As Taylor wrote, “when sport makes instant millionaires out of kids who can hit a ball or a puck with a stick or stuff a leather balloon through a fishnet, what’s not to laugh?”
Famed B.C. sports columnist Jim Taylor died on Monday and it didn’t take long for the accolades to pour in.
Edmonton Sun sports writer Terry Jones referred to Taylor as “skull”.
“Skull was a legend,”Jones wrote on Twitter. “Jim Taylor had the best wit in Canadian sportswriting and loved to tell the story of how he started in the biz reviewing records for the Victoria Times and once wrote a column explaining why one guy would never make it. Elvis Presley.”
Dozens of other industry players, as well as longtime fans, weighed in on social media.
Squire Barnes, of Global TV, referred to him as “one of the greatest sports writers this country has produced.”
“I first met Jim Taylor through a mutual family friend when I was working as the sports editor at a small newspaper in the Kelowna. He encouraged me to apply to The Province sports department and he put in a word for me. I got in and Jim became a great mentor.” Gee said. “I remember him telling me to not take any you know what from a certain old school football coach and to laugh, after all we got to cover sports.”