July 18, 2009
Choosing home-field advantage for the World Series with the All-Star game winner is about as meaningful as flipping a coin and slightly less fair. Here's a thought: Let's televise a winner-takes-all battle between the managers of the league champions -- rock, paper, scissors, one throw. This one counts. Mel Powell Sherman Oaks :: Does anyone really like Chris Berman's hackneyed childish behavior during the Home Run Derby? Why do we, year after year, have to listen to his idiotic "Back . . . back . . . back" after almost every swing of the bat?
August 12, 2006
Dear Dodgers: I apologize. May I please have my fork back now? MEL POWELL Sherman Oaks With all the new faces, the Dodgers should consider returning players' names to their uniforms. Can't tell Tomko from Repko, Lugo from Loney, or Betemit from Brazoban. Does the batboy have a mustache? BILL BROGAN Oxnard Since the swap of Milton Bradley for Andre Ethier, Ned Colletti has made a series of shortsighted moves that won't be enough to keep the Dodgers from being on the outside looking in this postseason, while weakening their roster next season.
August 20, 2005
Only Gary Bettman's NHL could take a sport that has played one game outdoors in decades and land it on the Outdoor Life Network. By losing its place on ESPN, the NHL apparently ranks behind bass fishing, poker and really bad Bobby Knight movies in anticipated ratings. MEL POWELL Sherman Oaks
June 1, 2002
This is fantastic! For years, I have longed for the day when The Times would finally give this much coverage to the Kings! In-depth reporting, features on many of the players, a guest columnist--it's just wonderful. Thank you for at last giving the Kings the coverage we hockey fans have always ... What? Oh. Never mind. Mel Powell Sherman Oaks
April 14, 2001
Another playoff loss to the Red Wings, again without leading at any time. I guess this is what "fiscal responsibility" looks like. JORDAN CHODOROW Los Angeles It's said that one definition of madness is doing the same thing again and again, yet expecting a different result. In 1998, the Kings' organization tried to "Black Out the Blues." We got swept. Last year, they tried to "Black Out the Red Wings." We got swept. Now they want to do it again. What are they, nuts?
March 13, 2000 |
Like Webern and Grieg, Mel Powell was a miniaturist. Of course, the late American composer, being remembered this week in twin concerts of his complete vocal music by soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson and 12 colleagues of Southwest Chamber Music, won a Pulitzer Prize for a large-scale two-piano concerto. But that was an exception.