December 1, 1997 |
So I'm standing in the middle of a soccer field, watching a 6-year-old goalkeeper hold the ball over his head with both hands. The 6-year-old goalkeeper has no intention of throwing the ball. He has no intention of doing anything. Because as he holds the ball, about 40 people are yelling at him. And he's never had 40 people yelling at him before. "Throw it over here!" someone yells. "Throw it over there!" someone else yells. For more than a minute, the goalie holds the ball over his head.
April 4, 1993
In Lee Wochner's mean-spirited review of Larry Colton's "Goat Brothers" (Feb. 28), he/she did not get it in a big way, didn't hear the author's voice, didn't see the irony, the humor, the honesty. What a shame. For Wochner to believe that Colton was glorifying or reveling in the bad behavior of the men portrayed is to so completely miss the message of the book that it is laughable, if not pathetically inept. Wochner was obviously angry at the characters in the book. As a feminist, I too was upset.
May 21, 1986 |
In our house, there are only a few hours that can be counted on for quiet--usually it's 1 a.m. before everyone in the family has gone to bed, and the first to arise is up at 5 a.m. That's about it. Four hours of everyone's-safe, all's-right-with-the-world time. Recently, however, even that has gone to the birds. Not the dogs, the birds. Some happy chirpers are either completely disoriented now that we're in Daylight Saving Time, or they're new to this Corona del Mar neighborhood.
November 17, 1986 |
Patriot cornerback Rod McSwain felt he was being ignored when he lined up to rush a punt by the Rams' Dale Hatcher early in the second quarter. "I was surprised," McSwain said. "They (the Rams) were calling out guys' numbers, but mine never got called. No one blocked me, so I extended and blocked the ball, picked it up and ran it in. "Later, they tried to block down on me, but I still got through." A touchdown scored on a block is the worst thing that can happen to a punter.
September 15, 2008 |
San Diego's defense is as soft as a gentle ocean breeze. Yes, Shawne Merriman is done for the season, but the Chargers shouldn't be this bad on that side of the ball. First, they fell apart down the stretch against Carolina, even though the Panthers had a rusty Jake Delhomme and were without star receiver Steve Smith. And Sunday, Denver rolled up 486 yards, and Jay Cutler, who was never sacked, threw four touchdown passes in a 39-38 victory. So what's the problem? The Chargers' front three looks average at best, in part because Jamal Williams is playing on two creaky knees, and cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who predicted this summer he'd get 15 interceptions, is too often gambling to make a big play.
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September 6, 1990 |
Shervin Firouzi is home again. It's not the same home he had before the accident, but home is home, and you don't whine over what you can't do anything about. At that, it's a pretty good-looking place, done in a black and white motif with gray highlights. Shervin's paintings ornament the walls, splashing abstract lines of color into the living room. Three paintings are the sad faces of women in a perpendicular row. They're done in shades of green and blue, with lips of iridescent red.
May 19, 1986 |
Ebullience, thy name art Robert Reid, the improbable point guard of the improbable Rockets, who looked at the disarray of the world champion Lakers late Sunday afternoon and found it good. Reid became the latest winner of the Rockets' MHA (Most Helpful to Akeem) award, coming all the way back from his opening-game 2-for-7 shooting to score 23 points, second on the team to Akeem Olajuwon's 35, as the Rockets won, 105-95, to take a 3-1 hold in the Western Conference finals.
May 17, 1987 |
Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office at Penn State University and makes a confession about his holier-than-thou image. "It scares the heck out of me," booms the hallowed football coach. "Because I know I'm not that clean. Nobody is that clean." "I don't want to appear to be any more than I am," says Paterno, now speaking in a near whisper. "And that's a good, hard-working coach who is a decent guy, a family guy, who doesn't want to cheat." "I lose my temper sometimes.
October 7, 2000 |
Northrop Grumman Corp. has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of overcharging the U.S. Air Force for B-2 bomber instruction and repair manuals, federal prosecutors said Friday. In the latest allegations of overcharging on the $44-billion bomber program, a former employee accused Century City-based Northrop of violating the federal Truth in Negotiations Act by inflating cost estimates on the manuals.
July 30, 1990 |
The nation's most famous "country club prison," once the domain of such celebrity felons as inside trader Ivan Boesky and Watergate figure H.R. Haldeman, is shutting down. The Lompoc Federal Prison Camp is being converted into a higher security federal prison. A prison with fences and razor wire instead of small "off-limits" signs around the property. A prison where inmates have to wear khaki uniforms instead of shorts and T-shirts. A prison where inmates can't play tennis in the afternoon.