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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Grease your career at the downtown Kings arena

Jul 7, 2014

As a basketball fan, my best memories are connected to the old Madison Square Garden in New York City. The arena, seating 18,499, was filled with loud, knowledgeable fans who appreciated the subtleties of the game as well as the talents … Continue reading

What does draft pick say about Kings’ game plan?

Jul 3, 2014

Throughout the Kings’ long, abysmal past season, coach Michael Malone bemoaned the team’s lack of passing and weak defense. Although astute in his analysis, Malone seemed unable to persuade his players to do what he knew they should be doing. … Continue reading

Crying foul over arena “extortion” is hypocritical

Jun 30, 2014

The trouble with setting a bad example is that you inspire others to follow your lead. Imitation, after all, is the sincerest form of flattery. No need to get all hypocritical when this happens. The Kings arena boondoggle is an … Continue reading

Step two on window repair would have helped

Jun 25, 2014
Step two on window repair would have helped

  Last weekend served as a good reminder that I am not a handyman. I was stymied for considerable time on a minor home repair because I wasn’t given complete instructions. Perhaps a native born Californian with fix-it genes in … Continue reading

Headline on U.S. soccer game is out of bounds

Jun 23, 2014

“RED, WHITE AND BLEW IT.” That was the all-caps headline on the front page on the Sacramento Bee this morning. It was plastered over a picture of  U.S. fans, draped in red, white and blue, looking shocked after Portugal tied … Continue reading

An occasional ‘thank you’ to customers might have kept Capital Nursery in business

Jun 19, 2014

As I was driving along Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento yesterday, I passed the blocklong ghost of Capital Nursery. The once-thriving showcase that had provided beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs for local gardens since 1936 went out of business in 2012. … Continue reading

San Antonio Spurs, Aborigines and world peace

Jun 16, 2014

Thoughts on the NBA Finals: Even when the San Antonio Spurs were up by 20 points last night, I couldn’t relax. I worried that LeBron James and his one-man show would undo all the satisfying, old-school passing, cutting and unselfishness … Continue reading

Struggling marina offers cautionary tale on Kings arena financing plan

Jun 11, 2014

When you bank on future growth, you may get an unpleasant surprise.  The city of Sacramento tells us it’s confident that steadily increasing parking revenue in the years ahead will help pay off the massive debt the city is taking … Continue reading

California Chrome co-owner pulls up lame

Jun 9, 2014

Thanks, California Chrome, for coming so close to winning the Triple Crown. You gave us big dreams for the past five weeks and ran your heart out. Only 11 horses in racing history have won that elusive prize, and a … Continue reading

California Chrome chases ghost of Secretariat

Jun 5, 2014

For the first time in four decades, I want to see a racehorse win the Triple Crown. Go California Chrome!  I wasn’t thrilled to see Seattle Slew take the Triple Crown in 1977, even though I was living in the … Continue reading

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