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Stories by Patrick Daugherty

Pull!

“Two, five, ten — who knows how many thousand snow geese have lifted from a marsh forming one huge skein of geese, a swarm of geese, a living tornado of geese, and is flying toward ...

October 15, 2014
Snacktime

The NFL season is running at max RPM. College football is well underway. Baseball playoffs have begun. Hockey kicks in next week. The NBA preseason starts Saturday, and Major League Soccer is ongoing. Wake up, ...

October 1, 2014
Not about Ray Rice

How many of you remember...or should I say, follow the Lingerie Football League, now doing business as the Legends Football League (LFL)? Click over to lflus.com and check out the video, LFL USA FEMALE ATHLETES ...

September 17, 2014
Knowing when

It’s an odd skill — esoteric, really — knowing when to quit, when to walk away. It’s not taught in school, parents don’t coach it, friends either don’t know or don’t like to talk about ...

September 3, 2014
“Competition is a sin”

The words above are attributed to John D. Rockefeller, human template for American monopolies. We know he was rich, but few people know how rich he actually was. According to the the New York Times, ...

August 20, 2014
The public doesn’t like dead horses

The tenth horse died at Del Mar on Saturday, August 2. This one was Chattering Gambler, a three-year-old colt who collapsed during the third race as he drove toward the finish line. This makes 10 ...

August 6, 2014
Information and analysis

Follows is an in-depth analysis of NFL preseason magazines, pointing toward the absurdity of buying a magazine written months ago, printed weeks ago, purporting to give the reader inside information on teams that haven’t settled ...

July 23, 2014
Settlement II: Concussion cases become a headache for NFL

World Cup soccer fans, cheer up, the NFL preseason starts in 24 days. Since we have time to kill, the pre-preseason may be the perfect occasion for a heart-to-heart about — always a crowd favorite ...

July 9, 2014
Big Deal tennis, anyone?

World Team Tennis (WTT) has been around since 1974 with one three-year break. This year the WTT season runs from July 6 to July 27. The league has seven teams, reaching from Boston to the ...

June 25, 2014
The sports bubble is one tough bubble

Everybody loves to count money, theirs and other people’s. Regard the $2 billion offered for the recently above-average L.A. Clippers. Donald Sterling may be a demented racist (maybe not), but the man knows how to ...

June 11, 2014
Amazing and super stupendous

A friend emails a link, says I must needs watch the video. Ever the obedient householder, I click and behold Tara the Hero Cat. You’ve seen it, a four-year-old boy is playing on his bicycle ...

May 28, 2014
Fling that Frisbee — there's hundreds in it for you!

I have former world-champion disc-golfer, Frisbee pioneer, Carlsbad resident John Kirkland on the phone. Kirkland, 67, says, “I was there at the very beginning and I’m still doing it seven days a week. “When I ...

May 14, 2014
I support them and give them food...

It hasn’t always been about glamor, fame, women, and good works for Donald Sterling, owner and, may I add, benefactor to the Los Angeles Clippers as well as a patron to all people of color ...

April 30, 2014
The Falconer: Part 3

Finishing with Kate Marden, master falconer and owner of West Coast Falconry, an establishment that provides falconry classes and services. Marden says, “If you have a bird of prey, and you’re not hunting with that ...

April 16, 2014
The Falconer: Part 2

In the United States, our falconry, we’re not pet keepers, it’s a hunting sport... Kate Marden, master falconer. Marden, 55, owns West Coast Falconry in Marysville, California. Onsite are a Barn Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl, ...

April 2, 2014
The Falconer: Part 1

We’re going to spend some time with Kate Marden, master falconer. Marden, 55, owns West Coast Falconry in Marysville, California, and is a partner in West Coast Falconry–San Diego, which can be found in Alpine. ...

March 19, 2014
Sports scandal aftermath

Great scandals. The world is agog. The world moves on. The world forgets. How many of the following scandals do you remember? Where is Tim Donaghy, the corrupt NBA referee? August 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty ...

March 5, 2014
It’s about the locker room?

It’s Gay Week in the NFL. Michael Sam, 24, will be auditioning at the NFL Scouting Combine starting Saturday. As anyone with a TV or internet access knows, Michael Sam is gay. He came out ...

February 19, 2014
NBC and Facebook won’t skimp on the Winter Olympics

We’re talking real money. The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City cost $2 billion to produce. The 2006 edition in Turin, Italy, cost $4.1 billion. Four years later, in Vancouver, the bill was $8 ...

February 5, 2014
Wretched excess XLVIII

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Super Bowl 48 will be played in the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium, which is nestled within the romantic confines of East Rutherford, New ...

January 22, 2014
The NFL ought to worry about TiVo

Remember the three-out-of-four-NFL-wildcard-games-might-be-blacked-out story? Things are changing in the NFL. Which makes sense; my relationship with the NFL has changed several times. Relationship 1. I’m hitchhiking with Gretchen, heading south on Highway 99, somewhere around ...

January 8, 2014
Holiday in South Africa, part 4

Part four of a four-part story about apartheid-era South Africa. First published in The Monthly, November 1986. Reprinted in the Reader, summer of 1990. In memory of Nelson Mandela.

January 8, 2014
Holiday in South Africa, part 3

“The man was an informer.” Riggs and I are sharing daytime fun, a black guy and a white guy driving around black townships, at risk both from South African security forces and enraged blacks who, ...

December 30, 2013
Holiday in South Africa, part 2

Next morning I begin making the rounds, schedule interviews with a well-known activist who’s teaching at University of Witwatersrand (he has since been detained), with Brendon Berry, president of the National University Student Association, recently ...

December 25, 2013
The NFL — get this — is a nonprofit trade association

The best way to become an NFL team owner is by inheriting an NFL team. Second best is by marrying someone who owns an NFL team. Third best is by inheriting a colossal amount of ...

December 25, 2013
Holiday in South Africa: Johannesburg in 1986, revisited

May 8, 1986. I am the only passenger on the 30-minute shuttle from Jans Smuts International Airport to Johannesburg’s city center. Joburg’s population is three million plus and its downtown bears an uncanny resemblance to ...

December 18, 2013
Not too late to stake your claim in Flyboarding

The first Flyboard video I saw was a game-changer. There was a man in a wet suit, slowly emerging from the ocean. His head, now shoulders, now torso, grow out of the water. And then ...

December 11, 2013
Two Thanksgiving POVs

Found on Mrs. Lambert’s (Nauvoo-Colusa Middle School) Social Studies web page: “The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but rather a time when Native Americans helped Pilgrims by bringing them food and helping them build ...

November 27, 2013
Rumble at the Hyatt, part 2

As of Monday, the World Chess Championship is even. There have been two quick draws. Defending his title is five-time world champion Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, 43. The challenger is Magnus Carlsen, a 22-year-old Norwegian and ...

November 13, 2013
Rumble at the Hyatt

A friend, who has been a serious chess player, recently emailed me, “I don’t know if you have any interest in covering professional chess, but something pretty epic is happening right now: a Westerner is ...

October 30, 2013
That one time...

Patrick Daugherty recalls August 1983 and the pick-up baseball game in Alaska that he played in which he could do no wrong.

October 23, 2013
Future-future-future bets

A look at the Golden Nugget point spreads for pre-season college football, 117 days after the season got under way.

October 16, 2013
The firing of Lane Kiffin

USC becomes another employer who has a hard time being satisfied with the coaching savvy of Lane Kiffin.

October 2, 2013
Tim Tebow's career decision

The Moscow Black Storm has offered Tim Tebow $1 million to play in two games.

September 18, 2013
The NFL’s paltry concussion settlement

Should footballers trust the NFL brain trust with their brains?

September 4, 2013
As the America's Cup turns

Team Oracle in the America’s Cup Challenge — the U.S. entry in the race — has been accused of cheating.

August 21, 2013
Glamping: Where the rich folk camp

Now to Labor Day is high season for camping. Collect spouse, kids, dogs, pack up SUV, set course for somewhere in Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Mountain, or the sweat lodges of Anywhere, Imperial County. That’s ...

August 7, 2013
Zeke Hindle is not quite a tennis bum. Close, though

Making a living as a professional athlete is for a very few. Making a good living is for a tiny percentage of the very few. Introducing Zeke Hindle (real name), 27, professional tennis player. Zeke ...

July 24, 2013
The sinking of America’s Cup

Considering the field of competitors for the America’s Cup sailing challenge in the aftermath of a declaration that boats are unsafe because rudders aren’t long enough.

July 10, 2013
Left-handed sports

A survey of sports played (and not played) by the left-handed.

July 3, 2013
San Diego national champions

Not all San Diego competitors are failures! A rundown of teams that have posted winning seasons.

June 26, 2013
Annual state of the NFL report

The NFL of today will not exist in 20 years, says a retired player.

June 19, 2013
Can’t keep the Birdman down

All about Miami Heat basketball player Chris Andersen’s troubles and good luck.

June 12, 2013
What’s your favorite professional billiards team?

The World Professional Billiard League hits stumbling blocks coming out of the gate.

June 5, 2013
NCAA baseball is a pig

The latest NCAA Division I baseball rankings have the University of San Diego at number 54 in the nation. Not bad, since there are, depending where you look, 296 or 298 schools in the Division ...

May 29, 2013
Battle of the riches on San Francisco Bay

America’s Cup is coming up — only the richest and 175th richest to take part in what will be a race of catamarans.

8 days. 750 miles.

Rundown of bicyclists who’ve been caught doping and the Tour of California bike race.

Invasion of pigs!

Wild pigs are coming, and there’s nowhere to hide.

May 1, 2013
We speak of pom-poms

Lawrence Herkimer, the “father of cheerleading.”

April 24, 2013
San Diego Bike Polo Club

Got a bike and a mallet? Saddle up for bike polo.

April 17, 2013

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