Darrin DuFord 3:30 p.m., Dec. 26
Stories by Patrick Daugherty
I hear sailors talking
America’s Cup is coming up — only the richest and 175th richest to take part in what will be a race of catamarans.
Professional cycling’s uphill climb
Rundown of bicyclists who’ve been caught doping and the Tour of California bike race.
Lawrence Herkimer, the “father of cheerleading.”
Run. Eat. Sleep? Repeat
There’s a run coming up next week. Post time is Friday, April 19, 5:30 a.m., Huntington Beach State Park, read 25 miles down the coast from Long Beach. The race ends Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ...
Every year USA Today, CBS Sports, pretty much everybody, publishes team payrolls for each major league baseball club. Those figures are all over the map, espn.go says the bottom three 2013 payrolls are: Oakland A’s, ...
Sportswriter fires team
Watching the humiliation. There’s 4:49 left with the score, Florida Gulf Coast 70, San Diego 52. You can see the wheels falling off the Aztecs’ bandwagon from here. SDSU came into the tournament regarded as ...
Everybody loves Cinderella, especially Liberty University
Time for our annual NCAA Tournament preview, wherein the Box picks the most improbable team to receive an invitation and gives you, oh Sporting Box regulars, an inside line. This year’s honoree is Liberty University ...
"I didn’t see this one coming.” That is the subject line found on an email a friend sent me. Said friend teaches journalism at a private college. The link he provided takes me to fastcompany.com ...
4000 years and counting
Go, simultaneously the most simple and complex game ever.
I have a folder on my internet browser’s bookmarks bar labeled “Sports Pages.” Inside are links to the sports section of every NFL and MLB team’s hometown newspaper. Occasionally, I’ll trawl through the tabloid briar ...
Europol has press conference to disclose extensive investigation that revealed widespread soccer-match fixing in the FIFA league.
Interview with journalist Jorge Aranguré, raised binationally, in Tijuana and southern San Diego County.
Odds and evens
This column is for degenerate gamblers, a sporting demographic I’ve neglected lately. You can see why. When an internet gambling site runs a half-page, full-color ad in the sports section of a Super Bowl team’s ...
They didn’t talk about women while working on the Alaskan pipeline project in the ’70s.
Fade In 2
Coaching twins have another chance — read the script.
Long-distance call girl
Suzy Favor-Hamilton, one-time track star, now the third-most popular prostitute in Las Vegas.
End times edition
End-of-the-world sports wrap-up, giving a final tip of the hat to the biggest sports stories Earth has ever known.
A memory of a Christmas spent on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres
At my desktop computer, I have clicked over to YouTube and typed in “Christmas music.” First up is, “Christmas Music Playlist Part Two For Your Christmas Party.” I click again. The party begins with Elvis ...
Now that Chargers coach Norv Turner and manager A.J. Smith will be shown the door at the end of the season, who will be the next coach?
Sympathy for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher; minimal thoughts for his 22-year-old girlfriend Kasandra Perkins after Belcher’s act of murder-suicide.
A little board, a giant wall, a good movie
About Danny Way, the North County resident who jumped the Great Wall of China on a skateboard.
Wager Nation needs allies
New Jersey moves to legalize betting on football. Will they be stopped?
Dude, where’s my gun?
Okay, I completed my Handgun Safety Certification exam and fired 20 rounds out the front end of a Beretta M9 without injury to any living thing. Guiding me all the while was an entity I’ll ...
Where do you get joust training? Knight school!
Jouster Jeffrey Hedgecock of Ramona is one of three Medieval armourers in the U.S.
Jeffrey Hedgecock, 43, of Ramona, makes armour. Think knights, Middle Ages, helmets, sallets, breastplates, gauntlets, faulds, greaves, poleyns, spaundlers, the whole deal, tip to toe. Making Medieval armour puts you in an exceedingly select guild. ...
An interview with Katie Stearns, mounted martial artist (she does archery while riding a horse).
Part 2 of an interview with 400-lb Idahoan sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting.
Not just another fat guy in a diaper.
Interview with Kelly Gneiting, the 42-year-old sumo wrestler from Idaho.
The NFL institutes disciplinary coursework for fans who get ejected from games.
When the Field of Dreams gets cut short, there’s always the San Diego–Barona Stars.
A chat with a DeLorean owner.
A break from modern living includes a DeLorean.
What’s going on in your bird room?
Interview with David Benites of the San Diego Canary Club.
The lonely work of digging for sports.
Poring over magazines for sports news during the annual sports slowdown.
We were talking to Escondido homeboy, San Marcos State alumnus, and San Marcos High School English teacher repurposed into a stay-at-home dad, Mike “Spank” Spangler, 42. Spank drives the 24 Hours of LeMons. Said 24 ...
Golf pro and golf-cart driver Casey Martin won his U.S. Supreme Court case against PGA Tour, Inc.
Man versus horse, man versus tiddlywinks.
You think the Tour De France is crazy? Try the Tour Divide.
A big hole in your television sports experience is about to be filled.
WNBA president Laurel J. Richie made her career in advertising.
Bicyclist Floyd Landis retires in shame and Lance Armstrong rides rich into the sunset? Is that fair?