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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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

A tie for victory in hockey state championship game

Mar 9, 2014
A tie for victory in hockey state championship game

  First, let me extend congratulations to my great-nephew Dylan McKeon, a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Dylan is the goalie on the school’s hockey team, which yesterday tied for victory in the Ohio state championship game. … Continue reading

Ranadive’s ‘creative tension’ adds to divisiveness among losing Kings

Mar 5, 2014

The Kings’ problems aren’t a matter of differing philosophies about how to play the game of basketball. The choice isn’t between coach Michael Malone’s emphasis on defense and team executives’ embrace of offense, or some balancing of opposites. Strong defense … Continue reading

In Kings arena fight, journalistic credibility took a dive

Mar 3, 2014

If you’re angry that you didn’t get to vote on subsidizing a new Kings arena downtown, don’t blame City Hall, says the Sacramento Bee. Blame the taxpayer groups that drew up the faulty petitions a judge found fatally flawed.  “In … Continue reading

Beneath all the PR, Cousins in a bully

Feb 28, 2014

Pretty soon, the apologists and enablers of DeMarcus Cousins are going to run out of spin material on the 6-foot-1l, 270-pound Kings center and have to deal with an unpleasant reality: the surly malcontent is a bully. He beats up … Continue reading

For bad behavior, Kings’ Cousins meets his match

Feb 26, 2014

Who’s the bigger bum of the past week – DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings’ chronic malcontent, or Jim Boeheim, the Syracuse University coach whose flew into a rage and assured defeat for his team? While the 6-foot-11 Cousins was  whining … Continue reading

On arena issue, fair play trumped by minutiae

Feb 24, 2014

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” — French writer Anatole France. As seasoned societal observers well know, those with … Continue reading

Replenishing one’s sense of wonder

Feb 23, 2014
Replenishing one’s sense of wonder

  The engaging creature I am holding at top is an Australian walking stick. It is about 4 inches long with a thick curled tail. This stick is a female and its tail is filled with eggs, said Matan Shelomi, a … Continue reading

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