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Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« on: January 22, 2009, 04:00:36 PM »
Let's try to refrain from the usual arguments. We've been typing in circles about Bill and his career for close to five years. No sense in discussing his path to fame, whether he's a journalist, his time at the Herald, how much he gets paid, etc. Been there, done that.

I liked this column. I think empathy is important, no matter what kind of writer you are. There is something universal about a pet dying, and while this was not the greatest fracken column ever spun about the subject, it made me tear up a little.

So well done, Bill.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/090122
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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 04:18:38 PM »
I second your thoughts. If you've ever had a dog,  you can't help but be touched.

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009, 04:25:14 PM »
I've trashed Simmons mercilessly in the past and will again in the future, but this was indeed touching.

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009, 04:30:53 PM »
As one who grew up with a Golden who lived for water, kids and balls, I'll say that one hit me also. 

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2009, 04:35:57 PM »
Not a fan at all, but this I could relate to. Retrievers and tennis balls, a universal connection (and obsession).
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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2009, 04:45:15 PM »
No trashing of Bill Simmons here.
Anyone who has ever had the love of a dog and it companionship can truly identify and sympathize with him.
I'd worry if somebody didn't cry over this column.

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2009, 04:52:59 PM »
If everyone wrote a story about their dog that died, there would be a lot of stories about dogs that died, and a lot of people thinking the people that wrote them were a lot better writers than they are.

I generally like Bill Simmons' stuff. But that column is boring. It's like a play-by-play of the dog's life. How can you not start that story with the part about the dog following his daughter out into the street when she snuck away one day? The first 500 words of that column could have been trimmed into 200 good ones.

Just because cyberspace is theoretically infinite doesn't mean your stories have to be as well.


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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2009, 05:01:21 PM »
Style-wise, you're right.
But again, I gotta give Bill a break here.

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2009, 05:04:07 PM »
I'll trust you guys.  Having recently lost one, and still struggling badly with that loss, very badly, I can't read it.  I just won't.   I'd love to be outside with my big girl and a tennis ball right now. 
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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2009, 05:14:26 PM »
I have lost two dogs in my lifetime and don't care to go through it again.
Tough, very tough.
My heart goes out to all of us who have dealt with such a loss.

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 05:44:04 PM »
This is a column where they should have turned the reader comments back on, though I'm sure his mailbag is getting deluged. Nice job.
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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 05:45:08 PM »
Good story. Not great, but good. Agreed with TSP - the lead was 800 words too late.

This, however, was phenomenal:

Once Dooze started visibly declining, our daughter knew something bad was happening, so we told her that Dooze was heading to the moon soon and went through the "it's better on the moon, she'll be happier there" charade. Now she thinks everyone goes to the moon when they die. This will be awkward if she ever meets Neil Armstrong. But that's the part nobody prepares you for -- not just losing your dog, but watching your kids lose their dog. As a parent, you feel obligated to protect your children from the things you don't want them to see, and then suddenly there's your dog slowly dying in the house, and they're seeing it every day. It's not fair.

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2009, 05:54:28 PM »
I've been a big Simmons detractor over the last couple of years, but this was really well done.
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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2009, 06:08:36 PM »
It's nice to see him right with some emotion. Simmons, to me, has become stale. If he wrote with that type of passion and emotion about humans, it would be a terrific read.

It's nice to see him with some versatility. 

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2009, 06:56:28 PM »
yes, that column is all about love and passion and that's what hits home with readers and even us in the media.
over the years, i've written some columns about very, very close friends in our profession who have died...guys whom i covered games with, hung around with, etc...opened the vein and wrote from the heart. and seemingly every time, readers would call or email and say how much it touched them. i felt that way after reading Bill's column.

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2009, 07:15:46 PM »
My wife adopted a beagle during her first year of grad school, and last year, 12 years later, we needed to put Sadie down. The dog had been a bridge for my wife from struggling as a single women trying to make it on her own to being pregnant with her first child.

A few times I needed to consol my wife, who always wanted Sadie to meet our daughter just once but did not, when she cried like a small girl repeating how she missed her dog.

She told me that someone once told her that when pets pass on they wait for you in front of a bridge we all cross when when pass away. Then as a group we move on to the next level.

When the weather warms, we are going to rescue a beagle to go along with our little rescued dachshund. Our little girl, and hopefully our next child as well, will always have a dog. I just know Sadie's shoes will be hard to fill for my wife.
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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2009, 07:22:13 PM »
93Devil, I'm posting this because sportschick is too busy having fun and I have no life. But this is generally hers to post.

It's what your wife was talking about.

http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/rainbowb.htm
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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2009, 07:25:23 PM »
93Devil, I'm posting this because sportschick is too busy having fun and I have no life. But this is generally hers to post.

It's what your wife was talking about.

http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/rainbowb.htm

Damn, I think she printed that exact same page. She has made a Sadie scrapbook, and I think that is the first page.

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2009, 07:25:45 PM »
I'll trust you guys.  Having recently lost one, and still struggling badly with that loss, very badly, I can't read it.  I just won't.   I'd love to be outside with my big girl and a tennis ball right now. 
I'm with you on this one. My dog is 14 years old, meaning I have had her almost my entire adult life, and I am absolutely dreading that day. I'll avoid it.  

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2009, 07:26:46 PM »
The end was pretty good, too:

The day after The Dooze left us, our little boy woke up and my wife carried him downstairs to feed him like she always does. I was still half asleep and could hear her footsteps. Then I heard this: "Day-zee. Day-zee." That part didn't make me sad. The part that made me sad happened three mornings later ... when my wife was carrying him downstairs again and he didn't say anything.

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« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2009, 05:48:09 AM »
Say what you want about 98% of the drivel he writes about, this one has a surprisingly human feel to it.

I don't mind saying it got a little dusty in here for a second.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/090122

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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2009, 05:58:57 AM »
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« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2009, 06:20:27 AM »
Where were you when they crucified my post?
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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2009, 06:42:11 AM »
Do we do crucifiction for D_B's?

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Re: Bill Simmons with a nice column about his dog
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2009, 07:27:32 PM »
   The day my 10-1/2-year-old golden retriever goes, I'll be blogging about him, too...but vow to keep it at about half the length. I will try to use my post about my father's passing as the limit.
   That said, thank God with young kids in the Simmons abode, the Dooze wasn't a humper, like B is. B has a big hitch in his left front giddyup, but he's still capable of getting up to ingratiate himself on me. The big puppy is spending more time in the kitchen than downstairs this winter - a sure sign he's realizing his age.
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