Category Archives: Sports

Dodging Losses Right and Left

“How (explicative) good are the Dodgers?” my buddy Nick remarks.

“Real (explicative) good,” I chuckle. “So damn good, I’m going to include that little quote of yours in my next blog.”

They are that good. And to think, I could be sitting here, taking the time to write about the epic contest that was Pacquiao – Hatton. Wait a minute. I really could not.

Did you catch it? The fight? The scrappy Patton versus the skilled and primed, able-to-go southpaw and work the angles Pacquiao? Continue reading Dodging Losses Right and Left

Fighting on Sundays – Eleven Former Trojans Taken in NFL Draft

A wise man once said – if football player wants to make football his profession, football player must sign with USC. Okay, so a philosopher didn’t provide this adage. It was former NFL Head Coach Herm Edwards and he said, “If you want to play pro football and you’re a high school athlete, you know going to USC is going to give you the best opportunity…”

It seems that although unemployed, Edwards still has some coaching wisdom. This weekend 11 former University of Southern California players were selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.  USC led all schools, the closest follower being Ohio State with seven players. It was the second consecutive year, and third time in the past four years that USC has topped all schools with players brought into the big leagues. Continue reading Fighting on Sundays – Eleven Former Trojans Taken in NFL Draft

Follow the Bouncing Ball

My apologies for being M.I.A as of late. I’ve been recovering from a classic case of foot-in-mouth syndrome.  NBA Playoffs – Where Admitting You’re Wrong Happens.

The Lakers haven’t let me down. They lead the Jazz 2-1 after three games. And their only loss? Oh, that came care of the sensational Derron Williams. He is the future of that franchise and if the Lakers don’t pay better attention, he might do it again tomorrow in Salt Lake. Might. My guess is the Lakes will be more reverent and soon enough, be giving the Jazz their regards. But, cheers to you Jerry Sloan for making this series a little interesting. Continue reading Follow the Bouncing Ball

Season of Redemption – Lakers Poised to Return to NBA Finals

I’m sure everyone knows of the excitement coming to the Staples Center this weekend. No, I am not speaking of Britney Spears. Although, I’m sure the recently resurrected pop star will warrant a little excitement. But, with the help of its operations crew, Staples will welcome the Utah Jazz, who will surely fall victim to the Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

 The Jazz were at Staples Tuesday night and by securing a win, could have avoided packing up for another flight to Southern California. Get packing Salt Lake City. The Jazz couldn’t get it done in what should prove to be a preview of things to come over the course of next week. The Lakers should take the series in five games tops. Continue reading Season of Redemption – Lakers Poised to Return to NBA Finals

Dodger Blue Once Again

Banner ads follow small aircrafts in the sky. The traffic around the 5 and 101 split is horrendous. There is Dodger blue everywhere, so much that I can’t even see straight. Man, it must be tax season.

Okay, I’m kidding. But, please forgive me. I’m a little giddy. It’s Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. Take a deep breath and say that aloud. It’s Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. Nice. 

 Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I couldn’t scrap the whole day and head out to Dodger Stadium. Let me rephrase that. I couldn’t scrap my work day and enjoy myself at Dodger Stadium. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to be one of the record 57,099 folks in the record-breaking crowd, especially as Hall-of-Fame announcer Vin Scully was throwing the ceremonial opening pitch to former MLB catcher and current Dodgers manager Joe Torre. Scully has provided play-by-play for the Dodgers organization for 60 years, the longest such tenure of any professional sports announcer (with one team.) And you know what? Ol’ Scully looked in better form than the opposing pitcher. Continue reading Dodger Blue Once Again

Blazers Rip Rivalry Open with Win Over Lakers

Coming into Friday’s game, the Lakers remained atop of the Western Conference and just behind those impressive Cavaliers in the race for home-court advantage. The Lakers came in after winning six of their last seven and were still beaming after an impressive performance from Andrew Bynum against Denver. It was Bynum’s first game back in the line-up after being out for several months due to injury.

Still, despite their recent good fortune, the Lakers could not overcome a familiar and unfortunately, tenacious opponent. Continue reading Blazers Rip Rivalry Open with Win Over Lakers