Nevada Union Gets First League Win in Seven Years
October 21, 2019

I seem to recall that when I was in high school, our football team only won one league game during the four years I was there. I don't have immediate access to the facts to back it up, but I do know the league win was over our hated rival, which was cause for great celebration. That's nothing, though, compared to what Nevada Union High School has gone through...(continued)

Dodgers Done In By Nats In Five Games
October 14, 2019

Welcome to Press Your Luck. The game show where you manage the Los Angeles Dodgers and see how long you can leave your pitchers in the game without giving up home runs. Tonight's contestant is Dave Roberts. Roberts will be presented with different pitchers in different scenarios during the decisive Game Five of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals, and we'll see how long he leaves those pitchers in the game before they give up homers. Ready to play? Okay. Here we go... (continued)

Nats Take Dodgers To All-Hands-On-Deck Game Five
October 7, 2019

How about this idea for Major League Baseball's post season? Instead of having the team with the best record in each league play the wild card winner, the team with the best record gets to choose which team they play in the first round. In the American League, Houston would probably still choose to play Tampa Bay, but in the NL, you have to think the Dodgers would pass on playing the Washington Nationals...(continued)

TBS Blows Baseball's Final Day, MLB Playoffs Set
September 30, 2019

There will be no tiebreaker games this year, but for those who were interested to watch how the final day of the regular season would play out, television viewers were vastly disappointed. There were only two games that mattered on Sunday, but TBS, which has exclusive national rights on the final day, didn't show either of them...(continued)

Baseball's Final Week Not Without Some Drama
September 23, 2019

Just a week ago, there was a column on Major League Baseball's website about how a six-way tie for the National League's two wild card spots could be broken. It was an admitted long shot at the time, but with just a handful of days remaining in the regular season now, it's officially not going to happen. Things, as they almost always do, have a way of sorting themselves out...(continued)

Miner Magic Returns In 73-0 Road Win
September 16, 2019

Nevada Union is a legendary football school. That is, if you are familiar with the area and old enough to remember. The high school in tiny Grass Valley used to win section championships in the 1980s and 90s, and were even quite formidable in the early 2000s. But even in those days when they were clashing with behemoths fron Sacramento and beyond, never did they win 73-0...(continued)

Let's Hear It (Boo!) For Antonio Brown
September 9, 2019

Arrrgh! It's one of the worst things about professional sports today, and it seems to happen a lot. A mega-talented player throws a tantrum, has no respect toward his teammates, coaches, or fans, acts like an imbecile, demands to be traded, and then profits from it. You shouldn't teach your kids to be like that, unless, of course, he or she can make millions of dollars by acting like a total jerk (feel free to add stronger word here)...(continued)

Dodgers Nearing Clinch, But Pitching Shaky
September 2, 2019

Chicken Little may not be screaming just yet, but he's warming up in the bull pen. Just yesterday morning, it looked like the sky might be falling for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but then they pulled a couple of wins out a hat. Yesterday (Sunday), they avoided a four-game sweep in Arizona by the Diamondbacks, and tonight they won in a rout over Colorado 16-9, but some glaring weaknesses have come out....(continued)

Yankees Return to Dodger Stadium, and So Do I
August 26, 2019

PALMDALE- Clayton Kershaw on the hill. Dodgers and Yankees during the regular season. Deciding game of a three game series. This seems like a game to see in person. Especially if you used to go to Dodger Stadium all the time, but hadn't been in a few years. It might cost a few extra bucks, but as they used to say in the TV commercials, I'm worth it...(continued)

Six More Weeks of Baseball, and Tons of Home Runs
August 19, 2019

It wasn't in the papers because it only happened for a couple of hours, but if the Dodgers management stops messing around, it will happen again soon enough. For a short time on Friday, LA's lead in the Western Division of the National League reached 20 games...(continued)

Pictures At An Exhibition: The Nevada County Fair
August 12, 2019

The theme this year for the Nevada County Fair in Grass Valley, California was 'Farms, Food, and Fun'. When I was a kid going to the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster, California, as far as I was concerned, the theme was 'If You've Seen One Fair, You've Seen Them All'...(continued)

Dodgers Don't Do Diddly at Deadline
August 5, 2019

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been to the World Series the last two years. They have the best record in baseball. Fans of the boys in blue should be sitting on Cloud Nine. The view is pretty nice, but looking down, one can't help but notice potential problems...(continued)

Do More Playoff Contenders Make For More Trades?
July 29, 2019

Just a few weeks ago, it was a forgone conclusion that the San Francisco Giants would trade pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray would be on their way out of Arizona, too, and the Washington Nationals would be dangling closer Sean Doolittle for prospects. Baseball's only trade deadline of the year is Wednesday, but now these teams are back in the race again, and may decide to hang on to their better players...(continued)

This Loss Really Hurts
July 22, 2019

As a friend wrote on her Facebook page, the world got a little dimmer this weekend. Kelly Keigwin passed away on Friday, just over a week shy of her 52nd birthday. She impacted all she knew, and in a positive way. A caring person, who fought for what she believed in, and the closest thing to a sister I would ever have....(continued)

Stars Align and Shine For Angels Tribute
July 15, 2019

Sometimes you just have to shake your head in wonder and amazement. Not at the incredible highlights that sports can provide sometimes, but at the way human beings can behave sometimes. Not because of a throw, or catch, or hit, but from situations that life deals them, even the tragic and unfair loss of a 27 year-old kid that was a good person, and did nothing wrong...(continued)

Ridgecrest Was The Big One, Right? Let's Hope So
July 8, 2019

PALMDALE—All my life I've been hearing about 'The Big One'. If you grew up in California, specifically southern California, or more specifically the Antelope Valley, you have too. In 1971, we were told Sylmar wasn't the Big One. The 1989 Loma Prieta quake in the Bay Area wasn't it either, even though bridges pancaked and the World Series was stopped. When Northridge came in 1994, we were told there were bigger quakes to come. How big does the Big One have to be anyway?...(continued)

Brits Host Yanks, Redcoats Welcome Red Sox
July 1, 2019

Blimey! Many of those English across the pond were likely saying that after perhaps witnessing that weird American sport called baseball for the first time. The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox just completed a two-game series in London—although even experts of the game would have a hard time explaining what happened...(continued)

The 'Great Race' Rolls Through Grass Valley
June 24, 2019

In 1965, there was a movie starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Natalie Wood. It was about a 1908 road rally from New York to Paris. In 1983, a group of vintage car lovers took that idea and turned it into what has become an annual event. The movie, and the annual event that followed, is called the Great Race...(continued)

Two In One Day: Giants, A's Sweep Hometown DH
June 17, 2019

It can now be crossed off the bucket list. Admittedly, it wasn't at the top of the bucket list, and such bucket list doesn't really exist, at least not in written form. It was still cool, though to attend two major league baseball games in one day, separated only by a few hours, and a mile or so of bay water...(continued)

Warriors Still Breathing; Hockey Final Goes Seven
June 10, 2019

Fans of the Golden State Warriors got two wishes granted tonight, although one of them may not have gone the way they had hoped. Kevin Durant returned from a calf injury, but lasted just more than a quarter before getting injured again. He left the game and didn't return, but the Warriors won, meaning they are still alive in the NBA Finals...(continued)

Dodgers (41-19) Best In Baseball Rolling Into June
June 3, 2019

Sixty games is a little more than a third of a major league season. While there are still over hundred games remaining after getting to the 60-game mark, it's a benchmark to tell you it's not early anymore. Baseball folks will tell you that Memorial Day is the first real measuring stick. A week beyond that, the Los Angeles Dodgers are doing more than just measuring up...(continued)

My First Favorite Player: Bill Buckner Dies at 69
May 27, 2019

It's a sad legacy, and one that he had a hard time dealing with for almost two decades of his adult life. Still, to this day, if someone says the name Bill Buckner, most baseball fans (if they are old enough) will immediately hear Vin Scully's voice in their head... “A little dribbler up along first. Behind the bag. It gets through Buckner! Here comes [Ray] Knight and the Mets win it!”...(continued)

My Mother, Carole Flynn (1926-2019)
January 14, 2019

I'm an orphan. At least I had the privilege of not be parentless for almost 55 years, but not having Mom or Dad around still really hurts. My mother passed away this past week at the age of 92, but did have a long, mostly healthy, life...(continued)

Clemson, Philly, Bohemian Rhapsody All Pull Upsets
January 7, 2019

This wasn't a good weekend to be a favorite. Three of the four home teams lost in the NFL playoffs, the University of Alabama just got clobbered by Clemson 44-16 in the college football national championship game, and Bohemian Rhapsody beat out A Star is Born for Best Picture at the Golden Globes. Considering that it rained all weekend in northern California, at least we had some good TV to watch while staying inside...(continued)

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