Glad they gave the chop the ax

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When the Dodgers pulled away from At­lanta dur­ing Game 4 of the NL Divi­sion Series, thanks to Manny Machado’s three­run blast, I could have sworn I heard Braves’ fans chant­ing, “Oh­h­h­h­hOh­h­h­h­h­hNoooooooooo! Oh­h­h­h­h­hOh­h­h­h­h­h­h­h­hNooooooo!” Joe Ke­vany

Mount Wash­ing­ton

How ap­pro­pri­ate that the Dodgers fi­nally si­lenced the ob­nox­ious Tom­a­hawk Chop on In­dige­nous Peo­ples’ Day. Now, if only that racist tra­di­tion can be per­ma­nently placed in the trash heap of his­tory. Joel Elkins

West Hol­ly­wood

In his NLDS start against the Braves, Clay­ton Ker­shaw pitched eight shutout in­nings with only 85 pitches. The for­mer strike­out king had only three strike­outs in his master­piece.

If the Sandy Ko­ufax ver­sion of Ker­shaw in his 20s gives way to a Greg Mad­dux ver­sion of Ker­shaw in his 30s, I think we Dodgers fans will have a lot to cel­e­brate in the decade to come. Michael Lee Manous

Up­land

Tra­di­tion­al­ist? When you have pitch­ers who can go seven or eight in­nings, that’s not tra­di­tional. That’s base­ball! Craig Coun­sell has no one he can de­pend upon to go deep into a game. Dave Roberts does. Throw the ball, hit the ball, catch the ball. Still a sim­ple game. Alex Fer­nan­dez

Lake­wood

Don’t tell the Dodgers, but the real World Series is go­ing to be be­tween the Red Sox and the Astros in the ALCS. An­drew Sacks

River­side

That was dirty

Why did I not hear from game an­nounc­ers or from any­one from The Times about the hit from Seat­tle’s Tedrick Thomp­son that knocked Brandin Cooks out of last Sun­day’s Ram­sSea­hawks game with a con­cus­sion? It was a vi­cious hel­met-to-hel­met hit on a vul­ner­a­ble stretched-out re­ceiver that should have re­sulted in a penalty and an ejec­tion. It is galling to see this in an era where you can get pe­nal­ized for breath­ing on a quar­ter­back if you hap­pen to have bad breath. Alan Aba­jian

Alta Loma

Bonus si­t­u­a­tion

It’s now ap­par­ent that the best thing about LeBron James be­com­ing a Laker is that we won’t be hear­ing very much from LaVar Ball any­more. LeBron’s pres­ence on the team has ren­dered LaVar speech­less for the first time in his life. It has also elim­i­nated the daily head­lines about Lonzo Ball. He’s just an­other one of the Lak­ers now and his dad is no longer giv­ing news con­fer­ences. San­ity has been re­stored. Charles Reilly

Man­hat­tan Beach A real win­ner

No of­fense in­tended, but The Times sports sec­tion isn’t high on my list of places to seek mean­ing­ful life lessons. Then I read about the late John Gagliardi, a fel­low I had never heard of un­til he died. What a great man, and I mean truly great. I sus­pect a lot of John­nies didn’t moan but rather smiled when they read about his pass­ing. A ros­ter of 159 be­cause no one was ever cut? Won­der­ful. Tweak­ing the hard-knocks cal­is­then­ics fa­nat­ics? Great sport.

And oh yeah, he won more games than any other coach in the his­tory of col­lege foot­ball.

No need wish­ing John Gagliardi RIP, be­cause af­ter the life he led, no one could be more at peace. Dave Ri­ley

La­guna Woods

Great ar­ti­cle on this spe­cial per­son and coach. Hav­ing at­tended St. John’s as a fresh­man in 1972, I have known about John and his “no” list for a long time and have fol­lowed his team over the years. Even got to see them on TV a few times. The best part was the trick plays they al­ways ran. There was no short­age of those. And as you stated in your ar­ti­cle, the Bene­dic­tine monks were his great­est sup­port­ers. God bless his soul. And Austin Mur­phy, thank you for writ­ing this story.

Chris Tait

Hunt­ing­ton Beach Not great, Mr. Scott

Now it comes out from Pac-12 Com­mis­sioner Larry Scott that the con­fer­ence messed up some video re­play re­views in re­cent games. How would I know, as I don’t get any games from the Pac-12 Net­works on TV? I can get the SEC Net­work, the Big Ten Net­work, and even the Big Sky Con­fer­ence on TV, but I can’t get the Pac-12 Net­work.

Mr. Scott, how about pro­mot­ing all your con­fer­ence teams with a bet­ter TV con­tract, so ev­ery­one can see them? Then we can all see the bad video re­play re­views that are made by the con­fer­ence. Chris Sorce

Foun­tain Val­ley

A com­pli­ment?

Watch­ing JT Daniels last year and af­ter five games this year, it ap­pears that he is still coached by Bruce Rollinson. David Mar­shall

Santa Mon­ica

This sport chokes

Watch­ing a few se­conds of the UFC match that ended when Conor McGre­gor tapped out while be­ing nearly choked to death by Khabib Nur­magome­dov, I won­dered how or when this sport ever be­came le­gal in the U.S. Why not drop the pre­tense of sport and bring back Chris­tians ver­sus lions? Kevin Park

Mis­sion Hills

Brought to you by ... Thanks, Tom Hof­farth [Sports Me­dia, Oct. 9], for ex­pos­ing the ridicu­lous ads on sports ra­dio broad­casts. But you should have in­cluded the fact that the Kings are not even on broad­cast ra­dio any­more. Maybe those ads would have sealed the deal. The past few sea­sons the rep­e­ti­tion of one or two ads, and PSAs drove me nuts! It seemed like they had no spon­sors. Well, I guess they didn’t. Steve Schindler

Glen­dale

Bad bet

Kenny Gersh, Ma­jor League Base­ball’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of gam­ing, says that MLB should get in bed with the casi­nos and get a cut on all bets in­volv­ing base­ball games.

Re­ally? Tell me again why Pete Rose can’t be in the Hall of Fame.

MLB? Ma­jor League Baloney! Jack Oakes

Santa Ana

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MANNY MACHADO ES­SEN­TIALLY put the NL Divi­sion Series away in Game 4 with a three-run homer against the Braves that si­lenced the crowd.

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