Fanview Lite: February 23, 2010

San Dimas utility man Jordan Taylor

Good Evening!

T-Minus-199 Days until “The Mid Valley Classic”

Hate to start a column with a correction, but yesterday I said El Monte lost three teams off its 2009 schedule. WRONG!

The Lions lost two, Rowland and Baldwin Park. Remaining on the schedule are La Puente, Covina, and Gladstone. Added to the 2010 schedule is Wilson and Chino. My apologies to the old alma mater.

Speaking of schedules La Salle was forced to dump Temple City due to changes in its league. The Rams have filled the Week Five hole with South El Monte.

Which is interesting because the last time the Southmen played a Rio Hondo League school during the regular season I believe was in 2000 against Blair. SEM did have a running series with Monrovia in the 1990’s and held its own until Akil Harris plowed them big time in 1997.

Last Add Monrovia: Former Glendale and San Dimas football HC Ted Clarke has been named linebackers coach for the Wildcats. Clarke also teaches and coaches varsity wrestling at El Monte.

Back to the Mission Valley League, currently the Arroyo Knights are winning the poll on who will win the Mid-Valley Division next fall. That’s fine. I also have everyone telling me how great the offense is going to be. That’s fine too, but who’s playing defense for Arroyo? Who is going to replace Mike Chavez? Who is going to be knocking down ball carriers? Riddle me this Mr. Singiser…

Is the best player being overlooked heading into next fall San Dimas utility man Jordan Taylor?

Of course it seems like everybody who plays for Bill Zernickow is a utility guy and Taylor is no different. The returning senior rushed for nearly 500-yards in 2009, scored seven touchdowns, was third on the team in tackles, played great at corner, and had a pick.

This dude is good.

The biggest concern about the Saints may very well be their non-league schedule and what kind of shape they will be in come Valle Vista time.

Wallace Gonzalez III was a nice interview…oh, wait a second…he goes to Bishop Amat…We don’t cover Bishop Amat…or do we?

Looking forward to seeing him on the field next September.

Did I really go to a soccer game today?

Brian Westbrook is now former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook. A great football player, but a great example along with LT down in San Diego, of the toll football can take on the body.

I read somewhere recently, that former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach suffered 20 concussions in 11 NFL seasons…for at least three of them he did not start full time.

So I’m driving today and this memory comes to me:  “It’s a high drive to deep center field, Murphy is going back to the track, to the wall… It’s gone!”

Yeah, that’s Vin Scully. It kept playing over and over again in my head…and then I realized again its Spring Training. Dodger time. As Vinnie would say: “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”

Then it hit me, I am so grateful I’m a Dodger fan. Could you imagine growing up with an attachment to the Rockies? Or the Mariners? Or worse the Angels?

Had Michigan ever been out of compliance before Rich Rodriguez?

Stay thirsty my friends…


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