The Peterson Principle: 10/3/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

I’m not one to get emotional – especially when it comes to sports – but it was sad to see an era come to an end on Sunday.

When Vin Scully said “Hi everybody and a very pleasant good afternoon to you wherever you may be” it hit me that that was the last time I would hear that.

67 years? Who stays at a job (any job) for 67 years? Everybody talks about the call of Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run as maybe Scully’s best ever and it probably is but there are so many more moments. By the way do you realize that was 28 years ago?

Scully called the Dodgers winning the World Series in Brooklyn. He was there when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for the Dodgers. He called Sandy Koufax’s no hitters and later Clayton Kershaw’s. He was there when the Dodgers fell to the mighty New York Yankees in the Series in 1977 and ’78 and also was on hand to call the Dodgers breaking through to knock off the Yanks in the 1981 World Series.

Yes he had to make some tough calls as well – The Cardinals’ Jack Clark hitting a playoff game winning home run off of Tom Niedenfuer in 1985 and the Giants’ Joe Morgan’s shot off of Terry Forster in 1982 that knocked the Dodgers out and gave the NL West title to the Atlanta Braves.

There are way too memories to recall but then came 1988, the Series win over Oakland and Scully’s call of “In the year of the improbable, the impossible has happened!” after Gibson’s shot heard ’round Los Angeles.

Joe T.'s High School football novel is available through Amazon.com “A literary snapshot of what goes on over the course of a high school football season…an awesome read and a story that truly will transcend time.”—Jim Singiser, AD/HC Arroyo Knights Football “Thrill, dread, anxiety, love, agony, success, and failure; basically all the emotions you feel as a football player/coach as you do in life, all wrapped up in a single book.”—Marc Paramo, HC Rosemead Panthers Football “I read the book and really enjoyed it a great deal. I would think coaches and parents could Learn a lot.”—John “Coach” Kentera, former sports talk host at Mighty 690 & Mighty 1090

Joe T.’s High School football novel is available through Amazon.com
“A literary snapshot of what goes on over the course of a high school football season…an awesome read and a story that truly will transcend time.”—Jim Singiser, AD/HC Arroyo Knights Football
“Thrill, dread, anxiety, love, agony, success, and failure; basically all the emotions you feel as a football player/coach as you do in life, all wrapped up in a single book.”—Marc Paramo, HC Rosemead Panthers Football
“I read the book and really enjoyed it a great deal. I would think coaches and parents could Learn a lot.”—John “Coach” Kentera, former sports talk host at Mighty 690 & Mighty 1090

What made the call so incredible is that Scully, in a split second, came up with that. There was no way that could be scripted. Now it will go down as one of the greatest calls of all time.

And of course Vin Scully will go down as the greatest announcer of all time. I mean, really, is there a question?

Enjoy your retirement Vin, and a very pleasant good afternoon/evening to you wherever you may be.

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It seemed like everybody was on bye this past week. As I was searching through the schedule of games last week the stench of a dog with fleas kept coming up. But there were some games that mattered. St. Francis showed its mettle with a victory over Buena Park at home. The Golden Knights will move up in the polls while Buena Park will move down. What does this say about the Coyotes? Anthony White has done a great job of turning the once moribund program around, but they’re not quite there yet with the St. Francises, La Miradas and Sierra Canyons of the world.

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Yes there has been suspensions and some controversy, but Arroyo is still the best team in the Mission Valley League. And according to MVS Editor Joe Torosian the future is bright.

“That sophomore quarterback, Ernesto Camacho, is legit,” Torosian said at the office last Friday night after covering the game.

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There’s a four-way time for first in the Pacific League and not one of them is named Muir.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

5 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 10/3/2016"

  1. In a Nutshell's Gravatar In a Nutshell
    October 3, 2016 - 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I have little doubt that the BP Coyotes did well in 7-on-7 competition. They’ve got the players for that particular outdoor activity. If coach White’s ambition is to win a CIF title in passing tournament competition, however, he needs to petition CIF to create a new sport. As things stand, football is still about blocking, tackling and making the fewest mistakes….all the things that SF did better last Friday night.

  2. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    October 3, 2016 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    @Tim P, I would respectfully disagree with you regarding Buena Park not being right there with St. Francis. SF couldn’t stop BP’s offense all night. It was suspect that BP went for it three times on 4th down when they had the ball inside the twenty twice and the ten once. Had they kicked FGs, the game would be tied, and they missed an extra point (may explain why they chose to go for it on 4th down). So we maybe talking about just a kicker that is separating BP from SF. I don’t think BP can beat LM but my money is on them when it comes to SC.

  3. In a Nutshell's Gravatar In a Nutshell
    October 3, 2016 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

    The reason Buena Park isn’t ready for prime time is that they have recruited mainly skill players, largely ignoring the need for top-notch linemen. I guess coach White needs to be reminded that the most important part of his sport is controlling the line of scrimmage.

  4. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    October 3, 2016 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    their next game will be Bell Gardens at home. Its the right decision based on limited roster due to injuries.

  5. Almont's Gravatar Almont
    October 3, 2016 - 12:32 pm | Permalink

    @peterson nothing on keppel deciding to not play the next two games.
    From T. Peterson: Yes Keppel is forfeiting its next two games. We reported that last Friday. Based on what Principal John Scanlan said I agree with the decision.

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