Sunday, May 8, 2011

Santa Maria Clinic, Mother's Day, Hueneme Baseball and USC Football

Not sure what happened but I checked this post this afternoon and half of it was missing. I do know that blogspot was doing some general repairs the last two nights and I'm guessing that might be the cause of the missing text.

I'll try it again.

Laetitia Vineyard and Winery

On Friday, Laurie and I drove up to San Luis Obispo about 2 1/2 hours North of Camarillo. We stopped at this winery, just north of Santa Maria, to buy two bottles of Laurie's favorite Double Garlic Oil. . . DELICIOUS!!!

The colorful wildflowers in full Spring bloom were a plus.

Historic Downtown San Luis Obispo

We had a delicious BBQ pulled pork sanwich across the street from this building at Mo's BBQ, a Gold Coast favorite of ours.

Santa Maria H.S.

After lunch we drove back South 30 minutes to Santa Maria. The reason was that on Saturday I was scheduled to speak for four hours at the Santa Maria H.S. Football Clinic.

Templeton at Santa Maria

I had to catch an inning of this game for my much needed baeball fix. Santa Maria is having a tough season.

Ring Toss for Big Boys?

Santa Maria IS Farm Country

Wine Tasting

Mike Regan, Santa Maria's Head Football Coach, put on a wine tasting party in Costa de Oro's facility which is in the heart of the Central Coast's growing wine country.

Great time, especially for Laurie's tastes.

Laurie, Ted and Rosario Lawrence and Denean Regan

Great people equal great times, tonight was no exception.

Paul Gomes

Paul played for us at Thousand Oaks H.S. in the mid-1970s. He is now the Defensive Coordinator at Santa Margarita H.S. in Orange County and would also be speaking at the clinic. It was great talking football with him.

Bob Richards, the Offensive Line Coach at Oaks Christian School was speaking at the clinic as well. Bob and I coached the J.V. team at Thousand Oaks H.S. in 1970. It was good to see him.

The clinic was on Saturday which was also my bride's LXIIIrd birthday, she is still going strong!

Mother's Day

That's my sister Linda setting the table and my Mom to the right.

Strawberry Pie

My sister Marilyn brought this awesome Graham cracker crust dessert. . .YUM!!!

Hueneme at Rio Mesa

Michael's game on Tuesday was another close one but a loss none the less. The boys continue to play hard and show improvement.

On Wednesday, I got a call from Mark Johnson saying he was flying down from Seattle for an afternoon business meeting. He wanted to know if we could meet at Phillippe's near Olvera Street and Union station for a Double Dipped Pork Sandwich with Bleu Cheese.

Of course.

It was perfect because I was scheduled to go to the. . .

University of Southern California

This is Heritage Hall and my purpose today was to meet with a graduating Trojan who is interested in playing in Europe.

Omari Crittenden
U.S.C. Defensive Back

I had a great 90 minute meeting with Omari, a great young man who I believe would be a good fit for any team in Europe.

For more on Omari, go to this link:

EuroBall Updates

2011 Division I Södra Standings
The top two teams at the end of the regular season will play in the 2011 SAFF Division I Playoffs with the top two teams from each of the other three Division I Conferences.

Ystad Rockets (3-0)
Kristianstad Predators (2-0)
Limhamm Griffins (1-1)

Lugi Vikings (0-1)
Ekeby Greys (0-2)
Hässleholm Hurricanes (0-2)

Week 3 Results
Limhamn 50 -
Hässleholm 12
Ystad 43 - Ekeby 0
BYES: Kristianstad and Lugi

Week 4 Games
Saturday, May 14th
Kristianstad (2-0) at Lugi (0-1)

Sunday, May 15th
Ekeby (0-2) at Limhamn (1-1)
Hässleholm (0-2) at Ystad (3-0)

SAAF Division I Södra Notes: Our Hurricanes had another tough outing against the Limhamn Griffins and look to be in harm's way again as they play the 3-0 Ystad Rockets this week. Hopefully they can continue to improve and keep fighting the good fight!

Italian Football League Standings
The top four teams at the end of the regular season will play in the 2011 IFL Playoffs.

Bologna Warriors 5-0
Ancona Dolphins 4-1
Catania Elephants 4-1
Milan Seamen 3-2
Parma Panthers 3-2

Bolzano Giants 2-3
Milan Rhinos 2-3
Reggio Emilia Hogs 2-3
Bologna Doves 0-5
Lazio Marines 0-5

Week 7 Result
Catania Elephants 48 -
Lazio Marines 34
BYES: Ancona Dolphins, Bologna Doves, Bologna Warriors, Bolzano Giants, Milan Rhinos, Milan Seamen, Parma Panthers and Reggio Emilia Hogs

Week 8 Games
Saturday, May 14th
Catania (4-1) at Milan Rhinos (2-3)
Ancona (4-1) at Bolzano (2-3)
Milan Seamen (3-2) at Lazio (0-5)
Bologna Doves (0-5) at Bologna Warriors (5-0)
Parma (3-2) at Reggio Emilia (2-3)

IFL Notes: Everyone has now played five of their nine regular season games and the Elephants are still in the thick of the hunt for both the regular season championship and a spot in the playoffs. . . YAHOO!!!

Let's take a look this week at the IFL's incredible offensive machines and the points they produce.

1. Ancona (4-1), 270 points = 54.0 average
2. Bologna Warriors (5-0), 229 points = 45.8 average
3T. Catania (4-1), 226 points = 45.2 average
3T. Parma(3-2), 226 points = 45.2 average
5. Milan Rhinos (2-3), 190 points = 38.0 average

6. Lazio (0-5), 178 points = 35.6 average
7. Bolzano (2-3), 172 points = 34.4 average
8. Milan Seamen (3-2), 167 points = 33.4 average
9. Reggio Emilia (2-3), 163 points = 32.6 average
10. Bologna Doves (0-5), 64 points = 12.8 average

This week's Bologna Derby between the 5-0 Warriors and the 0-5 Doves could be interesting.


Ryan Bolland said...

What did you speak on at the clinic?

George said...

Two hours on "Installing the 3-5-3 Defense," one hour on "Coaching/Playing American Football in Europe" and one hour on "Truisms of Football-What I've Learned in 41 Years of Coaching High School Football."