April 29, 2013 |
This isn't Texas, so I know most people aren't spending day and night worrying about spring football. But in honor of those fans who can't get enough about football, here are some observations as high school teams begin to start spring drills: "Blowing up" is a term used in the college recruiting business referring to a player who suddenly gains momentum as a college prospect. Let me offer a quarterback with no scholarship offers who might soon get attention: San Fernando senior-to-be Cristian Solano.
April 27, 2013 |
UCLA needs 1,700 from a running back. Not on the SATs. On the ground. It doesn't take a Stanford degree to work this equation. Johnathan Franklin is gone. So too are his cuts, jukes and flat-out sprints that made quarterback Brett Hundley's life so much safer. Franklin gained a UCLA record 1,700 yards last season. The first phase of finding his replacement ended Saturday with the Bruins' scaled-back spring game in the Rose Bowl. "There was a calmness on the field that we had," Hundley said.
March 27, 2013 |
All Ella wants is to play a little football, an American birthright if you're a boy but still a bit of a privilege if you're not. She just turned 13, a good age for almost anything, but especially for running around in the fresh air of fall, trying to snatch the flag off an opposing player's hip. Given their druthers, how many kids today would just as soon spend all afternoon with a video game, as their waists grow prematurely thick? Not Ella Wood. Ella would rather play a cover 2 than a PlayStation 3. This past fall, she played for the Sequoyah School in Pasadena, a private, progressive little place that's been around for more than 50 years.
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March 16, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - They stayed late after school and came back on Saturdays and Sundays. They hunkered down in the cramped and messy room that could easily pass as a storage space, covered floor to ceiling with photos, newspaper clippings and plaques to remind themselves of the decathlon success they wanted to maintain. And they pulled it off: El Rancho High School made it to the state competition here this weekend for the fifth year in a row. The Pico Rivera school comes from one of the decathlon's most competitive areas: Combined, the Los Angeles County and L.A. Unified regions have 18 teams.
March 15, 2013 |
National Football League, meet your worst nightmare: a potential team owner who can call his own shots. Or wasn't that the signal flashed last week by Phil Anschutz, 100% owner of AEG and master of the downtown football stadium site that the league has been weaseling over for two slap-happy years? In an interview with my colleagues Marla Dickerson and Mike James following the announcement that he is taking AEG off the sales block, Anschutz declared that if the NFL intends to locate a team near the downtown L.A. Live district owned by Anschutz's firm, the league must come to him. He set his minimum terms: He must have an investment in both the stadium and the team "if they're going to be occupying … the middle of our campus.
March 14, 2013 |
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, AEG founder Philip Anschutz discussed his decision to pull his sports and entertainment conglomerate off the market, as well as Tim Leiweke's impending departure from the company. This is an edited transcript: Question: Tim Leiweke was the public face of AEG in Los Angeles. It's a surprise to see him leaving so abruptly. What happened? Answer: I think he made his decision based on the fact that I had terminated the process for the sale, combined with the opportunities that he's looking at elsewhere as well.
January 30, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Super Bowl experience comes in all shapes and sizes, but no player in Sunday's game will be able to match that of the Baltimore Ravens' Ed Reed. Not only has Reed already played on Super Bowl Sunday, but he has also done it on this very Superdome turf. OK, so it was in an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest before the Green Bay Packers-New England Patriots game in 1997, and he was 18, but who's counting? "It was awesome," said Reed, who is from St. Rose, La., about 30 miles west of New Orleans.
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January 12, 2013 |
A Pasadena councilman is facing a recall campaign for backing an ordinance that cleared the way for negotiations to bring professional football to the Rose Bowl. Recall proponents on Thursday filed a notice of intent to circulate a petition to recall Councilman Steve Madison, said City Clerk Mark Jomsky. Under state election code, Madison has until Thursday to file a statement on why he should not be recalled for inclusion on the recall petitions. City Council members voted Nov. 19 to increase the number of large events that can be held annually at the Rose Bowl, which already is used for UCLA home football games and the annual Rose Bowl game.
December 21, 2012 |
Tired of tracking the conference whereabouts of your favorite school? Well, take a number and get in realignment line. Even the people paid to cover the sport have trouble keeping up. INTERACTIVE: Conference Realignment chart The turning point for "yours discombobulated truly" was the announcement that Temple would be joining San Diego State in the West Division of the Big East. Temple is in Philadelphia. "OK, Mr. BCS bus driver, this is where I get off. " Take last Saturday … please.
December 17, 2012 |
Steroids were found in the room of Garrett Reid the day he died of a fatal heroin dose at Philadelphia Eagles training camp this summer, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday. Reid, the son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid, was helping the team's strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death, prompting speculation that the anabolic steroids could have been meant for players. Northampton County Dist. Atty. John Morganelli said there was no evidence that Reid was providing players with the steroids and that investigators could not determine if the drugs were for Reid's personal use or distribution, according to the Associated Press.