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Bill Plaschke | Bruins go to school on the Trojans

Everyone knows the UCLA basketball team can score, and dish, and run through the gym as if they are flying. But at a rollicking Pauley Pavilion that included all those things Saturday night, the Bruins proved capable of equally important attributes. They can learn. They can grow. And yes, they...

Bill Plaschke | Lucerne Valley has been outscored by 747 points, but the Mustangs refuse to quit

The small yellow cardboard sign is propped in front of an endless stretch of barren desert, alongside a narrow road leading to nowhere. The sign has been scrawled upon with a dark marker pen, its message hastily abbreviated, the words squeezed to fit the space. It is, to be perfectly honest, an...

Ken Tremendous is back, and he has fisked an impenetrable Bill Plaschke column.

2 weeks agoSports : Deadspin

Ken Tremendous is back, and he has fisked an impenetrable Bill Plaschke column. [Tumblr] Read more...

The NFL Sucks So Hard

I don't suppose anyone cares, but I just want to say for the record that I agree entirely with Bill Plaschke today: Every relationship is built on honesty, so the San Diego Chargers should hear this as their moving vans are chugging up the 5 Freeway on their noble mission of greed. We. Show More Summary

Bill Plaschke | USC-Penn State matchup: a Rose Bowl the way it's meant to be

The awestruck Midwesterners were so enamored with the Rose Parade, they were later caught in traffic and didn’t arrive at the stadium until shortly before the scheduled kickoff. The sophisticated Southern Californians grew so impatient waiting for their opponents, when the rubes finally did arrive,...

Letters: What's wrong with being high on the Trojans?

3 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

“Besides Alabama, are there many team in the country that would be more feared right now?” So says Bill Plaschke of USC. It is my opinion that anyone making those statements about a team that opened the season with a 52-6 loss and beat a highly overrated Washington team 26-13 has a problem. Could...

Bill Plaschke can’t decide if Cubs are magical or Dodgers can win NLCS

4 months agoSports : Awful Announcing

It’s the nature of the sports fan to be reactionary. That win was magnificent! These guys can win it all. What a devastating loss. The season is over. Knowing the highs and lows that sports fans endure following their favorite teamsShow More Summary

Bill Plaschke: Dodgers miss chance to push Cubs to the brink

4 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Yes, you’re right, scream away, Adrian Gonzalez was safe. The replay showed it, thousands of fans at Dodger Stadium chanted it, and Gonzalez knew it, so emphatically he immediately jumped off the ground while jabbing his finger at the corner of home plate where he touched before the tag. Absolutely,...

Bill Plaschke: Dodgers, not the Cubs, are looking like real contenders

The realization pounded through Chavez Ravine in rhythm with a stadium that was shaking to its ancient core. The awareness emerged through Yasmani Grandal’s fist pump, Rich Hill’s leg whip, Justin Turner’s shaggy smile. The belief resounded throughout the Southland sports landscape with a thumping...

Bill Plaschke: Dodgers, not the Cubs, are looking like real contenders

4 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The realization pounded through Chavez Ravine in rhythm with a stadium that was shaking to its ancient core. The awareness emerged through Yasmani Grandal’s fist pump, Rich Hill’s leg whip, Justin Turner’s shaggy smile. The belief resounded throughout the Southland sports landscape with a thumping...

Bill Plaschke: Dodgers open the postseason Friday, and with that comes worry

5 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The baseball that Charlie Culberson yanked over the left-field fence is a souvenir. The final farewell from Vin Scully is a video on YouTube. With the last dizzying couple of weeks in the distance, Dodgers fans will now stop the celebrating and reminiscing to do what they do best. It being October,...

Bill Plaschke: Dodgers open the postseason Friday, and with that comes worry

The baseball that Charlie Culberson yanked over the left-field fence is a souvenir. The final farewell from Vin Scully is a video on YouTube. With the last dizzying couple of weeks in the distance, Dodgers fans will now stop the celebrating and reminiscing to do what they do best. It being October,...

Letters: Lakers fans now looking out for No. 2

9 months agoHealth : LA Times: Health

Bill Plaschke's rhetorical question — "They can't blow it now. Can they?" regarding the Lakers ending up with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft — begs to be answered. And the answer is that as long as Jimmy Buss is making the pick, Lakers fans have every reason to believe he will serve up another...

Letters: Everyone has a cure for the curse of the Clippers

Bill Plaschke writes of a "post-Donald Sterling Curse"? Curse was a Boston thing. The disrespectful way in which Sterling and the Clippers organization treated [former team executive] Elgin Baylor puts karma in play, pure and simple. Bob Ginn Arcadia :: It's hard to feel bad for a billionaire,...

Gary Klein, Lindsey Thiry and Bill Plaschke discuss the draft

NFL draft live updates: The Rams are on the clock April 28 2016, 9:09 AM Follow along with us as we give you a pick-by-pick analysis of the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. The Los Angeles Rams have the first pick and are expected to choose Cal quarterback Jared Goff. The draft starts at 5 p.m....

One night at the Lakers: Kobe farewell countdown, D'Angelo Russell and Nck Young recording and Lamar Odom

Bill Plaschke, Mike Bresnahan and Lindsey Thiry discuss the Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell secretly-taped video, Lamar Odom's appearance at Staples Center and the Lakers 102-100 overtime victory against the Heat. 

Bill Plaschke: This is a big rookie mistake for D'Angelo Russell

As retribution for this latest bit of foolishness, somebody could secretly videotape the innermost thoughts of D'Angelo Russell, except for one problem. It would be all static. The kid doesn't think. That Russell secretly taped pillow talk with Nick Young, then somehow allowed that tape to be released,...

Letters: Plenty of errors to go around in Dodgers' TV fiasco

The Dodgers should step up and renegotiate their 25-year Time Warner Cable deal for 30% less and see if there are any takers then. Stuart Weiss Los Angeles :: Bill Plaschke and others are very adept at spending, and giving away, other people's money. Where were you when the new management bought...

Letters: Time for the airing of Dodgers grievances

12 months agoHealth : LA Times: Health

It might sound corny, but I am so proud of Bill Plaschke for his sterling column lambasting the Dodgers owners ["No hits, no runs, no airings," Feb. 24]. Just another cold, heartless, greedy corporation, not unlike Walmart, the drug industry and the oil industries, to name a few. The bottom line...

Blowback: Sexism in The Times' Sports section

I read, with interest, Bill Plaschke's Jan. 24 column "Girl Scout's project provides hope through hoops," especially as it fits into the Sports section's coverage, or lack thereof, of women's sports. Maybe more than just interest. I'm a former Times reporter and editor, the mother of two daughters,...

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