February 22, 1992
After reading Mike Downey's smear of USA hockey coach Dave Peterson's postgame behavior, I think Mr. Downey needs to acquaint himself with some facts. --The cheap shot against USA player Greg Brown left him with a concussion, a two-inch gash between his eyes and probably put him out for the tournament. --This incident couldn't have happened without the approval of Sweden's coaches, who were being out-coached and embarrassed by Team USA. --Like 1980 coach Herb Brooks, Peterson is a tough disciplinarian who stands by his players.
June 19, 1993
I must take issue with Mike Downey's recent characterization of the Los Angeles Sports Arena in his June 11 column ("Where Is This Team Going?") as having "about as much charm and character as a YMCA." Simply stated, it's not fair to YMCAs. As executive director of the Westchester Family YMCA, which recently completed a $1.4-million renovation and expansion project, I can assure Mr. Downey that YMCAs have plenty of character and charm. Our Westchester YMCA's new additions include a state-of-the-art courtyard fitness center, an indoor training pool and spa, a colorful child-care center and much more.
January 17, 1987
Regarding Mike Downey's article on the Clippers ("Take This Team . . . "), I've got a better idea. Would another paper please take Mike Downey? Maybe the school kids' Weekly Reader has an opening. Sure the Clippers are on a terrible, tough luck losing streak, and, of course, they can't compare with the Lakers. But, Mr. Downey, what goes around comes around. It's easy to be a Laker fan. Jump on the bandwagon, Mr. Downey. Leave the Clippers to the real basketball fans in L.A. who don't show up late, leave early and are generally at the game to be seen in the latest outfits and jewels.
June 29, 1991
Andre Agassi just another nice guy? Well, it's about time someone recognizes it. Thank you, Mike Downey (June 24), for not being another Agassi-basher. It was refreshing to read about the real Andre Agassi, and not about the rebellious brat that everyone has made him out to be. Mr. Downey, you will not be the only American rooting for Andre to win Wimbledon. NAILA CENTENO West Covina
December 13, 1986
I don't know, maybe the point of sport has changed. Maybe football should be played in a dark alley with clubs and chains. Maybe football would be boring if we couldn't watch some 280-pound defensive lineman seriously injure a talented quarterback. Well, Mr. Downey, if the entire league was composed of these "tough guys," I'd be buying stock in companies that manufacture stretchers. TERRY GRADY Westchester
September 26, 1987
In regards to Mike Downey's disgusting column of Sept. 16, 1987: Mr. Downey, you have a lot to learn about labor relations. A scab is a science teacher who teaches while his fellow underpaid teachers are out on the picket lines, losing a day's pay, striking for a decent salary hike. A scab is not a semipro halfback filing in for a several-hundred-thousand-dollars-a-year professional football player. MICHAEL HELWIG Canoga Park