‘Showtime’ really just ‘fauxtime’

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Watching the Lakers play now is a chore. I realize that true fans stick to their colors through thick and thin, but I feel somewhat betrayed by the only team I’ve pledged my loyalty to in my NBA fandom. How the Lakers are being managed seems less “Shark Tank” and
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Love affair with the Patriots

Throughout the semester, it isn’t uncommon to see me looking as if I’m about to combust, staring at my phone, constantly refreshing, waiting for a score to come in. But Feb. 1, 2015, wasn’t just any old day in the semester. This was Super Bowl day, and I was checking
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Crazy little thing called love

At age 16, I fell in love. Not that young puppy-love you chuckle at fondly when flipping through your middle school diary. Like in sixth grade, when I refused to speak to my crush or look directly at him for fear of throwing up. What some people described as butterflies
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Farewell column: Peace out, [redacted]

This column is not about me. I mean, it is, in the sense that my face is hovering above these words and my name just below it. It is in the sense that I’m engaging in the most egregious form of navel-gazing, that of the explicit variety. But this very
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Farewell column: Blank space

I’m going to be as open and honest about this as I can. I don’t want to write this column. It’s not that I don’t want my own Daily Cal farewell column — I know that a year or two or three from now, I’ll regret it if I don’t
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Macho culture and a league of violence

A little girl trips and falls on the playground. Her dad, worried something will mar her perfect skin, runs over to her, kisses her boo-boo, holds her tight against his chest and whispers that everything will be all right as she wails and wails and wails. A little boy trips
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Christine-Menchaca

A whole new world

There comes a time in any fan’s life when just watching your favorite sport ceases to be enough. The game starts to become like a drug, and you need more. More interaction, more immersion, more injury updates — more ways for the sport to take over your life. Enter fantasy
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A year to remember

As I entered the room in VLSB that the Daily Cal had reserved for its info session, I scanned the front row looking for the sports editor, even though I had no idea what his name was or if he even was a guy. Each department’s editor took a turn
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Not just a game

As I’m writing this, I’m yelling at the computer, trying to will the San Francisco Giants to victory. An all-encompassing love for sports is mildly hazardous and entirely too permanent. Once you find yourself tossing and turning because you can’t remember which reliever was traded in 2008 for two middling
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