December 30, 2012 |
The good news for the U.S. economy as we enter 2013 is that the election's over. The bad news is that the election's over. What's good about it is that both parties in Washington can shed their preoccupation with the campaign theatrics that dominated our long national voyage from pre-primary jockeying through election day. Yet the most dispiriting thing about the campaign's end is that the economic challenges facing the majority of Americans remain...
October 27, 2012 |
Forbes surveyed NFL fans and this week published lists of the league's most and least popular players, mostly just water-cooler fodder. But it was interesting to note that Tim Tebow wasn't on either of them. That's because Tebow has become irrelevant with the New York Jets, despite all that talk and conjecture this summer about how Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano might use him. In the last two games, Tebow has been on the field for 11 offensive snaps. Clearly, the Jets can't figure out what to do with him. And that figures to continue, as starting quarterback Mark Sanchez is playing pretty well.
September 23, 2012 |
What is there to say about the Emmys that has not been said before? Rather than flip for writing up the obligatory pre-broadcast essay, Times TV critics Robert Lloyd and Mary McNamara had a conversation in which they aired their grievances, their preferences and gave praise where it was due. Robert: Well, Mary, the fall season is breaking and the Emmy Awards are upon us once again Sunday night. And once again I have failed to pay much attention to them; I understand that they're popular and fun and give newspaper writers something to write about; but they seem to me irrelevant to the art and crafts they celebrate.
August 10, 2012 |
The stunning trade that brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers this week did more than bolster the team's chances for a championship next season - it arguably transformed Los Angeles into the epicenter of professional basketball. As the NBA's preeminent big man, Howard joins a star-studded lineup that already includes future Hall of Fame guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash as well as forward Pau Gasol. The 6-foot-11 All-Star center known as "Superman" also will share Staples Center with two of the league's brightest young faces, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Clippers.
April 4, 2012 |
While Rick Santorum has vowed to stay in the presidential race despite losing three more primaries to Mitt Romney on Tuesday, the last GOP nominee to seek the White House said Santorum's campaign is now “basically irrelevant.” John McCain, the Arizona senator who lost the election to Barack Obama in 2008, said in an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Wednesday that “whether Rick Santorum stays in or not, is now basically irrelevant… Mitt...
March 26, 2012 |
The parents of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin on Monday angrily lashed out at reports that their son was suspended from school because of marijuana, accusing authorities of continuing to demonize the memory of the victim in order to support George Zimmerman, the man who shot him. Speaking at a televised news conference, Martin's father, Tracy, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, said their son was again being made a victim. Martin was killed during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer on Feb. 26. Zimmerman, 28, told police that he shot in self-defense, but the family has dismissed Zimmerman's version of events and has repeatedly called for his arrest.