| Oct 25, 2012
| 9:11 PM
The New Orleans Saints are toast. The Arizona Cardinals have turned the corner. It's time for Norv Turner, Rex Ryan and Andy Reid to go.
Some of those bold statements might hold up this NFL season, but some will sound absurd in a few months.
| Nov 4, 2012
| 8:00 PM
Lots of talk these days about swing states and which way they're leaning.
So it's fitting that the most intriguing NFL stories are those teams and players that are in a dramatic state of swing.
Take the Indianapolis Colts, for instance. At the end of...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 11:40 AM
Right now it's just an experienced hunch, the NFL's version of two plus two equals the return of the Chargers to Los Angeles next March in partnership with the new owner of AEG.
And with the mention now of Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest man in Los...
| Sep 24, 2012
After the first two weeks of the NFL season, we could have surmised:
The San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers were very good.
The Oakland Raiders were very bad.
The Arizona Cardinals were very lucky.
But Sunday, oh, how the West was spun....
| Sep 27, 2012
| 7:12 PM
When the Lakers collapsed in ignominy last spring, Tom Anderson decided to strip the gold-and-purple paint and banners that had made his Echo Park bungalow the city's unofficial Laker house.
"My thinking was the Lakers were doomed," Anderson said. "It...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 8:00 PM
At some point in the very near future — maybe a quarter or two into Sunday's NFL games — we're guaranteed to hear the following:
Bring back the replacement refs.
Picking apart officiating is one of the pleasures of watching sports, an...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 7:46 PM
One would think that we've learned from bitter experience not to trust a word uttered by our major professional sports leagues.
Yet here they are trying to put another howler over on us. This is their assertion that retired pro athletes — many...
| Jun 21, 2013
It was the summer when a good NBA team was bold enough to become a great one.
It was 1999, and the team was led by two stars who had carried it to three consecutive playoff appearances. But each time it had fallen short of the NBA Finals and been swept...
| Feb 2, 2013
LA JOLLA — Bob Zeman will do the same as millions Sunday. He will grab the remote, find an easy chair and turn on the Super Bowl.
"I still like the drama of the game," he says.
He won't exactly be a fan. More like an observer. He knows too much...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 5:10 PM
Peyton Manning flaps his arms, stamps his foot and plays traffic cop, sending Denver Broncos teammates this way and that. All the while, the play clock is winding down.
Manning isn't just playing quarterback. He's playing chicken with the defense,...
| Nov 25, 2012
| 8:20 PM
On a Sunday when the sprinklers accidentally went off at Sun Life Stadium, dousing the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins, playoff-minded teams all over the NFL were treated to a cold, harsh splash of reality.
The New Orleans Saints, who had clawed...