 269)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by fellow podcaster Marc Maron to discuss his origins in the podcasting industry (5:00), the great generation of comedians (15:00), comedy clubs in Boston (21:00), his role in 'Almost Famous' (28:00), the generation of cord cutters (33:00), the process of interviewing famous people (38:00), Kurt Russell's podcasting chops (45:00), Bruce Springsteen's persona (51:00), David Letterman in the mid-eighties (56:00), Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase skits (1:02:00), and the work behind writing a book (1:13:00).

NBA Over/Under—Western Conference (Ep. 268)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House, Jason Concepcion, and Kevin O'Connor to discuss the analytics cases for Devin Booker and Andrew Wiggins (8:00), Dennis Smith Jr.'s potential in Dallas (11:00), hypothetical Mike Conley Jr. trades (16:00), the Boogie experiment in New Orleans (22:00), Ricky Rubio's fit in Utah (28:00), the talent ceiling of the Clippers (35:00), the Nuggets' new look (43:00), Jeff Teague's average point guard play (50:00), the stars in OKC (56:00), the Spurs without Kawhi Leonard (1:05:00), the backcourt of Harden and CP3 (1:14:00), the Warriors' continued dominance (1:19:00), and the Lakers with Lonzo Ball (1:22:00).

Guess the Lines Week 5 With Cousin Sal and Joe House (Ep. 267)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal and Joe House to discuss the rising L.A. Rams (6:00), Deshaun Watson's dominant performance (10:00), the lack of Presidents Cup coverage (16:00), and the poor football on display in London (23:00). Then, Bill and Sal run through the Week 5 slate and guess the lines for each game (29:00).

Live From NYC's Advertising Week With Malcolm Gladwell (Ep. 266)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and author Malcolm Gladwell host a live podcast event for NYC's Advertising Week and discuss wide-ranging topics, including building a personal brand and the rise of tanking in professional sports.

Jake Gyllenhaal on Picking Roles, Filming in Boston, and Creating Characters (Ep. 265)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Jake Gyllenhaal to discuss auditioning for 'The Sandlot' (7:00), his new film 'Stronger' (13:00), shooting on set in Boston (24:00), role models in acting (30:00), 'Donnie Darko' (38:00), the social importance of 'Brokeback Mountain' (48:00), Heath Ledger's legacy (58:00), filming a sports movie in 'Southpaw' (1:10:00), working with Tom Ford (1:14:00), and shooting a sibling thriller with his sister, Maggie (1:18:00).

Guess the Lines Week 4 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 264)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the NFL facing off against Trump (6:00), Big Ben's struggles (13:00), Tom Brady's mastery in the two-minute drill (19:00), Deshaun Watson's statement game (26:00), Bears-Packers (29:30), Saints-Dolphins in London (34:00), 49ers-Cardinals (39:00), Steelers-Ravens (43:00), updated odds on the first coach fired (49:00), Cam Newton's lack of explosiveness (55:00), Rams-Cowboys (1:01:00), and another riveting edition of "Parent Corner" (1:07:00).

Andy Samberg on Pioneering Digital Shorts, the 'Rocky' Franchise, and Hosting Awards Shows (Ep. 263)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by comedian Andy Samberg to discuss the Oakland sports scene (6:00), producing the first digital shorts on 'SNL' (10:00), the best casts ever on 'SNL' (15:00), impersonating Nicolas Cage (22:00), making mockumentaries with HBO Sports (28:00), selecting the essential 'Rocky' movies (36:00), preparing to host awards shows (44:00), and finding the right roles on TV (55:00).

Nathan Fielder on Life as a Millennial, Magic, and More 'Nathan For You' (Ep. 262)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by comedian Nathan Fielder to discuss the return of 'Nathan for You' (6:00), Michael Phelps racing an animated shark (15:00), David Blaine's magic special (18:00), how to talk about the Spurs (32:00), living life as the original millennial (38:00), developing YouTube videos (48:00), and growing up with Seth Rogen (58:00). Then, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi joins to give his thoughts on Sean Payton's sloppy start (1:09:00), the Falcons' impressive start (1:18:00), and Malcolm Butler trade ideas (1:30:00).

Guess the Lines Week 3 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 261)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Sunday night's Emmys (5:00), Triple G vs. Canelo (8:00), the stout NFC South (16:00), Jay Cutler's first win with the Dolphins (22:00), Trevor Siemian impressing in Denver (27:00), Buccaneers-Vikings (34:00), Marshal Yanda's injury (38:00), Texans-Pats (44:00), Romo's rapport with Jim Nantz (48:00), Steelers-Bears (53:00), Marshawn Lynch's impressive return to form (1:01:00), Eli Manning's struggles (1:06:00), and Jerry Jones turning on Roger Goodell (1:10:00).

Richard Jefferson on Podcast Fame, Jason Kidd's Greatness, and Kyrie's Departure (Ep. 260)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cleveland Cavaliers forward and NBA champion Richard Jefferson to discuss training with the Walton family (8:00), Tim Duncan as a teammate (15:00), Jason Kidd's dominance (23:00), the 2002 Eastern Conference finals (28:00), Kyrie's scoring ability (33:00), the missed opportunities in the 2017 Finals (38:00), the more offensive-minded NBA (44:00), the 2004 Olympic debacle (52:00), Kevin Love's room to improve (58:00), social media in the NBA (1:03:00), and living in Cleveland post-championship (1:10:00).

Koosanity, Daniel Snyder, Best Bacon, and Gronk Panic w/ David Chang, Joe House + Bill's dad (Ep. 259)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by renowned restaurateur David Chang and fellow DMV native Joe House to discuss the struggles of the Washington professional football team (12:00), Dan Snyder's dysfunctional stadium setup (18:00), the best kinds of bacon (24:00), the best salads to pair with bacon (30:00), food at last weekend's U.S. Open (33:00), and hotdogs as the next food frontier (44:10). Then, Bill's dad calls in to address the state of Boston sports scene (53:30), the problems with the Pats (1:01:00), and belief in Brady and Belichick (1:12:00).

Guess the Lines Week 2 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 258)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to recap all the NFL action from Week 1, including the QB panic meter (6:00), Russell Wilson's woeful protection (14:00), Carson Wentz's impressive debut (18:00), fantasy football standouts (24:00), and Tony Romo's budding TV career (30:00). Then, Bill and Sal run through all of the Week 2 matchups and give out their best bets for the week (35:30).

Friday Rollin' With Joe House and Mallory Rubin (Ep. 257)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss the Patriots' deflating opening loss (6:00), Kareem Hunt's rookie breakout (11:00), Gronk vs. Eric Berry (16:00), the downside of Tom Savage (22:00), Kyrie's thoughts on the Celtics (31:00), and way-too-early NBA odds (36:00). Then, The Ringer's Mallory Rubin joins to break down the lack of offseason NFL story lines (43:00), Antonio Brown's 'Dancing With the Stars' gimmick (49:00), player movement in the NFL (55:00), the spiritual element of enjoying fish (1:01:00), the best bacon (1:12:00), and final thoughts on 'Game of Thrones' (1:20:00).

Houston Relief, Red Sox Signs, and New Chargers Kicker Younghoe Koo (Ep. 256)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by staff writer Shea Serrano, a Houston resident, to discuss the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and his grassroots social media campaign to raise funds (7:00). Then, JackO joins to give his thoughts on the Boston Red Sox stealing signs from the Yankees (23:30) and Trump's latest tirade (46:00). Finally, rookie Los Angeles Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo comes on to discuss his journey from South Korea to the NFL (54:00).

Guess the Lines Week 1 With Cousin Sal (Ep. 255)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to continue the age-old tradition of guessing the NFL lines before each weekend's slate of games. Topics include: NFL futures (6:00), Philip Rivers's number of touchdown passes (16:00), MVP odds (21:00), odds for first coach fired (27:00), Pats-Chiefs (35:00), Packers-Seahawks (40:00), Andrew Luck's over-under games played (47:00), Steelers-Browns (51:00), Bengals-Ravens (57:00), Cowboys-Giants (1:05:00), Saints-Vikings (1:12:00), and the top-tier teams heading into Week 1 (1:16:00).

The Kyrie Trade Saga, CFB, MLB, and 'Thrones' With Kevin O'Connor and Mallory Rubin (Ep. 254)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons gives his thoughts and theories on the bizarre Kyrie/Isaiah trade saga and why he still believes Kyrie Irving's ceiling is underrated (5:05), then brings on The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor to discuss Friday's press conference in Boston and the league's reaction to the deal (26:05). Then, The Ringer's Mallory Rubin previews the 2017 college football season and September's MLB pennant race before indulging Bill's primitive Game of Thrones thoughts (while longing for her days with The Maester, Jason Concepcion) (55:18).

Willie McGinest on USC Celebrity, Snoop's Days in Long Beach, and His Best Career Win (Ep. 253)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by former Patriots Super Bowl champion linebacker Willie McGinest to discuss the differences between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick (8:00), the rudderless Patriots of the ’90s (16:00), pushing the USC Trojans to hire Pete Carroll (26:00), O.J.'s superstar status at USC (31:00), Snoop Dogg's days playing quarterback (35:00), Dr. Dre's creative genius (43:00), the Michael Vick experience (56:00), the 2001 Super Bowl win (1:04:00), and where Willie keeps all of his Super Bowl rings (1:19:00).


Kevin Durant IV: Ask Kevin Anything, Part 2 (Ep. 252)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by 2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant for the second installment of a two-part series to discuss the outlook for the NBA's new-look teams and to continue answering listeners' most pressing mailbag questions.

Kevin Durant IV: Ask Kevin Anything Part 1 (Ep. 251)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by 2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant for the first installment of a two-part series to discuss the shocking Kyrie Irving trade and to answer listeners' most pressing mailbag questions.

Kyrie-Isaiah Emergency Trade Podcast (Ep. 250)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons assembles all of The Ringer's NBA experts to dissect the decision to trade Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics and discuss whether the Cavaliers became better heading into the 2017-18 NBA season.

The Sports Repodders: Floyd-Conor, Yawkey Way, Kaepernick, and 'Pivot to Video' (Ep. 249)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis and Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay to discuss Mayweather-McGregor media hype (5:00), politics playing a role in every sports conversation (18:00), the NFL's desire to control everything (25:00), LeBron's power in the NBA (34:00), writers weighing having a platform and getting paid (40:00), the problem with the "pivot to video" (50:00), Boston potentially renaming Yawkey Way after David Ortiz (1:01:00), and Peter Vecsey's beef with Magic Johnson (1:12:00).

Dave Roberts on Dodgers Regular-Season Dominance and Mallory Rubin on Giancarlo Stanton's Trade Value (Ep. 248)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to discuss his famous steal against the Yankees (5:00), the depth on the Dodgers this season (11:00), the sense of urgency to win a World Series in L.A. (17:00), the influence of analytics in baseball (23:00), the conundrum of balancing rest with chasing history in the regular season (30:00), Yu Darvish's arrival (40:00), and the best advice he's gotten from Magic Johnson (44:00). Then, The Ringer's Mallory Rubin joins to discuss the best-case trade scenarios for Giancarlo Stanton (57:40). Finally, Bill's dad hops on the line to pitch his best Stanton trades (1:14:00) and give his thoughts on 'Game of Thrones' (1:21:00).

8 Best Kyrie Trade Scenarios With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 247)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O'Connor to discuss Kyrie's limited trade market (6:00), Josh Jackson's trade value (10:00), the Knicks' best shot to get Kyrie (17:00), Cleveland's interest in Jamal Murray (23:30), Jabari Parker's trade potential before his injury (30:00), the Lakers trading for LeBron (38:00), and Kyrie's chances to be a Cavalier this season (44:00).

Summer Hot-Air NFL Story Lines With Mike Lombardi, Tate Frazier, and Joe House (Ep. 246)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Mike Lombardi, Tate Frazier, and Joe House to discuss the most ridiculous NFL offseason talking points, including Andrew Luck being overhyped (14:00), Odell Beckham Jr. being overrated (26:10), Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson's relationship (32:32), Kirk Cousins's contract (37:00), and Cam Newton's scrambling style (45:30). Then, they make a few sleeper predictions for the 2017 NFL season (56:00).

The 25 Greatest Patriots Wins of the Brady-Belichick Era (Ep. 245)

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by fellow Boston diehard Kevin Hench to discuss the birth of the Brady-Belichick dynasty, the duo's best Super Bowl victory, the best team the Pats beat during their run together, the most important pass of Brady's career, the most improbable comebacks, and the most rewarding moments for Patriots fans since 2001.

Smart-Guy Friday: Cycle CEO/Founder Jason Stein and Bill's Dad on 'Game of Thrones' (Ep. 244)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cycle CEO/founder Jason Stein to discuss the evolution of branded content (5:00), Joel Embiid's Twitter personality (11:00), Facebook curating content (21:00), the YouTube generation (32:30), the reinvention of sports (42:00), monetizing Twitter (52:00), the Rock's social media dominance (1:01:00), and the chances of Amazon one day owning the NFL (1:07:00). Then, Bill's dad joins to talk about the Red Sox's resurgence (1:27:00) and his best guesses for what's next on 'Game of Thrones' (1:30:00).

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Casey Wasserman on Landing the 2028 Summer Olympics (Ep. 243)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and sports media mogul Casey Wasserman to discuss L.A.'s Olympic bid (5:00), modernizing the Coliseum (11:00), the biggest Olympic concerns (17:00), L.A.'s underdog status with the IOC (25:00), Trump's involvement in the bid (34:00), connected car-share technology (40:00), and L.A.'s Olympics legacy (44:00). Then, The Ringer's Jason Concepcion joins to give his thoughts on Kyrie's trade request (1:01:00) and NBA players determining their own destinies (1:11:00).

Charlize Theron on Becoming an Action Hero, Avoiding Rom-Coms, and 15 Minutes With De Niro (Ep. 242)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron to discuss her new action film 'Atomic Blonde' (5:00), auditioning with a poor English accent (11:00), Johnny Depp’s presence (16:00), Tobey Maguire's gambling (22:00), chatting with De Niro (33:00), consulting Patty Jenkins on 'Monster' (39:00), overcoming a neck injury (47:00), working with Seth MacFarlane (54:00), and the loss of irony (1:02:00).

Kyrie-LeBron Fallout and Carmelo-to-OKC With Kevin O'Connor and Joe House (Ep. 241)

Listen to Kyrie-LeBron Fallout and Carmelo-to-OKC With Kevin O'Connor and Joe House (Ep. 241)

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Joe House to discuss Carmelo Anthony potentially going to OKC (5:00), Kyrie Irving's decision to demand a trade (14:00), the importance of All-NBA honors (18:00), John Wall vs. Kyrie (25:00), LeBron's blindsided act (35:00), David Griffin's best moves (43:00), Dan Gilbert's dysfunction (50:00), potential trades for Kyrie (56:00), LeBron's media strategy (1:03:00), and the big-picture move for LeBron (1:12:00).

Smart-Guy Friday: Nathan Hubbard on Zombie Bands, Ticket Trends, and Twitter Comebacks (Ep. 240)

Listen to Smart-Guy Friday: Nathan Hubbard on Zombie Bands, Ticket Trends, and Twitter Comebacks (Ep. 240)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on former Ticketmaster CEO and House Eats 3 judge Nathan Hubbard to discuss the booming business of nostalgia-rock concerts (5:00), James Dolan's desire to improve acoustics in arenas (18:00), the best bets for future Super Bowl performances (27:00), Taylor Swift's chance to perform at the 2018 Super Bowl (32:00), Dave Matthews Band and the emphasis on touring (37:00), the real reason season tickets exist (46:00), the impact of adding more arenas in Los Angeles (56:00), and how Twitter owns the moment (1:07:00).

JackO on 'Mike and the Mad Dog,' and Shea Serrano on the Best Worst Movie Dunks (Ep. 239)

Listen to JackO on 'Mike and the Mad Dog,' and Shea Serrano on the Best Worst Movie Dunks (Ep. 239)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on old buddy JackO to discuss Aaron Judge's slump after the home run derby (7:00), the Yankees' trade for Todd Frazier (12:00), the scariest hitters in the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry (26:30), and the genius behind 'Mike and the Mad Dog' (34:00). Then, The Ringer's Shea Serrano joins to break down the Best Worst Movie Dunks of all time (49:00) and explain what's going on with the Spurs (1:03:00).

Jimmy Butler on the Bulls, Jordan, and L.A. Pick-up Games (Ep. 238)

Listen to Jimmy Butler on the Bulls, Jordan, and L.A. Pick-up Games (Ep. 238)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler to give his thoughts on his exit from the Bulls (4:00), D-Wade's impact (11:00), tampering in the NBA offseason (18:00), idolizing the Jordan brand (26:00), Karl-Anthony Towns's unique skill set (31:00), his return to Chicago next season (37:00), Thibs's love for basketball (43:00), secret pick-up games in L.A. (53:00), and D-Rose's next destination (1:05:00). Then, The Ringer's Mallory Rubin joins to discuss the long-awaited return of 'Game of Thrones' (1:15:00).

Inside the Evolution of ESPN With Jim Miller and Bryan Curtis (Ep. 237)

Listen to Inside the Evolution of ESPN With Jim Miller and Bryan Curtis (Ep. 237)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with editor-at-large Bryan Curtis and New York Times best-selling author Jim Miller to discuss the shake-ups at ESPN (02:30), whether there is a business problem or a content problem (05:30), how the network has approached digital content (14:00), the deals with the NBA, MLB, and the NFL (25:30), the acquisition of Adrian Wojnarowski (40:30), 30 for 30 (54:30), and the demise of Grantland (66:00).

NBA Summer Mailbag Special (Ep. 236)

Listen to NBA Summer Mailbag Special (Ep. 236)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons answers the most pressing NBA summer mailbag questions. Topics include: LeBron on the Lakers (4:00), the best championship parade moment (12:30), CP3's Ewing Theory potential (16:00), Rookie of the Year odds (20:30), Paul George's trade value (30:40), Jamal Crawford's decline (35:00), Sidney Crosby's connection with Tim Duncan (46:00), the famous Monte Carlo scrimmage (51:00), Rob Pelinka's rise (1:01:00), San Diego's attractiveness to the NBA (1:13:00), and Russell Westbrook's style of play changing next season (1:20:00).

John McEnroe on the Knicks, the Greatest Match Ever Played, and Improving Tennis (Ep. 235)

Listen to John McEnroe on the Knicks, the Greatest Match Ever Played, and Improving Tennis (Ep. 235)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by John McEnroe to discuss the current state of the New York Knicks (5:00), the parallels between basketball and tennis (11:14), tennis at the collegiate level (24:44), McEnroe's first Wimbledon (27:03), the infamous tantrums (35:25), growing the game of tennis (49:40), and the 1980 Wimbledon men's singles final (1:05:05).

Gordon Hayward, Cap Space, and Point Blake (Ep. 234)

Listen to Gordon Hayward, Cap Space, and Point Blake (Ep. 234)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss NBA events from the past few days, including the Gordon Hayward signing (2:25), the Paul George trade and the best-case scenario for OKC (10:28), teams' challenges and advantages with regard to the salary cap (30:10), and the Point Blake L.A. Clippers (50:55).

Rockets GM Daryl Morey and Music Legend Jimmy Iovine (Ep. 233)

Listen to Rockets GM Daryl Morey and Music Legend Jimmy Iovine (Ep. 233)Daryl Morey discusses Houston's monster acquisition of Chris Paul, his 12-year Rockets stint, free-agency stories, and ways the NBA should improve its game and yearly calendar. Then, music legend Jimmy Iovine (46:05) remembers his amazing career and talks about his new HBO documentary, 'The Defiant Ones.'

Blow Up the Clippers and Free-Agency Primer With Joe House (Ep. 232)

Listen to Blow Up the Clippers and Free-Agency Primer With Joe House (Ep. 232)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss why the Clippers should hit the reset button (5:00), LeBron's L.A. suitors (14:00), the end of NBA tampering rules (18:00), Carmelo's fit in Houston (24:00), Blake Griffin on the Suns (29:00), Kyle Lowry on the Wolves (35:00), Andrew Wiggins's defensive problems (39:00), Gordon Hayward's chance to be a Celtic (44:00), Otto Porter Jr.'s market value (52:00), Paul Millsap on the Spurs (58:00), and Andre Iguodala's impact on the Warriors' future (1:04:00).

Judd Apatow on Binge-watching, Stand-up Culture, and 'The Big Sick' (Ep. 231)

Listen to Judd Apatow on Binge-watching, Stand-up Culture, and 'The Big Sick' (Ep. 231)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Judd Apatow to discuss the state of American politics (5:00), his attempt to humanize Muslim Americans in 'The Big Sick' (19:00), his return to the stand-up comedy circuit (24:00), the 'Freaks and Geeks' experience in today's TV landscape (30:30), the binge-watching culture and lack of conversation around shows (38:00), Garry Shandling's greatest comedic moments (44:00), LeBron's comedy chops (53:00), the forgotten art of DVD extras (1:02:00), and Ray Romano's role in 'The Big Sick' (1:09:00).

Emergency NBA Draft Winners and Losers With Joe House (Ep. 230)

Listen to Emergency NBA Draft Winners and Losers With Joe House (Ep. 230)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on longtime friend Joe House to break down the best and worst moments from the 2017 NBA draft.

NBA Lottery Mock Draft With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 229)

Listen to NBA Lottery Mock Draft With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 229)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Kevin O'Connor to discuss the Lakers' decision to cut ties with D'Angelo Russell (5:00), Brooklyn's best moves (8:00), Dwight Howard on the Hornets (11:00), Kristaps Porzingis's trade window (16:00), the Celtics' plan in free agency (21:00), Ben Simmons skipping summer league (27:00), and Josh Jackson declining workouts (30:00). Then, they go through all of the potential draft scenarios and select the best fit for each lottery team in the 2017 NBA draft (34:00).

Malcolm Gladwell on the NBA Carousel, Billionaire Owners, and Multipurpose Golf Courses (Ep. 228)

Listen to Malcolm Gladwell on the NBA Carousel, Billionaire Owners, and Multipurpose Golf Courses (Ep. 228)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Malcolm Gladwell to discuss the ridiculous rate of offseason story lines in the NBA (5:00), LeBron James's right to act in his own self-interest (13:00), dealing with juggernauts in the NBA (23:00), billionaire owners' spending habits (33:00), Tiger Woods's painkiller problem (36:00), trimming the NBA schedule (44:00), Tom Brady's concussions (53:00), solving the public-use problem for golf courses (1:02:00), and the Bill Maher controversy (1:06:00).

Fultz to Philly, PG-13 Trades, and What Is Boston Doing? (Ep. 227)

Listen to Fultz to Philly, PG-13 Trades, and What Is Boston Doing? (Ep. 227)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on staff writer Kevin O'Connor and executive editor Chris Ryan to make sense of why the Celtics traded back in the stacked 2017 draft. Then, Ringer staff writer Mark Titus joins to discuss who won the trade between the Sixers and Celtics (46:00), Jayson Tatum's rookie of the year potential (43:00), Luke Kennard's NBA fit (56:00), Josh Jackson's desire to win the dunk contest (1:02:00), and NBA draft diaries (1:05:00). Finally, Bill's dad calls in to give the final verdict on Danny Ainge's draft record and decide whether the Celtics made the right move to trade the no. 1 pick (1:08:00).

Will Ferrell on his Favorite Movie, 'SNL,' and LeBron on the Lakers (Ep. 226)

Listen to Will Ferrell on his Favorite Movie, 'SNL,' and LeBron on the Lakers (Ep. 226)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Will Ferrell to discuss the NBA Finals (4:00), the cable TV domination of 'Step Brothers' (13:00), the amount of denials before 'Anchorman' was made (19:00), working on 'Old School' while on 'SNL' (26:00), flubbing his first line on 'SNL' (34:00), his favorite 'SNL' sketch (40:00), the modern 'SNL' format with big-name actors (48:00), filming a Lifetime movie with Kristen Wiig (53:00), the way his kids act with Will Ferrell as their dad (1:01:00), Lonzo Ball on the Lakers (1:11:00), and the chance LeBron comes to L.A. (1:15:00).

Finals MVP Kevin Durant (Ep. 225)

Listen to Finals MVP Kevin Durant (Ep. 225)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons reports live from Oakland with 2017 NBA Champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant to discuss the initial moment right after the confetti fell in Oracle (3:30), running the pick-and-roll with Curry (12:00), the shot in Game 3 (23:00), appreciating LeBron's journey (28:15), Curry's high-level play in the playoffs (33:30), Kyrie's "bag full of tricks" (34:00), Obama's congratulatory text (43:30), the Warriors free agents this offseason (49:30), building winning habits with the Warriors (58:00), the nonsense of comparing different eras (1:04:00), Rasheed Wallace's stretch five game (1:08:30), three-on-three in the Olympics (1:20:00), Iguodala's big Game 5 dunk (1:25:00), and Patrick McCaw's bright future (1:29:15).

Saturday Rollin' NBA Finals Edition With Joe House (Ep. 224)

Listen to Saturday Rollin' NBA Finals Edition With Joe House (Ep. 224)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons reports live from the road to discuss the NBA Finals with help from his old friend Joe House. Topics include: Cleveland's historic Game 4 (5:00), Kyrie's similarities with Isiah Thomas (9:00), Durant's place amongst the greatest forwards in history (14:00), the superteam misconcepcion (21:00), LeBron's long-term game plan (29:00), Kevin Love on the trade block (37:00), the NBA Finals officiating(42:00), Blake Griffin's fit in Boston (52:30), pre-draft NBA trades (58:00), the Bad Boy Pistons vs. 2017 Warriors (1:06:00), and whether the Cavs can come back down 3-0 (1:11:00).

NBA Scuttlebutt, LeBron's Next Move, and Lonzo's Lakers (Ep. 223)

Listen to NBA Scuttlebutt, LeBron's Next Move, and Lonzo's Lakers (Ep. 223)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor to discuss the many rumors and rumblings surrounding the NBA. Topics include: Jerry West's interest in the Clippers (5:00), CP3's no-trade clause (12:00), Lonzo and the Lakers (18:00), possible Kings trade packages (30:30), Isaiah Thomas's trade potential (39:30), the Paul George situation (47:00), LeBron to the Lakers (55:00), and adjustments for the Cavs in Game 3 (1:05:00).

James Corden on Returning to London, "Carpool Karaoke," Elections, and Sports in America (Ep. 222)

Listen to James Corden on Returning to London, "Carpool Karaoke," Elections, and Sports in America  (Ep. 222)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on James Corden to discuss bringing 'The Late Late Show' to London (02:00), moving to America (12:30), starting his show as an unknown (21:30), the development of "Carpool Karaoke" (26:30), the logistics of success within today's media landscape (30:30), the time he spanked Donald Trump on Broadway (42:00), and improving the election process (45:00). Then they dive into the World Cup (55:00), the popularity of soccer in the U.S. (56:00), Bono's advice to Chris Martin regarding fame (01:03:00), the importance of television today (01:05:00), and James's friendship with Adele (01:12:30).

NBA Finals Overreactions, College Reunions, and Resurgent Yankees (Ep. 221)

Listen to NBA Finals Overreactions, College Reunions, and Resurgent Yankees (Ep. 221)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Kevin O'Connor to discuss their initial reactions from Game 1 of the NBA Finals (5:00), Kevin Durant's comfort level (13:00), Curry's Game 7 redemption (19:00), LeBron matching Durant (22:00), and Kevin Hart's nicknames for the Cavs (27:00). Then, JackO joins to discuss his and Bill's 25th college reunion this weekend (32:00), Aaron Judge's absurd upside (46:00), and ways to rekindle the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry (55:00).

NBA Finals Prediction + Raiders, N.W.A, and the Big 3 With Ice Cube (Ep. 220)

Listen to NBA Finals Prediction + Raiders, N.W.A, and the Big 3 With Ice Cube (Ep. 220)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons makes his 2017 NBA Finals prediction. Then, Ice Cube joins in the studio to discuss collaborating on the 30 for 30 documentary 'Straight Outta L.A.' (23:00), the Lakers-Celtics rivalry in the ’80s (31:00), the growth of N.W.A (40:00), the importance of 'Boyz n the Hood' (49:00), the reason 'Straight Outta Compton' worked (55:00), 'No Vaseline' vs. 'Hit 'Em Up' (1:05:00), and the Big 3 basketball league (1:11:00).

Tiger, NBA Finals, and Remembering Frank Deford With Joe House and Bryan Curtis (Ep. 219)

Listen to Tiger, NBA Finals, and Remembering Frank Deford With Joe House and Bryan Curtis (Ep. 219)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House and Bryan Curtis to talk about Tiger Woods's latest media frenzy (01:30) and make NBA Finals predictions (23:00). Finally, Bill and Bryan take time to remember the late Frank Deford (44:00).

Chuck Klosterman on Chris Cornell, Superteams, an NFL Rule Change, and Michael Jordan (Ep. 218)

Listen to Chuck Klosterman on Chris Cornell, Superteams, an NFL Rule Change, and Michael Jordan (Ep. 218)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by author Chuck Klosterman to discuss the recent passing of Chris Cornell (03:00), the importance of film soundtracks (10:00), if super-teams hurt the NBA overall (26:00), LeBron's legacy (40:00), the NFL's rule change on celebrations (57:00), and the conspiracy theory on Michael Jordan's first retirement (65:00).

Bill Burr on the NHL Playoffs, Kelly Olynyk's Magic, Chris Farley, and R-Rated Sports (Ep. 217)

Listen to Bill Burr on the NHL Playoffs, Kelly Olynyk's Magic, Chris Farley, and R-Rated Sports (Ep. 217)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by comedian Bill Burr to discuss his love for hockey (10:00), the great food in Winnipeg (15:00), the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry (23:00), the major changes at Fenway (34:00), the weirdness of hockey (41:00), Kelly Olynyk's Game 7 (53:00), Chris Farley's comedic intensity (1:02:00), the potential for R-rated sports channels (1:17:00), Paul Pierce's farewell (1:21:00), and Trump's international tour (1:25:00).

Celtics Pride, LeBron vs. MJ, and Sacramento Kings Pain With Bill's Dad and Hasan Minhaj (Ep. 216)

Listen to Celtics Pride, LeBron vs. MJ, and Sacramento Kings Pain With Bill's Dad and Hasan Minhaj (Ep. 216)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on his dad to discuss the Celtics' worse playoff losses (5:00), Isaiah Thomas's injury (12:00), the free throw differential in the Eastern Conference finals (17:00), Avery Bradley's magic (21:00), LeBron in Jordan territory (28:00), Kyrie's improved play vs. Curry (34:00), and Kevin Love's impact on the series (37:00). Then, 'Daily Show' correspondent Hasan Minhaj joins to give his thoughts on his new Netflix special (42:00), the innovation of comedy specials (50:00), hosting the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (55:00), the 2002 Western Conference finals (1:00:00), Vivek's ownership (1:10:00), Kings fans losing Boogie Cousins (1:14:00), Jeremy Lin's run in New York (1:18:00), the Warriors bandwagon in the Bay (1:24:00), and the Cavs' lackluster defense (1:27:00).

May Mega-Mailbag: LeBron, LaVar, Harden, Pop, Dom, and More (Ep. 215)

Listen to May Mega-Mailbag: LeBron, LaVar, Harden, Pop, Dom, and More (Ep. 215)Is LeBron a baby? Could Boston trade for Anthony Davis? Is James Harden the Peyton Manning of basketball? Are the Lakers really taking Lonzo? What should Chargers fans do? Why are dogs allowed on airplanes? Earl Woods vs. LaVar? Did karma injure Kawhi? Who is 2017's Jerome James? Was the Boogie trade good for the Kings? How tall is Dom? What's the opening scene of a Clippers 30 for 30? Where will CP3's Clips statue go? Is it OK for Pop to be mean? Is CT one of the greatest Boston athletes ever?

NBA Draft Lottery Reaction With Mark Titus (Ep. 214)

Listen to NBA Draft Lottery Reaction With Mark Titus (Ep. 214)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Mark Titus to break down last night's draft lottery (02:00), if Markelle Fultz is definitely going to be a Celtic (11:30), what Lonzo Ball's draft declaration says about him (15:00), players who could be the second pick (28:00), and Malik Monk's stock (31:00). Then Titus shares stories about growing up with Gordon Hayward (36:00) and playing on the first team that Brad Stevens ever coached (38:00).

Wizards Postmortem, the Conference Finals, and the NBA Draft Lottery With Joe House (Ep. 213)

Listen to Wizards Postmortem, the Conference Finals, and the NBA Draft Lottery With Joe House (Ep. 213)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss Game 7 of Celtics-Wizards (02:00), John Wall's performance in the series (07:00), who Scott Brooks trusted (15:00), a rested LeBron in the Eastern Conference finals (30:00), James Harden and the regular-season MVP vote (34:00), the Western Conference finals without Kawhi Leonard (41:00), and Tuesday night's fascinating NBA draft lottery (49:30).

Aziz Ansari on 'Master of None,' Hosting 'SNL,' and Kanye Studio Session Stories (Ep. 212)

Listen to Aziz Ansari on 'Master of None,' Hosting 'SNL,' and Kanye Studio Session Stories (Ep. 212)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Emmy Award–winning comedian Aziz Ansari to discuss shooting the second season of 'Master of None' in Italy (5:00), taking intense Italian lessons (15:00), directing modern Woody Allen moments (24:00), improvising scenes in auditions (29:30), hosting 'SNL' for the first time (33:00), stand-up at the Comedy Cellar (38:00), living outside the internet outrage cycle (43:00), working with Lorne Michaels (48:00), the untimely passing of Harris Wittels (53:45), shooting the 'Otis' video with Kanye and Jay Z (1:04:00), listening to Kanye albums before their release (1:08:00), Kanye and Jay's humorous side (1:12:00), the first time meeting Dave Chappelle (1:19:00), and the 'Girls' series finale internet controversy (1:25:00).

Adam Carolla on 'Fast' 7/8, 'Cobra,' + 'Cast Away' (Ep. 211)

Listen to Adam Carolla on 'Fast' 7/8, 'Cobra,' + 'Cast Away' (Ep. 211)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons celebrates 10 years of podcasting by bringing on 'B.S. Report' Hall of Famer Adam Carolla to discuss Sylvester Stallone's 1980s cop thriller 'Cobra' (9:00), the best '80s montages (14:00), the lifestyle of liking "bad movies" (28:00), Tom Hanks in 'Cast Away' (33:00), hanging out with Helen Hunt (39:00), the start of the 'Fast' franchise (44:00), the plot holes in 'Furious 7' (49:00), Vin Diesel's global lifestyle (1:02:00), Charlize Theron in 'Fate of the Furious' (1:11:00), and the perfect plot for the ninth 'Fast' movie (1:17:00).

The New Era of Sports Media and the End of 'The Sports Reporters' (Ep. 210)

Listen to The New Era of Sports Media and the End of 'The Sports Reporters' (Ep. 210)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay and Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis to discuss the end of ESPN's 'The Sports Reporters' (5:00), LaVar Ball's impact on Lonzo Ball's draft stock (15:00), ESPN's priorities in today's media landscape (24:00), ESPN's attachment to live sports (34:00), the future of ESPN2 (39:00), Adrian Wojnarowski's rivalry with ESPN (48:00), the ESPN news ticker (55:00), the value of good writing in any medium (1:02:00), and parting shots on The Players' Tribune (1:07:00).

Michael Rapaport on NBA Awards, the Knicks, 'True Romance,' and Being Banned From ESPN (Ep. 209)

Listen to Michael Rapaport on NBA Awards, the Knicks, 'True Romance,' and Being Banned From ESPN (Ep. 209)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Michael Rapaport to discuss the uninspiring NBA playoffs (5:00), the upcoming 'NBA Awards' show (11:00), Kelly Olynyk's man bun (17:00), Phil Jackson's problems in New York (26:00), overhyping 'Hamilton' (33:30), Chris Paul's overrated status (38:00), Ty Lue complaining (41:00), reporter questions for Popovich and Belichick (44:00), LeBron's ability to avoid injury (49:00), A-Rod's stickman status (52:00), beefing with Dan Le Batard (1:02:00), and shooting 'True Romance' scenes with Christian Slater (1:13:00).

'South Park,' Competing With 'SNL,' and the Future of Comedy With Matt Stone and Trey Parker

Listen to 'South Park,' Competing With 'SNL,' and the Future of Comedy With Matt Stone and Trey ParkerHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by 'South Park' cocreators Matt Stone and Trey Parker to discuss writing the show during the 2016 election (6:00), their show's similarities with 'SNL' (13:00), the NYT's 'Ghostbusters' review (19:00), the difference between humor and trolling (28:00), Bill Hader's increased involvement with the show (35:00), streaming 'South Park' (43:00), having creative free rein (47:00), the rivalry between Butters and Cartman (51:00), the sheer amount of powerful companies in the tech industry (55:00), beefing with Sean Penn (1:01:00), their desire to do another movie (1:06:00), and what's next on Season 21 of 'South Park.'

Clippers Postmortem, Wiz-Celts, and Round 2 Intrigue With Joe House (Ep. 207)

Listen to Clippers Postmortem, Wiz-Celts, and Round 2 Intrigue With Joe House (Ep. 207)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons welcomes longtime friend of the show Joe House to discuss the CP3 era in L.A. (5:00), sign-and-trade options for Blake Griffin (18:00), reasons to reassemble the Clippers' core (21:00), Stockton-CP3 comparisons (29:00), Wizards-Celtics (32:00), Ian Mahinmi's struggles (38:00), Al Horford’s impact (44:00), the odds of a Warriors sweep (48:00), Gordon Hayward's free agency (52:00), Raptors-Cavs (58:00), Harden's sloppiness (1:04:00), Aldridge's future with the Spurs (1:08:00), and series predictions (1:12:00).

NBA Predictions and NFL Draft Takes With Kevin O'Connor and Mike Lombardi (Ep. 206)

Listen to NBA Predictions and NFL Draft Takes With Kevin O'Connor and Mike Lombardi (Ep. 206)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O'Connor to break down the somewhat-uneventful first round of the NBA playoffs (01:00), Game 6 for Chris Paul (05:30), Golden State's chance at sweeping the playoffs (11:30), what's wrong with James Harden (15:30), a must-win game for the Celtics against the Bulls (22:00), and the Raptors eliminating the Bucks (30:00). Then, Mike Lombardi joins the show to talk about Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears (41:00), the Panthers taking Christian McCaffrey (57:30), the Texans taking Deshaun Watson (60:00), and Al Davis's eating schedule (1:11:30).

NFL Draft, NBA Playoffs, Boxing + Oakland With Cousin Sal and Andre Ward (Ep. 205)

Listen to NFL Draft, NBA Playoffs, Boxing + Oakland With Cousin Sal and Andre Ward (Ep. 205)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons welcomes back Cousin Sal to discuss potential NFL draft prop bets (4:00), the backup QB conundrum (10:00), the Pats' sneaky-good picks (16:00), a potential Jimmy G draft-day trade (19:30), the Warriors' 16-0 potential (28:00), Edmonton's Stanley Cup odds (32:55), and betting on the writers' strike (36:00). Then, two-weight world champion boxer Andre Ward joins (40:10) to discuss his Olympic gold medal in Athens (45:00), 12 rounds vs. 15 rounds (51:00), fighting Sergey Kovalev (58:00), contemplating retirement in 2014 (1:04:00), the rematch with Kovalev (1:14:00), the best Bay Area athletes (1:17:00), his favorite legendary fights (1:21:00), and the Raiders' exit from Oakland (1:25:00).

Round 1 Playoffs With Haralabos Voulgaris (Ep. 204)

Listen to Round 1 Playoffs With Haralabos Voulgaris (Ep. 204)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by old NBA buddy Haralabos Voulgaris to discuss Kawhi's MVP case (5:00), the importance of durability (10:00), Isaiah Thomas's improved play (14:00), James Harden's defense (20:00), Shane Battier's advanced stats (27:00), LeBron's injury luck (34:00), Blake Griffin's power forward style (40:00), the Warriors' "disease of more" (45:00), the Bucks-Raptors toss-up series (48:00), Joe Ingles on the Clippers (55:00), Giannis's rise (1:04:00), the '01 Lakers' dominance (1:13:00), and the return of Austin Rivers (1:17:00).

NBA Playoff Mailbag and Charlamagne tha God (Ep. 203)

Listen to NBA Playoff Mailbag and Charlamagne tha God (Ep. 203)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons discusses the top NBA playoff story lines, including Rondo's injury (4:00), CP3's future plans (11:00), Steven Adams's disappearing act (14:00), the Jazz's struggles (19:30), Spurs-Grizz (23:30), Raptors-Bucks (27:00), and Round 1 playoff predictions (28:20). Then, 'The Breakfast Club' cohost Charlamagne tha God joins (35:50) to give his thoughts on Charles Barkley (40:00), the power of Black Twitter (44:00), the cultural influence of 'The Breakfast Club' (52:00), Nelly's fighting skills (56:00), confronting Kanye (1:00:00), Jay Z's dominance (1:09:00), Nas's impact (1:14:00), ways to fix ESPN (1:20:00), Serena's pregnancy (1:30:30), and who owns the belt in hip-hop (1:38:00).

Desus and Mero on Yankees–Red Sox, Protesting the Knicks, and NBA Playoffs (Ep. 202)

Listen to Desus and Mero on Yankees–Red Sox, Protesting the Knicks, and NBA Playoffs (Ep. 202)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Viceland stars Desus and Mero to discuss NBA fashion (5:00), making waves on the internet (12:00), the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry (16:00), the plight of Knicks fandom (24:00), Phil Jackson vs. Melo (30:00), Blake Griffin's Kia commercials (36:00), Jordan's gambling (42:00), 1990s NBA fights (47:00), LeBron's brand (53:00), La La and Melo's split (56:00), Chappelle's return (1:02:00), Denzel's one-name status (1:06), and Eddie Murphy's comedic reign (1:10:00).

Playoff Check-in, Celts-Bulls Chaos, and Knicks Paranoia (Ep. 201)

Listen to Playoff Check-in, Celts-Bulls Chaos, and Knicks Paranoia (Ep. 201)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ringer staff writers Robert Mays and Jason Concepcion to discuss Bulls-Celtics (5:00), Rondo's playoff run (11:00), Fred Hoiberg out-coaching Brad Stevens (18:00), Jimmy Butler trade myths (22:00), a possible Porzingis trade to the Celtics (26:00), Phil Jackson's many missteps (32:00), Danny Ainge's master plan (35:00), James Dolan's youth (42:00), Draymond Green's blocks (45:00), picking Phil Jackson or Melo (48:00), and Vin Diesel's impact on the 'Fast' series (50:00). Then, Tate Frazier joins to run through the main story lines throughout the playoffs thus far (54:00).

Kurt Russell on His Career, Robin Williams's Humor, and Hanging with Val Kilmer (Ep. 200)

Listen to Kurt Russell on His Career, Robin Williams's Humor, and Hanging with Val Kilmer (Ep. 200)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kurt Russell to discuss the origin of Mr. Nobody in the 'Fast & Furious' franchise (5:00), the alternate universe where he (and not Kevin Costner) played Crash Davis (16:00), the big chance to play Elvis on ABC (23:00), Snake Plissken's motivations in 'Escape From New York' (29:00), shooting 'Silkwood' with Meryl Streep and Cher (36:00), meeting Goldie Hawn (41:00), experiencing tabloid culture as a celebrity couple (48:00), Robin Williams's incessant joke-telling (53:00), working with Sly Stallone (58:00), Val Kilmer's on-set antics (1:04:00), bringing Herb Brooks to life in 'Miracle' (1:10:00), and his love of wine (1:16:00).

The MVP Winner With Joe House and the History of the 'Fast & Furious' With Neal Moritz (Ep. 199)

Listen to The MVP Winner With Joe House and the History of the 'Fast & Furious' With Neal Moritz (Ep. 199)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to definitively determine who deserves the NBA's highest honor (5:00), redraft the supporting casts of the Rockets and Thunder (8:00), and decide the "winner" of each NBA season since 2000 (13:00). Then, film producer Neal Moritz joins (28:15) to discuss the origin story of Vin Diesel's "Dom Toretto" (32:00), his bias against CGI shots (42:00), Paul Walker's untimely death (48:00), the Rock's intro to the franchise (54:00), the new trilogy of 'Fast' films (59:30), the biggest flaw in each 'Fast' film (1:06:00), producing 'Cruel Intentions' (1:17:00), working with Tupac on 'Juice' (1:20:00), and the best signs for box-office success (1:28:00).

April Mega-Mailbag (Ep. 198)

Listen to April Mega-Mailbag (Ep. 198)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons answers a slew of mailbag questions from readers and listeners on the value/history of triple doubles and why Wilt never went for them (5:30), Bill's waffling on his MVP pick (10:45), lessons from Admiral/Olajuwon + MJ/Malone (19:00), Tony Romo's TV career (26:00), Jokic vs. Nurkic nickname ideas (35:00), Sergio Garcia's Masters win (42:00), Curry's 2016 MVP vs the 2017 candidates (48:00), the power of the TNT Bulls (53:00), Carmelo's future + a big 3-way trade prediction (57:00) and the winner of 2007's no. 1 NBA pick (1:04:00).

All-NBA/MVP Tester Ballot With Joe House (Ep. 197)

Listen to All-NBA/MVP Tester Ballot With Joe House (Ep. 197)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the Cavs taking the East crown (6:00), Toronto's newfound toughness (11:00), John Wall's unmatched speed (16:00), Rob Hennigan's scouting whiteboard (22:00), the great MVP debate (32:00), the second-best Spur (40:00), Popovich's coach-of-the-year candidacy (47:00), All-NBA selections (54:00), Draymond vs. Gobert (59:00), Isaiah Thomas's second-team spot (1:04:00), Karl-Anthony Towns's spectacular season (1:11:00), and Boogie's next destination (1:18:00).

Sports Announcers, Pain Killers, Goodell, and ESPN With Bryan Curtis and Sally Jenkins (Ep. 196)

Listen to Sports Announcers, Pain Killers, Goodell, and ESPN With Bryan Curtis and Sally Jenkins (Ep. 196)HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Bryan Curtis discuss the art of sports broadcasting (2:00). Then, Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post joins them to talk about Roger Goodell and the NFL’s credibility problem (28:45), the painkillers epidemic in sports (35:00), Pat Summitt (43:45), and the current state of ESPN (58:00).

Kevin Durant on His Injury, Return to OKC, and the JaVale-Shaq Beef (Ep. 195)

Listen to Kevin Durant on His Injury, Return to OKC, and the JaVale-Shaq Beef (Ep. 195)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on NBA All-Star Kevin Durant to discuss his near season-ending injury (4:00), the decision to embrace being the enemy in OKC (15:00), the amount of talent in today's NBA (24:00), Russell Westbrook's and James Harden's MVP cases (30:00), ways to fix the All-Star Game (38:00), Scott Brooks's redemption in D.C. (46:00), the loaded 2017 draft class (56:00), and Shaq vs. JaVale McGee (1:04:00). Then they address James Worthy's harsh reality (1:11:00), Durant's college recruiting process (1:22:00), and the timetable for his return to the court (1:26:00).

Steve Nash on Lost Titles, Modern Point Guards, and Soccer Superstars (Ep. 194)

Listen to Steve Nash on Lost Titles, Modern Point Guards, and Soccer Superstars (Ep. 194)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by two-time MVP Steve Nash to discuss his best chance to win a title (6:00), the specialization of basketball (13:00), the modern point guard (17:00), playing with Kidd and KJ in Phoenix (24:00), players resting in the NBA (32:00), the NBA vs. Premier League schedules (39:00), Dirk's longevity (48:00), working with the Warriors (56:00), and the greatest soccer players in the world (1:10:00).

Chuck Klosterman on NBA MVP, Kobe's 'Musecage,' and March Madness (Ep. 193)

Listen to Chuck Klosterman on NBA MVP, Kobe's 'Musecage,' and March Madness (Ep. 193)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on author Chuck Klosterman to discuss Kobe's storytelling in 'Musecage' (5:00), the Westbrook-Harden MVP race (15:00), Oklahoma City's talent disparity (22:00), the obsession with the triple-double (28:00), Devin Booker's 70-point outing (32:00), Carmelo's legacy (48:00), Gonzaga's mid-major dominance (1:00:00), the Final Four (1:12:00), and Kentucky's perfected recruiting pitch (1:16:00).

Madness, NBA, Trump, and MLB With Kevin O'Connor and JackO (Ep. 192)

Listen to Madness, NBA, Trump, and MLB With Kevin O'Connor and JackO (Ep. 192)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O'Connor to discuss the top-five draft picks in UK-UCLA (6:00), Lonzo Ball's NBA fit (13:00), the top-eight draft picks as of right now (23:00), the Clippers' losing ways (33:00), the NBA Sweet 16 model (40:00), Gordon Hayward's free agency (46:00), and the Nets' improved play (50:00). Then, JackO joins to discuss Trump's Time interview (54:00), the future of the Republican Party (1:01:00), and the Yankees' many prospects (1:05:00).

Larry Wilmore on the Lakers, Stand-up Comedy, and Political Discourse (Ep. 191)

Listen to Larry Wilmore on the Lakers, Stand-up Comedy, and Political Discourse (Ep. 191)HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on comedian Larry Wilmore, the cocreator of 'Insecure,' to discuss the 2017 Lakers drama (5:00), Kobe's prime (14:00), LaVar Ball's brashness (23:00), competitive balance in the NBA (33:00), Dave Chappelle's new stand-up (45:00), Richard Pryor's honesty (54:00), the multiverse political scenario (1:02:00), the success of 'Black-ish' (1:10:00), and the biggest fear in Trump's America (1:15:00).

Ep. 190: Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'Blue Chips' With Mark Titus and Chris Ryan

Listen to Ep. 190: Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'Blue Chips' With Mark Titus and Chris RyanHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Mark Titus and Chris Ryan to induct 'Blue Chips' into the Sports Movie Hall of Fame. Topics include: the most ridiculous moments (5:00), Nick Nolte's intense coaching style (14:00), Bob Knight's mystique (19:00), point-shaving scare tactics (23:00), Shaq's final college game (30:00), the player cameos (35:00), rebooting 'Blue Chips' (42:00), post-retirement Larry Bird (47:00), and the best college basketball movies (53:00).

Ep. 189: Steve Ballmer on Owning an NBA Franchise

Listen to Ep. 189: Steve Ballmer on Owning an NBA FranchiseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer to discuss technology's impact of viewing habits (6:00), the Clippers' need for a championship (12:00), the potential of a new Clippers arena (24:30), the Seattle expansion for the NBA (35:00), the NBA boardroom (42:00), understanding the salary cap (54:00), the future of this Clippers core (1:02:00), and the Microsoft scouting report (1:12:00).

Ep. 188: March Madness Extravaganza With Mark Titus, Cousin Sal, and Kevin O'Connor

Listen to Ep. 188: March Madness Extravaganza With Mark Titus, Cousin Sal, and Kevin O'ConnorHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on The Ringer's Mark Titus to discuss Evan Turner's ideal skill set (5:00), LeBron on a mid-major (8:00), Cousin Sal's best bet for the title (16:00), the best rivalry in college hoops (23:00), and Villanova's chance to repeat (28:00). Then, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor join to give his thoughts on the top NBA prospects in March (37:00), Jayson Tatum vs. Josh Jackson (46:00), Rick Pitino's regrets (53:00), and the need for Gus Johnson (1:03:00).

Ep. 187: Zach Lowe on the NBA's Wild, Wild West

Listen to Ep. 187: Zach Lowe on the NBA's Wild, Wild WestHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on former Grantland teammate Zach Lowe to discuss the Warriors' losing ways (6:00), the only teams to go three years without 20 losses (15:00), Durant on the Warriors (19:00), Jazz-Clippers (25:00), whether this is the last year for Doc Rivers (34:00), whether the Jazz are for real (40:00), All-NBA picks (48:00), are the Spurs smoke and mirrors? (55:00), James Harden's passing ability (1:02:00), and Croatian basketball power rankings (1:10:00).

Ep. 186: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Kevin Clark, and JackO

Listen to Ep. 186: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Kevin Clark, and JackOHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi and Kevin Clark to discuss NFL free agency, Deshaun Watson's draft fit (7:00), Mike Glennon in Chicago (11:00), the Patriots signing Stephon Gilmore (19:00), Brandin Cooks rumors (26:00), the Romo-coaster (34:00), and which L.A. football team will be the worst (40:00). Then, JackO joins to give his thoughts on Trump's presidency (48:00), Mike Francesa's reunion with Mad Dog (1:04:00), 'SNL' so far this season (1:08:00), and building a women's basketball dynasty at Holy Cross (1:11:00).

Ep. 185: Westbrook and the Wizards With Joe House and Hockey Star P.K. Subban

Listen to Ep. 185: Westbrook and the Wizards With Joe House and Hockey Star P.K. SubbanHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the Wizards' impressive season so far (6:00), the Bradley Beal–Ray Allen comparison (11:00), the best free-agency acquisitions (23:00), Russell Westbrook's ball hogging ways (32:00), OKC's best-case scenario (39:00), and Westbrook chasing stats vs. wins (46:00). Then, NHL All-Star P.K. Subban joins to give his thoughts on the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry (57:00), his ability to be the NHL commissioner (1:05:00), hockey's concussion protocol (1:20:00), and Connor McDavid's skill set (1:25:00).

Ep. 184: Isaiah Thomas and 'John Wick 2' With Shea Serrano

Listen to Ep. 184: Isaiah Thomas and 'John Wick 2' With Shea SerranoHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas to discuss his recent success (02:00), dealing with larger players' physicality (05:00), the polarizing Marcus Smart (14:00), his favorite NBA teams (16:30), the best players from Washington state (19:00), All-Star Weekend (25:30), meeting Tom Brady (29:00), Floyd Mayweather's fandom (32:00), Iverson comparisons (38:00), and the Celtics' title chances (46:00). Then, Ringer writer Shea Serrano joins to give his thoughts on 'John Wick: Chapter 2' (57:00), who owns the action hero championship belt (1:12:00), and Keanu Reeves's next chapter (1:17:00).

Ep. 183: Luke Walton

Listen to Ep. 183: Luke WaltonHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton to discuss growing up in the Boston Garden (2:00), his father's reaction to Luke's getting a head coaching job with the Lakers (10:00), his rookie season with teammates Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton (12:30), the chemistry of last year's Golden State Warriors (16:30), working with Magic Johnson (40:00), what he learned from Phil Jackson (52:00), and his 20-year, friendly rivalry with Richard Jefferson (59:00).

Ep. 182: Reliving the Oscars With Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 182: Reliving the Oscars With Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons ventures over to 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' to discuss the Oscars Best Picture mix-up (5:00), Ryan Gosling laughing (13:00), Cousin Sal's bad beats (16:00), Jimmy's near-death experience during rehearsal (25:00), behind-the-scenes Oscars insight (33:00), Jimmy's next hosting gig (44:00), and Jimmy's favorite fast food items (52:00).

Ep 181: The Oscars Disaster Recap With Wesley Morris and Sean Fennessey

Listen to Ep 181: The Oscars Disaster Recap With Wesley Morris and Sean FennesseyHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris and Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey to discuss the Best Picture fiasco (6:00), Casey Affleck's win (13:00), 'La La Land' losing (19:00), the Oscars voting process (24:00), and the 'Sully' snub (31:00). Then, they talk about 'Moonlight' moments (37:00), the 2012 Oscars (45:00), Netflix's model vs. traditional movies (54:00), and the best movies of 2017 so far (1:02:00).

Ep. 180: Friday Rollin' Trade Deadline Recap With Joe House, Chris Ryan, and Kevin O'Connor

Listen to Ep. 180: Friday Rollin' Trade Deadline Recap With Joe House, Chris Ryan, and Kevin O'ConnorHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House, Chris Ryan, and Kevin O'Connor to discuss Boogie's impact on the Pelicans (8:00), Brandon Ingram's potential (12:00), Paul George vs. Jimmy Butler (18:00), GMs using the trade machine (28:00), the Nerlens Noel trade (34:00), Jrue Holiday's value (44:00), the top players in the 2017 draft (54:00), P.J. Tucker's impact on the Raptors (1:05:00), Finals scenarios (1:09:00), and Andrew Bogut's next destination (1:14:00).

Ep. 179: The Battle for Tech Supremacy With Ben Thompson

Listen to Ep. 179: The Battle for Tech Supremacy With Ben ThompsonHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Stratechery founder Ben Thompson to discuss the Apple–LeBron James comparison (6:00), Netflix's dominance (14:00), Hulu's handicap (21:00), Twitter's lack of evolution (27:00), Facebook and Google's advertising strategy (37:00), Slack's upside (43:00), and the perks of living in Taiwan (52:00).

Ep. 178: Dealing With the Trade Deadline With J.J. Redick

Listen to Ep. 178: Dealing With the Trade Deadline With J.J. RedickHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Clippers guard J.J. Redick to discuss Doc Rivers's offense in L.A. (6:00), the 2009 Finals (14:00), is this the last dance for the Clippers? (19:00), the 3-point revolution (28:00), Bradley Beal's skill set (34:00), the UNC-Duke rivalry (39:00), Magic Johnson taking over the Lakers (48:00), the best non-Warriors team (55:00), ways to beat the Warriors (1:02:00), and the best unicorns in the NBA (1:08:00).

Ep. 177: Malcolm Gladwell

Listen to Ep. 177: Malcolm GladwellHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Malcolm Gladwell to discuss Dwight Howard's and Carmelo Anthony's main problem (6:00), the 3-point evolution (13:00), Jim Dolan's rich-son complex (24:00), Seattle SuperSonics–expansion-team scenarios (34:00), basketball in the center of culture (42:00), 'Battle of the Network Stars' (54:00), the need for candid athletes (1:03:00), Magic Johnson's new job (1:07:00), and the staleness of tennis (1:14:00).

Ep. 176: NBA Trade Talk With Kevin Clark and Sean Grande

Listen to Ep. 176: NBA Trade Talk With Kevin Clark and Sean GrandeHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Ringer staff writer Kevin Clark to discuss the trade of Serge Ibaka (5:00), Rob Hennigan's coaching hires (10:00), the only Magic players worth keeping (15:00), and Bill Belichick's draft-day trades (21:00). Then, Sean Grande, the voice of the Boston Celtics, joins to discuss potential Celtics deals (26:00), Isaiah Thomas's miraculous fourth quarters (31:30), Iverson vs. Isaiah (38:00), how playing style has changed in the NBA (45:00), Marcus Smart's value (53:00), Jaylen Brown's rookie season (57:00), and Andre the Giant at MSG (1:00:00).

Ep. 175: Brian Koppelman and David Shoemaker

Listen to Ep. 175: Brian Koppelman and David ShoemakerHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on 'Billions' creator Brian Koppelman to discuss Jim Dolan's Fredo complex (5:00), Phil Jackson's influence on the Knicks (14:00), the greatest moment in Knicks history (20:00), Season 2 of 'Billions' (28:00), and the potential of a 'Rounders' sequel (38:00). Then, The Ringer's David Shoemaker joins to discuss the Andre the Giant documentary announcement (50:00) and preview 'WrestleMania 33' (1:02:00).

Ep. 174: Kevin Durant

Listen to Ep. 174: Kevin DurantHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Warriors forward Kevin Durant to discuss his favorite thing about his new team (6:00), LeBron-Barkley beef (12:00), James Harden's leap (19:00), Durant's rivalry with LeBron (29:00), and what Thunder teammate he misses the most (38:00). Then, Roc Nation Sports agent Rich Kleiman joins to talk the 2012 Finals (54:00), "Waiters Island" (61:00), and his most comparable player (68:00).

Ep. 173: Steve Kerr

Listen to Ep. 173: Steve KerrHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to discuss the "supervillains" narrative (5:00), back problems in 2015 (8:00), Pat Riley's "disease of more" after championship runs (11:30), Steph Curry's magic (15:00), and John Stockton's dirtiness (18:00). They also tackle Luke Walton's impact on the Warriors (23:00), Durant-Curry growing pains (27:00), chasing 73 wins last season (33:00), the dysfunctional "Jail Blazers" (40:00), and social awareness in the NBA (43:00). Last, they address the Michael Jordan–Tom Brady comparison (51:00), the Chargers leaving San Diego (56:00), and the Warriors' move to San Francisco (59:00).

Ep. 172: Emergency Super Bowl Pod With Mike Lombardi, Cousin Sal, and Bill's Dad

Listen to Ep. 172: Emergency Super Bowl Pod With Mike Lombardi, Cousin Sal, and Bill's DadHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Mike Lombardi to break down the Patriots' incredible comeback and pinpoint where the momentum shifted (01:50). Then, Cousin Sal calls in to discuss how some outrageous prop bets paid off (27:55). Finally, Bill calls his dad to describe just how important this victory is to Boston (59:50).

Ep. 171: Friday Rollin' With Bryan Curtis and Mike Lombardi

Listen to Ep. 171: Friday Rollin' With Bryan Curtis and Mike LombardiHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis to discuss the emotional roller coaster of re-watching Super Bowls (6:00), Chris Berman's farewell (14:00), the end of the highlight era (21:00), Bill's first time meeting Berman (28:00), Berman's ESPN documentary (34:00), NFL Network's relationship with Berman (40:00), and the "stick to sports" audience in the current political climate (52:00). Then, Mike Lombardi hops on to give his final Super Bowl prediction (1:07:00), explain why the Falcons defense doesn't pose new problems for Brady (1:14:00), and the Falcons' "Nobody believes in us" card (1:20:00).

Ep. 170: Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'White Men Can't Jump'

Listen to Ep. 170: Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'White Men Can't Jump'HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan and Rembert Browne to discuss ‘White Men Can’t Jump,’ the fourth inductee into the Sports Movie Hall of Fame. They cover Woody Harrelson’s hustling tactics (6:00), Wesley Snipes’s height (11:00), Rosie Perez’s polarizing character (17:00), the essence of pickup basketball (26:00), Woody’s fashion (30:00), Wesley Snipes’s career trajectory (37:00), the black actor championship belt (44:00), 'New Jack City' power rankings (48:00), and the premise of the remake (52:00).

Ep. 169: Super Bowl LI Prop Bets With Cousin Sal and Mike Lombardi

Listen to Ep. 169: Super Bowl LI Prop Bets With Cousin Sal and Mike LombardiHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal and Mike Lombardi to discuss all things prop bets for Super Bowl LI. Topics include: high-scoring teams' historical Super Bowl record (6:00), the origin of the "Matty Ice" nickname (12:00), Gatorade colors (15:00), Belichick's kickoff deferrals (21:00), first TD scored (27:00), Desmond Trufant's injury (34:00), Matt Ryan's passing yardage (38:00), Julio Jones's breakout potential (44:00), John Lynch's hiring (49:00), Tony Romo's likely release (54:00), the MVP race (57:00), and the Gary Russell prop bet of the year (68:00).

Ep. 168: Carmelo Trades and Falcons-Pats w/ Joe House + Rembert Browne

Listen to Ep. 168: Carmelo Trades and Falcons-Pats w/ Joe House + Rembert BrowneHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the Bulls meltdown (5:00), Bill's six best made-up Carmelo trades to the Clippers and Cavs (15:00), and Melo's sneaky-best dark horse destination (32:00). Then, former Grantlander Rembert Browne joins to discuss the greatest sports moments in Atlanta history (35:00), the goodwill of Gucci Mane's release (46:00), Matty Ice in the Super Bowl (50:00), Pats-Falcons fanbases (54:00), and Super Bowl predictions (1:02:00).

Ep. 167: Bill Burr

Listen to Ep. 167: Bill BurrHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by comedian and fellow Bostonian Bill Burr to discuss the joys of parenthood (6:00), Wayne Gretzky's interview style (11:00), the "Big Bad Bruins" (15:00), NBA rivalries (20:00), the Mount Rushmore of TV actors (25:00), Lakers fans claiming Minneapolis titles (33:00), the Belichick-Brady era (37:00), Michael Jackson's impact on the Pats' ownership (45:00), PED usage in sports (49:00), Super Bowl LI (54:00), and Derek Jeter's majesty (1:02:00).

Ep. 166: Cousin Sal and Wesley Morris

Listen to Ep. 166: Cousin Sal and Wesley MorrisHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls on Cousin Sal to discuss the Pats-Falcons Super Bowl matchup (5:00), the disappointing NFL playoffs (13:00), whether Tom Brady is the best QB ever (18:00), Tony Romo's trade value (20:20), the Pats' continuity (25:00), Matt Ryan's MVP candidacy (28:00), the Super Bowl LI line (30:00), and Kansas-Kentucky this weekend (33:00). Then, Wesley Morris of The New York Times joins to discuss his Oscar nominations (40:25), the Best Picture buzz surrounding 'Deadpool' (53:50), Tom Ford's directorial taste (58:00), the category fallacies (1:01:00), O.J.'s best movie bid (1:05:00), subplots of the Oscars (1:14:00), and whether weird movies are on the way (1:17:00).

Ep. 165: Seth Meyers and Michael Schur

Listen to Ep. 165: Seth Meyers and Michael SchurHBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ‘Late Night’ host Seth Meyers and ‘Good Place’ creator Michael Schur to discuss this weekend's AFC championship game between the Patriots and Steelers (3:00), the baseball Hall of Fame and MVP award debates (33:48), and working with Lorne Michaels on 'SNL' (42:20).

Ep. 164: Mike Lombardi and Sarah Tiana

Listen to Ep. 164: Mike Lombardi and Sarah TianaHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi to discuss Antonio Brown's locker-room video (6:00), Will Fuller's inopportune drops (10:00), the Chiefs' defensive miscues (13:00), Le'Veon Bell vs. Bill Belichick (16:00), Falcons-Packers (21:00), Steelers-Pats (28:00), and Jimmy Garoppolo's trade value (30:00). Then, comedian Sarah Tiana joins to discuss her Falcons fandom (36:00), Arthur Blank's mustache (41:00), problems with 'The Bachelor' (44:00), and betting on 'Roast Battle' (52:00).

Ep. 163: Conference Championship Lines With Cousin Sal and 'Patriots Day' With Peter Berg

Listen to Ep. 163: Conference Championship Lines With Cousin Sal and 'Patriots Day' With Peter BergHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the Cowboys' devastating loss (5:00), the other Round 2 games (10:00), Denzel's Oscars odds (24:00), Packers-Falcons (29:00), Steelers-Pats (33:00), and Superfly Jimmy Snuka's passing (36:00). Then, director Peter Berg talks about 'Patriots Day' (46:00), Garry Shandling (65:00), and whether 'Friday Night Lights' will ever return (76:00).

Ep. 162: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi and Jeff Ross

Listen to Ep. 162: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi and Jeff RossHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on FS1's Mike Lombardi to discuss the NFL playoff divisional-round matchups (6:00) and designate a corresponding character from 'The Wire' for each remaining team. Then, comedian Jeff Ross joins to discuss 'Roast Battle' (33:00), his relationship with Ralphie May (38:00), Jamie Foxx's roast-hosting skills (46:00), the best roast joke of his career (58:00), Pete Davidson’s 9/11 jokes (66:00), beefing with Robert De Niro (71:00), seeing Trump on the golf course (76:00), and brainstorming his next comedy special (84:00).

Ep. 161: NFL Divisional-Round Lines With Cousin Sal and Joe Buck

Listen to Ep. 161: NFL Divisional-Round Lines With Cousin Sal and Joe BuckHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the not-so-wild NFL wild-card weekend (6:00), Aaron Rodgers's ridiculous Hail Mary streak (8:00), Matt Moore's concussion protocol (15:00), Big Ben's bad throws (21:00), the divisional-round lines (27:00), Pats-Texans (32:00), Steelers-Chiefs (37:00), and Alabama-Clemson national title picks (44:00). Then Fox's Joe Buck joins to give his thoughts on calling Packers-Giants (52:00), fandom in the TV booth (58:00), the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry (1:06:00), Jerry Jones's impressive work with the Cowboys (1:15:00), and the best possible Super Bowl matchup (1:20:00).

Ep. 160: Friday Rollin' Wild-Card Weekend With Mike Lombardi, Mallory Rubin, and Joe House

Listen to Ep. 160: Friday Rollin' Wild-Card Weekend With Mike Lombardi, Mallory Rubin, and Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by FS1's Mike Lombardi to discuss Brock Osweiler vs. Connor Cook (5:00), Atlanta's occasionally great offense (14:00), Eli Manning's mistakes (18:00), cold-weather cough-ups (21:00), Dolphins-Steelers (25:00), and Matt Moore's starting QB potential (30:00). Then, The Ringer's Mallory Rubin joins to offer up her thoughts on why announcers call Roethlisberger by his first name (37:00), Terrell Davis in the Hall of Fame (43:00), QB cluster theories in the draft (49:00), and Alabama vs. Clemson (53:00). Finally, House hops on the line to explain why Washington sports teams continue to suffer (1:01:00) and to discuss Kyle Korver to the Cavs (1:04:00), Eric Gordon's All-Star-caliber play with Houston (1:08:00), the increased talent level in the NBA (1:10:00), and ending the NFL stink streak of 2016 (1:15:00).

Ep. 159: NFL Wild-Card Weekend Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 159: NFL Wild-Card Weekend Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Week 17 (1:22), the NFL MVP odds (9:43), who should be coach of the year (15:35), and the new coaching vacancies (17:22).They also cover this weekend's playoff matchups: Texans-Raiders (26:45), Lions-Seahawks (34:09), Dolphins-Steelers (40:15), and Giants-Packers (49:00).

Ep. 158: Friday Rollin' With Joe House

Listen to Ep. 158: Friday Rollin' With Joe HouseThe Ringer's Bill Simmons and Joe House discuss George Karl's controversial new NBA book (and the anecdotes that surprised Bill the most when he read it) (2:35). Then they rattle off their NBA power rankings for December (33:50), measure Cleveland against Golden State (1:10:50), and pick Week 17's big Lions-Packers game (1:10:18).

Ep. 157: Week 17 Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 157: Week 17 Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Cowboys-Lions and Dez Byant’s catch of the year (2:00), Derek Carr’s broken leg and the AFC West (8:00), who should be the MVP (24:00), the firing of the Ryan brothers (35:00), Cowboys-Eagles (45:00), the Raiders’ chances with Matt McGloin (55:00), and their Super Bowl predictions (59:00).

Ep. 156: Holiday NFL/NBA + Basketball Unicorns With Joe House

Listen to Ep. 156: Holiday NFL/NBA + Basketball Unicorns With Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the best bets for NFL Week 16, Matt Barkley's friskiness (17:00), the best NBA Christmas Day games (24:00), LeBron's extended playing time (28:00), potential Nuggets trade options (32:00), Blake Griffin's injury history (36:00), NBA unicorns throughout history (47:00), Shaq and Wilt Chamberlain (1:02:00), Kareem's sky hook (1:05:00), George Gervin's finger roll (1:08:00), and the best college basketball class in decades (1:12:00).

Ep. 155: Week 16 Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 155: Week 16 Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Pats-Giants trilogy potential (5:00), Broncos offense vs. Broncos defense (10:00), Macho Man Tommy Savage (17:00), the Pats' favorable schedule (23:00), the cold-weather home team theory (35:00), Titans-Jags (40:00), the derailed Vikings defense (45:00), Chip Kelly's work habits (51:00), and football on Christmas Day (55:00).

Ep. 154: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, and Mallory Rubin

Listen to Ep. 154: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, and Mallory RubinHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons leans on FS1's Mike Lombardi to discuss another rout of the Rams (6:00), Bengals-Steelers (10:00), Tom Brady's offensive balance (17:00), the Chiefs' need for turnovers (23:00), and Cowboys-Bucs (26:00). Then, Joe House joins to honor the late, great NBA reporter Craig Sager (33:00), offer up the best NFL picks for Week 15 (42:00), and discuss Chris Berman's betting record (45:00). Finally, The Ringer's Mallory Rubin hops on to give the definitive food delivery app breakdown (1:02:00) and explain why 'Star Wars' continues to be such a cultural phenomenon (1:06:00).

Ep. 153: Gucci Mane

Listen to Ep. 153: Gucci ManeHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane to discuss his three-year incarceration and 2016 release (5:00), his humble beginnings in Alabama (8:00), what is unique about Atlanta's music scene (15:00), Atlanta's club culture (20:00), his goal of owning the "East Atlanta Hawks" (27:00), collaborating with Malcolm Gladwell (34:00), and Thanksgiving with Falcons receiver Julio Jones (39:00).

Ep. 152: Week 15 Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 152: Week 15 Lines With Cousin SalBill Simmons and Cousin Sal discuss Dallas’s lackluster performance (1:20) and wonder if Tony Romo would have done better (5:04). They also review the remaining weeks of the schedule and the emerging playoff picture (8:30), debate penalty revisions (26:35), and talk Odell Beckham Jr. (28:05), Deflategate Part 2 (32:09), fantasy football (40:15), and this year's Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (53:55).

Ep. 151: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House and Bill's Dad

Listen to Ep. 151: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House and Bill's DadHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi to gush over their favorite scenes from 'Goodfellas' (6:00) and designate a character for each NFL contender (10:00). Then, Joe House joins (29:00) to discuss watching Kristaps Porzingis in person (33:00), the Boogie trade bandwagon (39:00), the Warriors' unselfish playing style (43:00), the failing Wizards (46:00), and the best bets for Week 14 (50:45). Finally, Bill's dad calls in to discuss the Chris Sale trade (1:00:00) and the panic meter for Pats-Ravens (1:10:00).

Ep. 150: Andy Cohen

Listen to Ep. 150: Andy CohenHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Bravo's Andy Cohen to discuss the rise of reality TV (6:00), 'Desperate Housewives' vs. 'Real Housewives' (10:00), the casting process of 'Real Housewives' (15:00), the potential of 'Real Housewives: All-Stars' (20:00), the tag "America's gay best friend" (27:00), Bill's reality show pitch: 'Malibu Little League' (32:00), idolizing Howard Stern's radio model (37:00), the craziest matchups on 'Watch What Happens: Live' (43:00), the Brangelina split (47:00), and escapism after the election (50:00).

Ep. 149: Week 14 Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 149: Week 14 Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal directly after ‘Sunday Night Football’ to discuss Cam Newton's dress code violation (5:00), Khalil Mack's monstrous season (10:00), Mike Nugent's PAT misses (14:00), Andy Reid out-coaching his opponents (17:00), firing Rob Ryan (24:00), Raiders-Chiefs (27:00), Carson Wentz's downfall (33:00), Jeff Fisher's extension (39:00), Broncos-Titans (44:00), Dolphins-Cardinals (48:00), potential Week 14 upsets (54:00), the history of Seahawks-Packers (58:00), Cowboys-Giants (1:01:00), and the post-Gronk Pats (1:04:00).

Ep. 148: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, Robert Mays, and Danny Kelly

Listen to Ep. 148: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, Robert Mays, and Danny KellyHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on FS1's Mike Lombardi to somberly discuss Gronk's season-ending injury and where the Patriots go from here (6:00). Joe House hops on the line to talk Tiger's return (20:00) and give out the best three bets for Week 13 (27:00). Then Ringer NFL writers Robert Mays and Danny Kelly join to discuss NFL futures and the best-case scenario for playoff matchups (41:00).

Ep. 147: NBA Power Rankings With Kevin O'Connor

Listen to Ep. 147: NBA Power Rankings With Kevin O'ConnorHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Ringer NBA writer Kevin O'Connor to properly rank all 30 teams in the league, discuss the Mavs' tanking strategy (6:00), the Brandon Knight issue with the Suns (12:00), if the Timberwolves should tank (16:00), the struggling Magic (20:00), Justise Winslow vs. Stanley Johnson (25:00), Luke Walton's baby Lakers (29:00), teams to watch at the trade deadline (37:00), Boston and Boogie (44:00), the not-so-great Pacers (52:00), the Hawks with Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder (1:02:00), pseudo contenders like the Celtics (1:05:00), Rockets and Raptors, and Warriors vs. Cavs: The Trilogy (1:12:00).

Ep. 146: Week 13 Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 146: Week 13 Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the aftermath of the Thanksgiving Day games (6:00), Gary Kubiak's decision to kick instead of take the tie (10:00), AFC West odds (14:00), Bruce Arians's sloppy Cardinals (22:00), Dak Prescott's MVP credentials (27:00), Andrew Luck's return (31:00), Matt Barkley's series of unfortunate touchdown drops (36:00), Michigan–Ohio State (42:00), is Jared Goff good? (46:00), Derek Carr's pinkie (54:00), the Panthers’ playoff hopes (1:02:00), and the best holiday entertainment this Thanksgiving (1:04:00).

Ep. 145: Week 12 Lines With Cousin Sal and Thanksgiving Day Best Bets With Joe House

Listen to Ep. 145: Week 12 Lines With Cousin Sal and Thanksgiving Day Best Bets With Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Sal's 0-3 Week 11 Vegas trip (5:00), the Chiefs’ surprising stumble (11:00), the Dolphins’ chances of getting to 10 wins (15:00), Dak's MVP candidacy (17:00), the reason behind Thanksgiving games (24:00), Vikings-Lions (27:00), Kirk Cousins's Flacco contract (30:00), the Bills’ upcoming schedule (34:00), Giants-Browns as the worst game of the weekend (38:00), Jeff Fisher's mediocrity (41:00), Trump claiming Brady's innocence (46:00), Chiefs-Broncos (51:00), Andrew Ward's decision over Kovalev (53:00), and Goldberg's quick bout with Brock Lesnar (56:00). Then, House calls in to hand out the best Thanksgiving Day gambling plays (1:01:00).

Ep. 144: 'Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, and Bryan Curtis

Listen to Ep. 144: 'Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, and Bryan CurtisHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on FS1's Mike Lombardi to discuss the Pats' lackluster D-line (6:00), ways for the Titans to win the AFC South (10:00), Doug Pederson vs. Adam Gase (15:00), Raiders-Texans in Mexico (23:00), and Ben McAdoo's many Post-it notes (27:00). Then, Joe House joins (33:20) to give the best NFL picks for the weekend and to discuss the best burger joints in L.A. (40:00). Finally, The Ringer's Bryan Curtis comes on to give insight into covering the 2016 election (48:00), the Cowboys' return to prominence (58:00), and Tony Romo's locker room rapport in Dallas (1:10:00).

Ep. 143: Squashing the Beef With Cris Collinsworth and NOLA Sports With Micah Peters

Listen to Ep. 143: Squashing the Beef With Cris Collinsworth and NOLA Sports With Micah PetersHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on NBC's Cris Collinsworth to squash their social media beef and discuss TV critiques (4:00), Al Michaels's new TV schedule (11:00), Green Bay's struggles (16:30), calling two NFL games in one week (21:00), and Collinsworth’s worst NFL loss (27:00). Then, The Ringer's Micah Peters joins to discuss U.S. soccer prodigy Christian Pulisic (35:00), Micah’s beloved Saints stealing the NFC South (46:00), Pelicans star Anthony Davis (52:00), and the highlights of FX's 'Atlanta' (59:00).

Ep. 142: Week 11 Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 142: Week 11 Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons leans on old pal Cousin Sal to discuss the Cowboys offensive line as MVP (5:00), the Seahawks' physicality (12:00), the L.A. football experiment (20:00), Pats-Seahawks rivalry potential (24:00), the Panthers packing their bags (29:00), Bills-Bengals (33:00), Colin Kaepernick's vote (40:00), Titans-Colts (47:00), the reprehensibly bad Packers (50:00), Tim Tebow's magic in Denver (1:02:00), and a word from the president of the Tony Romo fan club (1:08:00).

Ep. 141: Mike Lombardi, Joe House and JackO

Listen to Ep. 141: Mike Lombardi, Joe House and JackOBill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi to discuss New England's defense against Russell Wilson (2:50) and which NFL teams are contenders or pretenders (9:25). Then Joe House joins to pick NFL games for the Callaway par-3 (27:00), debate a hypothetical John Wall trade to the Nuggets (36:40), and speculate on Klay Thompson's early shooting struggles (42:10). After that, JackO breaks down a wild election and wonders about the future of both parties (49:00).

Ep. 140: Week 10 NFL Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 140: Week 10 NFL Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Matthew Stafford's comeback (6:00), who's going to win the NFC North (10:00), Melvin Gordon's redemption (14:00), the NFL's top records against the spread (18:00), Zeke Elliott's entertaining running style (25:00), Drew Brees's MVP potential (31:00), how bad Jared Goff is (39:00), Mike McCarthy's play-calling (48:00), Jeff Fisher vs. Jack Del Rio (52:00), and Seahawks-Pats on 'Sunday Night Football' (55:00).

Ep. 139: JackO on World Series, Kevin O'Connor on NBA, and House's Week 9 NFL Picks

Listen to Ep. 139: JackO on World Series, Kevin O'Connor on NBA, and House's Week 9 NFL PicksBill Simmons and JackO break down the greatest baseball game of all time (Game 7 of the World Series) (2:30). Then The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor joins the show to talk about early NBA season surprises (31:40). Plus, Joe House gives his Week 9 NFL picks and things to watch in tonight's Thunder-Warriors game (58:00).

Ep. 138: Week 9 Lines With Cousin Sal and Jamie Collins Counsel With Mike Lombardi

Listen to Ep. 138: Week 9 Lines With Cousin Sal and Jamie Collins Counsel With Mike LombardiHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss who's more cursed in the World Series, the Raiders' ridiculous road record (10:00), Dak Prescott vs. Tony Romo (17:00), and the top-tier teams in the league (20:00). Then, Mike Lombardi hops on the line to break down the Jamie Collins trade and Bill Belichick's message behind it (23:00). Finally, Bill and Sal run the gamut and give out their picks for Week 9 (34:00).

Ep. 137: 'Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Robert Mays, and Joe House

Listen to Ep. 137: 'Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Robert Mays, and Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Mike Lombardi to discuss Gus Bradley's coaching future (4:00), the Panthers' comeback potential (8:00), the Vikings' O-line issues (14:00), reasons to trust Matthew Stafford (18:00), the ailing Bills (21:00), and the Chargers' playoff potential (24:00). Then, The Ringer's Robert Mays, a Cubs fanatic, joins to give firsthand World Series thoughts from Chicago (28:00). Finally, Joe House hops on to discuss if the Warriors should panic (52:00), LeBron's desire for the MVP (1:09:00), and Joel Embiid's ceiling (1:14:00).

Ep. 136: Week 8 Lines, NBA Futures, and World Series Predictions With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 136: Week 8 Lines, NBA Futures, and World Series Predictions With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the fall of football (3:00), adding entertainers to the TV booth (8:00), Tom Brady's MVP odds (13:00), 'Sunday Night Football' vs. the World Series (17:30), Blake Bortles's road record (22:00), the lowest NFL spreads ever (25:00), the problem with the PAT (28:00), the four worst teams in the league (31:00), the out-of-sync offenses (38:00), the NFC East vs. the AFC West (45:40), Dan Quinn's questionable call (50:30), Warriors vs. the field championship odds (56:50), LeBron's MVP campaign (59:00), the Cubs' curse (1:03:30), and the Indians' best hope with Andrew Miller (1:05:00).

Ep. 135: NBA Over/Under With Joe House and Week 7 NFL With Mike Lombardi

Listen to Ep. 135: NBA Over/Under With Joe House and Week 7 NFL With Mike LombardiHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on football aficionado Mike Lombardi to discuss Green Bay's talent pool problem (6:00), the not-so-bad Bills (14:00), Carson Palmer's struggles (19:00), the Jags' potential statement win (22:00), and the revamped 76ers (26:00). Then, Joe House joins for the annual NBA preseason tradition of picking over/unders (30:00). Topics include: Howard vs. Horford on the Hawks (34:00), the Celtics' improved spacing (39:00), LeBron's MVP mission (46:00), PG-13 and the sneaky-good Pacers (51:05), Delly on the Bucks (57:00), MSG and Brandon Jennings (1:00:00), John Wall vs. Brad Beal (1:04:00), the Nuggets’ League Pass potential (1:07:00), the Warriors' 16 potential losses (1:09:00), Thibs and the T-Wolves’ turnaround (1:20:00), the Jazz's crunch-time problem (1:24:00), and the many chips on Russell Westbrook's shoulders (1:28:00).

Ep. 134: Week 7 Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 134: Week 7 Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss Tony Romo's looming return (6:00), the Falcons no-call (12:00), Cam Newton's early celebration (18:00), "What's Wrong With Aaron Rodgers?" Week (22:00), the up-and-down Lions (29:00), the shaky Bengals (34:00), Andrew Luck's midseason motto (36:00), the Bills' bounceback (44:00), Dan Quinn's demeanor (49:00), Mike McCarthy's odds to be the first coach fired (56:00), and the consistency of the Rams (58:00).

Ep. 133: 'Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi and Joe House

Listen to Ep. 133: 'Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi and Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on noted Falcons nonbeliever Mike Lombardi to discuss the Bengals' lack of physicality (10:00), the Cowboys' two-down offensive dominance (16:30), Ben McAdoo's mismanagement (23:00), and Buffalo's limited talent level (30:30). Then, Joe House joins to give his top NFL picks for Week 6 (35:30) and offer up a primer on the NBA over-unders in the Western Conference (50:00).

Ep. 132: Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin Sal on Week 6

Listen to Ep. 132: Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin Sal on Week 6HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal call up Jimmy Kimmel to talk about Dak Prescott vs. Tony Romo, the comedy gold Donald Trump has brought late-night TV, and their live event benefiting the Scholars at Risk program at Harvard University (2:00). Then, Bill and Sal go over the Week 6 lines (30:00) and the Boston Red Sox’s chances in the MLB playoffs (59:00).

Ep. 131: 'Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi and Joe House

Listen to Ep. 131: 'Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi and Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on front office guru Mike Lombardi to discuss the stable Vikings (5:00), the hopeless Colts (10:00), Carson Palmer reverting to his mean (13:00), the most talented underachieving teams (23:00), and course-correcting the Sixers' process (31:00). Then, Joe House jumps on the line to help make his top-3 picks for Week 5 (39:00), discuss the NBA MVP odds loopholes (49:30), and run through the over-unders and expectations in the Eastern Conference (55:00).

Ep. 130: Week 5 lines with Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 130: Week 5 lines with Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' wonder if the Falcons are a contender and if Carolina and Arizona are in trouble (4:00). Then, they guess Week 5 lines (17:30), come up with the week's best teaser, and mull over some 2016 MLB playoff bets (43:30).

Ep. 129: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, and JackO

Listen to Ep. 129: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, and JackOHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls Mike Lombardi to talk about what Carolina needs to fix against Atlanta, Josh Gordon's release from the Browns, and more (2:30). Then Joe House joins the show to discuss his picks for Week 4 of the NFL season and what we should be watching for in the Ryder Cup (32:30). Finally, JackO gives his thoughts on David Ortiz retiring and shares how he felt after the first presidential debate (47:30).

Ep. 128: Week 4 NFL Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 128: Week 4 NFL Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to guess the lines for Week 4. Topics include: Carson Wentz's big week (5:00), Vin Scully's farewell (8:30), the struggling Bengals (17:00), Matthew Stafford's garbage-time magnificence (24:00), Tom Brady's vacation (28:00), the top-tier teams (36:00), Mike Mularkey's coaching record (41:41), Chargers-Saints (49:30), the stout Minnesota defense (56:00), and Ryder Cup best bets (1:01:00).

Ep. 127: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, and Chris Vernon

Listen to Ep. 127: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi, Joe House, and Chris VernonHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on NFL insider Mike Lombardi to discuss Pats-Texans, Brock Osweiler's sustainability (5:00), the top four teams heading into Week 3 (8:00), Green Bay's predictable matchup offense (14:00), Kirk Cousins as a one-year wonder (19:00), the Jets' durability (25:00), and the Pats' 16-0 potential (29:00). Then, Joe House joins (33:30) to offer up his three best NFL bets, break down why the Warriors over-under is so high (48:00), and discuss KD's slighted stance (54:00). Finally, The Ringer's Chris Vernon hops on the line (1:02:30) to give a preview of his podcast plan for the college football and NBA seasons and give out his best bets for the weekend.

Ep. 126: Week 3 NFL Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 126: Week 3 NFL Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal to discuss the Emmys aftermath, Mike McCarthy's 'first coach fired' potential (8:00), Pats-Texans (16:00), Wentz's impressive start (20:00), AP's injury (31:00), trading Gus Bradley for Rex Ryan (38:15), Broncos-Bengals (45:40), conditions at the Coliseum (55:45), Jay Cutler's love life (1:02:00), and reasons to trust the Steelers (1:05:00).

Ep. 125: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi and Joe House

Listen to Ep. 125: Friday Rollin' With Mike Lombardi and Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons celebrates the triumphant return of Mike Lombardi to the pod by discussing Bill Belichick's "born to run" mentality (6:00), the Colts' double-digit deficits (12:00), the Cardinals' sloppiness (17:00), Ryan Tannehill vs. Blake Bortles (20:40), whispers about the Bills and Rex Ryan (25:00), and Tampa Bay's sleeper status (33:00), and then the two rehash the Pats' AFC championship game loss. Then, Joe House joins (37:00) to offer up his three best bets for Week 2 and discuss the decent Cowboys (44:00), Matthew Stafford's engagement level without Megatron (50:00), a healthy Jadeveon Clowney (58:00), and Matt Ryan's trade value (1:02:00).

Ep. 124: Week 2 NFL Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 124: Week 2 NFL Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal on the 'Any Given Wednesday' set to discuss Week 2 NFL matchups, Al Michaels's double shift (13:00), Bill's Giants-Pats Super Bowl prediction (21:00), RG3's injury bug (28:00), the irrelevant Falcons (36:00), Baby Doll's Emmy prediction (44:00), and Sal's first week on Facebook (52:00).

Ep. 123: 'Friday Rollin' With Joe House, Rembert Browne, and Bill's Dad

Listen to Ep. 123: 'Friday Rollin' With Joe House, Rembert Browne, and Bill's DadHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the Broncos-Panthers season opener (10:00), Cam Newton's durability (15:00), and the three best picks for the Sunday NFL slate (20:00). Then, New York magazine writer-at-large Rembert Browne joins to give his thoughts on Donald Glover's 'Atlanta' (30:30) and the tortured history of Atlanta sports (55:00). Finally, Bill's dad joins (1:04:45) to give his final preseason thoughts on the Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo, and the pulse of the Boston sports scene.

Ep. 122: Week 1 NFL Lines With Cousin Sal

Listen to Ep. 122: Week 1 NFL Lines With Cousin SalHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons returns with Cousin Sal to dish out the best bets for Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season. The duo discuss Jameis Winston's breakout in Year 2, the Chiefs' Super Bowl odds, Aaron Rodgers's return to form (19:00), the Browns with Robert Griffin III (31:00), Matt Ryan's elite status (37:00), Russell Wilson's MVP potential (41:00), Captain Gronkowski (51:00), Garoppolo's Pats (56:00), and the need for two Monday Night Football games (1:01:00).

Ep. 121: Tony Kornheiser

Listen to Ep. 121: Tony KornheiserHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks to Tony Kornheiser about the evolution of sportswriting (9:00), the Colin Kaepernick controversy (23:30), the mechanics of 15 years of 'PTI' (50:00), and 'The Night Of' (1:03:00).

Ep. 120: 2016 NFL Lines With Cousin Sal and Joe House

Listen to Ep. 120: 2016 NFL Lines With Cousin Sal and Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Cousin Sal celebrate the 10-year anniversary of them guessing the NFL lines by bringing in Joe House to discuss the Patriots' 12-4 destiny, the Belichick-Hillary parlay of the decade (24:40), Brock Osweiler's hot hand in Houston (33:20), the putrid NFC East (43:50), and Russell Wilson's MVP potential (1:01:00), then wrap up with a roundup of odds and futures (1:05:00).

Ep. 119: Michael Rapaport

Listen to Ep. 119: Michael RapaportHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Michael Rapaport discuss the NBA's crazy summer, Belichick and Popovich (13:00), Dwight Howard and Boogie Cousins (16:15), KD and the Warriors (26:00), OKC and Westbrook (46:00), Mike's fantasy football obsession (53:30), Robert De Niro (1:02:30), more all-time consummate stickmen (1:12:00), and LeBron's spot in the NBA pantheon (1:17:45)

Ep. 118: Olympics With Malcolm Gladwell

Listen to Ep. 118: Olympics With Malcolm GladwellHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Malcolm Gladwell on ways to fix track and field (3:00), how sports doping has changed over the years (10:00), Michael Phelps’s status as one of the world’s biggest athletes (29:00), and what the NBA can learn from FIBA (41:00).

Ep. 117: James Andrew Miller

Listen to Ep. 117: James Andrew MillerHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on acclaimed author James Andrew Miller to discuss his new book, 'Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency'; Ari Emanuel and power struggles within agencies (23:00); the CAA connection to LeBron's 'Decision' special (36:00); the importance of live events in television (51:00); and the highs and lows of the John Skipper era (56:00).

Ep. 116: Team USA, A-Rod's Retirement, and 'Roast Battle'

Listen to Ep. 116: Team USA, A-Rod's Retirement, and 'Roast Battle'HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Chris Ryan to discuss Team USA basketball's struggles against Australia (12:00). Then, ‘AGW’ writers Joel Solomon and Travon Free join to give their final thoughts on A-Rod (32:25). Finally, 'Roast Battle' runner-up Sarah Tiana and ‘AGW’ writer Pat Barker discuss the artistry behind the roast (54:00) and Blake Griffin's comedic chops.

Ep. 115: Johnny Bananas

Listen to Ep. 115: Johnny BananasHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by six-time MTV 'Challenge' champion Johnny Bananas to discuss his decision to get revenge against Sarah (6:00), T.J. and the crew's reaction to his money grab (17:00), NBA comparisons to 'Challenge' stars (28:00), mastering the first-night toast (48:00), and Bananas's next challenge: his own show (1:04:00).

Ep. 114: MLB Trades, Boston Celtics, and PGA Championship With Joe House, Plus DNC Recap With JackO

Listen to Ep. 114: MLB Trades, Boston Celtics, and PGA Championship With Joe House, Plus DNC Recap With JackOHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and 'ShackHouse' cohost Joe House talk MLB trade deadline (3:00), Westbrook's big decision (5:00), and whether the PGA Championship needs an identity change (19:00). Then, Bill's longtime buddy JackO weighs in on the DNC (40:00) and whether the Yankees should fold for 2016 (58:00).

Ep. 113: Cousin Sal, Deep Dives With Brendan Lynch, and RNC Wrap-up With JackO

Listen to Ep. 113: Cousin Sal, Deep Dives With Brendan Lynch, and RNC Wrap-up With JackOHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Cousin Sal for an emergency summer bet proposal to curse Donald Trump's presidential chances. Then 'Any Given Wednesday' writer Brendan Lynch joins (27:05) for another edition of his internet deep dives. Finally, Bill's buddy JackO gives his final thoughts on the Republican National Convention (52:00), breaks down Trump's tirade, and predicts Hillary vs. Trump debate scenarios.

Ep. 112: 'Any Given Wednesday' Bonus Material

Listen to Ep. 112: 'Any Given Wednesday' Bonus MaterialThis bonus 'Bill Simmons Podcast' includes extra material from the first four episodes of 'Any Given Wednesday,' including interviews with Charles Barkley (2:15), Ben Affleck (15:30), Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Cuban (24:00), Bill Hader (36:45), Joe Rogan (41:00), Anthony Anderson and Chris Bosh (49:30), and Aaron Rodgers (56:30).

Ep. 111: Republican National Convention Day 1 With JackO

Listen to Ep. 111: Republican National Convention Day 1 With JackOHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls up his buddy JackO for an emergency quickie bonus podcast to discuss Day 1 of the Republican National Convention, how Donald Trump wound up a presidential candidate, and what to make of Melania Trump's speech.

Ep. 110: The End of Deflategate With Bill's Dad and Summer Movies With Wesley Morris

Listen to Ep. 110: The End of Deflategate With Bill's Dad and Summer Movies With Wesley MorrisHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on his dad to discuss Tom Brady bailing on Deflategate (6:00) and the current feelings in Boston on the Red Sox's recent trade for Drew Pomeranz and on Celtics draft pick Jaylen Brown's inability to finish around the basket. Then, 'New York Times' critic at large Wesley Morris talks pitfalls of the summer movie scene (26:00), the relevance of 'Good Times' today (35:00), Blake Lively's shallow character in 'The Shallows' (52:00), and how to deal with the tragedies poisoning our times (1:02:00).

Ep. 109: NBA Free-Agency Reaction Pod With Joe House

Listen to Ep. 109: NBA Free-Agency Reaction Pod With Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on longtime pal Joe House to discuss Dwyane Wade's decision to sign with the Bulls, star players ending careers with different teams (17:00), the battle for Al Horford (22:00), the Knicks' plan for the future (32:00), OKC's new look and next move (40:00), debunking Kevin Durant's "weakness" (48:00), 'The Decision' vs. KD's self-determination (57:00), and House's impending eat-off against Danny Chau (1:06:00).

Ep. 108: Friday Rollin' NBA Free-Agency Edition

Listen to Ep. 108: Friday Rollin' NBA Free-Agency EditionHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss the first official day of NBA free agency, Durant's window with Golden State (10:00), Curry's "superstar" durability (24:00), Dwight's next destination (32:00), the most tortured NBA franchises (40:00), Miami's ability to avoid disaster (50:00), the Celtics' FA scenarios (56:00), and the Thon Maker age conspiracy (1:01:00).

Ep. 107: Friday Rollin' NBA Draft Wrap-up With Joe House, and Kevin Clark on Orlando

Listen to Ep. 107: Friday Rollin' NBA Draft Wrap-up With Joe House, and Kevin Clark on OrlandoHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons welcomes Joe House to break down the 2016 NBA draft, OKC's Oladipo theft (8:00), Thon Maker to the Bucks (19:00), the Celtics and Jaylen Brown (24:00), the Knicks' uncanny knack (34:00), and the NBA Finals and LeBron passing Larry Bird (45:00). Then, Orlando native and Ringer staff writer Kevin Clark joins (52:00) to discuss the Magic's bizarre move. They conclude by discussing Orlando’s response to its tragic mass shooting.

Ep. 106: Jimmy Butler

Listen to Ep. 106: Jimmy ButlerHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on two-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA All-Defensive team honoree Jimmy Butler to discuss being a late-blooming draft steal, Tom Thibodeau's raw deal with the Bulls (15:00), guarding LeBron vs. guarding Steph (22:00), the importance of the 3-pointer (29:00), his personal beefs (35:00), dispelling trade rumors (46:00), and playing for Team USA in Rio (52:00).

Ep. 105: NBA Finals and Internet Deep Dives With Joel Solomon, Brendan Lynch and Pat Barker

Listen to Ep. 105: NBA Finals and Internet Deep Dives With Joel Solomon, Brendan Lynch and Pat BarkerHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on 3 'Any Given Wednesday' writers to discuss Stephen Curry's Finals no-show (so far), Kevin Love's trade value (16:00), 2016 Team USA options (28:00), J.R. technical foul goading strategies for Draymond (37:00) and Brendan's fetish for bizarre internet deep dives (52:00).

Ep. 104: Malcolm Gladwell

Listen to Ep. 104: Malcolm GladwellHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell to discuss Rick Barry's free throw mechanics, GSW's reinvention of the wheel (14:00), expanding the pool of NBA stars (23:00), Kevin Durant's next destination (30:00), Steph Curry's brand and cheap contract (35:00), Muhammad Ali's era and surviving the 1960s (43:00), LeBron James's ridiculous training regimen (1:01:00), and the Carmelo Anthony-Kevin Love trade potential (1:04:00).

Ep. 103: Friday Rollin' With Joe House

Listen to Ep. 103: Friday Rollin' With Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on longtime buddy Joe House to talk about Bill's trip to Oakland for Game 5, the ceiling of OKC-GSW, the meaning of 73-9 if Golden State loses, the Russell Westbrook-Stephen Curry battle, Kevin Durant's steady rise up the pyramid, and Bill's bold Game 6 prediction.

Ep. 102: NBA Conference Finals With Haralabos Voulgaris

Listen to Ep. 102: NBA Conference Finals With Haralabos VoulgarisHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and one of the world's most prolific NBA bettors, Haralabos Voulgaris, on OKC-GSW, OKC's dominance on the boards (18:00), Golden State's possible adjustments (25:00), Steven Adams vs. James Harden (34:00), LeBron's durability and rim protector role (44:00), Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves (49:00), and Joe Lacob's braggadocious profile backfiring.

Ep. 101: Charity: Water's Scott Harrison

Listen to Ep. 101: Charity: Water's Scott HarrisonHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons with charity: water's founder, Scott Harrison, on his foundation's goal of solving the global water crisis.

Ep. 100: Joe House and JackO

Listen to Ep. 100: Joe House and JackOHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Joe House celebrate Episode 100 by discussing last night's Thunder-Warriors game, the NBA salary cap and contract extensions (18:00), and the NBA draft lottery (25:00). Then, JackO joins to talk Trump and the Yankees (35:00), and House closes with thoughts on D.C. sports (56:00).

Ep. 99: OKC-GSW With Travon Free

Listen to Ep. 99: OKC-GSW With Travon FreeHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons welcomes comedian and 'Any Given Wednesday' writer Travon Free to break down the Thunder's athletic advantage, Westbrook's alpha-dog mentality (14:00), the Spurs’ championship runs (17:00), playing high school basketball with Tyson Chandler (21:00), Curry's clean image (28:00), Steven Adams's bruiser status (32:00), losing to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament while playing for Long Beach State (40:00), Westbrook vs. Curry (51:00), LeBron's subtweets (55:00), and predictions for the NBA Finals (59:00).

Ep. 98: Craig Kilborn

Listen to Ep. 98: Craig KilbornCraig Kilborn talks about his lifelong love of basketball and the Timberwolves, as well as his time at ESPN, Comedy Central and CBS.

Ep. 97: Restaurateur David Chang

Listen to Ep. 97: Restaurateur David ChangHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on world-renowned chef David Chang to discuss the beginning of Noodle Bar, Momofuku's move to D.C. (12:00), "selective competitiveness" with critics (18:00), the Redskins’ and Clippers’ tragic flaws (26:00), the Pats' professionalism (31:00), hanging with John McEnroe (33:00), the best chef-inspired films (40:00), Five Guys vs. In-N-Out Burger (50:00), Chang's golf aspirations (1:05:00), and his greatest sports moment: Linsanity (1:10:00).

Ep. 96: Michael Rapaport

Listen to Ep. 96: Michael RapaportHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Michael Rapaport to discuss Harvey Keitel's 'Cop Land' advice, the Knicks and David Blatt (13:00), Prince's "stickman" credentials (17:00), MJ's fashion sense (25:00), LeBron's teammate potential (31:00), Cavs-GSW (40:00), Dwight Howard's next stop (46:00), Dr. J's legacy (50:00), Matt Dillon's longevity (1:03:00), and 'Rocky' revisited (1:06:00).

Ep. 95: Billionaire Investor Chris Sacca

Listen to Ep. 95: Billionaire Investor Chris SaccaHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by billionaire investor and ‘Shark Tank’ star Chris Sacca to discuss Google's profit ceiling (8:00), Twitter's lack of innovation (20:00), YouTube vs. Google Videos (28:00), the genesis of Uber (38:00), the e-sports revolution or lack thereof (46:00), Snapchat's success (1:01:00), Mark Cuban and 'Shark Tank' (1:11:00), and the future of live video at sporting events (1:16:00).

Ep. 94: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele

Listen to Ep. 94: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan PeeleHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele about their new film, 'Keanu'; writing comedy sketches (20:00); the state of edgy improv (37:00); and impersonating President Obama (53:00).

Ep. 93: Chuck Klosterman, Wesley Morris, and Joe House

Listen to Ep. 93: Chuck Klosterman, Wesley Morris, and Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks to Chuck Klosterman about Prince as one of the most prolific musicians of his era, and they revisit the film 'Purple Rain.' Wesley Morris comes on to share his memories of the artist, and ponders what other musicians we’ll mourn when they die (36:00). Plus, Joe House calls in to talk about the NBA playoffs (55:00).

Ep. 92: Louis C.K.

Listen to Ep. 92: Louis C.K.HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons chats with comedian Louis C.K. about owning his own show ('Horace and Pete'), battling the stigma of "being broke" (18:00), internet headline culture (28:00), the creative decisions behind 'Horace and Pete' (35:00), the 'Golden Globes' with Jessica Lange (45:00), Garry Shandling's silent impact (52:00), the economy of outrage (1:02:00), and the future of his FX hit, 'Louie' (1:10:00).

Ep. 91: Haralabos Voulgaris and Katie Baker

Listen to Ep. 91: Haralabos Voulgaris and Katie BakerHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons preps for the NBA playoffs with Haralabob, who calls in from an undisclosed location to discuss GSW's historic regular season, the Cavs’ upset potential (8:00), the Thunder's incompetence (15:00), OKC's crunch-time lineup (26:00), Kobe's 60-point finale (32:00), stopping GSW (37:00), a gentler Popovich (45:00), and sixth man Blake Griffin (50:00). Then, The Ringer's Katie Baker joins (57:45) to break down the NHL playoff picture.

Ep. 90: Draymond Green

Listen to Ep. 90: Draymond GreenHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons welcomes world-champion Warriors forward Draymond Green to discuss 73 wins, GSW's management of playing time (8:00), their "lucky" 2015 championship (12:00), Curry's added edge (16:00), the Game 7 loss to LAC (19:00), the proposed Klay Thompson–Kevin Love trade (28:00), Magic’s mentorship (38:30), Curry's confidence (41:00), and defying the Pats’ undefeated curse (44:00).

Ep. 89: All-NBA Ballot With Joe House

Listen to Ep. 89: All-NBA Ballot With Joe HouseHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons submits his All-NBA 2016 selections, with help from Joe House. Topics include: Karl-Anthony Towns's ROY campaign, Pop vs. Kerr (11:00), Draymond's DPOY credentials (15:00), C.J. McCollum's breakout season (20:00), Bill's All-NBA First Team (25:00), CP3 vs. Isiah Thomas (34:00), LeBron's season by the numbers (39:00), the Gervin-Curry scoring mark (45:00), Bill's All-NBA Second Team (49:00), Harden's drop-off (52:00), Bill's All-NBA Third Team (54:00), Curry's uncontested MVP candidacy (59:30), and an NHL playoff preview (1:03:00).

Ep. 88: Willie Geist and JackO

Listen to Ep. 88: Willie Geist and JackOHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons eulogizes “The Process,” then brings on NBC’s Willie Geist to discuss the 2008 election vs. the 2016 election (16:30), how Cruz's campaign seems rational compared to Trump’s (20:15), the lack of late-night political takedowns (27:00), Trump's cable-TV success (30:00), and Geist’s new show, 'Sunday Today With Willie Geist.' Then, JackO calls in to discuss the promise for the Pinstripes (39:00), UConn's dominance (48:00), Trump's difficulty in grabbing the nomination (51:30), and LeBron's bizarre run in Cleveland with the RNC ahead (58:00). Finally, Bill's son stops by to recap the highlights of ‘WrestleMania’ (1:06:00).

Ep. 87: Chuck Klosterman and David Shoemaker

Listen to Ep. 87: Chuck Klosterman and David ShoemakerHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons welcomes Chuck Klosterman to respond to Monday night's wild NCAA championship game, rank all-time Final Four moments (11:30), discuss the singularity of collegiate success (26:00), break down Celtics-GSW (30:00), go over the NYT’s Joe Lacob story (36:00), and have the pro-chance vs. pro-karma argument (42:00). Then, David Shoemaker joins to announce he's joining The Ringer and break down all things ‘WrestleMania’ (53:00).

Ep. 86: 'ShackHouse' Masters Preview and Tiger Talk With Bill Simmons

Listen to Ep. 86: 'ShackHouse' Masters Preview and Tiger Talk With Bill SimmonsHouse and Shackelford are joined by Bill Simmons to break down the state of Tiger Woods's career, favorable Masters odds (16:00), and Mickelson's moment in Augusta. Then, House and Shackelford list their "greenroom guys" to watch this week (31:00), map out the best prop bets (40:00), and wrap up with a Masters-inspired Speed Round.

Ep. 85: Diana Taurasi

Listen to Ep. 85: Diana TaurasiHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Diana Taurasi to discuss her WNBA return from Russia, UConn's dominance (6:00), the stupidity of lowering the rims (13:00), GSW's selflessness (16:30), playing pickup with Westbrook and Draymond (21:00), and the struggling Lakers and D'Angelo Russell (30:00). Then, The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman break down the Russell scandal (38:10), NBA coaches/players on the move (53:00), and the 2016 'Sources Say' MVPs (1:06:00).

Ep. 84: Keith Olbermann

Listen to Ep. 84: Keith OlbermannHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons welcomes Keith Olbermann to discuss "the never-ending state of stupidity" in politics, learning to compromise in America (19:30), the impact of social media on cable news (25:00), baseball’s future (32:30), Pedro's peak All-Star Game performance (42:40), how to fix 'SportsCenter' (54:15), and modern sports news (1:00:00).

Ep. 83: ‘The Media v. O.J. Simpson’ With Bryan Curtis

Listen to Ep. 83: ‘The Media v. O.J. Simpson’ With Bryan CurtisRinger editor-at-large Bryan Curtis hosts a feature podcast examining the media element of the Trial of the Century. Guests include HBO’s Jim Lampley, former New York Times TV writer Bill Carter, and ‘Inside Edition’ correspondent Jim Moret, who covered the trial for CNN.

Ep. 82: Joe House, Chris Ryan, and Andy Greenwald

Listen to Ep. 82: Joe House, Chris Ryan, and Andy GreenwaldHBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to wrap up the Elite Eight weekend, Buddy Hield's rise on draft boards (10:00), Ingram vs. Simmons (15:00), the NHL playoff picture (22:00), Connor McDavid's rookie season (27:00), and GSW's historic season (32:00). Then, Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald join to discuss the Smashing Pumpkins reunion (38:30), greatest 'SNL' performances (52:00), and 'Girls' (1:00:00).

Review

Binge Score 99
Writing Score 96
Narration Score 100
Ease of Access Score 96
Overall 97%

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