Paul Clegg

Paul Clegg I have played basketball from the streets of New York City to the playgrounds of Berkeley and the athletic clubs of Sacramento. I was a longtime copy editor and writer at The Sacramento Bee.

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Think before you use that stereotype

Apr 1, 2015

What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails. … What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. These lines from an early 19th century nursery rhyme, which still rang true through the … Continue reading

Negative cliché casts shadow on McClatchy’s state title win

Mar 30, 2015

McClatchy blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:11 of regulation and also let a four-point advantage slip away in the first overtime. Ouch and double ouch! That first sentence came from a photo cutline on the front page of … Continue reading

Bare legs disappearing in today’s basketball

Mar 25, 2015
Bare legs disappearing in today’s basketball

If you’re a fashionista, you might have noticed that the legs of male basketball players are disappearing from view these days. The New York Times had a lengthy article last Sunday in its sports section on this subject. Where once … Continue reading

Old sprinkler pipes induce fear and trembling

Mar 23, 2015
Old sprinkler pipes induce fear and trembling

    When I saw water streaming over the sidewalk from one of the front sprinklers, my heart sank. I knew there would be no quick fix. My front yard has a network of galvanized steel pipe that goes back … Continue reading

Keeping score where it counts in the NCAA basketball tournament

Mar 19, 2015

Harvard is listed as a 500-1 shot to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament; North Carolina has odds of 40-1. When the two teams meet today, I won’t be betting my retirement savings that Harvard will pull an upset. But … Continue reading

Kings arena art acquisition exudes the color of money

Mar 16, 2015
Kings arena art acquisition exudes the color of money

  In Sacramento, what the one-percenters want, the one-percenters get. They use their money, power and influence to tell the rest of us how things are going to be. Their manipulative ability extends from plopping a Kings arena into the … Continue reading

Why grammar school was a special time

Mar 12, 2015

I’ve been thinking lately about my grammar school days. That’s because I’ve been exchanging emails with a friend who started in the first grade with me at Our Lady of Lourdes in Queens. We went through all eight years together. … Continue reading

City looks like loser on Koons sculpture

Mar 10, 2015
City looks like loser on Koons sculpture

  “A fool and his money are soon parted,” goes the old proverb. And so it will be if the Sacramento City Council this evening fails to see through the spurious arguments advanced to promote the purchase of a ridiculously priced Jeff … Continue reading

Columnist shows reckless indifference to truth in River Park swastika controversy

Mar 5, 2015

It’s astounding to see any journalist call the exercise of free speech an “abomination.” Free speech and a free press are so closely positioned in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as to be almost inseparable. You can’t have … Continue reading

Sacramento’s needy pursuit of star artist for Kings arena

Mar 2, 2015
Sacramento’s needy pursuit of star artist for Kings arena

   Sacramento’s inferiority complex is showing. Surely, that explains why local art “experts” joined hands with the Sacramento Kings to commission an outrageously priced status symbol for the plaza in front of the emerging Kings arena downtown. It’s hardly surprising that … Continue reading

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