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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

  • Apparel deal is big for UCLA, but not for athletes

    Apparel deal is big for UCLA, but not for athletes

    The center photograph celebrating UCLA’s record $280-million shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour  on Tuesday was poignantly missing someone. On one side was smiling Bruins Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. On the other was smiling Under Armour executive Kevin Plank. Between them was a crisp new...

  • Kenley Jansen's burden grows, and the Dodgers closer accepts it

    Kenley Jansen's burden grows, and the Dodgers closer accepts it

    His contract is expiring. His future is at risk. The next few months will chart the course for the rest of his career. One might think Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ giant bearded closer of a man, would want security, safety and statistics. Instead, he wants the ball. “I love the challenge, man,’’...

  • Lakers' new chant is 'We're No. 2!' ... and it feels like a winner

    Lakers' new chant is 'We're No. 2!' ... and it feels like a winner

    It was a replay of December's Miss Universe pageant disguised as an NBA draft lottery ceremony. The Lakers were initially announced as the first runner-up. But in reality, they won. On a nailbiting night when the Philadelphia 76ers were awarded the first pick in the June draft, the Lakers were...

  • L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    Spring is waning, summer is coming, nine grueling months in a classroom are ending, and the annual questions have arrived. So, how was your school year? Pass some big tests? Take some cool field trips? Make some new friends? Learn anything? See the most-read stories in Sports this hour>> For Los...

  • Amazing Clayton Kershaw has Dodgers and fans singing a different tune

    Amazing Clayton Kershaw has Dodgers and fans singing a different tune

    It has become the Dodgers greatest hit, Hollywood's hottest record, the soundtrack to living baseball history, and it flowed again Thursday night at scorching cool Chavez Ravine.“Tonight, we are young. So let's set the world on fire. We can burn brighter, than the sun.”The name of the band is Fun....

  • The Dodgers are stuck in the blah of average

    The Dodgers are stuck in the blah of average

    How confusing are the Dodgers? On the giant video board before Tuesday's game against the New York Mets, the most important voice in their history openly wondered about them. "The Dodgers are a puzzle," Vin Scully proclaimed in his pregame preview. How mediocre are the Dodgers? See the most-read...

  • Lakers go back to a sweet spot with hiring of Luke Walton

    Lakers go back to a sweet spot with hiring of Luke Walton

    A chant from the past has become a cry for the future. "Luuuuuuuke." A smart, selfless benchwarmer with two championship rings as a player has returned to that bench, only this time in the main seat, the beloved working man from the last glorious Lakers era charged with hammering out a new one....

  • The No. 1 hype is great, but now Jared Goff wants to get down to business

    The No. 1 hype is great, but now Jared Goff wants to get down to business

    When the lights went dark and the questions dried up and Jared Goff was finally able to stalk toward an exit after enduring the grandest of entrances, the quarterback paused and threw his first pass as a Los Angeles Ram. It was a 50-yard scowl. "I am done," he said softly, glancing at the spent...

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