Letters to Sports: Why all of the love for Caleb Williams?

“F— ND” was the profane message Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams had painted on his fingernails earlier than USC’s recreation in opposition to Notre Dame.

“F— Utah” per week later earlier than the Pac-12 championship recreation was additional proof of the athlete’s egocentric disregard for sportsmanship, integrity and accountability, and his college and head coach’s turning a blind eye to his disparaging messages. In any case, profitable is all that issues.

The Heisman Trophy is purportedly awarded to a participant who “exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” The phrase “with integrity” shouldn’t be included within the standards for choice anymore.

John Jacobs
Los Angeles


I used to be surprised by Ryan Kartje’s slobbering idolatry of Caleb Williams. Williams is arguably the most effective candidate for the Heisman Trophy, however to canonize him in such method is one other story. Caleb is gifted, however he does have some flaws. Williams positive may use a sip of the wine of humility, and chivalry earlier than he paints his fingernails, and Kartje would possibly need to write as a sportswriter as an alternative of an apologist.

John F. Parodi
Huntington Seaside


Sufficient Heisman committee and USC. Reinstate Reggie Bush’s information and Heisman Trophy. Now that school athletics has been bent to the need of capitalism, it’s previous time to return Reggie’s Heisman to him and to Heritage Corridor. In addition to his jersey within the Coliseum stands. He was banished for what once more precisely? A home for his mother and father? Gimme a break NCAA!

Mike Aguilar
Costa Mesa


It’s unfair to rank USC’s Heisman Trophy winners as every participant had their very own particular award-winning season. If something, Caleb Williams’ exploits had been probably the most exceptional having to attain on most possessions simply to remain forward of a porous points-allowing protection.

David Marshall
Santa Monica


Marcus Allen is my favourite Trojan of all time and agree he needs to be on the high of the USC Heisman listing. However nobody ought to query if O.J. Simpson deserves to be a part of the Heisman discuss due to his selections and actions later in his life. He ought to all the time be acknowledged because the superb school soccer participant he was at USC. Might his life function a warning to younger athletes as they climb the ranks of stardom to watch out to not let their accolades and pleasure flip into entitlement, leading to life-changing selections.

Judy Thomsen

Lakers want a hero

Do LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have situations of their contracts that give them the correct to fireplace low-percentage three-point pictures at essential instances within the fourth quarter and extra time? It’s maddening to look at them shoot the Lakers out of video games after their nice play has fueled comebacks from double-digit deficits. Can they please let another person attempt to be the hero?

Richard Raffalow
Valley Glen

Penny-pinching Dodgers?

Whereas the Dodgers fill up on injured former All-Stars, the opposite groups within the NL West are signing precise ballplayers. Participant contracts are uncontrolled, however who is best positioned to spend cash than the Dodgers with their big attendance, excessive ticket costs, file cable contract and $20 beers? If we begin the season with Gavin Lux at shortstop and Max Muncy at second base, they gained’t be getting any of this fan’s cash.

Mike Gamboa
Buena Park


It positive seems as if the Dodgers have merely conceded the West to the San Diego Padres within the upcoming season. The Padres signal Xander Bogaerts, a real All-Star, and the Dodgers signal Noah Syndergaard, an average-at-best beginning pitcher. The Padres are merely loaded with the most effective lineup in baseball together with a really succesful pitching workers whereas the Dodgers have finished nothing to improve their roster. It positive seems as if they’re merely throwing away the upcoming season and ready for the Ohtani sweepstakes subsequent 12 months.

Bruce Olson


Simply because the Dodgers sullied the popularity of their franchise by signing Trevor Bauer, so, too, have the Giants tarnished their very own legacy by overpaying unrepentant cheater Carlos Correa. With this signing, the rivalry between the 2 groups will undoubtedly be elevated to unprecedented ranges of disdain, and little question, exhibitions of fan violence.

Invoice Waxman
Simi Valley

School sports activities have modified

School sports activities is admittedly not school sports activities anymore. It’s skilled sports activities for athletes of school age. The convention previously referred to as the Massive Ten can have 16 groups as soon as USC and UCLA fly in. And stretch from New Jersey to our state of California.

What now we have now are junior professional groups now not joined by geography however slightly by revenue potential and addressed by school names to maintain the curiosity of alumni and close by residents. To be remembered when your “home team” recruited from each state within the union is enjoying at Maryland or Rutgers.

Bob Goldstone
Corona Del Mar

Sure, the UC Regents have cleared the way in which for UCLA athletics to maneuver to the Massive Ten, however not with out imposing main extortion on the Bruins. With a committee suggestion that UCLA pay UC Berkeley between $2 million and $5 million per 12 months for causes that made no sense, the Regents met privately and raised the extortion to a cap of $10 million yearly. So in essence UCLA will likely be subsidizing the inefficiency of the UC Berkeley athletic division. Marvelous!

Alan Abajian
Alta Loma

The place’s the volleyball protection?

The Instances sports activities part was completely poor in protection of the NCAA ladies’s volleyball match the final two weeks. Not even a point out of the groups profitable and making the Closing 4. Was it the shortage of efficiency by the notable L.A. groups?

This sport is now one of the vital standard and thrilling, and being adopted by a rising viewers annually, but no point out in any respect by The Instances.

Alan Holman


Thanks for persevering with to cowl the UCLA ladies’s basketball staff with articles. The staff and the teaching workers definitely deserve it.

Steve Shaevel
Woodland Hills


What concerning the followers, Clippers?

I’m a longtime Clipper season ticket holder who had the misfortune of attending final evening’s recreation in opposition to the Suns. The Clippers’ determination to “ rest” virtually all of their beginning lineup within the recreation for the aim of “assessing role players” was a shame and an affront to all of the individuals who paid giant quantities of cash to see an NBA recreation anticipating to see the most effective wholesome gamers play.

Whereas it could be justifiable to relaxation a participant or two at instances and provides the staff an opportunity to evaluate different gamers, for the Clippers to relaxation nearly all of their greatest gamers made the sport resemble not more than a glorified scrimmage and uncompetitive from the start. That’s inexcusable. Lots of the followers left early. The Clippers ought to reimburse all of the followers for the price of tickets to this fiasco and the league ought to assess the staff a heavy fantastic so it gained’t occur once more.

Alvin S. Michaelson
Marina del Rey


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