T.J. Simers, an award-winning sports columnist and familiar name in the Southern California sports world, is joining the Orange County Register. His first column is scheduled to appear on page 2 of Thursday’s sports section.
Simers, who was a columnist the past 13 years for the Los Angeles Times, joins a group of Register sports columnists that includes two who were selected among the top 10 in the nation in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ most recent judging.
“I live in Orange County and now work in Orange County with the goal of having a better year than the Angels,” Simers said. “I also hope to find a husband among Register readers for my daughter.”
Simers’ columns initially will run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays but often will appear on other days as well.
Register sports editor Todd Harmonson said Simers’ addition gives the section “a starting rotation full of aces that has to be considered among the best in the nation.”
“T.J. is a master at driving the conversation with his brand of humor and holding accountable those who deserve it,” Harmonson said. “Some sports fans love him; others love to hate him. But they read him and are passionate in their feelings toward him. When we had the opportunity to add his voice to a fantastic group of columnists that is led by Mark Whicker, we knew it was the right move.”
The Register staff now features three columnists who have been selected among the top 10 in the nation in the APSE’s annual voting – Simers, Whicker and Marcia C. Smith – including multiple selections for Simers and Whicker. It also includes general sports columnist Jeff Miller, NFL and media columnist Michael Lev and Steve Fryer, who writes a page 2 notes column and others about high schools.