Paul Oberjuerge header image 4

Entries from March 2018

Ballpark Food You Can’t Afford and Shouldn’t Eat

March 31st, 2018 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Dodgers

The Guardian, an English newspaper, is amused by the concept of ballpark food. England having nothing quite like it — baseball is just about nonexistent there, so the idea of baseball food … not going to happen in their daily lives. It doesn’t mean the writers and photographers and editors aren’t fascinated/horrified by some of […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Ohtani, Pujols and the Angels’ Death Wish

March 27th, 2018 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

The Los Angeles Angels have under contract the consensus “best player in baseball”, one Michael Nelson Trout. For all the won-loss good it has done the club — which has not won a postseason game during Mike Trout’s six full seasons. It appears that one great player, surrounded by mediocrity (or worse), is unlikely to […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Warning! Zlatan Coming to Major League Soccer

March 25th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Galaxy, soccer

It is part of the original Major League Soccer playbook: When trying to gain attention, sign someone with a big name. And few names in soccer are bigger than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the towering forward from Sweden and veteran of many of the biggest club sides in the world. He is a different sort of end-of-career […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

An Unreadable, Unrepeatable Signature

March 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · France

So many people have elegant signatures. And why not? Even in the Computer Age most of us sign our names often enough to have pretty much perfected a signature. Know who usually has stylish and perfectly legible signatures? Athletes. Perhaps from giving autographs. (And perhaps from some clubhouse boy with an elegant hand slavishly signing […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

A Bad Week to Be Defense-First

March 16th, 2018 · No Comments · Basketball, Champions League, Football, soccer

In the U.S., sports fans must be talking about the top-seeded University of Virginia losing tonight to a 16 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament. A No. 1 seed losing to a 16 had never happened, not in 135 previous encounters, until Virginia succumbed to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMDC) by 20 points […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Recommendations: Top Wines from the Herault

March 11th, 2018 · No Comments · France

A challenge/request was registered on this site this week, and I concede it probably is time to make some recommendations on wines we like that come from this part of France. One of the difficulties of doing this is making clear what geographical area this is. It is not the Cote d’Azur; it is not […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Ten Years of Blogging at Oberjuerge.com

March 10th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Beijing Olympics, France, Hong Kong, Journalism, LANG, Newspapers, Olympics, Paris, Sports Journalism, The National, The Sun, UAE

It was March 10, 2008, that this blog commenced. Ten years ago today. It was four days after I had been fired by the Los Angeles News Group, and I wanted to let co-workers and other journalists know what had happened, with as many specifics as I could recall. It was a Thursday, around lunch, […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

The Nasty Caterpillars of Southern France

March 9th, 2018 · No Comments · France

Well, in theory, they could be killers. But they are more likely to make your dog or cat sick. Caterpillars! Processionary caterpillars, they are called. They are some nasty customers who live here in the south of France, and in southern Europe, in general. They are destructive to pine trees, where they spend much of […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Great First Lines: Can You Identify Them?

March 8th, 2018 · No Comments · Lists, Newspapers

The best opening sentences in literary history. Always a fun exercise. This has been going on pretty much forever. An early leader for “best opening line” has to be Genesis chapter 1, verse 1. “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” There’s a book you want to check out, just from the […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Dodgers Held Accountable for Lack of TV Dates

March 7th, 2018 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

In The Los Angeles Times, columnist Bill Plaschke has done a laudable thing: Hold the Dodgers accountable for the club’s lack of TV exposure in most of its home market.

[Read more →]

Tags: