Friday, September 12, 2008

I severely dislike TJ Simers

 
 
I might even hate him. But hate is a strong word and it's hard to hate someone you don't even know, so I'll stick with severely dislike at this point. Below is a recent TJ Simers article from "Page 2" of the Sunday Sports Section in the LA Times. This is pretty typical of the drivel I've come to expect from Simers. For reasons unknown to me he has a personal vendetta against the City of San Diego and all of it's sports franchises, especially the Chargers. As a rebuttal to this recent article I'm going to lay out a few facts for Mr. Simers.

First off he says our football and baseball teams are bad again and that we are lucky to get a glimpse of the Dodgers, who are on their way to winning yet another World Series title. ("What a treat for the small-town losers in San Diego, the local yokels saddled with bad football and baseball teams again, but catching a break finally and getting a glimpse of the Los Angeles Dodgers as they move toward yet another World Series title.")

Hmmm that's interesting. Let's take a look at the recent history of San Diego's major sports franchises versus those in Los Angeles. Let's first look at the Chargers. Over the last four years (2004-2007) the Chargers have gone 46-18, while winning three division championships. Over that same span the Oakland Raiders (who are the defacto NFL team in Los Angeles since they can't get their own NFL franchise) have gone 15-49, while winning zero division championships. Over that same span the Chargers have beaten the hapless Raiders nine straight times. So who's football franchise is bad again TJ? Now let's look at the Padres. Granted they are terrible this year. You'll get no argument from me there. But if you look at the previous four years (2003 - 2007) the Padres went 346-303, while winning two division titles. Over that same span the Los Angeles Dodgers went 334-314, while winning just one division title. The Padres have a slightly higher winning percentage and one more division title but the overall records are similar. If you look at the head to head record it follows a similar trend. The Padres own a 39-34 head to head edge over that span. So if you're going to call the Padres bad (which is a stretch given the recent parity in the National League) you have to call the Dodgers bad too. As for the Dodgers winning yet another World Series title? Well, it hasn't happened since 1988 and 1981 before that. To find any other Dodgers titles you'd have to go all the way back to the 60's. Granted Simers does look pretty old in his bio so he was probably around to remember those titles. That being said live in the now TJ. Nobody cares what happened 50 years ago. Besides we're talking about the Dodgers, not the Yankees. There's a franchise with some World Series Titles to boast about.

Simers then goes on to take credit for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as he lumps them in with the Dodgers, Lakers, and USC Trojans. ("If only the yokels had what it takes to make it up north, and enjoy what the Dodgers, Angels, Lakers and Trojans have to offer. But I guess somebody has to live down here.")

He apparently got confused by their recent name change because everyone knows the Angels play in Anaheim which is part of Orange County, not Los Angeles. Nice try TJ. But I happen to live in Orange County. And if anything Orange County is more like San Diego than it is Los Angeles.

He goes on demean the Spanos family, the residents of San Diego, and the Chargers head coach, Norv Turner. ("...the Spanos Goofs..."), ("...the small-town losers in San Diego, the local yokels..."), ("San Diego has Norv Turner as Chargers coach, while the Dodgers are managed by the great Joe Torre and the media.") Even for a member of the media, this guy is toxic. I see what he's trying to do in stirring people up and being controversial, but at the end of the day it's just sad. What he's really doing is giving good journalists a bad name. It's okay to report your opinions and pass it off as news. But it's not okay when you have no facts to back up your opinions. In the future do some research TJ. I'm sure at some point you weren't as bitter and lazy as you are now. Try to remember what inspired you to be a sports writer in the first place and maybe you'll have a chance of restoring at least some of your credibility. Otherwise do all sports fans a favor and just quit. Trust me no one will miss you when you're gone.


T.J. Simers
September 9, 2008
San Diego is a town filled with losers
It's no wonder the people there are jealous of L.A., where all the winners reside.
DINKY TOWN DOWN SOUTH -- What a treat for the small-town losers in San Diego, the local yokels saddled with bad football and baseball teams again, but catching a break finally and getting a glimpse of the Los Angeles Dodgers as they move toward yet another World Series title.

No autographs, please, the boys are busy preparing for the first round of the playoffs against the Cubs, which explains why they really couldn't take the Padres seriously.

As for Chargers fans, they are trying to decide if life is worth living, a question they seemingly have to contemplate every year.

All together now: "San Diego Super Chargers!

"We're coming your way, we're gonna dazzle you with our super play. The time has come" to apparently fall flat on our face masks once again.

If only the yokels had what it takes to make it up north, and enjoy what the Dodgers, Angels, Lakers and Trojans have to offer. But I guess somebody has to live down here.

The Chargers have been picked by some experts to win the Super Bowl, but the Spanos Goofs and their band of heartbreakers regularly fall shy of expectations, which might explain why the team was the only one unable to sell out the opener -- a TV station buying tickets so the game could be shown here locally.

As a result, everyone down here got the chance to watch their heroes fold, Carolina scoring on the last play, and the Chargers sport a worse winning percentage than the Padres, who are 32 games below. 500.

San Diego Super Chargers!

"This was one of those September NFL eye-openers, a mimosa with a gallon of Red Bull for legs, a Bloody Mary with not enough caffeine in its blood," wrote San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Nick Canepa. "When you get up the following morning after one of these losses, the room still hasn't stopped spinning."

When everyone in the big city woke up Monday, the Dodgers and Angels were in first place.

L.A. has USC, and San Diego has San Diego State, losers to Cal Poly SLO recently. L.A. has the Lakers, and San Diego still has the Clippers in their background.

San Diego has a minor league outfit in the Padres and Norv Turner as Chargers coach, while the Dodgers are managed by the great Joe Torre and the media.

As for Monday, it really didn't matter what happened here. The Dodgers were due for a letdown, the Diamondbacks dead and matched against Giants sensation Tim Lincecum.

It's also probably a given the Dodgers will lose every game the rest of the way Greg Maddux pitches, although he finally did make the Padres winners.

The Diamondbacks are cooked, the Dodgers' magic number is 18 and soon they will be getting BradPenny, Rafael Furcal, Andruw Jones, Takashi Saito and Jeff Kent back -- making them favorites to win the World Series.

That's what ESPN's Eduardo Perez said this weekend on the radio, and he's an expert. Probably picked the Chargers to win the Super Bowl too.

I WILL undergo the same surgical procedure on my knee, and the same knee as Kent next week. We'll see who returns to work first.

The surgeon wanted me to see our family doctor, Thomas Parsa, who had to introduce himself, because he not only doesn't make house calls, he also doesn't take visits to his office if he can push you off on a nurse practitioner.

When it came time for blood to be taken, Danielle Davis -- the Andruw Jones of the nursing profession -- stuck me what seemed like 18 times while never hitting a vein before finally drilling into my hand.

The Raiders' team doctor, Frederick Nicola, will be doing the surgery, which got me to thinking as Danielle Davis kept poking that needle in my arm -- does Al Davis have a daughter named Danielle? I know this, if the anesthesiologist's last name is Davis, I'm out of there.

By the way, Parsa said he'd be seeing me soon. I guess his nurse practitioner is going to be on vacation.

WISE guy that he is, Scully wanted to know if I was making the entire road trip. "Murray would," he said.

I knew Scully wasn't going to Pittsburgh, so I wanted to fire back and say, "So-and-so would too," but with 59 years on the job, he got me. I had no idea who so-and-so might be.

Great news, of course, that he's returning, and although that cuts into Charley Steiner's airtime, maybe we can get him to come back for two or three more years.


T.J. Simers can be reached at t.j.simers@latimes.com. To read previous columns by Simers, go to latimes.com/simers.

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