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Great Moments in T.J. Simers

May 14, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

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T.J. Simers will have a conference call with the Dodgers new owners today. Simers reminds us that he makes a quick assessment of new Dodgers officials, having pegged McCourt for a loser as soon as he took over. He was equally quick to judge Paul DePodesta and a host of other new Dodgers folks over the years, so you can be sure, he tells us, that he’s going to assess the cut of their jibs with a quickness.

Sometimes even before he talks to them:

Call me skeptical, as I was when the McCourts arrived, but I don’t think the new owners have done a good job since taking over.

They’ve been on the job for about two weeks.

  1. marshmallowsnake - May 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Before reading this entry, let me say this… there are no great moments in T.J. Simers.

    • cur68 - May 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM


    • lanflfan - May 14, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      The greatest moment in T.J. Simers will be when he ceases writing.

  2. dodger88 - May 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    What, were the Dodgers suppossed to win a World Series title in May? Putz!

  3. marshmallowsnake - May 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    OK, now I read it…and the trend continues.

  4. shaggylocks - May 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I’m really looking forward to this. Before I form any opinion on anything, I usually first ask, “What does T.J. Simers think?”

  5. cup0pizza - May 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    TJ Simers: 2000 California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, he has been with The Times since 1990.

    Craig Calcaterra: Some dweeb that pens sanctimonious dribble on some blog and obviously has some strange jealousy-laden obsession with the accolades and real job that Simers possesses.

    • jasonc2300 - May 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      At least we now know what screen name TJ uses when he visits HardballTalk.

      • b7p19 - May 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Why would anyone want to put pizza in a cup?

      • shaggylocks - May 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Seriously. Everyone knows Pizza in a Cup is the best pizza in a cup ever. That guy is unbelievable. He ran the old Cup ‘o Pizza guy out of business. People come from all over to eat this.

    • proudlycanadian - May 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      It took him 10 years of sucking up to the voters before he won an obscure title. For over a decade, the voters vowed to never make that mistake again.

    • citizenking77 - May 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Simers thank you for shedding some light on this crooked deal.

    • yahmule - May 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Drivel is the word you meant in your mischaracterization. Dribble is that substance that coats your chin when you become overstimulated. Please make a note of it.

      • snowbirdgothic - May 15, 2012 at 12:25 AM

        I thought that was “Dibble”.

    • SmackSaw - May 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Oh, this is the best pizza in a cup ever. This guy is unbelievable. He ran the old Cup ‘o Pizza guy out of business. People come from all over to eat this.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      cup says: “…pens sanctimonious dribble…” I suspect he meant to say “drivel.”
      I know, English is really hard.

    • lanflfan - May 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      I’d take Craig’s opinion over TJ Simers any day (tough since Craig is a Braves fan).

      Why? Simers is paid by the LA Times to keep publishing his personal brand of horsehockey. His crap sells newspapers, which, as you may have heard, aren’t selling too well what with that new Internet thingy. And my opinion of the Times is far worse than that.

      No self-respecting Dodger fan I know seriously follows anything TJ Simers writes.

  6. sdelmonte - May 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Yes. Matt Kemp wasn’t hurt before the new owners took over. Their malfeasance is responsible for this.

  7. dowhatifeellike - May 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    If everyone were evaluated after 2 weeks on the job, very few people would ever have a job for more than 2 weeks.

    Besides, the only real “job” owners have to do is hire front-office people and sign checks.

  8. natstowngreg - May 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Have to agree, terrible ownership. They haven’t fired the GM and manager of the team with the best record in MLB. They failed utterly to prevent the team’s best hitter from tweaking a hammy. They haven’t executed a complete renovation of Dodger Stadium in two weeks.

    Oh yeah, and it’s Magic’s fault that the Lakers won’t win the championship (Simers knows that already, being all-knowing). He had nothing to do with the Kings’ amazing run to the Stanley Cup Finals. And Simers knows that the new ownership won’t prevent the next major earthquake.

    (heavy sarcasm button)

  9. lostsok - May 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    TJ Simers was a good writer about a decade ago, but the praise he received early went to this head. He’s become the Geraldo Rivera of California journalism. The only time people laugh is AT him. He’s gone from calling out others for hubris and hypocrisy…to simply writing hubris-laden hypocrisy.

  10. jkaflagg - May 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    The new owners held a press conference a few days after taking over the team, and reporters asked several questions attempting to clarify Frank McCourt’s participation in the parking lot land; eventually a somewhat miffed Magic Johnson insisted that McCourt would receive no money from the lots……

    Which was proven to be a huge “mis-speak” a few days later when it was revealed that McCourt will receive $14 million a year for use of the lots…..

    Anyone else sick of being condescended and/ or lied to by rich people who think we should slobber at their feet because they overpaid a hated owner with an insurance company’s money PLUS climbed into bed with him on the parking lot deal in order to buy the team ?

    I honestly hope these guys are for real – but their fumbling attempts to conceal their continued dealings with McCourt are troubling to say the least. I applaud the efforts of T.J. and other LA Times writers to continue to try and ferret straight answers out of these guys; the last time LA fans happily welcomed an owner they got Frank McCourt….

    Of course, very few people will get to read their answers, since all these folks who hate Simers with a passion also insist they don’t read his column !?

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