There’s something enjoyable about watching two larger-than-sports egos joust in a public forum. Let’s set the stage for this intrasquad squirmish playing out right now at the Entertainment Sports Programming Network.
The combatants: In one corner, Mike Golic of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” fame. In the other, Grantland editor-in-chief and deposed ESPN “NBA Countdown” analyst Bill Simmons.
The buildup: Simmons goes on ESPN’s “The Herd” yesterday and says that LeBron James’ slow start in Cleveland reminds him of how Albert Pujols struggled after going to the Angels.
First jab thrown: “I think it’s one of the most ridiculous statements I’ve heard four games into a season in my life in any sport,” Golic said this morning on his show. “That’s what I’ll say about Bill Simmons. So, you know, he grabbed a headline, which is something I know he loves — and that’s one of the most ridiculous lines I’ve ever heard in any sport in my life. Four games into a season. I don’t even … that’s ridiculous.”
What Mike and Mike did today was absolute garbage. I would say I lost respect for that show, but I never had it. http://t.co/LRd8YzFfO8— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2014
For an ESPN Radio show to pull an interview out of context from another ESPN Radio show, then play the moral authority card, is disgusting.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2014
Have the balls to call me to discuss it on the show. Don't pull it out of context just because you need fodder for a segment. Pathetic.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2014
But hey - I'm just a guy who can't evolve, right? http://t.co/XJ0GWbc5gJ— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2014
[UPDATE] Later in the afternoon, Golic tweeted this:
Spoke to Bill, all is good. I will discuss on show— Mike Golic (@espngolic) November 6, 2014