May 4, 1988 |
Tony Palamara knew full well his chances of playing professional football were slim. But secretly, during his two seasons at Cal State Northridge, he hoped that he might get just half a chance to bang some heads around in the NFL. He never got that half-chance. He did, however, get a full chance to play the game on half of a football field.
December 29, 1988 |
Arriving at the reunion, the old Compton College players did not seem that far removed from the past. Everybody recognized everybody else, even though the 40 years since they formed a great football team have turned their hair gray and expanded their waistlines. The largest of them, Sim Iness, entered a banquet room at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach, where much reliving of Compton's 1948 Little Rose Bowl championship was going on, and was spotted by his former coach.
January 18, 1989 |
The San Francisco 49ers are not so much a team as a state of mind. You get the feeling they're slightly embarrassed to find themselves involved in something as crass as a Super Bowl. It's like dropping in at a servants' wedding or showing up at the opera in brown shoes. They feel as if they're slumming. Super Bowls are for Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings. It's for people who show up in hats with horns, or their faces painted blue, not for people from San Francisco.
January 1, 2008 |
The goals that were tangible for USC in three previous Rose Bowl games under Coach Pete Carroll -- national championships, a chance for redemption -- will be absent today when the sixth-ranked Trojans play 13th-ranked Illinois. But USC players maintain that motivation will not be a problem against a three-loss Fighting Illini team hoping to upset the Trojans. "I don't think anyone's taking it for granted and looking past it," senior quarterback John David Booty said of the 94th Rose Bowl game.
January 17, 2004 |
In conversation, Matt Ishler uses words like "gnarly" and "hard-core" He is a classically trained viola player ... and an extreme mountain biker who hopes to become a stuntman. He is soft-spoken, intelligent ... and jumps a unicycle over ramps for fun. He is a young man of seemingly endless contradictions, yet this much is clear: As a wrestler, the 215-pound Santa Monica High senior has dominated almost every Southern Section opponent he has faced this year. A Renaissance man in a singlet.
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October 12, 2002 |
Tustin High's junior varsity football team suits up in a locker room where wires protrude from lights. Plaster has collapsed into piles of dust and the red painted floor is so mottled, a district official said the place resembles a slaughterhouse. Students at Orange Coast College study at picnic tables in the shadow of a vacant, weed-encircled library, its books transplanted to 24 trailers in the parking lot after it was ruled seismically unfit three years ago.