By Joe Torosian
“There’s just something about youth and comedy that go together. Maybe it’s that foolishness, that silliness that you can get away with when you’re younger, that you can’t get away with when you’re older.”—Joe Flaherty
Right off the Top: Do you know who Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias are?
I reiterate my columns from January and recent pieces by Tim “World B.” Peterson, about schools that should really consider dropping football.
If accountability and player safety is paramount…then, you can’t be looking at a walk-on (with the exception of a very special few) as a long term solution for your program.
Football is the lifeblood of this website…but there’s no shame for a school to drop the sport. Districts and schools should give players the opportunity to go someplace else. Especially if you’re in the same district, why can’t you play for one school and attend another?
Last Add Coaching Chaos: Take another look at El Monte’s position…—Spare us the argument of MacIntyre, Sanchez & Tabatabai all being antichrists—and look at what has happened at the end of the Santa Fe Trail.
In the spring of 2015—There was the madness surrounding the dismissal of Offensive Coordinator Tabatabai.
In the spring of 2016—There was the departure of Coach Sanchez.
In the spring of 2017—Coach MacIntyre was either fired or quit—I’m glad I’m out of the loop on this because it is exhausting—and the guy the school had lined up to replace him turned it down.
That means the seniors in the El Monte football program have had to endure three major political dramas…They’ve never had a season where it was just about football…Instead, it’s been three years of, “Who’s going to be my coach?”
Fox 5 News—San Diego
POSTED 6:15 AM, JANUARY 26, 2017
2 Passengers Killed in Suspected DUI Crash
CAMPO, Calif. — A 24-year-old Campo man was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of murder, felony DUI and a license violation following a crash in Campo that killed his two passengers.
Ryan Gary Renz of Campo was allegedly behind the wheel of a speeding 2014 Volkswagen Jetta that slammed into a large oak tree alongside southbound Buckman Springs Road near Lake Morena Drive and overturned shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. His back seat passenger was ejected in the crash and the other man was trapped inside the car.
CHP officials said in a statement that the driver had veered off the curving roadway “due to his level of intoxication.”
Both passengers were fatally injured. Neither man’s name was immediately available, but authorities said they were 23 and 26 and both had lived in Campo.
Renz sustained only minor injuries in the crash. He was arrested and was subsequently booked into jail on suspicion of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI, driving with a license suspended or revoked due to a prior DUI conviction, and disobeying a court order, according to the CHP and jail records.
I know who Arroyo assistant football coach Oscar Lopez is…I’ve just never seen him anywhere but on a football field until this morning…This morning Coach Lopez was schooling fellas in a pick-up basketball game at Live Oak Park.
I saw him make a dish inside the key to a teammate who immediately dribbled away from the basket into a corner…Ugh!
Later I saw him deal a little French pastry with the basketball between the legs before connecting for two from the top of the key.
Then he asked me if I wanted some…I pretended like I didn’t hear …No coach should be shown up by a sportswriter.
Follow Up Fox 5:
The final report on late Miami Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez’s boating accident in the early morning of September 26, 2016:…After a nearly six-month investigation, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s report concluded that Fernandez was driving the speedboat when it crashed…The crash killed Fernandez, Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias…Fernandez’s blood alcohol level was .147, and there was “noted presence of cocaine,” according to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s toxicology report.
Is it ethical, responsible and right for the Miami Marlins, or anyone, to honor Jose Fernandez in light of these revelations?
Consider this…If he had survived Fernandez would be facing homicide charges and serious prison time.
Does he deserve a statue in his honor—which the Marlins are planning—or does he need to be made the official/unofficial poster boy for selfishness?
Midbits (same as ‘Tidbits’)
Midbits: Gonzaga freshman Zach Collins has declared for the NBA Draft…What a disaster basketball has become…
Midbits: The Oakland Raiders have made some great moves in recent years…But I don’t think acquiring Marshawn Lynch will be one of them…He was great…but…there’s just too much tread on his tires.
Midbits: On Jackie Robinson getting a statue at Dodger Stadium? Hallelujah!
What that man went through, the toll it took on him emotionally and physically…that is a tragedy.
A plane going down because an engine conks out…that is a tragedy.
If you’re ever spent any time on the Fourth Floor at Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles or the City Hope…that is a tragedy.
Jose Fernandez…that is not a tragedy.
Midbits: So if Aaron Hernandez is not guilty…Seeing how his professional career was destroyed…Does he have an open door for a major lawsuit?
Midbits: With Scott Van Slyke healthy and Trayce Thompson in Triple-A, why are the Dodgers bothering with Franklin Gutierrez again?
The Dude abides…
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