Chris Foster wrote a quite revealing article about what some UCLA football seniors consider reasons for the Bruins' deterioration to mediocrity. They spoke of 80-yard practice fields, plastic pipes for goal posts, and less-than-perfect synthetic and natural turf. One of them would add a luxury lounge for players "to bond and to keep guys from getting into trouble."
I have come to an entirely different conclusion regarding the reason for the Bruins' humiliating demise. They've been recruiting a bunch of losers.
Today, UCLA plays in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. How very appropriate. Bruins football fans have been malnourished for years!
Sean M. Sullivan
As one of Bill Plaschke's army of Dodgers fans who said "no" last year, I would caution Steven Cohen, Magic Johnson or anyone else who wants to own the Dodgers that no means no. No Frank McCourt! No owning the parking lot, no paying rent for the stadium. None of my money is going to Frank McCourt in any fashion, even if it means staying away another year. So, if you're going to buy the Dodgers — you had better buy the whole thing: team, stadium, parking lots, land, the whole works. Then I'll be ready to say, "Yes."
Voice of reason?
Bill Dwyre completely missed the mark on Doug Gottlieb in the Tuesday sports section. The way Dwyre writes it, Gottlieb should be commended for his actions and for his "full disclosure." As a freshman at Notre Dame, Gottlieb stole credit cards from three fellow students and racked up several fraudulent charges. What were the credit cards used for? School books? Lab fees? How about $950 in merchandise for sporting goods, jewelry, dinner and gas. He was caught when the victims notified police, not because he wanted to come clean and do the right thing.
Gottlieb did not commit the crime of the century, and his actions should be forgiven/forgotten. They will be when they are seen for what they were and not distorted and applauded as Dwyre did. The words "Doug Gottlieb" and exemplary journalism should never be written in the same sentence.
Don't kick him
I couldn't pass on responding to Kevin Baxter's abrasive, critical, and oddly intense comments about David Beckham [Dec. 25]. Considering he offers praise in regards to Beckham's contribution as a model citizen and for leaving MLS (and soccer in the U.S.) a better place, it seems bizarre to attack him for his past, present and future career.
Accepting a rich contract does not make someone a villain. Working language into a contract that allows your children to receive a higher education does not make someone spoiled. Attempting to make a national team does not make someone a traitor to his club team. And not making it because your coach is an idiot doesn't make someone a failure, either.
And leading your team to an MLS title while having a "spectacular" 2011, hardly makes you washed up or easily replaceable — as you say. And are you really trying to evoke some sort of parallel or relationship between his contracts and national economic problems? Really? The only thing I learned from this article is that you have issues with misplaced anger.
Assistant football coaches from Santa Margarita High School were busted for pot, yet held onto their positions for months afterward. Parents of children who daily came into direct contact with the coaches were never notified. The head coach is told by school administrators and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to keep quiet and not discuss the matter with anyone.
Gee, where have we heard this before?
Pick up pace
There was Drew Gordon, Bobo Morgan, Matt Carlino, Chase Stanback and Reeves Nelson. It cannot always be the player's fault.
We need a new coach at UCLA. A Wooden-type coach. A fastbreak coach.
I don't know what's more depressing: reading Plaschke and Simers, or watching Howland basketball.
Like millions of other people I'm out of work and collecting unemployment. I had to cut back on a lot of things — one was cable TV.
We have 36 bowl games and only four are on regular TV. We can't even watch the Rose Bowl thanks to ESPN and the almighty dollar.
So the Big Ten and Pac-12 have formed an alliance for interleague play. This is nothing but a cynical attempt to engineer more TV revenue from otherwise poorly viewed games. It makes even more ridiculous the claim that college football athletes are "amateurs." They are nothing but slaves to the voracious greed of college sports administrators who use them mercilessly for profit. All the college sports history and tradition of these two conferences be damned!
So the Pac-12/Big Ten alliance will include "a football game at the Rose Bowl." What an original idea!
May I suggest an original name? How about … "The Rose Bowl?"
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