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


What’s gotten into American voters?

Nov 9, 2016

The 1956 horror film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” threw a real scare into me. The thought of alien beings taking over the bodies of parents and friends unsettled my 10-year-old mind. Creepy things might lurk beneath the surface of … Continue reading

Would-be volunteer for youth writing program gets grumpy

Nov 7, 2016
Would-be volunteer for youth writing program gets grumpy

Two minutes into the orientation, I doubted that I would be serving as a volunteer with this Sacramento nonprofit group, one devoted to improving the literacy skills of poor and at-risk young people. Thirty minutes later, after hearing details on … Continue reading

Harvard’s suspension of men’s soccer team sends strong message

Nov 4, 2016

The Harvard men’s soccer team, which is leading the Ivy League with a 4-0-1 record, has been suspended for the rest of the season for producing vulgar and explicit documents rating women on their perceived sexual appeal and physical appearance. … Continue reading

Anti-Clinton venom in the locker room

Nov 2, 2016

The Clintons are worse than the Mafia. Now they’re getting to the Justice Department. Even the Mafia couldn’t do that. There’s nothing she won’t do. Her level of corruption is unbelievable. I heard this conversation yesterday afternoon as I was … Continue reading

Downer DeMarcus Cousins will unravel Kings again

Oct 31, 2016
Downer DeMarcus Cousins will unravel Kings again

Don’t get your hopes up for the Sacramento Kings. Two victories in the team’s first three games are merely teasers to disappointment and disenchantment. DeMarcus Cousins, a fellow who poisons the pleasure of playing or watching basketball, is already fraying … Continue reading

Cremation and the river of no return

Oct 27, 2016
Cremation and the river of no return

Even though I stopped going to Mass at age 16, I have a nagging sense the hounds of heaven are nipping at my heels, intent on returning me to the Catholic faith. I probably encourage this guilt by reading news … Continue reading

Take light rail to Sacramento’s new arena? There’s a lot to learn first

Oct 25, 2016
Take light rail to Sacramento’s new arena? There’s a lot to learn first

Sacramento city officials hope thousands of Kings fans and concertgoers will use Regional Transit to get to the new arena downtown. Improvements and station cleanups have been made to lure new users.  But I have my doubts about the prospects … Continue reading

Bill for playing basketball adds up with age

Oct 20, 2016
Bill for playing basketball adds up with age

In my youth, it didn’t cost me much to play basketball. Several pairs of cheap Thom McAn sneakers and one outdoor basketball would get me through a year on the asphalt playgrounds of Queens. When I got holes in my … Continue reading

College football coach feels entitled to kiss his players

Oct 18, 2016
College football coach feels entitled to kiss his players

Here’s an odd thing:  a powerful man being praised for pressing kisses and hugs on young people whose hopes and dreams rest in his hands. Hasn’t Donald Trump’s “locker-room” talk made such behavior reprehensible? Apparently not.  A New York Times … Continue reading

Company logos on uniforms will cheapen image of Kings

Oct 13, 2016
Company logos on uniforms will cheapen image of Kings

As bad as the Kings are, at least they are our Kings. It says so right on their jerseys. For basketball fans across the nation, the Kings are synonymous with Sacramento. They give our town, with its massive inferiority complex, … Continue reading

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