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Wait, Magic Johnson sitting next to Frank McCourt is a problem of some kind?

Apr 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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I thought the  picture of Magic Johnson sitting next to Frank McCourt at yesterday’s Dodgers-Padres game was kind of funny in a study-in-contrasts kind of way. But apparently it was more than that. At least to T.J. Simers who believes that it was a legitimate P.R. disaster:

Why would the best thing that has happened to the Dodgers in recent years allow himself to be photographed sitting next to the worst thing that has happened to the Dodgers? … Who is advising Magic? It can’t be a close friend or anyone interested in preserving Magic’s reputation, because they would tell him the last place he should be seen these days is sitting beside McCourt.

I looked high and low in the article for telltale signs of Simers’ trademark tongue-in-cheek thing, but could find no evidence that he was anything but serious here. He seems to legitimately believe that it’s insane that the buyer and seller of a big asset are seen together in between the time the bid was accepted and the deal closed.

You’re right. T.J.  Magic and McCourt should be like a bride and groom on their wedding day and not set eyes on one another lest all The Bad Things happen.

In other news, the O.C. Register has scores of people covering today’s Angels opener. Despite all of that editorial competition, I bet none of those guys have any trouble finding something to write about that is more of a legitimate thing than what Simers is all animated about here.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    It’s a problem for Magic if he was planning on enjoying the game. Otherwise, who gives a bleep? They’re doing business with each other right now, finalizing the sale. Big whoop.

  2. hep3 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    T. J. Simers, Bill Plaschke and Frank McCourt should all be locked in a room together and never let out. And if there was space for Jamie, put her in there, too.

    • brewcitybummer - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      I would like to amend your idea. In “The Shield” Michael Chiklis’s character locked two gang leaders in a shipping container and told them only one of them was walking out in the morning. I would like to do that with the individuals you listed, and Skip Bayless, just because.

  3. kopy - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    It’s a buyer and seller observing the product in transaction.

    Would it be weird if I was selling you my car, and someone took a picture of us together mid-test drive? Even if you hate me, you’d like to get some insight on what was mine before you’re on your own with it. I’m sure there are a few questions about what it’s like to own the Dodgers that only the most recent owner knows.

  4. a125125125 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    How is this getting all this attention (lots of sites are mentioning it)? More importantly, how is this getting all this attention without mentioning the broad on McCourt’s left?

    Just to recap McCourt’s last few months: settled lawsuit with Jamie, become billionaire, and got hot girlfriend. If anything, Magic should be setting next to McCourt hoping that some of that luck rubs off.

  5. schlom - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    According to Tom Verducci, there are problems with Johnson’s groups bid: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/tom_verducci/04/06/dodgers-sale/

  6. jkaflagg - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    McCourt’s presence is a constant reminder to Dodger fans that they were swindled by a Boston con man…..and a sobering reminder that Magic, for all his popularity, is all about the money. Why else would you sit next to the most hated man in Los Angeles ? It’s sort of like inviting Michael Vick to sit with you at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show…..

  7. bleed4philly - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Magic looks pretty ripped for an old man!

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