Sunday, January 02, 2005


I’m still sweeping up the confetti and looking for the cat so indulge me with another session of notes on my napkin.

That loveable den of dinosaurs known as the Long Beach Century Club are counting down the calendar until their 49th Annual Sports banquet and the induction of three more hometown heroes for their Hall of Fame. The February 8th fete will toast Jim Barnett, one of the original and great Poly football coaches, Olympic Volleyball legend Bob Ctvrlik and a tireless staffer in the formative days of the Long Beach Recreation Department. Katy Stone along with athlete of the year and former Dirtbag Bobby Crosby. Oh yes, did I forget about 200 local high school and college athletes all getting a nice trophy and a tasty prime rib. Reservations and info from President Elect Sam Breuklander at 562-596-0912.

Now to actual fun and games such as the beginning of the 2005 Men’s Volleyball Season at Long Beach State including three dates this week. Coach Andy Read gives the scoop.

“The action starts on Thursday at 5pm in the Gold Mine when the Calgary Dino will pay a visit on the 49ers and bringing a #4 ranking in Canada. On Friday and Saturday January 7th & 8th, the 49ers will play in the UCSB Elephant Bar Tournament starting with the host Gauchos at 1pm on Friday in Rob Gym. The rest of the bracket depends on winners and losers.

Finally on Sunday the 49ers Sideout Men’s Volleyball Booster Club is sponsoring the New Years Classic Indoor Tournament in the Pyramid and across the Long Beach State Campus. The tournament has gotten so big of late that it’s expanded across into the other gyms on campus. So sign up early with your team.”

The program sponsors are 3rd Degree, The Original Ballbag, Power Systems, It’s A Grind Coffee House, Mario’s Eastside, Johnny Rockets, McDonald’s, Ecco’s Pizza and Coach’s Sports Grill

More good news is that the Big Brown Music Machine will be in full throat on Saturday night when the Niners host Northridge. The basketballers will tune up for that show playing Pacific on Thursday night but the alumni band needs no practice, just directions to the post game beer and pizza. The ladies hoopsters will try and build some momentum playing those same two foes on the road without those nice sounds.

Now here is a twist to an office football pool. My pal Rob has his own entry each week but anted up for his two year old who makes his own selections by grabbing a name or number that is mixed in with the Cheerios. While his dad and your reporter have yet to reach the mountain top Kid Foster already has booked a weekly win.

Our closing quote today is from Faith Mimnaugh head coach of the Cal Poly ladies basketball team who boldly said that Long Beach State is flatly the best team in the Big West. “They are very physical, they don’t give you many good looks at the basket and they are so athletic.” And what about Santa Barbara? “They will get beat along the way; nobody will run the table this year.”-DR. DAN


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