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The Big Idea in This Campain That No One Mentions

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Meanwhile, in the War of Ideas...

Remember that national debate on the issues which the selection of Paul Ryan was supposed to herald, that would spare us further discussion of President Barack Obama's alienation from Americans and Mitt Romney's tax returns and mode of transporting his dog?

Boring as that...

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Lessons of JoePa... In Case Next Witch We Hunt Doesn't Drop Dead

(12) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Joe Paterno, the postscript...

The witch hunt that ended his career meant something, after all, as an object lesson in case the next witch we hunt doesn't drop dead two months later.

Even if the press, so recently laden with scorn, is now lugubrious in its romanticism -- ESPN's Todd...

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In L.A. 'Day at Beach' Now Means 'Lakerdom Falling Into Sea'

(2) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 1:05 PM

Imagine that, another Laker bubble gets popped before the wife and kids can pick up the wrapping paper from their Christmas gifts....

Here's a timeshare in Hawaii for you and one in Cancun for you, and a Rolls-Royce for Mom....

Dad has to run downtown but we'll eat at, like,...

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Dear Donald, Boy Have I Missed You!

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 5:10 PM

In which we reunite the NBA's losingest owner with his long-time correspondent, in the hope of keeping the Clippers' new-found fortune from disappearing... yet again.

Dear Donald T. Sterling,

Like I've been telling people for 20 years, you da man!

Who'd have believed the NBA's glamor markets would fight it...

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Next: NBA Stars' Stampede to Big Teams

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 12:55 PM

Good news for you little markets... You'll be making a lot more money!

Unfortunately, as far as competing with the big teams, they're still going to be them and you'll still be you, for a while or, possibly, forever.

Whether it was overdue or the owners were due that much,...

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Morning In Lakerdom: $150 Mill Profits... Next: Dwight, CP3?

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 9:51 AM

What was THAT about?

Chris Sheridan and I were both wrong on our predictions that the NBA would start on time (Chris), or by Dec. 1 (me).

On the other hand, actual events, which were always going to reveal the real deal, proved our basic premise:

The NBA was in...

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OK, Whose Move Is It?

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 8:54 AM

The 1% Solution (Cont.): Let's see, a 2% difference, divided by two warring parties is...

OK, it's still insoluble for NBA owners and players, now reportedly down to back-channel contacts, which may just mean Tim Frank and Dan Wasserman, the p.r. guys, found themselves in...

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Historic Blunder, Anyone?

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 12:10 PM

Optimism on life support... or who's up for a Historic Blunder?

Of course, NBA players would be out of their gourds to reject 50 percent of revenue because it's not 51 percent, a difference of, oh, $400 million over 10 years ... compared to the $780 million they lose in...

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Confessions of a Dead Tribune

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 1:19 PM

I almost re-titled this "Mark Heisler Still Dead," having posted it on Aug. 19, three weeks after the Los Angles Times laid me off, when my severance check arrived.

Waiting seemed prudent before looking at the media revolution from the zany perspective of our outpost...

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Say the Secret Word, Buttheads

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 11:10 AM

Say the secret word, will you, buttheads?

Groucho Marx had a quiz show where contestants who said the secret word got $100, delivered by a papier-mache duck dropping in over their heads.

The word was easy, but not as easy as the secret word...

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War is Hell, says JaVale McGee

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 10:30 AM

Ask JaVale McGee if war isn't hell.

I'm not sure who else thinks the situation is "definitely critical," other than the Wizard center and, of course, the press.

It's definitely not the NBA owners, who laughed their rear ends off at McGee's, uh, candid...

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Hold That NBA Apocalypse

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 12:01 PM

Apocalypse now, or not.

The worst was about to come to pass, the majority of the media had predicted, wisely or in search of ever-more dire scenarios and ever-bigger headlines, as talks broke off last week with the NBA seemingly prepared to cancel its openers.

Actually, the preferred press scenario...

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