Letters: Remembering the best winner, Bill Russell

Bill Plaschke’s column on Bill Russell was a wonderful tribute.

When pundits discuss Russell’s profession as an important winner, they at all times point out his 11 NBA titles, as they need to, however that’s not the entire story. He additionally led USF to 2 consecutive NCAA championships on the way in which to a then-record 60-game successful streak and led the 1956 U.S. Olympic crew to the gold medal, lengthy earlier than NBA gamers may compete for our nation.

Bill Russell is the best winner in sports activities historical past. Interval.

Jim Perry


My recollections of Bill Russell had been formed by his way back radio present on KABC. The perfect to today. I nonetheless quote his day by day log out line: “Just remember, in the department store of life, sports is the toy department.” That and his distinctive snigger, which Jim Healy performed so many instances.

Noel Park
Rancho Palos Verdes


Bill Russell had a radio discuss present that aired afternoons in L.A. within the early Nineteen Seventies. At the moment I solely knew him because the central determine on a Celtics crew that thwarted Lakers championships 12 months after 12 months and broke our hearts, however I quickly realized, from listening to him day after day earlier than going to work on an evening shift, that he was an excellent thinker and profoundly philosophical when he typically drifted away from sports activities, particularly on politics and social points. He was additionally unswervingly sincere and at instances hilarious, and I quickly turned a fan and admirer of this uncommon, genuine human being. And when a caller requested if a sure new, sizzling guard within the NBA was nearly as good as Jerry West, his instantaneous and emphatic reply was “NO!” And that was that.

Dell Franklin

School afront

“A nation-leading 20 kids have transferred to USC from other schools” to play soccer, in response to Bill Plaschke. Specializing in USC’s most up-to-date gridiron failures, he quotes Oklahoma quarterback switch Caleb Williams as saying, “…we’re here to turn that around.” Nice! Nonetheless, talking to Mr. Williams and different soccer transfers planning to make use of USC’s beneficiant monetary assist as a simple ticket to their very own fame and fortune, a reminder that the cornerstone of the college is training. Go to class. You’ll profit lengthy after your NFL days are over.

Vic Pallos


Sure, even within the Sports activities pages one can discover synchronistic irony. On Sunday, web page D1 above the fold was dominated by this headline: “HIS LIFE WAS ON THE LINE — Thomas Cole left UCLA football after a suicide attempt.” What follows is a narrative of a younger man who felt fixed strain in taking part in a school sport through which he excelled, however by no means felt ok.

Two inches away is one other headline over Bill Plaschke’s column: “Loaded Trojans under heavy pressure.” As Stan Lee preferred to say, “‘Nuff said!”

Mitch Paradise
Los Angeles


A few years ago, when the USC basketball program gave Bill Sharman’s “retired” quantity to a present participant it didn’t get a point out.

For the soccer program to now “un-retire” Heisman winner Carson Palmer’s quantity ought to affirm for all alumni that the “Trojan family” has gone via a divorce from its historical past and custom.

Bill Boyd


Custom be damned! Convey within the employed soccer gamers. Name them “Student Athletes” not mercenaries. Neglect about crew, college, delight, spirit. It’s all about notoriety and cash. However what concerning the different 95% of the USC soccer gamers? The place’s the fairness, the Aristocracy, honor? Apparently it’s of no consequence to USC.

Joseph F. Paggi Jr.

Significantly, Dodgers?

Joey Gallo?? Are you critical?? Alternatively, with Gallo, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger within the lineup on the identical time air-con prices will probably be at a naked minimal inside Dodger Stadium.

Herb Schoenberg


Uncharacteristically, the Dodgers protected the long run and will have forfeited (together with Juan Soto) the 2022 pennant to the Padres.

Jack Wishard
Los Angeles


The Dodgers beating the Giants, good. The Dodgers sweeping the Giants in a 4 recreation collection in Los Angeles, higher. The Dodgers sweeping the Giants in a 4 recreation collection in San Francisco, priceless!!

Ken Blake

Bravo! Bravo!

I’m a 50-year subscriber of The Occasions. The article by Ben Bolch about Thomas Cole. It was some of the excellent articles and essential issues I’ve learn in a very long time. Ben’s UCLA protection is excellent. They’re in depth and informative. The Occasions is lucky to have Ben.

Bob Waldorf


Bravo to Dick Vermeil for Corridor of Fame induction! Everybody remembers his Tremendous Bowl win with the Eagles, however few keep in mind him guiding UCLA to its surprising upset of Ohio State within the 1976 Rose Bowl, which disadvantaged the Buckeyes of the nationwide championship. It was most likely the largest win in Bruin historical past!

Jack Wolf
Los Angeles


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