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Is Simmons going too far?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by MidwestSportsGuy, May 20, 2010.

  1. It's obviously no secret that Bill Simmons was born and bred in Boston. And this isn't intended to pile on the fact that he's a huge homer, but in his recent column (another running diary), he links to his Twitter feed, where he will post anti-Magic chants during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The idea is to get the Celtic faithful to partake in said chants.


    His most recent tweet says "Now accepting ideas for Dwight Howard & Vince Carter chants for Game 3. We already have Rashard Lewis covered."

    This seems like it's not only crossing the line, but stomping on the line and then mocking it. Forget staying impartial, that's long gone. But this just reeks of immaturity — something you'd find at a junior varsity baseball game ... definitely not on ESPN.com.

    Is this simply to be expected, or a new low for Simmons/ESPN?
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I'll admit it's a bit extreme even for Simmons, but his job was always to be a fan/columnist. As in, a fan, then a columnist.
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Bill is not a journalist. He is something different. If his many fans wish to brand themselves as immature morons by participating in this project, Godspeed to them. Bill, while a talented writer, is a real bush leaguer in almost all other aspects.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Yet another useful Twitter feed. How did the world function without this?
  5. Cousin Jeffrey

    Cousin Jeffrey Active Member

    He did this last series and it got national attention when Celts fans chanted "New York Knicks" at LeBron.
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I have no problem with this whatsoever. Despite working for ESPN, Simmons has never masqueraded as a journalist.
  7. Yeah, I'm surprised that you're surprised by this
  8. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    If you come to terms with this Bill will get on your nerves less and less. Back in the day I was furious he would never write about NCAA FB, but now I realize Maisel and Forde are so much better than him it doesn't matter. Just find something else to read if he bugs you.
  9. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Par for the course, but my only problem is that with Simmons hitting it big with this kind of stuff only makes many readers expect this kind of writing from journalists trying to be objective and do their job right.
  10. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Yeah, I was puzzled by the "staying impartial" portion of MWSG's post.
  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    No matter how much slack you cut Simmons, though, stuff like this certainly tars the rest of the network.
  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Readers believe journalists should root, root, root for the home team.

    They were expecting what Simmons is doing long before Simmons was doing it.
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