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Stories by Patrick Daugherty

Imperial Beach, town without pretense

Complete public sleeping ban Imperial Beach has banned camping or sleeping in public with an ordinance that reaches into every last corner, from pavement to median, "including but not limited to dirt or landscaped areas." ...

Cave paintings of Juan Cabrillo ship, marijuana farmers of Cuyamaca

Mommy, why are they shooting at us again? “I don’t take my kids to the park anymore on Sundays,” says Luís, a young Tijuana father of three — eight- and six-year-old sons, and a five-year-old ...

May 17, 2020
Best Reader stories from 2011

Dad was a bum Mike Elliott’s father disappeared when he was 13 years old. Not disappeared as in vanished mysteriously. Disappeared as in left and never came back. Some 27 years later, on a rainy ...

March 7, 2020
Best Reader stories from 2001

How San Diegans reacted to 9-11 “Where were you when the World Trade Center was hit?” “At home.” “And you happened to have the TV on?” “No, my little sister called. She woke me up ...

February 1, 2020
Best Reader stories from 1994

A little bit east of Eden When I was living in Los Angeles years ago, a door-to-door solicitor pitching San Diego vacations and tours showed me a brochure of local attractions. Included on the list ...

January 5, 2020
Jacumba – the far edge of San Diego

A quiet street and an old hotel Jacumba is a kind of living ghost town out in southeast San Diego County, on the Mexican border, in what’s called, the Mountain Empire district. It has come ...

Patrick Daugherty and the Reader

Patrick Daugherty was the author of the weekly Sporting Box column since 1995. He died April 20, 2016. He wrote for the Berkeley Monthly before the Reader. Editor's picks of Daugherty's Reader stories: The low-budget ...

March 24, 2019
Hopping the last train for parts unknown

"Ran into Tin Cup at the Four Mile. He rode in on the Union Pacific a couple days ago.” I laugh, “He’s still train-hopping? The man is a champion.” I have an old Nevada friend ...

March 22, 2017
A house in Torrey Pines State Reserve

Beds: 5 Baths: 9 Current Owner: David Batchelder Asking Price: $29,000,000 The bluff-top estate at 100 Stratford Court in Del Mar offers prospective buyers nearly 6000 square feet of living area in a just-completed “coastal ...

March 15, 2017
Best of Sporting Box, 2005

Fresh Start I've stepped out of the darkened cave — or, more precisely, have exited the animal den known in another life as my living room, to stroll in fresh air and reconnect my chakra ...

How to pick the NCAA winner

The Box solves NCAA tournament’s bracketology.

March 16, 2016
Epic chokes from the history of modern sports

Now we come to Preventing Motor Skill Failure Through Hemisphere-Specific Priming: Cases From Choking Under Pressure. Authored by those impetuous funsters at Faculty of Sport Science, Technische Universität München, located in München, state of Bavaria, ...

March 2, 2016
Eighteen holes with Chris Berman

I’m standing in front of the Lodge at Pebble Beach. Here for the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It’s Tuesday. Players, those who are here, have today and tomorrow for practice rounds. The tournament goes off ...

February 17, 2016
The increasingly weird story of Peyton Manning

The abiding question: Can a first-round NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, a legitimate superstar, who is now, according to many, in his football dotage, play one more beautiful game? The answer is no. The hope ...

February 3, 2016
You bought her a new stadium

Your girl, wooed away by the Swaggering Beast of the Midwest.

January 20, 2016
Peyton Manning meets Al Jazeera

Best not to believe anybody when it comes to doping.

January 6, 2016
Siri, are the Chargers moving to L.A.?

I clamber out of bed, make for the kitchen and coffee. While passing through the living room a thought arises, “There’s too much Apple dreck in my life.” I have a second-generation iTouch with a ...

December 23, 2015
More golf courses are closing than opening

Last April I wrote a column about taking up the game of golf. My previous golfing experience occurred many frog lives ago, having to do with a road trip, two women, two guys, the usual ...

December 9, 2015
When should a game be canceled?

There were seven separate terror attacks in Paris. The first two killed four people (three suicide bombers and one civilian), outside Stade de France, the national sports stadium. France was playing Germany in an international ...

November 25, 2015
The NHL could go to Vegas

Vegas on ice.

November 11, 2015
The NFL will lie to you. Anytime. Anywhere.

Chargers public hearing on relocation.

October 28, 2015
The imaginary offseason

Punching the clock with pro athletes.

October 14, 2015
Fantasy games are fantasy, not gambling

I TiVo NFL games. If you wait until halftime and then start watching via TiVo, you can skip through commercials and wind up at game’s end in real time. Sadly, this season, thanks to a ...

September 30, 2015
Everything you wanted to know about the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition

The fifth annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition will be held on the campus of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in Gaslamp, California, aka downtown San Diego. Be there. Randy Grossman is on the phone. ...

September 16, 2015
Stop slandering the Pats, the Bolts cheat more!

Think of the San Diego Chargers and you think of a team that winds up going nowhere year after year after year. But, over the past ten years the Chargers have the fifth best record ...

September 2, 2015
Heading to Carson? Check out these hot spots

Here is your invitation to join the San Diego Chargers in their new home city, 19 square miles of paradise, Carson, California! Clap your hands and give a big shout-out to 91,000 sports-loving Carsonites who ...

August 19, 2015
Destroyed cell phone reinflates deflate-gate

Tom Brady and DeflateGate. It’s an eye-rolling, buzz-killing story that has been sucked dry by the national media. I don’t want to be associated with it, but would like to slip in one point, so ...

August 5, 2015
Golf is a full-time job

I’m sitting on a large, rust-flaked rock next to the VIP parking lot behind the Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward. One rock over is Xander Schauffele, 21, born and raised in San Diego. He starred ...

July 22, 2015
To pro golf’s horror, Zombie Tiger stays on the tour

He’s interesting again. Which is a giant step up from embarrassment to humankind. Tiger Woods was the World Number 1 rated golfer for an unbelievable 683 weeks during his career. On July 5, 2015, Woods ...

July 8, 2015
Learn Latin or buy bicycle insurance? Hmm...

It’s late in the afternoon, not quite dusk. I’m driving a Dodge pickup truck along a residential street I’ve driven over for 15 years. Up ahead is a stop light. I’ll make a left there, ...

June 24, 2015
Fifa president steps down — sort of

Critics are raving about United Passions, the sports movie of the year! This meticulously researched film is an unsentimental yet heartwarming biography of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) and its cruelly slandered president, Joseph ...

June 10, 2015
Death on the links

It’s time to take golf seriously. I don’t mean as a sport. I don’t mean the tournaments or the country clubs or the ugly clothes. None of that. I’m talking about murder on the manicured ...

June 3, 2015
Sports and showbiz — a money-making machine

Sports and showbiz have merged into one seamless money-making machine. You can’t tell, with precision, where the line is that marks the boundary between one world and the other. Saying that, there is a tiny ...

May 27, 2015
Teams we love to hate

Players change teams. Teams change stadiums. Teams change cities. Owners die. Owners sell. Teams are named. Teams are renamed. No matter what the change, fans continue to hate. At some point in a fan’s life ...

May 13, 2015
Putting the Ultimate in Frisbee

There is a professional Frisbee league. In fact, there are two. But don’t say “Frisbee,” the proper word is “ultimate.” The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) says they are the first and largest professional ultimate ...

April 29, 2015
Tour de Rascal

“How much money do you have in Kickstarter now?” Allison Fenner, 26, says, “We have a little over $12,000. Our goal is $20,000. It’s getting nerve-racking.” “What happens if you only get $12,000? You keep ...

April 15, 2015
Golf, golfed, golfing

Never liked golf in high school or college; it was something old people did. Old people dressed up in clown clothes, drove their station wagons to the country club, climbed into golf carts, snaked around ...

April 1, 2015
What’s in a team name?

There are very few cool team names. Which is curious, since there are mucho thousands of teams requiring names. Consider the needs of elementary schools, junior high schools, senior highs, colleges, company teams, adult league ...

March 25, 2015
NCAA Tournament preview

Before we get to the column, the Box would like to offer helpful relationship advice. If you live with someone who loves college basketball and you don’t care for it, that person owes you one ...

March 18, 2015
Bonspieling San Diego

‘We are the only curling club in San Diego. There are five in the state — three in SoCal and two in Northern California.” On the phone with Brian Walsh, 40, president of Curl San ...

March 4, 2015
Marijuana is a gateway drug — to sports betting!

You can feel the tipping point. It happened with gay marriage in June 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the law banning federal benefits for married same-sex couples. From that point on, state-sanctioned same-sex ...

February 18, 2015
MLB: How they got there

Okay, it’s over. New England won. Padres pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks. A year ago I wrote a column about NFL team owners and how they got their money. There ...

February 4, 2015
Sports don’t kill people, sports teams kill people

So, it’s Seattle versus New England in the Big Game. Yes, I’m going to watch it, I’ll be with friends, there’ll be booze, food, laughing, and good fellowship. But, I do not fool myself. I ...

January 21, 2015
Sports under duress

Playing a sport under duress changes the experience. The amount of change depends on the type and intensity of duress. Starting from the low end of the scale: the Duress of Indecision. A friend calls ...

January 14, 2015
Say, what happened with that whole Ray Rice thing?

We are deep into the NFL playoffs and villagers feel the energy. Big like for the 7-8-1 Carolina Panthers making it to the second round. Cowboys-Packers should be good, Broncos-Colts, Ravens-Patriots set up nicely, and ...

January 7, 2015
That old black magic

In terms of fan interest, yes, the Chargers Saturday night comeback ranks right up there. The Bolts push on with their December heroics, every game is a must-win game, every game is a walking–to-the-edge thriller, ...

December 24, 2014
Playing through pain

Tricky topic. Civilians and athletes have different tolerances when it comes to pain, although, counterintuitively, they have similar “pain thresholds” (the point where pain begins to be felt). According to a research article in the ...

December 10, 2014
Thanksgiving as we know it

True greed has no end. Greed grows until something makes it stop. There will be three NFL games televised on Thanksgiving. Games run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. According to a 2010 Wall Street ...

November 26, 2014
Your move, sexy Grandmaster

The World Series is over, the NFL season is only now coming to speed, the NBA and NHL seasons have just begun. We are becalmed in a brief sports sweet spot where one has time ...

November 12, 2014
World Series issue

You’ve probably read the story. Agents from Homeland Security raided Birdies Panties and confiscated merchandise. Birdies is a modest, two-woman lingerie shop located in downtown Kansas City. Kansas City is excited about the Royals finally ...

October 29, 2014

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