T.J. Simers Trashes OC Weekly in First Column for OC Register--YEAH!

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As we reported earlier this month, the Orange County Register scored a coup by nabbing legendary crank columnist T.J. Simers from the Los Angeles Times. Well, his first column appears today in print, and it's as lovably antagonistic as ever before--how can you not love a columnist who begins his OC tenure by trashing Angels owner "Angry" Arte Moreno, a man who deserves all the barbs thrown his way.

Even better? Simers also directed his acid pen at yours truly, although never by name. We. Are. HONORED!!!


After cracking a joke at the behalf of Register owner Aaron Kushner, calling him "Ashton Kutcher," Simers cites our column warning him about what's to come, although never mentioning myself or the Weekly by name, simply referring to me as a "blogger." Hey: that's the nicest thing the Register has EVER printed about us, so we'll take it as a compliment.

"The blogger had a warning for me," Simers wrote. "He said my columns are just 'the type of journalism Kushner loathes.' Well, why should he be any different than most Page 2 readers?"

HA!

You can read the column here; the Reg said it'll allow free access to its sports columnists for a wee bit, which means we won't have to steal our neighbor's paper for a couple of weeks.

The funny thing, though, is that Simers also claimed in his inaugural column that LA Times editors recently pressured him to stop trashing Moreno and the Angels so much--"I guess it didn't look good with all the advertising the Angels were doing on the Times' website." Simers does realize that the Angels spend mucho dinero with the Reg, going so far as to unloading cheap seats on Register subscribers, right? Who's got the over-under on how many weeks until Kushner tells Simers to kibosh the Moreno-bashing?

Let's hope that never happens (although betcha it will). Here's to hoping Simers has a long reign on Page 2 of the Register's always outstanding sports section. And, TJ: seriously, big honor. Huge fan. Coker doesn't like you, saying you were better off covering football--but he roots for the Raiders, so what does he know? Let me take you out to breakfast one day, because if you've been eating at the same Yorba Linda cafe all these years, then you've been eating shit food, as Yorba Linda has no good breakfast to speak of outside of Original Pancake House.

Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano.

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29 comments
pamon
pamon

ever since the OC Register hid their subpar content behind a paywall, I've never visited the site. If their ad people can't sell enough to cover the site, then it's sad. Can't even remember the last time I bought an OCR. Isn't like $1 per copy for like 30 pages, 25 of those are ads, 2 strip club/massage ads, and maybe 3 pages of news?

lonhall
lonhall

OC Register sucks! Ate our wonderful free paper Irvine World News and left us with shit ads and no news. Gotta pay them up front money for news of Irvine. I vote for pinchi wabs like Gustavo! (Well, I do like to eat and love his recommendations)

Mel Schantz
Mel Schantz

having grown up with classic writers like Jim Murray, t.j. simers always struck me as a hack when it came to journalism, and desperately unfunny to boot. truly one of the worst journalists to be graced with a column, let alone be a credentialed one...i mean what the fuck. yes, to be 'trashed' by t.j. is a wierd sort of honor, one of the guys who if they like you, you know you are doing something wrong.

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

OC Register is a terrible paper. Web is only accessible by subscribers to their paper. Don't you think they are likely missing out on a few things? First: ad revenue? Wouldn't that increase substantially with the tens or hundreds of thousands daily clicks they could be getting? Second: don't they feel they have a voice that they would want heard (seen) by as many people as possible? Also, they should be perpetually called out for their shady dealings. Basically acting as a shill for the city of Anaheim, all police departments, and other organizations who's agenda they agree with. There's more...

Maria A. Moffa
Maria A. Moffa

The OC Register is a great paper! I used it a lot when I would clean my parrot's cage! It absorbed a lot of shit!

Bill Gurney
Bill Gurney

I didn't notice he wasn't with the Times. No great loss. Never read the register.

Derek Saclolo
Derek Saclolo

I would read the article in OCRegister, but their web articles require a subscription to the papers. That's why I switched to OCWeekly. :)

Marc Morin-Lebel
Marc Morin-Lebel

Hey Gustavo, remember what Gandhi said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then YOU WIN" (emphasis mine).

Andy King
Andy King

what is this 'newspaper' of which you speak?

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

OC Weekly: Best blog ever printed on rag with no spell checkery ever harmed in its production!

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

I wouldn't let dead baby rats sleep in the awful junk paper the New Times prints on !

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Well, good on yuh. When a crank calls you out, you're in good company.

Dave Nguyen
Dave Nguyen

Usually I don't like to use profanity but... I f***ing hate this damn douchebag. I hate the SOB in his Times columns. I despise his role at PTI before his well deserved firing. Showed his nepotism by hiring his daughter with his short lived radio show with the great Fred Roggin. Now, once again, he's acting like an ass at OC Register.

Noah Flaum
Noah Flaum

The OC Weekly calling others antagonistic! That's as hypocritical as myself calling others antagonists!

YLPunk
YLPunk

Funny you should mention breakfast as YL is getting an Early Bird Cafe soon. Can't wait.

heatherreger
heatherreger

@GustavoArellano Shoot! I was going to mention the Mini Gourmet, but then I remembered that was in Placentia, not YL. Does it count if it is on Yorba Linda Blvd.?

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Aaron Kushner does have a lot in common with Ashton Kutcher...

...they both fell in love with older models

 

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

If the part about the LA Times editors is true...and given the conceited delusions of columnists, I'm not sure it is...that's really disturbing.  I have recent, first-hand knowledge that the internal ethics oversight at the Times is as solid as ever.  Even this hint of the slightest lapse in that from a disgruntled ex-employee makes my heart skip a few beats.  


MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

I don't know if Simers was better off covering football; it may have made him miserable. Readers were better off because his NFL pages were, unlike his column, funny, informative and must-reads.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@lonhall  

"Gotta pay them up front money for news of Irvine."  

And there it is, ladies and gentlemen...exactly how Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz are going to make print profitable.  

 

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Oh I forgot to sign the above: 

Sincerely, 

The Commenter 

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@JBinOC I know the editors at the Times, and they're good people—so I wonder if Simers was meaning the publishers. Nevertheless, can't wait until Aaaron Smalley gets mad!

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