Simmons “Gone Fishin'”

Father Scott

To the shock of precisely no one, Bill Simmons posted on his ESPN site that he’s taking ten weeks off from the Worldwide Leader to finish up his second book, the subject of which is unknown. Here’s the official statement, as it appears on his site:

Quick announcement from Bill: ESPN was gracious enough to give me 10 weeks off to finish my second book. My column will return right before Week 1 of the NFL season, just in time for another year of crappy football picks! If you’re a fan of the “B.S. Report,” we’re still doing weekly podcasts, but that’s it. Enjoy the summer, and I’ll see you in September.

Simmons’ relationship with ESPN has soured lately, between comments he’s made on his podcast about censorship, slight digs in columns about his best jokes being edited, the starting of his own non-ESPN blog (which he’s more obvious about), ESPN canceling his Obama podcast, and his interview with Deadspin.

I’m sure more will be following, and the guys at Deadspin (AJ, here’s your chance to make your first big post-Leitch splash) will probably get to the bottom of it with their ESPN sources. But I don’t think it’ll take too much digging to see this more as a trial separation than an amicable sabbatical. Either way, I’m sure these guys are happy about it.

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2 responses to “Simmons “Gone Fishin'”

  1. perkisabeast

    Wow. I didn’t know any of this. No wonder he’s jumped the shark worse than the X-Files did after it moved to Sunday’s….Oooh, I could be the next Richard Simmons with such biting wit.

  2. The whole thing has been devolving fast. He made a comment about it on his podcast that things were getting better, but he sounds kind of bitter and more likely just a little burned out.

    I still like Simmons. Some of his writing is still really strong, some not so much. He’s probably not sure of what his next move should be: he did the cursed Boston fan thing, and now has celebrated a bunch of championships…he’s at a weird spot as a writer/commentator. The obvious thing (career-wise) would be to try to ride up the ESPN ladder with other things (get on TV or something), but he doesn’t seem to want to. I hope his book topic is something good, but I have trouble imagining what it will be.

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