Bill Simmons has been far from silent since ESPN fired him and shuttered his signature site, Grantland. He’s relaunched his podcast (now The Bill Simmons Podcast instead of The B.S. Report) and announced a deal with HBO that includes a new sports/pop culture site, The Ringer, staffed with its share of Grantland veterans. Now, though, fans will finally see the culmination of Simmons’ deal with HBO: The Boston sportswriter’s new show, Any Given Wednesday, premieres on HBO June 22.
A new promo released Monday gives fans a taste of what to expect by clearly outlining Simmons’ beliefs about sports and pop culture — a riff on the famous speech by Kevin Costner in Bull Durham. “I believe the defending NBA champs should wear championship belts to every game,” Simmons says in the beginning. “I believe Kanye’s a genius — it’s just that he knows it, and that’s the problem.”
Simmons’ other beliefs range from the esoteric — “Soup is the perfect food” — to the passionate — “Billionaires should pay for their own f—ing football stadiums.” And then there’s his pro-Boston views, including this gem: “The 2004 ALCS was an act of God.”
Watch the promo above. To hear the rest of Simmons’ beliefs, catch Any Given Wednesday‘s premiere on June 22 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.