Sunday, February 03, 2008


Please, sports editors of the dailies in Toronto, see if you can trade your an ace columnist, a copy editor, your humidor and a high pick in next year's hockey pool draft to the L.A. Times for T.J. Simers:

"Los Angeles is better off without the NFL.

"You have no idea what an ordeal it's going to be, or how much it's going to cost when the NFL fixes its sights on L.A.

"It will be so expensive to attend a game, most of you will never go. You will have a better chance of running into a drunk NFL player on the freeway than getting an autograph.

"... The NFL is perfect entertainment fare on TV, so let's keep it there -- where it can be turned on or off."

One irony: Remember that ESPN drama from a few years back, Playmakers, that the NFL reportedly deep-sixed after one season since its depiction of women-abusing, drug-dependent players hit a little too close to home? It's not for nothing the game scenes were shot in Toronto -- it should have been a message that this NFL thing is best left as a fantasy, best left to the Americans, who are better at the whole cognitivie dissonance thing.

This NFL thing is more trouble than it's worth (T.J. Simers, Los Angeles Times)


Geoff said...

So blogging is often about stirring the pot, seeing what kind of reaction folks have? Well, ok, I'll bite.

But I'm not going to argue with your proposition that Toronto might be better off without NFL. Thats a softball.

My issue is with anyone wishing TJ Simers on another human being. I lived in LA for 10 years, and read his nonsense the whole time. Asking for TJ to be a part of your life is like asking for herpes, or shingles, or kidney stones, or raging internal hemerrhoids, or, well, I think you get the point.

It's hard to describe the guy without going to the curse word bucket. I suppose his family likes him.

sager said...

It's hard to describe the guy without going to the curse word bucket.

Still sounds better than a couple T-Dot sports columnists past and present... no need to name names, they know who they are.

New reality said...

And so do we Sager...good thing I read your comment before I ate, don't think I could have stomached anything after thinking about the c$%p they spit out day in and day out...

Dennis Prouse said...

The NFL's failure to get a team back in LA is so ironic. Here is the richest, most powerful sports league on the planet, able to gain anti-trust exemptions, bully the networks and garner themselves taxpayer financed stadia right left and centre. Yet, for some odd reason, they are singularly unable to get a team back in the second largest market in the country.

Then again, LA isn't really a city more than it is just a vast collection of disparate communities, all connected by a freeway. You have to wonder if they'll ever get a team now, given that the window for getting a taxpayer funded stadium has now slammed shut. The only hope I see for LA is when Al Davis finally dies, and his heirs or the Raiders buyer decides to move the team back down the coast again.