The TEN: 2/7/2020

(“The TEN” is not a top ten but ten items worth being included in “The TEN”)

1. Rams safety Eric Weddle announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 years.

2. The Clippers, New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards completed a three-team trade that sends Marcus Morris and Isaiah Thomas to the Clippers. The Clippers gave up Moe Harkless, who will be sent to the Knicks, and a 2020 first-round draft pick.

3. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points to lead the Rockets to a 121-111 win over the Lakers Thursday night.

4. Pasadena has won or had a share of the Pacific League title in basketball for 16 consecutive years.

5. James Harden leads the NBA in scoring averaging 35.4 points per game.

6. Chuck Leonardis will be Arroyo’s third coach in the last 41 years.

7. Los Altos football 2020 schedule: Wilson, at Ayala, at Monrovia, Glendora, JW North, St. Francis, at Charter Oak, at San Dimas, Diamond Ranch, at Northview.

8. “To be the best you got to compete against the best…iron sharpens iron.” – Los Altos HC Travis Brown.

9. Covina beat Baldwin Park 81-34 Thursday night to finish 10-0 in the Valle Vista League.

10. Covina guard Rudy Suarez is averaging 26.4 points per game.

16 Comments to "The TEN: 2/7/2020"

  1. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    February 11, 2020 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    FYI to “Overdue” and anyone else who’s interested: A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction (or tightening) of one or more muscles. That’s the actual definition; I’m not making this up.
    I’ve had calf muscles cramp up on rare occasions, and that can be quite painful. Those muscles get as tight as they possibly can.
    Again, my best advice is, “Stay hydrated, my friends.” It’s a good way to avoid muscle cramps under any conditions. Be safe out there.

  2. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    February 10, 2020 - 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Muscle cramping is frequently caused by dehydration, and creatine can be a primary contributor to dehydration because it draws water into muscle tissue from other parts of the body.
    One moral to the story that I believe everyone can agree on is that it pays to stay properly hydrated, whether or not one uses creatine. Have a pleasant evening.

  3. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    February 10, 2020 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, you don’t want to give kids anything that you shouldn’t. That was not wise and you should not promote cheating to high school kids. If he starts making bad decisions at Arroyo they will remove him, I have no doubt about that. Eddie is a smart guy, he will not put up with any shenanigans

  4. ?'s Gravatar ?
    February 10, 2020 - 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Astros-Patriots cheated and won titles they get to keep. Narbonne got the accolades this season while cheating so did Sierra Vista. So what’s the big deal about creatine? If it gets a kid some attention parents will shovel into their sons and daughters.

  5. Overdue's Gravatar Overdue
    February 9, 2020 - 11:40 pm | Permalink

    In Ron’s dire scenario of players “laid-out and cramping”, he mentions that the players’ muscles were “contracting alright.” Pardon me for explaining that when a muscle is cramping, it is unable to contract anymore. The reason is a buildup of lactic acid, which creatine helps to reduce.

  6. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    February 9, 2020 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

    @ Overdue: Don’t insult my intelligence.
    I’m aware that creatine is a naturally-produced substance, and I know the differences between creatine, anabolic steroids, and human growth hormone (HGH).
    I’ve never pretended to be a medical doctor. Would you have the decency to admit that high school football coaches are not nutritionists or medical doctors, either, and shouldn’t be giving creatine to players without their parents’ knowledge?
    Even an over-the-counter product such as creatine, which is a nutritional supplement, can be harmful if it’s overused or not used properly.
    I recall reading an account in the L.A. Times of an SEC game between Florida and Tennessee (probably in the early 2000’s) which, to me, provided an early warning about the possible harmful effects of creatine use.
    The article stated that, just after the game ended, multiple players were laid out on the field, completely “gassed.” If I remember correctly, all of the players involved had used creatine and suffered from severe dehydration. Oh, yeah, their muscles were contracting all right; they were cramping.
    How about letting high school players (nearly all of whom are minors) and their parents make informed decisions together, with advice from their healthcare providers, nutritionists, and team doctors? Coaches should stay out of it.

    I met Chuck Leonardis once, during spring practice; we shook hands and had a brief conversation. He seemed to be a really nice guy back then, and I wish him the best of luck now. I’m willing to bet that the Arroyo Knights will do well under his leadership.

  7. Overdue's Gravatar Overdue
    February 9, 2020 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    Ron Vrooman implies that creatine is a dangerous compound, on par with anabolic steroids. The shocking truth is that Vrooman has creatine in his own body as we speak…we all do, because it is the naturally occurring precursor to adenosine triphosphate, the chemical that makes muscles contract. Eat meat or fish, and you’re ingesting creatine, which is added to the creatine your body makes naturally! I’ll make a wild guess that this is why the stuff is available over the counter, and is widely used by high school athletes every single day of the year. The fact that some parents (and presumably Dr. Ron) don’t know the difference between creatine and anabolic steroids is the reason they become highly agitated discussing their respective uses.
    As for coach Chuck, I’d gladly go to war with the guy, because he refused to throw his assistants under the bus in this nonsense affair. Vrooman declared that Leonardis is a “very good coach.” Let me hasten to add that Chuck is also a very good human being.

  8. Pico's Gravatar Pico
    February 8, 2020 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Lol, what’s new? “They might win 2 games”

  9. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    February 8, 2020 - 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I congratulate Coach Leonardis on his promotion at Arroyo High School. He is a very good football coach, based on all accounts that I’ve seen and heard. I got to meet him only once.

    It’s unfortunate that “Overdue,” in praising Mr. Leonardis for his hard work as an assistant coach over the last seven seasons, felt compelled to repeat an inaccurate narrative about his departure from Alhambra High.
    In July 2013, a number of football parents complained to the school administration that assistant coaches were distributing creatine to players without the parents’ prior knowledge or consent.
    Coach Leonardis, who was not personally implicated, had the opportunity to remain at AHS by disavowing the assistant coaches’ conduct and removing them from his staff. He was dismissed as head coach because he declined to take those actions.

    I’m all for learning lessons, and I believe in “turning the page” when the time is right, but efforts to falsely rewrite history are a disservice.
    I wish Coach Leonardis the best of luck at Arroyo.

  10. ?'s Gravatar ?
    February 8, 2020 - 3:19 pm | Permalink

    And once again El Rancho is predicted to be last in the Del Rio.

  11. Get Real's Gravatar Get Real
    February 8, 2020 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Why are we wasting time on Cal football, when everyone in the know is focused on the Pioneer hire? I understand Nick Saban applied but was turned-down. As Trump would say, this is going to be YUGE.

  12. Area's Gravatar Area
    February 8, 2020 - 12:35 am | Permalink

    9-1 imo with LS being the only L.

  13. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    February 7, 2020 - 9:25 pm | Permalink

    @ Anonymous

    Cal predictions:
    Schurr- W
    El Toro- W
    Downey- L
    Northview- W
    Don Lugo- W
    Santa Fe- W
    El Rancho- W
    La Serna- L
    Whittier- W

  14. Captain's Gravatar Captain
    February 7, 2020 - 11:40 am | Permalink

    How about a list of local hs basketball scores.

  15. Overdue's Gravatar Overdue
    February 7, 2020 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    Talk about a guy who’s paid his dues…..Chuck Leonardis is football personified, a guy who got a tremendously bum rap at Alhambra, a guy who will take his place among the Mt. Rushmore of Arroyo coaches.

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 7, 2020 - 8:06 am | Permalink

    California High School Football Schedule:
    @ Schurr
    vs. El Toro
    @ Segerstrom
    @ Downey
    @ Northview
    vs. Don Lugo
    vs. Santa Fe
    @ El Ranch0
    @ La Serna
    vs. Whittier

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