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Cajon Speedway, B-ball at PB Rec Center, NFL tragedies, Lakeside's Jarrod Boswell, 1969 Padres look back, SDSU football scandal

Jamal Williams (76) in Chargers – Cardinals game, 9/22/02. Sureldie Williams, wife  Jamal Williams, alleges her husband turned against her, striking out violently. Jamal was arrested at their daughter's La Jolla school,
Jamal Williams (76) in Chargers – Cardinals game, 9/22/02. Sureldie Williams, wife Jamal Williams, alleges her husband turned against her, striking out violently. Jamal was arrested at their daughter's La Jolla school,

Crash, Crash, Crash

A handsome rookie roars around Cajon Speedway.

Like two dancers executing half a pirouette, the two 3000-pound late-model Sportsman-class stock cars spun out side by side, squealing their tires, as their rear ends slid toward the crash wall and their front ends toward the infield, beginning their spin at 70 miles per hour, then slowing fast. The 01 car and the 1 car belonged to a father and son, Jerry and Danny Gay — Danny had clipped his father on the rear left panel 6 laps into the 40-lap feature at Cajon Speedway as the two cars went into the second turn of the three-eighths-of-a-mile paved oval.

By Stephen Dobyns, Sept. 6, 2001 | Read full article


Pacific Beach Rec Center

B-Ball

Come as you are and run til you lose.

Listen. I’m a basketball extremist. Maybe it’s the rhythmic, elastic whump (ring)s, whump (ring)s — thuds resounding echoing overtones — leading me into reverie every time, the odd expectant tempos, down the block, passing my street-side windows. Or perhaps it’s the quickening squeaks of quicker shoes, erratic guttural grunts, and yells. But something makes me think I heard the trumpets of paradise in a soundtrack for the 21st Century.

By Geoff Bouvier, Nov. 6, 2003 | Read full article


Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

Stories the NFL would prefer you didn't know.

The life of a National Football League player's wife can have its highs and lows. Huge player salaries are often spent on dining, travel, gifts, cars, and expensive homes. On the other hand, when the relationship sours, the lavish lifestyle can turn into a nightmare. So says Sureldie Williams, wife of San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Jamal Williams. Last year, she alleges, her husband turned against her, striking out violently. Jamal was arrested at their daughter's La Jolla school, and soon the couple were in the midst of a divorce battle over child support and their dismal finances.

By Matt Potter, Jan. 23, 2003 | Read full article


“Pete Newell came to our gym the other night to watch Jarrod."

Lakeside's Big Man

There are roughly six million boys between the ages of 16 and 18 living in the United States. There are approximately 26,400 high schools and close to that number of starting centers playing on high school basketball teams.

There are approximately 1450 colleges and very close to that number of starting centers playing on college basketball teams. There are 29 NBA teams and 29 starting centers. The average salary for an NBA player is $4.5 million per year.

Earth’s atmosphere becomes exceedingly rare at the altitude of $4.5 million per year.

By Patrick Daugherty, Jan. 16, 2003 | Read full article


October 14, 1968: baseball held an expansion draft for four new teams: San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, Seattle Pilots, and Kansas City Royals.

Present at the Creation

Boys of the summer of ’69.

What follows are the words of Padres who came before, beginning with players who were on that first team, who played in that first game, April 8, 1969, recorded as a 2–1 win over the visiting Houston Astros. Of note, San Diegans were not starstruck by the arrival of Major League Baseball: only 23,370 customers paid their way into San Diego/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium to witness First Opening Day.

By Patrick Daugherty, April 8, 2004 | Read full article


"I had a son who played high school football, and I wanted him to be recruited by SDSU. I explained this to Ms. Roush." A few days later, Sutton said, he got a phone call from some associates who had found out he had been an "informant" to Roush.

Football Scandal Rocks State

Booze, fraud, porn, strippers, and other collegiate sports.

On the website of the San Diego State University women's track team, there is this small entry for a young distance runner from Washington state: "Personal: Emily Yale Wynne was born August 22, 1983, in Yankton, S.D.... Daughter of Mary Wynne.... Has two brothers Ryan and Chaz.... Majoring in exercise and nutritional sciences.... High School: Lettered in cross country as a freshman in Washington and as a junior in South Dakota.... Team MVP in both track and cross country as a junior.... Also earned letters in basketball, soccer and swimming.... Graduated from Okanagan High School in Okanagan, Wash."

Until last spring, the then-20-year-old Emily had another full-time occupation, one not mentioned in her SDSU bio.

By Matt Potter, Sept. 30, 2004 | Read full article

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Jamal Williams (76) in Chargers – Cardinals game, 9/22/02. Sureldie Williams, wife  Jamal Williams, alleges her husband turned against her, striking out violently. Jamal was arrested at their daughter's La Jolla school,
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A handsome rookie roars around Cajon Speedway.

Like two dancers executing half a pirouette, the two 3000-pound late-model Sportsman-class stock cars spun out side by side, squealing their tires, as their rear ends slid toward the crash wall and their front ends toward the infield, beginning their spin at 70 miles per hour, then slowing fast. The 01 car and the 1 car belonged to a father and son, Jerry and Danny Gay — Danny had clipped his father on the rear left panel 6 laps into the 40-lap feature at Cajon Speedway as the two cars went into the second turn of the three-eighths-of-a-mile paved oval.

By Stephen Dobyns, Sept. 6, 2001 | Read full article


Pacific Beach Rec Center

B-Ball

Come as you are and run til you lose.

Listen. I’m a basketball extremist. Maybe it’s the rhythmic, elastic whump (ring)s, whump (ring)s — thuds resounding echoing overtones — leading me into reverie every time, the odd expectant tempos, down the block, passing my street-side windows. Or perhaps it’s the quickening squeaks of quicker shoes, erratic guttural grunts, and yells. But something makes me think I heard the trumpets of paradise in a soundtrack for the 21st Century.

By Geoff Bouvier, Nov. 6, 2003 | Read full article


Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

Stories the NFL would prefer you didn't know.

The life of a National Football League player's wife can have its highs and lows. Huge player salaries are often spent on dining, travel, gifts, cars, and expensive homes. On the other hand, when the relationship sours, the lavish lifestyle can turn into a nightmare. So says Sureldie Williams, wife of San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Jamal Williams. Last year, she alleges, her husband turned against her, striking out violently. Jamal was arrested at their daughter's La Jolla school, and soon the couple were in the midst of a divorce battle over child support and their dismal finances.

By Matt Potter, Jan. 23, 2003 | Read full article


“Pete Newell came to our gym the other night to watch Jarrod."

Lakeside's Big Man

There are roughly six million boys between the ages of 16 and 18 living in the United States. There are approximately 26,400 high schools and close to that number of starting centers playing on high school basketball teams.

There are approximately 1450 colleges and very close to that number of starting centers playing on college basketball teams. There are 29 NBA teams and 29 starting centers. The average salary for an NBA player is $4.5 million per year.

Earth’s atmosphere becomes exceedingly rare at the altitude of $4.5 million per year.

By Patrick Daugherty, Jan. 16, 2003 | Read full article


October 14, 1968: baseball held an expansion draft for four new teams: San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, Seattle Pilots, and Kansas City Royals.

Present at the Creation

Boys of the summer of ’69.

What follows are the words of Padres who came before, beginning with players who were on that first team, who played in that first game, April 8, 1969, recorded as a 2–1 win over the visiting Houston Astros. Of note, San Diegans were not starstruck by the arrival of Major League Baseball: only 23,370 customers paid their way into San Diego/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium to witness First Opening Day.

By Patrick Daugherty, April 8, 2004 | Read full article


"I had a son who played high school football, and I wanted him to be recruited by SDSU. I explained this to Ms. Roush." A few days later, Sutton said, he got a phone call from some associates who had found out he had been an "informant" to Roush.

Football Scandal Rocks State

Booze, fraud, porn, strippers, and other collegiate sports.

On the website of the San Diego State University women's track team, there is this small entry for a young distance runner from Washington state: "Personal: Emily Yale Wynne was born August 22, 1983, in Yankton, S.D.... Daughter of Mary Wynne.... Has two brothers Ryan and Chaz.... Majoring in exercise and nutritional sciences.... High School: Lettered in cross country as a freshman in Washington and as a junior in South Dakota.... Team MVP in both track and cross country as a junior.... Also earned letters in basketball, soccer and swimming.... Graduated from Okanagan High School in Okanagan, Wash."

Until last spring, the then-20-year-old Emily had another full-time occupation, one not mentioned in her SDSU bio.

By Matt Potter, Sept. 30, 2004 | Read full article

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