Bill Simmons is The Sports Guy, known for his pop-culture-reference-laden columns about current events in sports. He started out writing columns as the "Boston Sports Guy" in 1997, which were successful enough to attract the attention of ESPN; they hired him to write for their "Page 2" section in 2001, where he stayed until the summer of 2011, when he moved to the website Grantland, an ESPN-owned off-shoot blog staffed by a number of noted sports and pop culture writers, including several you wouldn't expect to write about sports (Dave Eggers?), of which he also serves as editor-in-chief. Since 2007, he's also hosted a regular podcast called The B.S. Report.Simmons is a native of Boston, and as such is a massive fan of Boston's sports teams (especially the Red Sox and Celtics), but moved to Los Angeles in 2002; he has since started rooting for the Clippers in basketball and (during the 2011 lockout) the Kings in hockey.Simmons has also written two books, Now I Can Die In Peace (about the Boston Red Sox' 2004 World Series championship) and The Book of Basketball (which is a book of Simmons' opinions on basketball). He was also a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live for a time, served as executive producer for ESPN's 30 for 30 documentaries, and, as of 2012, serves as a panelist for NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN.
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