I am not the world’s biggest fan of the Olympic Games.
However, I am one of the world’s biggest fans of American athletes. So I have been watching the replays at night from Hawaii. My computer got a virus, so I couldn’t cheat and check the Internet for the results and make sucker bets. I guess I haven’t quite caught the Olympic spirit.
If you missed Opening Day at Del Mar yesterday, July 18, then you are OK. I held off on this column so that no rookie would make the mistake of going to Opening Day.
Opening Day is an experience and a happening, but it is not a typical day at Del Mar. Too many hats. Women in California don’t wear hats. Men in California don’t wear those kind of hats. Too many people. Not enough seats. Too difficult to place a bet.
Jessica Failla is 14 but she recently won the under 16 Esme Pearson Memorial Junior Open Tennis Tournament at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. There was a 14 and under division.
The tournament was a two-weekend event. On May 19-20 Jessica opened play with a victory over Madison Ross in straight sets 6-0 and 6-1. All of Jessica’s wins were in straight sets. In the round of 32 Jessica beat Drew Spinosa 6-1 and 6-1. She beat Anna Ustinova 6-1 and 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals on May 22-28.
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
Nick Vincent had a great season pitching for the San Antonio Missions. The former Ramona Bulldog right-hander played on the winningest team in the minor leagues and he was a big part of their success.
Vincent went 8-2 with a 2.27 era. He appeared in a club record 66 games and struck out 89 batters in 79-1/3 innings during the regular season. He was selected for the Texas League All Star Game and pitched one inning. Believe it or not he improved upon those stats in the Texas League playoffs. He pitched six innings and struck out 11. He did not give up a walk or a run for a perfect 0.00 era.
Freshmen and freshwomen (politically correct but awkward and, in my opinion, stupid) will start high school on Aug. 29. That is the first day of classes. Some student/athletes have been working out and attending summer leagues and camps since June.
Big time college athletics has been getting a black eye or two lately. USC lost its appeal. Auburn University is waiting to see what the NCAA will uncover in its investigation of the Tiger football program. Ohio State has taken a lot of pressure off USC and Auburn and is the latest school accused of using shamateur athletes instead of amateur.
At one time an official at Ohio State University had the unmitigated gall to say that the problem with players trading memorabilia for tattoos and money and marijuana was not a systemic problem. The system is the problem!
Sports are natural ambassadors. People love to compete and competitors love to win. Nationality, ethnicity, gender demographic status: none of those matters in sports.
Scoreboard! For decades we tried to use the Olympic Games to make a political statement. It didn’t work. When people from different cultures and ideologies meet in athletic competition, it gets down to competition and sportsmanship. That is how it should be in all endeavors.
Last Wednesday friends and family gathered at the San Vicente Golf Resort to honor and say goodbye to Dr. Joe Annicharico. Joe didn’t want a lot of speeches or a roast. He didn’t get either. UNTIL NOW!
The first thing that those who attended the festivities noticed was a picture of Joe circa 1977. Joe was a teacher in those days. Teachers didn’t make a lot of money, so to make ends meet Joe decided to save money by avoiding haircuts and shaving. I asked if I could get a copy of the picture for the Sentinel, but Joe made me an offer that I could not refuse. Annicharico is an Italian name, so I knew better than to ask twice or ignore his request.
Ramona Athletic Director Damon Baldwin seldom uses the term athlete. He uses the term student/athlete and he believes in the term.
Last week Ramona’s tennis team advanced to the second round of CIF playoffs. The CIF match was scheduled on the same day as advanced placement tests. There are no makeups for advanced placement tests. To get college credits the students must take the tests at the assigned time.