November 25, 2006
What do T.J. Simers and Dennis Rodman have in common? Nobody really likes them, but they demand your attention. MIKE RODRIGUEZ Lomita
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.
April 15, 2006
In defense of T.J. Simers, viciously attacked last week in a letter by Allan Judkowitz, it seems some readers do not appreciate the art of satire, whose aim is to "expose vanity and effect reform." T.J. follows in the footsteps of such exponents of classical satire and dry humor as Robert Benchley, Art Buchwald and The Times' Joel Stein. T.J.'s unique talent is writing with biting sardonic wit, whether in the clubhouse, tennis court or locker room. Either the interviewee gets it, or, he gets it. Hopefully, more readers will too. DAN ANZEL Los Angeles
April 8, 2006
Because I'm a fan of the Dodgers, I sifted through the wasted space taken up by T.J. Simers' column Thursday morning. I smiled at the part where he discussed his knee injury and said, "I can barely walk." After finishing his poor excuse for a sports column, I would like to add "writing about sports" to the list of things that T.J. Simers can barely do. ALLAN JUDKOWITZ Northridge
February 18, 2006
I was very disappointed in the T.J. Simers article about Katherine Legge [Feb. 15]. I found it to be highly disrespectful of her, completely uninformative, and an example of very poor journalism. The least that we can expect is that the writer learns how to pronounce her name, but this writer keeps reinforcing the fact that he never even bothered. I am left wondering what purpose this article served other than to let this writer take cheap shots and sound cute. JOHN R. WARD Costa Mesa Please assign future coverage of auto racing to someone with knowledge of it, and an awareness that women compete in most all sports.
December 10, 2005
On Tuesday, the Dodgers announced the hiring of Forrest Gump, I mean Grady Little, as their new manager, and by Wednesday the accolades came pouring in about how great he is. The word from just about everyone seems to be that he's a soft-spoken, patient communicator, great at handling situations on and off the field who is well respected by his players. You know, just like Jim Tracy. RICHARD TURNAGE Burbank With the hiring of Grady Little as Dodger manager, I find it perfectly fitting that the team with the most retreads in baseball history has a gas station in the middle of its stadium parking lot. LARRY YELLS Hermosa Beach I could not disagree more with Bill Plaschke on the hiring of Grady Little as new Dodger manager.
September 10, 2005
Jerry Rice must be the greatest player ever. The Times stated Tuesday that he'd retired with 207 touchdowns. By the time I turned to Page 2 and read T.J. Simers' article, he had 208 touchdowns. I wonder how many he will have by the end of the week. IRA GRUBER Marina del Rey
July 16, 2005
You should hire whoever wrote the T.J. Simers Sunday column to be a full-time columnist. Simers could learn a lot from him. Andrew E. Rubin Los Angeles
July 2, 2005
Sports stories you'll never see: "Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers attacked a cameraman today who was filming him before the game. The cameraman, who like most members of the media is a black belt in karate, then administered a merciless beating to Rogers and two of his teammates who tried to intercede. Said the cameraman: 'I'm sorry I hurt him, but I did what I had to do.' "In a related story, Jeff Kent was released from the hospital today, five days after his latest 'misunderstanding' with T.J. Simers.