The Peterson Principle: 3/31/14

This guy is back...but in Football?

This guy is back…but in Football?

“It’s where KISS meets Arena Football. I promise you it won’t be like anything you have ever experienced. It’s going to be a show. I don’t want to spoil it but let’s just say there are going to be more pyrotechnics than you’ve ever seen,” said KISS lead singer Paul Stanley Sunday at the Honda Center in a public event held for fans of the LA KISS.

Okay cool. We covered the LA  Avengers when they played at Staples Center before disbanding a few years ago. And that was indeed a show. Now Arena Football is back in the LA/Orange County area with the KISS led by Stanley and Gene Simmons.

I don’t know what to expect but if you’re old enough to remember KISS or have been to one of their concerts this could be off the charts. Will Simmons drop out of the sky at the 50 yard line and start breathing fire? Will Stanley show up in full Starchild makeup and begin belting out “I wanna rock ‘n roll all night and party every day?” We don’t know but that’s what makes it so intriguing. “Your head better be on a swivel,” added KISS President Schuyler Hoversten.

Fireworks, dancing girls, rock concerts at halftime, and Arena Football all led by two of the most outrageous rock stars of all time? What more could you ask for? And season tickets start as low as $99.00 for nine games.

For the record the KISS is currently 1-1 after splitting two road games. Their first home game is this Saturday night April 5 against the Portland Thunder at 7:00 pm at Honda Center. Some of you might still scoff at Arena Football but keep this in mind – the Kiss is the only professional football team in Southern California and probably will be for quite some time.

The question is when does the KISS become the LA KISS of Anaheim?

Norwalk’s Rodrigo Sanchez and Dillon Famatau spent the weekend on an unofficial visit to Arizona State. Have you seen some of the bubbas on the Norwalk roster? The Lancers may not have a Penny to their name this year but they seem to have everything else.

It’s hard for me to believe that Jude Oliva won’t end up on somebody’s staff this year. A lot of coaches step down to spend more time with family and that may have been indeed the case with Oliva. But I’m just hearing a lot of rumors as to different schools that would love to have his football mind on their staff. Stay tuned…

Speaking of coaches the Final Four is loaded with some heavy hitters – Billy Donovan, John Calipari, Bo Ryan. I like Kentucky and Florida in the championship game with Donovan and Florida winning a third NCAA title.

Note to all UCLA fans: A Sweet Sixteen appearance is a nice run for Steve Alford in his first year. Give him at least three years. Sorry but the days of John Wooden will never be seen again.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.



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