Well, we know why Our Boy Bill Simmons was sans column all week; he was saving it for his new NFL column, which clocks in at a frighteningly healthy 3,200 words. It's the usual Simmons fare; we get guest appearances by The Godfather, Andrew McCarthy and MTV's "Cribs."

But of course the real news with Bill this week is the release of Now I Can Die In Peace and its subsequent book tour. The publicity crunch has already begun as well, and it begins in the place all great publicity tours for books start: At the author's hometown paper!

Simmons speaks with Handsome Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette about how he got his start as a columnist at Holy Cross University. He covers the typical bases ‚ÄĒ newspapers were too hard to break into, he honed his voice on his old site, so on ‚ÄĒ but breaks two pieces of news that tickled us.

‚ÄĘ 1. Bill lived in a coed dorm with the different genders separated by a "birth control door."

‚ÄĘ 2. Bill used to broadcast Holy Cross basketball and football games on the campus radio station. Somebody has these tapes. Somebody. Operators are standing by.

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HC's Sports Guy [Worcester Telegram and Gazette]

Sorting Through The Slop [Sports Guy's World]

Now I Can Die In Peace

Bill's Book Tour [Sports Guy's World]

(By the way, our favorite part of the Worcester paper's Web site: The photo of Handsome Bill Doyle, which has a link to "Enlarge This Photo" right beneath it. Wait ... it gets BIGGER?)