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An Elections Wonk

November 4th, 2020 · No Comments · France, Journalism, Sports Journalism

It was four years ago that I confessed, on this site, to being an elections wonk. I watch them for fun. For entertainment. For my own edification. For belly laughs. To watch my countrymen at their best, or worst. Probably the main reason I watch them is that a big election — like, say, the […]

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Back in the Day: Having a Head for Football

June 1st, 2020 · 1 Comment · Back in the Day, Football, Journalism, Newspapers, Sports Journalism, The Sun

First printed in the San Bernardino Sun, November 3, 2002. Twice in my life I have gone to a hospital emergency room as a patient. On both occasions it was after suffering a head injury on a kickoff at a high-school football game. And you thought freeway driving was dangerous. From where we sit, it’s […]

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Back in the Day: A Miserable Sunday in January

January 31st, 2020 · No Comments · Football, Journalism, NFL, Sports Journalism

The last time the Kansas City Chiefs appeared in the Super Bowl? It was 50 years ago, on January 11, 1970. And I saw that game — because I have never missed a Super Bowl. Seen ’em all, if not in person (about a dozen of those as a sports journalist), then on TV. So, […]

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Headline News: ‘Arrivederci Aroma’

December 30th, 2019 · No Comments · Back in the Day, Football, Italy, Journalism, Los Angeles Rams, NFL, Rome

A clever headline tells a story … with a twist. I prefer to think everyone likes a clever headline, but I fear only people in the publishing business really appreciate a good “hed”. Like this one, from the Los Angeles Times 40 years ago. “Arrivederci Aroma: Rams Stink Up the Coliseum”

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Newspaper Wars: In Retrospect, Few Winners, Many Losers

November 26th, 2019 · 1 Comment · Journalism, Newspapers, Sports Journalism, The Sun

It seems a bit ludicrous now, given the carnage in print journalism, how important “beating” the local opposition was for us. When I wrote a long blog entry, in 2008, I declared an end to what was nearly a 100 Years War between two suburban newspapers in the Inland Empire of Southern California. I worked […]

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The Righteous Wrath of a Hometown Journalist

November 5th, 2019 · No Comments · Journalism, Long Beach

I grew up in Long Beach, California. My mother and siblings still live there. Several nieces, too. I haven’t lived in the city since 2009, and have not spent a lot of time in it since 1976, but it remains my hometown, and I have the Long Beach State baseball cap to prove it. Which […]

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The 20th Century Gas Station: Refuel, Repair, Reorient

August 28th, 2019 · 1 Comment · Journalism, Long Beach, Newspapers

When considering the industries and local businesses that mostly disappeared, ahead of the 21st century, I tend to focus on newspapers. That’s what I did for a living: Newspapering. Papers were important to readers, back in an era when not everyone was online, and they made a lot of money for their owners. Also, journalists […]

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Thanks, Coach Young

May 3rd, 2019 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Football, Journalism, Los Angeles, Lutherans, Sports Journalism

It is a cool November night, and I don’t know it yet, but I am sprawled on my back at the Cal State Los Angeles football field. Above me, a rectangular patch of vision switches on inside my facemask. On the fringes, darkness broken up by banks of electric lights. In the center, dominating the […]

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Good News! A Hefty, First-Tier Newspaper!

April 14th, 2019 · 1 Comment · Egypt, France, Journalism, London, Newspapers, soccer, Sports Journalism, Travel

Readers of a certain age — say, 30 years or more — will remember when major newspapers were big, colorful, information-packed marvels of news gathering. Before the Age of Great Newspapers ended, around the turn of the century, it had been observed by many subscribers that Sunday editions, in particular, with all their special sections […]

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Galaxy Statue, Fine; Beckham Instead of Landon, Not Fine

February 28th, 2019 · No Comments · Football, Galaxy, Journalism, Lakers, Landon Donovan, NBA, soccer, World Cup

The LA Galaxy on Saturday afternoon will unveil what is thought to be the first statue of a former player to be displayed at a Major League Soccer stadium. The club said it will be No. 1 in “a series of statues” that will stand just outside the stadium in the new Legends Plaza at […]

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