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Today’s List: Ten 2017 Sports Events That Popped into My Head

December 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Baseball, Basketball, College football, Dodgers, Fifa, Football, Lakers, Lists, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, Rams, Russia 2018, soccer, Spain, UAE, UCLA, USC, World Cup

This is not an exercise in academic rigor. I did not have someone sitting with a note pad writing down literally the first 10 facts I could recall pertaining to sports in 2017. But … it is a fairly accurate recreation of a fairly quick trip through my brain to see what stuck from the […]

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Dick Enberg and His Place in the L.A. Broadcasting Pantheon

December 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers, Golf, Sports Journalism, Tennis

If Vin Scully had not followed the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles … Dick Enberg would be the best-known sports broadcaster in the history of Southern California. Rather than “the other really good guy in L.A., after Vinny.” This came to mind today after hearing that Enberg died in La Jolla at age 82.

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Dodgers, Matt Kemp and (Thank Goodness) Tax Relief

December 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

OK, yes, I panicked when I saw the headline and first paragraph of this story on ESPN.com tonight. “Dodgers part ways with Adrian Gonzalez in five-player deal with Braves.” “The Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Charlie Culberson, the teams announced Saturday.” […]

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A Memorable, 18-Day Iberian Road Trip

November 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Baseball, Dodgers, Sports Journalism, tourism, Travel

(Above: A statue to a bullfighter, in Seville.) Passing references have been made on this site to our tour of the Iberian Peninsula. Normally, more of that would have appeared here, as we went along, but the Dodgers were in a seven-game World Series — which vied for attention on this blog — originally intended […]

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Dodgers’ World Series Defeat: Two Main Factors

November 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Did the usual thing. Asleep around midnight Central European time, “called” to wake up around 4 a.m., and this time around I saw the final innings of Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Won, sigh, by the Houston Astros. It was the bottom of the eighth when I checked in from a hotel room […]

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Failing to Take into Account the Fall Classic

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers, tourism, Travel

I can’t adequately explain how this happened. A couple of months ago, we finalized a commitment to an 18-day trip to and through Spain and Portugal. Not a crazy idea, considering we are already close to the former, which is attached to the latter. Also, not crazy considering that 1) we have spent little time […]

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Alas, No Series-Influencing Powers, After All

October 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I woke at 5 a.m., in Portugal, and instead of the Dodgers and Astros being done for the evening, back there in Central Daylight Time USA, the teams were tied at 12-12 going into the top of the 10th. Perfect timing for my mental energy — explained and celebrated in yesterday’s post — to push […]

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Adding a Tiny Portion of Juju to Blue Crew Cause

October 28th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Dodgers

“Juju” is a noun with two definitions, according to Merriam-Webster. 1: a fetish, charm, or amulet of West African peoples 2: the magic attributed to or associated with juju I do not have a fetish, charm or amulet, but like many sports fans, I have a sneaking feeling that I can influence, by my attentions […]

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Yu Darvish and Unrealistic Expectations

October 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

The Dodgers can’t have expected Yu Darvish to throttle the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the World Series. Well, maybe they did, given his solid performances in his first two outings of the postseason. But Yu has been fairly consistently inconsistent for the past two seasons — or since returning from more than a […]

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I Hate Today’s Cheap and Easy Home Runs

October 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

In 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were “saving” baseball by pursuing the 37-year-old record for home runs in a season, set by Roger Maris, the sports apparel company Nike came up with an ad campaign based on one sentence: “Chicks dig the long ball.” (Video of that spot, which actually features pitchers Mike […]

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