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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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

Jury service shakes up daily routine

Feb 26, 2015

In my imagination, I’m a go-with-the-flow kind of guy. When the unexpected happens, I quickly adapt. I admire adventurers and undercover operatives who throw themselves into dangerous, uncharted situations and find a way to improvise new game plans. One of … Continue reading

Self-acceptance helps when painting a room

Feb 23, 2015
Self-acceptance helps when painting a room

  Age has brought a touch of patience. I took the cabinet door off before I started painting the small upstairs bathroom. In my first two houses, I painted over hinges, telling myself the overall new look would far outweigh … Continue reading

Cousins has little to gain from game plan of new Kings coach

Feb 18, 2015
Cousins has little to gain from game plan of new Kings coach

“He might be our best passer.” That’s what George Karl, the new coach of the Sacramento Kings,  said about DeMarcus Cousins, according to this morning’s Sacramento Bee.  Karl was talking about his plan to experiment to see how to best … Continue reading

Competition, equality and riding the bench

Feb 17, 2015

At Braddock Park, the playground in Queens where I learned so many life lessons, you had to earn your way onto the big-guys court. The rule was that winners stayed on the court. No one wanted to be saddled with … Continue reading

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