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Archive for March 2011

Five Key Angels And Dodgers

March 31, 2011

The season starts, and the first thing you notice is that this isn’t Arizona or Florida anymore. Funny how the whole tone changes when you go from spring training to the real deal. One thing that hasn’t changed is that the fate of the Angels and Dodgers hinges on five key players from each club. […]

Baseball, At Last

March 29, 2011

Are you ready for some box scores? I sure am. Baseball’s Opening Day arrives Thursday, and if you write about the game, you have to make your picks. It is a sports writing ritual. So here we go: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST 1. Boston. Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford join an already stacked lineup, and the […]

The Hero Vs. The Villain Would Be Perfect

March 27, 2011

In an NCAA Tournament where very little has made any sense, we could end up with the perfect final. The Hero against The Villain. Brad Stevens, the Butler coach who is the epitome of basketball purity, against John Calipari, the Kentucky coach who is widely viewed as . . .well, something less than the sport’s […]

Just The Facts On Friday

March 25, 2011

Some new revelations on a busy March Friday: — Guess the Pac-10 wasn’t so weak, after all. Not after its champ, Arizona, not only beat ACC power Duke, it practically ran the Dukies off the Honda Center floor in the West Regional. You don’t see Coach K’s teams get embarrassed the way the Blue Devils […]

It’s All Opinions Day

March 22, 2011

They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine: This is why great teams win: Andrew Bynum is still out, so you ask Lamar Odom to step up, and all he does is score 29 with 16 rebounds to help Phil Jackson’s guys outlast the Suns in triple overtime . . . The Angels are […]

Amid The Madness, Refs Need To Be Consistent

March 20, 2011

This edition of March Madness has been lots of things — wild, fun, unpredictable. One thing it hasn’t been, though. It hasn’t been consistent, at least as far as the officiating is concerned. College basketball has to decide. Either you make all the calls, or you don’t. Either you ignore how much time is left, […]

Some Quick Madness Views

March 17, 2011

In honor of my late and much missed friend Alan Malamud, here are some notes on an early Madness scorecard: — A vintage Ben Howland-UCLA defensive clinic was almost ruined when the Bruins fell apart late against Michigan State. Good thing they held on, 78-76, because they deserved to win. — Credit Malcolm Lee for […]

It’s All Opinions Day

March 15, 2011

They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine: I have an idea for the NFL owners and players. Instead of quibbling over that $9 billion payout, why not do something, instead, that will show some selflessness and compassion? Why not donate 10 per cent of that money to the Japanese relief fund? . . […]

Choose Your Madness

March 13, 2011

This is the easiest call of the year. Let’s see, which would I rather follow, March Madness or NFL Madness? A bunch of energized, excited kids playing for the pure fun of it, or a group of millionaires and billionaires unable to decide how to divide up $9.3 billion? The basketball dreamers from all the […]

Some Quick Angels Observations From Arizona

March 10, 2011

TEMPE, Ariz. — You obviously can’t see everything in just a few days, but here are just a few quick observations from my time watching the Angels in spring training this week: — The offense is still lacking. No matter how Mike Scioscia mixes and matches, the lineup can’t be the same until Kendrys (yes, […]