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Brave New World
Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announces he’s gay. Sam led the SEC in sacks in 2013 and is expected to be a mid-level pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

The questions are will an NFL team draft Michael Sam? Will he make a team? If he’s released what will the fallout be?

Quote of the Weekend
“When I was being recruited out of Edgewood to play football, I signed 13 letters of intent. I didn’t know.”—Former MLBer Jay Johnstone

Prep Basketball
The Gabrielino boys basketball team is now 20-3 overall and 8-0 in the Mission Valley League. Tonight the Gabrielino girls basketball team, which is 16-7 and 7-1 overall, hosts El Monte. The Lady Lions are also 7-1. The contest will decide the MVL title, and of course, the fate of the world.

Do You Know Why…
…People love football so much? Just watch ten minutes of the Winter Olympics. It’s painful. Without the Soviet Union and the East Germans the Olympics have become less interesting than a Full House rerun. I’ll tell you after watching the action from Sochi, soccer never looked so good.

For What It’s Worth
Speaking of Johnstone. I actually got to talk to him on the phone this past week and he specifically asked me to share with area sports programs that he is happy to participate and make an appearance at events and fundraisers.
“I just want to give back to the community,” says Johnstone who attended old Edgewood High School in West Covina.

Happy Birthday this week to:
2/12: Former Arroyo linebacker Efrain Oquendo turns 27.
2/13: Mid-Valley News’ standout staffer Melissa Roche celebrates the birthday of her choice on this day.
2/14: Former Arroyo offensive lineman Manny Canales turns 26.
2/15: Former San Gabriel wide receiver Isai Fernandez turns 19.
2/15: Former Monrovia safety Charlie Cimmarusti turns 21.
2/17: Former El Monte head football coach David Coldiron turns 51.
2/18: Former Temple City tight end Eric Moreno turns 28.
2/18: Monrovia defensive coordinator Craig Schuster.
(If you have a sports birthday you’d like acknowledged drop me a line below)

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Joe T.’s Scoreboard