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Simers could be out at LAT

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by MTM, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The world isn't ready for a second Skip Bayless.
  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Simers wouldn't -- couldn't -- be anywhere near as bad as Bayless is, anyway.
  3. SellOut

    SellOut Member

    Hell, the world isn't ready for a first Skip Bayless.
  4. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Agreed. But the very thought of a second Skip Bayless gave me the shakes.
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Anyone named in a newspaper article as a friend of Frank McCourt who didn't immediately sue for libel is obviously a first degree slimeball. T. J. will land on his feet if this a management deal. Gosh, it's hard to remember the Times used to be one of the best newspapers around.
  6. arceditor

    arceditor New Member

    Remember when I interned in the sports department a few years ago, one of the copy editors introduced me to him. He half jokingly told me to get him a cup of coffee.
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Did you get him half a cup?
  8. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Obviously, I prefer Simers to Bayless, but Skip might be smart enough to stay in the good graces with the powers that be at ESPN. I don't think Simers could do that with any boss.

    I know of plenty of columnists who are gone for 2-3 months almost annually. I think I remember Simers having health issues earlier this year as well.
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    What's the basis for these tiers? I think Bill Shaikin is the second-best writer at the Times, behind Simers. And his coverage of the McCourt trial, along with his more conventional baseball coverage, was absolutely essential for anyone trying to follow it.

    I've never understood the undying love for Chris Dufresne.
  11. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Simers was no friend of McCourt, that's for sure. And I've always tried to squeeze his column in, since I like a good crumudgeon. He's also hosted some fundraisers for a children's hospital in LA (a dialogue with Vin Scully and John Wooden comes to mind) and some of the columns he's written about the kids who'll only leave the hospital in a hearse have me on the verge of tears.
  12. jackfinarelli

    jackfinarelli Well-Known Member

    The basis for this is simply my opinion of the regular writers in the Sports Section of the LA Times. Bill Shaikin is very good; I did not mean to imply that he is not. In my opinion he is not as good as Simers, Dufresne, Farmer or Plaschke.

    I would not characterize my enjoyment of Chris Dufresne's coverage of college football as "undying love", but I think he and Tony Barnhart (Mr. College Football) do the best job week to week in covering college football as a national entity. Again, just my opinion as a reader...
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