Fanview: August 20, 2016

Joe T....getting the scoop on 2016 football...

Joe T….getting the scoop on 2016 football…

By Joe Torosian

“Hey, y’all, prepare yourself for the rubberband man
You’ve never heard a sound
Like the rubberband man
You’re bound to lose control
When the rubberband starts to jam.”—The Spinners

Kick it!

Right off the Top: What I miss most about getting older is playing ball. Right now, I d settle for scoring from first to home in slow-pitch church softball…

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed hitting home runs…but few things were ever better than getting on first base, taking off with the pitch, and then scoring on a base hit.

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Arroyo's Hunter Duran (left) & Steven Rivera (right) when they wore younger men's clothes.

Arroyo’s Hunter Duran (left) & Steven Rivera (right) when they wore younger men’s clothes.

I’ve always remained a Hunter Duran fan…The former Arroyo wide receiver/current assistant coach caught 99 passes and scored 29 touchdowns in his varsity career.

Plus his hair is better than Bustamonte’s.

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Safe argument to make that Los Angeles Rams left tackle Greg Robinson might be the most important part of the team’s offense this season.

Last Add Rams: If Nick Foles throws three touchdown passes and leads the Kansas City Chiefs to a win tonight…How many media posts will there be saying the team should have kept him?

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Did you know in Anthony White’s first season at Buena Park in 2010, the Coyotes won six games? Did you know in the six seasons before Anthony White arrived Buena Park won only eight games combined? Now that is the definition of Coyote Ugly.

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I have a firm belief when we get to Heaven…those of us that are going, I mean. I can’t say with any accuracy the entire Mid Valley Sports staff or all those in our coverage zone will be Spiritually Eligible…I think we’ll have the opportunity to play ball.

"This book has been such a breath of fresh air. Reminding me why I sit on bleachers and what a community is all about. Most importantly what high school football is all about. I read the book 3 times." "Anyone who has a kid trying out for his High School football team needs to read this book. Torosian has taken his 20 some years of reporting on Prep sports, mixed a healthy dose of San Gabriel Valley insider references and created a very readable first effort." "A page turner...I'm sorry it's over! Is a sequel in the works?" "Torosian does for high school football what Hemingway did for the Spanish Civil War...compelling look beyond the scoreboard and into the lives of players..." "A truly great story unfolds in the pages of Joe Torosian's first novel. With high school football at its core, the story of Dale Andrade shows how a young man grows in all aspects of his life thanks to being a part of a team and a football community." “This is a great read for everyone: from those who love high school football to those who have no idea about the game.” "This book brings you onto the field and into the locker room..." Joe Torosian's high school football novel is available through Amazon.com --click pic-- (Cover by Pat Cherry www.blackheartart.com)

“This book has been such a breath of fresh air. Reminding me why I sit on bleachers and what a community is all about. Most importantly what high school football is all about. I read the book 3 times.”
“Anyone who has a kid trying out for his High School football team needs to read this book. Torosian has taken his 20 some years of reporting on Prep sports, mixed a healthy dose of San Gabriel Valley insider references and created a very readable first effort.”
“A page turner…I’m sorry it’s over! Is a sequel in the works?”
“Torosian does for high school football what Hemingway did for the Spanish Civil War…compelling look beyond the scoreboard and into the lives of players…”
“A truly great story unfolds in the pages of Joe Torosian’s first novel. With high school football at its core, the story of Dale Andrade shows how a young man grows in all aspects of his life thanks to being a part of a team and a football community.”
“This is a great read for everyone: from those who love high school football to those who have no idea about the game.”
“This book brings you onto the field and into the locker room…”
Joe Torosian’s high school football novel is available through Amazon.com –click pic–
(Cover by Pat Cherry www.blackheartart.com)

I think we’ll play tackle football, helmeted, padded up, and knock the crud out of each other without doing any serious damage. How fun will that be?

We’ll play baseball and Josh Ouellette will learn how to hit a curve…We’ll score from first to home…

Yeah, yeah…there’s always going to be some sanctimonious jackwagon out there saying… “I think God has more important things to do…yada-yada-yada…”

If I can give you a small bit of spiritual edification today—after all tomorrow is Sunday—when you get to Heaven you’re not going to be strumming a harp for eternity with glazed over eyes like Los Angeles Angels fans, believing Mike Scioscia will turn things around next year.

According to First Corinthians 2:9…it is going to be rockin…

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Since I’ve been getting back into the swing of things this week, let me re-emphasize some stuff you may have forgotten about me:
—I like my prep playoff brackets based on geography.
—I want to see different private & public playoff brackets.
—I want to see more Saturday morning games.
—I want the state championship playoffs to go away.
—I think a door should be opened/created/whatevered/encouraged…to allow schools to drop their football programs.
—I think schools should make “Head Varsity Football Coach” a full-time teaching position.
—Oh, and since gender has been replaced by gender-identity and/or gender-expression…Is Title IX really necessary?

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Funny, but I’ve hated the San Francisco Giants more this weekend than I have my entire life. Even in my years as a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, the Giants were more a subject of laughter than pain.

I did and do like the orange jerseys…and I was a big fan of Chili Davis…but now, after this weekend…I hope they rot… and lie stinking in the earth.

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I’ve been working on a column based on “The Theology of You Suck!”…maybe I’ll release it next week. The thesis being that everybody is capable of sucking…everybody…and nobody should get a pass just for their intentions.

Example: “Jay Bruce is just 12-for-69 in his first 17 games as a Met, but at least he’s trying really hard and doing his best!”

No, Jay Bruce sucks!

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Midbits (same as ‘Tidbits’)


Midbits: AT&T Park is horribly configured…Too many triples.

Midbits: Clayton Kershaw rejoins the Dodgers but same L.A. Times article says nothing about a definite return.

Midbits: Let me provide some encouragement for Temple City football fans.
In 1966, the Rams went 7-2 (beat San Marino, 26-6) and allowed only 44 points all season…In 1976, the Rams went 12-2 and won a CIF Championship…In 1986, the Rams went 13-1 and reached the CIF Finals…In 1996, the Rams went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs…In 2006, the Rams went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs…So this period in each of the last five decades has always been good to the program.

That’s good news, right?

P.S. Ignore 1956, the program went 0-8-1 but that was BH…Before Hitchcock.

Midbits: Tough to get hyped about the Smudge Pot game between San Dimas-Bonita in August…This is a rivalry game that screams to be played in October…These schools need to find some league opponents willing to make a switch…Tradition is one of the pillars that raises high school football above all other sports…The traditions have to be honored.

Yeah, I said it…No other high school sport comes close to football…

Midbits: As of 4:PM today…the Los Angeles Rams have 2,158 tickets remaining for sale…Now, I can guarantee you, those are of the “horseshoe” variety…

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MLB GAMES JOE T. HAS WATCHED THIS SEASON (Minimum 5-innings)
New York Mets: 94
Los Angeles Dodgers: 14
San Francisco Giants: 12
Los Angeles Angels: 8
Quick Pitch (Watney/Ryan): 72

The Dude abides…

628

Psalm 121:7-8

Contact Joe at joe@midvalleysports.com

Author of “Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel” available through Amazon.com …and “The Dead Bug Tales” available this fall also through Amazon.

Follow Joe on Twitter @joet13b

“Joe T.’s Scoreboard” is found at www.midvalleynews.com every Wednesday & in the hard copy of the Mid Valley News, published every Wednesday.

36 Comments to "Fanview: August 20, 2016"

  1. Truthmvl's Gravatar Truthmvl
    August 23, 2016 - 10:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m starting to think Fridaynights is special Ed..

  2. August 23, 2016 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    @nwo
    Easy there bud… This team is different than a lot of other arroyo teams. Those teams were finesse football teams. This team is a bunch of rough no nonsense go getters. We’re nasty up front even dominant up front. Basically this team is built for the playoffs. We’ll still have an awesome passing game which is our staple, but this team can drive the right at the heart of any defense. That’ll be the difference. Villa and Knight are great leaders who hold their teammates accountable ” no days off” can’t wait for Saturday!!!!

  3. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    August 23, 2016 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Friday Knight has claimed that every year since 1986 is “the year”.

  4. August 23, 2016 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    Arroyo is in the league that it was placed in. It’s our choice. Moving up and out would be good for the Knight program. As you can see by us scheduling Hart, we fear no one.

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    August 23, 2016 - 9:05 am | Permalink

    This needs to be called the arroyo times instead of the mid valley with all the sack riding that goes on arroyo yaps about how good they are but won’t petition to compete in a division where the comp.. Is equal that why when they play Covina and others with same athletes these come out on the losing end

    From MVS: The fact that we published your comment “Anonymous” is proof that this is not an Arroyo publication.

    From Joe T.: I can validate that…While Singiser gave a really kind/nice review of my book…see what happens to me if I ask a dumb question after Arroyo beats Temple City in a couple of weeks…I’ll be found face down with a bunch of crystal meth tweakers and so out of luck.

  6. Truthmvl's Gravatar Truthmvl
    August 22, 2016 - 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Arroyo, quit yapping, you guys struggled against an El Rancho team coming off a 1-9 season.

  7. Coach Abc's Gravatar Coach Abc
    August 22, 2016 - 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Got to love that EMHSD education lol

  8. Coach Abc's Gravatar Coach Abc
    August 22, 2016 - 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Hahahahahahahah

  9. Keep Trying's Gravatar Keep Trying
    August 22, 2016 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t worry about it. I don’t think anyone of us here is posting to this blog during our coffee breaks at a think tank.

  10. Keep Trying's Gravatar Keep Trying
    August 22, 2016 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    He is right in assuming that SoCal won’t name a league opponent that will beat Arroyo.

  11. August 22, 2016 - 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Lol don’t I feel like an idiot!!!! Haha
    But that’s my point this team is built different were better suited for deep playoff run. No more one and done

  12. Keep Trying's Gravatar Keep Trying
    August 22, 2016 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Read it again. Try writing it out. As he said, it will come to you eventually.

  13. Coach Dub's Gravatar Coach Dub
    August 22, 2016 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I see Friday night light aren’t too bright lol

  14. August 22, 2016 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    SoCal
    Still hasn’t come to me which league team you have beating us. My guess would be you don’t have an answer

  15. Coach Dub's Gravatar Coach Dub
    August 22, 2016 - 4:54 pm | Permalink

    @socal lol

  16. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    August 22, 2016 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    @FridayNight
    Think about it Einstein. It will come to you.

  17. August 21, 2016 - 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Hey SoCal
    You say knights go 2-2 in pre
    8-3 overall, I would love to know which league opponent your picking to Arroyo sir?
    My opinion is all league games will be over by halftime.
    Rosemead young and soft upfront 1 athlete
    Gabrielino as big as our Frosh team
    Marshall would lose to our Frosh
    El Monte to many changes don’t have the kids to compete
    SEM probably better but soft up front 1 athlete on the roster
    Ducks in for a world of pain!!!

  18. Coach Dub's Gravatar Coach Dub
    August 21, 2016 - 10:27 pm | Permalink

    All of Pomona trash talking garbage coaches are gonna bite it this year. They’ll win their terrible league them be 1 n done in the playoffs. Taste of your own medicine is coming…

  19. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    August 21, 2016 - 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Pomona had Lockett last year that bell them out of a lot of situations. Pomona’s coaches are bad. This year they have to finally coach, the only problem is they are in the weakness league in the valley. All the teams in the Pomona school district have athletes, but all the coaches are suspect.

  20. August 21, 2016 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Nice try Ndub
    Check your Twitter feed… What’s trending is arroyo laying the wood to Pomona. To quote the great Nate Diaz ” I’m not surprised motherf******” Think about this Pomona fresh off a cif championship and a semi finals run couldn’t move the ball! This is a mission valley team folks. Arroyo is real and unlike teams in the past this team is built for November! Can you say C-I-F?

  21. NDub's Gravatar NDub
    August 21, 2016 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    @fridayknighs I was there scouting our upcoming opponent, far and away is an exaggeration, one of the teams there punched you right in the mouth and gave you all you could handle, this isn’t 7 on 7.

  22. Dan's Gravatar Dan
    August 21, 2016 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Lol, Joe you inspired me to watch the spinners perform the song on you tube last night, it sounded great, hadn’t heard it in years, after that I had to hear Hollywood Swingers, then Fire, then Rollercoaster, ended up on there for a half hour.

    From Joe T.: Awesome…I was driving around on Friday and heard it on the radio…Not a disco guy…but I always liked that song.

  23. BonitaAlum's Gravatar BonitaAlum
    August 21, 2016 - 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Title IX sucks, especially the part where it touches sexual assault cases…that is a Law Enforcement issue.

  24. August 21, 2016 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Yes sir 9-1 sounds about right. I do believe they will compete with Hart as well. This team is loaded. Far and away we were the best team out there on Friday. Our ugliest up front are big athletic and nasty. This about as physical of a team as I’ve seen in a long while. League should be a breeze the big question is how deep can we go.

  25. Male majority's Gravatar Male majority
    August 21, 2016 - 7:37 am | Permalink

    That’s not true. Women are only about 45% of the athletes. That’s a record high, but not a majority.

  26. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    August 21, 2016 - 7:02 am | Permalink

    Arroyo go 2-2 in pre-season, losing to Covins and Hart. There league is weak, nobody challenges them. 8-3 overall.

  27. Dan's Gravatar Dan
    August 21, 2016 - 1:11 am | Permalink

    Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doot! Doo Doot!
    D00 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doot! Doo Doot!
    Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doot! Doo Doot!
    Doo Doo Doo Doo Doot!!!

    From Joe T.: Should I had you down your walking cane and hand you down your hat? 🙂

  28. Title IX's Gravatar Title IX
    August 21, 2016 - 12:02 am | Permalink

    There are more female? athletes than male in this Olympics.

  29. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    August 20, 2016 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    @delrio what does that even mean?

  30. August 20, 2016 - 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Yes sir Arroyo should be and overwhelmingly is the favorite in the MVL! All games will be over by halftime!
    From T. Peterson: I was looking at their schedule. You think they’ll go 9-1?

  31. Semper Titanius's Gravatar Semper Titanius
    August 20, 2016 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

    We are the select and chosen few.
    The rest of you are damned.
    There is no room in Heaven for you.
    We can’t have Heaven crammed.

  32. DelRio's Gravatar DelRio
    August 20, 2016 - 8:49 pm | Permalink

    ElRancho finally blew one off last night. He’s been waiting two years for that! Good job Al Bundy!

  33. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    August 20, 2016 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Joes has hit it out of the park with the idea of making head football coaching a full-time, full-pay situation. I’d go one better by saying that the basketball, baseball and volleyball coaches should also be full-time paid people. To make room for these expenses, the stable of government, history and social studies teachers should trimmed (if not eliminated entirely).

  34. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    August 20, 2016 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Anthony white wouldn’t win that many games without the illegal recruiting and his OC Jude

  35. Josh O.'s Gravatar Josh O.
    August 20, 2016 - 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Even in heaven I couldn’t hit a curve. I like to think maybe I’ll get a few reps at quarterback, and I’d settle for tight end.

  36. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    August 20, 2016 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    A couple of tidbits from yesterday’s 4-way

    – Arroyo looks solid, they should be favorite in their division.
    – Diamond Bar looked ok.
    – Pomona has lots of athletes and tons of size but they are undisciplined.
    – ER looked gritty and tough, Medrano has made a significant impact in a very short time. The JV is also very solid, Freshmen dominated.

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