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Pat McAfee tells Bill Simmons to “keep his mouth shut” after the show impression.

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Published February 12, 2024, 4:56 p.m. ET

Pat McAfee and Bill Simmons are locked in a sports media heavyweight battle royale.

Simmons has been doing impressions of McAfee on his eponymous podcast this football season, and it apparently struck a chord with the former Colts punter, who fired back at Simmons on Monday to “move on.”

Last month, Simmons expressed his McAfee impressions on his weekly football podcast with “Cousin” Sal Iacono.

“McAfee created a new version of it,” Simmons said.

“He starts the show and then he says, ‘Cowboys, man, I don’t know, man. I don’t know. What’s going on, brother?’ And then it comes down to his three people, and they’ll say, “I don’t know.” And then it’ll come back to him and he’ll say, “Not good, brother.” Not good. Don’t – keep an eye on that brother.”

Cousin Sal chimed in, “Two of them want to take their first cigarette break…”

Pat McAfee told Bill Simmons to “stop keeping his mouth shut.” Getty Images

Simmons laughed and continued in his McAfee voice: “‘We don’t have a sleazy brother. No overview of this show, bro.”

Simmons does this kind of ribbing a lot on his podcast — who could forget his orgasm impression of Cris Collinsworth? – but McAfee clearly wasn’t amused.

McAfee was talking Monday about how many people were watching various sports personalities’ Super Bowl gambling over the weekend when Simmons came into his crosshairs.

“I think Bill Simmons, who figured it all out, had about 8,000 people on his side,” McAfee said.

Bill Simmons struck a chord with his Pat McAfee impression last month. Getty Images

McAfee sarcastically said that was a “huge number, Bill” and “you still have it.”

“I think we had about 250,000 people,” McAfee continued. “Keep it up, Bill. Keep running your mouth.”

Simmons is sponsored by FanDuel, which was McAfee’s presenting sponsor before he moved to ESPN.

McAfee continues to rise in the sports media, unbothered by the idea of ​​amassing enemies, but Simmons is a formidable opponent than he might appear on paper.

Simmons wields great behind-the-scenes influence over top sports, media and entertainment figures and tends to hold long-term grudges.

It would be an exaggeration to say that Simmons could bury McAfee instantly with the snap of his fingers, but getting into a land war with him could be more dangerous than it appears on the surface.

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