By Joe Torosian
“Let’s head on down the road
There’s somewhere I gotta go…”
Right off the Top: Mid Valley Sports is not going anywhere. It covers the NFL, NCAA Division-1 football, NCAA Division-2 sports, and the Los Angeles Galaxy…Oh, and CIF Football.
Mid Valley Sports will continue on and into the future.
…But I’m moving on.
This is no big shock…The last couple years I’ve backed away from almost all of my duties with Mid Valley Sports…And over the weekend I made some posts to confirm what was already out of the bag.
I came in with Carlos Beltran in 1998…and I depart with Carlos Beltran in 2017. He got his World Series ring…I got to see Mid Valley Sports make it to the NFL. We both finished as pinch-hitters.
The reason is simple…I remain very involved pastoring my church in Burbank…And I’ve been writing books. My available time has shrunk, and I needed to choose which direction to take.
So after twenty years of a lot of fun, taking a few insults, experiencing one threat (not really a threat—but the coach was mad…or at least in a bad mood…), I’m leaving The Mid…
I’ve been good all season knowing this was going to be it, but I have to say, I was a little verklempt the afternoon before the St. Francis final. Last roll out to a game, last time grabbing notebook & pens, last time I’d have to decide between warmth, comfort, and the practical…Last time I’d have to get parking…Last time on a sideline…Last first-half, last quarter and last play…
It began with Temple City’s Jamil Frazier racing 50-plus yards to paydirt and finished with a 37-yard field goal by Rancho Verde’s Luis Santiago on December 1st.
Honestly, none of this happens if…
…I’m not told “paydirt” is a cliche by an editor in the 1980’s who described a Monrovia boys basketball game as “Showtime.”
…If Dana Baskin doesn’t open the door.
…If Connie Keenan doesn’t turn on the lights.
…If Peterson and Barker don’t gun the engine.
…If the old Mid Valley office wasn’t the “Caddyshack” of places to be during the football season…If you weren’t there, you’ll never know…But then again, maybe one of these days you will…
Too many people to mention, too many people to thank, and way too many memories to account for…God has very much blessed me…
I hope to sit in the stands a few times next season…I hope someday to stand and jaw with the clique of people on the sidelines—The people who walk onto on a football sideline like customers used to walk into Cheers…The place where everybody knows your name.
I will be launching a website in 2018 for my books. I’ll be posting “Fanviews” there…and I’m going to keep writing.
My third book (“FaithViews for Storm Riders”) has just come out…I have other projects I’ll be releasing in the next few months.
I’ve also finished the rough draft of a follow up to “Tangent Dreams” I hope to put out by next fall.
I’ll be spending time with my family (now I sound like a “retiring” coach).
…And I’ll be preaching at my church in Burbank.
Like the twenty years of mission trips to Mexico and my 32-years involved in summer camp…This has been one of the best experiences of my life. I loved 98% of it—Because there was a brief period when the Suits were saying volleyball and football coverage should be the same. (Jubilee Dunbar!)
For me, I despised being referenced as a “Journalist” …No way…I was never a Journalist… I was—and in my heart always be—a Sportswriter.
And now…I belong to the ages…
The Dude abides…
Author of “Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel” … “The Dead Bug Tales” …& “FaithViews for Storm Riders”…all three available through Amazon.com.
Follow Joe on Twitter @joet13b