Former National College Football/Basketball Columnist for Los Angeles Times

What was your first job as a journalist?

Technically Sports Editor Cal State Fullerton Daily Titan. Received $300 stipend. Then Fullerton Daily News Tribune

Have you ever used a typewriter?

You bet. I started on typewriter at the LA Times back in 1981 shortly before move to computers. Remember glue pots?

How is social media changing news?

By the second....

Why Villanova’s win was good for college basketball

Why Villanova’s win was good for college basketball
dufrankman.com — Words can't really do justice to the end of Monday's NCAA title game so let's begin with non-words "whoa," "whew" and that old Ralph Kramden favorite: 'homina, homina, homina." Villanova over North Carolina was as good as it gets at a time when college hoops needed a champagne supernova.

The man behind Phi Slama Jama

The man behind Phi Slama Jama
houstonchronicle.com — "The final score was 112-56," Bonk recently recalled over a hamburger he ordered so raw he suggested for it to still be "mooing" when it reached the table. Bonk said he stared at his computer screen that Sunday and tried to synthesize what he had just seen, which was young men flying through the air with the greatest of ease.

Catching up with Tommy Bonk: the man behind Phi Slama Jama

Catching up with Tommy Bonk: the man behind Phi Slama Jama
dufrankman.com — SAN FRANCISCO--Sometimes you do your best work under pressure. Take my friend and longtime Los Angeles Times colleague Tommy Bonk, who coined the greatest team nickname in sporting history. On a Sunday afternoon in early January, 1983, Bonk was assigned to chronicle a column for the Houston Post, which is different than posting...

Rankman picks his NCAA field and prays for a good harvest.

Rankman picks his NCAA field and prays for a good harvest.
dufrankman.com — College basketball is really two sports. There is a serious regular season where pundits pore over the teams and offer insightful, incontrovertible analysis. And there is the NCAA Tournament, which is like the dime toss at your church's harvest festival. It's nice to know, actually, that your dog "Spot" is as well equipped to...

An tribute to the great George Martin: yeah, yeah, yeah

An tribute to the great George Martin: yeah, yeah, yeah
dufrankman.com — Rankman loved the Beatles: John, Paul, George, George and Ringo. Save your "gotcha emails" because that's not a two Georges typo typo. There was always talk about the "fifth" Beatle being disc jock "Murray the K," or early bassist Stu Sutcliffe, or keyboard genius Billy Preston, who added funk and sophistication to the "Let it...

A fever pitch designed to throw you for a curve

A fever pitch designed to throw you for a curve
dufrankman.com — A suggestion to those who have recently taken early retirement: get sick. Please hear me out even if you have an infected ear. Rankman recently welcomed in the flu and has never enjoyed more having his body savaged by viral invaders. We're talking the kind of ill where combing your hair hurts and walking up...

This just in: February still stinks

This just in: February still stinks
dufrankman.com — All Chino Hills precincts have reported making it official: February has once again finished 12th on Rankman's annual ranking of months. Order of merit: April (Masters\Rankman's birthday\Hitler offed self) June (also Alice Cooper's favorite month because, you know, school's out) July (trashy novels at beach while sipping umbrella drinks under and an umbrella) May (merry...

Mora and Neuheisel open a soft-serve creamery in Westwood

Mora and Neuheisel open a soft-serve creamery in Westwood
dufrankman.com — No, wait, forget that headline. Jim Mora vs. Rick Neuheisel would actually make a better toilet paper commercial, you know, which is softer? Mora could pour a pitcher of pomegranate juice on his sturdy ply to the gasps of a semi-live studio audience in Studio City.

Newton needs to learn about the law of losing

Newton needs to learn about the law of losing
dufrankman.com — Cam Newton's post-game behavior was boorish and petulant. It was not "super." Those who have disliked him since college instantly re-congratulated themselves for being right. THIS was the spoiled-brat Cam whose father reportedly shopped him to the highest bidder after he was forced to Blinn Community College after getting drop-kicked out of Florida for allegedly...

Haden announces retirement to ungrateful Trojan fateful

Haden announces retirement to ungrateful Trojan fateful
dufrankman.com — My Twitter feed since 2010 says Pat Haden was a lousy athletic director who fumbled more times at USC than he did as quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams. Haden was the AD who failed to overturn the outrageous NCAA sanctions he inherited from the equally outrageous Mike Garrett.
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May 04, 2016

So, I mean, I was thinking about this the other day and wondering whether it was being taught in "answer school." twitter.com/SITimLayden/st…

May 04, 2016

RT @StevieVanZandt: I love America. Where else could a guy become a presidential nominee the very day he accuses his opponent's father of killing Kennedy?

May 03, 2016

I wish there was a 12-step program for #LAAngels announcers saying "as far as" or "in terms of." In terms of it driving me nuts.

May 03, 2016

RT @wilnerhotline: i wouldn't go there yet. but if cant solve regional programming issue by fball season, might be time to declare ... httptwitter.com/AFoster13/stat…://t.co/bDlkHnJloc

May 03, 2016

I would have loved to #Pac12 tackle what @wilnerhotline did except I was making beer-can chicken. Thanks Jon for peeling back the onion.

May 03, 2016

Good point re late comers to Pac.....didn't Utah punter just get named to all century Pac team? twitter.com/michaelbb7/sta…

May 02, 2016

RT @Pac12Network: Tee it high and let it fly! ⛳️ The complete Pac-12 All-Century Men's Golf Team. #100Pac12 pic.twitter.com/kbKPNUAQAO


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