Lost somehow amidst the incalculable media hype is the irony of Tom Brady taking center stage in Super Bowl LI(E).
Bill Plaschke is casting the Super Bowl as Good (Falcons) versus Evil (Patriots.) I guess pumping in crowd noise is good? Also, politics should have nothing to do with the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning is a Republican. Who cares? May the best team win!
I was planning on rooting for Atlanta to beat New England until I read Bill Plaschke's Jan. 27 diatribe about Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady being Donald Trump's friends and supporters. Because Plaschke was so far off base in demanding they address this game-distracting issue, I now fervently want the Patriots to kick the Falcons' butts Sunday. No other reason needed.
I turn to the sports page because I just can't bare to read any more about Trump and how divided our country is and lo and behold, what do I get… Plaschke does it again. He ruins my morning coffee by bringing politics to the sports page. Thanks Bill, now do us all a favor and write for the San Francisco Chronicle instead.
So Patriots owner Robert Kraft is overjoyed and excited (as well he should be) to play the Raiders in a regular-season game next year in Mexico. The question I have, has he informed his good friend Donald Trump about his feelings?
God bless six-time New England Patriot Pro Bowl player and UCLA alum Matt Slater. Slater is described as a person who should be one of Coach Jim Mora's best recruiting tools, except apparently he's not. Times readers (and a presumed sub-set of Bruin fans) are advised that Slater reportedly twice shared he would love to help out, "if (only) they reached out to me." The amazing thing about today's phone technology is these devices can both make and receive calls.
Based on Magic Johnson's dismal record as a Lakers coach, I wouldn't get too excited about his becoming an advisor to Jeanie Buss.
It's a good thing Jim Buss is a man of his word and will step down as the head of basketball operations for the Lakers after this season.
Playa del Rey
Getting Carmelo Anthony is not the answer to the Clippers' problems. Getting rid of Doc Rivers is. Loaded with the talents of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers are an annual bust in the postseason.
Rivers has been given a pass for years after winning a championship in 2008 with a Boston Celtics team loaded with future Hall of Famers. I think it's time that pass gets revoked.
Gary H. Miller
UCLA groundhogged D1 even though USC was relegated to D5 with a comeback victory, and Bennie Boatwright returning. Haven't the Trojans beaten the Bruins four in a row? Fight on!
Re: "Going Pain" [Feb 2]; That's a lot of print for a kid going out of state to play football whereas a few sentences would have sufficed. Maybe he will freeze his rear end off, see the light, and return to L.A. a la Justin Fargas. Fight on!
The pajama games
They might as well call the NHL All-Star game the "No Defense Scrimmage." I was going to use the same term for the Pro Bowl, but they actually played a little defense this year. Based on the ridiculous uniforms though, how about the Pajama Bowl?
The Pro Bowl was very entertaining and I am sure Pajamagram was very happy with the uniforms provided to the participants. All they had to provide was a helmet.
Playa del Rey
I see the St. Louis Cardinals were fined $2 million and former scouting director Chris Correa was (previously) sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for hacking into the databases of the Houston Astros. Contrast this with former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner's sentence of $0 and six-month jail sentence for sexual assault. I guess white collar crime allowing a potential "sporting advantage" needs to be dealt with much more harshly than violating and potentially ruining another human being's life.
Perhaps, Tiger will finally get the message? I hope he is as tired of his ineptness as we are. Perhaps he'll finally realize what separated him from the rest of the golf world is gone for good. Goodbye, Tiger. And don't even try the Senior Tour.
I think it`s time for Tiger Woods to begin preparing for the Senior Tour where he may have a chance to win.
Could it be that Bruce Arena is exploiting his honeymoon period when he says he was happy with the men's soccer team's nil-nil draw against Serbia? After all, according to knowledgeable play-caller Ian Darke, the U.S. was playing Serbia's second or even third team. Arena's devil-may-care attitude seemed to be reflected in his demeanor on the sideline. The lack of urgency is puzzling. It's not like the team has all year to prepare for the World Cup; they are already behind the 8-ball and have two critical matches next month.
Front page news
Following Serena Williams' impressive championship at the Australian Open, where she set a record for the most Grand Slam titles in the Open era, I fully expected to see her picture and an article on the front page of Sunday's sports section. After all, not only has she solidified her position as the greatest women's tennis player of all time, she was raised and started her career right here in Southern California.
I was amazed to discover thatthe front page had articles about, among other subjects, a Clippers loss, Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, and California Chrome's disappointing performance in the final race of his career, while coverage of Serena's victory over sister Venus was relegated to page 3.
California Chrome rates page 1 and Serena gets tucked away on page 3?
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