Mark Cuban says he wants to buy the Dodgers but, oh yeah, they're not for sale. Jamie McCourt, the "baseball girl," has her own plan to buy the team -- good news for Little League presidents throughout the city. The mediocre left fielder announces that he will indeed come back to suck up $20 million of the payroll, thus insuring that Juan Pierre and his exciting brand of ball will stay on the bench. It's the third day of the general managers' meeting, and not a word of activity from Ned Colletti.
It's really shaping up to be a thrilling off-season . . . for the Rockies.
Josh Clark, San Gabriel
T.J. Simers' interview with Jamie McCourt was quite revealing on how the wealthy view themselves and comprehend reality. When she was questioned about when her alleged affair with Jeff Fuller, recently fired director of protocol for the Dodgers started, she replied "I'm not ever going to talk about my private life." That's a little too late, don't you think?
I opened the sports page this morning for my daily dose of angst only to read T.J. Simers' alter-ego. Did Simers go soft or did Jamie McCourt already buy controlling interest in the Dodgers and make him director of public relations?
The road most Dodgers fans would like to see both McCourts take is the fastest one back to Boston.
Marina del Rey
I opened the Sports section last Tuesday and saw "Cuban Interested in Dodgers." I'm actually hoping it means Fidel Castro.
On the cheap
Now that 87-year-old Dodgers scout and former player and coach George Genovese's 18K scouting salary has been slashed to 8K [Bill Plaschke's column, Nov. 12] Jamie can now offer bigger tips to her "drivers," Frank will hire another gardener for his four mansions plus Manny can continue to do whatever he pleases.
Mr. Genovese has everything that the Dodgers' organization lacks -- talent, class, and loyalty. As a lifelong Dodgers fan I will gladly pitch in for gas money so Mr. Genovese can drive around town and do what he does best and that is scout out talented individuals with potential, but this time I want him driving around searching for new owners for our once-great organization.
Troubles of Troy
Except for host Arizona State's good manners in giving visiting USC three fumbles and an interception, USC should be looking at a 3-3 conference record, just good enough for a Pac-10 sixth-place tie.
With USC's consistently anemic Pac-10 performances, the present realistic forecast is for losses with Stanford and Arizona and even UCLA. And if USC's weaknesses continue, they will be in a bowl game . . . against Crenshaw or Oaks Christian.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Protect the Bruins
Oregon's Chip Kelly suspends LeGarrette Blount for eight games after punching a Boise State player following a taunt.
Where is the suspension for Washington's Donald Butler after targeting Kevin Prince with a helmet-to-helmet hit?
Maybe Steve Sarkisian is a proponent of the "ends justify the means" style of coaching he learned at a previous institution.
Perhaps at the end of this season, Rick Neuheisel could publish a manual on "How Not to Handle a True Freshman QB."
Joe Torre, baseball may be what you are remembered for, but the bravery it took to talk openly about your childhood pain [T.J. Simers' column, Nov. 6] is what well may matter most as your legacy.
My hope is that the thousands of youngsters who turn to sports for solace from the domestic violence in their own homes will take some of that courage and run with it. They may be in for a rough ride, but, as a child, I survived domestic violence, physical abuse, incest, and abandonment at the hands of a schizophrenic mother and an alcoholic father. I didn't want that experience to be for nothing.
As an adult, I counsel other adults from similar backgrounds, and write books about recovery for adults who survive the nightmare. Thank you again for stepping up to the plate.
(Gregory is the author of "Broken Bones, Broken Lives")
T.J. Simers' characterization of Ricky Davis as a "druggie" [Nov. 10] is nasty and inappropriate. I work in a treatment center for people with drug and alcohol problems and I do not think of them as "druggies." All of us have addictions of one sort or another. Simers, for example, is addicted to nastiness. Simers will probably not die from his addiction, although research points to a reduced life span among those whose prevailing attitude is a negative one.
My 11-year-old son Jacob just told me what he wants for the holidays this year. He asked me for about 100 blank DVDs. "What in the world are you planning to do with them," I asked. "I want to record every televised game Vin Scully calls next season and keep them forever," he said.