March 5, 2011 |
For any parent, it's the dreaded phone call. "My son never calls at 7 in the morning," says Mychal Thompson . "When I saw his number, right away I was saying to myself, uh-oh, and I hope nobody is hurt. "I answered, 'What's wrong?' Not hello, good morning, just 'What's wrong?'" Thompson is a former Laker, a broadcaster for the team and a father of three boys off on their own. "That's how I heard about it; Klay called," he says. Klay is his middle child and the leading scorer in the Pac-10 while playing for Washington State.
February 17, 1985 |
I called the credit department of a local store the other day to bring a slight error to someone's attention. After several lengthy conversations with different people, I was told that it was a computer error. Actually, I didn't care whose fault it was. But isn't it interesting how often computers are blamed for the foul-ups that occur in our lives?
December 13, 1987 |
A recent survey of 1,500 Texas high school students to find the most creative new excuses given for absence, tardiness and missed homework proved that youngsters haven't lost their touch. Fred Bleeke, vice president of Concordia Lutheran College, and 16 of his senior teacher education students, who wanted "to be forewarned about the kinds of excuses we will be getting," found the most-used of the new excuses were broken garage door openers that kept cars hopelessly out of commission.
April 4, 1987
The L.A. Kings may not lead the league (or even their division) in points, but they are way ahead in the category of excuses. According to the Kings, virtually every defeat can be directly attributed to a bad call by a referee. When a Jay Wells or Tiger Williams slashes someone from behind the play, he should be allowed to escape from a penalty because it's in the neutral zone. If and when the Kings learn to play defense and skate, and remove Neanderthals like Wells and Williams from their roster, they will join the ranks of the Edmontons, Hartfords, Montreals and Philadelphias, and let their play speak for them.
December 12, 2012 |
NEW YORK - If there's one guy on the Lakers you don't want to irritate, it's Metta World Peace, in case his 10 NBA-imposed suspensions since 2003 don't sledgehammer home the point. But in a quiet corner of the Lakers locker room Tuesday night, World Peace had something to say about all the Lakers' injuries. He wasn't as irritable as Coach Mike D'Antoni, who challenged a reporter's assertion that the Lakers didn't work much on defense before their 100-94 loss to Cleveland. Nor was World Peace as succinct as Dwight Howard - "We're sick of losing" - or as red-flag waving as Kobe Bryant, who said this was one of the most baffling stretches of his career.
October 21, 2009 |
Jonathan Broxton was sweating. Russell Martin was fearing. Joe Torre was grumbling. The Dodgers hanging on the dugout rail were clenching. The Dodgers fans watching at home were dying. Manny Ramirez? He was bathing. While the Dodgers were taking on the brunt of postseason pressure in the ninth inning here Monday night, their star was taking a shower. While his teammates were wilting under the spotlight, their leader was relaxing under the spray. By the time the Dodgers had finished staining themselves with a ninth-inning collapse in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Ramirez was just scrubbing clean.