Los Angeles Times columnist was interviewed by the Daily Bruin:
DB: Do you follow sports blogs?
Simers: Are you kidding me? Why would I follow a sports blog? That's
some guy in his basement who has never interviewed an athlete. ... That
person can't offer me anything. You have got to go out in the
field. ... Bloggers are never held accountable. I don't trust
them. Accountability is a big deal. When I call someone a name in the
paper, I'm there the next day, and they can let me have it. I
have to stand by what I wrote.
smacked around his own paper's Laker blog:
I would've thought if The Times were going to try something
innovative such as that, it would want to focus on the best basketball
team in Los Angeles — the Clippers.
I looked closer at the Lakers Blog, and it read: "Adam and Brian
Kamenetzky have the dirt on what's going on with the Lakers." No
wonder people think newspapers always dwell on the negative, hiring
two extra guys just to make sure everyone knows how crummy the Lakers
are going to be this season.
Latimes.com also has the "Gold Derby Blog," the "Oscar
Beat Blog," and "The Movable Buffet Blog." But no Clippers
From what I know about blogs, it doesn't appear you need much more
than someone who likes to hear themselves talk, who knows how to type
and who also owns a computer. It's not as if you have to interview anyone,
or even attend a game, so long as you sound as if you know what you're
talking about — you know, kind of like sports talk radio.
But if that's what it takes to put together a Clippers Blog on Latimes.com
— repeating what has already been written in the Daily News, I
guess the Daily News is going to have to start doing more on the Clippers.
I'll have to speak to their editors.
found a picture and profile of T.J.'s daughter and radio co-host Tracy:
As the oldest daughter of T.J. Simers, born on his birthday, Tracy
has an opinion about everything.
She was born in Wisconsin, lived in New Jersey, Tennessee, Colorado
and finally California, enjoying every opportunity to match wits with
her father along the way. She went to high school in San Diego, college
at the University of Notre Dame, and chose to be an accountant, which
makes it very difficult to explain why she's now doing a radio show.
Tracy began attending the Denver Broncos training camp before first
grade, later getting a first-hand look at John Elway as he developed
into a great quarterback. She also got a good look at Ron Powlus while
attending Notre Dame, so she's known both ups and downs.
She's obviously a risk-taker, agreeing to do a weekly Sunday morning
radio show with no experience whatsoever. She stayed on the air for
two years, but obviously wanted to talk more.
Now she's put aside accounting to go on the air five mornings a week
to let everyone know each time her father says something stupid. She
plans on being very busy.