(“The Ten” is not a top ten, but ten items worth being included in The TEN)
1.) Legendary El Monte wide receiver Ray McNeill passes away yesterday (1/24/13) at the age of 50.
In 1979 McNeill caught 90 passes for 1,453 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Lions. He earned a scholarship to Weber State and led them in receiving in 1983. The record setting 1979 season was highlighted several times this past fall when current El Monte receiver Abel Barajas broke the touchdown reception mark with 18.
2.) Since 2005, NFL viewership on TV is up 24% while primetime broadcast TV viewership is down 22%.
3.) Former Arroyo and ELAC linebacker Gabriel Zendejas turns 23 today.
4.) The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, former St. Louis Rams HC, after one season.
5.) On this date in 2011 Brian Zavala stepped down as head football coach at (Hacienda Heights) Wilson.
6.) Northview Vikings (Jr.) cornerback Nicholas Ybarra 2012 stats: 83 tackles, 4 passes defensed, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery.
7.) Arcadia Apaches (Jr.) quarterback Joey Harmon.
8.) One year ago today Marc Paramo (Rosemead) and Joe Brown (Covina) were named head coaches at their respective schools.
9.) La Mirada Matadores (Jr.) running back Adam Carrasco 2012 stats: 211 carries, 1,416 yards, 15 touchdowns.
10.) “Jimmy Marsalis in Bump and Run was not as close to his man as a puckered-up Biden is to Obama’s butt.”—Dennis Miller