May 1, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby favorite Orb comes from one of the country's oldest racing families, with ties to the greatest horses of the era. The second choice, Verrazano, is a product of Todd Pletcher's new-school empire; he's one of five the trainer is sending to the post. The third favorite, Goldencents, comes from the trainer who, a year ago, lost the chance to run for a Triple Crown when his horse withdrew with an injury a day before the Belmont Stakes. All three drew favorable starting spots Wednesday in the post-position draw for Saturday's 139th Run for the Roses, and they were established as the horses to beat by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.
April 29, 2013 |
Wasn't it just yesterday that the Kings were hoisting the Stanley Cup? Time flies when you follow a tedious, spirit-sapping lockout with a 48-game season that was crammed into 100 calendar days. The Kings will try to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998, but, unlike last season, they won't take anyone by surprise. The Chicago Blackhawks, who had to break up their 2010 Cup team almost immediately because of salary-cap concerns, have rebuilt their reserves of talent and character and are the favorites.
April 22, 2013 |
Oh me, oh my. Finally, the payoff. And I'm not even talking about Chris Paul's exhilarating, awesome, magical, 93-91 game-winner. I begin with Lamar Odom, who is my favorite athlete, and apparently Blake Griffin's as well. Griffin has come running off the bench to throw a bear hug around Odom, and there's still much of the fourth quarter to play. OK, so Paul is a close second as my favorite athlete. Very close. And my favorite closer. But I've been waiting and waiting for Odom, the Clippers doing the same in getting someone 30 pounds overweight to start the season, and the payoff is a difference-maker.
April 20, 2013 |
As the sixth-ranked active player in playoff experience with 140 postseason games, Chauncey Billups is finally in position to increase his total. Billups has faced roadblocks the last two years of his playoff career, but he's healthy again and playing for the Clippers against the Memphis Grizzlies in a first-round Western Conference series that began Saturday night at Staples Center. He missed the playoffs last season with the Clippers because he was recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles' tendon.
April 12, 2013 |
There was a period in my life when I had lunch every Saturday at Kokomo, a lunch counter in that odd part of Farmers Market between DuPar's and the place where they grind the horseradish. Kokomo had a rack of movie magazines to read while you waited for your malted, and it was famous for its overloaded hamburgers and its New Orleans-style egg dishes. But the dish I ordered every time was the grilled cheese sandwich - the torta de queso al carbon - which was a crunchy, toasty thing stuffed with smoky gobs of chipotles pureed with sun-dried tomatoes, a few leaves of cilantro, and melted cheddar and provolone cheese that oozed from the crisped, sourdough toast with every bite.
April 12, 2013 |
Spam , beloved among Hawaiians, will be celebrated April 27 during Waikiki Spam Jam , one of Honolulu's biggest annual street festivals. Spam merchandise (such as T-shirts) will be sold, but the biggest draw is Spam itself. A dozen Honolulu restaurants that cook with the canned pork and ham product will dish up a variety of Spam-centric creations, including a Spam-on-a-stick frozen treat. A new offering for 2013 is Spam cheesecake. The festival stretches for several blocks along Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue from Lewers Street to the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel.