Good Bye 2014, You Were a Strange Year
December 29, 2014

In a couple of nights, we'll be saying good bye to the year 2014. But even though the countdown right now still has days and hours, rather than mere seconds, a look back reveals some things that aren't going to missed, and others that are. They say that life has its up and downs, and for every yin, there's a yang. The past 365 days or so seem to have been a good example of that...(continued)

A Cyber War? Over a Stupid Movie?
December 22, 2014

So let me get this straight. I thought I was alone in this kind of thinking but David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live seem to agree with me on this. President Barack Obama has vowed to get even with North Korea for hacking e-mails from a motion picture studio, exposing some of the executives and others as racist idiots, possibly letting a cat out of the bag as to who the next James Bond might be, and suppressing the release of a film that looked really stupid and a waste of time anyway? I wish all terrorist attacks were like this...(continued)

Dodgers Dealing Dee Definitely Disappointing
December 15, 2014

Major League Baseball held their annual Winter Meetings in San Diego last week. It's a gathering of General Managers and other executives who can talk face to face with other GMs and agents, and ultimately acquire new players. Close to 80 players actually changed teams during the meetings, but the Los Angeles Dodgers waited until the last day to do anything, and then they went nuts...(continued)

TCU Passed Over in First Football Playoff
December 8, 2014

You had to know something like this was going to happen. It kind of falls in the 'be careful what you wish for' category. Twelve people were tasked with the chore of picking the best four college football teams in the country. The fourth best would play number one in one semifinal, two would face three in the other, and the two winners would play for a national championship. Sounds easy doesn't it?...(continued)

Lots of Sports Gravy To Go With That Turkey
December 1, 2014

It's been like this for years. NFL football owns Thanksgiving Day, but college football pulls out all of the best rivalry stops for the rest of the weekend. There's some college hoop tournaments in there too, baseball even makes some off-season noise, while the NBA just waits for Christmas Day for their showcase...(continued)

Despite Plenty of Time to Plan, Ferguson Burns
November 24, 2014

If you've had CNN on with the sound down (as we do at work) at all during the last two weeks, you knew a decision was coming. The news leader made it seem like it was going to happen at any moment, and that was a dozen days ago. They showed the Ferguson, Missouri police station, they showed the fire station, they showed protesters in the streets and the mayor urging calm. Then they waited until eight o'clock at night to announce that nothing would happen to a white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager, and surprise, surprise—all hell broke loose...(continued)

ESPN Offers Over 24 Straight Hours of Hoops
November 17, 2014

You really have to be a basketball junkie for this, and an unemployed one at that. The college basketball season unofficially is underway tonight with ESPN's annual tipoff marathon. Over 24 straight hours of live men's college basketball, with a couple of pretty good women's games as a prelude—just to break the ice...(continued)

Okay, Football Can Start Now
November 10, 2014

I don't really like this time of year. Baseball is over, it gets dark way too early. My high school football broadcasting season is over and we don't do basketball until January. But this is also the time when football starts to get good. I heard it snowed in Green Bay yesterday. Too bad it stopped way before last night's game between the Packers and the Bears. The Bears didn't show up either, but at least Chico Boy Aaron Rodgers had a good game...(continued)

Giants Not that Good, but Somehow the Best
November 3, 2014

Okay Giants fans. Congratulations on your team winning the World Series. I'm not sure how they did it, but they did it. They bested the Kansas City Royals four games to three, went 12-5 during the postseason, and knocked the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Royals out of the way to earn their third ring in five years. I bow in you're general direction, even though I still don't get it...(continued)

Giants Looking More Deserving After Going Up 3-2
October 27, 2014

Whoa! You may look at that headline and think that I have turned to the dark side. That I actually want San Francisco to win. That I am looking forward to the next edition of what is turning into a biennial celebration of a ticker-tape parade, or even admitting that the Giants are a good baseball team. I promise you, none of that is going to happen, but what the Giants are doing, even I have to admit, is pretty impressive...(continued)

A Wild (Card) World Series Awaits
October 20, 2014

It's not so much that the Dodgers aren't playing for a national championship (I'm not over it, but I've almost come to terms with it). It's not even so much that the Giants are in it (I was okay with it in 2010, a little less in 2012, and can't deal with it at all now). It's that the Giants didn't even belong in the playoffs in the first place! If it wasn't for that second wild card spot, added just a couple of years ago, they would be sitting at home where they should be...(continued)

Giants Baseball: They're Not That Good
October 13, 2014

While National League baseball fans in northern California get whipped into a frenzy about another even-year championship for the San Francisco Giants, one (especially as a Dodger fan) has to constantly wonder how this team could possibly be in this position. Sure, they've got a couple maybe the best hitting catcher in the game in Buster Posey, and one of the best pitchers in the game in Madison Bumgarner, but if you think about it, that's really it...(continued)

So Much For Freeway Series. Giants-Dodgers LCS?
October 6, 2014

It was a long shot. A nice little dream. But this year, it seemed plausible. It seemed right. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim California had the best record in baseball this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles after they moved from Brooklyn have the game's best pitcher, a nice starting staff, and a pretty good lineup. I had by World Series ticket money saved up...(continued)

No Tiebreakers Necessary. Bring On the Playoffs!
September 29, 2014

It was a nice little two-day Bay Area getaway I had planned. Tuesday in Oakland to watch the American League wild card game, a night in the City, some walking around the Embarcadero and the Wharf on Wednesday, and then the National League wild card game at A T&T Park. On September 16 and 17 when I actually bought tickets to the two games, that scenario was likely, but both the A's and Giants blew it...(continued)

Several Teams Battle in Baseball's Final Week
September 22, 2014

If the Los Angeles Dodgers win half of their games in the final week of the baseball season, they will win the National League West. If they were to win two of their next three going into tonight, they could clinch the title against their closest pursuer and hated rival—the San Francisco Giants...(continued)

Yeah It's Time. Goodell's Gotta Go
September 15, 2014

After further review, the call has been reversed. Due to not only recent events involving football players and domestic violence, but because of no serious consideration to the seriousness of these and other offenses, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to resign, and he needs to do it now...(continued)

Fantasy (Sports) Can Become Misery Too
September 8, 2014

I never seem to get excited about the opening of any season other than baseball anymore, but this year was an exception. I had a really good fantasy football draft last week, which got me fired up about the NFL. But Sunday came around, my favorite NFL teams lost, and my fantasy team got clobbered. Well, at least the Dodgers won...(continued)

After Going 0-10 Last Year, Miners Open With a Win
September 1, 2014

I guess my play-by-play job is safe. At least for now. Last year was my first season broadcasting Nevada Union High School football at my main employer, KNCO. People here love their Miners, but at least last season there was a new coach, so the brunt of the blame was pushed in his direction, and not mine...(continued)

Solid Showing For Emmys on Move to Monday
August 25, 2014

They said it's the first time the Emmy Awards have been on Monday night since 1976. It was also pushed back a month so it wouldn't conflict with football. As host Seth Meyers said to open his monologue, “This year, we're doing the Emmys on a Monday night in August, which, if I understand television, means the Emmys are about to get canceled.” Fortunately the show wasn't all that bad...(continued)

Williams Blurred the Line for All of Us
August 18, 2014

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. You've probably heard that expression before, and it was probably first used to describe Albert Einstein. But even when I was a kid, thirty some-odd years ago, or however long ago it was, I always thought of that expression when I saw Robin Williams...(continued)

You've Gotta Love the Fair, Right?
August 11, 2014

I've always said, and thought, that if you've seen one fair, you've seem 'em all. For the most part, I still think that's true, but if you go to a fair, the one in Nevada County is a pretty good choice...(continued)

Gold Sox Wrap Best Season Ever
August 4, 2014

It's been customary after the last game of the season to think about the Marysville Gold Sox, and the best team they've ever had. You kind of go over it position by position, look at the highlights, and try to put things in perspective. Even though the most recent season is the freshest in your mind, it didn't take long to come to the conclusion that the 2014 Gold Sox were the best edition in franchise history...(continued)

Dodgers in First After Sweep of Giants
July 28, 2014

While San Francisco Giants fans were celebrating the acquisitions of Dan Uggla and Jake Peavy, fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the city by the bay had blue brooms with them. The Dodgers swept a three-game series, and vaulted over the Giants, and into first place in the National League West...(continued)

American League Wins Ho-Hum All-Star Game
July 21, 2014

We'll keep this short and sweet because it's late, I'm on deadline, and the game was a week ago, but let's face it, the All-Star Game was a little boring. Derek Jeter played in his final game, got the adoring ovation of the fans in Minneapolis, and even National League starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, then got a double. The American League won 5-3, and will have home-field advantage in the World Series...(continued)

Cespedes Repeats in Revamped Derby
July 14, 2014

Remember a few years ago when Josh Hamilton hit 20 home runs in an early round of Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby, but didn't win the title? That may have been what the Commissioner's office and other MLB top muckety mucks were trying to prevent tonight, but it didn't work...(continued)

Moneyball II: Let's Do the Opposite This Time
July 7, 2014

If you are going to update the story of the Oakland A's and how their general manager built a winning ball club, you might need some ugly guy to play Billy Beane this time instead of Brad Pitt. The GM that is known for trading away players once their salary becomes too much, has pulled a 180, and has acquired some salary in hopes of winning a World Series...(continued)

World Cup Soccer Has Impact Straight from the Top
June 30, 2014

On Wednesday morning, our little town radio station where I work had a big time staff meeting. On Tuesday afternoon we were told the meeting was to be at 9:30, and don't be late. I normally come in at 10, so I made sure I wouldn't forget, arrived on time, and found out the meeting was to introduce a new General Manager... (continued)

'The Big O' Makes a Visit to Marysville
June 23, 2014

If you mention World Series and Pittsburgh Pirates in the same sentence, baseball fans will likely think of one of two things. Either the 1979 'We Are Family' team with Wilver Stargell and Dave Parker and others will come to mind, or perhaps if you are a little older or are thinking on more historical terms, your brain will come up with 1960, and Bill Mazeroski's home run to beat the Yankees. There was a title in between that doesn't come to mind, and it should...(continued)

Kings Don't Need Seven To Win Cup
June 16, 2014

I went into work this morning thinking this was my last day. I even brought my own pen to sign my resignation letter. You see, the boss is a big New York Rangers fan. He even wore his Rangers blue jersey today. He was also nice enough to let me keep my job.I figured the boss was kidding, but you never know when it comes to sports. His Rangers are commemorating the 20th anniversary since their last title—the only one since 1940. The Kings, meanwhile, are hoisting the cup for the second time in three years...(continued)

Chrome Comes Up Short; Kings on Stanley's Doorstep
June 9, 2014

A couple of California Chrome's owners are from Yuba City. Not the guy who was upset after Saturday's Belmont Stakes and called Tonalist's victory “a coward's way out.” The Yuba City owners are Perry Martin and his wife Denise. Perry doesn't say much, and isn't the one who does the interviews. Still, with the Martins going for horse racing's holy grail, the town, and the area embraced them...(continued)

Kings Roll 7-7-7; On To Cup Final
June 2, 2014

I may have been a little late to jump on the hockey bandwagon this year, but it's been quite a ride, and it's still going. First, the Los Angeles Kings came from 0-3 down to beat the Sharks, then they went the seven-game distance to beat the area-rival Ducks, and now they have hung on in a seven game series to beat the Chicago Black Hawks. I have been really into the whole thing since late in the Sharks series, but I didn't realize how into it I was until last night...(continued)

Beckett Throws No-No; Ryu Almost Tops It
May 26, 2014

If you told me that a Dodger had pitched a no-hitter, and gave me five guesses to name who it was, I still wouldn't have come up with Josh Beckett. Clayton Kershaw? Obvious first guess. Not Zach Greinke or Hyun-Jin Ryu? Then it would have to be Dan Haren. No? Well, did Paul Maholm start? Did they call up Stephen Fife? It couldn't have been Beckett...(continued)

Kazmir, Kershaw, Kings, and Krazyness
May 19, 2014

They say that one of the beauties of baseball is that in any game, you may see something that you have never seen before. Who knows, it could be a triple play, or a no-hitter, or just some idiot fan running out onto the field and being tackled by a security guard. Or, in the case of Saturday night, something you would never even think about...(continued)

Should I Be Watching the Clippers?
May 12, 2014

A California team, and more specifically a southern California team, is a contender for a major championship, and I haven't been watching. The Los Angeles Clippers are two wins away from the Western Conference Finals, which is the NBA version of the Final Four. They've been lousy for years, and now they are on the precipice of basketball glory for the first time in franchise history! I also don't really care, but maybe I should...(continued)

Getting A Case of Hockey Fever
May 5, 2014

This is prime time for a baseball fan. The season is underway, school is almost out, batting averages aren't quite going up and down a hundred points with each swing anymore, and the team with the best record in the game doesn't change everyday. The Dodgers, in particular, are fascinating. The bullpen is horrible, and the starters keep getting hurt, but Dee Gordon gets five hits. Yasiel Puig raises his average 60 points in about a week, but then crashes into a wall. The Brewers are good, the Cardinals are struggling. The Braves were hot, but now they've crashed. With all of this going on, why all of a sudden am I watching hockey?...(continued)

He Didn't Really Say That, Did He?
April 28, 2014

Why didn't this happen 25 years ago? The Los Angeles Clippers had been the laughing stock of the National Basketball Association for almost a quarter of a century, but yet the team's owner, Donald Sterling, was allowed to run the franchise. He nearly ran it into the ground, some say on purpose. He always seemed to be involved in some sort of lawsuit or mess, either with firing coaches or general managers, or just refusing to put money into the team. Now, he has allegedly made racially sensitive remarks, and to his half-black, half-Mexican girlfriend of all people...(continued)

Three Weeks In, Replay Rule Should Be Overturned
April 21, 2014

Before the start of the baseball season, you heard it from everyone. Fans, players, coaches, radio and TV know-it-alls, and even umpires. The new instant replay rule will be a great thing for baseball. “Every other sport has replay”, they said. “Baseball is finally catching up with technology”, they said. “It's about getting the call right”, they said. Three weeks into the season, and it seems the new rule has created more problems than it has solved...(continued)

An Evening With Arlo
April 14, 2014

For the most part, Thursday was a lousy day. It started when I was running late to work, and had to stop and put air in one of my tires. It has a slow leak, I found out, and have to get it fixed. Then, shortly after I got to work, my computer got a virus, and is toast. Every story I had written and saved since I began working there, gone. I had a year's worth of data on gas prices, and my list of phone numbers. They're all gone too. I'm working at another desk with a computer that's slower than a TRS-80 loading programs from cassette tape...(continued)

Huskies Win Wacky Tourney
April 7, 2014

It wasn't exactly NC State-Houston, or Villanova-Georgetown. It wasn't even Duke-Butler, where you knew Duke was going to win, but all of a sudden Gordon Hayward almost makes that half-court shot at the buzzer. In fact, tonight's NCAA championship basketball game had very little drama at all. The tournament itself, though, was a completely different story...(continued)

You Don't Have To Be Back East To Love Opening Day
March 31, 2014

If you watch those Opening Day montages on television, they always show Wrigley Field or Fenway Park covered in snow. A fan in Detroit or Minneapolis bundled up, or the streets of Manhattan with people freezing their parkas off. It was a bad winter in the Northeast, no doubt about it, but on March 31 in Grass Valley, California at 6pm, it was snowing...(continued)

A Very Pleasant G' Day To You (Wherever You May Be)
March 24, 2014

It's one o'clock on Saturday morning California time, and I power up my computer, anxiously awaiting the official start of the baseball season. After several clicks, I've connected to the Dodger pregame show and the familiar tones of Charley Steiner and Rick Monday. It turns out the game isn't going to start until almost two, which is fine. But just before the first pitch, much to my surprise and delight, I heard Steiner say, “and now for the play by play, here's Vin Scully.”...(continued)

Wake Me Up. The Madness Is About to Start!
March 17, 2014

My college basketball watching has been way down this year. I saw a little of the holiday tournaments, the Pac-12 opener, and a Gonzaga game if I recall, but not much else. There's the job, of course, then the Australian Open, the Winter Olympics, my mom getting hurt, and spring training. I did get done with my fantasy baseball draft in time to see the selection show, though. Still haven't filled out the brackets, yet, but I think I will catch the Spring Fever by Thursday...(continued)

50-Day Ordeal Over. Mom Is Back Home
March 10, 2014

As an offspring, it's one of your biggest fears. In Grass Valley where I work, there's even a non-profit organization to try to educate against them, or at least how to avoid them. You just have to hope that if it does happen, it's not that serious. Fortunately that was the case for my mother. She fell...(continued)

Oscar Entertains Despite Few Surprises
March 3, 2014

It was a nice run, but I snapped a streak. For the last five years, I had seen the movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture before it was presented with a statuette. I think in all five of those years, I saw the movie the night before, or at least the weekend of, the Oscars. I blew it this year. 12 Years A Slave was in theaters during the week, but it was gone on Friday. I did go see American Hustle Saturday, but with no Oscar wins, I was shut out this year. I didn't even see Frozen...(continued)

Top Ten Sochi Moments
February 24, 2014

I've done it. All the hard work and training has paid off. You have no idea how many hours I have spent on the couch getting ready for this. I admit it wasn't a medal winning performance, but I endured, and that's what it's all about. I didn't look at my time, I don't exactly know the score, but I think I got in about 100 hours of coverage of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games...(continued)

Good Games Despite Underachieving Americans
February 17, 2014

The 22nd Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia are half over. Shaun White didn't win the halfpipe, Shani Davis didn't win the 1500 meters, Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso didn't win the downhill, and Lindsey Jacobellis had no one between her and gold and fell. Again. It's not exactly the stuff they put on Wheaties boxes, but it is the stuff that makes sports so compelling and entertaining...(continued)

Ladies and Gentlemen. The Beatles!
February 10, 2014

It was fifty years ago today (Sunday). That they came to the U.S. to play. I was only a week-old child. But they drove all of America wild. When they were introduced to you. On the Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles: John, Paul, George, and Ringo...(continued)

A Groundhog Day Worth Remembering
February 3, 2014

Poor Phil Connors. The guy spent purgatory in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The Bill Murray character in Groundhog Day had to relive the same day over and over and over again. Let's face it, it could have been worse, like Palmdale or something. He also was stuck in that little borough's busiest day of the year. As Murray's character stated, “on February second, the eyes of the nation turn to this tiny hamlet in western Pennsylvania to see a master at work. The master? Punxsutawney Phil, the world's greatest weather man. The ground hog.” I got to see it for myself. I can think of worse places to spend the same day...(continued)

No Football? No Problem.
January 27, 2014

Twas the week before the Super Bowl, and no football in the house, but no Richard Sherman, either, that loud-mouthed louse. There was this tense feeling out there, no football in the air, but with tennis, the Grammys, and hockey, why should I care?...(continued)

East Coast Super Bowl Has West Coast Flavor
January 20, 2013

Growing up a Dodger fan, it's easy to remember Vin Scully during those Farmer John commercials, saying “the eastern most in quality, and the western most in flavor.” He was talking about bacon, ham, sausage, and luncheon meat, but for years, maybe he's been previewing Super Bowl XLVIII (48). The quality is yet to be determined, but the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos certainly have the flavor...(continued)

Football + Globes = Weird Sunday
January 13, 2014

It's not the normal Sunday. Two very meaningful football games followed by the red carpet and an awards show. Despite Amy Poehler welcoming women and gay men at home watching, straight guys watch the Golden Globe Awards, too, and not just to see how low-cut Amy Adams' gown was. I'm not the only male out there who likes sports and movies, but the thing was both events on Sunday were just ehhhh...(continued)

NFL, BCS Make Fantastic Football Weekend
January 6, 2014

Maybe its not the most exciting thing in the world, but I was looking forward to spending the first weekend of 2014 at home, doing some cleaning, and watching some football. The cleaning part certainly wasn't exciting, but with the news of cold weather and snow back east, I figured the football would be pretty fun. I was right, except for the snow...(continued)

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