March 19, 2005
News flash: Gary Bettman has canceled next year's hockey season, as well. Apparently, he was reacting to T.J. Simers' statement, "I'll write about hockey before I write another word about [horse] racing." On behalf of all hockey fans in Los Angeles, please tell us it ain't so, Simers. Carlo Fisco Marina del Rey Someone once said that horse racing "is a difference of opinion." Surely Jeff Mullins is entitled to his opinion on bettors. I have dealt directly with bettors for 47 years; there is some truth in his statements.
May 30, 1987
It is with much sadness that I learned of the departure of Dodger pitcher Tom Niedenfuer. He will be greatly missed by his many fans in Los Angeles. Besides being an outstanding pitcher, Niedenfuer has shown himself to be a person of high ethical and moral standards. With all the drug-related problems in the sports world, it is nice to have players such as Tom for role models for our children. The Dodgers have not only lost a great pitcher, but they will have to look hard to find individuals with the same capacity for tolerance and high moral character.
September 7, 1985
Once again you have insulted the intelligence of the hockey fans of Los Angeles. First, the Kings signed their first two draft choices this week and it was almost forgotten on the back page. Second, the chart listing salaries of famous, wealthy athletes significantly omitted Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers. Third, Scott Ostler's column on professional athletic prodigies overlooked Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ostler's animosity against the NHL is nothing new to those people who are used to his anti-hockey diatribes.
November 4, 2013 |
When Dwight Howard was introduced in the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets on Monday night at Staples Center, he was met with boos from the fans. Clippers fans even booed him when he first touched the ball in the first quarter. And Howard never even played for the Clippers. He was a Laker, for one season, before he left last summer and joined the Rockets as a free agent. Apparently fans in Los Angeles weren't willing to forgive Howard for his uneven season with the Lakers.
June 17, 2010
The Boston Celtics, as any Lakers fan has undoubtedly noticed in the course of what has been one of the most satisfying NBA Finals in recent memory, have temper-control issues. A team featuring forward/center Rasheed Wallace, who holds the dubious NBA record for most technical fouls, and center Kendrick Perkins, who like Wallace has played in danger of suspension if he commits a seventh technical in the playoffs, is as likely to throw games away with its uncontrolled passion as it is to win them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1994
Angered by what they say is the prospect of an impasse in labor negotiations by Monday, a Police Protective League official said Friday that the union is preparing a new campaign that will include a search for embarrassing information about City Council members. "We are going to be soliciting adverse information on City Council members," said Geoffrey Garfield, union spokesman. "You'd be surprised at what cops know about people."
May 9, 1998
On behalf of all King fans in Los Angeles who actually know the game, I would like to respond to a letter written by Bob Nicolai of Calabasas in the May 2 issue. Mr. Nicolai states that the referee made the correct call and says, "Jamie Storr is outside the crease and tries to knock Geoff Courtnall off the puck, and for his trouble he got bumped into the net. Storr is now fair game since he is outside his crease." First of all, I was just wondering if Mr. Nicolai has ever actually seen a hockey game.
July 29, 1994 |
Wouldn't you know it? Raider Coach Art Shell attends a news conference in Barcelona and the first thing he's asked is if he hopes the Raiders might still return to Oakland some day. This is a subject the Raiders can't leave behind no matter how far they go. Playing the part of international diplomat Thursday, Shell said he "appreciated the fans in Oakland, but we are not looking to return as of now." Then he added: "We appreciate the fans of Los Angeles. L.A.