COLUMN: The hype train can officially get rolling


We’re finally here. Let’s pat ourselves on the back and trade a few clichés about “surviving the offseason” or getting Christmas in September. Fans always cherish opening week, especially in a sport like football that makes us wait eight months between campaigns. Everyone loves a fresh start, and as the tired phrase goes, all teams […]

Pivotal season upcoming for Pac-12


At first glance, it appears as though Pac-12 football lags far behind fellow Power Five conferences. Over the past ten years, the league has struggled to produce as many draft picks as the SEC, ACC and Big Ten. In terms of television deals, the struggling Pac-12 Network is projected to make less revenue than the […]

COLUMN: L.A. teams fighting for football relevance


People are sincerely convinced that the boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was the biggest sporting event taking place this past Saturday. Let me tell you, they are sorely deceived. The biggest fight this past weekend did not take place in a boxing ring. Instead, it took place within the confines of the […]

Grinding Gears: Megafight exposes sports’ hypocrises


On Saturday night, the sports world watched as Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor in one of the most highly anticipated boxing matches in history, one that is expected to shatter pay-per-view records. We marveled at how McGregor, an MMA fighter making his pro boxing debut, hung tough against one of the all-time greats, and we […]

For fans, high hopes could spell heartbreak


On Wednesday night, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill was oh-so-nearly perfect. On most other nights, actually, he would have been. The 37-year-old lefty mowed down Pittsburgh Pirate after Pittsburgh Pirate — the first 24 hitters to face Hill failed to reach base. Then, in the dying embers of the game, it all unraveled. A […]

Day’s Den: Irving deal highlights Celtics’ ambition


The Boston Celtics were clearly in “rebuild mode” after the days of Doc Rivers, and many questioned president Danny Ainge’s ability to erase that label. As of last year, the Celtics had come a long way, led by 5-foot-9 point guard Isaiah Thomas and appearing to be the second best team in the East. But […]

Hold off on the hype train


I should be really thrilled right now. I should be ecstatic. I should be bragging to all of my friends who find themselves in a city other than Los Angeles this fall. This upcoming season of Angeleno sports, both pro and collegiate, is anticipated to be one of the most eventful in recent memory. A […]

USC will need to live up to the hype


If the past year has taught us anything about USC football’s reputation, it’s that it doesn’t take much to get the hype train rolling. For a program with a historic legacy, proud alumni and perennially high expectations, last season marked a return to glory for the Trojans that not even their most ardent supporters could’ve […]