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He's Not So Gentle About Ben's Bruins

March 06, 2004

I'm glad my fellow season-ticket holder Tony Siracusa [Viewpoint, Feb. 28] thinks that Ben Howland will lead the second coming of the Bruins. After all, Ben's nationally acclaimed ability led the Bruins to a 9-3 start. Whoops. After fully installing his vaunted defense, his team goes 2-11 against many of the same teams.

What am I missing? Did a group of average players suddenly disintegrate? Or did Coach Ben insist the team play his strict style, instead of adapting to the ability of the players? Is this incompetent playing or inconsistent coaching?

And then there is the last home game. Cerritos Ben blows a fuse and benches senior T.J. Cummings (because of Ben's embarrassment) without the traditional thank-you from the fans.

The Coach said a coach's first job is to be a teacher. Where's the class, Ben?

Steven C. Hull

Yorba Linda

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