Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman will take the field for the Seahawks… (Tony Overman / McClatchy-Tribune )
That was a good article showing another side of Richard Sherman ["Oh the humility." Jan. 28]. I just wish for the day when people will not seem surprised that there are good, decent, intelligent people who come from loving, caring families ... and they just happen to be from Compton. There are many, many more.
Kelvin D. Filer
Sunday's Super Bowl is pivotal. Flash forward 10 years to 2024. The Seahawks have won three Super Bowls by playing "smashmouth" football. They consistently lead the NFL in penalties and drug suspensions. Legions of NFL fans across the country identify themselves as "Seahawk Haters." Pete Carroll is being compared to Al Davis, with the Seahawks' mantra being "Just Trash-Talk, Baby!"
To avoid this outcome, or at the very least, delay it for one season, Denver must win Super Bowl 48.
How many ways was the hockey game at Dodger Stadium a mistake? Let me count the ways. Regardless of what Helene Elliott and Chris Erskine raved, the game was bad and players were bogged down and struggled in the heat. The ice surface was terrible and on more than one occasion the puck adhered to the ice and just stopped cold (no pun intended). How about enough energy and refrigeration used to push global warming forward about 30 years? And, oh yes, KISS! No wonder the rest of the country just loves us here in sunny California!
To avoid paying the $20 parking fee for the Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium, we left our car in a parking structure near Union Station and rode a shuttle bus to the stadium. The ride there was not bad; waiting in line plus the ride consumed half an hour.
After the game was a different story. We waited in line 30 minutes to board a bus and then were awarded an hour ride back to Union Station, including 45 minutes just getting out of the stadium parking lot. It then took another half hour to get out of the parking structure. More than two hours after the game ended, we were finally in our car on a city street.
The game itself was interesting, although binoculars were necessary to see what was happening. I was forced to wear earplugs most of the game because of the painfully loud noise coming out of the speakers. KISS added nothing. The woman who butchered the national anthem should be deported.
As a Kings fan, if I had known that the highlight of my evening was going to be seeing Vin Scully on the Jumbotron I would have waited until baseball season.
The only way Los Angeles wins the Stanley Cup this year is if the Ducks change their name to the Los Angeles Ducks of Anaheim.
Bad to worse
Tuesday night in a home loss (gee, what a shock) the Lakers gave out a bobblehead doll of the incomparable Dr. Jerry Buss. I know I speak for all Lakers' fans in saying I'd much rather have that doll running the Lakers than Jim Buss.
As Magic alludes, there's no "D" in D'Antoni. Kobe and Nash can't get out of bed without hurting themselves. The Lakers are certain to finish in the bottom five of the NBA this year. No impact free agents will sign on here to what is emerging as an aging roster along with a dysfunctional front office
How did we get in this mess so quickly?
Jim Buss wouldn't sign Phil Jackson, couldn't sign Dwight Howard and signed Kobe too early.
Pau Gasol complaining about his teammates' lack of defensive effort is like Jack the Ripper complaining about street crime.
Gasol never runs back hard to the defensive end (he's too busy complaining to the referees that he was fouled), he is horrible at rim protection, and the player he's assigned to guard too often posts career-high numbers in points and rebounds.
However, there are two ways to upgrade Gasol's defensive effectiveness: bench him or trade him.
Listening to Mitch Kupchak defend Mike D'Antoni is like listening to the president of the White Star Line defend Captain Smith after learning the Titanic sunk. The problem is, D'Antoni's system has never won a championship and never will. In fact, he may never win his own division again.
To paraphrase the late Bum Phillips about Don Shula: "D'Antoni can take his'n and lose to your'n and take your'n and lose to his'n."
Magic Johnson, No. 8 on the top 10 list of "stunningly short NBA coaching stints," is now a coach critic? Mark Twain said it best: "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
I am no fan of Mike D'Antoni, but does the guy really need Magic Johnson backbiting him from the sidelines? Dodgers "owner" Magic should stick to showing up with his Dodgers jersey and a big smile whenever there is a photo opportunity and otherwise staying clear of the people actually running the club.