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Archive for August 2010

USC Wrong To Punish The Media

August 30, 2010

Still somewhat shell-shocked from its now infamous NCAA sanctions, with a new athletic director and a new head football coach running the show, USC is understandably intent on drastically changing the environment surrounding its much-maligned program. We get that. What we don’t get is why Coach Lane Kiffin and AD Pat Haden have decided to […]

Manny’s Gone, Napoli’s On Waivers; Neither Is A Shock

August 29, 2010

For Manny Ramirez, it was the perfect goodbye to the Dodgers. Getting thrown out of the game after one pitch of a pinch-hitting appearance. Manny being Manny, right to the end. His waiver deal to the White Sox, with no player returning to the Dodgers, is supposed to be official some time Monday. It tells […]

Angels Wave White Flag; Now Who Closes in ’11?

August 27, 2010

Don’t let the Angels fool you. This is a blatant surrender. Trading their closer Brian Fuentes to Minnesota for a minor league prospect to be named later is tantamount to waving a white flag in the American League West. It was their way of saying, “OK, Texas, we admit it. We’re done.” Not that there […]

Football, Football And More Football

August 26, 2010

Football season is about to come rumbling into our lives next week, so why wait? Here are just a few quick hits and comments on the upcoming college and pro seasons: The clear Heisman Trophy favorite to me is Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, coming off his great Rose Bowl performance and with the Buckeyes […]

Angels 2011 Blueprint: If Not Crawford, Then Who?

August 25, 2010

Mired in the depressing heat of a disappointing season, the Angels need to start thinking seriously about 2011. Calling Mr. Crawford, Mr. Carl Crawford. Everyone knows Mike Scioscia’s No. 1 free agent target will be the one player ideally suited to his system. It is almost like the Rays’ Crawford was destined to be an […]

It’s All-Opinions Day

August 24, 2010

They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine: The rumor is Manny Ramirez to the White Sox on waivers. Manny and Ozzie Guillen, huh? Now, that would be a lot of laughs . . . OK, I admit it. Matt Leinart did not look good in his latest exhibition game for the Cardinals on […]

The Five Most Important Trojans for 2010

August 23, 2010

The calendar is sneaking up on us now. USC’s opener at Hawaii is a week from Thursday, and things are getting serious. Time to name the five most important Trojans heading into the 2010 football season: 1. Matt Barkley — This is obvious, I know, but he has to take a huge step up from […]

Young Fans Love Scully, Older Fans Revere Him

August 22, 2010

A long sigh of relief slowly drifted across the Southern California landscape like a warm summer wind. The two local teams might be having awful years, but, somehow, all is right with the baseball world again. Vin Scully is coming back for another year. Every day, every hour, it seems, new fans are regularly introduced […]

Wistful for Enberg

August 19, 2010

My longtime friend, Fred, whom I’ve only known since seventh grade, has been busy this summer telling me how much he enjoys sitting at home in Del Mar listening to Dick Enberg on the San Diego Padres baseball telecasts. Now I know it is silly for anyone from the Greater Los Angeles area to complain […]

At USC, The Kids Are All Right

August 18, 2010

Welcome to USC football, 2010. Or, as it may soon come to be called, Freshman-palooza. Partly because of necessity and partly because these kids are really good, a batch of highly-regarded freshmen can be seen regularly running amok at practice on Howard Jones Field. It is no wonder, in an interview for a magazine story […]