September 26, 2013 |
The setup of "The Secret Lives of Dorks" may be familiar: Comic-book geek Payton (Gaelan Connell) is in love with cheerleader Carrie (Riley Voelkel), who already has a jock boyfriend, Clark (Beau Mirchoff), while fellow nerd Samantha (Vanessa Marano) pines for Payton. But from there, Johnny Severin and Nicholas David Brandt's otherwise clever and original script takes an unexpected turn at nearly every intersection, resulting in a funny and big-hearted coming-of-age romance. For one thing, the voiceover narration isn't limited to Payton, slipping into Carrie's point-of-view as she decides to help him woo Samantha, mostly to divert the dork's attention from herself.
July 17, 2004
Lost in all the attention swirling around the huge Laker egos was the fact that the classiest Laker of all, Derek Fisher, is leaving the team for Golden State. Shaq was the Diesel, the general. Kobe was the star. And, through it all Fish was the quiet glue of team play. How he kept his cool playing behind Payton (especially when Payton disappeared during the playoffs) I'll never know. Fish, from one true fan, thanks for all you gave to the team. You will be missed. Russ Robinson Los Angeles When I was a young man growing up in Phoenix, nothing was more exciting than watching the Lakers on Sunday afternoon.
August 27, 2008 |
You know you are at a political convention when you see wonks dancing in the streets at 3 a.m, even in this city's sober downtown. When it comes to serious socializing, the real parties at this year's Democratic National Convention are the parties after the parties. You'll need VIP passes to get into the hottest parties (which requires a few well-connected friends, like everything else in politics) and a touch of insomnia. Some are so exclusive that the locations aren't announced until the last moment, sort of like Madonna's wedding.
April 22, 2001 |
Final regular season Team (Record) Comment (last week's position) 1. Lakers (56-26) Let's get r-r-ready to r-r-rumble with someone other than each other. (2) 2. San Antonio (58-24) Spurs had chance to end up being great. Instead, they were just very good. (1) 3. Sacramento (55-27) Who'd have thunk it? As Webber flirted with exit, Kings joined the elite. (3) 4. Philadelphia (56-26) Brown's best job since he took four UCLA freshmen to NCAA title game. (4) 5.
November 27, 2006 |
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
November 2, 1999
AGE: 45; born July 25, 1954. BIRTHPLACE: Columbia, Miss. PLAYING CAREER: College--Jackson State. Drafted by Chicago Bears in 1975; leading rusher in NFL history with 16,726 yards; holds seven NFL and 28 Bears' records; scored 110 rushing touchdowns; rushed for an NFL record 275 yards against Minnesota in 1977; had 77 games of 100 yards or more rushing; gained 1,000 yards or more in 10 of his 13 NFL seasons; selected to nine Pro Bowls; inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993; No.