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June 18, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
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.
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April 1, 2014
Bill Plaschke, a staple of The Times Sports section since joining the paper in 1987, has taken first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest for column writing among papers with circulations of more than 175,000. Plaschke, a columnist since 1996, has now won the prestigious national columnist award five times and has been a frequent top-10 finisher in multiple writing categories. The contest honors the best work in sports journalism both in print and on the web. The final column-writing results were announced Tuesday.
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March 13, 2004
After reading Bill Plaschke's "Madness of March Always Kind to Lavin" article of March 10, it has become perfectly clear why UCLA fans constantly endure such a bad rap. Yes, Bruin basketball has been disappointing this season, and yes, there is a possibility that Ben Howland won't be the savior of Westwood. But to now devote an entire article, essentially sanctifying and defending Steve Lavin simply because Howland's first year was tumultuous is ludicrous. After all, this is the same writer who skewered Lavin after his firing last year stating that "the players stopped learning, the recruits stopped coming, the fans stopped cheering, and the tradition of consistency stopped, period" and also added "the most lasting mistake of the Steve Lavin era was, simply, the creation of that era."
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January 25, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
I never saw her face. She was always moving too fast. I knew her only for her shiny helmet, blond ponytail, oversized basketball jersey and dumb guts. She would fly past me on her skateboard as I drove up my hilly street in La Cañada. She was sometimes on her back, usually in a crouch, always teetering on the edge. It was a narrow road, lined with thick trees, sometimes crowded with SUVs. She couldn't have been more than 12 years old. It was a miracle she didn't end up in my windshield.
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February 8, 1997
Would someone. Please. Explain the concept of the paragraph. To Bill Plaschke. DAVID SHERR Santa Monica
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August 31, 1996
After the Dodgers stabbed Lasorda with la sworda, Bill Plaschke [Aug. 24] neglected to mention whether he bled blue. CHARLES TORRES Pasadena
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October 8, 2005
Does Bill Plaschke own an actual pair of shoes? Because nobody flip-flops more. After the Angels lost Game 1, the season was all but over in his eyes. One day later, they're on the verge of a World Series championship by tying the division series, 1-1. Time for Plaschke to buy some steel-toed boots. MIKE MCNIFF Costa Mesa
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June 28, 2003
Who is that Pollyanna posing in your sports section as T.J. Simers? We already get enough gush from Plaschke and Pucin, so would you please get rid of the impostor and bring back T.J.? Bart Robertson Torrance
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May 19, 2007
I completely agree that alcohol has no place in the team clubhouse. What a no-brainer. And speaking of which, is it just me or does Bill Plaschke [May 13] sound just a bit too righteously indignant for a guy who has personally witnessed this behavior for decades and is only just now speaking up? My one ongoing criticism of Plaschke is that he writes a sermon when stating a thoughtful opinion would be appropriate. He leaves the impression of a guy who has too much time on his hands, expends it working up a good mad on the topic du jour, and then rants as if nobody has been listening all these years.
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March 6, 1999
Bill Plaschke's Feb. 28 article "Little Big Rivalry," was a refreshing change. As an Oglala Lakota I would have grown up on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Instead, I was adopted at birth and raised in Sherman Oaks. While I enjoyed participating as an athlete and a coach in many sports programs in Southern California, I always wondered what sports on Pine Ridge would be like. Unfortunately, it is rare for the media to address contemporary Native American life. Too often Native Americans are portrayed in a historical context, living as we did over 100 years ago instead of how we live today.
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October 18, 2013
I wanted to compliment The Times on its great coverage of the baseball playoffs and especially the NLCS preview. Other than the part where you picked the Dodgers to have an edge in every category (starting pitching, relief pitching, hitting, defense, bench) and the prediction of the Dodgers winning in six games, you really nailed it. Scott Lorenz La Cañada :: It's sad when Dodgers fans turn off Game 6 of the NL Championship Series and switch to the Louisville- Central Florida football game.
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July 23, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
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.
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June 18, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
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.
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June 3, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
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?
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September 29, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
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.
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April 13, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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April 27, 2002
Why is it UCLA football continually gets top 10 high school recruiting classes, has six players drafted and six players sign free-agent contracts as part of the 2002 NFL draft but had less wins than any other Pacific 10 team (save Cal) over the last three years? Even Bandwagon Bill Plaschke might find a story here! Tony Danz Pasadena
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March 6, 1999
Congratulations to The Times, and the individual writers of the sports page, who were honored last week. Messrs. Kawakami, Sandoval, Springer, Penner, Dufresne, Bonk, Dwyre and Plaschke are to be commended for carrying on the high standards established by Murray, Ostler, Oates and others. One question: Where does T.J. Simers fit with this group? PAUL ERKEL, Adelanto
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March 30, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
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.
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December 29, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
The Lakers have only played four games, but four games were enough to end an era last spring, so it should be enough to form an opinion now. I like Mike Brown. There, I've said it, mere months after writing that he was an uninspiring hire and the wrong guy to lead the Lakers into this strange new world. Yes, I've said it, just one long off-season after wondering what Brown could do for you, and guessing not much. PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Knicks I like Mike Brown, but it has nothing to do with his ability to coach the Lakers.
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