Not your daddy’s Rose Bowl

Above: Will the masses still flock to Pasadena in 2011?

What’s your take on a Rose Bow matchup between say USC vs. Boise State?
Not possible?
Well, under a new provision, that can be invoked once between 2011-14, the Rose Bowl would be required to invite a non-BCS conference team like Boise State, if that team is in the top 12 of the final BCS standings and either the Pac-10 champ or Big Ten winner is in the national title game.
Here’s the story I wrote in today’s paper about the new BCS provision.

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The area’s best sophomore isn’t from Bishop Amat, Damien, Charter Oak or South Hills … Milton Williams is from La Verne Lutheran … Oops, Guru says he’s now at Don Lugo

BREAKING NEWS NOTE: The Scouting Guru just texted to say Williams is now at Don Lugo, not La Verne…

The first draft: La Verne Lutheran linebacker Milton Williams, is on MaxPreps’ national list of the best sophomores-to-be of the 2012 class, and the only area player on the prestigious list. Read the hype, with comparison’s to Los Altos’ Cody and Harwell. Maxpreps writes:Lutheran head coach Bobby Godinez is convinced that Milton Williams has the makings of a very special player. “I’ve never seen a kid like Milton,” Godinez said. “I’ve played with Shaun Cody and Brigham Harwell, and I think Milton is better at the same age.” Williams is a 6-1, 215-pound linebacker who suffered through injury for much of last season, but came back late in the year and made a splash. “His explosiveness is unstoppable,” Godinez said. “He’ll go anywhere he wants.” Godinez mentioned that Williams is originally from Oklahoma and would love to play for the Sooners. He also said that UCLA has shown early interest in Williams, and may extend a verbal offer.

There’s no audio, but the video speaks louder than words ….

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Not Again: NY Times reports that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz allegedly on 2003 doping list

Just when you thought it was safe to sit in Mannywood, boom, another bombshell. The New York Times reports today that: Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results.

Photo: Associated Press

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Walter Thurmond hits the big time with O-Ducks

Ohh Thurmond: The perfect picture is always when someone makes a play against ‘SC

Hi all, I’m here at Pac-10 Media Day, and wanted to let know that former West Covina High School star Walter Thurmond, now an all-conference defensive back at Oregon, is also expected to be in attendance. He will join new Ducks coach Chip Kelly sometime afternoon.
I will follow with comments from Thurmond a little later.
By the way, they just handed out the Pac-10 preseason media poll and, surprise, USC is No. 1 with rival UCLA No. 7. California is second and Oregon No. 3.
Walter Thurmond: “I’m just happy to be the position I’m at. God gave me the ability. I really can’t stress enough how hard it takes to be the position I’m in. It takes hard work, and you just have to have love for the game.”

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Finally, South Hills and Bishop Amat are hooking up … in Baseball … This spring at Mt. SAC

The word on the street is that defending Division III champion South Hills will take on former back-to-back Division V champion Bishop Amat in a baseball doubleheader at Mt. SAC this spring. Based on what both teams have coming back, it’s also safe to assume they will likely be the two best teams to start the season, so this is great news for area baseball fans. Now, if they could only hookup in football ….

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There was nothing like the 80s

To all the less fortunate who missed the 80s, know that we didn’t have cell phones, we suffered through land lines and busy signals. We didn’t have text messages, we slipped notes. We didn’t sit in front of our computers with a Wii, we hiked to the nearest corner and dropped quarters on Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Pacman, etc. And the movies, don’t get me started. I’m not talking about the Academy Award winners, I’m talking about the top 15 movies from the 80s that you memorized line-for-line and can watch over and over again……

The 80′s signature cuff (we all did it) … And yes, the hair presented by Aqua Net…

Fred’s top 15
1. Breakfast Club (1985)
2. Caddyshack (1980)
3. The Karate Kid (1984)
4. Weird Science (1985)
5. Three Amigos (1986)
6. Say Anything (1989)
7. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
8. Better off Dead (1985)
9. Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
10. Fletch (1885), 11. Lucas (1986), 12. A Christmas Story (1983), 13. Risky Business (1983), 14. Top Gun (1986), 15. Vacation (1983)

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Steve’s Counterpoint: 70s were numero uno

Sorry, Fred, my good man, but the 1970s trump the 1980s. The 70s was the birth of the summer blockbuster), Monday Night Football, Pong and who could forget Bell-bottoms.
It’s also considered the glory years of the NFL, when the Cowboys, Rams and Vikings dominated the NFC. Did you know that from 1973-78, either the Cowboys, Rams or Vikings played in…and the AFC was always the Raiders, Steelers, Dolphins and Oilers. I still say Drew Pearson didn’t push off in the “Hail Mary” Game. Ah, those were the days!

My 1970s top 10 moves:
1. All the President’s Men (I am a journalist, after all)
2. Jaws
3. Star Wars
4. The Godfather
5. American Graffiti
6. Dog Day Afternoon
7. Patton
8. Rocky
9. The Dear Hunter
10. The Exorcist
HM: The Verdict, Brian’s Song (TV Movie), Young Frankenstein.

Here’s one of my favorite scenes from All the President’s Men. It’s not included, but my favorite line from the movie comes from Jason Robards as editor Ben Bradlee: Nothing’s riding on this mind you, except the first amendment of the Constitution, freedom of the press and perhaps the future of the country. Not that any of that matters, but if you guys (mess) up again, I’m going to get mad!”

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Charter Cove comes up short, still advances

The Charter Cove Post 755 baseball team, made up mostly of players from Charter Oak High School, came up short Tuesday in its quest to win a American Legion California State championship.
San Bernardino, which lost in the first round of the tournament, came all the way back to win the event, scoring wins of 5-4 and 20-12 over Charter Cove to win a state title.
Both teams advanced to the regionals, with San Bernardino playing in the West Regionals in Fairfield and Charter Cove traveling to Medford, Ore. for the Northwest Regionals.
Charter Cove, which lost in the championship round to Merced last year, advanced to the regionals for the second consecutive season.
Here is the story from our sister paper, the San Bernardino Sun, which rounds up San Bernardino’s sweep.
Charter Cove coach Jon Garkow: “Although I’m disappointed that we didn’t bring home our first state title, I’m very proud of the effort we put forth. These kids played their hearts out and finishing as state runners-up for the second consecutive year is quite an accomplishment, especially considering we only had 10 players.”

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Who has the toughest schedules in the SGV? Bishop Amat, Damien and Glendora

We’re only in July, so instead of doing the top ten preseason football teams, how about the top ten toughest schedules in 2009. There is no surprise with Bishop Amat and Damien 1 & 2, but a mild surprise to list Charter Oak at No. 7. You tell me, do you agree or would you chage it up …

Ending with Loyola, Crespi and Notre Dame give the Lancers the edge, plus big nonleague games agisnt St. Paul and St. Bonaventure.
Sept. 11 DOMINGUEZ, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Damien, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 ST. BONAVENTURE, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 ALEMANY, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30 *LOYOLA, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 *At Crespi, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 *NOTRE DAME, 7:30 p.m.

: From start-to-finish this is easily the second toughest. Four straight against Bishop Amat, Charter Oak, Chino Hills and Glendora is brutal.
Sept. 4 at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 at St. John Bosco, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 CLAREMONT, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 BISHOP AMAT, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 *CHINO HILLS, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 *at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 *AYALA, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 *at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 *CHINO, 7 p.m.

: Not one easy non-league game on the schedule, plus the difficult Sierra League
Sept. 11 at Upland, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 CANYON, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 DIAMOND RANCH, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 EL DORADO, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 *at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 *DAMIEN, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 *at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 *at Chino, 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 *AYALA, 7 p.m.

: Not as brutal as last year, but still tough with Bishop Amat, Glendora, Chino Hills and Muir
Sept. 4 at Muir, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 COLONY, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Elsinore, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 BISHOP AMAT, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 *CHARTER OAK, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 *at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 *LOS ALTOS, 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 *WILSON 7 p.m.

La Habra and Tesoro are the highlights, but Northview, Rosemead and Los Altos not back for second-tier games
Sept. 11 AYALA, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 TESORO, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 NORTHVIEW, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 ROSEMEAD, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 *WEST COVINA, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Nogales, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 *WALNUT, 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 *at Rowland, 7 p.m.

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Nate Montana going from Notre Dame to PCC

Chicago Tribune: Nate Montana, son of Irish and NFL legend Joe, has elected to spend the fall semester at Pasadena City College in order to get playing experience at the quarterback position. Team spokesman Brian Hardin said the departure has nothing to do with grades or discipline issues — it is simply a matter of Montana, a walk-on, knowing he’d be buried on the depth chart and in practices this fall. Montana is expected to return to Notre Dame for the spring semester.

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Just Tribbin

With the football tab now a month away and today the first official day we begin working on new ideas for the section, does anyone have a suggestion for the cover? We have done our share of running backs and quarterbacks the past few seasons, is it time to grace the hogs on the cover? Maybe the best at each position? Or, just talk about anything you want because after all, we’re just Tribbin on Monday morning.

Does anyone remember the “Big Six” from 2006?

My last date failed the door test … another one and done..

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Charter Cove continues winning ways

Above: Matt Ayers, seen here in a file photo, helped Charter Cove Post 755
to another win Sunday at the American Legion state tournament in Yountivlle.

American Legion Charter Cove Post 755, which swept through the Area 6 playoffs last week,, has continued its winning ways at the California State tournament, scoring its second consecutive victory on Sunday with a 5-4 victory over defending champion Merced in a winner’s bracket game at Cleve Borman Field in Yountville.
Here’s a story from team manager John Sherrard:

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A week-by-week look at the 2009 schedule, plus the over-under on Damien wins in 2009 = 5

The 2009 prep football schedule is set and ready to go by clicking the thread. I localized the week-by-week schedule, and what you might find interesting is that the regular season ends on Friday the 13th.

Fred’s over-under prediction: The over-under on Damien wins this season is 5. New coach Greg Gano can only do so much. They will have a good chance to win their last three games, and a week three encounter against Claremont. That’s four, a fifth win against Rancho, St. John Bosco, Charter Oak, Bishop Amat, Chino Hills and Glendora will be mighty difficult. I say they get one, but not two and finish 5-5. Enjoy your weekend!

Damien opponents, 2008 record
Sept 4 @ Rancho Cucamonga, 13-0-1
Sept 9 @ St. John Bosco, 7-3
Sept 18 vs. Claremont, 2-8
Sept 25 vs. Bishop Amat, 7-4
Oct 2 @ Charter Oak, 13-0-1
Oct 16 vs. Chino Hills, 10-2
Oct 23 @ Glendora, 8-4
Oct. 30 vs. Ayala, 9-3
Nov 6 @ Diamond Bar, 4-6
Nonv 12 vs. Chino, 2-8

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Breaking News: Former South Hills and Mt. SAC QB Nick Lamaison goes from the Mountain to the Rocky Top of Big Time Tennessee

Above: Mt. SAC’s Nick Lamaison will now be throwing passes for Tennessee.

I just talked to former South Hills High School quarterback Nick Lamaison, who after earning All-America honors for Mt. San Antonio College last year signed with the University of Tennessee.
Lamaison, who threw for 3,479 yards and 36 TDs last season in leading the Mounties to their second consecutive California Community College Athletic Association state championship game, will enroll at Tennessee in the fall and compete for the starting job in preseason practice.
“I’m pretty excited,” Lamaison said. “I feel real fortunate to have this great opportunity. I met the entire Tennessee family, which includes the coaches and players, and I’m just excited to be going there.”

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The Scouting Guru’s Final Summer Shout Out

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.

Scouting Guru Says: I don’t know if many of you go to and read Peter King’s column once a week – if you don’t…you should! It is a great column by the best in the business. This week I’ve decided to pattern the notes for the month off of his format. That means you’ll get “10 Things I Think I Think” and more….
This business of recruiting can be a funny business at times. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, something just happens that scratches your head. For instance, many in our line of business were really surprised when we got word that Washington State offered Charter Oak RB Brandon Golden. It is something that we continually have to come back too. Schools have to find players that fit their system. For instance, I personally don’t think that Kaiser’s Josh Shirley will make an impact at USC if he goes there. He just never struck me as a USC guy. And despite the fact that he looked OK at the LB position at the USC Rising Stars Camp, I just don’t think that LB is a great position for him in college. If anything, he needs to keep his hand to the ground and play a 7-tech DE. Now, many of my Internet colleagues on Rivals and Scout are convinced that he can play LB. My response to that is….show me that on film. His highlight and game tape fail to show him playing any LB at all last year at Kaiser HS. In our opinion, UCLA has the inside track on getting him. And if the Bruins are smart they play him at DE. Now, in the case of Washington State, if CO’s Golden fits into their mold at RB, then they are getting a great kid. And a true sleeper in every sense of the word, since there was no buzz on the kid this spring. But, would you want to go to Pullman and suffer through four years of misery up there? That is what Golden has to figure out…good luck Brandon…I know it’s not an easy position.

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Is the media being fair with Erin Andrews?

Everyone’s talking about the peeping tom who caught a glimpse of ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews, yet it is Andrews who is taking some criticism for it. USA Today’s Christine Brennan tweeted:“Women sports journalists need to be smart and not play the frat house. There are tons of nuts out there. Erin Andrews incident is bad, but to add perspective: there are 100s of women sports journalists who have never had this happen to them.”

Photo credit: Getty Images

….There are two columns you should read today related to this. L.A. Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth writes, “There’s a giant “but” attached to this Erin Andrews naked-video story that has been circulating through all avenues of Mediaville this past week, and it has nothing to do with what anyone can or can’t see of her exposed rear end. Don’t blame ESPN’s ever-present eye-candy sideline reporter for being beautiful. Blame the media for feeding into a seemingly innocent frenzy she quite literally has embraced over the past three years. Blame the people who haven’t been told “no” when they click on any link related to her just too gawk. Blame, blame, blame ….” Then there is FoxSports’ Jason Whitlock, the Howard Stern of sportswriters who never minces words: It was a gross, heinous invasion of privacy.It was not the crime of the century, decade, year, month, week, day or even hour. The intent of this column is not to minimize the horrible violation of privacy that struck America’s favorite sideline Barbie doll, Erin Andrews. This column will attempt to add context and reasonable perspective — two things generally lacking when a favored white woman is wronged in America — to the debate raging in the sports blogosphere about whether blogs contributed to the crime perpetrated against Ms. Andrews.

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Forget the fake stuff, Amat keeping it real

Above: Image courtesy of Bishop Amat

Bishop Amat claims it will have the best “natural” surface in the state, read on from the school’s webpage : “As of this day the new sod is being laid on the ground that has been properly crowned and prepared. When finished, Bishop Amat will have the FINEST NATURAL TURF FIELD in the State! The grass is the top of the line Greg Norman Hybrid Bermuda and with the state-of-the art watering system (approved for water saving) one will not be able to find a finer turf anywhere.”

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Josh Leyland skips college, signs with Oakland A’s

San Dimas High School catcher Josh Leyland, the Tribune’s player of the year after leading the Saints to the Division IV title, has agreed to terms with the Oakland A’s after being drafted in the 16th round. Terms of the contract were not released. Leyland, one of the top recruits for Washington State, will begin his pro career immediately. Cougars coach Donnie Marbut had high hopes for Leyland, and had this to say on “He had a chance to make Bailey-Brayton (WSU’s home field) look pretty small.”

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