Sunday, November 06, 2005
Low And In The Dirt: Matt Welch On The Times' Sports Coverage
As every long-suffering sports fan in this town knows all too well, "the Los Angeles media" is unfortunately synonymous with the Sports section of the paper you are holding. Especially its two loud-mouthed, value-subtracting columnists, Plaschke and T.J. Simers.A fine column, the likes of which we've been needing to see for some time now. The only thing missing is a plug for Dodger Thoughts, but this unquestionably represents a step forward. Thanks to Repoz from BTF for the note.
The two have had it in for DePodesta since his first day on the job. Plaschke greeted the new GM by calling him a "computer nerd," "webmaster," "General Manager.com," "Bill Gates," a "kid who relies on equations" and "speaks in megabytes" … and that was just in his first column. Simers immediately declared that the "Dodgers Come Up Short on New General Manager," and he has spent the time since vacillating between "Google Boy" and "Computer Boy" for a nickname. (The Times' Sports section, apparently, is still produced via typewriter and carrier pigeon.)
anyway, it was good to see, though it barely scraped the surface of what's wrong. one could write an entire philosophical treatise about what's wrong with plaschke & co., and the times more broadly.
And thanks for the plug!