Rankman’s very wet Friday newspaper: All the News That’s Fit to Squeeze?

Jan. 20, 2017

Chino Hills, Ca. (Monsoon Season)

Dear Diary: The guy who said it never rains in Southern California delivered my L.A. Times this morning because it was dripping wet as I fetched it from the driveway–next time I’ll bring a pasta strainer–for almost the sole purpose of reading about UCLA’s big Thursday-night win over Arizona State at Pauley Pavilion.

This would have NEVER happened when I was a paper boy!

Quick side trip: This reminds of the time, when I was covering the Los Angeles Rams in the 1980s, when legendary assistant coach Marv Goux screamed at me from across Rams Park before practice one day. I figured he was peeved about something I had written about the defensive line he coached for John Robinson.

“Chris,” he said quite sternly, “I got a problem.”

Me: “Uh-oh.”

Him (me paraphrasing now): “I’m not getting my paper delivered on time in the morning. I leave at 6 a.m. and I need it before I leave.”

Marv thought, as the Times’ beat writer for the Rams, I should call circulation and get it straightened out.

Marv was a chain-of-command guy.

Anyway, back to UCLA, we still don’t get much news about “the conference of champions” out here because the Pac 12 doesn’t televise games to many of its fans who subscribe to DirecTV, which is A Lot Of Us.

The commissioner and DirecTV are locked in a protracted fight over pricing and the big loser is any of us who stupidly had DTV installed literally days before the Pac Network was formed. The commissioner, if you can believe it, now wants ME to switch carriers because he can’t work out of deal.

Well, what pride I have left has drawn a big line in my satellite dish, but it’s frankly killing me now that UCLA basketball is back.

Every now and then a game sneaks on another network, like CBS or FS1, so I can catch a glimpse of the league the commissioner can’t understand why more people aren’t watching.

Thursday was one of those night!

Truth be told, as a child of John Wooden’s dynasty, this is the most excited I’ve been about UCLA basketball since the height of the craze in 1973. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.