Category Archives: Basketball

Playing basketball after 50

Keeping track of the score in pickup basketball can drive you crazy

Keeping track of the score in pickup basketball games has been an irritation all my life. The combination of faulty memories and habitual cheating has ignited far too many frustrating, game-delaying arguments. Such disputes come at a cost at my athletic … Continue reading

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Random thoughts of a conflicted sports fan

The Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento is a fine place to watch a basketball game. I went there Friday evening to watch the McClatchy girls’ team play for the Division 1 state title. Given the small crowd, the steep … Continue reading

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Those who take clutch shots, and those who don’t

Princeton’s Devin Cannady could have been the hero last week, but he missed a three-pointer in the closing seconds of an upset bid against Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He had a relatively open shot; … Continue reading

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The Sacramento Kings and “the integrity of the game”

“The integrity of the game is everything.” You hear that line in sports a lot, especially when bad stuff taints the public perception of athletic competition. Nothing like the whiff of a point-shaving scandal to set off panic buttons. The slightest … Continue reading

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Who’s in charge of the Kings — and who will tell us?

As the Sacramento Bee, like newspapers and media outlets across the country, wrestles with how to deal with lies, baseless claims, misstatements and “alternative facts” on the nation’s political stage, let me suggest the newspaper get some practice with mere … Continue reading

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