Results tagged “Jimmy Bramlett”

Ugliness at STAPLES Center

I was watching Saturday’s Lakers-Clippers game with friends who don’t keep up with sports like I do, although they do enjoy watching sports. You see, they have actual real lives while I live in this suspended adolescent world of athletes. Nonetheless they were still behind the times on the Clippers landing Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups. Although this is a huge indication that they don’t read anything I write, so they’re nothing more than pig fuckers.

Powerful Kings Lose to Dallas in a Shootout, Kopitar Injured

The Kings lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Dallas Stars. After being down 2-0 in the first period to the Dallas Stars, the Kings buoyed by three power-play goals had taken a 4-3 lead midway through the third period. Yes, you read that correctly: three power-play goals for the first time since March 8, 2010 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Clippers Squelch Heat in Overtime

On Jan. 12, 2011, the Clippers upset the might Miami Heat 111-105 breaking the Heat’s 13-game road winning streak. The Clippers were an upstart team that lacked the experience to be taken seriously. Fast forward one year, there were questions as to how the Clippers would respond now that they have been anointed as contenders. It turned out the Clippers proved their mettle in their 95-89 overtime win over the Miami Heat.

Kings Torch the Capitals

If you were to believe ESPN, the BCS and the folks who live in the South, then you would believe the Kings were the best team in the NHL. Like the two SEC teams fighting for the Mythical Championship in college football, the Kings have a pretty stout defense and are stunted on offense. As I have exhaustingly said almost each time I write about the Kings, they are the worst goal scoring team in the NHL. They’re even worse than the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks. But the Kings bucked the offense-deficient trend trouncing the Washington Capitals 5-2.

It's Getting Ugly at STAPLES Center

In New Orleans the nation watched as the Saints performed an offensive clinic in the second half dispatching the Detroit Lions 45-28 in the wild card round of the NFL Playoffs. That offensive mojo obviously did not visit the STAPLES Center today with the Kings losing in regulation for the first time in the Darryl Sutter era 1-0 to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets and the Clippers edged the Milwaukee Bucks 92-86.

Doughty's Controversial Goal Mercifully Ends Offense-Deprived Hockey Game

For the 21st time in 23 home games, there was a sold-out crowd of 18,118 fill STAPLES Center to watch the Kings edge the Phoenix Coyotes 1-0 in overtime. Why?

Andrew Bynum Plays Big Against Houston

Andrew Bynum was a player Kobe Bryant hated. Maybe it wasn’t a personal hatred, but before Pau Gasol came to Los Angeles it seemed that Kobe saw Bynum as the symbol of the Lakers’ front office incompetence after Shaquille O’Neal was traded. Bryant to this day still grouses about the fact that Smush Parker was a starting point guard for the Lakers.

Kings Have a Scoring Problem

It’s no secret that the Kings have a scoring problem. Simply put they have difficulties putting the puck in the net as evidenced by being in the NHL basement in scoring goals. This scoring-itis reared its ugly head again in the Kings 2-1 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

A New Year Filled with Mystery about Clippers, Lakers

With a new year comes the hope of having a clearer perspective in life. Unfortunately the only perspective I have to offer is about sports since that’s what my life revolves around now. Or at least it’s the only perspective I can afford to have, but really no one cares about what I can or can’t afford. Nevertheless the Lakers and Clippers are neither as good nor as bad as previously thought.

Kings End 2011 Winning

This was definitely worth staying sober on New Year’s Eve for the first time since I was 16 years old. I was only loaded on coffee, and the only white piles near me were the ice shavings at STAPLES Center. And for the first time this season, the Kings were the team that I envisioned them to be before the season started in their 4-1 beatdown of the Vancouver Canucks under the weighty gaze of Gene Simmons.

Kings Get the Gift of Offense

It’s appropriate that the Kings have worn all black as their home jerseys this season. Their offense has really fallen into a black hole this season with them dead last in goals scored in the NHL.

Lakers, Clippers Xmas an Exercise of Compare-Contrast

It was a tale of two cities with the Lakers and Clippers on Christmas, an exercise in compare/contrast that high school English teachers love to torture their students with. Both games were quite ugly to be honest.

Kings Are 1-0 in Darryl Sutter Era

For anyone expecting the Darryl Sutter era Kings to be radically different from the Terry Murray era right away, boy was this game against the Ducks a letdown despite the 3-2 shootout victory.

A Simple Sutter To Guide the Kings

I’ve heard many adjectives used to describe new Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter: intense, fiery, genius, disciplinarian, tyrant. But the one thing I didn’t expect from Sutter was to see someone unassuming.

It's Going To Be a Fun NBA Season in LA

Never have preseason NBA games been this entertaining. A livelier Lakers team made things interesting as the Clippers swept the two preseason games with a 108-103 victory on the red-and-blue floor.

What the Hell Was That? Trying to Digest the First Clippers-Lakers Preseason Game

We all know it was merely an exhibition game Monday night, the first for both the Clippers and Lakers in fact. But to blatantly steal from Clippers legendary play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler, oh me oh my! It certainly did look like the dawning of the age of the Clippers as they dismantled the Lakers 114-95.

This Is the Dawning of the Age of the Clippers?

One of the most surreal moments I’ve ever experienced was on May 1, 2006. The seventh-seed Lakers led the second-seed Phoenix Suns three games to one, just one game away from the second round of the playoffs. I was at the STAPLES Center watching Game 5 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs where the Clippers led by Corey Maggete’s and Cuttino Mobley’s 23 points each dismantled the Denver Nuggets marking their first playoff series win since leaving Buffalo in 1978. At that moment, the Clippers-Lakers series looked inevitable.

Chris Paul Traded to Clippers. Maybe. Hopefully.

A little less than a week after the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers was vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern, it looks like Paul will finally make it to Los Angeles. However instead of the Lakers, Paul will be joining Blake Griffin and the Clippers according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Dee Dee Pujols Was Mad at God

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County of California’s newest slugger Albert Pujols’ wife Deidre is completely batshit.

Kings Lose In Boston for First Time Since 2002

Kings’ fans all across Twitter have been salivating for months, if not years, for this moment. They finally get a Kings’ game without Terry Murray behind the bench. Be careful what you wish for - you just might get it. The Kings certainly did get it: a beatdown at the hands of the Boston Bruins 3-0 in the Garden.

Kings Fire Terry Murray, Now What?

Here’s the final sentence I wrote after the Kings’ 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday: “The Kings are a disappointment, and if they’re not careful they might wind up like the Ducks.” Fast-forward two days later, and here they are.

Lakers Send Mr. Khloe Kardashian to Dallas

When at first you don't succeed, try and try again. After the Chris Paul trade was infamously cancelled by NBA commissioner (and de facto New Orleans Hornets owner) David Stern involving Lamar Odom, the Lakers did manage to trade Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. This time it looks like it will stick.

The Kings Are a Big Disappointment

I can’t take it anymore. I spent most of 2011 watching the Dodgers stink it up at the Ravine, and now here I sit in the coldest arena in the country watching the Kings stink it up on the ice.

David Stern Proves What a Joke the NBA Is

Rather than celebrating a return of basketball, the NBA, Commissioner David Stern and its owners proved how incompetent, petty and ultimately what jokes they are. After nixing a trade that would have sent New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA made the NHL look like a well-oiled machine.

Running Back Tray Boone Lifts Narbonne to City Section Championship

It was a sublime performance from Narbonne Gaucho’s running back Tray Boone. His 301 rushing yards and six touchdowns fuelled the Gauchos to a 48-32 victory over their Marine League foes Carson Colts in the CIF Los Angeles City Section Division I Championship Game.

UCLA Hires Jim Mora, Jr.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero has hired Jim Mora, Jr. to replace Rick Neuheisel as head football coach of the Bruins.

Lakers Nab Chris Paul, Say Adios to Pau Gasol and Lamar Kardashian Odom

After the ground breaking reporting by ESPN that the Lakers wanted both the New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, it looks like the Lakers got half of what they wanted. Chris Paul is now a Laker on the day that NBA players officially ratified the new collective bargaining agreement.

Chris Paul Trade Called Off

Somewhere in between the time it took for me to park my car in Downtown Los Angeles at 6:00 p.m. and the seven-block walk to the STAPLES Center, the Lakers' Chris Paul trade has been called off.

Kings Can't Tame Wild Sports Day

The Kings continued the strange day of sports in Los Angeles in their 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Angels Bag Pujols and Wilson

The Angels finally did it. They signed the big free agent: Albert Pujols. 10 years. $250 million. No-trade clause. Done. “It's a very exciting day for the Angels community, for Southern California as a whole,” Angels’ General Manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters in a press conference at the MLB Winter Meetings held in Dallas, TX.

Kings Overcome Injuries, Chase Panthers For Victory

Sometimes a team loses in the long run despite winning a particular game. Thanks to injuries to Willie Mitchell and Mike Richards in the game, the Kings look like the losers on the ice despite their 2-1 victory over the rarely seen Florida Panthers.

Kings Shot Mentality Pays Off Against Sharks

It’s amazing what a simple concept like shooting the puck towards the net can do for a team. The Kings finally got a victory against one of the upper echelon teams on the Western Conference with a 2-0 shutout win against the San Jose Sharks.

LAst Night's Action: Ducks Still Can't Win

Toronto Maple Leafs defeat Anaheim Ducks 5-2. After Francois Beauchemin gave the Ducks the 1-0 lead, in a span of 19 seconds the Maple Leafs went from tying the game on a Tyler Bozak power-play goal to getting the lead by Clarke MacArthur thanks to a sloppy turnover by the Ducks.

Kings Just Aren't That Good

The Kings just aren’t that good. They’re good, but they’re not in that upper echelon of Western Conference teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks especially since they’ve yet to record a win against those four teams so far this season.

LAst Night's Action: USC Beats Pac-12 South Champion

USC Trojans defeat UCLA Bruins 50-0. So there you saw the Pac-12 South Champions get their asses handed to them by the team that ends the season in first place in the Pac-12 South. Thanks to the NCAA, that sentence is not only factual but completely logical. Go figure.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Look Up at the Stars

Dallas Stars defeat LA Kings 3-2 (OT). After withstanding a Dallas flurry at the start of the second period, the Kings scored twice in just over 30 seconds: Mike Richards extending his career-high five-game goal streak and Kevin Westgarth with his first career goal. The last King to have a five-game scoring streak was Dustin Brown who had a six-game streak from Jan. 17 to Jan. 31, 2009. But with 20 seconds from a win, Loui Eriksson scored off of a neutral zone faceoff win to send the game to overtime. Steve Ott gave the Stars the overtime win.

Photos: San Pedro Is Falling Into the Ocean

The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a geological wonder. The newest Paseo del Mar Landslide joins the company of the Sunken City two miles to the southeast and the still-active Portuguese Bend Landslide to the west.

LAst Night's Action: No Blues for the Kings

Mike Richards with a goal and an assist helps lead the Kings to their fifth victory in seven games. Jonathan Bernier in his first start since Nov. 8 gave up a shaky goal in the first shot of the game. But he recovered to save 23 shots including 14 in the second period.

The National League Most Valuable Player Is...

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced the winner of the National League Most Valuable Player is Milwaukee Brewers’ leftfielder Ryan Braun. The Granada Hills native became the first MVP for the Brewers since Robin Yount won the honors in 1989.

Matt Kemp Is An Enigma

I don't understand Matt Kemp. We have seen him have a tough season in 2010. We have now seen him respond with a transcendent 2011 season. We have seen him in a paparazzi-filled relationship with Rihanna. We have seen him in a spread in Flaunt Magazine.

A Humble Kershaw

It was a warm day at Dodger Stadium. The sun was shining down as season ticketholders, former and current Dodger players and us scum-sucking media folk gathered to celebrate Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw’s National League Cy Young Award.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Sweep Home-and-Home Against Ducks

Perhaps the Ducks’ success in Los Angeles Wednesday night was due to goaltender Jonas Hiller. Against Dan Ellis in the pipes, the Kings got two five-on-five goals, two short-handed goals and a power-play goal en route to their 5-3 win over the Ducks. And for the very first time, the Kings have defeated the Ducks on consecutive nights.

Dodgers, Matt Kemp Agree to Long-Term Contract

The Dodgers will announced in a press conference at Dodger Stadium at 11 a.m. this morning of an eight-year contract agreement with their All-Star centerfielder Matt Kemp. While rumored for over a week, the deal is worth a reported $160 million making it the largest deal done in the history of the National League and seventh-largest in Major League Baseball.

Kings Shoot Out the Ducks

In a night in the NHL that saw a lot of lopsided games, this first game of the Freeway Faceoff had all the makings of such. The Kings outshot the Ducks 37-24, a season-high 17 coming in the first period alone. But there everyone was in the seventh round of the shootout finally exhaling when Justin Williams scored and Kurtis Foster missed giving the Kings the 2-1 victory.

Clayton Kershaw Wins National League Cy Young Award

We can add Clayton Kershaw’s name to Don Newcombe’s, Don Drysdale’s, Sandy Koufax’s, Mike Marshall’s, Fernando Valenzuela’s, Orel Hershiser’s and Eric Gagn√©’s today. Kershaw joined the fraternity of Dodger pitchers to win the Cy Young Award as awarded by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

LAst Night's Action: Middle Tennessee Overwhelms Bruins

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders defeat UCLA Bruins 86-66. Middle Tennessee must really love Southern California. After beating Loyola Marymount on Sunday, they take a stinky dump all over the Bruins in their septic tank of an arena.

Kings Explode for Terry Murray's 1,000th NHL Game as Head Coach

The Kings’ game against the Minnesota Wild didn’t look anything like how I thought it would look. The fact is this was a showdown between two of the most boring offenses in the NHL, a sort of SEC matchup if you will. And judging by the Kings recent performances, things didn’t look good.

College Football Schedule Week 11: What To Say?

It is hard to imagine talking about college football after all of the gruesome revelations that have come out of State College, PA. It’s sick enough when a child fucker was running loose for decades victimizing underprivileged boys in the guise of his charity he established. But when a major university, a venerable football head coach and an entire police department in small town America covered up for this child fucker all in the name of the university, it is outright disgusting.

LAst Night's Action: Ducks Score Four in Second Period, Clings to Victory against Vancouver

Anaheim Ducks defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3. The Ducks did Friday night what the Kings couldn’t do Thursday night: beat the Canucks. Despite a four-goal second period with Jonas Hiller shutting out the Canucks to that point, the Ducks barely hung on when Vancouver outshot Anaheim 22-2 in that final period with goals by Kevin Bieksa and two by Jannik Hansen.

Kings Can't Overcome Horrible First Period Against Canucks

Do you remember my last Kings’ game story I wrote and all of the good feelings it engendered? It was a nice uplifting story about an offense starting to find its legs after getting off to a disappointing start. Strike it from the record. After an abysmal first period they managed to cling on to yet another loss, this time to the middling Vancouver Canucks 3-2.

The Kings Win!

The season wasn’t supposed to go like this. After winning five of their first seven games, the Kings have stumbled losing six of their next seven. That was not supposed to happen with their much-heralded offseason acquisitions of Mike Richards and Simon Gagne for the offense.

Kings Have No Answers Against Oilers

The Kings claim they want to be an elite NHL team. You could have fooled me after watching their 3-0 loss to the upstart Edmonton Oilers. “In the second period they pretty much dominated every aspect of the game,” captain Dustin Brown said dejectedly in front of his locker.

LAst Night's Action: Hiller Coughs Up Ducks Lead

Washington Capitals defeat Anaheim Ducks 5-4 (OT). This loss cannot be blamed on the Ducks offense. After struggling to generate any sort of offense going 1-4-1 on their last six games (including 1-2-1 on this current road trip), the second “Finnish” line came up big with Andrew Cogliano joining Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.

Dodger Fans Celebrate - But Be Careful What You Wish For

Late Tuesday night came words that most Dodger fans had hoped to read or hear for quite some time:

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball announced that they have agreed today to a court supervised process to sell the team and its attendant media rights in a manner designed to realize maximum value for the Dodgers and their owner, Frank McCourt. The Blackstone Group LP will manage the sale process.

ESPN's College GameDay, Fandom and a Fruitless Reclamation of Youth

The coldest time of the day is the immediate hours before sunrise. At least that is what we are told. I’m usually safely ensconced in the layers of bedding in various states of unconsciousness unless there is a sudden urge to evacuate my bladder. Regardless it’s a rarity that I am outdoors when it’s so cold1, but there I was in the Saturday predawn walking towards the torch-lit Coliseum and into the condensed remains of my breath in the still dark morning.

College Football Schedule Week 9: Senators Need Not Apply

Sometimes I have to bow down to the altar of Congress. After all they are the selected elite that dictates the direction this country goes. They make me proud to be an American, and nothing makes me as proud as what has gone down between the Democratic Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin and the Republican Senator from Kentucky Mitch McConnell.

Kings Have a Devil of a Time

No one expected the Kings’ shutout streak to last. Furthermore no one expected backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier to be playing out of his mind like Jonathan Quick has provided so far this season. No one even expected the Kings to keep winning. But what the Kings did on the ice in their 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils, that was embarrassing.

Johnson Dramatics, Quick Records All in a Night for Kings

Last season in their 12th game of the season, the Kings played perhaps their best-played game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a 1-0 battle with a Justin Williams goal scored in the sixth minute of the final period. It was a game of hard hits, good puck movement, great goaltending, good defense. That was the point where the Kings potentially doing damage in the playoffs went from rhetoric to an actual probability.

Gagne Closes (And Opens) a Blue Rout

At long last in what seemed like an eternity, the Kings made their triumphant return home from Europe and rewarded the sold out STAPLES Center crowd with a 5-0 rout of the St. Louis Blues.

LAst Night's Action: Dan Ellis Saves Ducks in San Jose

Anaheim Ducks defeat San Jose Sharks 3-2. The Sharks’ pregame show was happy that Ducks’ no. 1 goaltender Jonas Hiller was given the day off to be replaced by Dan Ellis. All Ellis did was make 41 saves, 15 of which came in a third period that saw the Ducks get very sloppy. The Ducks are now 4-1-0 early in this season.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Dig Deep in Philly

LA Kings defeat Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 (OT). It is hard to blame the Kings for not playing their best hockey. They opened the season playing two games in Europe and are finishing two games on the East Coast. In fact they haven’t been in Southern California since Sept. 30. But the Kings dug in and snuck out of the Wells Fargo Center with the win with the aid of the returning son Mike Richards.

LAist-CS Week 7 Rankings: Clemson Keeps Winning

It seems like I’ve been talking about Clemson a lot this season. But how can I not talk about them after games like this?

College Football Schedule Week 7: LSU, Tennessee and Ryan Theriot

I know I’ve told this story before, but I don’t remember if I’ve written it here before. So if you’ve heard it before, please indulge me because I don’t really want to write about the possibility of Boise State playing in the Big East Conference or dismissed South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia being hinted at being part of a point-shaving scandal or the potential Conference USA-Mountain West Conference football merger.

LAst Night's Action: Ducks Shake off Sharks, Rust

Anaheim Ducks defeat San Jose Sharks 1-0. Neither team played since Saturday. However with the Ducks had an excuse: they played two in Europe. The Sharks opened the season at home last Saturday and has rested since then. So what’s their excuse?

LAst Night's Action: Kings Not Quick in Shootout

New Jersey Devils defeat LA Kings 2-1 (SO). I don’t know what is more shocking: that Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick lost a game in the shootout or that Devils’ left-winger Ilya Kovalchuk led all players in icetime with 29:37.

NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Season, More Looming

Monday night on the streets of New York City, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced the cancellation of the first two weeks of the NBA season. This included all 100 games scheduled to be played through November 14 which will cost players $160 million in salary. Stern added that further cancellations will come in two-week increments.

Sunday, Holy Sunday in Sports

There was something heavenly about Sunday, so much so it almost made me a believer. A day after owner Al Davis died, it seemed like his hands were all over the Oakland Raiders’ 25-20 win over the Houston Texans. They were clearly struggling in the first half not getting their first first-down until 1:46 left in the first half. If not for the leg of Sebastian Janikowski and his 54-yard and 55-yard field goals, it would have been a rout.

LAst Night's Action: Prince Averts Disaster for UCLA

UCLA Bruins defeat Washington State Cougars 28-25. Call it a failure of Washington State’s offense to complete drives. Call it UCLA’s defense playing big when it counted. Call it a complete rebirth of quarterback Kevin Prince. But UCLA gets back to the .500 mark overall and 2-1 in the Pac-12 eking out a victory over the Cougars.

LAist-CS Week 6 Rankings: Something's A-Brewing in the ACC

Everyone has a boner about SEC football, and we live in Pac-12 country. But after several years of abject mediocrity, the ACC is starting to churn out some interesting games.

College Football Schedule Week 6: We've Jumped the Shark Folks

Just like how Fonzie of Happy Days literally jumped the shark, college conference realignment has done the same. On Thursday the Big 12 Conference officially gave Texas Christian University an invite. Friday morning officials from TCU were mulling over the invite, and by all accounts it looks to be a done deal.

LAst Night's Action: THE NHL IS BACK!!!

The two Richards were the biggest offseason headlines: Mike Richards shockingly traded by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Kings, and the biggest free agent center Brad Richards after being wooed eventually settling with the Rangers. Tinsel Town vs. Broadway. So it was completely appropriate it was the two Richards that stood in the faceoff circle to start the game.

Stanley Cup on the Lips of Kings

The few times I’ve been around the Kings in the last few weeks, two words have been the leitmotif amongst players: Stanley Cup. And as crazy as this might sound like, I didn’t give them a strange look and laugh snarkily in response.

NBA Lockout Continues, No Agreement in Sight

After hours of negotiations between owners and players this afternoon, there is still no word on whether the Nov. 1 start of the NBA season is still on but it looks more and more unlikely.

LAist-CS Week 5 Rankings: Clemson Rising

After Clemson beat Auburn at home, I began to take notice. After they beat Florida State at home, I was intrigued but still reluctant to buy in. I’ve done that before and have been burned. So I held off judgment until Saturday when they had to square off against ACC juggernaut Virginia Tech on the road.

Santa Anita Makes the Grade

This was the first Saturday of the Autumn Meet for Santa Anita with the only clouds seen were thunderheads peeking out from behind the San Gabriel Mountains. With the food truck festival on the infield and an 80’s cover band playing to the customers of the Ragin’ Cajun, Grilled Cheese Truck, et al., the mercury got up to 92 degrees with customers taking shelter under the few bits of shade afforded. But that wasn’t the only place where things got fiery.

Drew Doughty Signed and Suited for Kings

Drew Doughty was busy with administrative things Friday morning that prevented him from joining his teammates for morning skate for the first time this preseason. There’s the physical, weigh-in and, most importantly, putting pen to paper on the eight-year, $56 million deal.

Defenseman Drew Doughty, Kings Agree to Deal

Restricted free agent defenseman Drew Doughty and the Kings agreed to a deal according to Kings Vice President of Communications and Content Michael Altieri via Twitter earlier tonight. The Kings issued an official press release 25 minutes later.

College Football Schedule Week 5: Surprising Compelling Matchups

On Saturday there are a couple of matchups that amazingly don’t involve an SEC team. Or a Big Ten team.

LAst Night's Action: The Best Night of Regular Season Baseball Ever

When people find out I write about sports the question invariably comes up: what sport do you like the most? I always answer baseball which elicits strange looks. It’s as though they feel I’m strange because baseball is an old-timey sport that drags and is boring. After what happened on this final day of the baseball season, I hope people finally understand.

Food Truck Festival Opens Santa Anita's Autumn Meet

As the baseball season has ended here in Southern California, Santa Anita opens their 24-day Autumn Meet on Friday as they lead up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic hosted at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 and 5. But the big day of the weekend is Saturday. Not only are they hosting four Grade I stakes with the winners automatically qualifying for a spot in the Breeders’ Cup, but they’re also hosting its fourth Gourmet Food Truck Festival.

Bitch, Please: NHL Dismisses Faggot Claims

A day after the Wayne Simmonds-Sean Avery incident in Philadelphia, the NHL’s “Wheel of Discipline” landed on “no discipline” for Flyers forward Simmonds and his use of the phrase “fucking faggot” towards New York Rangers’ gentleman Avery. To quote Colin Campbell, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations in a press release issued by the NHL this afternoon:

LAst Night's Action: Matt Kemp's 40-40 Vision, Angels Death March, Simmonds Fag Watch

LA Dodgers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2. The Dodgers sent a press release this afternoon that summarized Clayton Kershaw’s Cy Young season. With 21 wins, 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts, Kershaw will most likely become the third Dodger pitcher to win the Triple Crown with Dazzy Vance (1924) and Sandy Koufax (1963, 1965, 1966).

LAst Night's Action: Clayton Kershaw Wins 21st and Triple Crown Lead, Kemp Still Chasing Triple Crown

LA Dodgers defeat San Diego Padres 6-2. Clayton Kershaw completed his Cy Young season with a 21-5 record, 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts with his 7 1/3 inning effort in San Diego having at least a share of the lead in each of the triple crown categories.

LAst Night's Action: Trojans Get Horned

Arizona State defeat Sun Devils defeat USC Trojans 43-22. You could sense this lurking in the shadows for the Trojans. They had a hard time closing out Minnesota and Utah in the first two weeks of the season. While they looked dominant last week, it was against an awful Big East team in Syracuse.

College Football Schedule Week 4: The Mediocrity of Pac-12

The Pac-12 schedule has now started up, and things don’t look so good for the conference. There is Stanford which, although good, may be a little overrated nationally. Other than that, there’s a whole lot of mediocrity and futility in the Pac.

LAst Night's Action: Angels Choke Away October Hopes

Oakland Athletics defeat LA Angels 3-1. There is one word to describe the remaining teams fighting for playoff spots: choke. As bad as the Boston Red Sox have choked in September, it’s not like the Tampa Bay Rays or the Angels have lined right up there to overtake the Sox.

Matt Kemp Punctuates MVP Season in Dodgers Victory

Of course it was going to happen this way. In his first four at-bats, Matt Kemp was close to getting the ball out of the park. Four fly balls yielded a career-high three doubles and an out, yet he was still stuck on 35 home runs.

(CY) Young Clayton Kershaw Gets 20th Win, Spoils Giants' Hopes

Clayton Kershaw looked dejected. With his head bowed down in the dugout after making 115 pitches against the San Francisco Giants, the two walks he gave up in the eighth inning loomed large. They were what stood in the way between him and the first Dodger 20-game winner since Ramon Martinez did it on October 1, 1990.

Dodgers Laugh Away on Fan Appreciation Day

This was the kind of game it was for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their 15-1 loss to the Dodgers. In the first inning centerfielder Andrew McCutchen looked at the ball that came off Matt Kemp’s bat. He took a couple of steps back towards the wall as the ball was beginning its ascent into the hazy yet bright sky. As he continued to look at the trajectory, he stopped in his tracks realizing the futility of it and just went back to his position in centerfield.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like UCLA?

It really is a shame. The Rose Bowl is a gorgeous place to catch a football game. Set in amongst the hills in Pasadena, knowing the history of the stadium, it is breathtaking.

Dustin Penner Shows Offseason Commitment to Kings

After the Kings’ season disappointingly ended in another first-round exit from the playoffs - this time at the hands of divisional rivals San Jose Sharks -right or wrong a lot of fingers were pointed at Dustin Penner and his fitness.

College Football Schedule Week 3: Die, NCAA Die!

With Taylor Branch serving the NCAA the largest body blow to date in October’s The Atlantic Monthly, it is clear there is no other option: the NCAA not only has to die, it is inevitable that is will die.

James Loney Dots the Dodgers' Victory

With the Pittsburgh Pirates in town for what are essentially meaningless games, it was amazing the Dodgers drew 41,148 to the park. But with the confluence of fireworks night, Star Wars night, singles night and the start of the Hello Kitty promotion for the weekend, the astonishment was downgraded to a mere nod of respect to the promotions department. While the game might have dragged on, at least the crowd got a 7-2 Dodger win out of it.

Pirates Sink Eveland and Dodgers

With Dodgers’ starter Dana Eveland notching a 0.60 ERA in his two starts with the Dodgers, it was apparent that it was unsustainable considering his lifetime ERA of 5.52 in seven seasons in baseball. After breezing through the first inning, the law of averages got its revenge in the second inning in the Dodgers’ 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw and Gerardo Parra's Penis

From Southern California to Arizona, an odd celestial light was seen in the heavens. Perhaps this strange phenomenon is what caused the sixth inning outburst in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A Maddening Loss by the Dodgers

Self-immolation. Defenestration. As the clock kept ticking through pitching change after pitching change during the Dodgers’ 7-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, these thoughts creep into your head.

Dispatches from the Kings' Third Annual Hockey Fest

Hockey fans really are a wonder. They have the first Sunday of the NFL season before them. They have overwrought commemorations of the 9/11 tragedy before them. Instead thousands of Kings’ fans descended upon STAPLES Center early Sunday morning to partake in the third annual Hockey Fest.

LAst Night's Action: Trojans Have Another Cardiac Win

Against a more formidable opponent than the Golden Gophers of Minnesota, it looked to be more of the same for the Trojans: the Trojans should have had a commanding lead in the fourth quarter only to be denied by their own hubris.

College Football Schedule Week 2: Yawn

It’s week two of the college football season, and let’s face it: it’s a bit underwhelming. The two marquee matchups are Alabama at Penn State in the afternoon and Notre Dame at Michigan in prime time (on the East Coast.)

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