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Another Case of the Wrong Guy Winning the Masters

April 9th, 2018 · No Comments · Golf

Not many strong opinions here about the game of golf. I do wonder why so many people eagerly spend so much time and money playing a soul-crushing game. But some of us are Los Angeles Chargers fans, too. What I do object to is the Masters tournament — “A tradition like no other” — being […]

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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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Rams Get a Reality Check

November 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Golf, NFL, Rams

Whoa, there, Rams fans. Your team is not going to sprint to the Super Bowl any time soon. That 7-2 start? Nice. But when the Rams stopped playing cupcakes and ran into another quality team, the Minnesota Vikings … well, it did not go well. To the tune of 24-7, with the “highest-scoring-team-in-the-league” Rams on […]

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Press Credentials from a Simpler Time

September 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Golf, Sports Journalism, Tennis, The Sun, World Cup

For all I know, journalists covering major sports events these days have an ID chip in their arms. Nobody gets into the media areas unless the sensor picks up your biometric data. At minimum, credentials for an Olympics or World CupĀ  or French Open, over the past decade or two, have featured increasingly sophisticated and […]

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Howling Wind and Driving Rain? Must Be the British Open

July 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Golf

I worked with several Scots while in Abu Dhabi. One day I asked one of them why Scotland is so bad in cricket. He looked at me like I should already have known the answer. “Because we never get enough good weather to finish a match,” he said. The best golfers in the world got […]

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Wimbledon: The Dreary Fortnight

July 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Golf, Sports Journalism, Tennis

I was going to do this as a list. “The five dreariest assignments in sports journalism.” Down from the normal 10, when I do lists. (And I ought to do some sort of list soon, just cuz.) Then I realized I would have trouble coming up with even five events that felt like drudgery, while […]

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Not All Awful Mugshots Are Taken in Police Stations

May 31st, 2017 · No Comments · France, Golf

No one looks good in the “booking” mugshot. Well, except for this guy. The booking photo taken at the police station is the one you do not want anyone to see. As Tiger Woods can attest to, this week, after his arrest for “driving under the influence”, in Florida. It looks like he is having […]

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Arnold Palmer: 1929-2016

September 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Golf

Arnold Palmer was the most remote-in-plain-sight great sports figure of the 20th century. Not in a bad way. He was accessible and friendly and eternally polite, but I never felt as I had any real idea what he was about. Palmer died on Sunday at the age of 87. Which means he was younger than […]

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Spieth’s Collapse, Willett’s Leap Forward and Worthy Masters’ Champions

April 10th, 2016 · No Comments · Golf

In 2007, in a previous life, I wrote an opinion piece, on the second Sunday of April, about how Zach Johnson was not the right guy to win the Masters. My suggestion was that a Masters champion needs to be someone already famous. It was not a place for a guy to make a breakthrough; […]

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Cold Football (and Other Chilly Events) I Have Covered

January 9th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Football, Golf, Lists, London 2012, NFL, Olympics, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE

Much is being made about the brutal cold expected at the NFL playoffs game in Minneapolis on Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings versus the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Minnesota — with a forecast temperature at kickoff of 0 degrees Fahrenheit. That will make it one of the coldest games in NFL history, though the […]

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