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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

  • As Eric Dickerson incident shows, Rams still have a lot to learn about playing in L.A.

    As Eric Dickerson incident shows, Rams still have a lot to learn about playing in L.A.

    On a cloudless, endlessly blue Saturday afternoon in July, the unlimited future of the Rams could be described in one word. Watching the team take the field at UC Irvine for its first official training camp practice, mingling with the thousands of beaming fans who showed up simply to cheer calisthenics,...

  • Jared Goff makes his debut, but the Rams don't really let him play

    Jared Goff makes his debut, but the Rams don't really let him play

    The collapse ended with Jared Goff wandering aimlessly across the middle of the soggy Coliseum field Sunday afternoon, eyes skyward, helmet perched on the back of his head. If he was confused, he was not alone. His Rams had just suffered their most disheartening setback in a desultory season when...

  • USC's rout of UCLA a display of two programs going different places

    USC's rout of UCLA a display of two programs going different places

    For a precious few moments, the fight was actually even, cardinal jersey on blue jersey, two hometown teams scrapping for every bit of neighborhood, a real Southland beauty. UCLA actually led! Then, after USC tied it up, UCLA actually led again! In a Rose Bowl dotted with empty bleachers on a late...

  • For former Bruins football hero Eric McNeal, it's always 8:47

    For former Bruins football hero Eric McNeal, it's always 8:47

    No. 13 USC pounds UCLA, 36-14, in rivalry game Nov. 19, 2016, 10:56 p.m. No. 13 USC defeated UCLA, 36-14, extending its winning streak to seven games. SCORING SUMMARY First quarter: UCLA WR Jordan Lasley scores on a 56-yard catch-and-run (UCLA 7, USC 0) USC RB Ronald Jones II rushes one-yard for...

  • For former UCLA football hero Eric McNeal, it's always 8:47

    For former UCLA football hero Eric McNeal, it's always 8:47

    He didn’t get famous. He didn’t get rich. He didn’t even get an easy ride home; he had to walk several miles through darkened Pasadena streets to find a friend’s car. His jersey from that day is hanging in a closet wrapped in dry-cleaner plastic. His gloves and sweatband are stuffed in the back...

  • Now it can be told for sure: USC is back to its grand ways

    Now it can be told for sure: USC is back to its grand ways

    A huddled, helpless crowd saw it. Their bouncing, banging visitors felt it. A swarming defense outrunning a stiff wind started it. A nervy quarterback zipping heaters through a deep chill personified it. OK, enough, we’re just going to say it. USC is USC again. On a cold, wind-swept Saturday night...

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