In case you missed it, Bill Simmons — pictured here in one of the countless "Dude, my bros back at the Pike house are NEVER gonna believe I got a picture with the Sports Guy!" photos sprinkled about the Internets — is playing in that Celebrity Fantasy League on NBA.com again this year. He won the title last year, and he's 3-0 this year, with wins over (here goes) Kenny Smith, Dean Cain and Samuel L. Jackson. Also in the league: Spike Lee, Pamela Anderson, Will Ferrell and Meat Loaf.
This is all amusing enough, but the most hilarious part is, without question, the league message board, in which trades are offered, questions are asked and trash is talked. Well, by Simmons, anyway, who (admirably, we think) takes the league seriously enough to treat it like he would one with buddies back in Boston. Unfortunately, he's talking to Bernie Mac and George Lopez. And there's not much more amusing and surreal than asking Dean Cain if he'll trade you Andrew Bogut (he did, for Jarrett Jack).
Simmons even complains about the league's rules:
All the crappy teams get to cherry-pick the best free agents each week and the teams that actually picked good teams and have been winning don't get to improve. Next year I'm pulling a Bernie Mac and tanking the first 2 weeks so I can pick up Andres Biedrins on my team. Oh, wait, Bernie didn't intentionally tank the first 2 weeks? I'm sorry... my bad.
And Bernie responds! We kind of think this message board could be fun all year.
Celebrity Fantasy League [NBA.com]