t.j.-simers

Like baseball’s purity, Vin Scully never gets old: Anyone who thinks the Dodgers’ legendary play-by-play man has ‘lost it’ really ought to just get lost. Or simply listen to Scully enthrall listeners while losing himself in the beauty of the game.

Photo: Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, shown in August 2010, is continuing his “love affair” with baseball in the Dodgers’ booth this season. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

They carved out a tee ball field for the city’s 4- and 5-year olds in the middle of the park. If the city mows the grass, it’s sometimes possible to see second base from home plate. There’s one bench for spectators. This is the first baseball experience for hundreds and hundreds of kids. “It should be better,” Jason says.
—  — Los Angeles Times’ T.J. Simers
on Monrovia (Calif.) Youth Baseball League’s funding

Read T.J. Simers column for the Los Angeles Times (its a new month, so I have 10 articles before getting locked out of their paywall again!). In the piece, Simers, who has already raised the ire of Commercial Appeal columnist Geoff Caulkins during the Clippers’ first-round match-up against the Grizzlies, goes after Express-News columnist Buck Harvey for this piece on Blake Griffin.

Simers might cover the Lakers normally and is now covering the over-matched Clippers, but anybody that proactively attacks fellow columnists is a must-read every week. If only because griping in the pages of your column is like watching your grandparents troll each other on facebook. I can’t get enough of it. It’s millennial beefing on the Internet, but from the Boomer generation in the pages of major city newspapers. 

Irony is funny.

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O'Malley will be the sentimental choice, maybe the most popular one, to make folks feel good again about the Dodgers, but only by those struck by amnesia. The Dodgers were irrelevant under O'Malley his last nine years on the job, as horrible a thing as anyone can say about a sports team. The Dodgers advanced to the playoffs twice in that time but failed to win a playoff game. They were mediocre at best, with no promise of better games to be played any time soon.
—  Los Angeles Times’ T.J. Simers
on former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, who may bid for the team again 
It would be difficult to find someone better suited to stand tall as UCLA’s football coach, the good-looking, peppy recruiter who played for the school and who has proved the naysayers wrong by staying out of trouble since returning. Unfortunately, his lofty, enthusiastic sales pitch for respectability has fallen flat. It’s always been my biggest problem with the guy; he talks a good game but his team can’t play one.
—  — Los Angeles Times’ T.J. Simers
on UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel 
The ideals of the Wooden era are just that — the ideals of the Wooden era. I remember Dr. O'Donnell making house calls when I was kid. Ideally, I wish every doctor did the same today. The ideals of the Wooden era allowed Wooden to remain coaching at UCLA for 16 years before he won his first national title. Every UCLA coach should enjoy the same opportunity today. Howland has no obligation to maintain the Wooden era.
—  Los Angeles Times’ T.J. Simers
on the accusations of impropriety in UCLA men’s basketball