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Curt remarks land with a thud

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff June 11, 2008 08:36 AM

T.J. Simers: Curt Schilling is gutless. Here we go.

The L.A. Times columnist lets loose on the Red Sox pitcher today for his 38 Pitches entry from Monday that portrayed Lakers star Kobe Bryant as a dictator on the court.

“If Schilling has got something to write, let's see him come to Los Angeles, stand outside the Lakers' locker room and get cussed out by Vanessa Bryant like every other blogger,” writes Simers. “Talk about bloody socks.”

Bryant, of course, led the way for the Lakers with 36 points last night in an 87-81 win over the Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Let’s be clear, we don’t have much of a problem with Schilling reporting what he saw take place on the court at the Garden Sunday night, nor did we plan to get all caught up on it and react with furious vigor, as folks seem to do whenever Lord Schill opens his mouth. For whatever particular reason.

It’s just that when you whine, rail, bemoan, and vilify the media for writing and reporting based on opinion and hearsay, then turn around and do the exact same thing, you seem a little duplicitous. Beware of becoming the man you hate, or something like that.

Writes Simers:

Had Schilling written that Lamar Odom and Luke Walton were rolling their eyes, at least that would have been something positive, the two guys doing something while they were in Boston.

Instead, he seemed to go out of his way to irritate Bryant, and I can't imagine anyone doing that.

So maybe he'll come out aggressively and really show them, Schilling inspiring Bryant, and I wonder how that plays in Boston, Schilling doing more for the Lakers than the Red Sox or Celtics.

We’ll see. But I tend to think that Paul Pierce’s huge six-point night did more for the Lakers than the Celtics last night. More than Schilling anyway.

26 comments so far...
  1. how it warms the heart to know that vanessa bryant is so protective of her sodomizin' adulterous meal tick....i mean, husband. you go girl!!!

    Posted by benjikaye22 June 11, 08 08:48 AM
  1. We all knew Bryant was a jerk. Now we know he is no teammate. Schilling may be a blow hard but that does not mean he is wrong.

    Posted by BTMan June 11, 08 11:51 AM
  1. So underneath his scope, isn't TJ gutless as well? He is calling out Schilling from miles and miles away. Schilling has shown he has guts, calling out baseball in congress, stating his opinion directly to people and through the media. I just think that Mr. Simers should stop sniffing Kobe's jock strap and realize that someone shouldn't have to confront a person he does not know face to face in order to be considered "brave". This guy is a hack just like the LA Times. Worst newspaper around.

    Posted by Mike June 11, 08 12:15 PM
  1. I'm a redsox fan and I'm always embarrassed whenever Schilling opens his big mouth! About Kobe, let him do what he does to get his teamates going. It seemed to have worked all year. If they didn't have team chemistry, would they have maken it this far? Doubt it. Put your bloody sock in your mouth Curt

    Posted by Mike June 11, 08 12:43 PM
  1. Yes, everyone West of the Mississippi will now jump to Kobe's aid. Lost in this is the fact that Phil Jackson is such an enabler in getting Kobe his whining fix to the refs. If Pierce had a ring (and he will) - he'd be getting a few more Kobe calls too.

    Posted by Stan Papi's ghost June 11, 08 12:52 PM
  1. Even Kobe agrees with Schill - had to laugh at Tuesday evening's dog & pony show about how sweet and loving a father Kobe is...Kobe wants to be number 1..way to go, Kobe just berate your teammates...it's all about YOU You YOU

    Posted by Bud June 11, 08 01:00 PM
  1. He was courtside and wrote what he saw/heard. It's a blog, so he pondered Kobe's reasons - you know, gave an opinion in his blog.

    If you read an athlete's blog it's either going to be boring/have nothing of substance or entertaining and have opinionated rants.

    Yeah, there are a lot of things I hate about Curt, his politics, religious views...etc...But I admire his honesty and his willingness to put his opinions in print.

    Why else blog?

    Posted by Michael Shea June 11, 08 01:02 PM
  1. Hmmm,what did Curt actually say that makes him gutless anyway??? I'm an athlete as well and completely agree with what Curt mentioned witnessing and how different the 2 sports(baseball-basketball) regarding the interraction of superstar with teammates.
    Regarding the media,they're all for the most part shameless.Drooling to stir up something out of nothing.It happens daily and thwy've now replaced the tabloids.
    ESPN thinks they're the tell all for anything sports related. It makes me sick to even listen to talk radio any more due to the media cromies spouting off at the mouth hourly.I now mute most telecasts as the drama the jerks desperately try to create is laughable.
    When you ask Curt a question,the media has an agenda,they know he'll asnswer it honestly.It truly shows what the media is and has been about,themselves.
    Build the athletes up to create the story knowing they have the story waiting in the wings at any moment when they decide to tear the athletes down.

    Posted by JOHNNY MULK June 11, 08 01:53 PM
  1. At least Curt writes about things he sees with his own eyes rather than on hearsay (like that Herald writer). I applaud his candor and wish more athletes were like him. I don't want him to always be right; just honest. Too many sports figures and politicians are concerned with how their views will be interpreted. Who cares? Just speak what you feel and let people form their own opinion. Don't bash Curt, just say that he's wrong, that Kobe is a swell guy and a great teammate, and move on. Problem is, not many people feel that Kobe is such a swell guy and good teammate. I don't.

    Posted by Gerry B June 11, 08 01:58 PM
  1. Curt didn't give an opinion. He shared his observations.
    T.J. Simers jumps to conclusions while coming the the defense of a punk.
    T.J. Simers can go pound sand.

    Posted by Briscoe Darling June 11, 08 02:30 PM
  1. It's funny, 15 years ago Curt would put a towel over his head not to watch his teammate Mitch Williams close out games. Talk about team player and leader. Hippocrate is not a strong enough word for Schilling.

    Posted by Brian June 11, 08 03:36 PM
  1. Yeah, what a jerk Schilling is. How dare he write anything negative about Kobe the rapist? What nerve.

    TJ Simers needs some cheese to go with that whine.

    Posted by Cyn June 11, 08 03:46 PM
  1. I wrote a nice email to TJ Simers a little while ago. I am sure he won't answer.. What a clown he is.

    Posted by Rob June 11, 08 04:12 PM
  1. Why doesn't Mr. Simers hold his own LA Times colleague, Bill Plaschke, to the same standard which he attempts to hold Schilling? Oh, I keep forgetting, the media have no standards, at least any to which they feel they must adhere.

    Posted by TD June 11, 08 05:19 PM

    Posted by BIG MIKE June 11, 08 05:20 PM
  1. Like him or hate him, Schilling is what a few posters here have said about him...honest. Make your own opinion of his OBSERVATIONS. That is why he posted them in the first place. He is only stating those observations and HIS opinion. We are most all grown ups that can make up our own minds about something and should. As for his observations he made and the subsequent opinions. He said he was a "newby" on basketball and can only compare it to his sport...baseball.

    Posted by clovis in TX June 11, 08 05:22 PM
  1. What's a hippocrate?

    Posted by Patrick June 11, 08 05:45 PM
  1. Schilling needs to keep to himself with his stupid comments. Look Curt, you jumped on two teams that were allready good enought to win the WS. You dont lead your team, you just ride their cotetails and cause drama. I will say you are gutsy with the 04 bloody sock (sure), but you never put a team on your back and carried them as you got wooped in your first game of the series. The Red Sox won because they played as a team and they won the WS not just you. The Sox would of won the WS with out you and the D-Backs also. Johnson should of won the MVP not both of you. I mean even crapy Lugo got a WS being on a great team so please be quiet. Also, you signed a PAVANO like deal by screwing the Sox out of 8 Mill when you knew you were hurt. Please stay to baseball, you know nothing about basketball. Oh maybe you taught Pierce how to over dramatise an injury when in all reallity it wasnt as bad as preceved. I saw you in Anaheim right after the 04 WS and you wernt even limping. Put that in you blog....

    Posted by P. Mottola June 11, 08 07:13 PM
  1. As someone once said, the truth is welcome in heaven and hell. As for Kobe, hell is where he and the whole Laker pack can go, and Zen-master Phil can lead the charge, right after Doc lights up a vintage Red Auerbach cigar and blows smoke right in Phil's face. Let's see how long it takes for the refs to hit Kobe with another T in the next game; in game 3, he got in the face of the refs on every foul called on him. What a jerk; any other player would have had two T's at that rate.

    Schill, as usual reads the situation correctly. Kobe is not a team player, and Phil just tolerates it like all the idiot Laker fans and all their Hollyweird celeb hangers-on. GO GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Pete G. June 11, 08 07:23 PM
  1. "when you whine, rail, bemoan, and vilify the media for writing and reporting based on opinion and hearsay"

    I didn't spend 4 years in college studying journalism, but is it hearsay when you observed it with your own eyes? See it -> write it. Sounds a little different from hearsay.

    Posted by Woolly93 June 11, 08 11:36 PM
  1. Schilldog might have broke the 86 year curse, but as regards to things that really matter, he is a scumbag. If Curt was for real, he'd be in Iraq bombing babies, not just supporting illegal wars and Presidents. Maybe Curt can get a job with Fox News when he retires. Hey, the Red Sox are doing fine due to people like Schilling. America? We are up the creek because of no good idiot rednecks hell bent on force feeding us fascism. Curt Schilling is an evil creep. No different from Ko"me" Bryant.

    Posted by Nick Faldo June 12, 08 04:09 AM
  1. Here's an idea, invite Kobe to a Sox game and let him blog his experiences!

    Posted by stan June 12, 08 10:12 AM
  1. I get a kick out of these blowhards who like to rip Schilling for expressing his opinions and observations. Last time I checked it's a free country and people have a right to express themselves...even ball players and ditch diggers. To the scholar who said the Sox would've won in '04 and '07 without him...think again. Take away his 20 wins in '04 and the Sox don't make the playoffs. Schil is one the greatest post season pitchers in the history of the game...just read his stats. oh wait....that might be hard for you....I hope you read better than you spell....

    Posted by Batmanuel June 12, 08 10:40 AM
  1. Interesting that the last guy used the word "blowhard" while defending Schilling. Well congrats to you, you can spell. But your love for the redsox has got you blind as to what athletes say and do outside the game. And true it's a free country and that does give everyone the opportunity to make an @$$ out of themselves which Curt has taken well advantage of this time and many times before. But to defend Schillings loud obnoxious mouth with his stats is pretty imature don't you think? That's something an 8 year old would do. And even thats giving you too much credit. Spell check that buddy.

    Posted by Mike June 12, 08 01:01 PM
  1. If you dopes read Simers' column (or could comprehend it), he basically confirmed everything Schilling wrote. He just did it tongue-in-cheek. He didn't say Curt was gutless. He said he was gutless for not being there where Vanessa Bryant could cuss him out like every other blogger. That's funny. The entire column basically trashes Kobe and the rest of the Lakers.

    Context? Perspective? What's that? It's just easier to jump to conclusions, isn't it?

    On another note, why do people hate Schilling so much? For god's sake, he brought us a World Championship and doesn't spit out the same cliche every day. I'll take Curt over the idiots on the Pig, errrr, Big Show any day.

    Posted by Newsdork June 13, 08 02:52 AM
  1. I'm with batmanuel. Schilling is what he is - regardless of what people think of his opinions. Some people (like Mike above) just can't stand his 'loud obnoxious mouth' yet quickly follow that with a comment about being 'imature'...and advise another person to use spell check (??) Yeah, whatever. Well said.

    Too many people can't get past their own little self-righteous opinions, and just hate Schilling simply because of his religious views, his political positions, or simply the fact that he has the guts to call things like he sees them. None of which have ANYTHING at all to do with his performance on the mound... and his post-season dominance.

    Maybe it's envy? Jealousy? Whatever. Many of us enjoy him for the exact same reasons that P Mottola and Nick Faldo on here, and TJ Simers in L.A. allow him to get under their skin.

    BTW - Nick - bombing babies in Iraq? For real? Get a grip

    Posted by Schillingjustkillsyou June 13, 08 12:55 PM
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