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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On being an athletic fat kid

Apr 9, 2014
On being an athletic fat kid

  When I brought home my report card near the end of fourth grade at Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school in Queens, I gave it to my mother. She took it into the dining room to discuss it with … Continue reading

When you watch the NCAA championship basketball game, remember: Life isn’t fair

Apr 7, 2014

If I were a high school player watching the NCAA basketball tournament, I think I would give up any fantasy of playing in the NBA. The skill levels of many players, coupled by their height and athleticism, seem so far out … Continue reading

Hairy-chested guys aren’t so sexy these days

Apr 2, 2014
Hairy-chested guys aren’t so sexy these days

I’m not in fashion this season. That’s what I learned from perusing the New York Times Style Magazine this week. Editor Deborah Needleman describes the manly style depicted by male models in the magazine this way: A look is being … Continue reading

How can anyone root for Kentucky?

Mar 31, 2014

Watching Kentucky knock away opponents in the NCAA basketball tournament is irritating. When Aaron Harrison nailed a three-pointer yesterday to seal a 75-72 victory over Michigan, I gritted my teeth and cursed in my head so as not to disturb … Continue reading

Rethinking college theories on bisexuality

Mar 28, 2014

The cover of last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine highlighted an article on bisexuality. A headline said: “How a new breed of activists is using science to prove there’s something real between straight and gay.” That surprised me. I’ve thought … Continue reading

Boundaries between kids, adults get blurred at the club

Mar 24, 2014

When parents bring children to a social gathering intended for adults, it can cause tension. Sure, you want to be accepting of family life, but the presence of kids changes the social dynamics. You don’t want to seem selfish or … Continue reading

Insights from the obituary pages

Mar 19, 2014

While reading newspaper obituaries recently – the Irish sporting section – I noticed one that said a Sacramento woman had gone to heaven to join her husband. It must be comforting for survivors to have such certainty. I grew up … Continue reading

Arena, new B Street theater are different ball games

Mar 17, 2014

Earlier this year, my wife and I decided to make a significant donation to the B Street Theatre’s campaign to build a new theater in midtown Sacramento. We did that because, as B Street subscribers for many years, we have … Continue reading

How my ad got me a discount at Macy’s

Mar 12, 2014
How my ad got me a discount at Macy’s

Here’s a curious thing: I seem to have gotten a beneficial misprint in an eight-page advertising insert extolling the great values to be found at a Macy’s one-day sale that starts today. Actually, the “sale too big to fit in … Continue reading

High-tech devices help figure out geometry of the perfect shot

Mar 10, 2014

Hip problems knocked me out of the game of basketball for five years. From age 58 to 63, I didn’t play basketball at all. In the middle of that period, I had my left hip replaced. When I finally decided … Continue reading

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