Could there be a more negative headline and useless column than Dylan Hernández’s? “They better win the World Series this year, or be forgotten.” Who wants to read this pathetic excuse for a story? What exactly is the point of such a depressing thing when we Dodger fans are thoroughly enjoying this season? Shame on Hernández and the LA Times for wasting space. I’m ready to forget Hernández, not the Dodgers.
Peggy Jo Abraham
It’s strange how Dylan Hernández can account for the Dodgers’ sweep of the Padres and turn it into a story of sadness and woe.
Birthday parties at the Hernández’s must be a riot.
I look forward to reading a contrite column from Dylan Hernández after he called the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet West Coast home “Port Loser.” And for him, I hope he writes that apology before he meets Marines at one of his favorite watering holes.
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The reason the Dodgers have only one championship despite dominating the National League for several years has to do with one thing: Dave Roberts’ poor throwing decisions in the playoffs. Games 2 and 7 of the 2017 World Series. Game 5 against the Nationals in 2019 when he foolishly allowed Kershaw, who allowed 28 homers that year, to pitch to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in the eighth inning of a 3-1 game. Last year, he exhausted his credentials ahead of the NLCS. Sure, he won a ton of games during the regular season, but that means nothing when it all comes down to a playoff decision.
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Portal Risk Transfer
Chip Kelly is the luckiest man alive. The transfer portal has been tailor-made for this lazy football manager living off his past achievements.
Wouldn’t one think that Transfer Portal players present a lot more of the unknown and will result in a much less cohesive unit than homegrown players who have spent years in the program? His own fifth-year seniors are proof of that.
He now runs a mercenary program.
The unrealized potential of Serena Williams
Serena Williams has created another media circus, this time announcing her possible retirement from tennis. She is unlikely to top Margaret Court’s record and win another Grand Slam, even against the current mediocre women’s field. While his legacy of excellence is cemented in tennis history, his on-court outbursts and selfish behavior will also be remembered. Serena… you could have been so much more.
Lack of equity or attractiveness?
Complaining about a lack of “pay equity” implies that someone is being paid unfairly. The history of the WNBA’s journey to “pay equity” never explains what is unfair with current WNBA salaries. The simple fact of being paid less than foreign players or NBA players does not make the situation unfair. More established leagues with much larger revenues are able to pay their players more money. If fans don’t want to attend games or watch them on television in sufficient numbers to generate the revenue needed to pay higher WNBA salaries, then players (and the sportswriters who cover them) can’t say. quite rightly that there is a lack of fairness. There is only a lack of attraction.
Play or don’t play
After this last saga of Kevin Durant, I think of the first NBA GM who tells a spoiled title player: “You signed a contract with us. Play or don’t play. We don’t trade you. By the way, we don’t pay you for services not rendered,” is expected to be immediately named NBA Executive of the Year.
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It’s normal for the NBA to retire Bill Russell’s jersey, but why wait until he’s dead to do so? The NBA should have done it during his lifetime so he could appreciate the gesture!
I can think of others who are worthy of this honor, including [Jerry] We are [Michael] Jordan. Show them the esteem in which they are now held.
Thus, the NBA permanently retires Bill Russell’s No. 6 league-wide. However, current players already wearing No. 6 will be grandfathered and able to continue wearing it. Another LeBron James special rule/exception? Hopefully he steps up…shows some class…and returns to his original number in honor of one of the greatest to ever play the game. If he does, I’m sure that any other player currently wearing number 6 will follow.
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Aaron Rodgers, who grew up in a farming town in the Sacramento Valley, uses a hallucinogen and has not violated the NFL’s drug policy. A townsman smokes a joint and he is considered an outlaw. It seems Rodgers’ knack for escaping things isn’t limited to the pocket.
They can sign big free agents, they can get Tatis back on the field, but the Padres will never win without one fundamental change: They have to get rid of those brown and mustard yellow uniforms. I suggest teal, perfect for an oceanside team.
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