L.A Times sports activities letters: Rams, Lakers fall into the abyss

All of the Rams really want is a quarterback who doesn’t have lead toes or flip the ball over repeatedly. It wasn’t all of the Lions’ fault Matthew Stafford didn’t win there. And to surrender picks and provides him an extension as effectively? Do yourselves a favor and draft a blue-chip quarterback just like the Chargers did. However wait, you want a excessive draft decide for that. I suppose you’re caught with what you have got.

Thomas Filip


Actually Sam Farmer, Matthew Stafford’s a “star quarterback”? Are you kidding? The man who leads the league in interceptions and pick-sixes and also you’re evaluating or placing him in the identical breath as Tom Brady? OK, you say he gained a Tremendous Bowl, however let’s face it, he was one dropped floater of an interception away from profitable nothing. And if anybody gained that Tremendous Bowl it was the Rams protection and Cooper Kupp having a profession 12 months. The Rams acquired their one second, however in addition they mortgaged their future, so name them what they’re: a dynasty of 1.

Invoice Consolo


After the Rams’ embarrassing loss to Tampa Bay, Sean McVay stated, “We got to really figure out a lot of different things to be able to do.” Truly, coach, it’s just one factor: win video games.

Tom Stapleton


Sean McVay has overlooked the first goal in professional sports activities: You play to win the sport. If a primary down will win the sport, you make each effort to get a primary down. The opposite group can’t rating in the event that they don’t have the ball. Interval, finish of story.

Mike Gamboa
Buena Park


After all it’s “not clear” when Matthew Stafford acquired a concussion. He’s been sacked a few hundred occasions this 12 months. Take your decide.

Mike Schaller
Temple Metropolis


Which is worse: The waves of nausea that hit me whereas watching the Rams try to play soccer or the uncontrollable laughing matches that deprive me of oxygen if I dare watch the Lakers?

Andy Nelson
Sherman Oaks

Can’t script this

Kudos to Dylan Hernández on making an attempt to convey the madness that was the MLS Cup championship sport dramatically gained by LAFC. One needed to be there or have watched it on TV to have believed it.

The sport and ambiance have been nuts. Lead adjustments, late game-saving objectives, shocking heroes (Gareth Bale and John McCarthy) all led to the exiting and unscripted Hollywood ending.

A really exceptional efficiency for a well-deserved championship by a profitable franchise.

Rick Solomon
Lake Balboa


It’s ridiculous {that a} main sport’s title sport is set by a soccer expertise demonstration (penalty kicks) and never persevering with to play the sport till there’s a winner in time beyond regulation. Even the NHL doesn’t use shootouts within the playoffs.

Steve Shaevel
Woodland Hills

Sinking Lakers

As I watched LeBron James throw powder earlier than the sport, Russell Westbrook rock a child and Anthony Davis flex his muscle mass after his baskets, I seen a 2-10 file and a number of blowouts. Think about if they’d be as involved with profitable as they’re with grandstanding. It appears their priorities are confused.

Flora Perry
Los Angeles


I’ve been a Lakers fan since they traded for Kareem within the Seventies, and a season-ticket holder for the reason that early Nineties. Sufficient is sufficient. Jeanie Buss has destroyed what was one of many best manufacturers in sports activities. A file of 7-34 in opposition to the Clippers within the final 41 video games? Despicable. Take away the “bubble playoffs” and the Lakers have been dreadful for essentially the most half since 2013-14.

Dave Ring
Manhattan Seashore


Of their first 53 years, the Lakers had eight dropping seasons. After this 12 months, will probably be eight dropping seasons in 10 years beneath Jeanie Buss. She has fired coaches, common managers and her brother. At what level does she look within the mirror and at last say, “I don’t know what the hell I’m doing”?

Glenn M. Langdon
Backyard Grove


The Lakers season was clearly over earlier than it started. I feel it’s time for the “Mitch Kupchak Please Stay Luncheon” for the season-ticket holders. Rob Pelinka will take over the starring position with visitor stars Kurt and Linda Rambis offering the reasons. The season-ticket holders deserve an NBA group to cheer and never this rubbish product they placed on the court docket each sport. The one different factor I’m dreading is when the self-anointed King passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the scoring file. The saving grace for Lakers followers is LeBron James won’t ever ever be talked about in the identical breath as Kareem.

Tom Mouzis
Simi Valley

Out of highlight

Seven night time video games for the Trojans this season. Personally I’m getting somewhat bored with studying about Trojans soccer in Monday’s paper. This gained’t be taking place within the Huge Ten due to the completely different time zones, and becoming a member of a convention that has only a few night time video games. Vaya con Dios Pac-12, get pleasure from your little convention and all of the night time video games that go together with it.

Invoice Piercy
Lengthy Seashore

Right here’s the snub

Isn’t it a bit disingenuous for The Times to be reporting the “snubbing” of the UCLA soccer group within the newest CFP rankings when The Times have been doing the identical of their reporting vs. that of the Trojans since earlier than the season started?

Mike Murashige
Eugene, Ore.

Collection stench

If there have been now not any Astros gamers or coaches on the group who have been related to the dishonest scandal then I might say “congrats” as a substitute of “yuck” for his or her World Collection victory. There’ll all the time be a stench related to this group.

Jay James
Pico Rivera

The place’s the puck?

It’s nice to see Helene Elliott’s columns on hockey as soon as per week or so, as a result of she’s terrific and the brief, bland Related Press articles on Kings and Geese video games simply don’t get the job accomplished. I need the sports activities editor to know the way disappointing it’s to see a serious newspaper like The Times give such brief shrift to 2 native main sports activities franchises, the gamers and the followers.

I can perceive, although not essentially agree with, the concept that hockey writers don’t accompany the groups to away video games. I can see The Times utilizing Related Press to cowl these video games. However The Times can’t even rent hockey sports activities writers to cowl native video games in downtown L.A. or Anaheim? Critically? What a slap within the face to Kings and Geese followers, in addition to to the franchises.

Your lack of sufficient protection is a superb disservice to the various hockey followers of each groups. If this is because of value saving efforts within the sports activities division, I’ve information for you. I can have interaction in value saving too. The way in which I’d do it’s by stopping my subscription to The Times that I’ve maintained for the reason that Seventies.

Jeff Pollak
La Crescenta

Lastly a farewell

Am I the one one seeing the unhappy comparability between Bruce Rollinson of Mater Dei and Joe Paterno at Penn State?

No questioning the win-loss data, the championships and nice gamers. And like Penn State the tradition of win in any respect prices overshadowed the core values of the college and injury it did to youngsters. So the archdiocese lets Rollinson retire somewhat than topic the college to any extra controversy. There was a statue of Paterno too.

Jeff Heister


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