The Peterson Principle: 10/11/2016

I got lucky in Vegas. The only problem is she's a Raiders fan.

I got lucky in Vegas. The only problem is she’s a Raiders fan.

By Tim Peterson

Before Game 4 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Nationals I heard three different interviews of Dodger players and coaches on the radio.

One player said “Our backs are against the wall. It’s do or die.” Another one said “We know what we have to do. Just go out there and win.” And finally the coach said “We have to leave it all out there on the field and give it everything we can. We need to step up.”

Blah, blah, blah…cliche city. It’s not the coach’s fault or the players fault. It’s just what you get in most interviews. Most coaches repeat the same scripted lines over and over again and the players follow suit. It’s why I don’t do post game interviews anymore. If it’s a playoff or championship game or maybe a game that decides a league title I’ll get a few quotes to add something to the story. Otherwise I’m just reporting the facts.


Can USC and UCLA fans finally agree on something? Neither team is that good. USC has won it’s last two just to get to .500. The Bruins fell to Arizona State Saturday knocking them down to the same 3-3, .500 record. UCLA can’t run the ball and USC has had trouble stopping the run. The Trojans have already benched their starting quarterback while UCLA’s starting quarterback is hurt. “USC Sucks!” Yeah we know. “Bruins are in Ruins!” Right, okay. Neither one is going to set the world on fire. Not this year. Hey, just look at it this way, the Crosstown clash should be a great game in November.


I said Arroyo was going to go 9-1 in the regular season. Despite the tie with Covina that was ruled a win and the player suspensions, the Knights are indeed on track to finish 9-1. Yeah, I’m aware that I’ve missed a few, but I nailed this one.


Joe T.'s High School football novel is available through “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
“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

I’ve always thought James Caan was a good actor but after having a short conversation with him a couple of weeks ago on a Friday night he’s a great guy too. He’s the same tough, hard around the edges guy that you see on film and also very passionate in his conservative beliefs. Ask him a question and he’ll tell you how he feels, and not mince words in the process. Also he’s his son’s biggest fan as he encourages the La Salle quarterback from the sidelines. He might be 76, but he’s someone you don’t want to mess with. And if you don’t want to see his blood pressure rise, don’t ask him how he feels about players/coaches taking a knee during the National Anthem.


Sorry to see Blair has decided to cancel the rest of its games for the 2016 season. I don’t necessarily like it but I agree with it. When you only have 20 players on the roster somebody is going to get hurt. It’s a matter of safety at this point. Shut it down for this year, try to get more players involved and see what happens next season. If it’s the same situation next year cancel it again. Football isn’t a sport that you can mess with when it comes to the health of the players. Keppel has also decided to forfeit part of its schedule for the same reasons. Good for both schools.


Speaking of La Salle, Amon Milliner can’t be stopped…even in defeat. The Lancers may have lost to St. Francis last week, but Milliner went for 259 yards and three scores. He has rushed for 1283 yards and 15 touchdowns so far this season. Utah was looking at him last year but so far no offers have come for the senior. Somebody is missing out on this guy.


I’m still not completely sold on 6-0 Arcadia. The win over Burroughs was nice but let’s see what happens this week against Burbank and November 4 versus Crescenta Valley.


Anybody else having trouble stifling a yawn when someone mentions the Lakers?


Two undefeated teams reside in the Hacienda League with Los Altos and Charter Oak both sitting at 6-0. The two will meet October 28 at Charter Oak. The Conqs get Walnut this week while the Chargers travel to Chino. Cathedral and St. Francis, also both 6-0 in the Angelus League, will meet October 28 at Cathedral. Circle that date on your calendars.


Looks like the Dodgers left it all out there on the field.


I met this great girl in Las Vegas this past weekend. The only problem is she’s a Raiders fan.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

27 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 10/11/2016"

  1. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    October 14, 2016 - 9:10 am | Permalink

    Anonymous: No more Jr. All American programs in Arcadia or TC.

  2. October 13, 2016 - 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Arroyos enrollment is closer to 2500 kids rather than 2200 kids. That point aside, Arroyo also gets pretty much all of the kids who play Jets. More arroyo people around the jets that sway kids to Arroyo as opposed to SEM EM and Mt View. Plus Arroyo gets kids from Arcadia Jr All American and Temple City Rams. To prove my point lets my alma mater Mt View… So arroyo gets 65 kids as freshmen 10-20 kids who have played football as a kid. Vikings get 25-30 kids maybe 1-3 kids with experience! Times that by four years year in and year out that my friends is a competitive imbalance. So someone eluded to the point saying Coaching makes all the difference. I agree it does,no doubt. But any coach knows the man with horses wins the race. Someone else said all schools in league get the same type of kid… True they do, but Artoyo gets more of those kids. So where the Vikings have Martinez the Knights have 7 or 8 kids like him and even better. So it’s never apples to apples with arroyo. And how good is this Arroyo staff? Well, they clean up league very well but as I mentioned earlier they should every single year just be sheer volume, But after league is over and the field of play gets leveled what have they won? Zip! so again how good are they really?

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 13, 2016 - 4:09 pm | Permalink

    @ truth. I know they are not. But they are going to have a hard time stopping that running back.

  4. The Truth's Gravatar The Truth
    October 13, 2016 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    @AntiD1Fan – I dislike Cathedral as much as the next guy but I don’t see LaSalle beating the GHOST. I say Cathedral by 21

  5. Knighttrain's Gravatar Knighttrain
    October 12, 2016 - 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Coaching staffs

    The lower level coaching staffs at Arroyo are very experienced. Credentialed teachers at each level. Freshman staff has over 50 combined years coaching HS football. They know what they are doing. Even their young walk on coaches were ALL-CIF when they played at Arroyo. Good varsity staff backed up by good lower level staffs equal an excellent end product.If every school in the MVL had the same amount of students to play football they would still fall short because of coaching.

  6. MVLHoops's Gravatar MVLHoops
    October 12, 2016 - 7:37 pm | Permalink

    First off, Arroyo’s enrollment is 2200, not 2400. Both El Monte and Rosemead are between 1800 and 2000. Mtn. View is around 1600, as is Gabrielino. South has the smallest enrollment in the district at 11 or 12 hundred. Marshall has absolutely no business being in the MVL-period! Secondly, for Arroyo to move to the Valle Vista or any other league East of the 605, they would have to appeal to be placed in the Mt. Sac area instead of the Foothill area for releagueing purposes. That is never going to happen-the district would never allow that to happen. Does Arroyo have a slight advantage in enrollment-yes. But having been around the MVL for 30-plus years, South El Monte, with the smallest enrollment numbers, has had some very talented and very good football teams in their 20 year history. Coaching makes a huge difference in the league. For the most part, the kids at all of the MVL schools are roughly the same. It’s what you do with the ones you have that makes the difference. Arroyo has been fortunate to have had only 2 coaches since 1980! In this day and age, that’s almost unheard of. Their current staff is very good. Singiser and Mac Millan have been together for 13 years coordinating the defense and offense. Continuity is crucial at the high school level. The other schools have the same opportunities that Arroyo has, have they taken advantage of them? It’s not that Arroyo has all of these great athletes/football players, although this years’ group is very good, but they do a great job working with and getting the most out of the guys that they have.

  7. Sports Dad's Gravatar Sports Dad
    October 12, 2016 - 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I think with the new football playoff format they should go one farther and only let the top 2 teams in leagues get playoff births and open up at large births. There are leagues whose 5th place teams would blow out other leagues 1st or 2nd place teams. But those teams won’t even get into the playoffs because they are in a competitive league.

  8. Anti D1 fan's Gravatar Anti D1 fan
    October 12, 2016 - 6:11 pm | Permalink

    La Salle running back is going to run all over the phantom defense. Saint Paul gave you a nice little scare. As prove before Cathedral defense can not handle a power back.

  9. D1 Fan's Gravatar D1 Fan
    October 12, 2016 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

    The Cathedral Phantoms are ready for La Salle. One game at a time for Coach Pearson and his staff.

  10. League Change's Gravatar League Change
    October 12, 2016 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    All this talk of Arroyo moving because of football is the same with Gabby for Basketball, they dominate even more than Arroyo.
    In reality Arroyo will not leave since they are the same district but Gab could easily go play with Keppel/San Gabriel and those schools and be more competitive in football while also being challenged better in basketball.

  11. October 12, 2016 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

    What’s all this talk about moving Arroyo out of MVL? Did anyone watch the Arroyo SEM. Game? That was a great game and awesome atmosphere. You wanna lose that? The kids all know eachother. The hacienda would be horrible for us, the Rio Hondo is doable I can live with that. But, why? The other schools in league should step it up. I do agree open enrollment killed the other schools chances because talent that should be at the other schools comes to Arroyo for the program.

  12. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    October 12, 2016 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    It doesn’t matter what league CIF puts Blair or Keppel in if they don’t have enough players to finish a season.

  13. ComeOn's Gravatar ComeOn
    October 12, 2016 - 10:42 am | Permalink

    Arroyo wouldn’t win a game in the Hacienda League unless you kept Walnut in it.

  14. New MVL,VVL's Gravatar New MVL,VVL
    October 12, 2016 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    Arroyo could be a competitive team in the Valle Vista. Hacienda is way to much for Arroyo. There not on Charter Oak,Los Altos,Diamond Ranch level. In the Valle Vista they can battle with Covina who they tied, and Baldwin Park. And on good years play with San Dimas and Northview. Valle Vista can move Wilson to the Pomona league they only have 5 teams. MVL moved back to 6 team league. MVL Mead,Marshall,SEM,EM,MtView, Gab
    VVL Arroyo, BP,Cov,SD,NV,Row.

  15. October 12, 2016 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    In order for Arroyo to stay in the MVL the district should do what is right. They must redraw the lines for the schools so all schools should be within 100 students of each other. When SEM was built they had there chances to redraw the boundaries equally but the district chose not to redraw the lines. Each school in the district has the capacity to house the kids. We can’t expect this to happen because the district has bigger problems. I have not seen a district fall so hard so fast.

  16. John's Gravatar John
    October 12, 2016 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    It’s a joke Aroya has 70 kids to try out on Varsry and jv team then you got Rosemead that has 30 trying out and10 are freshmen playing varsity some kids never played in there life plus Aroya kids get off of a lots of things like grades and other thing and till play

  17. Area Spectator's Gravatar Area Spectator
    October 12, 2016 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    Easy to say Arroyo will be 8-2 or 9-1 every year. They always only play 1 good team every non league, which provides the 1 loss. And then play one decent team which sometimes provides the second loss. The other non league games are all cupcakes every year!!

  18. Sports Dad's Gravatar Sports Dad
    October 12, 2016 - 8:13 am | Permalink

    I say put Arroyo in the Rio Hondo League and put Blair in the MVL.

  19. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    October 12, 2016 - 7:28 am | Permalink

    The EMUHSD will do anything and everything to stay in the MVL. The transportation unit will get all confused if they have to drive to any other league and not double dip the bill with the other teams in the MVl.

    Two weeks ago Rosemead played Mtn. View. The driver brought the View JV team to Rosemead and then took the freshman team from Rosemead to Viking Stadium. The district charges both schools for a whole day of transportation costs to their budgets . Instead of waiting for the freshman at the stadium. The district transportation supervisor called the driver to go service another school from outside the district. This, giving them, the district, a third full days severance from one drivers work.

    Now, you would say smart, but they left two teams, Rosemead freshman team. And also left the Mtn. View JV team at Rosemead. The JV game ended at 4:43pm and the Frosh game ended at 5:05 pm.

    The bottom line was that they did not get the team back to Mtn. View until 6:20 pm. Coaches, parents were ticked off. Who cares? Business as usual in the EMUHSD. Arroyo is going nowhere! they can just keep beating the hell out of the other teams in the league for the next 5 decades.

  20. October 11, 2016 - 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Is coach Singiser and his really that good to win league 15 of 20 years? Or you think there might be some type of competitive imbalances in that league? Mt View SEM, Marshall and Gab all under 1300 kids. Arroyo 2400 kids. The move is long over due. #itstime #ArroyototheHacienda

  21. October 11, 2016 - 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Picking Arroyo to win the MVL is equivalent to saying the sun will rise and it will set everyday. #Arroyotothehacienda

  22. October 11, 2016 - 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Big deal you picked Arroyo. Arroyo should win every year and if they don’t coach should be fired. When you have double the population there’s no excuse for losing. What arroyo do vs schools with double their population… Say vs Rancho Cucamunga or upland? My guess is not very well. They should not be playing those teams in MVL. Put them in the hacienda league move walnut to MVL. Arroyo would face teams with exact student pops makes more competitive sense. They’ve far out grown that league. It’s a joke they’re still in that league.

  23. Dan's Gravatar Dan
    October 11, 2016 - 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Poor Walnut,
    They should not have been put in the Hacienda, it’s not the early 2000’s anymore. I think a good swith would be to bring San Dimas up into the Hacienda, and put Walnut in the Valle Vista.

  24. Dan's Gravatar Dan
    October 11, 2016 - 9:09 pm | Permalink

    @ Tim,
    Actually Charter Oak plays Chino this week, and Los Altos plays Walnut. West co plays Diamond Ranch.
    From T. Peterson: Got it Dan. Thanks.

  25. Bell Grande's Gravatar Bell Grande
    October 11, 2016 - 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t matter what La Salle does…they can’t beat real teams and sure as heck can’t win a playoff game under Gordon.

  26. Silver & Black's Gravatar Silver & Black
    October 11, 2016 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    She may be a Raiders fan, but she’s seen all of James Caan’s movies, so let the romance begin.

  27. Tha Nation's Gravatar Tha Nation
    October 11, 2016 - 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Raaaaaaiiiiidddddeerrrrssss! 4-1 and tied for first place in the division! She’s a keeper Tim!

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