In recent memory, has there been a more overrated quarterback than Matthew Stafford? The Rams gave their all too much for such a mediocre player. Four choices to six for touchdowns? Not an encouraging statistic. An interception in every game is almost guaranteed and without Kupp his best receiver would play either the cornerback or safety for the opposition.
Watching Matthew Stafford play against the Ravens makes me wish the good old days when we had Jared Goff and two draft picks in the first round.
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As a Southern Californian, losing to a Bay Area team is tough for a fan to take, especially when it comes to the Rams and 49ers. Rams players, pretend you’re back in school playing your biggest rival and show our fans some passion this time around. Losing five straight games against what should be your biggest rival is embarrassing.
The Pac-12 is a disaster for football and its teams deserved to be excluded from their bowl games. No team in the conference has a clue how to play defense, and until they do, they will continue to be the laughing stock of the nation. Utah’s helpless performance at the Rose Bowl was an embarrassing icing on the cake.
Dylan Hernandez thinks there is only one team in the Pac-12 (USC) and they just have to worry about Utah. Well, Mr. Hernandez, it’s called Pac-12, not Pac-1. Why not just write about Utah and what a great season they’ve had and how tough they’re going to be next season for the other 11 teams and stop being such a home run.
I was flabbergasted when I read Dylan Hernandez’s column saying “USC’s road to national prominence will be through Utah.” First off, at least 10 other Pac-12 teams would disagree, most of whom have beaten / clubbed USC in the past three years. Second, USC is very far from national notoriety. They have added a very small recruiting class to a list that is clearly understaffed based on their recent record. National awareness if they can’t overtake Utah? I do not think so.
I shook my head as I read letters lambasting UCLA for its decision to withdraw from the Holiday Bowl hours before kickoff. You would think they had access to the same information as UCLA executives, coaches and medical staff, which of course they did not and do not do. Anyone close to the football schedule or paying attention would have seen the trajectory of this game a week before, when individual Bruin players continued to be taken off the roster due to COVID protocols. There have been so many cases of reckless, arrogant and irresponsible behavior during this pandemic. UCLA deserves a lot of credit for making a last minute decision protecting the health of players despite the backlash and criticism it was to receive.
Increase the number of teams in the NCAA football playoffs to determine a champion? Why? Only two teams are needed – just rename the SEC Championship game.
Alabama will play Georgia again. With Alabama having recently beaten Georgia, if Georgia wins the game, who will be No.1? The series will be tied with one win each. We’ll go back to the pre-BCS days when one team could be rated # 1 by the PA, while another # 1 team by the coaches poll. Putting two teams from the same conference in the MFF does not work.
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Ohio State and Utah played in the Rose Bowl game. Georgia and Alabama are playing for the national championship. So? All four teams have a quarterback, including three starters and one who left USC, who played his high school football about 50 miles from UCLA and USC. There is a recruitment problem here.
My first football exposure was when I was 6, playing flag football. It seems, however, that flag football has resurrected. In every college or pro game there seems to be more downtime than playing time because of those damn yellow flags. I have the impression that referees are paid at the flag, and need to justify their existence. Penalties probably add an hour or more to the length of a game, but dealers have to love it.
College and professional football should follow the NBA’s “no harm, no fault” policy.
Before fans throw away their Rajon Rondo jerseys, they should take comfort in knowing that he will most likely be recycled by the Lakers again just in time for the 2023-24 season.
Mater Dei misfortunes
Here’s everything you need to know about Mater Dei’s response to the brutal soccer hazing scandal. The new president has been expelled and will be reassigned to half a country. The football coach stays.
As the immortal Stan Lee would have joked, â’Nuff said! “
As racehorses continue to die, the state is suspending the license of the current medical director of horses. As the death toll rises during the current conflict, isn’t this a classic example of putting the cart before the horse? Save the horses.
In this age of linguistic hyperbole, I have only one word to describe The Times – and as usual, Wally Skalij’s photo coverage in particular – of the Rose Bowl game: awesome.
The history of the Lakers
There is a postscript that should have been included in Friday’s story about the Lakers’ historic 33-game winning streak. If I recall from a previous story in The Times, when the streak finally ended in Milwaukee, Mal Florence, the Times reporter who was traveling with the Lakers, got a call from his editor telling him to go back. in LA With the streak over, the newspaper could save money by relying on a press service to report on road games. When Florence walked into the hotel reception with her luggage packed for departure, Lakers coach Bill Sharman was seated in the lobby. Sharman asked, “Wrong, where are you going?” Florence, without missing a beat, said: “I don’t cover the losers.”
Craig A. Smith
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