January 14, 2011 |
Perhaps now, after suffering an injured ankle, losing to the Clippers and enduring endless criticism of the tweet that wouldn't die, LeBron James has a better understanding of karma. ? James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat won't be the last contenders swept under by the rising tide that is Blake Griffin & Co. ? All-in efforts by Baron Davis are always a pleasant surprise. ? If it comes down to a choice between Griffin and Lamar Odom for an All-Star spot, Odom might be out of luck.
August 27, 2010 |
You've probably heard it a thousand times: There's no free lunch. But sometimes it helps to get a little reminder. And so we turn our attention to e-mails making the rounds from something called BestShoppingRewards. The company has a variety of come-ons, all basically structured the same. The e-mail I'm looking at says, "Vote for your favorite item at McDonald's and get a FREE $50 McDonald's Gift Card!" When I visited the BestShoppingRewards website the other day, the pitch was for a "FREE $500 Visa Gift Card!"
June 13, 2004 |
THE DUMP -- Dr. Renee Cobos, who recently took a chunk out of my head, came to the telephone with test results, said I was fine and I wouldn't have to come home from The Dump right away for treatment. I told her to check those test results again -- there had to be something there. "Enjoy yourself in Detroit," she said, and for a doctor, she sure knows how to hurt a guy. * I CHECKED with the wife. "Stay in Detroit as long as you want," she said, and I think she meant it.
April 27, 2009 |
These are the times that try men's souls? Not that it takes much to try souls these days in Lakerdom, or Cavalierdom, or Whereverdom. So, it wasn't altogether surprising to see the Lakers' Game 3 loss, cutting their lead over the Jazz to 2-1, taken as a signal of impending doom. One website led with headlines blaring: "Are Lakers losing Kobe Bryant's waiting game?" "Lakers in need of a wake-up call." "Lakers might make a change at center." And that was The Times' Lakers page.
October 15, 2012 |
SOCCER/FOOTBALL URBAN LEGEND : Pele was paid to tie his shoelaces in the 1970 World Cup Final. Nowadays, the idea of athletes endorsing sneakers is well ingrained in the public consciousness. Seemingly every draft class in the NBA has at least one player sign an endorsement deal with one of the major sneaker companies in the United States (for instance, Anthony Davis, the first pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, has already signed with Nike). However, in the early days of the so-called "sneaker wars" between rival shoe companies Adidas and Puma, athlete endorsements were seen as a much bigger risk.
July 25, 2004 |
A small wooden cabinet went up for auction on EBay. Inside were two locks of hair, one granite slab, one dried rosebud, one goblet, two wheat pennies, one candlestick and, allegedly, one "dibbuk," a kind of spirit popular in Yiddish folklore. The seller, a Missouri college student named Iosif Nietzke, described the container as a "haunted Jewish wine cabinet box" that had plagued several owners with rotten luck and a spate of bizarre paranormal stunts.