William J. "Bill" Simmons III (born September 25, 1969) is an American sports columnist, analyst, author, and podcaster. He was most recently the editor-in-chief for Grantland.com, which is affiliated with ESPN.com. He also contributed columns and podcasts to the website. He is also a former writer for ESPN The Magazine and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Nicknamed The Sports Guy, formerly The Boston Sports Guy, Simmons gained the attention of ESPN with his web site, BostonSportsGuy.com, which earned him a job offer in 2001.