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


Sacramento’s new arena — majestic Half Dome or crushed beer can?

Oct 3, 2016
Sacramento’s new arena — majestic Half Dome or crushed beer can?

Just because the architects and designers of the new Kings arena in Sacramento compare their creation to the grandeur of Yosemite’s Half Dome and the riparian greenery of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, don’t feel you need to genuflect. That’s for … Continue reading

Clinton-Trump debate had echo of “Battle of the Sexes”

Sep 28, 2016
Clinton-Trump debate had echo of “Battle of the Sexes”

The Clinton-Trump debate Monday evening reminded me of the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. In both events, a central question was this: Can a woman beat a man in a pressure-filled contest in … Continue reading

Sacramento’s embarrassing purchase of Koons sculpture is no boost for local art

Sep 26, 2016
Sacramento’s embarrassing purchase of Koons sculpture is no boost for local art

My wife and granddaughter shared in the excitement of this year’s Chalk-It-Up Festival in Sacramento by joining 200 local artists in transforming squares of sidewalk concrete into colorful artwork. The annual event serves as a fundraiser to promote youth art … Continue reading

The point of pie-throwing is to degrade and humiliate the victim

Sep 23, 2016
The point of pie-throwing is to degrade and humiliate the victim

All those folks who think the assault on Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Wednesday night was lighthearted political theater should reflect on the words of attacker Sean Thompson: “Pie throwing was the least violent action I could take.” Such violence against … Continue reading

Hail to the mayor

Sep 22, 2016
Hail to the mayor

Way to go, Mayor Johnson. I’m glad you still have the reflexes at 50 to ward off an attacker bent on doing who knows what kind of physical harm to you. I’m sure it was scary to be grabbed by … Continue reading

Ready for the flight to heaven

Sep 22, 2016
Ready for the flight to heaven

In glancing through the obituaries in Wednesday’s Sacramento Bee, I noticed that an 87-year-old woman had “gained her wings 09/09/16.” Further down the page, I saw an ad for the Angel Care funeral home, complete with fluttering wings above the … Continue reading

Better to light a candle than curse the darkness

Sep 19, 2016
Better to light a candle than curse the darkness

I’ve lived a life of one-liners. I grew up hearing pearls of wisdom like “seize the day” and “to thine own self be true.” In college, I was exposed to the world’s great literature and stockpiled enough quotations, aphorisms and … Continue reading

How about a Ken-doll cake at Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival?

Sep 14, 2016
How about a Ken-doll cake at Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival?

The local news is getting weird these days.   Take, for example, a story about my neighborhood bakery. How could the beloved Freeport Bakery, the provider of so much sweet pleasure for the residents of Land Park and Curtis Park … Continue reading

Bikeway connector in midtown Sacramento needs protection

Sep 12, 2016
Bikeway connector in midtown Sacramento needs protection

As a bicycle rider in Sacramento, I like to get off the hazardous streets and enjoy the scenic beauty of the American River bike trail, officially known as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail. My street smarts, developed as a youth in New York … Continue reading

Oakland, San Diego run into ethics mess with their luxury suites

Sep 7, 2016

Monday’s blog focused on who will get free tickets to sit in the city of Sacramento’s suite at the new arena; today’s piece is a look at the mess caused in two California cities by such giveaways. The problems are … Continue reading

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