The Peterson Principle: 8/6/2017

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

Overheard at Los Angeles Chargers camp last weekend by a known sports radio personality. “We’re going to do a segment on the four best quarterbacks in LA. You wanna hear them? Here they are. “1. Philip Rivers 2. Sam Darnold 3. Josh Rosen 4. Jared Goff.”

5. Ouch! At least Goff was ahead of Sean Mannion. For now…

Rivers may be the best quarterback in LA and he’s definitely the best interview. When he spoke to the media last Sunday after the Chargers first day of camp he talked about his passion for football, his expectations for a new season, and the joy that his kids brought him. He’s well spoken and well versed in the sport. He talked about how there were 12 people at one of his first Charger practices as a rookie and compared to the capacity crowd of over 5,000 that cheered him on in Costa Mesa. Just a great interview and still the man that could lead the Chargers back to prominence.

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It’s heartbreaking to see a players’ season abruptly come to an end even before the first exhibition game has been played. Chargers right guard Forrest Lamp was lost for the year  with an ACL injury on Wednesday in a non contact drill. Lamp never missed a game in his four years at Western Kentucky. Rams defensive tackle end Dominique Easley  suffered a similar fate and was carted off the field. He’s also out for the season. Everybody knows injuries are part of the game, but man those ones sting.

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Also speaking of media at Chargers camp, has there even been a more impeccably dressed, more professional, more dignified local sports reporter than Jim Hill of CBS? Did you know that Hill turned 70 last October. Of all the “sports guys” out there with microphones Hill stood out by far as the most respected. It wasn’t even close.

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You forget how important football is, how big a part of people’s lives it plays, how it just sticks in your soul, until you see a Hall of Fame speech. You sit there and watch and listen to an inductee’s speech and realize how the sport has touched his family, friends, and loved ones, how it has literally shaped their life and made them the person they are today. We can talk about CTE until we’re blue in the face but what percentage of former NFL players if they had to do it all over again would decide not to play? I’ll take the under on two percent.

Kurt Warner and LaDainian Tomlinson knocked it out of the park Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. Jerry Jones was okay, probably deserves to get in, but an owner’s speech just  doesn’t do it for me.

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Has anybody else looked at the calendar, did a double take and realized that the high school football season is less than three weeks away? Is there a Mid Valley preview coming soon? Well, no. But doesn’t that information change in the first two weeks anyway? Don’t worry we’re not going anywhere. We’ll still look at a couple more leagues before the opening kick off and we’ll be all over it come Friday nights (and Thursday nights).

I’m sure (no pun intended) that Schurr is going to be good this year. Not just good but very very good. The more I hear and read and see, the more the Spartans are bringing to the table. They can make a run. I’m schurr of it…

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I’m not a big track and field guy but it’s sad to see the Usain Bolt era come to an end.

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The best 50 game run (43-7) in baseball since 1912. Cody Bellinger. Kyle Farmer. The acquisition of Yu Darvish. Chris Taylor. 46 games above .500. 14.5 games ahead of Arizona in the National League West. 30 comeback wins. The list goes on and on for this magical season. So it has to be that these 2017 Dodgers are a team of d…nope. Sorry, just can’t say it.

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The future looks bleaker by the day for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s my principle.

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

16 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 8/6/2017"

  1. Been Around Since the Whitmont's Gravatar Been Around Since the Whitmont
    August 8, 2017 - 8:54 pm | Permalink

    First, Almost Observer I’m guessing you meant to be Almont Observer, if you are going to come on here and talk crap at least know how to spell!

    Second, I have been around both the Almont and Del Rio leagues going back to when my kids played at Bell Gardens in the late 80s and early 90s. Ramos is an amazing offensive line coach and a good head coach, more importantly he has put some pretty good assistant coaches around him. If he delegates and let’s them coach they have more than a good chance of beating Montebello and becoming CIF Champs. If he collapses under the pressure and tries to do everything himself they will lose to Montebello by one or two touchdowns and be upset by a team in the Second Round of the playoffs. The Almont League should be fun this year.

  2. Almost Observer's Gravatar Almost Observer
    August 8, 2017 - 8:10 pm | Permalink

    @ BG

    Whose your Daddy!!!!!!

  3. BG's Gravatar BG
    August 8, 2017 - 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Ramos Is Ramos just wait and see. Cant coach under pressure.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    August 8, 2017 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    @Schurr Alum

    Not sure you got the point of Schurr Dad’s comment… he is merely saying that Schurr should expect to win and anything less than a league championship and a CIF championship in a lower division would be a let down. Weird that you would respond the way you did, lol.

  5. Schurr Alum's Gravatar Schurr Alum
    August 8, 2017 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Schurr being in DIV 12 is not a gift, it is a reflection of the old coaches and their failure to win football games. Winning the DIV 12 championship isn’t a bad year either. I guess everyonr should just turn on their pads then since win or lose it’ll be a bad year. Take a seat and enjoy the show Schurr dad! I graduated 2010, the last year we won league and seen the changes. The program looks completely different and so much since Ramos took over. Take care of business Spartans.

  6. Lol's Gravatar Lol
    August 8, 2017 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    The lower levels have been garbage, the only good team was the 2014 Freshmen team which now happens to be the 2017 Varsity… y’all will be good this year, but then what?

  7. SUPERMAN's Gravatar SUPERMAN
    August 8, 2017 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    The best QB in LA is Sam Darold, He will be great for years to come , even in the NFL,

  8. Total Respect's Gravatar Total Respect
    August 8, 2017 - 12:08 am | Permalink

    I can’t believe Jim Hill is seventy, because as you say, the man is always the picture of neatness and professionalism. I wonder how he would do as president of this country; probably better than our current 70-year-old president.

  9. Local Fan's Gravatar Local Fan
    August 7, 2017 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Schurr dad- I completely agree… after seeing the talent in the summer at the arroyo Passing tournament I’d have to agree with you! Let’s hope for your sake that they stay healthy and are able to rack some wins up. How’s the new coaching changes going? Is Elias the OC yet? Hope he can help you guys out. I heard he’s a good coach and man.

  10. Schurr Dad's Gravatar Schurr Dad
    August 7, 2017 - 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous,
    My son is a two year starter at Schurr (this is his Senior year) I am not a Ramos hater, I believe he is doing a fine job with the young men up at Schurr. But, let us not count our chickens before they are hatched. Let’s be honest, if Schurr does not knock off Montebello and win the Division 12 Championship it will be a bad year. I have told my son this since January, this teams athleticism reminds me a lot of the CIF championship squad from about 10 or 12 years ago. It is a GIFT that we are in Division 12 and we need to take advantage of it!

    CIF Champs or BUST! As a proud father and supporter of Schurr football it is time to shut up and just deliver!

  11. Schurr's Gravatar Schurr
    August 7, 2017 - 5:49 pm | Permalink

    The lower levels have talent coming through

  12. cif's Gravatar cif
    August 7, 2017 - 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Where are all the fans that hate you Annonymous. That’s The Question?

  13. Lol's Gravatar Lol
    August 7, 2017 - 4:13 pm | Permalink

    He just has a loaded class that’s 1 year away from leaving, what will he do after they are gone?

  14. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 - 2:57 pm | Permalink

    We’re are all the Ramos haters now that schurr is back

  15. HOT ROD's Gravatar HOT ROD
    August 7, 2017 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

    What have Blair’s opponents done about playing 9 games this season? Hate to see kids lose out on playing football. They never formerly announced they canceled the season, but they informed their opponents and referee committee

  16. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    August 7, 2017 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    Does San Gabriel really have a coach? Haven’t heard a thing about Encinas.

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