September 18, 2012 |
Jamey Wright could count the years. He could count the games, all the nights spent away from family. Could count the wins and losses, even the thousands of pitches that have constituted his 17-year career. Only what he's counting on now is what he's never had. Jamey Wright hungers to pitch in the postseason. "I play for the opportunity to get champagne sprayed in my eyes," Wright said. "I want it to burn. I want to feel it for a lifetime. " Seventeen seasons is a long time to play baseball.
December 19, 2011 |
+ The New Jersey Devils retired Scott Niedermayer's jersey number last week in a classy ceremony. Niedermayer won three Stanley Cup championships with them before leaving to join brother Rob in Anaheim and win the Cup together in 2007. + The latest HBO "24/7" series focusing on the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers should be as entertaining as last year's edition, which featured the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. But wouldn't it help promote the league to expand the participants beyond a select few Eastern teams?
HOME & GARDEN
October 15, 2011 |
For me, exasperation is a form of exercise. You should've seen me at the soccer game Saturday, big gasping breaths as if drowning. I recommend it to anyone looking to lose a few pounds while tiptoeing the fine line between sanity and suburbia. "You look like you've lost weight," our friend Barbara said after the game. "I'm mostly wasting away," I explained. "You look good," she said. Thanks. The team performed well, except that in the second quarter I realized that my players seemed unable to run sideways.
June 24, 2011 |
The acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is strongly resisting pressure to step down because of growing controversy over the agency's surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns to flow unchecked into Mexico, according to several federal sources in Washington. Kenneth E. Melson, who has run the bureau for two years, is reportedly eager to testify to Congress about the extent of his and other officials' involvement in the operation, code-named Fast and Furious.
November 23, 2010 |
I began the day with a UCLA fan holding a sharp knife and cutting into my typing thumb. I was pretty happy about it myself. Usually Dr. Ryan, my dermatologist at UCLA, uses a hatchet. But I guess she's saving that for Rick Neuheisel or Norm Chow. No one is really safe in Bruinland these days. Neuheisel yells at his quarterbacks too much. Chow must go, according to e-mail. The defensive coordinator is already long gone, whatever his name might be. Everyone's on edge.
September 7, 2008 |
Think blue. Dream big. The autumn leaves could be blue this year. The Dodgers could be in the World Series. They were left for dead a week ago. They were at .500 two days ago. They have been in first place in the National League West for a few hours. The Dodgers are a flawed team, with no business being in a pennant race, let alone in first place. But the standings are reset in October, and the Dodgers could take it from there, and into the World Series. This is not the American League, with a Goliath in pinstripes, red socks or halos standing between the Dodgers and the World Series.