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August 12, 2000
While reading T.J. Simers' column (Aug. 1), I came across a small blurb in which Simers insinuated Carson Palmer was destined for the NFL Hall of Fame. Shocked, I read the piece over and over until it became clear--T.J. was actually saying something positive about a sports personality. All I can say to T.J. is he had better watch it, feel-good stories about A.C. Green and his little green bear could be just around the corner. MER VALDEZ Long Beach T.J. Simers' way of honoring Jerry West's "brilliant beyond compare" career is to rip its ending.
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April 22, 2013 | T.J. Simers
Oh me, oh my. Finally, the payoff. And I'm not even talking about Chris Paul's exhilarating, awesome, magical, 93-91 game-winner. I begin with Lamar Odom, who is my favorite athlete, and apparently Blake Griffin's as well. Griffin has come running off the bench to throw a bear hug around Odom, and there's still much of the fourth quarter to play. OK, so Paul is a close second as my favorite athlete. Very close. And my favorite closer. But I've been waiting and waiting for Odom, the Clippers doing the same in getting someone 30 pounds overweight to start the season, and the payoff is a difference-maker.
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SPORTS
May 9, 1998
In his usual slanted, biased style, T.J. Simers once again succeeds in editorializing his way to a slam of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum while he boosts yet another project, this time in Carson [May 7]. A ceremony full of celebrities and leaders of Los Angeles, honoring one of our own, the great Pete Rozelle, took place on Monday at the Coliseum. The Times didn't print one word about it. Where was Simers? While you're at it, why not rename the paper The Carson Times? SHELDON H. SLOAN, Los Angeles (Sloan is vice president of the Coliseum Commission)
SPORTS
April 7, 2013 | T.J. Simers
I don't want to take all of the credit for bringing the Clippers together; like Chris Paul , I'm more interested in the assist. But as soon as I got on the guys for losing sight of the finish line, they won a division title. You can look it up - that's never happened here before. And a lot of sportswriters, players, coaches and administrators have tried over the decades to make winners out of the Clippers only to fail. I wrote about the immaturity of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin and problems with Paul that have threatened to sidetrack my favorite team in town, no one more of a Clippers honk than Page 2. Shoot, I went to Memphis with the Clippers a year ago and no one goes to such a rathole unless it's to be there for their family.
SPORTS
August 14, 1999
I praise T.J. Simers and pity the readers who chose to rebuke him [Viewpoint, Aug. 7]. As for Cade McNown's behavior? Repulsive. Just because it isn't murder, drugs or rape doesn't mean we should support scofflaws. I question the character of the readers who wrote in support of McNown and against T.J. Simers. Where are we going if we can't repress flagrant abuse of any law? EVA JEAN GIESE Culver City
SPORTS
August 26, 2000
T.J. Simers colored the picture perfectly with his comments on the ludicrous selections of Curtis Crayon [Aug. 22]. There must have been a lot of head nodding (and laughter) from the horse players in Southern California. What isn't funny, however, is the fact that his selections render the Consensus column virtually useless. Bob Mieszerski and Fred Robledo must be embarrassed that their "real" handicapping is wasted. BOB KNODELL Laguna Niguel T.J. Simers is an irritating, unsettling, disrespectful, sarcastic sourpuss and a merciless deflator of our sports heroes.
SPORTS
February 21, 2004
When you live in a basketball-centric town such as Los Angeles, you expect the kind of spleen-venting rant that T.J. Simers issued (Feb. 10) on "Miracle," the film about Herb Brooks, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Clearly Simers didn't like the film. But his real objection -- the outrage that infused every word -- was that America's greatest international sports triumph occurred in a fourth-rate sport such as hockey. Monty Mickelson West Hills
SPORTS
March 15, 1997
Upon further review, it is now obvious why L.A. does not have an NFL team . . . T.J. Simers. Yep, his drivel in Thursday's Times confirmed it. The NFL powers-that-be are ignoring L.A. because of Simers' obsessive bashing of the Packers over a blown call against Simers' beloved 49ers. Hey, Simers! Did you see the rematch? The NFC West championship game? The infamous Mud Bowl at Lambeau? The best team won . . . again. Will someone at The Times please take away Simers' crayons so someone in L.A. can get a return phone call from Paul Tagliabue?
SPORTS
November 14, 1998
While I always enjoy T.J. Simers' stories--even when I don't agree--this time I can't ignore what I believe is a gross exaggeration. In his recent column extolling the Raiders [Nov. 7], he suggested that the only reason Denver has more wins than the Raiders is because Mike Shanahan got his "training" from Al Davis. To suggest that Al Davis taught Mike Shanahan anything (except why coaches don't last with the Raiders) is laughable. SANDI CAIN Laguna Beach T.J. Simers refers to John Elway as "the whiny one."
OPINION
June 9, 2006
Re "Put soccer on steroids," Current, June 4 T.J. Simers is making fun of the fact that only one-fifth of the world's population is going to watch the World Cup soccer final. Considering that a large percentage of the world's population does not own a TV and that the time difference forces many fans to wake up in the middle of the night during their workweek to watch, that apparently small fraction is a great achievement for any sport. I don't think that any baseball, football or basketball match has ever come even close to one-fifth, if not one-fiftieth, of the world's population.
SPORTS
March 26, 2013 | T.J. Simers
What an experience it has been. When it came time to recuperate from my mini-stroke or whatever it was, the family went to Las Vegas. They said it had been really tough on them. Don't get the wrong idea. It wasn't as if they weren't thinking of me. They brought me along so they'd have the money to eat, drink and feel better again. The Bagger must have been really affected by what happened; he was getting his beer, six bottles to a bucket as if he might not have anyone buy beer for him again.
SPORTS
November 13, 2012 | By T.J. Simers
Here's a little more from an hourlong interview with new Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni which will appear in a Page 2 column later. Remarkably, he didn't hang up, so we know he's tough, but what's with the “D" in D'Antoni? I didn't think there was any. “Do you know how old that is?" he says. “OK, so people say when it comes to defense, your teams are just horrible. " “You're listening to the wrong guys, so there you go," D'Antoni says. “I don't buy into it; how do you win 62 games [in Phoenix]
SPORTS
November 13, 2012 | By T.J. Simers
A few more tidbits following an early Tuesday morning interview with Mike D'Antoni, the Lakers' new head coach: -- He says his brother, Dan, will be joining the Lakers' coaching staff but the rest of the staff should remain intact. -- He hasn't talked to defensive-minded coach Nate McMillan, but he says he intends to this summer, although he wouldn't be surprised if McMillan is head coach by that time elsewhere. -- In D'Antoni's first start as an NBA player for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings his assignment was to cover Jerry West.
SPORTS
September 1, 2012
Maybe it would be easier if L.A. Yankees' ownership offered Bud Selig a sackful of cash and he can just declare them honorary champions. Vernon Martinazzi Huntington Beach :: Don Mattingly had a dream of managing the New York Yankees. Who would have guessed it would come true in Los Angeles? Paul Zimmelman Marina del Rey :: I take exception to Bill Shaikin's depiction of the Dodgers as the West Coast version of the Yankees [Aug. 26]. The Yankees got their reputation by outbidding every other MLB team for free agents, signing them to ridiculous contracts, and essentially buying an All-Star team.
SPORTS
July 16, 2012 | T.J. Simers
I took a two-week vacation figuring you people needed it. By my calculations I missed five Sparks' games and Stan Kasten's letter to Dodgers fans proclaiming, "Dodger pride is back. " I guess first place is something entirely different. Maybe they get that back, maybe they don't. As for Magic and when he might be back, a Dodgers' spokesman texted to say he couldn't recall the last time Magic was at Dodger Stadium, but would check to see whether if he will ever return.
SPORTS
March 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- Times' columnist T.J. Simers argues Lakers fans owe Jim Buss, the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel, an apology for all their criticism toward him. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Lakers coaches are fine with Andrew Bynum taking three-pointers, but only if he practices them on off days and makes some of them. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes Bynum reintegrated himself back in Wednesday's practice. -- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky highlights how Lakers Coach Mike Brown stood firm over benching Bynum.
SPORTS
August 15, 1998
I am a schoolteacher, and after reading the "Mouth from the South," I thought of an equation for T.J. Simers: Assumption of controversy plus loaded questions divided by personal jealousy equals poor sports journalism. I am envious of T.J.'s forum. After all, he is a featured writer for a major-market newspaper. He has access to a world that is inaccessible to 99% of the public. It would seem to me that all he has to do is show up, write his stories and eat the free food the clubs provide.
SPORTS
September 7, 1996
It was bad news when The Times eliminated its San Diego edition; however, the good news was that it meant that T.J. Simers would no longer be writing his negative articles on the Chargers. In your Aug. 29 paper, Simers attacked the Chargers' Chris Mims with a typical mean article. The real background is that Simers is still unhappy that after he called Mims "a wasted draft choice" in 1992, Mims was named the AFC defensive player of the month in November of that year. In San Diego, we miss The Times, but if you ever reopen a San Diego edition, please leave Simers in Los Angeles.
SPORTS
February 19, 2012 | T.J. Simers
I had to write a Lakers column, so I went to the Clippers' game Saturday to at least have some fun while scribbling. It seems to be pretty well established now that the Lakers are a bore ... and there goes Blake Griffin with back-to-back dunks. Staples Center seems to be shaking. What a game! Sorry, back to the ho-hum Lakers, where Mike Brown is now Ben Howland . No question both are very good coaches. Everything begins with defense, and now I lay me down to sleep.
SPORTS
January 30, 2012 | T.J. Simers
I'll get to what all this has to do with the Clippers, Lakers and why you shouldn't get down on yourself for being critical of Page 2 in a moment. On Sunday we went to see "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. " Across the street there was a line of maybe a 100 or more waiting, and that's waiting, to get into a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Brea. It might take that many to drag me inside. When the movie was over I was expecting the daughter and wife to be sobbing into their buttered popcorn-stained napkins, but I've seen golf fans more emotional while telling me the movie was OK at best.
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