Until I looked up at the TV screen, I was almost convinced that Howard Dean had just purchased the Clippers. Or did Steve Ballmer simply forget to take his medications?
Calm down, Clippers fans, you just went from an owner who didn't want black guys at NBA games to a guy who thought smartphones would never catch on. Good luck collecting those "Larrys" over the next few decades.
William David Stone
What the Clippers need from their ownership at this point is dignity. They don't need someone who is aptly described by The Times as "weird." The greatest owners in L.A. sports were the O'Malleys and Jerry Buss, and they were seldom seen or heard.
After watching Ballmer's ego-fest in front of the Clippers fans, the only thing that comes to mind when I think of Donald Sterling is nostalgia.
Last week's letter about the Clippers eventually moving to Seattle is right on. Besides, it is not right that two NBA teams are playing their home games on the same court. Honoring the person who started this process, a new Clippers venue in Seattle should be named V. Stiviano Arena.
Listening to the Angels
I am so glad to see there are others that are fed up with Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza. I have been watching and listening to sports for over 60 years and they are the worst. They are the definition of laziness. Vin Scully works at his craft, these guys just coast. I loved Physioc and Hudler. Please bring them back or replace these guys with anybody.
If you want fans to take a three-hour nap, by all means rehire Steve Physioc.
If you want to hear an annoying sound like fingernails across a blackboard, by all means rehire Rex Hudler.
Julio R. Lopez
Did you hear the one about the guy who had ALS? Yeah, it's almost impossible to write a joke about that … at least for me anyway. But the tragedy of ALS should not stop someone from writing one if they could. As George Bernard Shaw said, "Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."
ALS is a terrible disease! I too had a friend who died of ALS. Watching him go made me question the existence of a loving God. If Bill Dwyre [Aug. 19] has any desire to help find a cure for this disease then, please, he should give us his idea of how to raise the additional $11.6 million that the "ice bucket craze" has raised.
I can only hope that his real purpose in writing the column was to throw himself on the altar of being a knucklehead in order to raise the ire, and therefore the awareness, of his readers.
I'm amazed at Bill Dwyre's reaction to the Ice Bucket Challenge. Those of us with terminal illnesses hang on to one thing. We hope a cure is found before we go. If pouring ice on your head brings awareness and money to find a cure, then it's a good thing. Lou Gehrig died 75 years ago and there is a whole group of people who had no idea who he is who now at least know about the disease that took his life.
Regarding Mr. Dwyre's "get off my lawn" rant about the Ice Bucket Challenge, people really want to help, and if fun and a few laughs are also involved, so much the better. This disease takes so much away, let's not let it take our humanity and sense of community. Chill, Bill!
QB or not QB?
The drama surrounding the Browns' quarterback selection is hilarious! It is not like they are choosing between Joe Montana or Steve Young or whether Sandy Koufax or Don Drysdale should be the opening day starter. It is more like whether a death sentence should be carried out by hanging or lethal injection! Either choice is less than satisfactory!
Mark S. Roth
Eagles Coach Chip Kelly appears to be stocking up on former USC quarterback talent with Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez on the roster. If he plays his cards right he can also get Matt Leinart and Rodney Peete before the trading deadline and open a retirement home.
Kevin H.. Park
When I saw that there were articles about San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy and Manchester United in the Sports section of the Times on the same day, I thought that I must be hallucinating. I didn't know whether to call 911 or put on the Grateful Dead!
How ironic that the San Francisco Giants should win a protest due to wet playing conditions in Chicago when the tarp malfunctioned. At least the Cubs had 4 1/2 hours of rain as a contributing factor. Does anyone else remember the mud deliberately created at first base by the Giants grounds crew on a dry day in Candlestick Park in 1962, in order to slow down Maury Wills, who was on his way to a stolen base record ?
After seeing that they voted Eric Gagne their greatest reliever of all time, I never want to hear another Dodgers fan complain about Barry Bonds.
Glenn M. Langdon
Diet? Try it
Someone needs to tell Tommy Lasorda he better get out of his golf cart and start walking everywhere as well as laying off the pasta and pizza if he seriously wants to make it to 100.
Jim B. Parsons
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