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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Peace an Earth and watch the road rage

Dec 24, 2014

Thoughts heading into Christmas Eve: Does the great waffler Sony have to release “The Interview” on Christmas Day? Couldn’t this company, which hoped to make money and draw a few laughs from the fantasy assassination of North Korea’s leader, give … Continue reading

What not to say in a job interview

Dec 22, 2014

While perusing the New York Times yesterday to see what notables had died, I came across a delightfully written obituary on Rock Scully. He managed the Grateful Dead band from 1965 to about 1985, “a long, strange trip that saw … Continue reading

Euphemism can’t hide Kings’ nasty business

Dec 17, 2014

“Philosophical differences” – now there’s a lofty phrase that suggests deep analysis by thoughtful individuals contemplating the nature of truth. Think of Plato vs. Aristotle,  Augustine vs. Aquinas or 17th century political theorists Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. But “philosophical … Continue reading

Firing of Kings coach Malone shows no class

Dec 15, 2014

Here’s a bush league move by the Sacramento Kings: they dump the coach who has led the struggling team to its best start in years like a sack of garbage. If you woke up this morning and were surprised – … Continue reading

Should players accept tainted victory?

Dec 11, 2014

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Bernard Jones this morning rejected a move to put the Oklahoma state high school football playoffs on hold and allow the replaying of a disputed quarterfinal game. The controversy, as I wrote yesterday, arose when … Continue reading

Is court the remedy for refs’ blunder in high school game?

Dec 10, 2014

Here’s the messy situation: Referees in a quarterfinal game of the Oklahoma state football playoffs misinterpreted a rule and invalidated a go-ahead touchdown with 64 seconds left to play, costing an Oklahoma City high school team its shot at playing in … Continue reading

The Bee should reflect on its own Vietnam War role

Dec 8, 2014

After stirring up Vietnam War memories for the past two weeks, the Sacramento Bee discovered that “the wounds of the Vietnam War, though it ended almost 40 years ago, still seem raw.” I read that line in an editor’s note … Continue reading

What do you say to a guy who spits in the communal shower?

Dec 3, 2014

Some people have a gift for resolving minor irritations with tact and humor. I wish I had their deft touch. I tend to let annoyances build up until I either retreat or overreact. A friendly observer once told me that … Continue reading

Heavy player seeks edge with vegan diet

Dec 1, 2014

In recent months, I noticed that one of regulars in the over-40 basketball games at my athletic club, a burly guy who likes to post up near the baseline, had dropped a considerable amount of weight. “Twenty-five pounds,” he said. … Continue reading

Deciding which road to take

Nov 27, 2014

I enjoyed the first installment this week of the Lifetime television series “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.” The six-part reality show follows five women who are considering becoming Catholic nuns. Having been taught by Kentucky Dominican nuns for eight years at … Continue reading

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