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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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

Wanted: a soul-tracking GPS device

Nov 24, 2014

My portable GPS device seemed to know where I was even I didn’t. All I could see were the lights from other cars in the blackness of the night. I was tired and tense. I wanted to get myself, my … Continue reading

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

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