Letters to Sports: Thanks for the memories, and two Stanley Cups, Quickie
I am a longtime Kings fan. Take away all family happenings — birthdays, anniversaries, etc. — and Monday, June 11, 2012, is the single greatest day of my life.
I know sports is a business, but waking up Wednesday morning to the news Jonathan Quick had been traded was like waking up to a death in the family because for Kings fans, Quick is just that — a member of our “family.” I know Quick is a shell of his former self and with him or Pheonix Copley in net the Kings had a 0% chance of winning, or even seriously competing, for a Cup this season. At season’s end Quick was almost certainly going to retire or be released. But this still hurts and hurts a lot.
Jonathan, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten. Every time Kings fans flock to Section 326 at Crypto.com Arena to get our picture taken with both Cup banners behind us, we will know you were a huge reason for it.
The trade of all-time great Kings goalie Jonathan Quick just shows the “what have you done for me lately” nature of pro sports. Unfortunately Quick was a liability going into the playoffs. That being said, we can expect to see his name and jersey hanging with Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and other Kings greats when their playing days are over. Thanks for the memories, Quickie!
A day after being traded from the Kings to Columbus, Jonathan Quick is flipped to the Vegas Golden Knights, who are battling L.A. for first place.
Thank you, Jonathan Quick, for some great years. Thank you for two Stanley Cups. I enjoyed cheering along with the rest of the crowd at Staples Center (Crypto.com Arena now) at the fantastic stops you made.
Also kudos to Helene Elliott for the great article paying respects to you and what you did and accomplished for our Kings.
Jonathan Quick led the Kings to two Stanley Cup championships, but for them to contend again the front office needed to make changes.
Playoffs or bust?
Without Russell Westbrook, the formerly forlorn Lakers are winning. With Russell Westbrook, the higher-placed Clippers are losing. Notice a pattern?
The Clippers were thought to have a deep, star-studded roster but given their recent losing streak, maybe they actually need better players? Or a better coach?
Russell Westbrook and Paul George helped the Clippers rally, but the team lost 128-127 at Sacramento. There’s no timetable yet for Norman Powell’s injury.
Clipper fans should be disgusted. As they are falling like a rock in the season-ending standings, fighting for a playoff berth, they decide to sit out Kawhi Leonard against Sacramento and then lose that game.
Sorry, but there’s no excuse big enough to justify the way they manage this team. With all of their talent, they deserve to miss the playoffs and can complain all summer about what could have been.
The latest plight of LeBron James reminds me of a line from a Little Feat song: “Well you know that you’re over the hill when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill.”
Lakers coach Darvin Ham is a great motivator and players’ coach, but his Xs & O’s shortcomings and lack of creative game planning and/or play calling are getting exposed. For long stretches during a game, and especially in the loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Lakers looked lost and disorganized.
As Laker fans, I guess we will just have to be patient with this first-year coach still learning on the job.
Anthony Davis finishes with 38 points, but no LeBron James and D’Angelo Russell proves costly in the Lakers’ 110-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
No Lux at all
So now, maybe the money-poor Dodgers might understand going on the cheap was a major blunder as Gavin Lux is out and both Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts were available for the highest bidder. I see many season-ticket holders getting more nauseous by the minute. Andrew Friedman is not the smartest man in the room.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is taking a longer view with the team in the wake of Gavin Lux’s season-ending injury this week.
Were it not for the Dodgers trading away promising 18-year-old international shortstop prospect Oneil Cruz in 2017 (a hulking slugger who has blossomed into a legitimate 30-30 threat in Pittsburgh) for a relief pitcher who compiled just 20 innings for them, Lux’s injury might be viewed as an unfortunate setback for a decent utility player instead of the guy they were hoping could be the critical linchpin of its infield.
Lux is a knucklehead. I may have been cut from my high school baseball team 45 years ago and now just play in senior softball leagues, but I would never, ever alter my running path to avoid a throw by either an outfielder or infielder. Take the hit and avoid the out. It is totally legal, unless you are hip enough to pull a Reggie Jackson.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that shortstop Gavin Lux has a torn ACL in his right knee and is expected to miss the 2023 season.
It doesn’t take a traditionalist to see that the new rules adopted this year have been imposed to save baseball from its own players and managers. Endless strolls by pitchers around the mound or countless throws to first base have been eliminated. Batters stepping out of the box after each pitch to adjust their batting gloves even when they didn’t swing are a thing of the past. And batters no longer have to worry about bunting or hitting to the opposite field now that fielders are glued to specified parts of the infield.
It is important that baseball adapt to the times no matter how old school you are. But ironically it’s baseball itself that is changing because its players wouldn’t adapt to improved defenses and strategies, and its fans just got tired of a four-hour game.
Corona Del Mar
I can see the game shortening with the pitch clock, but wouldn’t eliminating the shift, which results in more hits, lengthen the game? I don’t see much of a net benefit with these new MLB rules.
It’s nice to see baseball speeding up the game with limited pickoffs and a 15-second pitch clock. This might also aid in saving money on that extra $15 for that hot dog and soda and the $15 for that extra beer. So it’s a win-win situation. Baseball now becomes the National Fastime.
There have been a number of rules changes for 2023. Here are the most important ones.
Martin Jarmond has done the impossible. He actually makes me look wistfully upon the Dan Guerrero era. Upward trajectory for football coach Chip Kelly? So what distinguishes Kelly is that he started with multiple three-win seasons. That Jarmond’s statement justifying the extension was so predictable would be funny if it weren’t so depressing.
UCLA football coach Chip Kelly has received a two-year contract extension and accompanying small raise that runs through the 2027 season.
Reader Jim Redhead referred to Steve Henson’s Genesis Invitational story that failed to mention Jack Nicklaus as the greatest golfer of all time because he has won the most majors, not Tiger Woods. Jack had to compete against Gary Player, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino all multiple major winners. Very hard to compare golfers of different eras.
Although Jack has more majors, Tiger has more wins 82 to 73. The field now is so deep with any number of players capable of winning a tournament or a major. The players all work out now, train very hard as well as having competition from all over the world. I believe Tiger is the best of all time.
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