Coaches: READ THIS …

Think of something better than “I want to spend more time with my family.”

Somewhere out there a coach’s wife read the Tribune and probably thought there was an ounce of truth in what her husband told yours truly while announcing his resignation … and yes, I was sitting there typing and thinking “He’s so full of beans.”

If you’re cute enough to call a reverse in the third quarter of a close game, then you should be able to come up with a better reason than “I want to spend more time with my family” when you get quasi-forced out or want to look for another job.

You’re probably all wondering “What brought this on, Aram?” Well …
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If you’re not excited now, you never will be …

Check it: Our first glimpse of new Los Altos running back Ira Thomas

He came from Chino Hills on a mission. The mission is to ease the pain of James Davis transferring out.

I GOOFED AND PUT SEPT. 2 INSTEAD OF SEPT. 1 FOR THE WEEK 0 GAMES. IT’S SEPT. 1 (not my first screw up and certainly won’t be my last).

Listen the hell up … the home page has a new feature that shows the Top 5 most read stories daily with links. It’s called “Click Picks.” I know, the gimmick title needs work. Anyway, I am going to be quite sour if prep sports stories like mine from today aren’t consistently in the Top 5 and mostly No. 1. All of you need to get re-acquainted with the page. It’s going to be off the hook this year. I’m telling you!

Next, if you’re a South El Monte fan, you’re not going to want to click on this thread and continue reading … if you’re an Amat fan, let me show you a group of guys who don’t give a crap about golden As, Pat Haden and how bright Amat will shine …
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State of the Union for SGV Tribune preps sports coverage …

Aram Tolegian to the masses: Distinguished coaches, revered athletes, fellow fans and coveted readers, the state of the Tribune’s prep sports coverage is improving.

It is my privilege to present to you all the current state of affairs at the SGV Tribune as it relates to our prep sports coverage.

Let me start by saying that I read an article this week about how the truly successful blogs are those in which the author gives first person accounts of the happenings in his or her life. Blogs are the new phenomenon, we all know that. So, people’s theories on what makes them go, and keep going, vary. In the case of this blog, I don’t think you guys want to read a daily or weekly account of the goings on in my life (ok, some of you maybe). I believe that what’s made this blog so wildly successful has very little to do with me and everything to do with the substance of the content, namely prep sports. And expanding even further on that, this blog is good because it’s got a major sense of community. We’re all in this Valley together, or we were at one time, so to speak.
From time to time I have no problem with some first-person accounts of life on the beat, but overall I want this to be a place where everyone can express themselves and share their thoughts about the happenings in our local sports world. This blog won’t change it’s philosophy and will continue to adhere to its “This blog is my blog, this blog is your blog …” pretense.

Yet it is not enough to simply blog when a blank check in the form of a website is at our disposal. It is not enough to simply blog when the actual raw copy of the newspaper is still the liver that filters the life of our existence. These things can and will get better.
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Here’s your open invite …

… to watch us film “A Local Sports Show’s” football preview show live from Philly’s Best in San Dimas … oh screw it … here’s the note w/details from Time Warner media stalwart Reg Miller, who will host the show.

Be sure to let the SGV Community know that we will be taping the 2006-’07 Scholastic Sports Seasons first episode of “A Local Sports Show” Saturday August 26th around 11:30am on location in San Dimas at Philly’s Best Authentic Cheesesteak & Hoagie Shop. Invite everyone to come out and enjoy a cheesesteak or two and listen to us talk about the fall sports season. Come one, come all. It should be a blast we’ll be talking about the areas HS Football top returners, top programs, schedules, predictions, coaching staffs etc….

PS there will be a Hoagie eating contest similar to what happens when the infamous Kobyashi descends upon Nathan’s Famous Hotdog shop on Coney Island….. Who will win? Everyone can enter by stopping by Philly’s Best in San Dimas located at:

806 C W. Arrow Highway
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909)305-8811 ask for contest coordinator John Brock.

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CONTINUED … Five things Bishop Amat needs to do to turn around its football program …



1. Hire a name coach – This one is completely off the books now, but it’s worth repeating. I am not saying Mark Verti isn’t going to do a good job. Nobody has a clue about him yet. But the school had a wide open door of opportunity after Mike DiFiori resigned, and they hired from within. Great.
Verti could either be the find of a lifetime or a 20-something-year-old gamble that sends Amat fans off the deep end. Not exactly the predicament most fans wanted to be in, but hey.
Here’s the thing Verti has going for him. His youth can be played two ways. He’s either too young to handle such a position or he’s the young guy who relates to the players. No matter how you feel about him, Verti is a former UCLA football player and he’s got that on any other local coach. He knows what it takes to go from Amat to the big-time. He can wield his connections to the next level as something that gets kids to Amat because the coach can help them to the next level.

2. Field turf – Uh … I don’t care how much it costs … the cash wasn’t spent on a coach, so put in a nice field. Amat’s field is already solid, but some artificial stuff would give the impression that the school is a cutting edge athletic institution. The new gym/weight room/locker room/coaching offices were a step in the right direction. When some kid comes to Amat to watch a game, he should see a state of the art field that will get him excited to possibly play there.

3. Throw rocks at South Hills, Los Altos and Charter Oak high schools until they crumble – Why go to Amat for $ 4-5 Gs per year when you can find a loophole and go to one of these schools for free?
“Gee lil Billy, you want to go play for Steve Bogan, Greg Gano, Lou Farrar or Mark Verti?”
And when the kid asks “Who’s Mark Verti?” … see No. 5 (below)
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Up to 68,873 hits …

… if you’re gonna pay the heavy cost of living in the SGV, then you might as well get something for it. Lets start with a nice, prep sports blog.

I guess Orange County isn’t the only place where they care about prep sports!

Just got the latest digits from SGVN Internet chieftain Adrian Guerrero: 68,873 hits.

The amount of hits this site is getting is accelerating rapidly as football season approaches. Hmm, I wonder why that is? I’m thinking we’ll easily reach six figures by the time league play rolls around. This is great news for our SGV schools, teams, athletes, coaches and fans, who get more of the exposure they all deserve. It’s not great news for management teams everywhere who are hopefully seeing their respective work force’s output decrease because everyone is on

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