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Column: Let’s Hear It For The Band (And The Cheerleaders, And…)

I’ll be perfectly blunt: usually when I go to a football game, I’m there for the football game. Yes, I recognize the value of pageantry in sports and especially in football. I make sure to include the marching band, the drumline, and the cheerleaders in my highlight videos and I enjoy having some music in […]

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COLUMN: High School Officiating Crisis At Crossroads

My least favorite memories from this job that I love have come from unfriendly confrontations between parents, coaches and referees. You tend to reconsider priorities while watching an adult scream and chase another adult out of a gym because of the result of a high school sporting event. Unfortunately, I see more of those unpleasant […]

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COLUMN: Billie Jean King’s Special Legacy Grows With Dodgers

Billie Jean King (right) recently became a part owner of the Dodgers; she’s joined by fellow Poly and Hughes alum Chase Utley (left). Photo courtesy LA Dodgers. It looks like Hollywood is becoming “Poly-Wood.” It was announced last week that Long Beach Poly alum and American sports legend Billie Jean King is a new minority-share […]

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COLUMN: Mascot Mayhem Is Out Of Hand At Long Beach State

I’m sick and tired of writing about sports mascot controversy because it’s too easy for people to be on both sides of the spectrum. I think it’s ridiculous that the National Football League team in Washington uses a racial slur, but I also think it’s equally unnecessary that the University of Illinois was forced to […]

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COLUMN: Long Beach Poly Offense Looking For Answers, Consistency

The Long Beach Poly football team has been a tale of two units so far this season. The Jackrabbits defense has looked stellar, with longtime Poly observers saying it’s a special group. The defense won them a big game against Narbonne despite the offense not getting into the end zone, thanks to four defensive scores. […]

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COLUMN: So Far, So Good For Long Beach Poly And Barbee

First-year Long Beach Poly football coach Stephen Barbee is aware that his legacy was not determined on Friday night in the Jackrabbits’ 37-8 season-opening win over Dorsey, an overmatched LA City Section team. Nonetheless, it’s better to start off 1-0 than 0-1, especially when factoring in Poly’s notoriously judgmental fan base. Barbee was dressed sharply […]

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COLUMN: Hurling Has A Place In My Heart

One of the true joys in life is being presently surprised by something you love, which happened to me a lot on my recent honeymoon to Ireland. My wife, Vanessa, surprised and impressed me throughout our whirlwind backpacking adventure all over the Emerald Isle. It was like falling in love all over again. With raw […]