Difficult as it may be to believe, California has no official state sport. An official state insect, yes (the dog-face butterfly). An official fossil (the sabertooth cat). Even an official grass — no, it isn't cannabis; it's purple needlegrass.
But official sport, the state has none.
The Golden State's lack of a sports symbol may be resolved with the help of Democratic Assembly members Al Muratsuchi of Torrance and Ian Calderon of the City of Industry.
They have proposed legislation that would make surfing the official state sport.
• But I'll be surprised if Long Beach's legislators get involved in the surfing legislation. Surfing, as you know, is an unknown sport here in this wave-less, breakwater city.
• Some anti-surfing folks think the honor should go, instead, to skateboarders since that sport grew in California. Surfing, of course, has Hawaiian roots.
There are indications, by the way, that the surfing forces are worried. Muratsuchi, for instance, is trying to lure rivals to his side with an unusual defense. Skateboarding, he pointed out, is nothing more than "on-land surfing."
• June 1 is National Donut Day, which is a good reason to salute the sturdiness of the giant plaster versions in Southern California (see photos), especially with all the crazy drivers out there.
(I should explain that the big donut with the car in the hole did so for a movie, "Iron Man 2." In that film, Robert Downey Jr., the driver, is told by arresting officer Samuel L. Jackson, "Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to exit the donut.")
• My neighbor Tamara Van Nuck recently attended an on-line traffic school, where she came upon the following explanations made to claims adjusters by errant drivers:
"An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle and vanished."
"When I saw I could not avoid a collision, I stepped on the gas and crashed into the other car."
"Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have."
• Somewhere, I bet, there must also be a statement from a driver who said he crashed into a giant donut. Or maybe he figured no one would believe him.
Steve Harvey may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and @sharvey9.