October 27, 2013 |
Nobody wants the party to stop after two consecutive title parades, so you do what you can to keep the confetti on back order. Sometimes it means surrounding your passel of superstars with a veteran beset by questionable knees and a forward who, despite his athletic upside, just doesn't seem to get it. Miami's Greg Oden and Michael Beasley? Well, yes, but it was also the means to a championship for the 2001-02 Lakers, the last NBA team to win a third consecutive title. Those Lakers added Mitch Richmond and Samaki Walker to the core that had partied at 11th and Figueroa the previous two summers.
October 26, 2013 |
What to do when good things happen in bad movies ... "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" got me thinking. The film is wildly inappropriate, ridiculously raunchy, mindlessly dangerous, comes with a warning label - and yet, I howled at the outrage wrought by 86-year-old Irving Zisman, played with a nifty old-guy limp by Johnny Knoxville. To start, in this rapidly expanding geriatric nation, and with the "Jackass" crew hitting middle age, it was just the right time for this particular Knoxville character to take center stage.
October 21, 2013 |
Now that the Ducks have matched their franchise record with seven consecutive victories, their reward is an eight-game trip, their longest of the season, that starts Tuesday in Toronto. "This will prove our mettle," Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the Ducks rallied to defeat the Dallas Stars, 6-3, Sunday. The Ducks trailed, 3-1, in the first period. The Ducks' journey to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Columbus, Philadelphia, Boston, Buffalo and the New York Rangers lasts through Nov. 4. Those teams are a combined 26-36-3.
October 10, 2013 |
"Toy Story of Terror" (ABC, Wednesday). And so the three-headed holiday season begins, with a Halloween special wrought from the "Toy Story" franchise -- a franchise, it hurts my brain to realize, that is nearly 20 years old. No expense, horses or gigabytes have been spared for its being merely a TV show. (I do assume all the relevant codes reside on a supercomputer somewhere, waiting to bring these characters economically back to life.) Tom and Tim and Joan and Don and Wally and Timothy and Kristen (Hanks, Allen, Cusack, Rickles, Shawn, Dalton and Schaal, that is)
October 6, 2013 |
What initially looked like an unfolding crisis quickly turned into the Dodgers' loudest statement of the postseason - even louder than the fans at Dodger Stadium who mocked the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night by mimicking the Tomahawk Chop. In defeating the Braves, 13-6, to take a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five National League division series, the Dodgers offered a forceful reminder that they possess offensive firepower to overcome almost anything. Hyun-Jin Ryu melted down spectacularly in his first career postseason start, but the rookie left-hander's three-inning appearance had little bearing on the final results, as Hanley Ramirez was one of five Dodgers to drive in two or more runs.
October 1, 2013 |
The Lakers and Boston Celtics have one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. Doc Rivers, now coach of the Clippers, led the Celtics to the 2007-08 championship over the Lakers. Two years later, the Lakers got revenge -- winning the 2009-10 title in seven games over River's Celtics. Recently Rivers gave the Lakers franchise an impressive compliment, speaking to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports about his move to the Clippers. "The risk is all mine," said Rivers. "To go to an organization that hasn't won but [two]