Even before Del Oro boarded its bus in Loomis, the majority of the Sac-Joaquin Section knew what to expect from the Golden Eagles in their SJS Division-III playoff debut. East Union knew more so than anyone, yet the Lancers still had a job to do.
Over the years I've had a variety of different tow vehicles. My first bass boat, at age 17, was towed by my 1965 Ford Mustang. I still remember digging through the salvage yard for a tow hitch that would mount to the back of that car. The car got the job done for several years until I finally sold it and bought a truck. My first truck was a small Ford Ranger with a V6. ...
Since Buffalo Wild Wings opened, I'd planned on an afternoon of college football there. As a University of Arizona graduate, I had watched the Wildcats in the softball world series and NCAA basketball tournament at the Tucson location when I returned to visit friends. Tragically, the Wildcats lost both of those games, but that couldn't possibly be the fault of Buffalo Wild Wings. Right? There was also the Wii promotion there one spring when I ...
Over the years, I've developed a habit of getting up early regardless of what day it was.
I was likely the only person in Northern California who could not stop thinking about Dwight Eugene Gooden during the San Francisco Giants' victory parade Wednesday in San Francisco. It was a young, gifted Gooden who escorted me towards my newfound greatest moment in sports.
I had breakfast with my external abdominal obliques Saturday. I had no choice. They pouted defiantly as I tried to twist them loose while making oatmeal and coffee to start the weekend. The culprit was not a work out, but sport specific movements. I bowled a 165 against two of my fellow English teachers Friday after meetings, then hit 45 minutes worth of medium spicy fastballs in the batting cage. It wasn't quite as cool ...
Working with teenagers, I'm amazed at how many of them have never been fishing yet. I can remember my first fishing experience as a 6 year old. From that day on I was hooked! Fishing actually helped me get through a lot of tougher times growing up. It provided me something positive to do which kept me out of trouble. Most importantly, it provided me with much-needed time with my father. There were very few ...
A ton of horror movies make me laugh - adolescent girls with unwashed waist-length black hair climbing out of televisions slower than a slug in salt and still catching dudes that appear to be capable of easily busting out a 5k run.
Duck hunters, beware. There are going to be anglers out on the water and you must not disturb their fishing areas. Unfortunately, it's the anglers that must beware as duck hunting season is now open. Over the years I've developed a sort of love-hate relationship with duck hunters. Once the hunting season ends many of the hunters' blinds are abandoned until the next year. I've caught some of my biggest fish while fishing around abandoned ...
Since Manteca Unified School District has more high school students than Prince of Wales Island has residents you probably didn't hear about the 75-mile per hour winds that knocked out power on the entire island, isolating it from mail and cutting ATM machines off from the money bags that supply them. I contemplated calling mom's school weak for giving kids and teachers the day off in light of there being no power, because we've gone ...
Recently, I had a garage sale and was able to sell a lot of my unused fishing tackle. Most of the items I sold were practically brand new.
After the afternoon on the Upper Sacramento in which I couldn't conjure up better circumstances without being unreasonable, I became jealous that night, of the people next to me that had real hot dog skewers and tinfoil.
Last night was the first night in a while that we've had thunder and lightning. My son, who is 8, was convinced that a lightning bolt was going to pierce through the ceiling and split our house in two. If you've ever tried to change the mind of an 8-year-old, you would definitely understand how hard it was for me to convince him otherwise. I tried using all the statistical evidence I could find, even ...
­ Looking down from the Interstate-5 bridges, the calm fingers of Shasta Lake eventually become the churning waters of the Sacramento River over a series of inconspicuous turns.
I really dig being a Giants fan right now. And if you think I'm talking about Eli's team after the Gigantes just clinched the NL West, you should move to Turlock. After a tooth-and-nail fight for an entire season, the San Francisco Giants finally closed the door on their first trip to the postseason since 2003. For as many Giants-Dodgers games that I have watched that have meant something on the final day of the ...
My first encounter I remember with football was as a 6-year-old rolling around in the mud under the bleachers at my brother's high-school football game. And the second thing I remember about this great game is after I got in trouble for rolling around in the mud I was in the stands with my dad when he commented that a runner "really stepped into that hole."
The effect on water temperature and fish behavior is directly related.
For all the dire predictions making the rounds, you'd think they were playing "The Hunger Games" at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 instead of the Super Bowl.
I slept like a baby Saturday night.
The exception to the "Giant Trout are impossible to catch" rule, where you stand a really good chance of catching a trout over 8 pounds, is a place called Pyramid Lake and it lies just northeast of Reno, Nevada. Located on the huge Paiute Indian Reservation, Pyramid Lake is populated by Lahontan Cutthroat Trout which can grow to over 40 pounds.
There's nothing worse than a thief.
Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of 5 modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history. Although I can't prove it, I'll bet that those ancient hunters were also using duck calls as well as decoys. Putting food on the fire for your family was deadly serious back then, and it is well documented that game calling was one on the tools used by primitive hunters. ...
It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.
STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.
Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of five modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history began.
It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly.
The deaths of 19 football players in a single season precipitated a national crisis in 1905, an event Doris Kearns Goodwin touches on in a new biography of president Teddy Roosevelt. There were 28 reported deaths some seven decades later, when James Michener created a stir with "Sports in America."
While I miss old the fashioned Christmas where the emphasis was on the birth of Christ and the gifts symbolic of those brought by the Magi, it is obvious that the season has evolved into a gift buying frenzy that starts earlier each year. I know that I cannot change the trend all by myself, but at the very least we can concentrate on giving gifts that are selected to match the recipient.
Eric Reis and his coaching staff lined the hallway with backs slumped against the walls that lead to the locker room at Manteca High's Walker Vick Fieldhouse.
By now, most anglers have packed everything away for the winter and are waiting for the weather to warm up before they go fishing again.