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Old 10-25-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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October 25, 2006


FINALLY CAUGHT up with The Tanker on Tuesday, and for some reason we didn't hit it off.

I'm always a little surprised when someone doesn't take to their new nickname well, in this case offering Kobe Bryant the opportunity months ago to change my opinion when I suggested he went into a Game 7 second-half pout against Phoenix to end the Lakers' season.

Never heard from him. His agent referred me to the Lakers, who referred me to Bryant's personal PR agent, who didn't respond to requests to chat.

I invited him to come on the Sunday morning father/daughter gabfest to explain in his own words that I was clueless, off base and otherwise an idiot, but I never heard from The Tanker until I caught up with him Tuesday.

"I'm not going to go on the radio and explain myself," he said in a raised voice. "I can't believe you'd write that I was throwing a game."

"I'm not suggesting you threw the game, as much as I'm saying you were pouting just like you've done before," I said in a raised voice.

"I've never done that," The Tanker exclaimed.

I mentioned a game against Sacramento, and he began to argue specifics, and frankly at my age I can't remember the names of everyone in my family all the time let alone the specifics of every game that Bryant has shown a streak of immaturity.

"You should do your homework if you're going to write that stuff," he said, and he has a point, so I looked it up and one of his former teammates said after he took only one shot in the first half of a 2004 game against Sacramento, "I don't know how we can forgive him."

Maybe it's best I don't do my homework.

I TRIED to explain to The Tanker that most people think of me as a jerk, so if the jerk asks you about possibly tanking, it's the jerk who gets criticized while you get to give your side and once again glow in the spotlight.

I had a similar discussion with Kevin Brown a few years ago, but he knew he was a jerk, and so he had trouble following my line of reasoning.

"I don't have to explain anything," The Tanker said, and that's usually true, because who is going to ask him a tough question around here without fear of being banished from his inner circle of trust?

That reminds me, I had to wait until Jim Hill was done interviewing him.

"You've made it clear if someone criticizes you they are no longer in your inner circle of trust or whatever you call it," I said.

"That's right," The Tanker said, while indicating he thought I had written about him possibly tanking "out of spite."

And I agreed. There's no question there was probably some spite in there, since this is a very personal column most days, and just be glad you're not the Bagger.

"Even if there was some spite in there," I added, "in my opinion, you were pouting," and I would have been more than happy to discuss it.

Well, I had no idea he had that loud of a voice, but the security guard at Staples Center closed the door so our little spirited discussion didn't interrupt Phil Jackson's news conference down the hall.

"Did you watch the seventh game?" The Tanker snapped.

"I was in Oscar De La Hoya's dressing room watching him get ready for his big fight which he won," I said, and I was grinning in the hope of changing the tenor of our little session, but The Tanker wasn't in the grinning mood.

And I hadn't even asked if he had called Shaq to wish him congrats.


THE TANKER was in no mood to make peace. "Did you watch the way I played the whole playoff series?"

"Some," I said, and I didn't want to upset him any more by letting him know I really had my eye on the Clippers. That's just me, I like to watch the best teams in town.

"I was playing the way I had played the whole series," he said.

But I told him from what I had seen on TV of the seventh game, he never penetrated in the second half, never made an aggressive move to the basket and didn't save the day with the season on the line. That's not the Bryant I know.

"You impugned my character," Bryant said. "You've watched me compete here for 10 years and there's no way you can write what you wrote."

I told him there have been a number of incidents in the last 10 years in which we've disagreed, but in the past we've been able to meet and hash them out.

But now it takes a curtsey and a signed affidavit that nothing negative will be asked or written to gain admittance to the Bryant camp.

I wanted to press him for the real reason he's changing to No. 24, but I've got a bad knee, and genuflecting these days is out. I wanted to ask if he could see a Lakers championship anytime soon to coincide with the prime of his career, but it was obvious two tough questions was pushing it.

We couldn't get past the first question.

"So, for the record, did you tank against Phoenix?" I wanted to know.

"Are you kidding me?" he snapped. "I'm not going to talk about that."

A simple "no" might have sufficed, but when I urged The Tanker to give it one more try, he was gone.

I can't wait for the season to begin.

what a moron!!! working his ass off for 10 yrs and this is what kobe gets from this ****in jerk. i hope kobe is soakin all this in and ready to just put it all out on the court with a vengeance. can you believe this loser??? bandwagoner "I like to watch the best team in LA"...dude admitted that he didnt even watch all the laker games.
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:43 PM   #2
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I'm lovin this.

Because Kobe is gonna work even harder than before. Of cours TJ simers is a punk ass by saying "hes been busy watching the clippers"

That showed that he is a low class pig. He's only Lucky Bryant didnt beat the living **** out of him.

Anyways, Seasons-a-nearin.

Let's get ready folks!!!
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:43 PM   #3
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TJ Simers is a p*ssy. I have written him so many times calling him out for his p*ssy ambush tactics on Kobe and Phil. It is his style to create a hostile relationship with most of the athletes out there. So he does not just do it with Kobe and Phil.

He has some new morning radio progam on starting Monday thru Friday on KLAC 570 AM Radio here in So Cali, and I will personally be boycotting it because that guy just does not offer any real value to my sports interest.

I am not suggesting that you always have to be buddy buddy with the athletes, but he takes weak shots at people and it gets old real fast.

His act is tired! He uses the power of his pen and his big mouth to probably get even for when he was beat up as a kid.

I don't read his stuff anymore and I will boycot any radio station, etc., when he is on. (take a note advertisers)

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Old 10-25-2006, 10:59 PM   #4
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I read his sh*t earlier!! This guy is trash!!

Don't forget to email him!! @ t.j.simers@latimes.com

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Old 10-26-2006, 12:49 AM   #5
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I read his sh*t earlier!! This guy is trash!!

Don't forget to email him!! @ t.j.simers@latimes.com


lol thx for the email..time to spam his old fat ass.
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:08 AM   #6
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:22 PM   #7
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I sent him a very harsh email.
He responded by saying "wow,...".
I then responded by apologizing for my email because I decided it was reactionary and rude...and I that I didn't know the history between him and Kobe so I don't know what issues may be driving him to bust on Kobe.
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The dude wont apologize either way. He does not care about your opinions. It is his version of "shock" reporting to get under professional athletes skin to get a story. He is constantly antagonizing people.

The best way to deal with him in my opinion is to let the LA Times and KLAC 570 AM Radio know that you will not be reading his articles or listening to him (which means you wont buy their newspapers and see their advertising sponsors or listen to radio sponsors). Hit them in the wallet!

The guy is a jerk!

Can you tell I have an opinion about this??? LOL

ps. Bleedin, I honestly think your first reaction was the right one in this case.
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The dude wont apologize either way. He does not care about your opinions. It is his version of "shock" reporting to get under professional athletes skin to get a story. He is constantly antagonizing people.

The best way to deal with him in my opinion is to let the LA Times and KLAC 570 AM Radio know that you will not be reading his articles or listening to him (which means you wont buy their newspapers and see their advertising sponsors or listen to radio sponsors). Hit them in the wallet!

The guy is a jerk!

Can you tell I have an opinion about this??? LOL

ps. Bleedin, I honestly think your first reaction was the right one in this case.

I felt like I had to apologize because I ripped him hard...and then I decided I didn't want any bad Karma coming my way...I don't need it...you know what I mean?
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I felt like I had to apologize because I ripped him hard...and then I decided I didn't want any bad Karma coming my way...I don't need it...you know what I mean?

Couldnt have been worse then mine...but u got him to respond?

thats amazing...he didnt reply to mine.

But maybe you can PM me and tell me what you said
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This guy TJ simers doesnt even know how to write. Go to school to learn how to write. And if you could do so much better than kobe than why dont you try to take a team to the playoffs and score 81 points in one season. This guy is pretty much trying to look good and guess what he aint looking good and he is not proven anything to anybody. HE IS A NOBODY TRYING TO MAKE IT BIG. And there is to many laker and kobe fans to let him tear up kobe like that. WE GOT THE LAKERS AND KOBE BACK. GO LAKERS!!!!
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Bleedinpurple, you are a nice guy, thats all I will say!

I have never gotten a response from TJ myself, so I am not even sure if he reads his email.

My opinion however, is that he thrives on controversy and antagonism, so that when he received our hate email, he actually loves it.

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