Simmons spent months ripping and mocking James as an overhyped fraud -- and gained lots of national attention in the process. But after James' historic Game 5 performance, Simmons scrambled to save face in embarrassing fashion: He wrote a column on LeBron that was more slobbering and fawning than a 13-year-old girl writing a fan letter to Justin Timberlake.A Simmons reader alerted him to Brown’s column, and Simmons responded quite thoroughly here (scroll about 60 percent of the way down). He even offered a little wager: “If Roger can produce anything I've ever written that called him LeBron an "overhyped fraud," I will send him a $200 check to double the salary that the News-Herald is paying him every week. … Bottom line: If you're going to rip another writer, make sure you've actually read the guy first.” Yes, I realize that watching Roger Brown vs. Bill Simmons is like watching Lindsay Lohan mud wrestle Roseanne Barr (in her national anthem singing days). It ain’t pretty, and it ain’t fair. But it sure is fun. – Joe P. Tone
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