Thursday, April 3, 2014

Downtown Pool

Wednesday  marked a rarity in sports scheduling for Los Angeles'  professional teams. The Dodgers, Angels, Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Ducks all began their games approximately at the same time--between 7 and 7:30 p.m.
And, to add to the mix, the soccer match between the United States and Mexico kicked off at 8:15 p.m.
So, the copy desk at the L.A. Times sports department decided to have some fun on what was going to be a busy night on deadline. A pool was drawn up and for $1 entry fee a participant had to pick the winner of each team's game. The tiebreaker was to predict the final score of the soccer match.
The Dodgers were in San Diego against the Padres; the Angels were home against Seattle; the Lakers and Clippers were both on the road, against Sacramento and Phoenix, respectively; the King's were scheduled against Phoenix at Staples Center and the Ducks were on home ice against Edmonton. And the exhibition soccer match against the border rivals was at Glendale, Ariz.


add Sports Dept. pool: When the edition was off the floor at 11:15 p.m., Steve Horn announced the results of the  picks. And the winner was Jim Coleman, who had  every winner right. The final outcome of the soccer game was a 2-2 tie, and Coleman took home $10.

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