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October 12, 1985
Thanks for the Tuesday column, Scott Ostler, and thanks for the great summer, Angels. MARK TUERFFS Orange
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June 9, 2008 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Gerald Ford was a lineman for Michigan and George H.W. Bush played first base for Yale. The two are among the former athletes, collegiate and recreational, who became president of the United States. Now is the time for a president who is a "point guard in chief," according to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler. "Everything you need to know about being president of the United States you learn in basketball," Ostler wrote. "I'm not saying Barack Obama, who still plays ball, is going to be our next president.
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May 6, 1989
Bad news: The Kings' season is over. Good news: Scott Ostler can start covering sports he knows (are there any?). ANDREW JAMNER Long Beach
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July 22, 1989
With the departure of columnist Scott Ostler, and the regular use of color art (such as it is) in The Times sports section, would it be fair to say that the only special feature remaining in the Monday Special is the italic typeface on photo captions? PAUL M. THIELE Los Angeles
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December 27, 1986
The best one-liner on the sport page in today's Times: Scott Ostler is on vacation. DONALD D. JONES Los Angeles
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December 13, 1986
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! As a lifelong USC fan and 20-year season ticket-holder, I must protest Scott Ostler's column. USC fans are never enthusiastic. RON FOWLER Newbury Park
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September 24, 1988
Scott Ostler is sick. If his column (Sept. 20) is reporting sports, I am more than a little confused. MARTIN FARNSWORTH Nipomo
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August 24, 1985
Why does Scott Ostler make an argument on behalf of Eric Dickerson and then urge him to report to camp without further negotiations? To me, this is inconsistent. Taking the $2.2 million due to Dickerson for four years is about one-half of what he should be receiving according to the salaries of other top running backs. Would Scott Ostler like to work for one-half of a reporter's salary? CHARLIE Z. STEWART South El Monte
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March 4, 1989
If Scott Ostler really needs to keep tabs on sports news, I suggest he skip Sports Illustrated and invest in a magazine without glossy pages and lots of advertisements. You get more sports and less skin that way. CHRIS KRECHTER Santa Ana
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May 11, 1985
Great, another look at NBA salaries. When are we going to see just how much Thomas Bonk, Scott Ostler and Jim Murray make? Surely, we're entitled. After all, they are in the public eye and we do pay their salaries every time we plunk down a quarter. FRANK MALFITANO Los Angeles
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July 15, 1989
Scott Ostler, sports columnist at The Times since 1980, has resigned to become a sports columnist for a newly proposed sports newspaper called The National, which is expected to begin publishing sometime early next year. Ostler, 41, was named California Sportswriter of the Year five consecutive years, 1982-86, by the National Assn. of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Before working at The Times, he wrote for the Lompoc Record and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
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June 3, 1989
I love Magic Johnson as much as Scott Ostler and Mike Downey do. We all love Magic. He's the second-best player in the game today, one of the greatest of all-time. He's also the second-most valuable player. Throw out the playoff records if you wish. Chicago still won 47 games because of Jordan's talents that have lifted an otherwise mediocre Bull team to respectability. Ostler should think through his head, instead of his heart. DOMINICK CALCIONE Sherman Oaks
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May 27, 1989
Scott Ostler has given us much entertainment and wisdom over the years, but he "lipped one" in his May 18 column. That Wilt Chamberlain could outplay Bill Russell with his right hand tied behind his back? I'm sure you were only trying to see if anyone was paying attention. It may well have been a momentary blackout, on Ostler's part. Or, Ostler may have attended Oklahoma State: Class of Dexter Manley. TIM WHITE Riverside
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May 6, 1989
Bad news: The Kings' season is over. Good news: Scott Ostler can start covering sports he knows (are there any?). ANDREW JAMNER Long Beach
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April 15, 1989
I deeply resent Scott Ostler's comparison of Dennis Conner winning the match race against New Zealand to Ben Johnson winning the Olympic 100-meter dash. Dennis Conner is a dedicated sportsman, who is an almost paranoid perfectionist. He is, even by most of his competitors, rated as the top sailor in the world. To accuse him of cheating is one of the most absurd statements I've ever heard. To say that he answered Michael Fay in kind is closer to the truth. BYRON SLATER San Diego
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March 4, 1989
If Scott Ostler really needs to keep tabs on sports news, I suggest he skip Sports Illustrated and invest in a magazine without glossy pages and lots of advertisements. You get more sports and less skin that way. CHRIS KRECHTER Santa Ana
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January 31, 1987
I read with interest Scott Ostler's column on Skid Row on Super Sunday. It was filled with warmth, kindness and human compassion. Who was the ghost-writer for Ostler? BOB WHOOREE Simi Valley
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May 23, 1987
Scott Ostler finally wrote an article that I like, the one about Cub fever. We're everywhere . Scott. By the way, why do you all leave in the seventh inning? BOB KANE Los Angeles
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February 18, 1989
Apparently, the name of a certain Boston Celtics center from the 1950s and '60s has been deemed verboten by Scott Ostler. How else to explain that (Bill Russell) the man selected the greatest player of all time at the NBA's 35th anniversary in 1980, the man who defined the center position as it is today, one of the all-time great shot blockers, rebounders and intimidators on defense was not even mentioned in Ostler's articales on the all-time NBA team and the all-time leaping team?
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February 4, 1989
To rate a place on the NBA all-time starting team, a player must be impressive on several counts--including longevity, statistics and winning. Two of Scott Ostler's recent all-time picks, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, are approaching serious all-time consideration. However, Michael Jordan, another of Ostler's selections, has less than four full seasons in the NBA. So far, Jordan is a flash in the pan in comparison to Jerry West and Oscar Robertson. MARTIN MARKOVICH Los Angeles
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