The Lombardo Trophy: Gambling with a settlement

Firing a football coach costs a lot of money. For Cal, getting rid of Jeff Tedford three years before his contract ran out was going to set the university back $6.9 million. But on Feb. 4, the university and Tedford settled the remaining three years of his contract. The maximum
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The Lombardo Trophy: The pride came; Now, the fall

The Red Sox just made one of the biggest trades in baseball’s recent past: We sent our best player — a pitcher who brought us the 2007 championship — and an outfielder we bought for $142 million, to the Dodgers, and in return we received… um… eh… James Loney? As a fan, I should be devastated; we gutted the team and waved the white flag for the foreseeable future. But all I am is happy. It is a melancholy joy, for sure. I never thought we would go more than three years without making the playoffs — and that itself is the problem.
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The Lombardo Trophy: David Stern now rules the ASUC

The Lombardo Trophy rarely forays into the realm of reality, preferring instead to focus on those aspects of sports far removed from the consequence of the commonplace. But occasionally real life rears its very real head and butts you square in the jaw. LT received such a blow on Wednesday,
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The Lombardo Trophy: Hardball fandom, over the airwaves

The two blind men sit elbow to elbow, clutching radios to their ears. Perched just seven rows from the field, they can hear the bat falling to the ground as the batter leaves the box. They feel the hard metal bleachers, the warmth of the afternoon sun and the friendship
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The Lombardo Trophy: An interview with Sean Payton

Sean Payton. He looks forlorn through the cafe’s window, slumped over a steaming cup of black coffee like a visored profile in a Hopper painting. He’s got a good reason to look so sad. Just last week, the NFL threw the book at him, Encyclopedia Britannica style. He’s banned from
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The Lombardo Trophy: What’s in a name? Often, nothing

A few weeks ago, our mighty and — more importantly — well-named Golden Bears baseball team traveled to Long Beach State to take on Dirtbags. No, really. This is not a squad with a lineup starring Santorum at short and Gingrich swinging for the fences. That’s actually their team’s title.
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