“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours — his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear — is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle —...
“I was rowdy before rowdy was cool!”
The time was 7 a.m. The year was 1994. It was a Thursday morning and many who lived on Marion Drive on Adams Hill were still in their bathrobes.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away. And I am already annoyed.
Tucked inside the curtained confines of Glendale Studios, marked by a boisterous yet intimate gathering on a clear California afternoon, sat a time machine.
As parents, we try and steer our children in the right direction. Sometimes it takes a gentle, loving push, and other times it takes an all-out shove.
Some associate the Los Angeles Kings with silver and black. I remember Forum Blue and Gold.
"There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
"There's no quit in this group, they fought. You can't ask for any more."
"Most of all to my Dad, wherever you are, I hope that you see this, we all miss you, we love you and this is for you, I hope you're proud of me."
"It's like feeding them to the wolves."
"Football is like life — it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."
"The administration's been great. They've given me everything I've wanted. They just can't give me what I need; more players, community support, they don't have that power. … It's the weirdest thing I've been through as a coach. Where's...
"It is not flesh and blood, but the heart that makes us fathers and sons."
Before a modest crowd of potential ballplayers, media and other assorted on-lookers, Tony Riviera proclaimed that Wednesday afternoon's press conference stood as the beginning of, "what we believe will change the baseball face in the city of...
"It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of young men."
"What would be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you're a champion." — Rocky Marciano
"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." — Rogers Hornsby The greatest second baseman of all-time
GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.
"Vanes is such a hard worker. He's just a baby now, he's only 19, but we're getting there a little bit every day." — Freddie Roach on Vanes Martirosyan after the latter's second pro fight...