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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Bring on the burned toast, hold the Fig Newtons

Feb 11, 2014

Burned toast isn’t good for me. That’s what the health tip said. Avoid the charcoal crunch and strive for toast that is honey-colored. I can still see my father sitting at the table with two slices of honey-colored toast and … Continue reading

If self-entitlement made an All-Star, Cousins would be on NBA team

Feb 9, 2014
If self-entitlement made an All-Star, Cousins would be on NBA team

  While DeMarcus Cousins was sulking Friday, the opposing center for the Boston Celtics scored 31 points against him and grabbed 16 rebounds. The game marked the Kings’ 33rd loss of the season against 17 wins. Cousins manfully blamed himself for … Continue reading

Gee, playing basketball doesn’t keep you safe from death

Feb 6, 2014
Gee, playing basketball doesn’t keep you safe from death

  Human beings make plans and the gods laugh. Still, I like to pretend there’s some kind of order to my world, some sense to making arrangements for the 20 or so years an actuary might estimate I have left … Continue reading

Arena schemers hitch a ride on streetcar plan

Feb 3, 2014

Even as a skeptical observer of the arena charade, my eyes widened with today’s main headline in the Sacramento Bee: “Traffic solution sought for arena.” Wasn’t this the same newspaper that last month proclaimed, to snorts of derision across the … Continue reading

Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins is half an all-star

Jan 31, 2014
Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins is half an all-star

“Cousins snubbed for All-Star team.” That’s the headline plastered across the top of the Sacramento Bee’s sport page this morning. The story was a pure hometowner, casting the big guy as a victim. Fans and coaches showed no respect for … Continue reading

Want to rip off the public? Pick a number, any number

Jan 30, 2014

Will the Super Bowl generate $550 million to $600 million in economic benefits for the New York City area, as rabid politicians and NFL executives claim? Well, first, where the heck did that huge estimate come from? asks New York … Continue reading

Honor takes a hit in Sheldon High School basketball program

Jan 29, 2014

In Japan, company executives occasionally commit corporate hara-kiri when scandals erupt on their watch. They resign in shame, regardless of whether they were directly responsible for creating the mess. They admit they failed in their duty as leaders to ensure … Continue reading

Opinion: In arena-subsidy fight, grass-roots activists provide inspiring example

Jan 27, 2014

It would be easy to turn cynical at this point and remind yourself that fighting city hall is an exercise in futility. When you combine big money, greed, ambitious politicians and a compliant local media, you create a steamroller likely … Continue reading

New toilets for the drought — and aging bodies

Jan 22, 2014
New toilets for the drought — and aging bodies

  “We don’t want to become those old people who start letting everything go,” my wife announced. “Everything covers a lot of ground,” I said. “We should get a new toilet. I hate this cracked cover.” A chunk of porcelain … Continue reading

Mayor Johnson could resign if he really wants to protect the public

Jan 20, 2014

When Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, unhappy with the growing possibility of a public vote on a Kings arena subsidy, says he will “consider all of the available options to protect the public,” you wonder if he’s thinking of resigning. OK, … Continue reading

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