Within a year, his friends were getting e-mails from third parties saying they just had to read this [Bill Simmons] guy. Within four years, ESPN called offering an online writing job. Within five, he was balancing his ESPN columns with writing for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. Last month, ESPN published his first book, a chronicle of his Red Sox fandom called Now I Can Die in Peace.
So the kid challenged Simmons to a bowling match. "He brought his own ball, he brought his family, he called me for a foot-fault on the first strike," Simmons recalls. "I mean, he really killed me."
PHOTO(S); 1. Bill Simmons is "this new kind of sportswriter who makes the reader feel there isn't this chasm between their lives and his life," [Chuck Klosterman] said. 2. ESPN.com's Bill Simmons, better known as the "Sports Guy," signs a copy of his first book, "I Can Die In Peace," for a fan last month. 3. (SPORTS GUY'S WORLD WEB PAGE); Credit: 2. ASSOCIATED PRESS