Category Archives: Newspapers

Pursuing Pipino Cuevas

Almost a century ago legendary sportswriters crafted vibrant stories about what they’d seen and imagined, and later regaled each other while consuming Herculean quantities of spirits. In the late 1970s, when I was a newspaper correspondent, the dynamics had shifted and reporters often wrote tepid articles, the stuff of wire-service drones, and sometimes imbibed beforehand. […]

Also posted in Boxing, Pete Ranzany, Pipino Cuevas, Sacramento

Charles White Endures

(These poems were originally published out of chronological order and are here reorganized to form a life story.) 1. Goodbye Father daddy’s dead but momma says we’ve got to sit way back in church and from there i watch everyone especially the family in front crying even harder and realize where daddy’s been six days […]

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Material Handler on the Road

I still wonder if my adult working career for many years progressed like a tortoise in sand because of apathy or a reflexive hatred of manual labor that began too soon, at age nine, when my mother remarried and her new husband, a drill sergeant masquerading as an electrical engineer and contractor, drafted my stepbrother […]

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Time to Pay College Athletes

Howls in the sporting world have resumed as they always must since those making the disgusting noises cannot do much else. I am primarily referring to white sportswriters and talk radio grunts, a snaky and jealous lot, who have recently called Tiger Woods scum and a bum because he enjoys sleeping with attractive young women. […]

Also posted in Basketball, Football, Golf, Heisman Trophy, Lebron James, Media, Michael Jackson, Movies, Music, NCAA, Racism, Radio, Reggie Bush, Shirley Temple, Stevie Wonder, Tiger Woods, USC