Monday, February 02, 2009
Just about every time there's a chat with Bill Simmons on ESPN.com these days, the Page 2 writer takes a pot shot or two at his employer. This time he accused the network of stealing his ideas, and not letting him go on any radio shows that aren't aired on ESPN Radio. Via ESPN....
Zo (Arlington, VA): So, you have started a new Hall of Fame: The Donovan McNabb Comedy Hall of Fame for athletes/entertainers who try to be funny in such an awkward manner that it is actually more creepy than anything. So, you have McNabb and Kobe. I would also throw in Superbowl Week with Kurt Warner as well. Who else joins the club?Kind of odd that both digs are still up too. I also think it's odd that ESPN won't let any of their personalities cross promote on other networks. Seems like a no-brainer, and they let them do interviews for newspapers, but maybe they think otherwise. It's amazing that Simmons hasn't been dropped or suspended yet, but I guess you can't get rid of your most popular Internet draw that easily.
SportsNation Bill Simmons: If you made a Mount Rushmore for it (I look forward to SportsCenter stealing this idea and not giving me credit or even emailing me to say they are doing it - thanks guys, it's great being on the same team with you!), I'd go with...
Kevin (Chappaqua, NY): Bill, with the Mike and the Maddog show no longer on the airways and the classic radio 1, 2 combo having gone their separate ways, What do you think there interactions will be at their first Super Bowl apart? I'm sure they will be fighting for guests, giving evil snickers and stares across radio row, while Mike sips on his Diet Coke and Dog fidgets uncontrollably in his chair. My question though is if you were asked to go on both shows and only had time for one, who you going with?
SportsNation Bill Simmons: I would go on Mike's show. There's a 85% chance that Dog has never read a single thing I've written. Mike and I have a love-hate relationship (mostly love) but at least he reads me... the last time I was on, they grabbed me on Media Row and I was sick... I want a second chance... sadly it can never happen because I am not allowed to go on non-ESPN shows ... even though the show that goes against Mike's (Michael Kay) has never asked me to come on. Yup, this is my company.
Chat with Bill Simmons (ESPN)