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The Peterson Principle

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Village Christian could have done a lot worse than to bring in Mark Bates as coach. He was a key assistant under Bill Redell at Oaks Christian and knows what is needed to win a championship. Bates has seen first hand and been a part of what is necessary to win at the high school level.
Jay Schroeder played in the NFL so when he was hired as the head coach of the Crusaders three years ago, some people might have expected immediate success. But NFL playing experience doesn’t always mean success at the high school level. Schroeder was 15-17 in three seasons. Bates knows how to do work with kids and has a ton of experience at the high school level. Great hire.
Another example that football is king: The game story on La Canada basketball coach Tom Hofman winning his 600th game which was posted late Friday night took 43 hits last Saturday on our website. Jason Martin stepping down at Duarte, which was posted Saturday afternoon, took nearly 200 by Saturday evening. Hey I agree. Hofman’s achievement is incredible. But around these parts, football, even a mid January resignation, always supercedes.
Northview, which finished 8-3 overall but fell in the first round of the CIF playoffs to Montebello 24-17, may have felt that they just couldn’t keep up offensively when it came to getting to that next step. The Vikings addressed that this week when they brought in former Baldwin Park HC Chris Williams as offensive coordinator.
I’ve received a lot of comments and questions this past week about the coaching situations at Almont League schools Alhambra and San Gabriel. At Alhambra it’s been confirmed. Head coach Eric Bergstrom is still the head coach and will be the HC in 2014. San Gabriel is still looking for a head coach and the search continues. I don’t know who it will be at this point but I do know who it won’t be. Keith Jones.
Interviews will begin shortly at Cal and La Canada. The list of candidates is extensive at Cal.
No news yet at Monrovia which is looking to replace three time CIF Champion Ryan Maddox. But keep this in mind. The Wildcats aren’t necessarily married to a successor that is already on staff.
The AFC Championship is much more important to Peyton Manning than it is to Tom Brady when it comes to legacy. Brady already has his three Super Bowl rings compared to one for Manning. Brady’s greatness is secure win or lose. But should Manning lose and never get another shot he will go down as a quarterback that couldn’t produce in crunch time. I don’t like it but it’s the way it is.
Pete Carroll vs. Jim Harbaugh should be a good one. The end of game handshake between the two might be more interesting than the game.
Pro Football has returned to Los Angeles. The LA Kiss of the Arena Football League has its home opener April 5 at the Honda Center.

That’s my principle.
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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
The Peterson Principle