May 8, 1999
OK, Jason Reid, we get it! Kevin Brown makes a lot of money. How much? Oh yes, $105 million. What, we may not remember this sum? So you're going to tell us how much every time he pitches? Thank you, we wouldn't remember without your constant reminder. Your precious column inches would be better served by reporting that he keeps the Dodgers in every game he pitches and, when provided adequate defense, gives the team the opportunity to win each outing. This is what the Dodger brass is paying him the big bucks for and he's earning every penny.
June 29, 2002
Monday's quotebook had Tiger Woods saying that he already had won the slam and that this will be a different type of slam, it being the calendar year. Apparently Tiger has achieved a Nike level of arrogance to where he feels he can rewrite traditions to suit him. That slam that he won was the different type of slam, and the one that is in the calendar year is universally recognized as the "Grand Slam." That being the one that he has not yet achieved. Billy Sottile Lancaster I must acknowledge I'm a bit taken aback by those who would criticize Phil Mickelson for being happy about his life and his accomplishments on the golf course.
March 28, 1990 |
If Ronald Reagan travels to Austin to address University of Texas students this spring, he won't be needing a super-saver fare. Efforts by the UT-Austin Texas Union lecturers committee to bring the former President to campus may hinge on whether someone--Republican or Democrat--has a private jet big enough to fly Reagan in the style to which he has become accustomed. The committee has invited Reagan to address students as early as May, or perhaps next fall.
January 31, 2013 |
The Miami Heat plays on Super Bowl Sunday and LeBron James isn't happy about it. Sunday's game at Toronto begins at 11 a.m. PST, and will be over well before the Super Bowl, which begins at 3:30 p.m. PST. But the Heat players will miss part, if not all, of the game because they'll be on the team plane headed back to Miami, and the private jet lacks satellite television and Wi-Fi service, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. ...
March 21, 2013 |
Free-agent safety Ed Reed is on the verge of signing with the Houston Texans, according to the NFL network. “I'm signing with Houston unless something changes,” Reed told the network. Reed has played for the Baltimore Ravens for 11 seasons and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 61. He helped lead them to last season's Super Bowl title. Last week, Reed flew to Houston aboard owner Bob McNair's private jet and Reed spent two days meeting with coaches and management, but left town without agreeing to a deal.
April 5, 2012 |
A healthcare policy think tank founded by Newt Gingrich has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Center for Health Transformation, an organization with offices in Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Atlanta, has filed the necessary paperwork in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta. The think tank was seen as a sign of Gingrich's clout in Washington. It is part of the vast empire of lucrative projects that he abandoned when he became a presidential candidate. The organization, which describes itself as "a high-impact collaboration of private and public sector leaders committed to creating a 21st century intelligent health system that saves lives and saves money for all Americans," had grossed nearly $55 million since 2001, according to its website.
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July 13, 2013 |
A motorcyclist was killed early Saturday morning in a crash on an eastbound 210 Freeway ramp in East Pasadena, according to the California Highway Patrol. The motorcyclist was exiting the 210 Freeway at Rosemead Boulevard when he hit the guardrail and flipped over onto the adjacent on-ramp, CHP Officer Ed Jacobs said. The crash was reported around 3:40 a.m, he said. The victim, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead on scene at 3:53 a.m., Jacobs said. He was not identified.
November 16, 2012 |
Apparently Rihanna took the chorus of her new single "Diamonds" to heart -- her latest promotional gambit for her album "Unapologetic" is the shiniest, booziest thing in the friendly skies this week . The Barbados-born singer has chartered a private jet to schlep around 250 comrades, contest winners and media folks for seven stops on her "777" world tour of small clubs that includes stops in Mexico City, London and elsewhere. Though this just sounds like a dreary, Dickensian hell, the passengers are doing their best to fight through the pulverizing boredom of being plied with Armand de Brignac champagne, tequila shots and Courvoisier in the company of one of the world's most famous and beautiful pop stars while jetting to exotic locales.
August 3, 2013 |
You might start cheating on your travel agent with this new website. Name: BeckandScore.com What it does: Offers bespoke travel packages to "premier ticketed events," starting with the World Cup next year in Brazil. What's hot: Nine high-end World Cup packages include luxury accommodations, match tickets and more. We're talking private chefs, 24/7 access to private transportation and security in Buzios and Rio, private helicopter tours and concierge services.
March 25, 2013 |
Reality check for UCLA. Bruins' basketball fans do have a coach shopping list. But it's going to take more than Athletic Director Dan Guerrero saying, “The UCLA basketball job is open.” Consider … The three high-end names that make UCLA fans salivate: Florida's Billy Donovan, Louisville's Rick Pitino and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. Donovan makes $3.5 million per season; Pitino $4.5 million (including a $600,000 annual retention bonus); Izzo makes $3.49 million and gets use of a private jet for 25 hours per year.