July 23, 2013 |
On the worst day of this baseball season, Ryan Braun wasn't the only thing suspended. So too was the belief that in this era of stringent testing and severe penalties, most baseball players should be considered innocent until proved dirty. Wrong. Your favorite oversized or incredibly improved player must now be questioned, even doubted, because if somebody with little motive and zero pressure such as Ryan Braun can be such an incredible cheater and liar, this list of fellow miscreants must be very long indeed.
June 18, 2013 |
The NFL's decision to allow troublemaker Adam "Pacman" Jones to speak at its upcoming annual Rookie Symposium isn't just comical, it's a "Saturday Night Live" skit. Does a league beset with off-field violence issues really want to make a role model out of a guy who is still beset with off-field violence issues? It would be one thing if Jones, a Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, had outgrown his troubled past, but he's still living it. Earlier this month, he was arrested and accused of hitting a 34-year-old woman at a downtown Cincinnati nightclub.
June 3, 2013 |
The Lakers and Clippers wrapped up their seasons weeks ago, but the latest drama is just beginning for L.A.'s two NBA teams, which will just happen to have the league's two hottest free agents at the end of the month. Times columnist Bill Plaschke's opinion on the Lakers' Dwight Howard and the Clippers' Chris Paul. On Howard, Plaschke addresses Lakers fans: "Please don't hope he stays. ... Dwight Howard needs to leave. He's not happy here. The Lakers want him because they think they have no other options, but guess what?
September 29, 2012 |
Oh, good, it's time for that annual ritual in which the Dodgers attempt to appease those unfortunate ticketholders who spend one inning trying to park and two innings trying to buy a hot dog. OK, so they're attempting to appease everyone, which is why it's called Fan Appreciation Day, occurring Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium during a game against the horrid Colorado Rockies, which should be appreciation enough. My favorite prize is four tickets to a regular-season Kings home game.
April 13, 2012 |
A tour of an old newspaper facility and a talk with a couple of old baseball writers. Like there could be a better way to spend an afternoon. I did mention they were old baseball writers? It's coming your way Thursday, April 19, at noon. It's part of a monthly program at The Times, Thursdays @ The Globe , that includes a mini-tour of the newspaper and an opportunity to interact with reporters, columnists, editors and executives. This time out the The Times offers columnist Bill Plaschke and national baseball writer Bill Shaikin.
March 30, 2012 |
I am from Louisville. I am not from Kentucky. My birth certificate is clear, but my heart contradicts, and will pound appropriately Saturday during the most deeply personal of basketball games. I am Louisville. I am not Kentucky. The two schools play in an NCAA national semifinal basketball game that, to the rest of the nation, might seem like little more than an odd rivalry between two campuses separated by about 75 miles of the same backwoods state. Yet for those who have lived there, it is about a cultural divide that can define a life.