And yesterday afternoon he transcribed a portion of the B.S. Report (at the 45:09 mark) where Simmons addressed the story about Kellerman and the rumors concerning Francesa. (I'm just going to blockquote the whole thing):
Bill Simmons: "Max Kellerman left his ESPN Radio New York show today. Uh, I'm throwing our hat in the ring. Our collective hat."
(Simmons' friend) JackO: "Fantastic. He left it? Why, he just gave it up?"
Simmons: "I don't know. Details have not come out."
JackO: "There was some ugliness?"
Simmons: "Who knows? I had a reader email a month ago and say he was at a restaurant where Max and Mike Francesa were having dinner together."
JackO: "Really? Uh, oh. The new Mad Dog, do you think?"
Simmons: "Mike and the Max Dog?"
JackO: "Mike and Max. It works."
Simmons: "Mike and Max?"
JackO: "Got the alliteration down."
Simmons (with a Francesa accent): "We'll be back, 'Mike and Max,' after this. 'Mike and The Max,' maybe?"
JackO: "Yeah, but that's his first name, he can't become The Max."
Simmons: "Let's say, hypothetically, Francesa and Kellerman, does that show work, or not?"
JackO: "You know, I've only seen Max Kellerman on TV. I've never listened to his radio show, so I don't know what he's like. It might be a case of too many lead dogs trying to be there, you know."
Simmons: "It's like a Kobe-Shaq."
JackO: "I'm not sure how it would work. One guy's got to be the second banana and know his role."
Simmons: "2003 Kobe and Shaq, not 2000 Kobe and Shaq. It would be interesting. I could see the show being great for like three months and them like fighting to the death."
JackO: "If you've already been the star of your own show it's tough to go back now and be the supporting actor."
Simmons (with a Francesa accent): "Hey, Max, let me tell you something, you're in the big time now. This is my show. You are a second banana, my friend."
JackO (with a Francesa accent): "You know, you don't bring a knife to a gunfight."
Simmons (with a Francesa accent): "I'm Jordan, you're Pippen, got it?"
Simmons: "But that would be interesting. Keep an eye on that."
The restaurant story is pretty interesting, but I would be curious to know if it came before or after Kellerman was notified that his air time was being cut back.
A Kellerman/Simmons show would be phenomenal, but obviously that's not going to happen because Kellerman can't go back to ESPN and Simmons can't leave. Even though I imagine he was kidding, I'd probably listen to a Simmons/JackO show. I give it a try at the very least. Too bad it would never happen because 1050 would never bring in such a personality so closely associated with Boston into the New York market, even if Simmons had JackO to balance him out.