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.

Web Site: http://gameto100.com


Forgiveness is overrated

Jul 6, 2015

I miss believing in hell. It was satisfying to think that unrepentant evildoers would face eternal torment. Sister Francis Claire, my teacher in both the fifth and sixth grades at Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, gave especially graphic accounts … Continue reading

Mayor Johnson doesn’t look good in erasing arena-related text messages

Jul 1, 2015

The mayor of Sacramento admits destroying evidence in the arena-subsidy case after city officials were explicitly warned to preserve all electronic communications related to the deal. That’s a breathtaking admission Kevin Johnson made yesterday when he testified in a trial … Continue reading

Maxxed out on exercise, I give dieting a try

Jun 29, 2015

It’s been six months since I’ve indulged in a Sunshine Cheez-It eating binge. Cheez-Its have been a loyal friend since my college days, a friend that never lets me down, never fails to satisfy a deeply ingrained crunch need. I, … Continue reading

Sleaze factor surfaces at arena subsidy trial

Jun 25, 2015

When I was growing up in Queens, one of the older guys who hung around Braddock Park got a job selling tires. He was a smart guy who always knew a quick way to make a buck. The store he … Continue reading

Reflections on a complicated father-son relationship

Jun 22, 2015

While reading many touching tributes to fathers yesterday on Facebook, I wondered what it must be like to have a father who elicits such positive emotions. I don’t hold rosy remembrances of my father, although I do remember his large … Continue reading

Good looks are part of the equation

Jun 17, 2015

Back in my dating days, I had many first meetings that started with a coffee date. The idea was to get a sense whether things might go anywhere without slogging through what might be an uncomfortable, expensive dinner date. In … Continue reading

Letting go of the past isn’t so easy

Jun 15, 2015
Letting go of the past isn’t so easy

    In a 1960 column from my high school newspaper, I’m tabbed as a future star of the varsity basketball team at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens. A few paragraphs later, Robert Savio is mentioned as the … Continue reading

Journalism and self-help book on collision course

Jun 10, 2015

Here’s yet another thing I don’t get: Why would people with seemingly good professional credentials promote themselves as life coaches and then publicly write things so nonsensical or utterly simplistic that they undermine their own credibility? I mean, why not … Continue reading

Sacramento politicians tell voters to get lost

Jun 8, 2015
Sacramento politicians tell voters to get lost

  If you get the feeling Sacramento city politicians are telling the majority of local voters to go to hell, you’re definitely not imagining things. Last November, wary voters wanted no part of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s strong-mayor proposal. They rejected … Continue reading

Kings star DeMarcus Cousins won’t buy Ranadive’s basketball theory designed for girls

Jun 3, 2015
Kings star DeMarcus Cousins won’t buy Ranadive’s basketball theory designed for girls

When you think about the story of David and Goliath, you don’t automatically think about Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive and his star center DeMarcus Cousins. But there is a link to be drawn, and it doesn’t bode well … Continue reading

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