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Entries from October 2020

Time for Dodgers to Reward Their Fans

October 20th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

In 2015 it was 3,764,815. In 2016 it was 3,703,312. In 2017 it was 3,765,856. In 2018 it was 3,857,500. Last year, it was 3,974,309. Since 1988, it is 103,379,514. Or 103 million, 379 thousand, 5 hundred and 14. What are those numbers?

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Thank Goodness! Astros Sent Home and World Series Gets Two Winners

October 18th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Two cloying realities confronted Major League Baseball as the 2020 playoffs reached the League Championship Series. –One was the lingering odor of scandal-not-really-resolved — the Houston Astros’ schemes for stealing signs in the 2017 and 2018 World Series and the involvement of players — none of whom were punished. –The other issue was the awkwardness […]

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Urias to the Rescue? Finally?

October 14th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

If ever the Dodgers needed a strong performance from Julio Urias, tonight is the night. As far back as 2016, when the Mexican left-hander made his Major League debut at the age of 19, Urias was on the periphery of “key Dodgers”. But a variety of setbacks retarded his advancement to that inner circle.

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Happy to Be Laughably, Absurdly Wrong

October 12th, 2020 · No Comments · Lakers, NBA

I posted an item late and in a hurry last night; I wanted to make sure my lightning-bolt of insight — that the Miami Heat was a better team than the Los Angeles Lakers — could be seen before Game 6 of the NBA Finals tipped off. It was close, but there it was: the […]

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Uh-Oh; Heat Is Better Than Lakers

October 11th, 2020 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

Ahead of Game 1 in the NBA finals, 17 of 25 ESPN basketball reporters — described as “experts” by the website — predicted the Lakers would emerge victorious. Of course, that was before observers realized that the Heat is just plain better than the Lakers. That was hammered home the other night when the Heat […]

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Up All Night with ‘My’ Teams

October 9th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Basketball, Dodgers, Football, France, Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, Rams, Sports, Sports Journalism

I need the Lakers to close out the NBA Finals tonight. Because I have money on them? Because I have become a fan of LeBron James? Because I can’t stand to see them lose? Nope. I need them to win so I can get a little sleep. A downside for an American living in France? […]

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Butler and the King

October 6th, 2020 · No Comments · Lakers, NBA

Here is the secret to the NBA’s success: It is so personal. In no other major team sport are the competitors so clearly revealed to the audience, or to each other. Physically, mentally, emotionally. These are giants who compete in teams of five, in their underwear, on a crowded stage, where some of their soaring […]

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Championships at Stake This Month for L.A.’s Two Favorite Teams

October 1st, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Chargers, Clippers, Dodgers, Kobe, Lakers, NBA, NFL, Rams

Well, here we are. A city, a metropolitan center that had to be content (in terms of the Big Four professional sports leagues) with a couple of Stanley Cup championships over the previous decade. Now, L.A. finds out if its favorite two clubs can win titles in the same month. Los Angeles is overrun by […]

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