Walter Mencken 10:05 a.m., April 30
Stories by Patrick Daugherty
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?
Very little honor among certain sportsmen – looking at you (again), Tiger.
Wives come and go, fantasy baseball endures.
"That’s nuts." I’m on the phone with an old friend in Phoenix. We’ve been talking about her son who’s playing junior varsity baseball at a suburban high school. He wants to get (have Mom buy), ...
Here it is, Thursday, D-Day for the 2012 Masters. And here is Tiger Woods stepping up to the tee for his first drive. The man does have a hold on us. Only Tiger Woods could ...
Mike Tyson is opening his one-man Vegas act, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — Live on Stage, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 13. It’s the same arena where he had an intimate encounter ...
By Saturday afternoon it was over. Gonzaga lost to Ohio State and there was not a single West Coast team left in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Before we go on, I should tell you ...
To recap: the NFL released the following statement Friday afternoon, a traditional dump day for embarrassing news. “A lengthy investigation by the NFL’s security department has disclosed that between 22 and 27 defensive players on ...
The sporting world awaits, on edge, for March 2 and the first public exhibition of Ultimate Tazer Ball (UTB). The contest will be held in Thailand. Our hometown San Diego Spartans will be tasering the ...
He’s been so everywhere, it’s hard to remember the lad has been under the big top for, as I write this, only 15 days. His first NBA game as a starter occurred on February 4, ...
And so, baseball. Padres pitchers and catchers report to Peoria on Sunday. Once again I have been suckered into a fantasy baseball league by quaffing one drink too many in the company of bad men. ...
I have Dewey Not-His-Real-Name Pienkey on the phone. He’s a Nevada friend from olden days. Third generation, born and raised in Searchlight, a town of 550, an hour’s drive south of Vegas, known for the ...
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. It’s the one time every year when gamblers come out of their closets, fling open their bedroom windows, and shout out, “Yes, neighbor. Yes, Mr. Policeman. Yes, Mr. Employer. ...
EXT. A TELEPHONE BOOTH. BALTIMORE ALLEY. RAINY. LATE NIGHT. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh is drunk, drool and spittle ooze from his mouth, flows down his chin and cheeks, then gathers itself and drips onto ...
The 49ers beat New Orleans, and Alex Smith is redeemed. The San Francisco QB, in crunch-chomp time, game on the line, threw a touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to Vernon Davis, with nine seconds left in ...
If you look you can find some San Diego in Saturday’s 49ers/New Orleans playoff game. This, by the way, is as close to the NFL playoffs as we’re likely to get as long as Norv, ...