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COLUMN: Sports Video Games Supplying Highlights

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but video games are totally saving my sanity right now. The lack of live sporting events has left a hole in my personal and professional life, so this week I bought a used Xbox online with soccer and basketball games. Luckily, and surprisingly, FIFA20 and NBA2K have somewhat scratched […]

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COLUMN: A Season Interrupted

One of the best things about sports is that we’re supposed to know when they start, and when they end. It’s on the calendar, right there in black and white: start of the season, end of the regular season, playoffs, championship. I’ve always believed that their predictability and stability is one of the reasons that […]

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COLUMN: Wilson Soccer Juggling Toilet Paper To Pass The Time

I’m lucky to be a sports fans who can truly appreciate the internet. Not long ago, newspaper box scores and ESPN highlight packages were the only ways to find information about some sporting events. Now fans and athletes can interact everyday via social media. I’m old enough to remember watching morning SportsCenter replays with my […]

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Column: Coaches Can Provide Balance Amidst Uncertainty

Lately I’ve been thinking about Mr. Miyagi’s famous quotes from The Karate Kid. Pearls of wisdom like, “It’s okay to lose to an opponent, it’s never okay to lose to fear” or “If the root is strong, the tree will survive” seem more poignant nowadays. Of all the beautiful advice written by Robert Mark Kaman […]

Column Football

COLUMN: Mike’s Not-So-Super Super Bowl Sunday

When you know you’re going to have a kid, you start daydreaming. Most of those daydreams involve how your kid will fit into your life and your story, because before they come into the world, there’s no way to fully understand how hilarious and unrealistic a thought that is. While my wife, Shar, was pregnant […]

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COLUMN: Lakewood Football Starting Ball Kids Young

Do you know Sheryl Yoast? She is the late daughter of legendary Virginia high school football coach Bill Yoast, and actor Hayden Panettiere famously played her role in the movie “Remember The Titans.” Panettiere performed with gusto to show that a young girl can know more about football than a grown man. She stalked the […]

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COLUMN: Special Weekend For Billie Jean King, Long Beach

Fifty eight years ago, Billie Jean King asked the citizens of Long Beach to send her to the world. She raised $2,000 from the Long Beach Century Club, the Long Beach Tennis Patrons, and the residents of the city to send her to Wimbledon, where she skyrocketed to international fame at the age of 17 […]

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COLUMN: Small School, Big Town Magic At St. Anthony Football Game

As someone who was born and raised in Long Beach, I’ve heard more times than I can count that our quaint town of nearly 500,000 residents is “the biggest small town in America.” It’s a sentiment that’s existed since the city’s population began to take off more than 100 years ago with an influx of […]

Column Soccer Wilson

COLUMN: A Happy Ending To An American Dream

I think all student-athletes walk across their high school graduation stage with a level of uncertainty. From the ones going play at the next level, to the ones who will never play their sport again, they’re all turning the page an an unwritten chapter. I know Brayan Mora felt that uncertainty, and then some, when […]