Going Roggin, KNBC - “Rapid Fire” segment  (July 7, 2014)

ESPN 710’s J from Compton and I go 1-on-1 with legendary KNBC sports anchor Fred Roggin ref’ing the fight in this week’s edition of “Rapid Fire.”

The topics up for debate are flopping, Jeanie vs. Phil, how long we’d last in the octagon with Ronda Rousey and of course, hot dogs.  Have a laugh and enjoy the clip.  

You can watch the show in its entirety at midnight (Sunday/Monday) on KNBC ch4 in Southern California or online via live stream here.

(courtesy: KNBC) 

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Midnight tonight (Sunday/Monday) …You know what time it is… Going Roggin on KNBC ch4 here in LA. ESPNLA’s J from Compton and I went at it about soccer, the Lakers, NCAA athletes and much much more. Wait until you see what he said about Jeanie Buss!! Oh ya, and he stumped me too. Thanks as always to Fred Roggin and the sports folks at KNBC for having me on and to all of you for watching. Have a Happy 4th of July and be safe…. 

For those outside of Southern California, watch the live stream at midnight pacific time here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Going-Roggin-249053701.html

In a room full of sports writers, editors, producers and programmers, there are only two #Cafeteros fans. #Colombia #WorldCup #COLvsBRA

Midnight tonight (Sunday/Monday) …You know what time it is… Going Roggin on KNBC ch4 here in LA. ESPNLA’s J from Compton and I went at it about soccer, the Lakers, NCAA athletes and much much more. Wait until you see what he said about Jeanie Buss!! Oh ya, and he stumped me too. Thanks as always to Fred Roggin and the sports folks at KNBC for having me on and to all of you for watching. Have a Happy 4th of July and be safe…. 

For those outside of Southern California, watch the live stream at midnight pacific time here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Going-Roggin-249053701.html

The entire office was invited to eat BBQ and watch the #USAvsBEL game. Nice move. #yahoo 🇺🇸

            VIDEO QUIZ:  How Well Do You Know Team USA?

Do you like trivia?  Do you like soccer? Do you hate both?  There’s something for everyone in this quiz about Team USA!  From rap to beauty queens, this year’s men’s national team has all its quirky bases covered.  Get in the World Cup spirit by laughing and learning with this video quiz.  

(video via Yahoo Sports)

            VIDEO:  Psychic Animals Predict World Cup Winners

The title says it all.  Hopefully you’ll get a laugh out of this video and maybe, it will even help you get into the World Cup spirit if you aren’t there just yet.  Enjoy.   

(video from Yahoo!)

How did the #dodgers celebrate Clayton Kershaw’s first career no-hitter? Bubble Party!!!!!

Veggie doggin with the #dodgers

It was a pleasure watching games and working on all things World Cup with former USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra today. We even got to have an interesting discussion about sports media, from both the athlete & reporter perspectives.

Landon Donovan: Most Memorable Goal in U.S. Men’s World Cup History?

Where were you on June 23, 2010?  

I was at work, sitting in the news room of CSN New England and watching the U.S. and Algeria duke it out on a soccer field in South Africa.  It was the World Cup, and the fever had once again taken over, as it does every four years.

During the weeks-long tournament, our office was very excited about the Cup and covered the games more than one might expect considering we were a regional cable sports network.  

The 2010 FIFA World Cup brought camaraderie to our office, which was comprised of folks from all over the country with allegiances to many different football, basketball, baseball and hockey teams.  

CSNNE hired then-MLS player Taylor Twellman as our in-studio analyst and he taught all of us a lot about the game, enhancing our experience of the World Cup.  

I remember sitting at my desk that day.  Most of the big screens in our newsroom had the U.S. vs. Algeria game on, as did the small TV at my desk.  The game was incredibly frustrating as the U.S. had so many great scoring chances, yet nothing was hitting the net.  Algeria was also in the hunt and each team struggled to gain traction against the other.

When Landon Donovan finally scored the only goal of the match in the 91st minute of the game, I’m pretty sure there was dust in my eyes, if you get my drift.  All of the tension, anxiety and adrenaline that had built up over 90 minutes had finally boiled over with one swift kick of the ball.

Did the U.S. win the World Cup that year?  No.  The American men have never won it all.  But that doesn’t change the joy and glory provided by that one moment.  

As a sports journalist and fan, I’ll never forget it. 

(video: Yahoo! Studios) 

You know what time it is … GM 4 Ducks v Kings at Staples Center.

Now THIS is how you party on a Saturday night/Cinco de Mayo weekend in Los Angeles.

                         Rapid Fire: Playoff Hockey Edition

L.A. Daily News sports columnist Jill Painter  and I dropped the gloves on KNBC Ch.4 in Los Angeles, debating all things hockey.  If it weren’t for host/referee extraordinaire Fred Roggin keeping the peace, who knows what might have happened! ;)  

To see the rest of our segments on the show, please watch on TV or live stream online (midnight every Sunday night/Monday morning) if you don’t live in the Los Angeles area.  

Thanks again to the producers of Going Roggin on KNBC for having two women headline a hockey show.  Enjoy, everyone.

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Today is proof that progress is and always will be an evolutionary process.  

"We are one." If only this rally cry posted on the Los Angeles Clippers website in response to the scandal involving owner Donald Sterling were a universal truth, well, we wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place.  

While actions are now set in place to ban Sterling from the NBA for life, the incident prompting “we are one” should remind us that Sterling is not the end-all, be-all face of discrimination.  There are millions of other individual and institutional bigots around the globe.

Today, the United States inched closer.  Unlike many other countries around the world that do little (or nothing) to prevent or punish blatantly racist actions pertaining to sporting events,  NBA commissioner Adam Silver has done his best to implement justice.  Unfortunately, the emergence of Sterling’s vile views is not an isolated incident.  

For those of us who follow the Clippers and the NBA, as well as anyone who reads the newspaper here in Los Angeles, we’ve known all too well about Sterling’s rap sheet.  ESPN wrote a horribly damaging piece back in 2009 which detailed lawsuits filed against Sterling by both the Justice Department and basketball great Elgin Baylor, claiming disgusting instances of illegally bigoted business practices and workplace discrimination. 

What about the players, coaches and other team personnel who signed with the Clippers knowing Sterling’s smutty track record and reputation?  

Other NBA owners, the league office, and advertisers were also aware of these allegations throughout the years.  

I’m guilty too.  As a young adult, I became conscious of Sterling’s reputation when lawsuits against him were covered by the Los Angeles Times and other news sources I followed.  I remember discussing Sterling and his nauseating practices (both in his other business ventures and running a basketball franchise into the ground) with my friends, family and co-workers. For some reason my distain for the man never stopped me from watching Clippers games on TV or buying tickets and merchandise.  Why didn’t I - as someone who comes from a family of activists and Holocaust survivors, and has had the pleasure of spending time with people like Tommie Smith and John Carlos - take any proactive measures to voice my views in such a way to make a tangible difference? Why didn’t I put my money where my mouth was, instead of straight into Sterling’s filthy, sexist, racist pockets? 

Actions speak louder than words and Sterling’s actions were heinous long before the words on this tape were recorded.  Sterling’s actions were far more harmful to our society than Sterling’s words.  Shame on us for taking the easy way out and doing nothing while leaving people like L.A. renters hoping to live in safe, healthy residences and Elgin Baylor to fight the good fight alone.  

It’s a shame that many of us ignored Donald Sterling’s discriminatory actions for so long thus further enabling him, but today is finally a step in the right direction.  

Finally, we can, in a way, pay homage to the struggles and sacrifices made by so many in the sports world over the last 65 years.  Hopefully the NFL will take a page from the short-but-brilliant Adam Silver playbook and get its ass in gear to change a racist team name that has been tolerated for way too long.

Thankfully, the Sterling debacle doubles as a teachable moment in which we can learn valuable lessons about history, justice and ourselves.  This is the evolution of progress.