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

  • Dodgers mystery solved: Charlie Culberson's ball at home with Navy veteran

    Dodgers mystery solved: Charlie Culberson's ball at home with Navy veteran

    “I was like, ‘Man, this ball is coming right at me!’ ’’ After spending 18 months dodging danger in Iraq and Afghanistan, retired Naval Petty Officer Alan Hampson was finally standing underneath a good kind of trouble. It was the last Sunday in September at Dodger Stadium, the 10th inning of a game...

  • Sean McVay brings passion of youth to new job with Rams

    Sean McVay brings passion of youth to new job with Rams

    Several Rams officials were interviewing a coaching candidate at Spago this week when owner and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck visited their table with a plea. He wanted them to make the right hire. He wanted them to find the perfect guy. He addressed his concerns to owner Stan Kroenke, executive...

  • Rams already winning the perception fight with their new roommate

    Rams already winning the perception fight with their new roommate

    The Rams were so excited by the arrival of their new non-threatening roommate Thursday, they celebrated by hauling in a shiny new piece of furniture. Just as the Chargers officially announced their move to Los Angeles, they were casually directed to the back bedroom, the smaller one in the shadows,...

  • Message to Chargers: We don't want you in Los Angeles

    Message to Chargers: We don't want you in Los Angeles

    Live updates: Will anyone care about the Chargers in L.A.? Jan. 12, 2017, 6:17 p.m. And then there were two ... NFL teams in Los Angeles. The Chargers are moving north , the team announced today, and will eventually share a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood. Until that venue opens, probably in...

  • Chargers shouldn't look for a welcome wagon in L.A.

    Chargers shouldn't look for a welcome wagon in L.A.

    Every relationship is built on honesty, so the San Diego Chargers should hear this as their moving vans are chugging up the 5 Freeway on their noble mission of greed. We. Don’t. Want. You.  The news broke Wednesday that Chargers owner Dean Spanos has informed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell he is...

  • The national championship game once again proved the power of sports to unite

    The national championship game once again proved the power of sports to unite

    Everything stinks. Everybody is a fraud. Nothing makes sense. The refrains of anger and negativity sweeping across our country in recent months have threatened to turn America into the land of the fury and home of the bitter. Then Monday night happens. A fearless college kid throws a touchdown...

  • Charlie Culberson (almost) had a ball hitting big home run for Dodgers

    Charlie Culberson (almost) had a ball hitting big home run for Dodgers

    Charlie Culberson knows there’s somebody out there in possession of the most important baseball of his career. It doesn’t have his name on it, but it once had his bat on it, and he knows it’s out there. Maybe it’s sitting on a fireplace mantle. Maybe buried in a junk drawer. Maybe two oblivious...

  • Los Angeles still feels like home to the Raiders, so the NFL should make it official

    Los Angeles still feels like home to the Raiders, so the NFL should make it official

    It was a season during which the NFL finally returned to Los Angeles, all the buzz surrounding one team, all title hopes pinned to one roster, many of the fans dressing up in one color. But, well, the one team was the Oakland Raiders. While the Rams played in front of booing fans at the Coliseum,...

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