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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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

Kings may be losers at Sleep Train, but these mattress buyers felt like winners

Jan 15, 2014

I don’t know whether my wife and I got a bargain on the new mattress we bought last week. It’s hard to do comparison-shopping for mattresses. Consumer Reports magazine, which I always check before significant purchases, said this in its … Continue reading

City readies pre-emptive strike to derail any public vote on arena subsidy

Jan 13, 2014
City readies pre-emptive strike to derail any public vote on arena subsidy

The public be damned was certainly the operating principle in New Jersey recently. Political aides of Gov. Chris Christie have been blamed for causing traffic nightmares for four straight days to punish a political opponent. Emergency vehicles were delayed, schoolchildren … Continue reading

Zack’s training pays off as he defends his turf

Jan 8, 2014
Zack’s training pays off as he defends his turf

  There was Zack, standing in the middle of the road last night. He was bathed in the soft glow of a streetlight. The other cat was crouched down about 30 feet away, looking back over his shoulder. Zack darted … Continue reading

What the Kings could learn from the Sac State women’s team

Jan 6, 2014

Although I play basketball at least three times a week, it takes something special to get me out to an arena to watch a game. I usually catch a few high school playoff games each year because I enjoy the … Continue reading

A life coach in 2014?

Jan 1, 2014

In 2014, should I put on a blindfold, crouch down and pretend to be mountain lion in hopes of finding out what kind of life I was meant to live in order to maximize my happiness? Part of me says … Continue reading

Sac State women’s basketball team is inspiring to watch

Dec 30, 2013

Go Hornets — and thanks. I’m still in an upbeat mood from watching the Sacramento State women’s basketball team play Saturday afternoon. The Hornets defeated the much taller UC Davis Aggies 84-78 with a whirlwind style of play and pushed … Continue reading

Social class as well as height contributes to basketball success

Dec 26, 2013

“How tall do you have to be to play in the NBA?” my 12-year-old grandson asked me as we headed off to shoot some baskets. “It varies,” I said, not eager to crush the hopes of a kid who probably … Continue reading

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