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Do You Think?:
Way back when I had a skater in my youth group and I asked what was the worst thing that happened to him while skating. He gave me a toothy grin and said: “Worst thing is when you turn this phat* trick and no one is there to watch it.”

Do you think, in some small way, that’s how Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett felt on Sunday after throwing the team’s first no hitter since 1996; knowing only thirty percent of the southland was able to see it on television?

(*Note: “phat” is a skater’s spelling of “fat”)

And Just Like That:
Nine local softball teams entered the playoffs last Monday and all nine were knocked out of the playoffs by Thursday night. On the baseball side eleven teams entered the post season and by Friday night three were left alive: Arroyo, Sierra Vista, and Alhambra.

Good News Department:
Because it happens so infrequently these days, it’s awesome to see pride and passion rise to the top in professional sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but the story was Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka. Ibaka, suffering a season ending type of calf strain, played through the pain to score 15 points.

Awesome. I will always be a Serge Ibaka fan. That’s the kind of guy the Lakers should acquire to rebuild the franchise.

Summer Days Drifting Our Way:
The start of summer really means the start of the football passing league season. In seasons past Arroyo always has had an experienced quarterback returning, but this year it is different. The two most experienced passers to keep an eye on are Rosemead’s Steven Nava and Gabrielino super athlete Eli Peters.

For the record the Arroyo quarterback is Chaz Miller. He has two things going for him; a quick release and football genes. His brother is former Knights wide receiver Anthony Miller.

Happy Birthday this week to:
5/29: Former San Gabriel linebacker Alejandro Bobadillo turns 23.
5/31: Former Arcadia basketball player Brent Lagace turns 26.
6/1: Former Temple City offensive guard Stephen Wilson turns 44.
6/3: Former Rosemead/Citrus/Livingston College center Steve Young turns 42.
(If you have a sports birthday you’d like acknowledged drop me a line at the address below)

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