So much for the eras of Chris Kluwe in Oakland and Matt Leinart in Buffalo as both were cut Sunday by the Raiders and Bills respectively. Kluwe, a recent Weekly cover boy, lost the Silver and Black punting job to Marquette King, while pride of Mater Dei High Leinart was cut after five days and one ... More >>
Richard Nixon rode the pine for the junior varsity team at Fullerton Union High School and the second team for Whittier College in the early 1930s. The photo of No. 12 at right is identified online as being from Whittier College, but there is another shot of him in a better No. 23 uniform that is al ... More >>
A recent Weekly cover boy is among those being thanked today for Minnesota voters rejecting a referendum Tuesday that would have stipulated marriage in the Mary Richards State can only be between one man and one woman.He is, of course, Chris Kluwe, the Vikings punter via UCLA and Los Alamitos High S ... More >>
Andy Mannix's excellent cover story on Chris Kluwe, the pride of Los Alamitos High School, shows how a Minnesota Vikings punter managed to eclipse his NFL career by becoming perhaps the nation's leading straight proponent for marriage equality. The story mentions a video Baltimore Ravens linebacker ... More >>
The Los Al High grad and Minnesota Vikings punter is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports
A Huntington Beach company that tracks medications used by NFL players reportedly claims its been cleared in a federal investigation that followed the May 2010 arrest of former San Diego Chargers safety Kevin Ellison, who had 100 painkillers illegally in his possession when his car was stopped in R ... More >>
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Quarterback Matt Leinart, the pride of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana and USC in La-La Land, has been cut by the Houston Texans. It marks the second time in two years that the lefty with a reputation for hearty partying has been let go. The Texans picked Leinart up after the Arizona Cardinals ... More >>
This is Navel Gazing but we also stare at heads, particularly the ones enveloping the brains of NFL players examined by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, the Newport Beach psychiatrist and brain-imaging researcher who strongly advocates better rules and helmets to protect noggins.But Amen's latest research als ... More >>
Current New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, the pride of Mission Viejo High School, has been called out by retired Jets QB Boomer Esiason as a "shaky chihuahua." Sanchez is famous for displaying Mexican pride on and off the field while guiding the Jets and USC before that. Chihuahuas were ass ... More >>
Pro football players of the past like Conrad Dobler, Hacksaw Reynolds and Hollywood Henderson were known for being crazy on and off the field. Now, a Newport Beach brain doctor says football players suffer a high risk of going nuts after their playing days are over.
Are the San Francisco 49ers moving to Santa Ana?An NFL Network reporter says the storied franchise is on the way.Sort of.
There are many nicknames for Orange County floating around. OC. The OC (blargh). La naranja. The Orange Curtain. Hell. Stepford with Mexicans. And so on and so forth.But now, a random commentator has coined the best one yet: Cincinnati by the Sea.It came about over at our Stick a Fork in It blog, ... More >>
Those unnamed sources who know everything about everything before you or I say Santa Margarita Catholic High School quarterback stud turned USC star turned Cincinnati Bengals first round pick turned Bengals tackling dummy Carson Palmer has been traded to the Oakland Raiders. If that's true, it's ... More >>
Are you ready for some football? Hank Williams, Jr. really wants to know. The 2011 NFL regular season kicks off Thursday night, when the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. Apparently, for cities with a pro football team, this is a pretty ... More >>
Buffalo Wild Wings is a bit better than okay, but it does have financial might as one of the country's largest chicken-wings franchises and is also a bellwether of the coming financial disaster that will happen to thousands of restaurants across the country if the NFL doesn't reach an agreement w ... More >>
After last weekend's AFC and NFC Championship games, the stage has been set for Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas. I, of course, was rooting for Orange County's own Mark Sanchez to take the New York Jets all the way until their comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers fell short in the closing m ... More >>
The Bear's ButkusYou can blame Orange County for many things: Laguna Beach, The Hills, TBN, professional Holocaust deniers, Allan Mansoor, Public Enemy Number One Death Squad, Curt Pringle.But a Chicago newspaper is reporting this morning that OC might have actually made a positive contribut ... More >>
I was in Denver recently, partly to research my coming book, partly to debate former congressman Tom Tancredo on immigration, but really to finally taste the Holy Grail of Mexican-American cookery: the Mexican hamburger. Behold its cheesy, mixed-up glory above, and click after the jump to discove ... More >>
Inside the athletic complex at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana is an exhibit that pays tribute to quarterbacks John Huarte, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1964 for Notre Dame, Matt Leinart, who won the 2004 Heisman as a junior at USC, and Colt Brennan, a 2007 Heisman finalist for Hawaii ... More >>
Quarterback Matt Leinart, who starred at Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana and USC before the Arizona Cardinals drafted the former Costa Mesa resident with the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, could soon be looking for work . . . . . . possibly in another league.
Colt BrennanColt Brennan, who earned the NCAA record for throwing the most touchdown passes in a single season (58) while a quarterback at the University of Hawaii, was released today the Washington Redskins."I was totally surprised," Brennan told the Washington Post.Pro football, so far, hasn't ... More >>
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Through week 16 of the NFL season, Carson Palmer and Mark Sanchez are the only quarterbacks who played at Orange County high schools to have thrown the required 14 passes per game to qualify for an official QB rating. Based on Matt Leinart's limited stats, were his passer ranking to count, it wou ... More >>
Photo by John Gilhooley "Pastor Mondo" Armando Leon, who is shown in this 2005 photo above the cross-tattooed shoulder of Raiders Boosters of Orange County president Larry Garcia, founded Nation Ministry this season.Should the Oakland Raiders bounce back from their close opening ... More >>
Photo by John Gilhooley Larry "D-Fence" Garcia is ready for another season of Raiders football.Yes, dear, the NFL is back already. The Oakland Raiders kick off the 2009-2010 preseason versus the Dallas Cowboys tonight from Oakland Coliseum in a preview of this year's Thanksgiving Day game. L ... More >>
Here is the answer to the eternal question: What happens in Green Bay besides the Packers?A 19-year-old man reported he had been robbed April 26. Upon investigation, police learned he had been drinking with a 19-year-old woman at a party in the 2600 block of Heartland Terrace and became angry with h ... More >>
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A story from my past came flooding back as I read Cyd Zeigler's Jock Talk Blog post riffing on a Forbes report that raised the possibility of the 49ers leaving San Francisco for the OC. Bernie Mullin, who runs the Atlanta-based Aspire Group, an industry consultant, tells Forbes Frisco, Buffalo an ... More >>
The two-day lineup for this year's San Diego Street Scene was just announced today, and it doesn't look half bad, in this humble ex-music editor's opinion. Headliners include Beck, the Black Crowes, X, Tegan and Sara, Justice, plus Spoon, TV on the Radio, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), Michael Franti ... More >>
One of the most-asked questions in ¡Ask a Mexican! history is why Mexican men love to sexually harass women so much. Folks don't seem to buy my explanation that it's a guy thing, not a Mexican thing. Well, the recent reports exposing New York Jets fans as the greatest harassers since Bill Clinton ... More >>
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