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I blame the fact that we are both employed

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11 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

#cantteachspeed #veteranpresence

#soverylazy

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Just now, RIPPA said:

I blame the fact that we are both employed

And we are old.  And lazy.

#soveryoldandlazy

 

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3 minutes ago, EdA said:

And we are old.  And lazy.

#soveryoldandlazy

 

So you are saying that being old, lazy, and employed is a bad thing if you are starting a sports blog?1273853108926142054.gif

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Not a surprise at all. I generally like his podcasts and his writing but he's never been good on TV.

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Here's the thing about his HBO show.  It isn't different enough than the stuff we watch on ESPN 5 hours earlier.  I'm pretty sure the target audience for his show is basically the same group that watches any or all of these shows:  Around the Horn, PTI, Highly Questionable, His or Hers, etc.  What was he doing that filled a hole that one of those shows didn't fill at a time when we've been programmed to watching that kind of show.  ESPN is where people have been going for this type of thing for 30 years.  In order to get people to change their viewing habits your show can't feel like a version of an ESPN show.  Real Sports works, because it filled a lane that ESPN wasn't already occupying.  Bill Simmons is a guy who made his name by being the "different" guy at ESPN, but by the time he left his style was being co-opted by the rest of ESPN.  Now that he's trying to bridge out, he kind of just feels like an ESPN guy who is on the wrong channel.  It is kind of like how it doesn't make any sense for TNA to try to be WWE.  You aren't going to beat them by copying them, you have to do something that makes you worth watching to the people who are already used to watching something else. 

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It prob does not help being a taped show on a Wednesday, in middle of the week, too late for weekend reviews, too early for weekend previews.

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3 minutes ago, odessasteps said:

It prob does not help being a taped show on a Wednesday, in middle of the week, too late for weekend reviews, too early for weekend previews.

If you listen to sports radio, I bet you that 95% of the Wednesday shows are the ones where they either take a bunch of calls or have a bunch of guests.  Wednesday is the absolute worst day to have a show about what's going on in sports.  That completely slipped my mind when I was typing my previous comment.

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It doesn't help that the guests were mostly boring and he was still doing way too much Boston sports crap. You can get away with that on your podcast but on HBO nobody gives a damn about these dead stories.

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"Dog drops puck at hockey game"

"$40 Discount On Amazon Echo"

"Best Deals: Under Armour Fleece"

"Trump Surrogate Criticizes Jay Z Video"

 

Jesus Christ, Deadspin has become such a fucking joke.

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The amount of ads and sponsored posts on all the (former) Gawker sites these days really is ridiculous.

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Gotta pay the bills somehow, I gather.

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3 minutes ago, Ryan said:

Gotta pay the bills somehow, I gather brother.

 

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6 hours ago, steve said:

Gotta pay the bills somehow, I gather brutha.

Re-fixed it.

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On 11/4/2016 at 0:25 PM, muhammedboehm said:

Twitter is reporting Simmons HBO show is dead.

I wonder what it means for the RInger. The site is the drizzling shits, and I wonder how long HBO will be content to fund Simmons sinecure. . . .

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I would presume he will be part of their Doc programming, either a new 30 for 30 ish thing or maybe part of real sports.

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He'll get his own spin-off to Arli$$.

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I wonder when they expand it to 8 hours...

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7 hours ago, Ryan said:

I wonder when they expand it to 8 hours...

They can't because I think it would be a violation of the Geneva Convention.

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Not sure it will pay off, but it's a smart move that might get them more eyeballs (according to the article, ratings are down 33% since Skip left).

I find the show kinda boring since Bayless left.  Kellerman comes off as kinda bland compared to Stephen A.  On the plus side, I don't spend my mornings wondering if there are any laws on the books that would permit legally punching Skip Bayless out a window.  So that's something.

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There's a law in every state and a federal law in the works. Usually, they just look the other way, they call it the Cowherd rule.

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Just in case he does delete it

 

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