There are definitely times when I get writers block, especially when I sit down to write a TimeOut. However, the national and international media has recently taught me a trick that I will endeavor to use in the future.
When there is no story, when there is no controversy, when there is nothing about which to write, I will make up a story or a controversy or both. That is what the big boys do on television and radio and then Sports Illustrated picks it up and a story/controversy is born.
The winter sports season is divided into two parts in the regular season. The first is the non-league and tournament part of the schedule, which runs through the Winter Break. There are different kinds of tournaments and different ways to schedule pre-league games.
First, let’s look at the tournaments. The late University of Southern California football coach, John McKay, said it best when he was the athletic director of the Trojans: “A basketball coach invites three teams he knows he can beat and calls it a classic.”
When Jack Menotti came to Ramona High School in 1978, he had enjoyed nothing but success. He had been All CIF linebacker/center at Santa Monica High School. That was when the Southern Section stretched from San Diego to Santa Barbara. He played college football at Loyola. He was a world class beach volleyball player. He served honorably in the Army during the Cold War and returned from Europe and earned his Bachelor’s
Everybody loves a “feel good” story, especially this time of year.
Everybody wants to be a winner. Everybody wants their child to get good grades.
Literature is full of feel good stories, from fairy tales to great literature, Cinderella to the Prince and the Pauper. The king who lost his crown at birth, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we are all familiar with those stories.
If this week’s sports section seems a little light it is because wrestling and boys and girls basketball didn’t have any contests before this week’s deadline.
I will not try to fill up the vacant space left by the early deadline by writing a huge article. Is that applause I hear?
It is the Holiday Season (politically correct for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and other holidays that I am not aware of but will undoubtedly hear about in the Letters to the Editor) and I would like to give out some gifts that won’t cost me any money.
During this season I am often referred to as a Scrooge or a Grinch. Compared to me, Ebenezer and the Green Meany are nice guys.
The fall sports season has been good to and good for Ramona High School. With all sports returning to the Valley League, except football, once again every Bulldog team had a chance to compete. Competition is what sports and athletics are all about.
Every fall sports team entered the season knowing that they had a chance to compete in the Valley League and compete they did.
Coach Damon Baldwin’s No. 3 seeded Bulldog football team will be hosting the CIF Division III semifinal game at the Dawg Pound this Friday. The highest seeded team gets to host the semifinal game, and when the brackets work out correctly, the No. 2 seed hosts the No. 3 seed.
The Bulldogs get a home game because they will play Serra High, the seventh seed. Although Serra played Cathedral Catholic and lost 55-7 in a
Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy (retired) Mike Ernst is a member of a dying breed. He is a high school teacher/coach.
A common misconception about teacher/coaches is that they devote more time to one endeavor than they do to the other. Ernst destroys that concept. He and Chief Petty Officer Bob Richardson, U.S. Navy-retired, have turned a moribund unit into a nationally acclaimed and award winning unit.
The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has struck again. In its infinite wisdom and knowledge it is punishing the students at Mountain Valley Academy.
MVA is the high school program at Ramona Community School. (I hope the Sentinel’s readers recognize sarcastic and sardonic writing!)
Oklahoma University All America linebacker and two-time Butkus Award recipient Brian Bosworth once described the NCAA as the “National Communist Against