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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 5, 2016

Fred Altieri Will Cover The Rams For Observer

Before I write anything else about this I want to assure you readers that Fred Altieri will continue to provide his exceptional coverage of Culver City High sports for The Observer. Having said that...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 5, 2016

Luke Walton Has Good News And Bad News

Luke Walton called Steve Kerr last Friday afternoon. “I have good news and bad news,” the Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach told the head coach. “Start with the good news,” Kerr said....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

Exhausted Clippers Get Down To Their Final Hope

When the Clippers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night in Staples Center they became one defeat away from having their once-promising season come to an end. Trailing three games to two...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

The Latest Laker Fiasco: Byron Scott Is Fired

Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for 18 years and the Spurs have made the playoffs every year. RC Buford is the general manager. Buford and Popovich work extremely well together. They...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

ANATOMY OF A DISASTER -- Part 4

When I wrote Anatomy Of A Disaster four years ago I had no intention of repeating it the next season. But readers were so fed up with the Lakers’ demise they requested it. Then we had last season,...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 4, 2016

Griffin Is Back But How Effective Will He Be?

I went to Staples Center Sunday to see a basketball game. Instead, I saw a workout. Blake Griffin was returning to the Clippers after missing 45 games due to a broken hand, a torn quadriceps and a...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 31, 2016

It Looks Like UCLA Won't Fire It's Basketball Coach

Many UCLA basketball fans are so eager to see Coach Steve Alford fired that they signed a petition requesting that. It’s pretty shocking how UCLA recently finished its season, finishing 10th in the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 24, 2016

Dodgers Have New Payment Strategy: Will It Work?

Last season the Dodgers had the highest player payroll in baseball history-- $291 million. They didn’t reach the World Series and now there is evidence that the Dodgers have adopted a new strategy....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 17, 2016

I Applaud Byron Scott for Benching Russell

Laker broadcaster John Ireland is a friend of mine. He now does the work I used to do – travel all season with the Lakers and form strong opinions about their play. He broadcasts and I write, but...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 10, 2016

108 Years Later Cubs Favored To Win World Series

In a shocking development, Dexter Fowler showed up at the Chicago Cubs training base last week ready to play. It was shocking because Fowler, an outfielder who was with the Cubs last season, turned...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 3, 2016

If Manning Plays It Could Be Here

How about Payton Manning playing quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams next season? What? Isn’t the 39-year-old Manning going to retire? Maybe. Maybe not. If you read this column regularly you...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 3, 2016

108 Years Later Cubs Favored To Win World Series

In a shocking development, Dexter Fowler showed up at the Chicago Cubs training base last week ready to play. It was shocking because Fowler, an outfielder who was with the Cubs last season, turned...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 25, 2016

Clippers Have High Hopes For Jeff Green

Last week at the NBA trading deadline the Clippers acquired 6-foot-9 forward Jeff Green from Memphis. It is being viewed as a trade that will help the Clippers because they’re finally replacing...

 
 Sports    February 11, 2016

Chick Hearn's Wife Marge:

I once dialed my friend and traveling companion, Chick Hearn and heard his wife on the other side of the line. “Francis,” I heard her say. “It’s Mitch on the phone.” Years later, someone told me she was the only one permitted to call him...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 11, 2016

A Very Bad Day For Cam Newton

Right after the Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 last Sunday the quarterbacks met on the field. “I know how hard this is,” Payton Manning told Cam Newton. “I’ve...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 4, 2016

Clippers Have A Dilemma With Griffin

As the Clippers ponder their decision about Blake Griffin they have to take into account the franchise’s history. They cannot escape the reality that there’s been a lot of trouble in the past...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 7, 2014

UCLA Can Play in Pauley Despite Flood

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When Pauley Pavilion was modernized two years go the UCLA basketball team played its home schedule primarily at the Sports Arena. Due to heavy flooding last week...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 27, 2014

UCLA Fans Remain Spoiled by Wooden's Success

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The last of John Wooden’s 11 UCLA national championships was won 37 years ago. It’s too bad that Bruin fans remain spoiled. How else can we explain the lack of...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 13, 2014

What Might Have Been For UCLA Basketball

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor John Wooden won 10 national championships as the UCLA basketball coach from 1964 to 1976, the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport. Since Wooden retired, UCLA...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 6, 2014

I Like Richard Sherman a Lot More Now

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Super Bowl game was decided early as Seattle humiliated Denver. But the controversy surrounding Richard Sherman will linger for awhile. This was the featured...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 21, 2013

Ocean League Could Have a New Look

It’s been decided that El Segundo and Lawndale will join the Ocean League for the 2014-15 season while Inglewood and Morningside will move to the stronger Bay League. These will be the first...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 1, 2013

Will Alford Be Better Than Howland? Maybe

In today’s sports section we are running a column by respected local writer Steve Finley, who points out many of Ben Howland’s faults. I believe in presenting all sides of an issue even though I t...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 25, 2013

UCLA Fires Coach: It's a Sad Day

UCLA Fires Coach: It’s a Sad Day The UCLA men’s’ basketball team won the Pac-12 Conference regular season championship this season and reached the title game of the conference tournament. The...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 11, 2013

Injuries Have Yankees Scrambling For Help

There may be more worthwhile topics in sports today – college basketball’s March Madness, the upcoming NBA playoffs, NFL free agency, the resurgence of Tiger Woods – but the one that intrigues...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 5, 2013

Flacco, Rodgers: The New NFL Order

I’ve always been honest in telling readers the NFL ranks near the bottom of my sports interests. Most of my career has been in basketball, baseball and college football. So, I write about the NFL...

 

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