We’ve covered the Donald Sterling controversy in Los Angeles with the proverbial blanket, breaking through the economic and societal impact while learning new legal jargon at every turn. It’s become the neverending story, with new medical and legal information arriving on a daily basis to disrupt the sale of the Clipppers. Now, a trial is […]

spellingbee

The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee concluded on Thursday night with a tie after they ran out of words. I’m not sure how that happened, but it did. It was the first tie in the past 52 years of competition. But that wasn’t the story of the night. A young speller named Jacob Williamson earned […]

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I had the good fortune of attending Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Staples Center on Saturday. With the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings tied at one game each, the crowd was buzzing a full hour ahead of the puck drop. NHL Dignitaries lined the media area, and the […]

FallonDrums

For years, we’ve heard the comments about the striking resemblance of drummer Chad Smith and comedian/actor Will Ferrell. I still contend that Farrell has a bit of Mark Lanegan running up there. Anyway, Smith & Farrell agreed to a “Traditional Drum-Off” on Thursday’s edition of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” Ultimately, the Farrell earned […]

saban

Earlier this week, Alabama running back Derrick Henry posted a picture on Instagram that showed off his new car. As you’d expect, the post led to rumor, conjecture and speculation in the blogosphere. Former college football star at West Virginia Pat White fueled the story with a post on Facebook. White wrote: “Stop pretending like […]

samrams

Last weekend’s selection of Michael Sam by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft was an historic moment for the league. This summer, Sam will attempt to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. It’s a story that transcended the sports world and became a huge talking point across all media. […]

Lasorda

He’s one of the faces of Major League Baseball and chief ambassadors of the game. Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is a legend in Los Angeles and has been making the scene for some 40 years. Of course, that means that he’s well-acquainted with embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Lasorda talked with WPBF 25 in […]

durant

The announcement of Kevin Durant as the 2013-14 NBA MVP was no surprise. On Tuesday, Durant was formally introduced as the winner of this year’s award, and his speech was a fantastic and emotional ride. Check out how he describes his teammates … and the message for his mom.

CrosstownCup

Regardless of the teams’ records, the “Crosstown Cup” battle between the White Sox and Cubs has always been a hot ticket. Of course, those series have normally been played during the summer months and on weekends. This year, the scheduling algorithm and human decision-makers decided to make the four-game series an early-week production. The first […]

SNLSterling

As you’d expect, “Saturday Night LIVE” took its swipe at the controversy involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling this past weekend. Bobby Moynihan took center stage as Sterling, with other cast members portraying commissioner Adam Silver and Dennis Rodman, among others.

Magic

In the aftermath of NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s historic announcement of Donald Sterling’s banishment from the league, a number of luminaries stepped forward to express their interest in becoming the new owner(s) of the Clippers. We’ve heard from Oprah Winfrey, Floyd Mayweather, Dr. Dre and Diddy, among others. One other legendary Los Angeles figure had […]

Cano

It’s another in the ever-expanding run of Jimmy Fallon viral videos. Former Yankees star Robinson Cano returned to New York and paid a visit to “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” before his Seattle Mariners took on the New York Yankees. New Yorkers were asked if they’d “Boo” Cano in his return to the Bronx […]

Warrior

On Tuesday night, my tag-team partner in radioland, Jason Smith, and I were discussing the 2014 NCAA Women’s Championship Game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the University of Connecticut Huskies. I had likened the coaches’ press conference comments to the “house show” rants of professional wrestlers from my youth. For the uninitiated, the […]

NapierNumber

Fresh off of his NCAA Championship win and being named the “Most Outstanding Player” (MOP) with the UCONN Huskies, guard Shabazz Napier had his number (#13) added to the “Huskies Of Honor” wall at Gampel Pavilion. Napier led the Huskies to the 60-54 win over Kentucky in Monday’s title game, producing 22 points, three assists […]

VinKoufax

Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully “threw” the ceremonial first pitch to Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax ahead of the Dodgers’ home opener. It’s a shame that the continuing television rights coverage precluded most of Los Angeles from seeing it live, but this is a moment that will live on in Dodgers lore. Check out the First […]

MikeDelio

Mike Delio, a pitcher for Carle Place High School in Long Island, pitched a perfect game on Tuesday night. Delio did so in his first varsity start. Oh, and he struck out every batter he faced. On Thursday night, Delio joined “The Jason Smith Show” on FOX Sports Radio to talk about the game, his […]

Letterman

It seems that the past year or two has been replete with innumerable reminders of my age. In the sports world, I mark the passage of time with the latest announcements of Hall of Fame enshrinements, retirement tours (like the one just begun for Yankees captain Derek Jeter) and the first at-bats, jump shots or […]

We talk frequently about the marketing and sales opportunities available to athletes when pondering possible moves in free agency and desired landing spots. Where are the big dollars to be made? Well, you know about the reach of fast food restaurants. Just take a drive down the street and carry a counter like the doorman […]

phoenix

I saw this bit earlier this morning and it made me chuckle. I love the idea of the personalized operating system from the movie “Her.” Here’s the premise of the movie from IMDB.com: “A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.” And, of […]

HalDouglas

I saw a note early this morning that voiceover legend Hal Douglas had died at the age of 89. Like many people, I’m showing up on time at the movies in order to take in all previews, and he and Don LaFontaine (who died in 2008) were the main voices introducing upcoming film productions. Douglas […]

KobePiano

Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers wish that Kobe Bryant was making sweet music on the court and propelling the squad toward a playoff berth. Alas, he’s still rocking the suit and tie while the nameless, faceless Lakers flounder through the 2013-14 campaign. That hasn’t stopped Bryant from continuing his marketing and sales efforts on […]

“The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” is white-hot out of the gate. The latest viral sensation to come out of Fallon’s production team features NBC News anchors Brian Williams and Lester Holt. The editing effort is positively brilliant.

DulliAlgiers

My musical preferences have been well established here inside the Swollen Dome. Well, The Afghan Whigs have announced a tour for 2014 in support of their first album in 16 years – “Do To The Beast.” The tour includes a visit to Coachella in Indio, but you’ll have to wait for that live experience and […]

Romanowski

NFL history is filled with big plays, heroes, villains and unforgettable figures. Bill Romanowski was one of the most outspoken and dominant defensive forces in the game during his career. Romanowski played 16 years in the NFL, spending time with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. He appeared in four […]

We’re rapidly approaching the deadline for highly-coveted Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. According to YES Network, Tanaka has sorted through the proposals and whittled the number of candidates to two. The Yankees are reportedly one of the remaining teams in the mix after removing Alex Rodriguez’s cash from the books. The other team on the short […]