January 28, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Most NFL players require years to hone their football skills and become pros. Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas needed one season of college football. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Thomas played basketball for four seasons at Portland State, then joined the school's football team and ended up being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft. Three years later, he's preparing for the Super Bowl. "This isn't something that I imagined doing when I was 20 years old, getting ready to play in the NCAA tournament," Thomas said this week.
January 15, 2014 |
Pro ball seems always to just elude my soft, suburban hands. I have this dream, over and over, where the QB zips a pass high over the middle, and I am unable to go up for it. I look down, and I see two newspaper editors wrapping their arms around my legs, preventing me from reaching the ball. One looks like Naomi Watts, the other .... Look, details aren't import. What's important is that something always seems to be holding us back from our dreams. Don't let it. Paper Lion? Meet Paper Kiss.
January 1, 2014 |
Stanford didn't go totally without a victory in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, even though Michigan State won the game, 24-20. The Cardinal and its young and successful coach, David Shaw, took top honors in stubbornness. They were rock-solid in that category. No matter what the score, what the situation, what point in the game, they played "Stanford football. " Translation is simple: "You establish the running game. " You do so, even if you end up establishing only that Michigan State is too good on defense to allow you to establish the running game.
December 27, 2013 |
John Baxter, USC's special teams coach the last four seasons, said he was told by new Coach Steve Sarkisian that he would not be part of his Trojans staff. Baxter said he met with Sarkisian earlier this week and was told there was not a scenario that he would remain with the staff. “I'm proud of the work we've done collectively and proud of the work I've done at USC,” Baxter said Thursday night. “I enjoyed every day working there. I'm proud of what was accomplished on the field and academically.” Baxter, who coached for 13 seasons at Fresno State before coming to USC, was responsible for implementing an “Academic Gameplan” designed to help players stay on track toward graduation.
December 22, 2013 |
There's little doubt that 10 years from now, when high school football fans and experts look back and debate how good Bellflower St. John Bosco's team was in 2013, the verdict will be near unanimous: the best in Southern California history. Even before Saturday night's 20-14 victory over Concord De La Salle in the CIF state championship Open Division bowl game, the Braves (16-0) were receiving rave reviews. Outgoing Santa Margarita Coach Harry Welch said the Braves were the best team he'd seen since he started coaching in 1965.
December 21, 2013 |
Give a quality high school football coach five years to execute a plan, and the results can be memorable. That's what came to fruition for Ed Croson and West Hills Chaminade on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson. Five years after leaving Lake Balboa Birmingham as a four-time City Section champion to assume the challenge of trying to revitalize the Eagles, Croson watched his program win the CIF state championship Division II bowl game with a dominating 41-9 victory over Redding Enterprise.