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Bill Plaschke

Columnist

Bill Plaschke has been a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times for exactly as long as Kobe Bryant has been a Los Angeles Laker. During those 18 years, Plaschke has been named national sports columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, which is exactly the number of NBA championship rings won by Bryant, so there. Plaschke has written about virtually every sport for The Times since he joined the staff as a reporter in 1987, gaining a diverse expertise that is sadly often muted during his regular appearances on ESPN’s long-running game show “Around the Horn.”

 

Recent Articles

  • Girl Scout's project provides hope through hoops

    Girl Scout's project provides hope through hoops

    The Girl Scout stands shyly on the grassy edge of what, at this moment, is quite possibly the happiest concrete slab in Los Angeles. It is a basketball court. Not a full court, not even a half court, but enough of a court to hold fallaway jump shots, drives down the lane, and heaps of laughter...

  • The San Diego Chargers should stay right where they are

    The San Diego Chargers should stay right where they are

    The Rams haven't even been here a week, and already they are risking a penalty for too many men on the field. The Chargers need to get out of the their huddle, and stay out. The Chargers need to remain in San Diego where they belong. The Chargers need to forget sharing Los Angeles with the Rams,...

  • Ben Agajanian, the oldest living Los Angeles Ram at 96, gets a real kick out of their return to L.A.

    Ben Agajanian, the oldest living Los Angeles Ram at 96, gets a real kick out of their return to L.A.

    There is sand blowing outside his corner bedroom window. There are tumbleweeds dancing across the vacant lot next door. Even while living a life of quiet remoteness in an assisted-living home at the end of a desert cul-de-sac in Cathedral City southeast of Palm Springs, Ben Agajanian, 96, constantly...

  • The big, bad NFL will have to play by L.A.'s rules

    The big, bad NFL will have to play by L.A.'s rules

    Welcome back, NFL. Welcome home, Rams. Welcome, maybe, Chargers. Now get to work, all of you. Certainly, it's worth celebrating Tuesday's vote by the NFL owners to approve the return of this country's national pastime to Los Angeles after a 21-year absence. See the most-popular stories in Sports...

  • Onside kick was one clever trick by Alabama's Nick Saban

    Onside kick was one clever trick by Alabama's Nick Saban

    Early in the fourth quarter of a deadlocked Southern dust-up Monday night, Alabama's stoic boss man lost his mind.He ordered his team to attempt to kick the football to itself.The game was tied, a college football championship was at stake, and Alabama's curled-lip curmudgeon decided this was the...

  • Clemson punter Andy Teasdall rises above tirade by coach

    Clemson punter Andy Teasdall rises above tirade by coach

    In a sport of bullies, he was known for being bullied. On a team that is unbeaten, he was known as the biggest loser. Yet, when Alabama plays Clemson on Monday night in a College Football Playoff national championship battle filled with powerful linemen and skilled runners, this defenseless punter...

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