Ailene Voisin, sports columnist


Weekend poll: Who will win the BCS championship?

Leading Off: Will Jackson, Buss tie knot in L.A. or ... ?

Published: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 - 11:28 am

Understandably, Kings fans harbor a serious grudge against the Lakers, who stole Game 6 from the Kings, choked them in Game 7 and deprived them of a trip to the 2002 NBA Finals, but, hey, I think congratulations are in order.

Jeanie Buss, the Lakers' highly respected, behind-the-scenes vice president of business operations – regarded as a salary cap expert before salary cap experts existed and long overshadowed by her father and her brothers – finally squeezed that engagement ring out of longtime companion Phil Jackson.

Good for Jeanie, I guess.

But does this mean she leaves the beach for Brooklyn if her future hubby becomes the Nets' new coach?

There was a time (2005) when Buss and her boyfriend envisioned themselves ensconced in Sacramento, working in the political arena and rebuilding the Kings. Geoff Petrie was pressured by the Maloofs to interview the "Zen Master," but he was never truly interested, so that ended that.

A few months later, Jackson was rehired by the Lakers, added to his stash of 11 NBA championships, earned induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and earlier this season became a Lakers coaching candidate yet again before Jim Buss hired Mike D'Antoni.

"I'm beyond happy," Jeanie Buss told ESPN late Thursday night while flashing a photo of her diamond engagement ring. Together since 2001, they haven't set a wedding date.

The aging Lakers pair apparently aren't too old for engagement rings, wedding bells and honeymoons. Phil is 67. Jeanie is 51. Whatever works.

What to watch

NFL playoffs, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Ch. 3: It's Cincinnati-Houston in the AFC, followed by Minnesota-Green Bay in the NFC.

Weekend poll

Who will win the BCS championship?

• Alabama

• Notre Dame

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to

Friday's results

Should college coaches be penalized for NCAA infractions?

• Yes, but only if they are still at the school: 6%

• Yes, even if they leave: 89%

• No: 5%

Total votes: 154

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Ailene Voisin, sports columnist

Ailene Voisin

Ailene Voisin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UNLV and a law degree from the University of San Diego before committing full time to journalism.

Her career includes stops at the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and time spent as the backup beat writer for Dodgers and Angels, Clippers and NBA beat writer, sports columnist, along with numerous assignments covering international events and the Olympics. Ailene joined The Sacramento Bee in 1997.

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