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Just Checked Out Bill Simmons' New Website

One of my heroes in the world of sports and comedy is writer and columnist Bill Simmons. Mr. Simmons has always had a knack for blending two of the things I love the most into a seamless art form that is neither one nor the other. My first experiences with his work were stumbling upon a few of his columns after he had returned to ESPN in 2004 after spending time as a writer on Jimmy Kimmel's then-new late night talk show. I was instantly a fan and knew immediately that Mr. Simmons represented something I desperately wanted to become: a Sports Guy with a flair for entertaining.

When I learned I had been hired for the Dream Job, it never dawned on me that I was, perhaps, getting my chance to tread in the very first footsteps that Mr. Simmons had laid years and years ago. I assumed, incorrectly I now realize, that my job in the MLB Fan Cave would be more of a video-related one. I had never thought about writing as an avenue I could take to allow my opinions to reach the masses, and while I knew writing a blog would be part of this gig, I never thought it would be the part I would cherish the most. However, that's exactly what has happened. My blogs are quickly becoming my favorite part of this job. I take pride in them, work tirelessly on them, and find my greatest joy in learning that a few of them have made people laugh, or think, or both.

Through these blogs, I am using what I have learned, indirectly of course, from Mr. Simmons. By reading his blogs, I discovered that it was possible, and sometimes necessary, to make references to pop culture, politics, history, and other subjects when one is writing about sports. Sport is as much a part of our culture as anything else, so it only makes sense that there would be a common thread between it and everything else. In the last few months, that is what I have tried to do with my writing. And though I never considered myself a writer, I find that the more I write, the more I want to write. Ideas pop into my head almost constantly and when they do, I can't get them down in blog or feature form fast enough. The odd thing is, I have no idea whether or not I'm doing this the right way. I'm sure there is a system for writing a sports blog. I'm positive there must be an outline, or a flow chart, or a model I should be following. Unfortunately, because I have never written with any consistency before now, my "mechanism" has been to just write.

This blog may seem like it's coming from nowhere, but there is a reason. Today I stumbled upon a website that had just gone live. I'm not sure what rock I had been living under, but I had no idea that Mr. Simmons was launching a website. I would describe it to you, but any description I would give would pale in comparison to the one Mr. Simmons gives in the first post to the site.

This website is the clearest representation of what I hope my writing can become. The concept of the site is not unique, but it has been created by people who just get it. They understand better than anyone how to reach an audience from every possible angle and by discussing every possible topic. They understand how sports and pop culture can tie all of us together if they are written about correctly, never forgetting that comedy brings us together more than anything else. In short, they understand how to do what it is we hope to do at the Fan Cave; what I think we have been doing since the first pitch of the 2011 baseball season.

I'll follow this website religiously and, as much as I'll enjoy reading the posts, I'll also be looking for advice embedded within the words. Mr. Simmons is very good at what he does; arguably the best at it. And while hoping to attain the level he has achieved may be foolish, trying to emulate his style and trying to reach people in a similar way is not foolish. And if a blog or a feature that I write makes someone laugh (even if it's me) or makes someone think (even if it's…you get it.), I'll have accomplished what I set out to do.

Tweet me @rwags614 with your favorite sportswriter.

One of my heroes in the world of sports and comedy is writer and columnist Bill Simmons. Mr. Simmons has always had a knack for blending two of the things I love the most into a seamless art form that is neither one nor the other. My first experiences with his work were stumbling upon a few of his columns after he had returned to ESPN in 2004 after spending time as a writer on Jimmy Kimmel's then-new late night talk show. I was instantly a fan and knew immediately that Mr. Simmons represented something I desperately wanted to become: a Sports Guy with a flair for entertaining.

When I learned I had been hired for the Dream Job, it never dawned on me that I was, perhaps, getting my chance to tread in the very first footsteps that Mr. Simmons had laid years and years ago. I assumed, incorrectly I now realize, that my job in the MLB Fan Cave would be more of a video-related one. I had never thought about writing as an avenue I could take to allow my opinions to reach the masses, and while I knew writing a blog would be part of this gig, I never thought it would be the part I would cherish the most. However, that's exactly what has happened. My blogs are quickly becoming my favorite part of this job. I take pride in them, work tirelessly on them, and find my greatest joy in learning that a few of them have made people laugh, or think, or both.

Through these blogs, I am using what I have learned, indirectly of course, from Mr. Simmons. By reading his blogs, I discovered that it was possible, and sometimes necessary, to make references to pop culture, politics, history, and other subjects when one is writing about sports. Sport is as much a part of our culture as anything else, so it only makes sense that there would be a common thread between it and everything else. In the last few months, that is what I have tried to do with my writing. And though I never considered myself a writer, I find that the more I write, the more I want to write. Ideas pop into my head almost constantly and when they do, I can't get them down in blog or feature form fast enough. The odd thing is, I have no idea whether or not I'm doing this the right way. I'm sure there is a system for writing a sports blog. I'm positive there must be an outline, or a flow chart, or a model I should be following. Unfortunately, because I have never written with any consistency before now, my "mechanism" has been to just write.

This blog may seem like it's coming from nowhere, but there is a reason. Today I stumbled upon a website that had just gone live. I'm not sure what rock I had been living under, but I had no idea that Mr. Simmons was launching a website. I would describe it to you, but any description I would give would pale in comparison to the one Mr. Simmons gives in the first post to the site.

This website is the clearest representation of what I hope my writing can become. The concept of the site is not unique, but it has been created by people who just get it. They understand better than anyone how to reach an audience from every possible angle and by discussing every possible topic. They understand how sports and pop culture can tie all of us together if they are written about correctly, never forgetting that comedy brings us together more than anything else. In short, they understand how to do what it is we hope to do at the Fan Cave; what I think we have been doing since the first pitch of the 2011 baseball season.

I'll follow this website religiously and, as much as I'll enjoy reading the posts, I'll also be looking for advice embedded within the words. Mr. Simmons is very good at what he does; arguably the best at it. And while hoping to attain the level he has achieved may be foolish, trying to emulate his style and trying to reach people in a similar way is not foolish. And if a blog or a feature that I write makes someone laugh (even if it's me) or makes someone think (even if it's…you get it.), I'll have accomplished what I set out to do.

Tweet me @rwags614 with your favorite sportswriter.