Timothy Bradley, left, throws a punch during his controversial decision… (Julie Jacobson / Associated…)
I didn't pay for the Bradley-Pacquiao fight, but I did turn on the pay-per-view channel and watched the fight on its scrambled format with only the sound ... the same way two of the judges, obviously, watched it.
In a sport that has no mores eyes to blacken, the powers that be in boxing somehow found a way to do it again. Is it any wonder mixed martial arts is taking over?
Perhaps The Times, in its continuing efforts to ram reams of copy about boxing down our collective throats, should pay heed to one of the sport's leading figures. Bob Arum, as quoted the after the laughable Bradley-Pacquiao outcome: "I'm going to make lot of money (in a rematch) but who's going to take this sport seriously?"
I've been watching fights for 60 years and have been told by everyone that a fighter wins a round if he hits the other guy more then he's hit. The only exception is a knockdown. Even though Pacquiao out-hit Bradley 253-159 for 12 rounds, it doesn't give the round-by-round count. Usually you see this type of win only in a Don King production.
"Leaving Las Vegas" should be the name of the next boxing movie. It is time for the sport to spend more time in New York, Dallas, L.A. and any number of Indian casinos. The judges are bought and paid for by the Vegas bookies. As a matter of fact, I am trying to figure out what fight Jerry Roth was watching. Bradley didn't win more than three rounds.
The most surprised guy at the MGM was Timothy Bradley. The rest of us have come to expect it, and ain't that a shame!
It's a mistake to call the Kings Stanley Cup championship improbable.
People who follow hockey understood that the Kings were one of the best teams in the NHL during March and April.
Playoff history is full of high-seeded teams being defeated by teams who peaked at the end of the season. Hockey experts and TV analysts agreed before the playoffs that any team that made the playoffs in the Western Conference had a good shot at making it to the Final.
Since the opening round against Vancouver, the Kings played like a team destined to win the Cup. Plaschke and most of The Times' columnists simply use "improbability" as a dramatic device to write a story because they have not paid attention to the game all year.
Congratulations to the Kings and all involved in the organization, but let's not forget Helene Elliott, who has diligently covered this team through the lean years and has pushed management to make the moves necessary to bring the Cup to Los Angeles. She deserves a big thank-you from all the Kings fans for her role in this long-awaited championship.
I grabbed The Times last Saturday as I always do to check out the letters to the sports section only to find out that my son and I are not "real Kings fans." Yes we paid ridiculous prices to see Game 4. But we did not do that because it was the "thing to do," driving the prices so high that a "real Kings fan" could not see the game. We did it to celebrate a season and a great playoff run for a team we love.
We did it before we realized it might be a close-out game. We did not pay as much as some. The prices more than doubled after we bought ours. But I could not even discuss with my son the possibility of selling them back and using the money to pay for a lot games next season. It was too important to him.
The best part about the Kings winning the Stanley Cup? T.J. Simers will need to find another team to pretend not to care about.
There is one thing Stan Kasten, Frank McCourt and Donald Sterling would pay to see: T.J. Simers trying his shtick on Kings Coach Darryl Sutter.
Thank you, Channel 4, for the fine coverage of the pre-staging of the Kings' victory parade. I can't think of anything more exciting than watching a bunch of talking heads describing the parade before it happens. Watching Tiger Woods make a late charge into U.S. Open contention would not have had the suspense and the excitement of watching people sitting in a bus.
Only a 45-year wait for a championship? Amateurs!
Sincerely, Chicago Cubs fans
Sweet on No. 16
On behalf of a huge group of senior ladies who are hopelessly in love with Andre Ethier, I send thanks to the Dodgers for keeping him around for at least five more years, which we hope we'll still be around to see. We watch all the games on TV. We go to Dodger Stadium. I've gone to San Diego to cheer the Dodgers at Petco Park. In short, we're old, but we're not dead. Andre Ethier is gorgeous and sexy and a hottie. Thanks to the Dodgers for giving us someone to dream about for at least five more years.