The Sundial

Barry Bittersweet

Manouk Akopyan

February 11, 2009

'You're going the wrong way buddy,' Barry Bonds liverishly told me at the foot of the Sherman Oaks Galleria escalator in anticipation of his first step.' As I took a second look at his withered body to realize it was him, brushback lines zipped through my head like the 98-mile per hour fastballs he o...

Dropping the A-Bomb

Manouk Akopyan

February 10, 2009

As it turns out, the lone ranger in baseball's dying breed was shot dead a long time ago. On Monday, the last remaining bombshell of the steroid era leaped out of his foxhole and confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Allegations no more.' Alex Rodriguez is yet another role model in sports...

There goes the championship

Manouk Akopyan

February 4, 2009

Kobe Bryant just popped off for 61 points against the New York Knicks, Broadway is still buzzing on its latest theatrics and the Lakers are 3-0 in the midst of a team-testing six-game road trip. From the sight and sound of it, no one would ever know there is a 7-foot, 285-pound crater under the baske...

Lakers’ title chances going out the window without Bynum?

Manouk Akopyan

February 3, 2009

Kobe Bryant just popped off for 61 points against the New York Knicks, Broadway is still buzzing on its latest theatrics and the Lakers are 3-0 in the midst of a team-testing six-game road trip. From the sight and sound of it, no one would ever know there is a 7-foot, 285-pound crater under the baske...

Oh, what a Super Bowl

Manouk Akopyan

February 2, 2009

For the second year in a row, after the gluttony of food, drinks and seven-layer bean dip had long been digested, the football world witnessed the best Super Bowl finish of all time '- but not the greatest.' If by now you don't know who won the game or don't have Pittsburgh Steelers paraphernalia dangling ...

L.T. getting dissed by Chargers

Manouk Akopyan

January 20, 2009

Where have you gone, LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers fans turn its lonely eyes to you. What's that you say, Dean Spanos, L.T. will soon leave and go away?' If this jingle sounds familiar to you, it should, but not because it is a remix of the 1968 tune 'Mrs. Robinson,' a song performed by Simon ...

Life of a former Matador: Paladini in MLS

Manouk Akopyan

November 5, 2008

Attention Northridge Community: You are about to embark on a 90-minute trek towards congested Los Angeles freeways to go to work. During your call of duty, you suffer through hacks at your shins, combat through cramps and fight through charlies while running as many miles as your fingers count. After sh...

Old T.I. is dead and gone

Manouk Akopyan

November 4, 2008

In order for a rapper to claim they are the best at their craft, one needs credible music backed by sales, marketability, mainstream appeal and a diverse fan base. The easier road is often taken by making headlines through guns, drugs and run-ins with the law for the ever-elusive battle known as 'street cr...

Can Lakers match the hype?

Manouk Akopyan

October 29, 2008

On behalf of the purple and gold legion, I would like to congratulate the Los Angeles Lakers on winning the 2008-09 NBA Championship. As David Stern has now said for 24 consecutive years, you were truly the 'champion of champions.' Congratulations Lakers on being crowned as this year's best team '- on...

Murs includes his name to the ballot with ?Murs For The President?

Manouk Akopyan

October 28, 2008

If you thought the incumbent in the White House was the manifestation of the most ill-fated occurrences over the years, you certainly missed that the West Coast rap scene has had a severe fall off since its glory days of G-funk, NWA and Death Row. As the nation anticipates its next savior, so does t...

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