The Peterson Principle 1/14/13

Ge Vontray Ainsworth getting plenty of love from the Monrovia faithful

With the NFL playoffs in full swing, the college football season just concluded, the Clippers playing well, and the baseball season on the horizon is there a more tired, old, boring story than the Lakers?

Yet when you tune into 710 ESPN radio it’s all Lakers all the time. Yes it’s the Lakers flagship station but it’s also owned by EPSN so at some point, you would think you would get some info on the NFL, or college football or maybe some college hoops.

Do we really care what Dwight Howard had for breakfast or if Pau Gasol’s feelings are hurt? I don’t want to hear anymore about the latest rant from Metta World Peace. In the midst of the college bowl season, one day they spent ten minutes talking about the shooting habits of Jodie Meeks. It’s the sad state of sports talk radio today.

Of course we don’t have much choice. I turned on 570 AM on Friday and Petros and Money were talking about “The Bachelor.” True story.



I hate to beat a dead horse but game times in high school basketball is a horse worth beating. I was all set to check out Pasadena Friday night until I checked the schedule and discovered the game was starting at 5:00 pm. I, along with probably 90 percent of other fans that includes parents, can’t make it at 5:00. Why is the best team in the area playing at 5:00 on a Friday night? How about a 7:00 start and a full house? How about high school basketball being fan friendly for once? I know the admin doesn’t want to be out too late on a Friday night but you’re killing area basketball.

I took a trip to Muir instead for chance to check out the Mustangs. They have a pretty solid squad. Taturs Maberry, Evan Bynum and Jelani Mitchell were worth the trip down to “Mustang Ranch” as the PA announcer dubbed the Muir High School gym. The Mustangs jumped out early and then had to hold on as Burbank rallied late to make it interesting.

Muir will host Pasadena this Friday night in what is always a great inter-city rivalry. And the best thing is, as of right now, tip off is at 7:00 pm. Stay tuned.


I never thought naming Jake Payton, who scored 22 touchdowns and rushed for over 1600 yards, Player of the Year in the Mid-Valley Division, would create such a stir. The Ge Vontray Ainsworth contingent has quickly jumped in to support the Monrovia RB/LB. I appreciate that they are honking for their guy and I understand it. We went with Payton for the reasons we stated. All I can say is we don’t pick two guys for Player of the Year – just one. We don’t pick two all Mid-Valley teams and an honorable mention – just one team. Somebody gets left out. It happens every year. We will release our all Mid-Valley team this week and I’m sure Ainsworth’s name will appear there somewhere. He’s a great player but so is Payton. Again, we only pick one POY.



Jude Oliva will land somewhere this year. I don’t know where yet but it will be somewhere. Oliva isn’t ready to stop coaching or even take a year off for that matter. There are several opportunities out there and once he sees the right fit he’ll take it.



Eric Scott may not be the right coach for Pasadena according to the administration. Okay, but who is?The Bulldogs are coming off of a 1-9 season, Brandon Cox is gone and there’s not a bright future on the horizon. Scott may have some baggage but he has coached at the D1 level and knows the game. With the Blair program on the verge of collapse, Muir could be the only relevant football program in  Rose City.



Who’s the next HC at San Gabriel? Gladstone? Anybody?

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at



10 Comments to "The Peterson Principle 1/14/13"

  1. The Dawg's Gravatar The Dawg
    January 15, 2013 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

    That would really change the complexion of football tilt in Dena if Ken Howard were to be hired at Pasadena. He’s my pick…

  2. Hp's Gravatar Hp
    January 15, 2013 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Pasadena should see if ex duarte coaches tip or crutchfield maybe juda Olivia. A dark horse could be Ken Howard ex muir coach

  3. Greenie's Gravatar Greenie
    January 15, 2013 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    TP…I lead the charge, and I still see a ‘spread the love” attitude in saying that Ainsworths Name would appear some where else. All CIF Awards came out yesterday. Bmart was MVP….you got the right. However, I think the CIF awards validate my reasoning for why Ainsworth should have been the POY and not Payton. Ainsworth was awarded All CIF as a RB and as a LB. While your award recipient was All CIF as a RB, (which we knew he was a lock), He did not make near the impact on the Division that Ainsworth Did. I just can’t figure out how you over looked this when the MVS Staff made Selections. As in depth, as your articles were, I felt like you did not write much regarding the POY…It had a “if” or next year type ring to it. Like I’ve stated, my disagreement with your selection has nothing to do with a dislike for Payton. I like his game. But All CIF at two positions means you were the “Best”.

  4. The truth's Gravatar The truth
    January 15, 2013 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    When choosing your all Mid Valley Team, choose by stats and what they ment to their team not by who you covered, that’s were the politics come into play.

  5. Hp's Gravatar Hp
    January 15, 2013 - 7:39 am | Permalink

    @Peterson what is going on at San Gabriel?

  6. Bonita Alum's Gravatar Bonita Alum
    January 15, 2013 - 5:44 am | Permalink

    In regards to Scott, Character counts man. But apparently in this world we live in we don’t reward people for being moral and meeting the requirements everyone else has to meet. When a kid can score 800 on the SAT and still get a D1 ride is freakin’ ridiculous because you get 600 for putting your name in the bubbles.

  7. Not settled yet's Gravatar Not settled yet
    January 14, 2013 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Oliva is rumored to be going to St. Paul.

  8. Hp's Gravatar Hp
    January 14, 2013 - 8:04 pm | Permalink

    @Peterson come on Peterson the lakers are the talk of the town because of the drama that is going with them.

  9. Panther Pride's Gravatar Panther Pride
    January 14, 2013 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

    What time is the Muir- PHS game Friday night?

  10. Sg's Gravatar Sg
    January 14, 2013 - 7:40 pm | Permalink

    @Peterson any chance Jude goes to bell gardens?
    From T.Peterson: It’s a possibility.

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