February 8, 2013 |
Fight Song A Novel Joshua Mohr Soft Skull Press: 272 pp., $15.95 The San Francisco writer Joshua Mohr's fourth novel, "Fight Song," is a book about that weak and blubbering American species known as Emasculated Man. The novel's protagonist is the symbolically named Bob Coffen. He's a designer of computer games who isn't quite dead - but whose manhood is definitely on life support. As the novel opens Bob is getting one of those corporate work trophies that's supposed to be a boss' thank you for loyalty but ends up making the underling who gets it feel pathetic - it's a "plock," a plaque with a clock that doesn't actually keep time.
October 3, 2012 |
Somewhere in Cory Paus' parents' house, buried among happier treasures, is photographic evidence of when UCLA's football struggles began in games at California's Memorial Stadium. It's shown on a newspaper sports page, of which the former Bruins quarterback says, "I wanted to burn it, but they wouldn't let me. " UCLA receiver Brian Poli-Dixon is forever reaching for the ball in the photo. "You would swear it was going to be a touchdown," Paus says. Except that "hands from the wrong color jersey are coming over the top. " Those hands belonged to Jemeel Powell, who picked off the pass in the end zone to preserve the Bears' 46-38 triple-overtime victory on Oct. 14, 2000.
September 18, 2012 |
Three days after a chunk of his dream season crashed and splattered across his golden aura, Matt Barkley has agreed to meet with me, with one request. Instead of chatting in the lobby of Heritage Hall, he would like to move our interview to a quiet meeting room to avoid distraction from the USC band practicing outside. It's not that the fight song is too loud. It's that the fight song is too inspiring. "Every time it gets me going," he says. "I don't know how, but that song still really gets me fired up. " Even now, the kid is still all in. Even after being slammed into reality, the kid is still waving that sword.
December 17, 2010 |
After it was over, after Lamar Odom had put on his best offensive show of the season, after the Lakers had put on a show in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers, and after Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had whipped the fans inside the Wells Fargo Center into a frenzy with his arrival at the game during the third quarter Friday night, Kobe Bryant eased down the hallway to have his right pinkie X-rayed. The X-rays revealed nothing more serious than a sprain, an injury Bryant played with after it occurred in the first quarter.
November 17, 2010 |
Let's be honest: This weekend is just killing time until next weekend, when a season's field could get flipped at Tuscaloosa's Iron Bowl and Reno's "Biggest Little Football Game in the World," Boise State at Nevada. Now is time to muse, reflect, relax, and take in a ballgame at Wrigley Field. As Ernie Banks said about ballparks hosting college football games ? "Let's play two. " America's pass time Illinois and Northwestern are exchanging lineup cards Saturday at Wrigley Field.
October 7, 2010 |
This football fight begins with a fight song. The "Big C" has been the California Bears' call to arms since 1913. So when UCLA's "Sons of Westwood" came along, and the sound was suspiciously familiar, there were years of ethical and legal questions. A call to the Library of Congress in 1969 cleared up the legal dispute. The song was never copyrighted. To UCLA, that was the only "Big C" that mattered. So when those at UCLA and California whistle a happy tune about a pleasant " UC family" rivalry when the teams play in Berkeley on Saturday, it's good to remember families don't always get along.