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Bill Plaschke

Columnist

Bill Plaschke has been an L.A. Times columnist since 1996. He has been named national sports columnist of the year six times by the Associated Press, and twice by the Society of Professional Journalists and National Headliner Awards. He is the author of five books, including a collection of his columns entitled, “Plaschke: Good Sports, Spoil Sports, Foul Ball and Oddballs.’’ Plaschke is also a panelist on the popular ESPN daily talk show, “Around the Horn.’’ For his community service, he has been named Man of the Year by the Los Angeles Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and has received a Pursuit of Justice Award from the California Women’s Law Center. Plaschke has appeared in a movie (“Ali”), a dramatic HBO series (“Luck’’) and, in a crowning cultural moment he still does not quite understand, his name can be found in a rap song “Females Welcome’’ by Asher Roth. In case you were wondering – and he was – “Plaschke” is rhymed with “Great Gatsby.’’

Recent Articles

  • MVP Nneka Ogwumike wants even more than that

    MVP Nneka Ogwumike wants even more than that

    The newly crowned MVP of the WNBA carefully reaches out and hands her guest a prized possession. “Here it is,’’ the Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike says with a big smile. It is not the MVP trophy, which Ogwumike will receive Wednesday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach before the Sparks host the Chicago...

  • Dodgers provide the drama, Scully the tears as L.A. wraps up fourth straight NL West title

    Dodgers provide the drama, Scully the tears as L.A. wraps up fourth straight NL West title

    The farewell to the baseball rocked Dodger Stadium with cheers. The farewell to Vin Scully drowned it in tears. In what was arguably the most perfect moment at Chavez Ravine since Kirk Gibson’s 1988 home run, the Dodgers ended a sweaty Sunday afternoon with a stirring two-part final act that could...

  • When Scully is telling a story, it's only fair that the baseballs head foul

    When Scully is telling a story, it's only fair that the baseballs head foul

    It has been the most compelling part of every Dodgers game for the past 67 years. A batter will step out of the box to adjust his gloves. The pitcher will step down from the mound to rub the ball. The umpire will take off his mask to wipe his brow. And then, like a sprinkling of glitter  across...

  • Vin Scully is a voice for the ages

    Vin Scully is a voice for the ages

    The plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle stops at your car, the long trip is over, but everything feels a little strange until you turn on the radio and hear the voice that wraps you in a welcome. “Hi everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may...

  • UCLA can't escape its past in stunning loss to No. 7 Stanford, 22-13

    UCLA can't escape its past in stunning loss to No. 7 Stanford, 22-13

    It happened again. How could it happen again? For all but the final two minutes Saturday night, UCLA did everything in its power to break an eight-game losing streak to a Stanford team that has long occupied its nightmares. Then it happened again. Somehow, it happened again. Stanford got tough....

  • Clayton Kershaw is completely efficient, but he isn’t completely Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw is completely efficient, but he isn’t completely Kershaw

    Cheers were huge, but only after breaths were held.  There was the usual worship, but also an unfamiliar worry. The pitcher with all the answers returned to the Dodger Stadium mound Monday night bearing the occasional unsettling question. What happened on that curve in the dirt? Why is that slider...

  • After 22 years, Rams' fans are loud and proud

    After 22 years, Rams' fans are loud and proud

    This is what happens when you wait two decades for the return of your football team. You don’t leave early. You stay to the sweltering end. You raise your sweaty souls above creaky Coliseum seats in the final moments of their homecoming game and you roar with hope and rage and history. You roar...

  • So far it's a bad deal for USC after a 27-10 loss to Stanford

    So far it's a bad deal for USC after a 27-10 loss to Stanford

    It was an infamous question that once went both ways in this rivalry, a question exchanged at midfield by coaching greats Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh, a question that was actually a statement. “What’s your deal?” Seven years later, on the second dull and dispiriting Saturday in three weeks for...

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