December 4, 1993 |
Cal Coach Pappy Waldorf used to call him "my defensive brain on the field," one of those slightly back-handed compliments coaches reserve for over-achievers who usually aren't the fastest or strongest. But on this day, defensive back Ray Willsey turned into an offensive whiz kid. It was the 1952 Big Game, Cal vs. Stanford, and for senior Willsey, it became the biggest game. With Billy Mais sidelined because of a dislocated thumb, Waldorf named Willsey the starting quarterback.
December 6, 1993 |
"I never had a job; all I did was play." Hal Sherbeck said it with the straightest of faces Sunday, but the standing-room-only crowd witnessing the 13th Orange County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday outside the Hall's new museum at Anaheim Stadium knew exactly what the retired Fullerton College football coach was all about. Sherbeck had made it a habit of beginning his "play days" at Fullerton at 5:30 a.m.
July 3, 1988 |
How would you like to have a pro football team that scored 52 points and couldn't even beat the spread? How about couldn't even win the game? How would you like to have a quarterback who can complete a touchdown pass from his own end zone to the other end zone--on the fly? How would you like to have a quarterback who throws 10 touchdown passes in a game--and still needs a last-minute rally to win?
June 11, 1988 |
Quarterback Matt Stevens threw three touchdown passes to Wade Lockett in the second half of an Arena Football League game Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, but the Cobras' comeback effort fell short in a 39-26 loss to the Detroit Drive. The Cobras (3-4) will play Detroit (4-3) again Thursday night at the Sports Arena. Los Angeles fell behind, 27-0, midway through the second quarter.
January 29, 1988 |
The Raiders, who are searching for a replacement for retired Coach Tom Flores, have fired five of Flores' assistants, a source said Thursday. Reportedly released were quarterback coach Larry Kennan, offensive line coach Sam Boghosian, tight end coach Bob Mischak, special teams coach Ray Willsey and conditioning coach Jim Bush. Raider management refused to confirm or deny the report.