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Letters: The lady is still a champ

Victory went to Blame, but Zenyatta is no loser.

November 12, 2010

The only thing Zenyatta lost in defeat was the race.

Edward Golden

Northridge

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Bill Dwyre's articles about Zenyatta's last race were beautiful to read. In today's mixed-up world of cynics and naysayers, Zenyatta's last race became heartwarming news. The horse and the humans around her gave it a great shot and thrilled many people who would not ordinarily watch a Breeders' Cup race. Thank you, Zenyatta, for showing us how exciting it is to hope.

Ellie Berner

San Diego

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I heard one member of the 1972 Dolphins uncorked a bottle of champagne after Zenyatta lost Saturday.

John Thompson

Chino

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Accolades for Zenyatta! She could have stayed retired — undefeated — but she came back for another season of racing and showed the entire country what a grand horse she is.

The turf writers should acknowledge her as horse of the year. As far as I am concerned, she won 19 9/10th races.

Mary Keller

Los Angeles

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Mike Smith: Welcome to the club of Hall of Fame jockeys who unfortunately misjudged the pace in a huge race. Gary Stevens (Point Given, 2001 Kentucky Derby) and Jerry Bailey (Cigar, 1996 Pacific Classic) will commiserate with you.

Zenyatta inarguably was horse of the year in 2009 and should officially be horse of the year in 2010.

Howard P. Cohen

North Hills

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When I was growing up in the 1930s, the greatest horse of all time was Man O'War. He also lost only one race in his 21-race career (to a horse named Upset). Interesting how history repeats itself.

Bernard Rapkin

Los Angeles

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Maybe if Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant both retired this week, so they could use their time more productively to help make babies that might become future great profession athletes, the horse racing brain trust might get some hint why they have a dying sport.

Rick Wallace

Malibu

On the grid

The Neo-Donahue Bruins are performing true to form: They are a highly talented, underachieving group attempting to salvage a forgettable campaign by narrowly prevailing at home over a bottom-tier Pac-10 opponent with a last-second field goal, by keeping alive hopes of appearing in any bowl game that will have them and by dreaming of an alumni-placating, coach job-saving, bragging rights-claiming victory over a mediocre USC team in a meaningless matchup. Other than that, I'm pumped.

Wes Wellman

Santa Monica

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Instant reaction to T.J.'s one-sentence reference to possible problems between Norm Chow and Rick Neuheisel: Neuheisel needs Chow more than Chow needs Neuheisel. Afterthought: They both need Rocky Long more than either needs next year's paychecks.

Paul Ascenzi

Pomona

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After seeing TCU beat Utah by 40 points in Salt Lake City, is it to late to rescind the offer of Utah to the Pac-10 and invite TCU instead?

Darryl Thomson

La Canada

Joe over Jerry

Naming Jerry Rice the greatest NFL player of all time shows how fortune played so heavily on the determination in the minds of the voters involved. Rice got to play with Joe Montana and Steve Young in the prime of their careers. What if his quarterbacks had been Neil O'Donnell and Kordell Stewart? Does anyone think he could make a Montana and Young out of those guys?

Montana was an Super Bowl MVP before Rice even got out of college. He made All Pros out of almost every receiver he played with. He would have won multiple Super Bowls without Rice.

To have Rice ahead of Montana is silly.

Richard Elliot

Los Angeles

How does it feel?

For much of my life I have tried to figure out San Francisco, a spectacular, fantastic, world-class city with one glaring flaw: horrible, just awful, sports fans. Why are Giants fans such jerks? Now we know the answer, for the wretched, kicked-in-the-gut agony we Dodgers fans suffered watching San Francisco win a World Series. And that's just one week. Fifty unthinkable years of that explains a lot about Giants fans.

I empathize, I feel like a Giants fan, so it's true, we all become what we hate. I even wish Willie McCovey would have hit that line drive a few feet higher.

Mason Malugeon

Huntington Beach

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Frank and Jamie McCourt have more houses than decent middle relief pitchers, continue to unjustly raise ticket prices, and have hired a new manager who has no managing experience and is a former Yankee, yet.

Meanwhile, the formidable Tim Wallach will ride shotgun as a coach.

Well, I'm wearing my brand new San Francisco Giants cap and as a former closet Giants fan, I'm out!

Dodger fans, Bring it on!

Rick Mervis

Northridge

Fooled us

It sure is great to see that Staples Center has a tenant that is leading the league, is undefeated at home and has a great chance to go all the way. Oh, and by the way, the Lakers play there, too.

Jay McFadyen

Riverside

Just do it

In response to the "Anointed One's" self-serving Nike ad where he asks, "What do you want me to do?" … well, how about this, King James:

First, fire your PR team! With friends like this you don't need enemies.

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