The Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles, the Santa Ana Drags, Huntington Beach surfers, Santa Cruz surfers and OC-bred quarterbacks Matt Leinart, Colt Brennan and Mark Sanchez wind up in this week's especially sporty compilation of things said about or from Orange County on the Interwebs.
Feeling Blue The question before readers is, "Why did the Anaheim Angels change their name to the Los Angeles Angels?" Fans did not answer, foes did. Naked Mole Rat: "The Org. thought it best to do that cuz the title 'Los Angeles' would make MORE $$$ than Anaheim. Silly though, cuz Los Angeles means 'Angels' in Spanish. So they're the Angels Angels if you think about it. Whatever...they'll lose to the Yankees anyway." GO BLUE!: "Because their owner is an idiot. They are jealous of the Dodgers and they just had to take our name, too. They freakin' play in a totally different county. Orange County is theirs, L.A. county is ours. It just doesn't make sense. I have never nor will I ever call them L.A. Angels because they are the ANAHEIM Angels. Go Blue!!" Sephiroth: "Because they're posers. Simple as that. GO DODGERS!" (Santa Barbara Solutions)Door Matt
Some sports wags still have a soft spot for Matt Leinart, the USC and Santa Ana Mater Dei High School quarterback god who went on to stumble with the Arizona Cardinals. Jason Goch of the Sporting News Radio calls Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision to cut Leinart at the start of the season "the single worst coaching decision of the 2010 NFL season." Goch maintains Leinart, who later signed on to become the Houston Texans' third-stringer, would have been better behind the center in Arizona than ineffective starter Derek Anderson. But a Neil's Diamonds blogger Neil believes Leinart, in pushing his way out of Tempe, "should get some award for the worst business decision in the NFL." Leinart even gets dragged into debates he has no control over. For instance, Carlos Lehder writes for Music City Miracles, a Tennessee Titans fan site, that he wishes coach Jeff Fisher would have drafted his fellow USC alum Leinart. "Then he would have already been fired," Lehder reasons, "and Matt Leinart would have been another of his busts that he coached." What is it with Leinart firing up Titans' fans? Scott Tunstall at Gunaxin wants to award the Titans' Kerry Collins "The Matt Leinart Award for QB Ineptitude." (The Sporting News Radio
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Dirty Sanchez TheDirty.com, a gossipy site with pages in cities around the country, is manned in Newport Beach by Nik Richie, who one of his readers notes is the most famous and successful alum out of Mission Viejo High School. New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez comes in second. "For a second," writes the reader, "I was thinking that Mark Sanchez deserves that title with the way he has been playing the past few weeks, but after last night's performance he proved to me why he will always be number 2." The last night the reader refers to was the 45-3 drubbing of the Jets by the New England Patriots. "After last night's performance, he is a disgrace to all MVHS students, faculty and alumni," Richie piles on. "I almost want to say I went to Servite or Mater Dei the way he embarrassed us last night. The guy is a joke and needs to be playing for the Raiders where he belongs. What do you think bandwagon OC Charger fans whose favorite football player is Mark Sanchez (how does that make any sense)?" Richie then drags Leinart into a debate he has no control over: "[Sanchez] will never be #1 MVHS alumni, and I give him 4 more seasons before he is shipped off to hold a clipboard like Leinart." (The Dirty)
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Weight, Weight, Don't Tell Me Colt Brennan went from being Leinart's back-up at Mater Dei to starting there, to eventually starting at the University of Hawaii and finally a selection by the Washington Redskins. He was out of football hoping for a call-up before he recently got in a horrific traffic accident on the Big Island of Hawaii. His release from the hospital was considered newsworthy enough for the minds behind a weight-loss website, but hopefully no one will read the headline over the item like it's a weight-loss recommendation: "PFT: Brennan Released From Hospital; Amazing Weight Loss Diet." (Amazing Weight Loss Diet)
Surf City, Here We Scrum A post congratulating new Huntington Beach City Councilman Joe Shaw as the only openly gay elected official in Orange County devolved into a Santa Cruz-Huntington Beach Surf City debate in the comments section. Both towns claimed the nickname until the city of Huntington Beach successfully sued for sole custody. After talking about spending time in Huntington Beach in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a fellow named Fritz laments that one a recent return visit, "The entire beach area had been transformed into what looked more like an adult amusement park" before adding, "BTW, Santa Cruz will always be the real Surf City!" "Oh, Fritz, them's fighting words down here in sunny Southern California," replies Lynda. "I honestly can't believe how many times a year 'Surf City' is brought up and debated. NO ONE in Huntington Beach is ever going to agree with you. Never ever ever. And for the sake of your own safety, don't ever say that out loud if you visit there again." Fritz riffs on Lynda's last line, "I guess that's one thing that hasn't changed about Huntington. There were always violent punks ready and willing to stab you for a spot on the beach. I was actually involved in nasty riot there one year. They turned over police cars and set them on fire. It all started when the tide came in during a surf competition and people started crowding back to get out of the water." Seeing as how this was an alternative lifestyle forum, he adds, "And, Santa Cruz has always been gay-friendly. Wink." But, to another commenter's contention that, "You never say the words 'Surf City' and 'Santa Cruz' in the same breath," Fritz replies (no doubt with a wink), "Unless you actually surf." (Joe.My.God)
Vroom, Vroom . . . We'll end with color 8mm silent film footage documenting the Santa Ana Drags. No, this is not another gay sports reference, it's the cars and bikes running down the Santa Ana airstrip in the early 1950s. The poster found it "fascinating to see how few safety procedures or equipment requirements were in place at the time. Very few helmets, roll bars, or seatbelts to be found, and spectators walking all over the track." Ah, the good old days! (Jalopy Journal)