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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Sorry to see this custom-made blazer depart

Nov 19, 2014
Sorry to see this custom-made blazer depart

My old black blazer fit fine. I figured, at first glance, it would be appropriate for the event. The three front buttons were cut too low to be stylish, but this custom-made blazer had a timeless appeal. Good men’s clothing … Continue reading

DeMarcus Cousins is a downer on upbeat Kings

Nov 17, 2014
DeMarcus Cousins is a downer on upbeat Kings

  A perceptive, tolerant human being I know had this to say about DeMarcus Cousins: “He may be a jerk, but he’s our jerk.” The comment came from a longtime Sacramentan who looks for ways to get beyond negative experiences … Continue reading

Legend of Frank the Indian takes odd turn

Nov 13, 2014

The other day, my older brother John emailed me a picture and asked whether I knew who the dignified-looking, white-haired man was. “Looks like an Italian notable,” I responded. “That’s our Indian, Frankie Lia,” my brother replied. He had done a … Continue reading

Local hotels get hard elbow from Kings’ owners

Nov 10, 2014

Local hotel owners, particularly in downtown Sacramento, can’t be enthusiastic that the owners of the Sacramento Kings plan to build a 250-room hotel next to the new arena. Area hotels struggled through the deep recession and are only now beginning … Continue reading

Boxing’s oldest champion faces big test

Nov 6, 2014

Thanks to a number of pre-fight news stories, I’ve become interested in what happens when boxer Bernard Hopkins takes on Russian fighter Sergey Kovalev this Saturday night. On one level, the fight in Atlantic City, N.J., looks like the classic … Continue reading

When life gets nip and tuck

Nov 3, 2014

In perusing the New York Times the other day, I came across a debate ignited by the remarkable transformation of actress Renee Zellweger’s face. Many thought Zellweger, 45, was almost unrecognizable when she appeared at a recent event. They assumed … Continue reading

A tactic unworthy of a good newspaper

Oct 31, 2014

“Sacramento must separate Measure L from the mayor,” proclaims the headline over the Sacramento Bee’s lead editorial Thursday. The newspaper’s editorial board has advanced this specious position before, and I suspect it was bombarded with ridicule. Why else would this … Continue reading

Kings owner Ranadive spins another fantasy

Oct 30, 2014

The most offensive display put on yesterday as the Sacramento Kings opened the new season against the Golden State Warriors was Kings owner Vivek Ranadive bragging about an NBA championship that will come to “one of the most iconic structures … Continue reading

Restrictive stereotypes fall when someone dares to challenge them

Oct 28, 2014
Restrictive stereotypes fall when someone dares to challenge them

  When I came across a picture of a very pregnant Alysia Montaño, a 2012 Olympian from Southern California, competing in the U.S. Track and Field Championships June 26 while eight months pregnant, I did a double take. It was … Continue reading

Have an addiction? Here’s the word on the street

Oct 22, 2014

I parked my black Mustang yesterday in a parking lot across from the Capital Athletic Club. The club in downtown Sacramento is just a few blocks from the state Capitol. There are many state office buildings nearby, along with a … Continue reading

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