AJ Smith, "The Lord of No Rings", cracks me up. Can't believe the way this guy does business.
SILVER SLAMS “THE LORD OF NO RINGS”
Posted by Mike Florio on January 24, 2009, 12:42 p.m.
Well, it looks like Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports won’t be adding Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith to his alleged list of “smoke pot” buddies. [Editor’s note: We’re not suggesting that Silver or Smith smoke pot. Or crack.]
Silver blasted Smith in a Friday column focusing on Smith’s shoddy treatment of Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, whom Smith mocked on Thursday.
Silver suggests that owner Dean Spanos should get Smith (dubbed by a couple of local writers as “The Lord Of No Rings”) to put a sock in it.
We think Spanos should finish the job he started two years ago, when he clunked together the heads of Smith and former coach Marty Schottenheimer — and then only fired Schottenheimer.
A.J. MOCKS L.T.
Posted by Mike Florio on January 22, 2009, 12:20 p.m. EST
Things are gradually escalating in San Diego. And if we had any popcorn left after watching that slo-mo train wreck in Dallas, which is still unfolding nearly a month after 44-6, we’d have it ready.
On Wednesday, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson posted the following message on his personal web site: “I have been getting a lot of messages on my site regarding me leaving San Diego. I feel that I need to make it very clear that I have no intentions of leaving San Diego. San Diego is where my career started and where I’d like it to end. I have nothing but love and the upmost [sic] respect for this team, the players, and the Spanos Family. Me being traded is completely out of my hands. I have ABSOLUTELY no control in that decision making. All I can do is wait and see how it all plays out. As for now, I am a Charger and will be until I am told otherwise.”
Informed of the statement from L.T., Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith didn’t take the typical, “We respect LaDainian and everything he’s done for the organization” approach.
Instead, Smith mocked Tomlinson.
“My first reaction was we both have similar feelings,” Smith said, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I have no intentions of leaving San Diego. San Diego is where my GM career started and where I’d like it to end. I also have nothing but love and the utmost respect for this team, the players and the Spanos family. I have absolutely no control over how long I will be with the Chargers.”
Though on one hand we love it, on the other hand we suspect that one or more folks named Spanos are a tad uncomfortable with the remarks, which clearly were aimed at getting under L.T.’s skin.
Smith also addressed the broader question of what will happen with Tomlinson in 2009. “My recommendation to Dean Spanos will be what’s in the best interest of the team – both short and long term. That’s my job. That’s what Dean hired me to do.”