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UCLA, Rosen: Lucky and Good

September 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football, UCLA

UCLA trailed Texas A&M 44-10 late in the third quarter at the Rose Bowl in a season-opening intersectional football game tonight. And won 45-44 with touchdowns in their final five possessions, including the winner with 43 seconds left. It was the second-biggest comeback victory in the history of major-college football. When it was over, UCLA […]

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West Coast Again Fails to Win NCAA Title

April 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, UCLA

Yes, I was a Gonzaga partisan, in the NCAA final. I tend to pull for the West Coast team, if one is available, and Gonzaga qualifies because it plays in the Pacific time zone. Alas, it a ragged, herky-jerky and poorly officiated game (44 fouls!?!) ended at North Carolina 70, Gonzaga 65 — at about […]

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Two Close Calls, but I Missed Out on a Final Four

March 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, The Sun, UCLA

We return to the Wayback Machine of NCAA basketball today, recalling two close calls between my journalism self and the Final Four. It is the one annual sports event I regret never covering in my 40 years in print journalism. To be sure, there were other big events staged annually that I never covered. The […]

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There’s No Crying in Basketball!

March 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, NBA, UCLA

Oh, wait. There is. Scads of it. In the NCAA Tournament, anyway. Talking the guys, here. The women might be doing it, too, but they aren’t televised where I live. I have been impressed … or at least seen this often enough over the past 10 days to take note, again … at how many […]

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Lonzo Ball and His NCAA Tournament Destiny

March 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, UCLA

The question for Lonzo Ball now is this: Just how memorable will his one-and-done NCAA Tournament be? He certainly will leave UCLA after this season, moving on to the NBA/multi-millionaire portion of his basketball career. This is Ball’s one chance to leave a lasting impression, as a freshman, on March Madness. Could he channel John […]

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March Madness: Eight Hours of NCAA Tourney TV

March 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, France, UCLA

I didn’t plan this. It was early on a Saturday evening and many of the regular TV options were not available, so on went the second half of West Virginia vs. Notre Dame in the NCAA basketball tournament, which I could see via ESPN GB … And nearly eight hours later I had watched much […]

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March Madness and a Dog in the Hunt

March 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Basketball, France, UAE, UCLA, USC

After leaving the U.S. for Abu Dhabi, in 2009, my interest in college basketball waned. As I noted in blog posts from recent years, while living in the UAE, it requires work to follow the college game from the other side of the world. Too many teams, too many games, too big a time gap […]

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LaVar Ball Sets Price for Family Sneaker Deal: $1 Billion

March 14th, 2017 · No Comments · UCLA

If you follow college basketball, you already know who LaVar Ball is, but his latest pronouncement might stun even those who have become accustomed to his bombastic assertions. This is about money. And it reinforces what already seemed like a father’s plan to run the careers/lives of his three sons. He wants a $1 billion […]

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Managing a Son’s Career, for Now

February 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Basketball, Lakers, NBA, UCLA

This is a familial train wreck waiting to happen. LaVar Ball is the father of UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball, a likely lottery pick in the next NBA draft. LaVar Ball tends to say colorful things pertaining to his three sons and, in particular, Lonzo, the eldest. Up to this point a year ago, anything […]

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Gonzaga’s First Defeat

February 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, France, UCLA

The upside to getting an English-language-based TV package, here in the south of France, is that it allows me to look at about 50 sports channels broadcast in a language I more fully comprehend. The downside is, when sports events are live in the U.S., it is some time after midnight in France. When, in […]

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