January 15, 2013 |
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III beat out fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell Wilson of Seattle, as well as several other impressive first-year NFL players, as Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America's rookie of the year. Of course, this isn't the rookie-of-the-year award. That one comes from the Associated Press and will be announced Feb. 2. But the PFW/PFWA honor can be viewed as a gauge as to how voters are thinking. It's particularly interesting this year, given the expected close race between the trio of stellar rookie quarterbacks.
January 6, 2013 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - It is easy to embrace the thought Alabama will defeat Notre Dame in Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game at Sun Life Stadium. Alabama (12-1) is on dynasty's cusp, seeking its third title in four years under Coach Nick Saban. People are already trying to compare Saban with Bear Bryant. "I wouldn't agree with that at all," Saban said in what was absolutely the correct answer. Notre Dame (12-0) hasn't won a championship since 1988, and many would say the Irish have been looking over a four-leaf clover since their opener in Ireland.
January 3, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out if it's too late for law school. The Skinny: I worked last Sunday and I'll be working this Sunday. Doesn't the industry know it's football time? Some things should be sacred! Thursday's headlines include Al Jazeera's acquisition of Current TV and a look at why Dish Network may not be the funnest place in the world to work. Daily Dose: Several top women golfers on the LPGA tour are from South Korea, and pay-TV distributors are making it easier for Koreans in Southern California to get the Golf Channel.
January 3, 2013 |
HBO and Stewart Productions are being sued by a former American Humane Assn. employee for allegedly mistreating horses and then covering up the abuse during filming of the HBO series "Luck". According to the lawsuit, Casey says the AHA observed drugged horses, underweight and/or sick horses and the misidentification of horses by producers so that animal safety representatives couldn't track their medical histories. "Luck" was canceled in March after at least three horses died during filming.
January 2, 2013 |
What once was reason for panic - - a rookie quarterback starting an NFL playoff game - is suddenly a problem for opposing defenses. Andrew Luck playing at Baltimore? The Ravens had better be ready. Russell Wilson versus Robert Griffin III in Washington? The key will be which defense cracks first. "The moment, the bigness, the stage - none of these three will flinch," said former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, now an ESPN analyst. "I would trust them, their preparation, their mental and emotional state, as much as I would anybody in these playoffs other than maybe [an Aaron]
January 2, 2013 |
A former senior employee of the American Humane Assn., the group responsible for the "No Animals Were Harmed" certification on film credits, is suing her former employer, saying she was wrongfully terminated for complaining about the alleged abuse and mistreatment of horses on the set of HBO's ill-fated series "Luck. " In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, Barbara Casey, the former director of production for the AHA's film and television unit, alleged that AHA thwarted her efforts to enforce AHA's animal safety standards and prevent "animal abuse and cruelty" during the filming of "Luck," which shut down in March after three horses were killed.
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December 24, 2012 |
Stepping across grass-tufted sidewalks on her way to the bus, Meredith Kensington passes sparkling lights and Christmas cheer. But she can't feel the holiday warmth. She wants to spend the holidays with three siblings she cannot find. She lost contact with her sister and brother 15 years ago when they entered the byzantine bureaucracy of the Los Angeles County foster care system. She never had a chance to meet one of her half brothers before he followed them into the system, soon after his birth eight years ago. Each holiday season, Kensington renews her effort to find Marilyn and Aubrey Langston and Eddie Sanchez.
December 19, 2012
Re "For lottery winners, it's hard to hide," Dec. 16 Dang! California releases the names of jackpot winners. If that's what one has to put up with, it just might be better to pass on the whole thing. Still, it's nice that the privacy most of us have right now is ultimately so important. Richie Locasso Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Deaf reality Letters: God and gays Letters: Free healthcare is expensive
December 10, 2012 |
Twenty-nine years ago, representatives from each NFL team — there were 28 at the time — gathered for the draft in the ballroom of a Sheraton hotel in New York City. No hoopla. No fans with painted faces. Hardly any media. "It was nothing, a gathering of people," recalled Dave Goldberg, who covered the NFL for the Associated Press for 26 years. "There were all sorts of hangers-on from local television who would show up at dinner time for the free food. Other than that, nothing.
December 6, 2012 |
Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer had a lot to say about this season's group of rookie quarterbacks during Thursday's NFL Slam with Mark and Sam, telling former radio personality Mark Thompson that this year's batch compares favorably with the group drafted in 1983. "There are three Hall of Fame quarterbacks taken in the 1983 draft," Farmer said. "John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. "While it is wildly premature to make comparisons, this draft could be as good a draft as in 1983, if not better.