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

  • The Lakers can win by continuing to lose — honestly, of course

    The Lakers can win by continuing to lose — honestly, of course

    The NBA trade deadline passed Thursday with one notably loud and wonderful grinding of gears. The team that took the biggest step forward was the one that threw itself in reverse. The big winners were the Lakers, because they set themselves up to be losers. In his first days as the team’s basketball...

  • Plaschke: Can the greatest Laker ever save the worst Lakers ever?

    Plaschke: Can the greatest Laker ever save the worst Lakers ever?

    The Lakers now belong to Earvin Johnson, and there’s nothing magic about it. The smiling, charismatic former star has been handed the serious job of fixing this city’s crown jewel sports franchise, and it will require more than a no-look pass or baby sky hook. This is not some late-night TV show...

  • Bill Plaschke: Bruins go to school on the Trojans

    Bill Plaschke: Bruins go to school on the Trojans

    Everyone knows the UCLA basketball team can score, and dish, and run through the gym as if they are flying. But at a rollicking Pauley Pavilion that included all those things Saturday night, the Bruins proved capable of equally important attributes. They can learn. They can grow. And yes, they...

  • The signs are all there: Magic Johnson is the man in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers

    The signs are all there: Magic Johnson is the man in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers

    Since being named as a Lakers “advisor’’ two weeks ago, Magic Johnson has bombarded the media with one piece of advice. He shouldn’t be the advisor. He should be the boss. He has talked to USA Today about wanting to “call the shots.’’ He told ESPN he wanted to be the Lakers’ “one voice.’’ At first...

  • For these Los Angeles Dodgers-loving couples, paradise by the scoreboard light

    For these Los Angeles Dodgers-loving couples, paradise by the scoreboard light

    Eliazar Marin dropped his most precious jewel into a tiny vat of nacho cheese. Abraham Marcos almost missed his defining moment because he was standing in line buying beer and pretzels. Delia Holguin began her most romantic interlude by exclaiming, “What are you doing?’’ Diana Narvaez nearly spent...

  • UCLA finds its intensity against Oregon in crazy second half

    UCLA finds its intensity against Oregon in crazy second half

    On a night when UCLA honored legendary announcer Dick Enberg, the accompanying basketball game could be appropriately described in two words. Oh. My.  The trademark phrase printed on student T-shirts and uttered by Enberg at halftime perfectly fit everything else that happened around it. Oh my,...

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