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ESPN's NFL gambling expert is on fire again — here are Cousin Sal's picks for Week 12

Sal Iacono is a writer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and better known among sports fans as "Cousin Sal" on Bill Simmons' podcasts. He's also making a name for himself as ESPN's NFL gambling expert. After going 19-2-3 over the final eight weeks of the 2014 season, Sal has caught fire again. Show More Summary

We finally know what Bill Simmons has planned for HBO

Finally, we’re getting a clearer picture of just what Bill Simmons has planned for his new venture with HBO. It’s a little bit Grantland, a little bit “30 for 30,” a little bit of his highly popular podcasts. Deadline has the details, in a post announcing the hiring of Eric Weinberger as the head of […]

There is now a “Bill Simmons Media Group” and it has a big hire as its new president

First there was Bill Simmons’ “BSPN” podcast network. Now, there’s a Bill Simmons Media Group, and it’s made a big hire; NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger. Weinberger was one of the initial staffers at Fox Sports and a senior...Show More Summary

Bill Simmons makes first big hire for his new HBO show

Bill Simmons' huge media deal with HBO seems to be taking shape, and he now has a president to help him run the show. According to Lesley Goldberg of The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons has hired Eric Weinberger to be president of the Bill Simmons Media Group and producer of his HBO talk show. Show More Summary

NFL Network’s Eric Weinberger Tapped As President Of Bill Simmons Media Group

NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger is joining former ESPN and Grantland honcho Bill Simmons as President of the newly formed Bill Simmons Media Group. Weinberger will be one of the EPs of Simmons' upcoming HBO talk show.Show More Summary

Bill Simmons Taps Eric Weinberger to Oversee New Media Group

The NFL Network alum will serve as president of the company and exec produce Simmons' upcoming HBO talk show. read more

Wednesday assorted links

1. “King says the bear was calm, but the workers tranquilized him for safety reasons before carefully removing the can.” 2. Bill Simmons interviews Obama. 3. “Yet as forbidding as Europa’s surface may be, just a few kilometers below lies the largest ocean in the known Universe.” 4. Caplan reviews Garett Jones The Hive Mind, […]

ESPN's NFL gambling expert is on fire again — here are Cousin Sal's picks for Week 11

Sal Iacono is a writer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and better known among sports fans as "Cousin Sal" on Bill Simmons' podcasts. He's also making a name for himself as ESPN's NFL gambling expert. Iacono didn't lose a pick on his weekly "SportsCenter"...Show More Summary

If Barack Obama Were A Quarterback, Who Would He Be?

In an interview with Bill Simmons for GQ Magazine, President Obama said he feels like he’s “maybe [Aaron] Rodgers in the pocket, in the sense of you can’t be distracted by what’s around you, you’ve got to be looking downfield. And I think that’s a quality that I have—not getting flustered in what’s around me.” […]

Obama’s Favorite Conspiracy Theory

President Obama shared with Bill Simmons the most entertaining conspiracy theory that he’s ever read about himself. Said Obama: “That military exercises we were doing in Texas were designed to begin martial law so that I could usurp the Constitution [...]

Bill Simmons isn’t happy ESPN quoted a Bill Simmons GQ interview without mentioning Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons and ESPN—The Worldwide Leader in Places Bill Simmons used to Work—are at it again. Simmons recently interviewed Barack Obama for GQ, asking the leader of the free world a number of questions that led to very sports-specific answers. Show More Summary

Bill Simmons On Obama: ‘There’s a Serenity About Him That Disarms Just About Everyone’

Almost two years ago, in an interview with The New Yorker’s David Remnick, President Obama drew one of the worst sports-related analogies ever when he likened ISIS to a JV team. Last month, Obama sat for an interview with an actual sportswriter,...Show More Summary

ESPN President John Skipper tore his achilles; Murphy’s Law is in full effect

It hasn’t been a great year for ESPN President John Skipper.  He’s had to deal with the Bill Simmons melodrama, he shut down Grantland, has faced questions and skepticism about the launch of The Undefeated, and he was forced to layoff hundreds of employees. Show More Summary

Obama is amazed by Goodell’s compensation

The President of the United States makes $400,000 per year. Commissioner Roger Goodell makes a lot more than that. The current American president has noticed the disparity. Asked in a GQ interview by Bill Simmons whether Barack Obama would like to be the commissioner of football, baseball, or basketball, Obama said this: “Well, I’m best…

Of course Bill Simmons named his podcast network “BSPN”

Ever since he left ESPN, Bill Simmons has been needling Bristol at every turn… and we’ve been there to dutifully document each and every one.  Why?  Well, ever since Richard Deitsch and Darren Rovell shut down their Twitter feud, we’ve been searching for a purpose in life. Show More Summary

President Obama Talks Game of Thrones, Smoking Cigarettes in the White House

President Obama covers the new issue of GQ, and the interview (conducted by sportswriter and pop culture reference machine Bill Simmons) is a continuation of 44's ongoing lame duck tour of cool. After all, just because the media's focus...Show More Summary

President Barack Obama Covers GQ’s December 2015 Issue

President Barack Obama covers the December 2015 issue of GQ as one of the magazine’s Men of the Year. President Obama connects with HBO’s Bill Simmons for a White House interview. Asked about how he addressed Ferguson in a diplomatic...Show More Summary

The NFL, Roger Goodell and Domestic Violence: An Appeal For Change

Almost 13 minutes into the fifth episode of Bill Simmons’ brand new “Bill Simmons Podcast,” he sarcastically cheers, “It’s October, the month that the NFL cares about women! It’s great! Yeah! Put the pink on! ‘We care about women! It’s October!’ It’s so insulting. What a great league.” Simmons is referring to [...]

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