September 4, 2013 |
DENVER - The Baltimore Ravens are rebooted. Thirty-one other NFL teams are recommitted. And, as always, the questions are relentless: Rookie quarterbacks were all the rage last season, with a record five of them starting openers. Who are this season's stars-in-waiting? Rookie running backs. We could see big years from Cincinnati's Giovani Bernard, Denver's Montee Ball, and Green Bay's Eddie Lacy. Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell was showing a lot of promise before he was sidelined by a foot injury.
September 1, 2013 |
There's no disappearing into the background in this season's new, don't-mess-with-me camouflage and animal prints. Alexis Bittar's "Santa Fe Deco" necklace mixes a zebra Lucite bib with luxe jewels, while Eddie Borgo's "Moon" ring is set with a rock crystal, onyx and jade "horn" that spans four fingers. Dries Van Noten's satin clutch boasts exotic plumage, and Nicholas Kirkwood's ankle boots spout fox fur pelts for the toes. But the ultimate luxe urban jungle trophy is from Michael Kors: a camo mink coat that yells, "I am woman, hear me roar.
August 28, 2013 |
To honor, or dishonor, the 16th and final season of the Bowl Championship Series, here are 16 questions and answers as college football opens 2013: 1. How soon does USC Coach Lane Kiffin need to decide on a quarterback? Answer: Sept. 21. Penn & Teller could rotate for the first three games - against Hawaii, Washington State and Boston College - but USC needs to nail down Max Wittek or Cody Kessler by the time it hosts Utah State. That's the nightmare scenario USC fans might not see coming - a reincarnation of the long-ago Freedom Bowl loss to Fresno State.
August 26, 2013 |
With the play clock on the NFL exhibition season winding toward zero, the Buffalo Bills picked up the phone over the weekend and added quarterback Matt Leinart to their roster, reviving his once-promising football career. Leinart and the Bills have something in common. They both know that disoriented feeling of the world going topsy-turvy. The Bills are in the midst of that now. They have lost their top two quarterbacks - first-round pick EJ Manuel to a knee injury and veteran Kevin Kolb to a concussion - and are preparing to start an undrafted rookie from Washington State, Jeff Tuel, against the New England Patriots in Week 1. That would make NFL history because, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, no undrafted rookie quarterback has started an opener since the league went to a common draft in 1967.
August 5, 2013 |
Let's end the argument over whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has the right to act like any other college student who also happens to have won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman. Of course he does. Johnny got into a bar fight and was caught with a fake ID. (Welcome to a large club.) Johnny sent a tweet saying he couldn't wait to get out of College Station. (Have you ever been there?) He jetted around the country with Daddy's money to crash parties from Denver to Dover.
August 4, 2013 |
These days it's more normal to come from a broken family than from parents who have been married for 40 years. That's the world ABC's new comedy "Trophy Wife" is interested in exploring, said its creators during a summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday. It turns out that the term "trophy wife," normally associated with a rich man marrying a beautiful, much younger woman, is meant to be ironic in the case of the show. (Which makes sense for a female-friendly network like ABC, but whether prospective audiences will get it is another matter.)
July 25, 2013 |
Brett Hundley, UCLA's do-it-all quarterback, has noticed changes. Some were subtle, like the stirring of a breeze. "There are people I'll see on campus who go, 'Oh, that's Brett Hundley,' but they won't come talk with me," Hundley said, chuckling between bites of pasta at a campus cafeteria. "I'm a regular person. I'm going to talk with you. " Some hit like a wind gust. "When I first got here, USC was huge," said Hundley, who attended high school in Arizona. "They were running the town for a minute.
July 15, 2013 |
You know what they say about second place -- you're the first loser -- and Sebastien Bourdais had to be feeling like someone was playing a prank on him after he finished second in Saturday's IndyCar Series race in Toronto. While standing on the podium next to race winner Scott Dixon, Bourdais was handed the second-place finisher's trophy, only to see it fall apart moments later. After watching the glass bowl bounce off the podium, a bewildered Bourdais can only look around like a deer caught in the headlights with its pants down. The best part is when third-place finisher Dario Franchitti gestures as if to say, "keep up the fight, lad. " Bourdais then awkwardly holds up the base of his trophy to the adulation of the crowd.
July 15, 2013 |
Not everything went smoothly for Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open. Just after winning the tournament in a playoff, Mickelson was posing for photographs with his family when he dropped the trophy. That probably won't dampen his spirits heading into the British Open this week, where he hopes to continue the momentum he built over four rounds of solid golf at Castle Stuart Golf Links. "Well, certainly it's a confidence booster," Mickelson said of his victory in Scotland.
July 5, 2013 |
Sports cars are in the driver's seat in the competitive Westside real estate market. In the race to draw a moneyed home buyer to a trophy home for sale, the latest in one-upmanship involves the blending of two high-end obsessions: houses and horsepower. At a recent broker preview in Hollywood Hills West, the star of the party was a compound built on part of the old Errol Flynn estate, but the understudies featured four wheels. To reach the main house, visitors passed by nine garages with glass doors where the owner keeps his Ferrari collection on display.