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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Replenishing one’s sense of wonder

Feb 23, 2014
Replenishing one’s sense of wonder

  The engaging creature I am holding at top is an Australian walking stick. It is about 4 inches long with a thick curled tail. This stick is a female and its tail is filled with eggs, said Matan Shelomi, a … Continue reading

Winning through whining on the basketball court

Feb 19, 2014

I don’t like whiners. I’m sure this comes from my father. He had a low tolerance for whining, coupled with an expansive view of what constituted the offense. A mere assertion of children’s rights was usually enough to elicit the … Continue reading

Longtime winning coach stressed importance of college

Feb 17, 2014
Longtime winning coach stressed importance of college

  The New York Times article caught my attention. Charles Granby, the 79-year-old coach of Campus Magnet High School in Queens, was retiring after 45 years at the school. His teams had racked up 722 victories, the most for any … Continue reading

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

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