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July 24, 1997
T.J. Simers, The Times' national pro football columnist, took a first place in game-story writing and a third in feature writing in the Pro Football Writers' Assn. of America contest awards announced recently. His winning game story was on the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC title game; his feature was on Washington Redskin assistant coach Ron Lynn.
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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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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.
NEWS
July 18, 2000
Ever wonder what happened to NFL columnist T.J. Simers? He has exchanged his acerbic NFL pen for one covering all athletic events for his new column, which runs Tuesday through Friday. D2
SPORTS
July 18, 2000
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the sports section, T.J. Simers is back with a vengeance. Starting today, Simers expands his caustic outlook from the NFL to all sporting events and athletes as he replaces Randy Harvey, who has been promoted, as our Page Two columnist. Simers' column will appear every Tuesday-Friday and promises to leave no one unscathed as he writes about the world of sports the way only he can.
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January 25, 1998
Oh, sure, some people probably had a good chuckle; thought the heat of summer had gotten to him. But for those who didn't save The Times' NFL preview of the 1997 season, here's a reminder: Our man T.J. Simers picked the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos to reach Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego. Because our NFL beat writer isn't one to gloat (at least on Super Bowl eves), we'll do it for him: Told you. And there's more: Not wanting to be Mr.
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August 4, 2007
I would like to invite T.J. Simers to stay at my house in the days leading up to the Nebraska-USC football game. (I know sportswriters don't make much money and the L.A. Times, especially, is struggling through a difficult financial time, so I'm glad to help.) To make Mr. Simers as comfortable as possible, I will need some additional information: What gang does he belong to? I would hate to have the wrong color bedding in the guest room. I wouldn't want a capper popped into my side.
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December 11, 2007 | T.J. SIMERS
It's still early in the day, and Michael Vick, who is throwing away a 10-year, $130-million contract, is standing in front of a judge in his black and white prison garb. There's also a report that the Indiana Pacers' Jamaal Tinsley, due to earn $6.3 million this season, was driving around at 3 in the morning in his Rolls-Royce -- shots being fired into the car. You hear about it all the time now, folks who seemingly have it all only to risk throwing it away.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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August 2, 2011 | T.J. Simers
From San Diego — There was a youngster eating lunch with his father in our newspaper cafeteria the other day, the kid proudly wearing what looked like a new Dodgers' T-shirt. Father and son had been to a game recently, maybe the single best thing about going to a baseball game no matter who owns the team. I got in this business, in part, because I remember those wonderful days when baseball was fun, a glove in one hand, food in the other and overwhelmed by the way the players zipped the ball around during infield practice.
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August 29, 2007 | T.J. SIMERS
The Choking Dogs go against the Padres and ace Jake Peavy in San Diego on Saturday, while the Idaho Vandals will take on USC in the Coliseum. Who scores more, the Dogs or the Vandals? Does either team score? "Oh, yeah," Manager Grady Little said, and for the record he didn't specify who. "Depends if David Wells is pitching," said USC Coach Pete Carroll, obviously aware of Wells' bunting skills and his ability to ignite the Dogs' offense.
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July 4, 2007 | T.J. SIMERS
I don't even know where to begin on this one. I tried talking to The Big Stiff on Tuesday, knowing how desperate the Dodgers are for starting pitching, and the fact that Mark Hendrickson was going to be given the ball tonight against the Braves. Talk about fireworks on the Fourth of July. He's a nice enough guy, I guess, if you like your athletes lifeless.
SPORTS
April 5, 2010
I know why Kobe is angry and unhappy with me, but what's he got against everyone else? He has championship rings, millions and now more millions to come, doesn't have to work another day in his life and he always looks upset. What will he be like when he must mingle with the common folk, no more basketball and another 40 or 50 years to live? He's adored by many as a basketball player, and yet it's difficult to find anyone in the Los Angeles-area media who has a decent working relationship with the guy. Most hold him in contempt, as he does them.
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March 28, 2010
From Houston He knew it before you did, before you began to question the Lakers' obvious weakness, before you hit the message boards with mounting criticism of Derek Fisher . "I knew it before the season began," Fisher says, then mentioning Kobe Bryant , Pau Gasol , Ron Artest , Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom . "Where else is anyone going to point?" He's not scoring like he has, as the criticism goes, little help in reserve behind him, and the Lakers are vulnerable at point guard as the playoffs loom.
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