Results tagged “Jimmy Bramlett”

Kings Setting Records and Winning Angelenos Over

What the Kings are doing in this postseason is nothing short of amazing. Not only are they setting records, but they are also winning a portion of the hearts of Angelenos echoing the 1993 team.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Play Their Game Plan, Still Lose Game 2

Photo by =Manny= via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Oklahoma City Thunder defeat LA Lakers 77-75. The Lakers played the game they needed to play. They slowed the tempo, turned the Thunder into a jump-shot team and limited the transition buckets. Despite all of that, the Lakers still lost. With just over two minutes left in regulation, an Andrew Bynum turnaround bucket in the paint gave the Lakers the 75-68 forcing the...

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Billingsley?

How do you solve a pitcher like Chad Billingsley? The lack of consistency is enough to make managers go mad. We can file the Dodgers' 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks as maddening.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Take A Licking, Keep on Ticking

Stick a fork in them, the Coyotes are done. Granted the Kings only have a 2-0 series lead thanks to Jeff Carter's hat trick. But the clawing desperation shown by the Coyotes and their cheap hits in the latter stages of the Kings' victory was an indication that this was over.

With Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe Scratched, Dodgers Need To Figure Out Ways to Win

A day after I started wondering whether the Dodgers can be considered great this early in the season, circumstances will require for them to be great just to make it through a considerable stretch of games. A hint of what games will have to look like came in the Dodgers 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Immobilized by Thunder

Photo by =Manny= via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Oklahoma City Thunder defeat LA Lakers 119-90. With the exception of the diehard myopic Lakers' fans, no one expected a Laker victory in this game just two days after an emotional Game 7 win. But no one expected all the ugliness that bared its teeth in Oklahoma City. The halftime score didn't look too bad with the Lakers trailing 59-44. Andrew Bynum had...

Are the Dodgers a Great Team?

Entering Sunday's matinee the Dodgers had a Major League-best 22-11 record. There has been a healthy dose of skepticism concerning the team given the level of competition they have faced and the overachieving performances. However the Dodgers 11-5 win over the Colorado Rockies showed they have something a little more.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Tame Coyotes in Game 1 Victory

LA Kings defeat Phoenix Coyotes 4-2. One week off didn't matter to the Kings as they continued where they left off winning Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. They went into Glendale, Ariz. and thoroughly dominated the Coyotes in all three zones becoming just the fifth team in NHL history to win their first six games in the playoffs.

Harang and the Dodgers on the Winning End of a Pitching Duel

"It's been one of the things we've tried to hang our hat on: pitching and defense," Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly told reporters after the game. The Dodgers did just that edging the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in a pitchers' duel.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Get Past Denver in Game 7

LA Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 96-87. What a difference a Game 7 makes. While Andrew Bynum had to eat his words about close out games sometimes being easy the last two games, the entire Laker squad showed up to finally advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Dodgers Lefty Beats the Rockies Lefty

"Honestly it's amazing," Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly on Colorado Rockies' aged starter Jamie Moyer comeback. Unfortunately for the crafty lefty and the Rockies, Mattingley's team disregarded that sentiment punishing him for five runs helping lift their own crafty lefty Chris Capuano to a 7-3 victory.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Lose Game 6

Photo by Paul!!! via Flickr Memphis Grizzlies defeat LA Clippers 90-88 LA Dodgers defeat Colorado Rockies 7-3 Texas Rangers defeat LA Angels 10-3 TONIGHT'S ACTION Denver Nuggets at LA Lakers. 7:30 p.m. TNT, FSWest, AM 710 KSPN. LA Angels at Texas Rangers. 10:05 a.m. FOX, AM 830 KLAA. Colorado Rockies at LA Dodgers. 6:10 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC. LA Galaxy at Montreal Impact. 1:00 p.m. KDOC, AM 1150 KTLK....

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Ill At Ease as Denver Forces a Game 7

Photo by =Manny= via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Denver Nuggets defeat LA Lakers 113-96. Kobe Bryant spent the day with "gastroenteritis." In normal terms, Kobe was puking his guts out all day. It seemed oddly reminiscent of Game 2 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals against the Sacramento Kings when he scored 22 points in a 96-90 loss. The way this Game 6 started, one would have thought the entire Lakers'...

Van Slyke's Debut Spices Up a Sluggish Dodgers-Giants Game

It's funny how the Major League's third oldest ballpark celebrating its 50th birthday throughout the season has been the setting of the wave of the future. First there were the Major League debuts of the Washington Nationals Bryce Harper and Tyler Moore. Then last Wednesday there was much hoped announcement of the Guggenheim ownership era. On this Wednesday night came the debut of Scott Van Slyke for the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants.

LAst Night's Action: Angels Win Another Series Against Minnesota

Photo by cindyvazquez-zavala via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr. LA Angels defeat Minnesota Twins 6-2. Who knew the Angels had 14 hits in them? And who knew the Angels could get all 14 hits in one game? But they did just that winning this series. Angels' starter Ervin Santana went 7 1/3 innings giving up the two runs in his first win of the season. Jordan Walden walked one batter in the...

Dodgers Bunts Help Giants to 2-1 Victory

Back in the late 1960's and the 1970's, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver was hesitant using sacrifice bunts saying, "Your most precious possessions on offense are your 27 outs." In 2012, Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly eschewed that maxim using the sacrifice bunt in the seventh and eighth innings to squash rallies allowing the San Francisco Giants to win the game 2-1.

LAst Night's Action: It Wasn't So Easy for the Lakers

Photo by =Manny= via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Denver Nuggets defeat LA Lakers 102-99. Andrew Bynum before the game said, "Close-out games are actually kind of easy." Easy enough for Bynum since he all but disappeared getting outplayed by JaVale McGee. McGee had 21 points and 14 rebounds while Bynum had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Kobe Bryant did all he could with 43 points, but a last second three just...

Dodgers Are 1-0 At Home Under New Ownership

Monday was a day of change and optimism for the Dodgers. While the game wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, the Dodgers celebrated the winds of change with a 9-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Take 3-1 Series Lead to Memphis

Photo by Paul!!! via Flickr LA Clippers defeat Memphis Grizzlies 101-97 (OT). Blake Griffin led all scorers with 30 points and fouled out in overtime to help lead the Clippers to a 3-1 series victory over the Grizzlies. Caron Butler, broken left hand and all, scored 14 points while Chris Paul added 27. Of course, no one at Dodger Stadium seemed to care about the proceedings. LA Angels defeat Minnesota Twins 8-3. So Jered...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Pull Out a Win in Denver

Photo by =Manny= via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr LA Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 92-88. The game was tied at 86-86 with a minute left. Three pointers by Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake sank the Nuggets in their hopes of tying the series. Not even a Danilo Gallinari flop could slow the Lakers down. Kobe Bryant had 22 points, Andrew Bynum had 19 points while Blake had 10 and Jordan Hill had...

Fans Go Crazy As Kings Sweep St. Louis

A sign on the glass during warmups summed up what Kings fans were feeling: "Finish This." For the first time since 1993 and for only the second time in franchise history, the Kings are in the Conference Finals.

Kings Ain't Got No Blues, One Win Away from Sweep

Kings' fans aren't used to this. The Kings have been to the Conference Finals only once. And as the Kings were putting the finishing touches on their 4-2 win against the St. Louis Blues to give them a 3-0 series lead, the inevitable chants started up: "Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!"

LAst Night's Action: Angels Woes Return

Photo by cindyvazquez-zavala via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr. Toronto Blue Jays defeat LA Angels 5-0. It seems the Angels have a hard time beating teams with a winning record. Fresh off their sweep of the lowly Twins and Jered Weaver's no-hitter, the Angels mustered only three hits as Blue Jays' starter Brandon Morrow tossed a complete game shutout. Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 and now has a batting average of .202. LA...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Beat Nuggets, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Photo by =Manny= via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr LA Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 104-100. Unsurprisingly the Lakers took Game 2 of this series for a 2-0 series lead as they head for two in Denver. LA Dodgers defeat Colorado Rockies 7-6. It's was a Coors Field Classic. The Dodgers take a 7-0 lead. The Rockies come back. But Javy Guerra made sure they would remain one run short giving up one...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Explode for Four in First Period, Take 2-0 Series Lead

LA Kings defeat St. Louis Blues 5-2. For a series that everyone predicted would be a low scoring hard hitting affair, only half of the assumptions have rung true. But despite the Kings exploding all over the Blues in the first period, there were more sighs of relief than pure joy.

The Frank McCourt Era of the Dodgers Is Over!

The Dodgers officially announced the $2 billion sale to Guggenheim Baseball Management on Tuesday.

Dodgers Cap a Sunday Afternoon with a Sweep of the Nationals

It was a nearly perfect lazy Sunday afternoon at the Ravine: 74 degrees, a slight haze to temper the glaring sun. Despite some other sort of sporting event taking place in town concurrently, 48,753 came out to watch the Dodgers sweep the Washington Nationals 2-0 in yet another pitchers' duel.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Epic Playoff Comeback

LA Clippers defeat Memphis Grizzlies 99-98. Did anyone let the Clippers know that they were in the playoffs? The last time we saw this team in the playoffs, we saw them lose by 20 points in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs to the Phoenix Suns in 2006.

Kemp Walks Away with the Headlines

When the Nationals had a rain out in Miami last Sunday that set their pitching rotation back a day, it seemed like a disappointment for baseball fans losing the would-be Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg duel Friday night. To compensate the baseball gods decided to bestow upon Los Angeles the Major League debut of the Nationals' wunderkind outfielder Bryce Harper.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Take 1-0 Series Lead In St. Louis

LA Kings defeat St. Louis Blues 3-1. Matt Greene scored his first playoff goal which just happened to be a shortie. Dustin Penner added an empty netter to ice the game. The Kings win a postseason game against the Blues for the first time in their ninth try.

Dodgers Ride Kershaw, Kemp and Ethier to Victory Over Nationals

A couple of months ago, an imagining of the top two National League teams would have probably entailed the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers or Arizona Diamondbacks. But the Washington Nationals and the Dodgers? That's just plain silly talk.

LAst Night's Action: Yet Another Angels Loss

Cleveland Indians defeat LA Angels 3-2. Prior to the game, Manager Mike Scioscia named Scott Downs as the new closer replacing Jordan Walden. Too bad it didn't matter in this game. After Jered Weaver tossed six innings of shutout ball staked to a 2-0 lead, Hisanori Takahashi was charged with the tying runs. The bullpen held strong until rookie David Carpenter gave up the winning run on Asdrubal Cabrera's single. Of note was Cabrera's bat flip after hitting the game winner.

Dodgers 4-2 Loss to Atlanta Leaves Guerra Sore

The Dodgers might have dodged the incoming storm, but they couldn't escape the clouds of discontent from up high in their 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the rubber game of the series.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Can't Down Knicks in Season Finale

Photo by Paul!!! via Flickr New York Knicks defeat LA Clippers 99-93. If the Clippers won this final game of the season, they would have clinched the four-seed and home court advantage in the playoffs. Instead they will have to hope that Memphis loses at home to the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic on Thursday. Chris Paul dressed for the Clippers, but suffering a strained left groin no matter how mild it was he did...

The Best Laid Plans for the Dodgers Go Awry

One of Vin Scully's favorite aphorisms to quote during games originally comes from a Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse" written in 1785: "The best laid plans of mice and men..." The Dodgers 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night best illustrated this.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Fumble Gives Lakers Pacific Division

Atlanta Hawks defeat LA Clippers 109-102. It's a good day in Laker Land. First they learned they will be without Ron Artest for only seven games for his elbow to James Harden on Sunday afternoon. Then the Clippers decided to choke losing in Atlanta allowing the Lakers to clinch the third seed in the Western Conference. The Clippers head to Madison Square Garden for a Wednesday night matchup which if they win will clinch the fourth seed.

Bottom's Up for the Dodgers

So the Dodgers lost in Houston 12-0 Sunday afternoon. Big whoop. They dusted off their shoulders, hopped on a plane to Los Angeles and came back to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on the backs of their 6-7-8 hitters.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Break Through to Second Round

LA Kings defeat Vancouver Canucks 2-1 (OT). After losing the last two regular season games to the San Jose Sharks by choking two-goal leads in the third period, there didn't seem to be much hope for this team. It seemed as if the fire went out as soon as they clinched a playoff berth despite having the chance of being the 3-seed. And that's almost never a good omen for a playoff bound team. But after storming out of the gate winning the first two games in Vancouver, anything could happen.

LAst Night's Action: No Revenge for the Lakers against the Spurs

San Antonio Spurs defeat LA Lakers 121-97. No defense, no win. In Kobe Bryant's return after sitting out seven games with a shin injury, the Lakers supposedly bolstered defense was a sieve to the Spurs. Bryant had 18 points in his return while Andrew Bynum had 17 points and only two rebounds. In fact the Spurs out-rebounded the Lakers 42-29.

LAst Night's Action: Kemp's Blast Prevents Sweep in Milwaukee

LA Dodgers defeat Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. After losing the first two games of the series by one run (in walkoff fashion no less), it was inevitable the Dodgers would win this game since the Dodgers had never been swept by the Brewers. Thanks to a Matt Kemp's power, the Dodgers could rest a bit easier as they head to Houston.

Kings Can't Finish off Vancouver

The Kings hadn't been in this position in nearly a decade when they faced a Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche in the Mile High City on April 29, 2002, a 4-0 loss. Hit the fast-forward button, the Kings still couldn't find the finishing touch in their 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Hosed in Milwaukee

Top Deck of Dodger Stadium. (LAist/Jimmy Bramlett) Milwaukee Brewers defeat LA Dodgers 3-2 (10 innings). Oakland Athletics defeat LA Angels 6-0. LA Lakers defeat Golden State Warriors 99-87. LA Clippers defeat Denver Nuggets 104-98. Vancouver Canucks defeat LA Kings 3-1. TONIGHT'S ACTION LA Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers. 10:10 a.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC. Oakland Athletics at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA. LA Clippers at Phoenix Suns. 7:30 p.m. TNT,...

LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Rally But Lose in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Brewers defeat LA Dodgers 5-4. The game really did look over when Andre Ethier hit the two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to give the Dodgers the 4-3 lead. It still looked over when Dodgers' closer Javy Guerra had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, that triple play on Sunday still within sight through the rear view mirror.

LAst Night's Action: Kendrys Big Bang Lifts the Angels

LA Angels defeat Oakland Athletics 6-0. With the Angels returning home a bit battered and bruised with a 3-6 record, they needed something to lift some spirits. Enter Kendrys Morales.

Triple Play Caps Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium

On a day when the Dodgers celebrated the most historic moment in both franchise and Major League history, the Dodgers pull a historic if not awkward triple play in their 5-4 walkoff victory against the San Diego Padres.

Kings Shutout Vancouver to take 3-0 Series Lead

History abounded in Los Angeles on Sunday. After the Dodgers got their first triple play in 14 years, the Kings took a commanding 3-0 playoff series lead for the first time in franchise history with their 1-0 shutout over the Vancouver Canucks.

LAst Night's Action: Kobe-less Lakers Need OT for Dallas

Photo by =Manny= via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr LA Lakers defeat Dallas Mavericks 112-108 (OT). LA Kings defeat Vancouver Canucks 1-0. New York Yankees defeat LA Angels 11-5. LA Dodgers defeat San Diego Padres 5-4. TONIGHT'S ACTION Oakland Athletics at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA. Oklahoma City Thunder at LA Clippers. 7:30 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB....

Kings Maintain Focus Before Game 3

While a lot of people are shocked and pleased that the Kings have a 2-0 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks with the series headed back to Los Angeles, none of the players are feeling comfortable.

Matt Kemp Continues Powering the Dodgers

Matt Kemp has shown no signs of slowing down from his terrific 2011 season when he hit .324 with 39 homers and 126 RBI. Armed with a .417 batting average coming into Saturday's game, he powered the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory.

LAst Night's Action: Angels Get One in the Bronx

LA Angels defeat New York Yankees 7-1. The Angels jumped on Yankees' starter Phil Hughes, Chris Ianetta opening the scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning. Albert Pujols hit an RBI double in the third inning, and Howie Kendrick hit a three-run bomb in the fourth that ran Hughes out of the game.

Dodgers Put on a Happy Face Against the San Diego Padres

From the drama in bankruptcy court to the weather to the game itself, the doom and gloom of Friday the 13th threatened the Dodgers. But in the end, the Dodgers said, "Bye Bye Birdie," en route to their 9-8 walk-off win against the San Diego Padres.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Take 2-0 Series Lead over Vancouver

LA Kings defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-2. I don't know what to say. I understood why the Kings won Game 1 with the Canucks all but being no-shows. But Game 2?

Surprises Abound in the Kings Victory in Vancouver

There is a list of things that were shocking about the Kings’ domination of the Vancouver Canucks in their 4-2 Game 1 victory, perhaps none more than the fact the Kings actually won.

Dodgers Sweep Pirates, Riding on Easy Street?

I wonder if along with the $2.15 billion spent on the Dodgers, the Guggenheim Group also greased the palms of MLB to get such a favorable schedule to start the season. With the 3-2 victory and the series sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates and taking two of three in San Diego to start the season, the Dodgers now have a 6-1 record and welcome the San Diego Padres for a weekend series.

LAst Night's Action: Angels Bullpen Chokes Again

Minnesota Twins defeat LA Angels 10-9. The Angels' offense has rounded into shape in Minnesota scoring 29 runs in the three-game series. This despite the fact that Albert Pujols is only batting .217. Nope, it's the bullpen that's the bugaboo for the Angels.

Dodgers Timely Hitting Defeats Pirates 4-1

Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw was given his physical Cy Young Award in a pregame ceremony that must have sparked not only the Dodgers’ pitching but also their bats in their 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Outplay Canucks in Vancouver

LA Kings defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-2. It’s not a playoff series until the home team loses. Well it’s officially a series. Dustin Penner - yes, that Dustin Penner - scored the winning goal with just over three minutes remaining in regulation while Dustin Brown bagged the empty-netter to ice the game. Mike Richards and Willie Mitchell also scored power-play goals.

Something Missing at Dodgers Home Opener

There was much to celebrate at Dodger Stadium for the home opener, but it wasn’t the same. On the 50th anniversary to the day the first game was played (a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds), the Dodgers known for squeezing the nostalgia out of a boulder did just that as they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1. But something was missing as the sun shone down on the verdant grass of Dodger Stadium. With the exception of the 1977 Masters, today marked the only other time since 1950 that Vin Scully did not call a Dodger home opener whether it be in Brooklyn or Los Angeles.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Choke Again Against Sharks, Face Vancouver in Playoffs

San Jose Sharks defeat LA Kings 3-2 (OT). It’s April, so the Kings can’t hold a lead against the San Jose Sharks. Even a 2-0 lead after two periods. As the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Kings will face the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs.

LAst Night's Action: Angel Shutout Royals on Opening Night

LA Angels defeat Kansas City Royals 5-0. They added Albert Pujols to the lineup, got a healthy Kendrys Morales back, yet the Angels’ offense seemed awfully reminiscent of the anemic 2011 version. Thankfully they had their ace Jered Weaver to keep things rolling dueling with Royals’ starter Bruce Chen matching zeroes for six innings.

Kings Make the Playoffs, Then Lose to the Sharks in a Shootout

When the schedule came out, everybody circled the final home-and-home series against the San Jose Sharks knowing those two games would dictate a lot about playoff seedings and perhaps even division titles. Well look at what we had coming into Thursday night: the Pacific Division still undecided, the final playoff spots still in the air and a fight to the finish between the Kings and the Sharks.

LAst Night's Action: Stayin' Alive - Kings Edition

LA Kings defeat Calgary Flames 3-0. For a team who were really on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, one would think Calgary would have played with a sense of urgency. Even trailing 2-0 with five minutes left, one would think Calgary would get some good offensive rushes going. But no.

Please Let The Door Hit Your Ass on the Way Out McCourt

It sounds like it is a done deal. On my 33rd birthday, Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson have dropped $2 billion to buy the Dodgers. According to the Wall Street Journal, this record breaking price for a sports franchise does include the parking lots. So let’s cue the music and put on our dancing shoes:

Dodgers New Owners Already Messed Up

Let's read from the press release that announced the Dodgers being sold for $2 billion:

Mr. McCourt and certain affiliates of the purchasers will also be forming a joint venture, which will acquire the Chavez Ravine property for an additional $150 million.

A Boston Brawl in Los Angeles

There is no getting away from the beating the Kings endured against the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins Saturday evening. The Kings looked like a battered bunch in the dressing room after the game. Although the final second empty netter goal by Brad Marchand made the game look more lopsided than it was at 4-2, if anything the fact the Kings never let the game got out of hand was a good sign despite the loss.

Quick Holds, Vaults Kings to First Place in Pacific Division

Of course it would come down to a battle between the NHL’s top goaltenders. St. Louis Blues’ Brian Elliott and the Kings’ Jonathan Quick did not blink once throughout regulation and overtime. It was two five-hole goals by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in the shootout that lifted the Kings to first place in the Pacific Division with eight games remaining in the regular season.

"The Time Is Now" for the Kings

“The time is now.” These are four words that strike hollow, the obviousness of the sentence resounding with a loud Duh. Of course the time is now, the talent the Kings assembled during the offseason makes it conference finals or bust. Despite using this as a season-long marketing slogan, the Kings seemingly have forgotten this for long stretches this season playing some lifeless hockey.

NBA Is Getting Ugly in Los Angeles

Watching the Lakers and the Clippers play on Sunday confirmed everything TNT’s Charles Barkley bemoaned last month. On February 1, Barkley publicly apologized to NBA fans for the quality of the games. I brushed it aside noting how with Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups, the Clippers added instant credibility with the quality of their play bringing some liveliness to Los Angeles.

A Dose of March Madness for the Kings

Some things have no explanation. There are the unidentified flying objects that could be ultra-secret spy planes, extraterrestrials or mere hallucinations. There’s the 1988 World Series champion Dodgers. There’s 15-seed Lehigh and Norfolk State defeat two-seed Duke and Missouri on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. On Saturday night there was Dustin Penner for the Kings in their 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.

Romantic Ideals Squashed in Kings 5-2 Win over Red Wings

Perfect passes and highlight reel goals come to mind when thinking of a team’s quest to get a playoff berth, especially when looking from the outside in. The Kings proved in their 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings that those romantic ideals don’t necessarily apply.

The Road Is a Cruel Mistress for Lakers and Clippers

I honestly can’t say which was worse: the Lakers’ 106-101 come-from-ahead loss to the Washington Wizards or the Clippers’ come-from-behind-only-to-lose-anyhow 101-100 loss against the New Jersey Nets. Both losses were on the road against inferior teams, and both the Lakers and Clippers aren’t that great on the road.

LAst Night's Action: No Love for Clips

Minnesota Timberwolves defeat LA Clippers 95-94. The Timberwolves made it rain three’s throughout the night with former UCLA Bruin Kevin Love knocked down five of the 11 Minnesota sank.

Life's a Drag for the Kings

The Southern California NHL season has come down to an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Both the Kings and Ducks have faltered during the season, and as the season winds down the chances to make the final eight get slimmer. With the ninth-place Kings and 12th-place Ducks showdown Saturday night, this was essentially the time for the teams to lip sync for their lives. “Good luck, and don’t fuck it up,” as RuPaul would say.

UCLA's Problem Bigger than Players

After Sports Illustrated’s piece on UCLA men’s basketball program went live on their website this morning, it’s apparent that the Bruins have a big problem on their hands. The problem is worse than those that author George Dohrmann enumerated in his piece: it’s the problem of irrelevancy.

LAst Night's Action: A Masked Kobe Tames Wolves

LA Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 104-85. Kobe Bryant passed all his concussion tests and played the game with a plastic mask. Kevin Love sat out the game with flu-like symptoms for the Wolves. After running away from the Clippers Tuesday night, the Wolves looked out of gas against the well-rested Lakers. For all the hoopla made over Kobe’s concussion and broken nose, he quietly knocked in 31 points along with seven boards and eight assists. And to the delight of the crowd, everyone got tacos.

LAst Night's Action: Wolves Maul the Clips, Kings Tame the Wild, UCLA's Blunts

Minnesota Timberwolves defeat LA Clippers 109-97. This was a close game through three quarters with the Clippers leading most of the way. Then Minnesota exploded all over the court in the fourth quarter 36-21, and that was that. So Blake Griffin had 30 points, DeAndre Jordan 14 points and 14 rebounds.

LAst Night's Action: Kings and Ducks Fall Flat on the Road

Nashville Predators defeat LA Kings 2-1. Dustin Brown scored the Kings late goal as they looked flat in the Music City. By the way, Brown has scored four of the Kings' last five goals as the Kings stood pat in the final hours of the trade deadline.

Dustin Brown Caps a Tumultuous Few Days for the Kings

Can the threat of being shipped away to an irrelevant hockey team force an entire team to do a quick 180 turning their once laughable offense into something that resembles something respectable? That is apparently what happened to the Kings as they trounced the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 with rumors of their Captain Dustin Brown and his hat trick being used as trade bait continued to make headlines on Twitter.

Kings Trade for Columbus' Jeff Carter, Part with Jack Johnson

You can smell the desperation even as the news was breaking on Twitter. The Kings traded defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center Jeff Carter. General Manager Dean Lombardi had to improve the league’s worst offense, and this essentially was a shot in the dark.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Get Thundered

Oklahoma City Thunder defeat LA Lakers 100-85. The final NBA game before the All Star break saw the Lakers unable to withstand another poor shooting performance by Kobe Bryant on the road. While Derek Fisher’s 15 points in Dallas Wednesday night helped bail the Lakers out, no such luck against the best team in the Western Conference.

Golf More Than a Great Walk Spoiled

It is almost a mandate that because my family is Korean they are obsessed with golf. On Thanksgiving mornings, my family participates in a family golf tournament that includes a trophy and bragging rights. The bragging rights, of course, are the most important part of the prize package since it also includes the right to insult and ridicule the others. That’s just the Korean way of doing things.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers and Clippers Pull Out Wins

LA Lakers defeat Dallas Mavericks 96-91. The Lakers actually manage to win a game on the road pulling a victory out of the jaws of victory. Kobe Bryant only had 15 points on 4-for-15 shooting, but it was Derek Fisher’s season-high 15 points that helped fill that void. Pau Gasol added 24 points and Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

LAst Night's Action: No "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulers"

Phoenix Coyotes defeat LA Kings 5-4 (SO). That’s it folks. Unless General Manager Dean Lombardi gets Rick Nash or Zach Parise or both or all or what not before the trade deadline on Monday, this is it folks.

Frustration and Futility Takes Hold of the Kings

Down and down the drain of irrelevancy the Kings continue to spiral. It was yet another 1-0 loss to a team that was two points behind them in the standings, this time to the Calgary Flames. And to add insult to injury, the Kings have dropped to the ninth seed of the Western Conference outside of a playoff spot.

Horrid Play By Kings Brings Up Scary Questions

The Kings lost to the Phoenix Coyotes 1-0. I’m trying to think of positive things to say about this game, and unfortunately the only thing I could come up with was that Dodgers’ pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Tuesday. Being Dodgers’ Pride Night, Dodgers’ General Manager Ned Colletti dropped the puck in a pregame ceremony.

They're Ugly, But Lakers and World Peace Made It Work

There was nothing pretty about the Lakers’ 86-78 win against the Atlanta Hawks as the Lakers came back home from the irrelevant award show road trip. But the ugliness got started over the weekend with some words by Ron Artest.

Clippers End Grammys Roadie with Lone Star Loss

Sometimes I still catch myself thinking the Clippers are that joke of the NBA that made visiting Los Angeles a pleasant experience for opposing teams. It was easy to make that mistake in the first quarter of the Clippers’ 96-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Lakers and Celtics Dispel Preconceived Notions

There were a lot of preconceived notions with the Lakers and Celtics that were dashed in the Lakers’ 88-87 overtime victory in the Boston Garden (or TD Price WaterhouseCooper Garden whatever it’s called now).

A Mixed Bag for Los Angeles Sports

It was a mixed bag for Los Angeles sports teams on Tuesday. Clippers: Guard Chauncey Billups after going down in the fourth quarter Monday night in Orlando was diagnosed with a tear of his left Achilles’ tendon. He will miss the rest of the season

Much Ado About Super Bowl Nothings, Then Kobe Makes History

It really does seem people just like to foam at the mouth over the most irrelevant things. I understand people being horrified by what happened in Penn State and various LAUSD schools. Being horrified by the Holocaust is also acceptable. There needs to be some gravitas is the things we rise up against. That’s why the furor over MIA and Giselle is perplexing.

A Letdown Super Bowl Becomes Life Affirming

For the most part this Super Bowl was a bit of a letdown for me. I was at a friend’s house. She is moments away from popping out an offspring from her loins, much like MIA was when she performed at the Grammys several years ago. Well MIA certainly did make a splash during halftime with her bird, but that’s beside the point.

A Tale of Three Teams

The three teams who call STAPLES Center home departed on long road trips because of a culturally irrelevant award show happening next Sunday. For all three it will test the mettle as they try and solidify their playoff credentials. And for those three, there were three different results.

NBA Might Be Bad, But the Clippers Are Surely Entertaining

It’s easy to think nothing is wrong with the NBA from our vantage point in Los Angeles. After all it was announced that four of the starting five players for the Western Conference in the All Star Game would be comprised of players from the Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum) and the Clippers (Blake Griffin, Chris Paul).

Kings Power Play Win Comes with Some Controversy

That was as close to a walk-off in regulation for the Kings in their 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at home. As the final seconds were ticking off ready to send the game to the inevitable overtime period, Drew Doughty got the fortunate bounce during a power-play and shot the puck past Columbus goaltender Curtis Sanford as the clock hit 0.3 remaining.

Lakers and Ducks Get Lopsided Yet Ho-Hum Wins

After a night where two of the three best teams in the NBA Western Conference matched up and featured a ferocious dunk, somehow Tuesday night was a bit of a breather on the excitement meter in Southern California. Hell, only the last two championship winning teams in Southern California played.

Clippers and Blake Griffin Explode All Over the Thunder

Brent Barry of NBA TV called it their signature win of the season, even more than their overtime win over the Miami Heat. The Clippers indeed put on a spectacular performance in their 112-100 thrashing over the Oklahoma City Thunder, owners of the best record in the NBA.

Things Not So Special in NFL's Championship Week

No one ever says, “Special teams win championships.” It’s always, “Defense wins championships,” which the NFL playoffs were trying to reassert after an offense-heavy regular season. But on Championship Sunday everyone witnessed in stark detail that whereas special teams can’t win a championship, it can sure lose a championship for you.

Kings Take a Page from the Lakers Playbook

The Kings and the Lakers have a lot of things in common right now. On Friday night the Lakers shot 19% from the field in a ten-point first quarter of their 92-80 loss to the Orlando Magic, their offensive woes becoming more glaring having only scored in triple-digits once this season. Of course it’s hard to have any offensive continuity when it comprises of only one player.

Kings Burned by Flames in Shootout

As the Kings started their just completed road trip with a Sutter Brothers showdown, they started their four-game home stand with a rematch. While the first matchup was a 4-1 victory for the Kings up in the wasteland of Calgary last week, the rematch was less than inspiring as the Kings lost 2-1 in a shootout.

Kings Refuse to Lose (In Regulation)

Along with Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues, the only other head coaching change of the seven in the NHL this season that has worked out is Darryl Sutter with the Kings. Along with the Kings’ 3-2 road shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night, the Kings are now 8-1-5 since Sutter took over the reins on December 20.

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