1. LeBron James Deserts Cleveland: Burn on, Big River, Burn On

    "Even after 40 years, maybe the most surprising thing about the June 22, 1969, Cuyahoga River fire is that it is remembered at all...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 4 years ago 500 reads 12 comments

  2. Los Angeles Lakers Championship Parade: Moment of Silence for the Champions

    "We came, we saw, we conquered everything in sight. Moment of silence for the champions." —Ron Artest, "Champions" "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 4 years ago 2,133 reads 0 comments

  3. Lakers vs. Celtics Game 6: Boston, Bienvenidos a Los Angeles

    Yesterday, a 5.7 earthquake centered near Ocotillo, California could be felt as far away as Los Angeles. Turns out it was just a foreshock...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 4 years ago 830 reads 1 comments

  4. Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 3: L.A.'s Derek Fisher the King for a Night

    "Fame," O.J. [Simpson. Yes, that one.] said, walking along, "is a vapor, popularity is an accident, and money takes wings. The only thing that endures is character." "Where'd you get that from?" [A...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 4 years ago 530 reads 2 comments

  5. NBA Finals 2010 Game 2: L.A. Lakers Should Look to John Wooden for Approach

    Amid the buzz between NBA Finals games in Los Angeles, the game and city lost legend John Wooden at age 99 Friday night...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 4 years ago 1,077 reads 7 comments

  6. L.A. Lakers: Kobe Bryant Ready to Strike, Rewrite 2008 Script

    "Black Mamba, attack conquer/ Basketball beast, rap monster/ Crossover good, a turnaround jumper/ Or just drive in the lane and dunk on dunkers/ You know where it's going, it's going ...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about over 4 years ago 1,277 reads 2 comments

  7. Don't Panic: Luck Be a Los Angeles Laker

    From our corrections and retractions department: Okay, maybe this is a rivalry . In defense of my last article, I did warn the Lakers about looking past the Phoenix Suns, even if that's what I was essentially doing in my own thesis...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about over 4 years ago 635 reads 7 comments

  8. Los Angeles Lakers Can't Allow Boston Celtics Rivalry to Eclipse Suns

    It's not like the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns haven't been trying. The Lakers have been saying all the right things, talking about how the memory of their early exit in the ...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about over 4 years ago 1,358 reads 4 comments

  9. Oakland Athletics Pitcher Dallas Braden Throws the Mother of All No-Nos

    In "The 209" they call that pitchin'. The days leading up to Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday—the 19th in MLB history and ...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about over 4 years ago 479 reads 0 comments

  10. Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre in Conversation: Twilight of the Idol

    Sandy Koufax, hands folded in his lap, sat in the center of Nokia Theatre's bright stage between the Skipper and the Local Sports Columnist , who sat waiting for him to say something. They weren't the only ones in limbo last Saturday night...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about over 4 years ago 898 reads 2 comments

  11. Winter-Bound and Down: Reviewing the 2009 MLB Season, Kenny Powers Style

    If you haven't seen the excellent HBO program Eastbound & Down earlier this year, download it, buy it on DVD, do whatever you need to do to see it, then come back and read this. Done yet?  No?  C'mon, trust me on this...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about almost 5 years ago 1,405 reads 3 comments

  12. L.A. Lakers: TV's Best New "Reality" Series Looking to Renew...Title

    "...and if you want to be free, be free/ Cuz there's a million ways to be/ You know that there are." Okay, okay, you had enough of that the first 500 times you heard it, let alone the 5,000th...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about almost 5 years ago 254 reads 2 comments

  13. Oakland A's Bob Geren: The Worst Man for the Job?

    I received the news as most others seem to receive news these days—via an online social network. According to the A's Facebook fan page status update, what Oakland loyalists had suspected ...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about almost 5 years ago 295 reads 8 comments

  14. In Shangri-L.A., Another Dodgers Championship Merely Incidental

    Heading east on Sunset, miles and miles away from where it becomes "the Strip" and just before it hits Alvarado, is a sign that reads "Slide Area...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about almost 5 years ago 83 reads 0 comments

  15. Elvis Rocks, but Oakland's Andrew Bailey Should Roll as A.L. Rookie of the Year

    From Rollie and Eck to Jason Isringhausen, Billy Koch and Huston Street, if there is one position the Oakland Athletics have consistently cultivated (and sometimes lucked into) over the years, it's that of major league closer...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about almost 5 years ago 190 reads 1 comments

  16. Chris Carter: My Season Tracking the Oakland A's Best Young Player

    By far, the dorkiest fantasy sports league I play in—and, trust me, they all qualify as dorky, only to varying degrees—is a fifty-dollar-entry, long-term keeper, auction-value league I just ...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about almost 5 years ago 604 reads 0 comments

  17. The Oakland A's Light at the End of the Tunnel: Run, Rajai, Run

    "Everyone I know, everywhere I go/People need some reason to believe/I don't know about anyone but me." —Jackson Browne If the Oakland Athletics' season were compressed into a single game, ...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about almost 5 years ago 157 reads 0 comments

  18. California Golden Bears: The Ready for Primetime Players?

    Last Saturday in Berkeley, feelings were running high, with the kind of spirit they haven't had, well, one hopes, since 1959...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about almost 5 years ago 555 reads 5 comments

  19. Colorado Rockies Resurrect Jason Giambi: The Long Goodbye

    "Forever doesn't mean forever anymore." —Elvis Costello "Marlowe: So you used me. Lennox: That’s what friends are for. Nobody cares. Marlowe: Nobody cares but me. Lennox: That’s you, Marlowe...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 5 years ago 745 reads 3 comments

  20. Reading the Lakers' Future in Ron Artest's Tweet Leaves

    Now is the summer of our discontent in Los Angeles. As the rest of the nation gears up for the resumption of America's real national pastime, whipped into giddy anticipation by sensational headlines ...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 5 years ago 1,055 reads 4 comments

  21. Philadelphia Eagles Signing Michael Vick Gooses Dog Days of Summer

    One thing the average sports fan can't complain about this summer—usually a time reserved for languorous days at the baseball stadium and poring over reports from pro football camp and college football practice—is that it's been boring...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 5 years ago 179 reads 0 comments

  22. Jock Schlock Rock: The 10 Worst Albums Made by Athletes

    The guys at the Dirty.com—filling your athletes partying with co-eds photo needs since 2006—recently leaked a music demo San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito had been shopping around to labels in an effort to get a record deal...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 5 years ago 1,052 reads 5 comments

  23. Oakland A's Release Jason Giambi: Things Fall Apart

    With yesterday's release of Jason Giambi and today's placement of Russ Springer on waivers (quickly snapped up by the Tampa Bay Rays), the youth movement has begun anew in Oakland, quicker than you can say, "Don't tase me, bro...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 5 years ago 572 reads 3 comments

  24. Oakland A's Bygone Days: See Rickey Run

    Due north from Los Angeles on your way to Oakland, just after Interstate 5 meets 580, you know you've officially arrived in northern California upon seeing the windmills of the Altamont Pass...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 5 years ago 117 reads 0 comments

  25. USC Football: The Unbearable Lightness of Pete Carroll

    Damn you, Pete Carroll.  You heard me, Coach.  Damn you.  Damn you for making it so hard to hate you. In case you missed it last week, the Pac-10 held its annual media day in one of the many ...

    Ian Chaffee Written by Ian Chaffee about 5 years ago 421 reads 6 comments