January 31, 2012 |
Jesse Jackson is right. In response to the face-off in Arizona between President Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week, Jackson said, "Even George Wallace did not put his finger in Dr. King's face. " And it's true; he didn't. Similarly, not even Josef Stalin wrote two autobiographies the way Obama has. And even Genghis Khan didn't have a Swiss bank account the way Mitt Romney did. Of course, Jackson's non sequitur is a single note in the cacophony of asininity surrounding the wildly over-hyped confrontation between Obama and Brewer.
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.
October 15, 2012 |
SOCCER/FOOTBALL URBAN LEGEND : Pele was paid to tie his shoelaces in the 1970 World Cup Final. Nowadays, the idea of athletes endorsing sneakers is well ingrained in the public consciousness. Seemingly every draft class in the NBA has at least one player sign an endorsement deal with one of the major sneaker companies in the United States (for instance, Anthony Davis, the first pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, has already signed with Nike). However, in the early days of the so-called "sneaker wars" between rival shoe companies Adidas and Puma, athlete endorsements were seen as a much bigger risk.
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.