Let’s not overreact. Oddsmakers have had Rams underdogs at home and there’s no shame in losing to the Super Bowl favorites. Coach Sean McVay will watch a movie and find out. Ram’s sloppiness was obvious. It’s too late now but maybe he should reconsider not playing in the starting XI in preseason.
Palos Verde estate
Rams were outplayed at every stage of the game. Too much sunbathing, too little prep, and Sean’s game calls are plain and simple. So much for the heart of a champion.
I never expected a protester with a pink smoke bomb to cover more yards in one run than the entire Rams offense does in an entire game. Maybe the Rams should call them up.
It was fun while it lasted. GM Les Snead and coach Sean McVay’s best offseason move was signing extensions before playing the Bills.
Boy, talk about USC horns. Plaschke acts as if his beloved Trojans drove the Russians out of Ukraine. Please, they beat Rice Junior College.
After reading the Trojan Times last Sunday, I just want to congratulate USC on their apparent national title, which they won against Rice last weekend.
Reading your sports section last Sunday, someone would think that UCLA is headed for a losing season while USC becomes a national champion. Unless, of course, you look at the games objectively. UCLA actually had a far greater statistical advantage, with over 600 yards attacking on about 160 for Bowling Green, who scored 10 quick points on UCLA turnovers. USC, on the other hand, had increased its score with three pick-six touchdowns from the wild Rice quarterback. So maybe your reporters should just take a deep, cleansing breath and evaluate the games for what they were. A few easy wins against weak opponents.
Bury the Bruins
27,000 fans attended UCLA’s home game, the lowest attendance since moving to the Rose Bowl. Is anyone surprised? Their cream puff schedule generated absolutely no preseason fanfare. Even The Times buried the description of the “game” on page 7.
As a loyal Bruin fan, all I can say is that after Saturday’s game against Bowling Green, Martin Jarmond is thrilled that he gave Chip Kelly a huge contract extension. Clearly Jarmond is content with mediocrity. The move to the Big Ten will be significant. One Los Angeles team will be a powerhouse and the other will be a practice team.
The ridiculous start time and resulting poor conditions of last week’s UCLA soccer game was thanks to the Pac-12 conference and its network, which decided the Bruins needed to play at 11:30 a.m. This was not a malicious act. It was just the wisest decision these people were capable of. Imagine how bad it will be next year if they are spiteful.
This move to the Big Ten is looking better and better.
I have little doubt that the marriage between UCLA and the Rose Bowl should end. The tailgating there is great, but the seats are uncomfortable and unacceptable. The legroom is a joke. And I haven’t even mentioned the lack of covered seating, a sad fact revealed last week when only a few thousand fans dared to bake under the hot sun.
No such problems at SoFi Stadium. The Bruins should do whatever it takes to get out of the Rose Bowl lease. The purchase will be worthwhile. SoFi is much closer to Westwood. More fans will go to the games and they will feel good. The move to the Big Ten was creative and bold. A change to SoFi would also be creative and courageous.
I’ll hit for JT
Isn’t it time to mention Justin Turner and his remarkable return to form? And maybe cut the nonsense about how awesome Mookie Betts is. Justin has exactly the same batting average and a lesser RBI in almost 100 less at-bats. The underrated Trea Turner is certainly the team’s must-have, with Freddie Freeman a close second. But Justin contributed a lot more than the over-hyped long-ball mookie, who does little else than that.
Union, New Jersey
Dustin May seems to have successfully recovered from his surgery on Tommy John and now Walker Buehler will have his. Looking back at the hundreds of athletes whose careers have been given a fresh boost, it’s time for Baseball Hall of Fame voters to recognize the efforts of Tommy John and Dr. Frank Jobe to acknowledge and take them in.
Of the upcoming rule changes set to be implemented by MLB next year, perhaps the most ridiculous, if not the most ridiculous, is restricting pitchers to two pick-off throws. I grew up in the era of Maury Wills, Lou Brock and Ricky Henderson. Fans were mesmerized by the cat-and-mouse games between pitcher and baserunner. I can still hear the chants of “go, go, go”. This entirely unnecessary rule change will serve both to eliminate a whole host of abilities and further fuel fan disinterest in the game.
Hopefully the powers that be in baseball have been watching the US Open. You may have noticed how well the electronic telephone line works. Not all of the changes baseball has made are good, but watching a game with the electronic batting zone popping up on the TV screen and seeing inconsistent umpires calling balls and bats makes it almost a breeze.
Sultan of Halo
Even though Shohei Ohtani is putting up numbers on par with a modern-day Babe Ruth, it’s still odd how he can be considered for another MVP award. How is it possible that a team destined to finish almost 30 games still has an MVP candidate? The question comes up. Where would they end up in the standings without him?
Regarding Ben Bolch’s article “Reggie Jackson, Queen Elizabeth II, Leslie Nielsen: How ‘The Naked Gun’ filmed the best baseball scene in movie history”.
This article reminded me of one of my all-time favorite Frank Drebin movie quotes:
“Protecting the safety of the Queen is a task the Police Command is happy to take on. No matter how silly the idea of having a queen may seem to us as Americans, we must be gracious and considerate hosts.”
Truer words were never spoken.
It’s time to bring back the entire esports space. This sports section feels like the Des Moines Times. This is Los Angeles! Mecca of sport. Sports coverage is shockingly low. Completely inadequate and incomplete. This is a major league newspaper. Please deliver as one.
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