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Southern California Collapses… Ben Bates Saves Day on ESPN Bakersfield

In the wake of tidal wave that just rolled through Los Angeles football, Ben Bates seeks to bring some sense to the world. His dulcet tones have the power to soothe all that ails the common man (and/or Trojan fan). With this tragedy comes the good news that Ben will be making his much anticipated return to ESPN Radio Bakersfield on, Home Turf with Corey Costelloe. Read more…

NBA Finals Game 2 Retrospective

Whenever I am asked what my favorite sport is, I always offer the same resounding answer: basketball. I also quickly clarify that I mean college basketball, not pro, where players are paid too much and care too little.

Some people dedicated their Sunday night to Lakers/Celtics Game 2. I on the other hand, dedicated my Sunday to the game of basketball in a different form: some pick-up ball at the high school where I work.

Which is what leaves me coming to you with my first ever retro blog, taking this chance to reflect on the confusing events of a passionate Sunday evening in Los Angeles. I will also use this as a chance to support my doctoral thesis: Read more…

Ben Bates Goes Live On the Air…

Ben will be taking a break from his latest TMZ photo shoot, in an attempt to test out his sultry baritone on the airwaves. He will be following in the massive footprints left by Not in HD’s own, Britton Dennis. Bates is said to feel confident since his fellow PLNU Sea Lion has already tantalized the audiences of the Central Valley once before. Yes, you’re reading this right folks: Come 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, you can hear Ben Bates live and in action on ESPN Radio Bakersfield. Read more…

West Coast Bias

July 14, 2009 5 comments

San Diego

I have been a sports fan my entire life. The first picture of me in sports gear, comes from the 1984 World Series. I was not even two years old at the time and I was yelling, “Hang the Tiger by his tail.” It was a beautiful thing because those old school Padres colors made this baby that much more attractive to the public.

Sports have been my life since I can remember. My grandpa loved sports and introduced the passion to me as well. It was a good life, I had not even three years old and my hometown team was in the Series. As far as I knew the heroics of Steve Garvey and the talent of a young… and slender Tony Gwynn would guide the Pads for my whole life. The dreadful sweep that the Tigers laid down showed me the real truth about San Diego sports: they were destined to be awful. Read more…

The Real You

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What we see is the real you…

I think it was the great American poet Skee-Lo who once said, “I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller.” With these poignant words sailing off on the breeze of a cool summer day in 1995, Skee opened a Pandora ’s Box that will never be closed. He spoke to the greatest of American tragedies, unrecognized potential. Read more…

Play the Game You Are Good At

Jay Payton

The Only Truth I Have Ever Known:

I was born with a remote control in my hands. It was not long after that my hands began to form themselves to the definable shape of any video game controller that was nearby. In truth, it was the perfect time to be born. I was going to become the child of the video game era.

The old Atari sat in my parent’s room and I recall the staggering joy of River Raid, and how it was the quite possibly the hardest game I had ever played. I should have expected that, seeing as I was about three years old at the time. Little did I know, this would be the start of a dark obsession for me. Read more…

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