June 7, 2012 |
Beered up but suddenly benign, disappointed Kings fans poured out of Staples Center on Wednesday night. "Why couldn't we win it here?" rang out across L.A. Live after the Kings' loss. "We're still up 3-1," assured Dan Sine. "We have to win one, they have to win three," mathematician Debbie Eskenazi explained. And so it goes, this improbable season is frozen for at least a few more days. "I'm not worried, I'm disappointed," said Tommy Nast, summing up the feelings of most fans as they spilled out of Staples Center, still a little shell-shocked.
April 17, 1989 |
It was a chilling moment, in the dawn of a new age. It was midway through the second period of the Kings' Saturday night mega-win at the GW (Gretzky Wayne) Forum. Responding to a note flashed on the message board, the frenzied, frothing Forum fans broke into a chant. "Luck-y butt! Luck-y butt!" Not Shakespeare, perhaps, but any chant is a welcome replacement for America's most shopworn chant, the one referring to the opposing team or star player inhaling by creating a vacuum with its (or his)
July 12, 1998 |
This is life that should exist on the other side of the moon with no chance of ever being seen down here. Forget the United Way campaign. Support NASA and a one-way space shuttle capable of jettisoning the get-a-life-challenged people here, who willingly spent $15 a day to be demeaned and disappointed at the Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship.
December 21, 2012 |
Author Lee Child created a killer character with Jack Reacher. A brutal ex-military officer with a thirst for justice, he's a force - a massive force. Six-foot-five, 220-250 lbs., with a 50-inch chest is specified on Child's website . For months, fans of the books - 17 so far - have been anticipating the film "Jack Reacher," which opens this weekend, with comments such as: "hope it flops. " They are not looking forward to seeing Tom Cruise, not known for his bulk, portray the hero of Child's novels.
September 21, 2012 |
Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn't bothered by Watergate , but now they're sheepish over their use of the Confederate flag. The Southern rock band has long been known for its '70s-era hits like "Sweet Home Alabama" and defiant embrace of Old Dixie imagery. But the group's lone surviving original member, Gary Rossington, recently told CNN that the band, recognizing the stars-and-bars flag's offensive and racist undertones, will cease using it as a stage decoration at concerts supporting its new album "Last of a Dyin' Breed.
March 22, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Britney Spears was barely 10 feet away from me, dancing a sexy routine to "Freakshow. " She catches my eye and summons me closer to the stage from my seat in the audience. And no, this wasn't a dream. It was at one of her recent shows at Planet Hollywood's Axis theater, in front of a few thousand fans. One of Spears' dancers ushers me on stage. Before I know it, my arms are hoisted into the air by dancers in skimpy dominatrix costumes and Spears is closing in on me. No, there isn't a ticket you can buy to be whipped around by the pop star.