Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, waiting for the NASCAR invasion, wondering whatever happened to Bill Scott, the local racer who once competed in the IndyCar Series. … Football is here, both on the high school and college level, and lots of folks are happy about that. On the high school level, it’s Week 0. Basically, schools have opted not to scrimmage this week but play an actual game. Both Los Osos and Ganesha have taken advantage of the rule and will command all the attention this Friday night. A day later, two-time defending national champion USC opens its season against Hawaii. More than any other sport, football brings communities together. For the players, it’s an opportunity to represent family, school and community. For the fans, it’s all about the community and a chance to support the neighborhood athlete. That’s why football attracts the biggest crowds of the year. The games attract alumni, relatives and neighbors. At some schools, the games are a social gathering with authentic background noise. Watching high school football has become an annual tradition, dating back more than 40 years. One of my fondest memories is being pulled out of school so that I could accompanied my father to Corsicana, Texas, to watch his alma mater (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo) play for a state title. Long before the book, Friday Night Lights was a way of life each fall. … Dr. Fred Knight and the folks at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital have opted not to take any chances. They are moving the Sept. 11 charity game featuring Eddie Feigner of the King and His Court fame to Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino. Rather than move in portable bleachers, game organizers are moving the game to the ballpark on Highland Avenue. Now if they start publicizing the game a little more, the move would be worth while. … David Hards of Upland is training for the annual Amgen California Coast Classic Bike Tour that begins Sept. 24 in San Francisco and ends 520 miles and seven days later in Los Angeles. The event benefits the Southern California chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Hards, a longtime recreational cyclist who once owned a bike shop with his father, is making the effort on behalf of his sister-in-law, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. … Chaffey College football coach Carl Beach just couldn’t conceal his smile after Saturday’s scrimmage with Palomar. Under game conditions for a quarter, the Panthers were able to score a couple of times. Casey Hansen and Mike Williams are locked in a battle to start at quarterback and both made impressive cases, as did wide receivers Darryl Price and Angel Acuna. Chaffey opens its season Saturday evening at 5 p.m. at home against College of the Canyons, the team atop some preseason ratings. … Prep football, part 2: There is a definite Tour de France influence at Claremont football practices. Head coach Mike Collins awards a yellow jersey to the player who works hardest in practice. In France, the overall leader gets the yellow jersey. Nothing like that red one quarterbacks wear. … A book is in the works in time for the 30th anniversary of Rick Monday saving the American flag from being torched at Dodger Stadium. Monday, the center fielder for the Cubs, raced in to take the flag from a pair of intruders on April 25, 1976. The book is about the moment and the impact it had on the country. It will be centered around submitted entries (500 words or less) on how Monday’s act was viewed. Entries should be submitted by Nov. 15 to MVPSports, 505 Beachland Blvd., Ste. 1-220, Vero Beach, Fla. 32963 or e-mailed to [email protected] All submissions should include name, address and telephone number. … Longtime reader Jim Biggest-Little-City (we’re here to protect the innocent) was a participant in the final “Taming of the West,” the annual pilgrimage to Ridgway (that’s right, without the `e’), Pa. Of course he’s assuming it’s the last such trip because Mark Olay, the renown RV expert, is getting married next January. Also on the trip this summer were the J-Birds (roommates Joey and Jerry). The cross-country journey also allowed the skipper of the famed Land Yacht an opportunity to recover from a certain medical procedure. … Chaffey College, part 2: What’s the start of the season without a little excitement? Before departing campus Saturday morning for the scrimmage with Palomar in San Marcos, the Chaffey offensive team was evacuated when smoke started to billow from beneath the chartered bus. The problem was quickly resolved. However, the incident delayed the departure for about 30 minutes, a lifetime to a football coach. … Tatiana Padilla of La Verne had quite a summer, establishing herself as one of the country’s best wrestlers. The freshman at Covina Northview won titles in San Diego; Fargo, N.D.; Lake Orion, Mich., and Austria in addition to traveling to Tabasco, Mexico, to defend her Junior Olympic title. Padilla won the Junior Freestyle Nationals in Fargo after taking the U.S. Girls Wrestling Nationals title in Lake Orion. Earlier in the spring, she won the FILA Cadet Freestyle crown with a 8-1 decision over two-time All-American Nicole Darrow. In Austria, Padilla won the Women’s Open by dominating Ramona Ballas of Germany 7-1. … This can’t be true, but we hear reports that the creator of the “Tootie Swirl” may have resumed practice. … The note about the recent passing of Orland DiCiccio prompted a call from one of his former high school teammates and fellow Kaiser Steel worker. Danny Basile, now retired and living in Apple Valley, had fond memories about DiCiccio. He recalled playing at Lincoln High School in Midland, Pa., and running interference for DiCiccio after he had taken a lateral and was headed for the end zone. Basile also traveled to Pasadena to see DiCiccio score three touchdowns, including the game winner, for Chaffey College in the 1949 Junior Rose Bowl. “He was quite a ballplayer,” Basile said of his longtime friend, “and he was a great guy.” … NASCAR prediction: Carl Edwards is our best bet to win Sunday’s Nextel Cup Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. Why? We all want to see if Edwards can do a back flip on the same piece of track where Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday also celebrated. — Louis Brewster is the sports editor for the Daily Bulletin. His column appears Tuesday. He can be reached at (909) 483-9363 or [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Football season is here again
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