Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blogged Down

It was about this time last year that I decided to try out the idea of blogging. This blog was born as a way of sharing news about family and friends, and to express my opinion about a few things on my mind. It was pretty fun at first, and I built up some momentum.

Then the comments started to come in. That wasn’t bad, but then they started coming from people I don’t know. That was kind of cool – to a point.

But about five months into this thing it hit me. In this world of social networking and personal postings, nothing is private. More than anything, that kind of bothered me. Somebody I barely know came up to me and told me they read my blog and offered an opinion on something I wrote. Then a few other distant acquaintances mentioned they had been reading my commentaries. You’d think that would inspire me to write more. But instead I shut down.

I’m really not interested in sharing with the world everything I’ve done or that I’m doing. You’ll never find me posting my status on Facebook to let you know I’m headed to lunch or that I’m glad it’s Friday. Seriously, who cares? So when I started writing this, I really didn’t have the masses in mind (not that I have a readership that compares to Aston Kutcher’s Twitter following).

But I like to write. Even if I originally intended my target audience to be relatively small, I realize that isn’t how these things work. I get it. So I’ll take another stab at it and see where it goes. I’m not a reporter working for a daily media outlet, so it’s impossible to follow their lead and post daily updates. And I don’t have the time to write long feature stories. Plus, it’s enough trouble to maintain the Claremont Baseball Web site and my fantasy football league site, along with keeping up with my pals on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

I’ve got some material already in the can, but I’m still not sure if I’ll post the already-written 15-part series recalling my college days at our own version of the “Animal House.” While those stories are great memories for all of us who shared those times, we’ve all grown up and aren’t the same guys we were 30 years ago. That series of stories might have to stay in the vault, but I’ll work on new material to keep this blog alive.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Baseline Blues

On the day I wrote about the competitive virtues of the Baseline League, all four of the league's baseball teams that qualified for the CIF playoffs lost their first-round games. Upland, Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga and Los Osos were eliminated from post-season competition on Thursday. Meanwhile, teams from the Sierra League, where Claremont will land in fall 2010, fared better. Chino Hills and Damien both won, while Glendora lost. Charter Oak and South Hills were both scheduled to play their first-round games on Friday.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

How Do You Spell Relief?

Claremont High will get a little competitive relief when it moves to the Sierra League beginning in 2010. School principals from 42 schools in the Mt. SAC area have finalized their proposals today (see story), but the final re-alignment won’t be finalized until a vote by league representatives on Oct. 22. There are three proposals on the table, and all put Claremont in the Sierra League with Charter Oak, Chino Hills, Ayala and Damien/St. Lucy's high schools. The only question is whether the sixth team will be Glendora or South Hills. If it is South Hills, then Glendora will move to the Baseline League to replace Claremont. If Glendora stays in the Sierra, then South Hills will be moved to the Miramonte/San Antonio League and the Baseline League will be left with only five schools.

The move is intended to give Claremont some competitive relief
from the bigger schools in the Baseline League – especially in football and basketball – as was noted in this blog back in November. But the Wolfpack will still have its hands full in the Sierra League, and there will be more distance to travel. There are probably other local leagues where Claremont would be a better fit, but numerous other issues factor into the equation, making this the logical solution. The next time leagues will have the chance to shift will be 2014, so let’s hope this works.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy 50th

Happy 50th birthday this past week to my good friends Grant Warhurst (May 14) and Mike Greer (May 16), and this week to Larry Seligman (May 19). And happy 50th wishes to old friend Craig Allen, who celebrated May 4.

We're not getting too old. Some guy just proclaimed 50 the new 18... Okay, maybe that was me, but I'm going with it.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Freshman Success

Congratulations to nephew Kevin Bosson, who recently wrapped up his freshman season as a pitcher for the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team. Kevin emerged as one of the top starters for the Broncos, and led the team with four victories, 59 1/3 innings pitched and 46 strikeouts. He posted a 4-5 record with a 4.55 earned run average in 11 starts.

Unfortunately, the Cal Poly folks didn’t seem to go to bat for Kevin when it came to post-season honors. He was surprisingly passed over as the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Freshman of the Year, which went to Cal State San Bernardino’s Aaron Brooks. Kevin put up better numbers in every significant statistical category (Brooks had a 2-3 record, 4.70 ERA, 48 strikeouts in nine starts and 53 innings).

Maybe this one should have gone as a no-decision.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

For those of you who've followed my blog, you may have noticed some of the artwork that I've chosen to include with my writings. Most of these were pieces portraying the Olympics or football and were done by artist Ernie Barnes.

Barnes died this week at the age of 70. A former professional football player, Barnes gained my attention with the paintings he commissioned for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Beth bought the set of five posters for me, and they still hang in my house. He was unquestionably my favorite sports artist.

The things that most captivated me about his art were his portrayal of athletic bodies and determination. I remember hearing that his characters always had their eyes closed, too. That is mentioned in the obituary from the April 30 Los Angeles Times.

The Times also provide a link to a photo gallery of Barnes and some of his work.