April 25, 2024


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Letters to Sports: Trouble keeps brewing in college football

Entering this time, it is intriguing to notice that four of the top-5 rated teams in the region — Alabama, Clemson, Ohio Point out and Ga — will have a beginning quarterback from Southern California whilst the other, Oklahoma, has been given a dedication from Orange County’s top QB for the 2023 recruiting cycle. This is specifically noteworthy because all played their higher university soccer inside of a 30-mile radius and it’s not insignificant that just about every spurned UCLA and USC (including JT Daniels, who transferred).

If hoping to end the troubling migration of elite nearby talent, the Trojans certainly will have to “take back again the West” when the Bruins can no lengthier acquire a backseat.

Steve Ross
Beverly Hills


Question for UCLA agenda makers: What was the intent of a Week sport towards Hawaii? Absolutely not the gate cash. An “announced” crowd of 32,000? I do not feel so. I have observed far more folks at the Rose Bowl for a high school video game. How does beating up a cupcake from the Mountain West get ready you for an SEC crew?

Joe Novak
La Crescenta


Wherever precisely ended up people 32,892 admirers when the stadium was found from above? In the restroom or buying a beer … they certainly weren’t in the stands.

Jerry Rutledge
Palm Springs


Although my good friends and I welcomed our return to the Rose Bowl for a resounding gain from Hawaii, what occurred to enforcement of the Los Angeles County mask mandate for outdoor gatherings of in excess of 10,000 people? I estimate a lot more than 80% of the admirers did not wear masks at all when seated throughout the game. Even though we had some length because of to the little crowd, it was continue to disconcerting. The a few of us perennial supporters will not go to the LSU match since of the unvaccinated ratio of Louisiana citizens and the deficiency of even just one usher to implement the mask mandate.

Craig A. Horowitz
Santa Monica


As a lifelong Trojan admirer and alumnus allow me say this: I really do not blame [Steve] Sarkisian, I blame those people in Heritage Hall for hiring him. They by no means did their owing diligence about his troubles. I experienced neglected that Salute to Troy episode, but to be practically yanked off the stage should’ve despatched up sky rockets that there was a challenge. He was hired dependent on a mediocre document, a undesirable head mentor and I’ll say it now like I did again then: They should’ve employed Coach O.

Invoice Consolo
Del Aire

Balancing act

Bill Shaikin’s comparison of the MLB and NBA playoff seedings overlooks the reality that the MLB agenda is seriously weighted towards divisional rivalries. Each individual staff performs each individual team in its division 19 moments. That is why so considerably emphasis is set on profitable one’s division. If groups are to be seeded entirely on gain-reduction file, then the divisions should be removed and the agenda well balanced in the course of each and every league.

Kirk Norenberg
Redondo Beach


If the Dodgers are a one-and-completed wild-card playoff workforce, they should not blame Main League Baseball as prompt by Bill Shaikin. Alternatively, most likely fault ought to lie with supervisor Dave Roberts. With a opportunity to attain ground on the Giants with a victory from a workforce with the worst road history in baseball, Roberts elects to give 3 of his most effective hitters (Mookie Betts, Justin Turner and Will Smith) and 1 of his most effective pitchers (Julio Urías) “extra rest.” Right after the reduction he laments that “we got outpitched, outplayed or whatsoever you want to phone it.” I would simply call it reaping what you sow. With any luck , the “extra rest” Roberts seeks will not incorporate the whole thirty day period of Oct. Go Dodgers!

George Pisano
Rancho Palos Verdes


If the Dodgers can’t earn their division of 5 teams right after 162 video games, they possibly shouldn’t even make the playoffs.

Francisco Martinez
Los Angeles


I concur with Invoice Shaikin that MLB requirements to fix the way playoff seedings are set to assure that period documents depend. On the other hand, MLB also requires to resolve the payroll controls so a team can’t spend $64 million much more than any other workforce and $137 million extra than the league regular.

Monthly bill Spear
Fountain Valley

Not so neutral

ESPN’s U.S. Open up tennis protection has sunk to a new very low. Apparently, the broadcasters and previous tennis players know far better than the keenly knowledgeable New York lovers about the background of Novak Djokovic’s calendar Grand Slam bid. Mainly because it hasn’t been done because Rod Laver in 1969, the supporters ought to root for Joker. Seriously? Which is like asking the complete place (outside the house of Florida) to root for Tom Brady.

Djokovic is not Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. He is merely not beloved the way they are. Possibly with fantastic cause, specified his tantrum and bad sportsmanship on vivid screen all through the new Summer time Olympics.

Axel Hubert
Santa Monica


Novak Djokovic was when a enjoyment-loving participant who carried out some amusing imitations of other players. Unfortunately, though owning leaped about the getting older Federer and Nadal, he’s dropped his likability. I actually hope he loses in New York so he’s not grouped with Rod Laver as a winner of the Grand Slam. Laver was, and is, often a gentleman. Djokovic has develop into a boor.

Bruce Miller
Playa del Rey

Not so heavenly

Let us deal with actuality. Not surprisingly, the Angels once all over again invested bucketloads of money in a player that will yield increasingly minimal in outcome.

The biggest attribute that has produced Mike Trout a once-in-a-life time participant — his phenomenal muscle construction — has, and will more and more, appear to ruin his ability to play even 120 game titles a year.

The comparisons to Mickey Mantle have always been several. Sadly, the moment highly effective, muscular legs turn out to be an “issue,” they remain an problem.

The Angels could have signed more than a person best-of-the-rotation pitcher for the money — as a substitute of the everyday crapshoot they utilize.

Kip Dellinger
Santa Monica


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