The Peterson Principle: 7/4/2019

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

While waiting for Kawhi Leonard to make his decision I was thinking…If Leonard signs today is it known as the Fourth of Kawhi?

Who takes the bigger L if they lose out on Kawhi? The Lakers or the Clippers? The Clips are used to Ls. It’s been the history of their franchise. Seriously, what’s one more? The Clippers didn’t get Kawhi Leonard…okay, ho hum. But if the Lakers come up short? The most storied franchise in NBA history fails to land the prime free agent? Especially after they gutted their roster to get it done. And especially if he does sign with the other tenants in the building… It’s got to be the Lakers right?


Northview, who went 10-0 in the regular season last year, might be even better in 2019. The Vikings are tearing up the passing league led by returning quarterback James Jimenez. Did anybody else think he was a senior last year? I saw him throwing at the SGV Shootout and I thought “Oh yeah, that’s right, he’s back.” Damion Thompson and Deshon Thompson are also back giving Northview a deadly offensive attack. Head coach Marcel Perez must be living right having Steven Comstock for four years followed by Jimenez. You got to love the Vikes non league schedule as well…Monrovia, El Rancho, San Marino, at West Covina, Don Lugo, at Los Altos.

So former Covina quarterback Nin Burns II is playing cornerback and receiver for Diamond Ranch but he hasn’t officially transferred there yet…okay…

When he does officially transfer would an appropriate headline be “Covina Gets Burned!”… too soon?

There was some discussion on Twitter the other day about fights at passing leagues and the consensus was that there weren’t any at the Bonita Air Assault. There actually was one late Saturday afternoon. It was minor… just two players (corner and receiver) competing and it was quickly broken up by the coaches. Wasn’t really a big deal…basically nothing to see here. But for the record, it was a fight.

Former local coaches Joe Brown (Covina HC) and Brian Zavala (Montebello DC) are on Darryl Thomas’ staff at Upland. Speaking of Upland, have you seen those guys? Do they serve bigger steaks out there? “Yeah we have some big boys” Zavala said.

I wouldn’t worry about Covina without Brown and Burns. They’re significant losses, no doubt. But with new head coach Dale Ziola, the Colts will be ready to go. Ziola liked the way his team was playing at the SGV Shootout. “I can’t remember the last time I was 3-0 in pool play,” he said at the break.

I said this last year too but I like what San Gabriel is doing. Head coach Kevin Encinas has great energy and the numbers are starting to come around. The Matadors lost by one score to Upland at Bonita. But yeah I know, it’s only passing league.

A starting quarterback had to miss the SGV Shootout because he was required to attend a summer basketball league game. Look, I’m sure it will help the kid improve and the football coach even encouraged him to go but I just can’t get into summer basketball. Especially when you’re the starting quarterback. Plus, isn’t the football season first? August 22 is just seven weeks away.

The Bonita football field is supposed to be completed in time for the start of the season.

Just heard that Felipe Aguilar stepped down as the head baseball coach at Rowland. Maybe he’ll want to jump back into football. There’s still a couple of jobs open here on the Fourth of July. Azusa? Wilson? Bosco Tech? They know it’s July right?

Doesn’t it seem like Culver City is either in the semis or the finals of every local passing league tournament over the past three years?

I was told by a local coach to look out for Gladstone this year. Just telling you what I heard…

What’s the coolest name for a Summer League passing tournament? The Rumble at the Ranch, The SGV Shootout or the Bonita Air Assault?

St. Paul DC Donald Bernard still thinks it’s funny that I got decleated at the All-Star game at Arcadia in May. He sent me pictures taken right after the hit that showed me looking like a punch-drunk fighter. He doesn’t even seem to mind that I suffered a lacerated kidney. Well, it wasn’t lacerated but it felt like it. And it wasn’t actually my kidney I don’t think but my arm was killing me. Plus lacerated kidney sounds cooler so don’t let him know.


Just saw Cody Bellinger hit one to Monrovia.


Prayers to Charter Oak Head Coach Lou Farrar and his family as he was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Another tough opponent that Big Lou is ready to conquer.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40

28 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 7/4/2019"

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 22, 2019 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    So you’re saying that NV doesn’t have any kids that live outside of the area and if they do home checks all your kids will pass? I highly doubt that buddy.

  2. Viking's Gravatar Viking
    July 15, 2019 - 4:24 pm | Permalink

    My Northview friend is alittle slow, don’t mind him. No complaints here.

  3. Viking's Gravatar Viking
    July 15, 2019 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Yea, shut up! They come and go, all your doing is opening up a can of worms. Dummy

  4. NV's Gravatar NV
    July 13, 2019 - 11:46 pm | Permalink

    You know and I know they don’t live in HH. The AD knows and the principal knows they don’t live in HH they just give them and address from somebody they know that lives in the area. The kids actually live in El Monte. If cif does a house check; which they will not, Los Altos and the fraud AD Formano and Principal Hess would be busted for doing this every year.
    They go by the mato “if you are not cheating you not trying.”

  5. LOL's Gravatar LOL
    July 13, 2019 - 2:53 pm | Permalink

    ER school board members starting petitions to recall each other. LOL. The whole dysfunctional posse should do the right thing and resign. LOCK THEM UP!! Good thing ER not hiring a football coach right now pending board approval.

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 13, 2019 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    LOL their paperwork shows they both moved to HH

  7. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    July 13, 2019 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    Look who’s talking, half your team in from Pasadena.

  8. Whitmont's Gravatar Whitmont
    July 12, 2019 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Truly idk and I don’t care, let’s talk football.

  9. NV's Gravatar NV
    July 11, 2019 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    We had a great summer even if Los Altos recruited our backup QB and starting DE. We took them to the woodshed last year and we will do it again this year. Stop recruiting our players!!!

  10. ER Parent's Gravatar ER Parent
    July 11, 2019 - 3:50 pm | Permalink

    @Whitmont: And who does this new management company answer to? The School Board! OH GAWD! Odd that the ER school board president reportedly went all the way to Oxnard to speak up for the run away superintendent. Why? Who paid for that trip?

  11. Almont Spectator's Gravatar Almont Spectator
    July 10, 2019 - 7:41 pm | Permalink

    This is how I see it…
    1. Montebello
    2. Bell Gardens
    3. Alhambra
    4. Schurr
    5. San Gabriel
    6. Mark Keppel

    BG should beat Schurr badly again, but they have had trouble with Montebello all 3 years of Beltran era. Montebello beats BG and Schurr last year, lost to Alhambra. Montebello scored pretty well on all teams except Alhambra, although I thought I remembered hearing their QB didnt play that game or something. Alhambra had Schurr beat almost the whole game and should’ve won that game if not for a collapse at end, from what I have heard. They’ve also struggled mightily with BG too. Schurr is terrible from what I’ve seen and heard! I know people saying they were young last year, but they played quite a few seinors last year too. Hearing they’re playing a Soph QB, I thought their QB last year was a Soph. Wonder what happened?… Should make for a lot of interesting games this season!

  12. Whitmont's Gravatar Whitmont
    July 10, 2019 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    Construction on the stadium is slated to start after the football season is over. All the money is accounted for, bond sales will be happening in August, a new project management company was just hired, no super intendant is needed to proceed with building, the same plan and design will be used regardless of the company. Teachers trying to get their hands on this rebuild money is what is causing all the issues.

  13. In the Know's Gravatar In the Know
    July 8, 2019 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    No way that is going to happen at ER. They are already more than a year behind in construction starts, district still looking for a superintendent to replace the clown that split and auditors still trying to find out where all the money is from the bond issue that voters approved. Teachers threatening to strike for a cut of the money and the school board seems to be hiding from any explanations about past relationships that led to superintendents get out of town move. Don’t hold your breath on this one. 2021 maybe 2022 more likely. Athletics at ER still doing well considering.

  14. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    July 8, 2019 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    ERHS has a banner on their campus promoting a new football facility with BLUE turf, to be completed in 2020.

  15. ER's Gravatar ER
    July 7, 2019 - 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Quit trying to politicize our football program, vinny lopez never won a playoff game and left us hanging high and dry, Adrian medrano is running a Much better program.

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 6, 2019 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Interesting to see if Beltran can keep the train going

  17. Almont #4's Gravatar Almont #4
    July 6, 2019 - 7:34 pm | Permalink

    You’re picking San Gabriel to finish fourth? Obviously you’re putting Mark Keppel in last. Who does SG leapfrog and leave in 5th?

  18. Old Whitmont Guy's Gravatar Old Whitmont Guy
    July 5, 2019 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    San Gabriel will be a 4th place team…again! What was surprising is how quick Beltran got Bell Gardens a League Championship (yes I know they were Co-Champs with Montebello) and a playoff win in just his third year. Interesting to see how the Almont League will play out this year, BG and Montebello competing for a league championship? Will Schurr stumble again? Will Alhambra crack the top 3? Will any of them make a deep playoff run? Should be a fun year in the Almont League!

  19. Sg green's Gravatar Sg green
    July 5, 2019 - 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Can I propose a new series, my favorite portion of this website is the match up analysis that gives us insight into all the San Gabriel valley schools. Would you consider maybe a month before season starts (so like now), giving us the audience insight into each league, your thoughts on the school, how they might do, and why? If we are being real I have not heard from San Gabriel and would like some insight

  20. Wildcat's Gravatar Wildcat
    July 4, 2019 - 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Wilson also has a hc now. I haven’t heard anything from bosco tech though

  21. Rumble at the Ranch's Gravatar Rumble at the Ranch
    July 4, 2019 - 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Of course Lopez didn’t precipitate the sorry state of the district, only a couple grifters and a gullible public could make that happen. No great educational change can occur when Sacramento is mandating the curriculm and your staff is woefully underpaid. You can hold class in a straw hut or the Palace of Versailles…no difference. Scream and cry about your wish that this isn’t true, but reality is a harsh mistress.

  22. Del Rio Watcher's Gravatar Del Rio Watcher
    July 4, 2019 - 2:01 pm | Permalink

    @Rumble: You are right. Lopez left a fine legacy. Playoff wins O. Team coffers,O. Team cupboard after he left, 1-9 with a loss to Pioneer. Can we get your friend back to ER please. He did a great job of promoting himself.

  23. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    July 4, 2019 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    So Lopez’s departure is the reason for the drama within the school board at El Rancho Unified??? That’s a good one.

  24. @ Whitmont's Gravatar @ Whitmont
    July 4, 2019 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I’ll not say another word about the maneuverings of the ERUSD board as long as YOU’RE paying the money for this swindle. If I’m receiving a jacked-up property tax bill, then I expect you to hold tissues for my tears.

  25. Whitmont's Gravatar Whitmont
    July 4, 2019 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    Don’t worry you’ll be claiming the new campus when it’s all said and done, stop being a cry baby.

  26. Rumble at the Ranch's Gravatar Rumble at the Ranch
    July 4, 2019 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    The current coaching staff doesn’t use the term Rumble at the Ranch. That was a name given by Vinnie Lopez, born of his flair for marketing. Kudos to Tim Peterson for seeing it Vinnie’s way. Sadly, there is a different type of rumble happening at the Pico campus, where an under-funded and controversial rebuild project has led to the demolition of two buildings, resignations of a superintendent and a contractor, and a forthcoming audit from both the state and county. Lopez left and it’s all falling apart.

  27. Kingofcali626's Gravatar Kingofcali626
    July 4, 2019 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    Azusa hired Darren Spence a few weeks ago as it’s new Football Coach. He comes from NorCal so I was told.

  28. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 4, 2019 - 6:33 am | Permalink

    San Gabriel just needs to get the Rosemead rebel kids back in the fold and they will be fine

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