April 13, 2012 |
A tour of an old newspaper facility and a talk with a couple of old baseball writers. Like there could be a better way to spend an afternoon. I did mention they were old baseball writers? It's coming your way Thursday, April 19, at noon. It's part of a monthly program at The Times, Thursdays @ The Globe , that includes a mini-tour of the newspaper and an opportunity to interact with reporters, columnists, editors and executives. This time out the The Times offers columnist Bill Plaschke and national baseball writer Bill Shaikin.
March 30, 2012 |
I am from Louisville. I am not from Kentucky. My birth certificate is clear, but my heart contradicts, and will pound appropriately Saturday during the most deeply personal of basketball games. I am Louisville. I am not Kentucky. The two schools play in an NCAA national semifinal basketball game that, to the rest of the nation, might seem like little more than an odd rivalry between two campuses separated by about 75 miles of the same backwoods state. Yet for those who have lived there, it is about a cultural divide that can define a life.
December 29, 2011 |
The Lakers have only played four games, but four games were enough to end an era last spring, so it should be enough to form an opinion now. I like Mike Brown. There, I've said it, mere months after writing that he was an uninspiring hire and the wrong guy to lead the Lakers into this strange new world. Yes, I've said it, just one long off-season after wondering what Brown could do for you, and guessing not much. PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Knicks I like Mike Brown, but it has nothing to do with his ability to coach the Lakers.
November 11, 2011
So, Joe Paterno enjoys the all-time college football coaching win record. My question to JoePa: Was it worth it? Konrad Moore Bakersfield :: Joe Paterno said, "With the benefit of hindsight, I would have done more. " Joe, with the benefit of hindsight, I would be a gazillionaire. This is about doing the right thing, the moral thing in the moment. Paterno passed. See no evil, speak no evil. Pass the buck down the road and let someone else deal with it. Joe Paterno is a silent partner to Jerry Sandusky's horror.
September 16, 2011 |
He sounded like a coach. He sounded like a statesman. But more than anything, Derek Fisher sounded like he was dribbling the ball up the court against the Boston Celtics in the 2010 Finals, daring anybody to step in his path. "There have been moments when it's been draining," he said, his voice rising. "But it's not draining me of my overall energy and passion for playing this game I love to play. " Fisher may currently have the worst sports job in America, but it's exactly where he belongs, the Lakers' soul now serving as the locked-out NBA union's spine.
August 5, 2011 |
In the eternal conflict between baseball's uniformed personnel and umpires, it's the dog-you days of summer. The temperatures soar, the season drags, and everyone wants a piece of each other. Managers charge umpires. Players scream at umpires. Entire teams physically restrain star players who are literally attempting to attack umpires, which, by the way, looks especially dumb. It's so bad, the other day I saw Boston Manager Terry Francona arguing with an umpire who had just made a home-run call after examining instant replay.