The Peterson Principal

By Tim Peterson
January 17, 2013 • 355 views

With the NFL playoffs in full swing, the college football season just concluded, the Clippers playing well, and the baseball season on the horizon is there a more tired, old, boring story than the Lakers?

Yet when you tune into 710 ESPN radio it’s all Lakers all the time. Yes it’s the Lakers flagship station but it’s also owned by EPSN so at some point, you would think you would get some info on the NFL, or college football or maybe some college hoops.

Do we really care what Dwight Howard had for breakfast or if Pau Gasol’s feelings are hurt? I don’t want to hear any more about the latest rant from Metta World Peace. In the midst of the college bowl season, one day they spent ten minutes talking about the shooting habits of Jodie Meeks. It’s the sad state of sports talk radio today.

Of course we don’t have much choice. I turned on 570 AM on Friday and Petros and Money were talking about “The Bachelor.” True story.

I hate to beat a dead horse but a game time in high school basketball is a horse worth beating. I was all set to check out Pasadena Friday night until I checked the schedule and discovered the game was starting at 5:00 pm. I, along with probably 90 percent of other fans that includes parents, can’t make it at 5:00. Why is the best team in the area playing at 5:00 on a Friday night? How about a 7:00 start and a full house? How about high school basketball being fan friendly for once? I know the admin doesn’t want to be out too late on a Friday night but you’re killing area basketball.

I took a trip to Muir instead for chance to check out the Mustangs. They have a pretty solid squad. Taturs Maberry, Evan Bynum and Jelani Mitchell were worth the trip down to “Mustang Ranch” as the PA announcer dubbed the Muir High School gym. The Mustangs jumped out early and then had to hold on as Burbank rallied late to make it interesting.

Muir will host Pasadena this Friday night in what is always a great inter-city rivalry. And the best thing is, as of right now, tip-off is at 7:00 pm. Stay tuned.

I never thought naming Jake Payton, who scored 22 touchdowns and rushed for over 1600 yards, Player of the Year in the Mid-Valley Division, would create such a stir. The Ge Vontray Ainsworth contingent has quickly jumped in to support the Monrovia RB/LB. I appreciate that they are honking for their guy and I understand it. We went with Payton for the reasons we stated. All I can say is we don’t pick two guys for Player of the Year – just one. We don’t pick two all Mid-Valley teams and an honorable mention – just one team. Somebody gets left out. It happens every year. We will release our all Mid-Valley team this week and I’m sure Ainsworth’s name will appear there somewhere. He’s a great player but so is Payton. Again, we only pick one POY.

Jude Oliva will land somewhere this year. I don’t know where yet but it will be somewhere. Oliva isn’t ready to stop coaching or even take a year off for that matter. There are several opportunities out there and once he sees the right fit he’ll take it.

Eric Scott may not be the right coach for Pasadena according to the administration. Okay, but who is?The Bulldogs are coming off of a 1-9 season, Brandon Cox is gone and there’s not a bright future on the horizon. Scott may have some baggage but he has coached at the D1 level and knows the game. With the Blair program on the verge of collapse, Muir could be the only relevant football program in  Rose City.

Who’s the next HC at San Gabriel? Gladstone? Anybody?

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com

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