Bill Simmons launched his new website The Ringer today, and while many on the Internet are excited, others are disappointed and/or even annoyed by what they see.
The main complaints about the Grantland follow-up appear to be with its launch content, which includes stories titled “Joe Buck Is Underrated” and “Why I’m Over Riley Curry.” Others are just straight-up tired of the man behind the site, who seems to have lost a bit of perspective about his path to success.
And yes, it’s fair to say that at least some gripes are probably rooted in a little jealousy.
While an upstart Boston blogger many years ago, Simmons had been tied to and promoted heavily by ESPN for the biggest parts of his career — a bridge that he’s not only completely burned, but also a massive platform that he doesn’t quite credit for his ongoing success. His recent braggadocious tweets aren’t currying Simmons much favor on the social media site, especially from the blogging community. Even his hiring practices are publicly being called into question.
And then there are those critiquing TheRinger.com‘s actual appearance, but that may be a bit nit-picky. Of course, the “Game of Thrones” vertical is a bit glaring, considering Simmons is now an HBO employee — but hey, it’s a huge pop cultural property.
Read some of the probably premature Ringer bashing below.
The Ringer needs more lighting bolts for me to take it seriously
— greg (@giggitygreg) June 1, 2016
— John Coniglio (@JC3_tweets) June 1, 2016
was excited for The Ringer but then I saw this pic.twitter.com/whomQWJ711
— chad (zak) (@ZakKondratenko) June 1, 2016
I am excited about The Ringer, but this take… woof. She is a three year old human child??? pic.twitter.com/vSzqrcEaC1
— Summer Anne Burton (@summeranne) June 1, 2016
Simmons ain't hire a single person for The Ringer from a small website or blog but "quality will always be found no matter what"
— David D. (@DavidDTSS) May 22, 2016
tfw you work for The Ringer and you watching Bill Simmons tweet pic.twitter.com/G4XdtxOHyN
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) May 22, 2016
This has to be a joke. Yeah the Ringer is just a regular start up that gets by on word of mouth. https://t.co/KEEZ2sXEZe
— Ben (@bengoodfella) May 22, 2016
@IanKarmel He was an outsider 15 years ago. His acting like anybody else could launch the Ringer and succeed is blowhardy.
— Greg Murphy (@BaltiMurph) May 22, 2016
Bill Simmons bragging about launching the Ringer successfully without marketing $$ as if he's some college student blogging from his dorm
— Rational Sports (@Rational_Sports) May 22, 2016
— Luke Kerr-Dineen (@LukeKerrDineen) June 1, 2016
*Checks out the Ringer*
"Joe Buck is Underrated"
Can we not on day one?
— Tom Roden (@MrWestIsGone) June 1, 2016
I don't know why, but the Ringer website really is annoying the hell out of me.
— Ryan Yousefi (@Rizzmigizz) June 1, 2016
So The Ringer is just Grantland with an accompanying TV show huh
— yung odell (@koreasuicide) June 1, 2016
Let's just say The Ringer isn't off to an impressive start: pic.twitter.com/qD3EYnvr9w
— Desipio.com (@desipiodotcom) June 1, 2016
"Steph's mouthguard bothers me" -Tomorrow on the Ringer
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 1, 2016