Category: Editor’s Desk

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Mariota’s Greatness Just Beginning

No cheering in the press box. It’s the first rule of sports writing. But there I was in the area of the Saint Louis Clubhouse reserved for media April 30, applauding heartily when Marcus Mariota’s name was called as the second pick in the NFL Draft, by the Tennessee Titans, and reaching out to offer […]

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When The Ducks Were Really Bad

To put the amazing success of Marcus Mariota and the University of Oregon football team this season into some historical perspective: In the fall of 1974, I was sports editor of the Oregon Daily Emerald student newspaper at U of O. Going into the Civil War game against archrival Oregon State, the Ducks were 2-8. […]

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Legend Of Marcus Mariota Grows

When the persistent moisture at the corners of my eyes at last abated after Marcus Mariota was named the Heisman Trophy winner, I went back and looked at the MidWeek cover story I did on him in the Oct. 24, 2012, issue. (And as I wrote at the time, all the credit for foresight goes […]

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Mariota: ‘I’ve Come A Long Way’

He is so down to earth, so not full of himself, the temptation is to say Marcus Mariota is just a normal college kid. Except that he’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week as the likely first pick in the NFL Draft next spring … and he is one of the two most […]

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Delivering The Gift Of Sheer Joy

My life changed in a wonderful way Sunday, June 29, at 2:16 p.m., when Kylie Rose Kekai’olaliuli Luat entered the world — and I became a grandpa for the first time. She is the daughter of my daughter Dawn and her husband Kalei Luat. (Longtime readers may recall reading about Dawn’s birth back in 1984 […]

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The Only Way Iraq War Could Turn

I can’t see any way that America can get out of Iraq without the serious involvement and cooperation of the Arabic Sunni Saudis, the Persian Shia Iranians and the Sunni Turks — a treaty among those traditional regional rivals allowing Sunni, Shia and Kurdish homelands in the former Iraq would be a good start, and […]

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Scarred But Hopeful In Myanmar

This is the third in a three-part series. The long-suffering people of Myanmar see their military rather differently from the way we Americans tend to regard our servicemen and women. After five decades of brutal military dictatorship that ended in 2011, during which the generals became incredibly wealthy while bringing the nation’s economy to its […]

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Pleasant Surprises In Myanmar

This is the second in a three-part series. Flying into Myanmar, the last thing I expected was to fall in love … with a river. But that I did, with the mighty Irrawaddy. It wasn’t quite love at first sight, but it didn’t take long after sitting down at a riverside cafe in Bagan to […]

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Myanmar Boat Ride Turns Into More

It is a country with two names, one historically familiar, the other not so much. It’s home to 135 different ethnic groups, some currently in a “peace process” with the government. Centuries of foreign sailors along its 400-mile coastline and traders along its timeless overland trails leading to five modern nations have left their genes […]

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Staycation With A Few Old Friends

I spent several days on Kaua’i during a recent “staycation,” and in many ways it was like connecting with old friends after many years apart. That analogy comes to mind because the vacation happened to include lunch at Ryan’s in Honolulu with Denny Umphreys, who was making his first trip back to Hawaii since moving […]