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Bill Simmons Ripped “Mike & Mike” A New Asshole, Likely Heading For Another Suspension

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I’ve made no secret about the fact that I’m a fan of Bill Simmons’ work, so take pretty much all of my “reporting” here with a grain of salt. Fresh off his three-week suspension for taking a shot at the king (Roger Goodell), Simmons is back and stirring up controversy already. In this scenario, however, Bill wasn’t exactly the instigator. Simmons went on Colin Cowherd’s radio show earlier today, and in the course of conversation, he made the point that LeBron hasn’t looked the same this season. He compared LeBron to Albert Pujols’ move to the Angels and commented on the drop-off in production we saw. He couched all of this by saying, “It’s really early to say this, so please, sports blogs and people, don’t throw this in my face.” Hell, he even called out Colin saying Dion Waiters should be traded as “one of the great jump-to-conclusion rants I’ve heard in recent ESPN history,” and clarified even further that you need at least 20 games played before you can begin to draw any useful conclusions about a team or a player.

Later, on “Mike & Mike,” Mike Golic decided he was not too happy about Simmons’ early judgment of LeBron.

Golic, of course, neglects to give any context whatsoever, and it seems odd to call out another ESPN personality on-air, especially by calling him a “headline grabber.” Isn’t that exactly what you’re doing, Golic? I found the whole thing laughable, especially given that Mike Golic knows jack shit about basketball.

Anyway, Simmons had some thoughts on the matter:

Now, even though I’m fully on Simmons’ side on this one, it does seem a bit thin-skinned to just go off on Twitter. It’s not that he’s wrong, it’s just not a good look. Smug eye-rolling is always a more superior reaction than shrill-toned ranting. Plus, let’s be honest, calling it “disgusting” is a bit hyperbolic, wouldn’t you say? Either way, I’m intrigued to see how all of this plays out. In the immortal words of Jalen Rose, “Don’t get fired, Bill.”

Although I think in this case, many of Bill’s readership would welcome a split with the hype factory/echo chamber that is ESPN.

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Sterling Cooper

Sterling Cooper is a contributing writer for Total Frat Move and Post Grad Problems. He has never understood why people like sand, and has been in a bitter ten year rivalry with Muggsy Bogues, for reasons neither of them choose to reveal.

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