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Category Archives: Philadelphia

LeBron Updates Free Agency

Please ignore reports I screamed like an unanesthetized dental patient upon learning that stellar forward Paul George, presumed to be bound for the glorious Los Angeles Lakers, instead signed to stay a few years on the arid plain of Oklahoma City. I confess I did shout in pain but the source was physical rather than […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Brandon Ingram, Cleveland, Julius Randle, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyle Kuzma, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, Paul George

Gilbert Demands Examination of LeBron

In a lather, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert calls and tells me to get online and click the link he just sent. I do so and listen as he says, “Who the hell’s that little dude standing next to Joel Embid after the game? Looks like he’s smiling up at his hero. And check out poor […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Ben Simmons, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, George Thomas Clark, Joel Embid, Lebron James

Jittery Jackson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Kobe Bryant, Kristaps Porzingis, Michael Jordan, New York City, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippin, Shaquille O'Neal

Matthew Saad Muhammad Goes Home

Where you going big brother? Please don’t run so fast. I’m only five and can’t catch you and mommy’s dead and our aunt only wants you, I guess, and now I’m alone and it’s getting dark and cold and I’m scared someone’s going to get me I hope this policeman will help. I think he […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Lou Gehrig, Marvin Johnson, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Yaqui Lopez

Thomas Eakins Gets Physical

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue” To see Swimming, please click here To see Taking the Count, please click here To see Wrestlers, please click here

Also posted in Art, Education, Homosexuals, LACMA, Museums, Painters, Realism, Sex, Thomas Eakins

Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Babe Ruth, Baseball, Basketball, Cars & Driving, Civil War - American, Elvis Presley, Football, George Thomas Clark, Grambling University, Grapevine, Highway 99, Jim Cleamons, Kentucky, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Luke Witte, Mississippi, New York City, Niagara Falls, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State University, Pittsburgh, Racism, Roberto Clemente, Sacramento, Siege of Vicksburg, Tennessee, Texas, Travel, Ulysses S. Grant, Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Woody Hayes