Tom Hoffarth


Tom Hoffarth

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  • Sports media

    Sunday media: The Drone Racing League propels ESPN into new definitions of sport

    They called it “L.A. Pocalypse.”Converting the guts of an abused and abandoned former shopping mall in Hawthorne, with all its graffiti tagging, leaking roof and other sketchy surrounding, a quaint “Mad Max”-type TV venue was all there and more for the Drone Racing League.It was a setting better suited for a secret fight club instead of a...

  • NBA Draft

    NBA offseason: part circus, part masquerade Ball

    About an hour after ESPN seemed to be done with its NBA Draft coverage Thursday night, ABC aired an updated version of “The Gong Show.”It was a seamless transition.A woman in a Bo Peep outfit shoving a tarantula in her mouth and playing a harmonica magnificently continued a narrative that began with Magic Johnson and his assistants sawing the Lakers in half and then pulling a string of college freshmen out of his jacket sleeve like handkerchiefs before trading...

  • Columnists

    Play it forward, June 19-25: Lakers’ draft choice depends on whatever baller the Celtics decide to pass on

    Ranking the top 10 sports events June 19-25 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: NBA DRAFTDetails/TV: At Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Thursday at 4 p.m., ESPNAs long as we’re on this “best of enemies” theme with the Lakers and Celtics, consider the one historical and hysterical way Boston GM Danny Ainge could mess with any Magic Johnson Laker-related mojo at this moment.Ainge controls...

  • Sports media

    KLAC’s Vassegh touches all the bases with dad and Dodgers duties

    By the time Dodgers’ charter lands at LAX on Sunday night following the team’s week of work in Cleveland and Cincinnati, KLAC/570 team beat reporter David Vassegh will still need a couple more hours to get to to his West Hills home figuring his 4-year-old daughter Adriana and 1 1/2-year-old son Joseph will be long asleep.But he won’t have missed out on Father’s Day.The Vassegh family strategy was to celebrate it a week earlier. On the Sunday...

  • Columnists

    Play It Forward: Erin Hills goes non-traditional for 117th U.S. Open

    Ranking the top 10 sports events June 12-18 you won’t want to miss: NO. 1: GOLF: 117th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPDetails/TV: At Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisconsin, Thursday-Sunday, Ch. 11 and FS1Jack Nicklaus won four U.S. Opens among his 20 career majors — in 1962 at Oakmont, in ’67 and ’80 at Baltusrol and in ’72 at Pebble Beach. Non-traditional sites like Erin Hills hosting...

  • Sports books

    Hoffarth: ‘Pride of the Yankees’ set the template for the sports biopic

    On one side of La Cienega Boulevard, in Beverly Hills sits the classic mission-like structure that houses the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ research facility. Across the street is the baseball diamond at La Cienega Park.It wasn’t lost on Richard Sandomir as he poured over files in the Margaret Herrick Library room to complete his new book, “The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic.” When the moment struck,...

  • Angels

    It’s Out of the Question: The Electric Mike Trout Slide needs billboard alteration?

    Looking at the big picture, Mike Trout knows the right way to slide.Billboards don’t lie, and baseball irony doesn’t escape us. Thumbs up to both.Months ago, the Angels invested in a large signage campaign around town showing their perennial MVP candidate going feet-first into something of substance. A few more feet, and he’d be sliding off the rails and causing a traffic commotion on the 405/91 interchange.No other caption is necessary, nor was a...

  • Columnists

    Cavaliers dealing with Warriors’ Mike Brown cashing in during NBA Finals

    Ranking the top 10 sports events June 5-11 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: 71st NBA FINALS: WARRIORS VS. CAVALIERSDetails/TV: Games 3 and 4 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m., Channel 7In a very odd way, Cavs fans who have purchased tickets for these two games are essentially adding to a pot of money that goes toward paying a severance package to their former head coach, Mike Brown, a Warriors assistant who assumed the...

  • Sports

    LA Kings pick Alex Faust to replace Bob Miller on TV

    Alex Faust’s late rush up the ice has resulted in perhaps a most unlikely goal scored.From not even on the Kings’ radar three months ago, the 28-year-old with just one NHL game on his resume eventually became too good to pass up as the franchise’s choice to replace the retiring Bob Miller in the TV play-by-play role.The team and Fox Sports West announced Thursday morning the hiring of Faust, who has called several sports for Fox, ESPN, Tennis Channel and...

  • Columnists

    Curry, Warriors vs. LeBron, Cavs goes back to the future

    Ranking the top 10 sports events May 29 to June 4 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: 71st NBA FINALS: WARRIORS VS. CAVALIERSDetails/TV: Game 1 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Thursday, 6 p.m., Ch. 7They’re throwing around the word “trilogy” now, as if this was some sort of blockbuster movie franchise. “Mission Impossible” for Cleveland? “Die Hard” for Golden State? We may not even have to go “Back to the...