Random thoughts while waiting for
No sport represents sunshine, warmth and hope the way March baseball does.
Prius drivers are the worst drivers.
Flat-seam baseballs are supposed to boost college hitting, which has been in the dumps since bat standards changed in 2011. Check out the results when USC and UCLA square off at
I mean, McConaughey and Jim Buss do look a little alike, right?
My Oscar for best sports movie of all time goes to … (see below)
Given the Dodgers' TV blackout, seems odd that the team does not appear once on ESPN's Sunday night slate through late July. Meanwhile, the Yankees are on three times; the
Jameis Winston will be the biggest bust since
The best solution to Dodger Stadium traffic? Greenlight all intersections to outgoing traffic for an hour after games.
FYI, Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., was the first spring training facility to integrate players. For historian Jerald Podair's take, go to historicdodgertown.com.
Two most overrated sports movies of all time: "Hoosiers" and "Chariots of Fire."
Craziest accusation of the week: That Cal
The Clippers really miss
Condolences to the family of Paul Napier, who died last weekend at age 84. The actor, who played the original Mr. Goodwrench, coached almost 80 combined seasons of youth baseball, basketball and football across more than 45 years. Ex-players include Charles White.
Favorite new couple: Hanley Ramirez and the Green Monster.
Happy birthday to Marshall Faulk, 42;
Remember when the Oscars were held on Mondays and occasionally overlapped with NCAA finals? Name the year and the outcome when
OK, the Oscar for best sports picture goes to ... "Rocky."
The other nominees: "Field of Dreams," "Bull Durham," "Caddyshack," "Breaking Away," "Brian's Song" and "White Men Can't Jump."
Last weekend, white men actually did jump, on 700 tons of snow at the
Kevin Costner's high school hoops coach, Gary Snyder, reports that the Oscar winner was pretty raw on offense but "a ball of energy on defense." As a senior at Villa Park High, Costner worked his way up to become a valuable sixth man, Snyder says.
Can't wait to watch this kid Julio Urias throwing darts for the Dodgers.
Or to watch the Angels' Mike Trout do almost anything.
Congrats to Roger Angell, on his selection to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. At 94, the kid really shows some promise.
Trivia answer: The year, 1982, and the Michael Jordan-led Tar Heels beat Georgetown by a point. Best picture that night: "Chariots of Fire."
Keep decadence alive: Visit Santa Anita at least once during this long spring meet. As Bertrand Russell once said, "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
Man, could that dude play defense.