“Sports Guy” Bill Simmons to Join PBA’s ESPN2 Broadcast Team Sunday

by Jason Thomas January 28, 2010 08:06

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Bill Simmons, popularly known as “The Sports Guy” by his thousands of followers on ESPN.com and Twitter, will join the Professional Bowlers Association broadcast team of Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen for Sunday’s finals of the One A Day Dick Weber Open.

The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour finals will move to ESPN2 for one week only. The Dick Weber Open finals will air at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

Simmons, an ESPN.com columnist who also does regular podcasts called “The BS Report,” also was executive producer of the “30 for 30” documentary series on ESPN. He also is author of “Now I Can Die in Peace,” in the wake of the Boston Red Sox finally winning a World Series title, and the New York Times best-seller, “The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy.”

“I have not done bowling before, but Rob and I have been friends for years and he’s been wanting me to do a show, but our schedules never worked out before this,” Simmons said.

“I follow the game a bit,” he added. “Like everyone else, I bowled a lot as a kid. I had a 199 once…I had it (a 200 game) going into the 10th frame, but… Well, it still haunts me.”

Simmons said he has watched highlights of Kelly Kulick’s historic victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, and was greatly impressed, but this will be his first in-person opportunity to watch the stars of the PBA in action.

“I’ve never been to a PBA event, so I’m excited to do that. I’ve had a lot of great sports experiences, but I’ve never done a PBA event. One thing I do know about the PBA is that its fans are hard-core, and I respect that,” he continued. “I’m not going to crack jokes or anything. I’m just going to try to fit in and be entertaining. It’ll be fun to be part of the show.”

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