Resurrecting Vintage Hollywood at the Racetrack

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in San Diego, Calif. opened its gates in the fall for the first time in its history last Friday. The racetrack that used to exclusively operate in the summer hosted its inaugural Bing Crosby Season to fill a void left by the closing of another historic Southern California racetrack, Hollywood Park. Bing Crosby greeted fans at the gates when his coastal Del Mar Racetrack first opened in 1937, and 77 years later, the first three days of the new fall meet at Del Mar yielded crowds totaling more than 29,000—much larger attendances than the dwindling Hollywood Park saw in its last days. Fans in attendance on opening day came to Del Mar dressed as their favorite classic Hollywood celebrity to commemorate the Golden Age of Hollywood. Chapman University senior and racing enthusiast Matt Dinerman had a blast this weekend at Del Mar and expects the racetrack to continue its success in the fall. “It’s beautiful [at Del Mar]; there’s not a cloud in the sky, a lot of beautiful people just like the summer time, and it’s really lively,” Dinerman said. “It’s a new meet, but it’s going to I think be very successful because

By | 2015-04-12T15:00:59-07:00 Nov 12, 2014 | 3:31 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Blog, Daily 49er Video, Fanatic|

Fanatic: Dodgers Postseason Preview

The 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers are the National League West Champions and figure to be a force in the playoffs. As the 2013 season comes to an end this weekend, the Dodgers still are not sure who they will play in the first round. It could be the St. Louis Cardinals or it could be the Atlanta Braves with a small chance that they could face the Cincinnati Reds or Pittsburgh Pirates. More than likely, the Dodgers will begin on the road in either Atlanta or St. Louis on Thursday, October 3. The postseason roster is not a lock yet because of injuries and tough decisions. Some players are a lock for the roster. Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Tim Federowicz will be on the roster. Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto figure to have a spot as well. Andre Ethier’s ankle injury leaves him unlikely to play in the first round. This leaves one or two spots, depending on how many pitchers manager Don Mattingly plans to take, for Jerry Hairston, Dee Gordon, Michael Young and Scott Van Slyke. Mattingly should take all three and leave Hairston off. Hairston has

By | 2013-09-30T00:38:20-07:00 Sep 30, 2013 | 12:38 am|Categories: Blog, Fanatic|

Fanatic: Dodgers Doing Well Without Kemp

The Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in first place in the National League West and two games behind the Atlanta Braves for home field advantage. The team has been on an absolute tear since falling 12 games under .500 on June 22. The pitching is strong, the hitting is timely and the bullpen has been consistent. It would seem as if everything is going right for the Dodgers and the strangest part is that it has been, for the most part, without their superstar Matt Kemp. Kemp has been sidelined since July 21 with an ankle injury just a few days after returning from a hamstring injury. He started one game and went 3-4 with a home run but the injury was a freak play as a result of a lack of hustle from the Dodgers center fielder. Kemp played in five rehab games with the Dodgers minor league affiliate the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He is currently continuing his rehab at the Dodgers complex in Arizona. As his ankle was recovering, Kemp was temporarily shut down with an apparent hamstring injury. Another setback seemingly would take the slugger out for the remainder of the season. However, it looks as if

By | 2013-09-13T18:47:43-07:00 Sep 13, 2013 | 5:46 pm|Categories: Blog, Fanatic|

Fanatic: MJ still the GOAT, but for how long?

In honor of Michael Jordan's 50th birthday tomorrow, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on what number 23 meant to me growing up, but also to admit something I never thought I would. Raised in a basketball family, I idolized Michael Jordan growing up. Every morning before school, I would run outside in my overworn Chicago Bulls sweater, scoop up the daily newspaper (back when everyone ordered the daily newspaper), bring it inside and sprawl it about the living room floor. Aflutter with anticipation, I'd toss aside the News and Local sections of the paper as if they were wrapping paper on a Christmas present so I could get to the only part I cared anything about: the Sports section. I'd whip the pages of The Press-Enterprise open so quickly the smell of ink would waft up and instantly fill the room. I would very soon find the NBA section, which I had developed a keen eye for, and scan the box scores. If the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan's team, had played the previous night, there was no way I was going to school that day without knowing who they had played, whether they had won,

By | 2013-07-16T14:40:26-07:00 Feb 16, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Blog, Fanatic|

Fanatic: The New Orleans Pelicans?

Despite a near-consensus among the basketball world, I am willing to step out and say what I really think about the New Orleans Hornets' high-profile name change to the Pelicans. AMAZING! (Insert laughs) But seriously, I'm actually quite baffled by how much flack the organization is getting, considering the slew of professional sports mascots that don't boast nearly the resume the Pelican does. Sure, pelicans are slightly (okay, terribly) awkward and don't exactly strike fear into the eyes of an opponent. Or, maybe it's just that you don't really know pelicans. This bird is gritty, loyal, and resilient in the truest sense of the word. Did you know pelicans have air sacs in their throats to keep them buoyant in water? Or that they can shape-shift their bills into basket-like pouches for catching fish? Or that mother pelicans have been known to puncture their own flesh to feed their young their own blood when fishing's dry? Neither did I. Wikipedia does it again. You can criticize the pelican for being goofy and having a disproportionately large beak, but you can't claim that it's anything but a harmonious fit for New Orleans. Dubbed "the pelican state," Louisiana could benefit from a

By | 2013-07-16T14:40:58-07:00 Jan 27, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Blog, Fanatic|