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Los Angeles
Sports Reporter — Los Angeles Times
Covers:  snail races, ping pong, horse racing, mlb, golf, basketball, nfl, college football, nba, marbles, frog jumping, table tennis, four-square, tether ball, olympic skiing, cake-walks
Doesn't Cover: yak racing

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....

Haden announces retirement to ungrateful Trojan fateful — 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.

Auto reply: Out of Office until Signing Day is Over — Sorry to report Rankman can't weigh in on college football National Signing Day because he long ago committed to a list of previously-scheduled appointments for Feb. 3. 1. Meet old friend from high school who really, really loved Peter Frampton and wants to pick-up on a conversation I walked away from in 1976.

Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas? They’re caught in a trap — God bless the Oakland Raiders for turning an ordinary Friday into a preposterous news grab concerning a possible franchise move to Las Vegas. Former owner Al Davis, one of the first jump-suit Elvis impersonators, would have been proud. Never mind this plan has a snowball's chance at the Bunny Ranch of happening.

Top 25 L.A. Rams of all time: the final countdown — 10. Fritz Shurmur. This pick involves at least two damn shames. One is that Fritz died too young and the other, at least for Rams' fans, is that he won a Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff. Fritz was one of the underrated defensive minds of the 1980s even though his...

LeRoy to Robby: these are a few (more) of my favorite Rams — 15. John Robinson. His nine-year record of 79-74 was undermined by a 10-24 record his last two seasons as the L.A. franchise started its death spiral. The Robinson I covered, as a back-up and beat man, from 1983 until 1990, averaged almost 10 wins per year and went to NFC title games in 1985 and...

Mack to Hack: these are a few (more) of my favorite Rams — 20. Tom Mack. In my youth "Right Guard" was always a deodorant and "Left Guard" was always Tom Mack. He was our anchor baby, a Michigan man so bright George Allen played him as NFL infant--and Allen generally hated any player under 35. Mack never missed a game in 184 starts,made 11 Pro Bowls, the...

Sound of L.A. music: these are a few of my favorite Rams — Rankman tried his best to act like he didn't care when the Rams bolted for St. Louis in 1995. It was the journalist in me, feigning indifference to another money-grubbing owner ripping a local institution from its historical moorings. But of course I was pissed off and could not even stomach watching Georgia Frontiere lift...

It took a Lott to change the course of L.A. Rams history — The story you are about to read is true. Nothing but my memory has been altered. This REALLY happened. "You son of a bitch." Jim Everett said some variation of that as he walked across the room to greet Ronnie Lott. It was a few years, at a Lott Trophy spring luncheon in Newport Beach....

Revised Preseason Picks for 2015 college football season — Rankman's ridiculously LATE top 10 projections for the 2015 football season: 1: Alabama. The Crimson Tide, just like Florida in 2008, can afford a home loss to Ole Miss and still win the national title. Lane Kiffin completes 12-step career rehabilitation program with a second brilliant year as offensive coordinator.
Jan 14, 2016

Pal @DufRankman reinvents his pre-season top 10 ... His 2015 pre-season top 10…

Jan 15, 2016

Updated with stock file photo: "Amazing" Rankman re-predicts season after knowing what happened…

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“Tricky Nick” Saban leads Alabama to title win over Clemson — GLENDALE, Az.--Alabama won a thrilling national title game Monday night because coach Nick Saban got crazy and called for an on-sides kick, in the fourth quarter, of a tied game. This was Nick Saban who did this, not Steve Spurrier, or Les Miles, or Charles Barkley from a Las Vegas blackjack table.
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Feb 06, 2016

RT @DickieV: For all those screaming that Rick Pitino knew about the sex parties-a FACT -a source told me that Pitino took a LIE DETECTOR test & passed!

Feb 05, 2016

I agree more with the latter, I mean that that he needed a ladder…

Feb 05, 2016

USC fans chase @ADHadenUSC and @DufRankman into retirement within months...One got a better retirement package.

Feb 05, 2016

Oh, that's pocket change to Florida State boosters paying off Winston legal bills. C'mon.…

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