Remarks for My Ring of Honor Induction – After Arizona v. UCLA Game

January 24, 2023 by Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray

Back when I was playing
in the old Bear Down Gym
doing my “Easy Ernie” thing,
draining 2’s
and what today|
would be 3’s
and snatching rebounds
like I was taking back
something that had been stolen from me,
I couldn’t have dreamed
that all that balling
would someday
result in my name hanging from a rafter
in the University of Arizona’s
Basketball Ring of Honor,

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Pt Loma High Baseball Pancake Breakfast — Feb. 4

January 23, 2023 by Source

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Pickleball Players Offer ‘Compromise’: Half of 12 Tennis Courts at Robb Field to Be Temporarily for Pickleball

January 18, 2023 by Source

The Pickleball Association of San Diego has proposed a “Managed Pickleball Facility at Robb Field”. The group last week met with the Parks Director, his staff, the Mayor’s staff, and tennis representatives and proposed a compromise.  Here is the Association’s statement from Jan. 15:

We proposed a compromise: Temporarily repurpose half of the 12 tennis courts at Robb Field into dedicated pickleball courts, funded and managed by our nonprofit organization. This would be an interim solution for pickleball players until a pickleball facility at Robb Field is built from scratch at a future date.

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Long Beach’s Site of 1938 National Surfing Championship Nominated as California Historic Point

January 4, 2023 by Source

From Save Our Heritage Now – Jan-Feb 2023 Newsletter

The nonprofit Sea of Clouds (a San Diego preservation group) together with Surfrider Foundation, Long Beach Chapter, have nominated Long Beach’s former site of the 1938 National Surfing and Paddleboard Championships as a California Point of Historical Interest to commemorate the area’s pre-World War II surfing history.

Held adjacent to Long Beach’s famed (and since demolished) Rainbow Pier, the contest was Los Angeles County’s first surfing and paddleboard competition billed as a national event.

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Winners in Bodyboarding Competition Held in Ocean Beach

November 18, 2022 by Source

Vert Magazine / Nov. 16, 2022

The California Bodyboarding Tour 2022 stopped off in Ocean Beach November 12th-13th for the US Festival.

As usual, the event was a get together of the boogie scene in Southern California despite the clean and small waves, with new faces showing up in Ocean Beach but also a couple legends like Jay Reale competing and winning, for the second year in a row, the Masters division.

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Peninsula Tennis Club Presents Options for Robb Field – Includes Pickleball Center

November 7, 2022 by Source


Peninsula Tennis Club President Todd Sprague, presented two conceptual plans for facility improvements at Robb Field at the Mission Bay Park Committee meeting held on October 4, 2022.

The first concept is for improving and enhancing the existing Peninsula Tennis Club.

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The Saga of Pickleball at Robb Field Continues at Mission Bay Park Committee

November 4, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The saga of pickleball’s attempt to find a home at Robb Field continued Tuesday, November 1, with an appearance before the Mission Bay Park Committee, at the Santa Clara Recreation Center in Mission Beach.

Stephan Boyland and Mike Shinzaki made the pitch on behalf of the Pickleball Association of San Diego. The pitch involved three possible options to have pickleball at Robb Field.

#1 – Share the existing 12 tennis courts. There are six courts in one fenced-in enclosure and six in another. Pickleball would like to have six of the 12 courts.

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OB Rag Makes National News – Over Pickleball Brouhaha at Robb Field Last July

October 7, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

On Thursday, October 6, the OB Rag made national news. The Guardian newspaper ran a long piece about the “escalating war between pickleball and tennis players” across America. It began:

There’s a storm brewing on the tennis courts of America. Admittedly a very middle class, middle-aged storm, but a storm nonetheless. On one side are the tennis players, with their eons of history, perfectly pressed shorts and thousands of dollars to spend on lessons. And on the other are the advocates for America’s fastest growing athletic pursuit: pickleball.

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Update From San Diego Pickleball Players

October 3, 2022 by Source

By Mike Shinzaki

I got into pickleball seven years ago at the suggestion of some close pals. To be honest I didn’t take to it much at first, it seemed like a silly pastime. A month later I realized I was playing everyday. As time went on I started competing, instructing, and advocating for pickleball’s growth here in town. Pickleball quietly became the fulcrum of my entire life. It has been a beautiful surprise. I’ve gotten to know great people along the way, many of you included. Stefan Boyland as well.

In 2020, Stefan and I embarked on a coordinated, full-time undertaking to help pickleball secure its rightful place in the City of San Diego

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2 San Diego State Football Players and NFL Punter Matt Araiza Accused in Gang-rape Lawsuit

August 26, 2022 by Source

By Colleen Shalby, Robert J. Lopez / Los Angeles Times / Aug. 25, 2022

A civil lawsuit filed Thursday in state court accuses three past and present San Diego State University football players — including a top punter now in the NFL — of gang raping a 17-year-old girl last year at an off-campus party.

Matt Araiza, 22, whose powerful and precision kicking in college earned him the moniker “Punt God,” was accused of having sex with the minor outside the home and then bringing her inside to a room where she was repeatedly raped.

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In 1966, the Surfing Championships Brought the World to Ocean Beach

August 18, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The third annual World Surfing Championships came to sleepy Ocean Beach in the late summer of 1966. And Eric DuVall, head of the OB Historical Society, has just compiled a wonderful remembrance of that event and those early days of surfing in OB and Southern California.

Here are some quotes from DuVall’s latest historical piece in the Pt Loma – Ocean Beach Monthly:

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Rape by San Diego State Football Players 10 Months Ago Still Has Gone Unpunished

August 8, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The following is based on news accounts but edited on the premise that the victim, her family and friends are telling the truth.

Close to Halloween last year in October 2021, a then 17-year old woman, as yet publicly identified, was out with friends on a Saturday night. She wore a costume. They had heard about a night house party so she and her friends decided to check it out.

Once at the party, she either began or continued to drive alcohol and was intoxicated. At some point, she was approached by a man who made small talk and offered her a drink. He then led her to a room. Other men were there.

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Despite Failure by City and Community to Resolve Issue, Compromise Must Be Sought Between Tennis and Pickleball Players

August 2, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Clearly a compromise between local tennis and pickleball players must be sought, before more angry public arguments, yelling and disruptions through acts of faux civil disobedience lead to fisticuffs or worse.

After months of simmering, the conflict between pickleball and tennis players burst out into the open over the weekend when a group of pickleball players ambushed staff at the Peninsula Tennis Club  and took over tennis courts for about 40 minutes. Staff called in San Diego Police and eventually the scene quieted down when the pickleball players left.

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Here’s the Pickle Ball Players’ Video of Incident at Peninsula Tennis Club

August 2, 2022 by Source

In response to a report of an incident at the Peninsula Tennis Club over the weekend, posted by the Rag Monday, here is the video shot by the pickle ball players, showing their side of what happened.

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End of an Era for Bill and Me

August 1, 2022 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I finished reading
the U-T
and thought I would
watch a little TV
to see what was going on
in the world that might interest me
and before I knew it
soft tears were rolling
from my eyes
after hearing that
Bill Russell
had died,

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100 Years of the Sport in San Diego Highlights Peninsula Tennis Club

July 22, 2022 by Source

From the Third Option / July 22, 2022

Public park tennis in San Diego began a hundred years ago this month when players raised $5,000 to build what is now the Balboa Tennis Club.

The number one racket sport in the country is also the fastest-growing, with 6.8 million new and returning tennis players in 2020 alone— a growth spurt of 22%. Research claims it adds ten years to a player’s lifespan; data also reveals it to be the safest sport to play during a pandemic.

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We Should Never Give Up the Quest for Setting Brittney Free

July 12, 2022 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

Brittney Grinder.
WNBA superstar.
Sits in a Russian lockup far
from where she displays
her hoops wizardry
on the court with the Phoenix Mercury,
and to her predicament her coach says
“If this was LeBron James
he’d be home, right?”
to which I say
“Not likely,”
not with all that’s going on
in these moments in time,
a war of a kind,
between two arch enemies,

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Point Loma Nazarene’s Baseball Team Moves Closer to National Title

June 7, 2022 by Source

By Editors / Times of San Diego / June 7, 2022

Every batter in the Point Loma Nazarene lineup recorded a hit Monday as the Sea Lions enjoyed a 11-3 victory over No. 3 seed Southern Arkansas.

With their 50th win of the season, No. 2 PLNU became the first team with two wins in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship in Cary, N.C., moving within one win of a spot in the weekend best-of-three series for the national title.

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The Widder Curry Disses the Incitement of Violence at Hockey Games

April 26, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

People that know me are aware that I enjoy most sports. I frequently went to the Chargers game – or Patriot’s games when I lived in Maine; I went to baseball games at Dodger Stadium since I was a little girl – a hundred years ago. I attending Horse Racing all over California, Arizona and Maine; My grandkids played a variety of sports – rugby, soccer, softball, and a grandson was a wrestling champion not all that long ago. I attended their game/matches whenever I could. Every now and
then my husband and I would attend a Gulls Ice Hockey game, and it was enjoyed.

However, those same people that know about my enjoyment of those sports are now aware of my distaste for Ice Hockey. My problem is that Steve has season tickets to the Gulls game; his seats are one row back from the goal, and we have a practically unobstructed view of the game. Perhaps that is some of the problem for me. If Ice Hockey were the only thing played it would be great,

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‘America’s Most Scenic Ballpark’ Is Right There at Point Loma Nazarene

April 20, 2022 by Source

Matt Monagan / news / February 28th, 2022

“It’s a place you wanna come to work to every day.”

Most people, if they’re being honest, don’t say that about their jobs.

Then again, most people aren’t Steven Riddle; manager of athletic facilities at Point Loma Nazarene University. Most of us don’t get to work in baseball paradise — along the breezy, dreamy Pacific coast of “America’s Most Scenic Ballpark.”

Since the 1970s, the Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions have been lucky to call this seaside oasis — dangling ever so gently off downtown San Diego — home. Baseball writer Kevin Kernan gave the ballpark its “Most Scenic” moniker in the mid-’90s — a trademark the school has run with ever since. They put it on their scoreboard and all over their athletic website and, I mean, why not? It fits.

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How a Rebounding Frame of Mind Has Shaped My Life Over Time

March 30, 2022 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I can’t remember who the player was
in all the March Madness
the other day
but he
grabbed a rebound
with such power and grace
it etched a “Wow” in the expression on my face
and he had a look on his face
that I used to have when I played,

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Giving Props to an Amazing Arizona Basketball Team

March 16, 2022 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

Oh, how about those Wildcats,
the way they get after it,
winning both the
Pac-12 regular season
and the Pac-12 Tournament
basketball championships
looking, to me, better
than any Arizona team I’ve ever seen

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OB Planning Board Reaches ‘Compromise’ on Pickelball vs. Tennis at Robb Field

March 10, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Page

Pickleball versus Tennis

The clash of an old venerable sport and a much, much younger, but fast-growing sport was the highlight of the regular monthly meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board, Wednesday, March 2nd.

The sport with a history that goes back about 1,000 years is tennis. The younger sport with a history that only goes as far back as 1965 is called pickleball.

It is important to deal with its name first. Here is the explanation

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What a Racquet: Pickleball v. Tennis at OB Planning Board Wed., March 2

March 2, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

Who knew this was a veritable dust storm?

Two sports fighting for space in a City renowned for its athletics and for its champions.

Yet, here we are. Pickleball enthusiasts (a growing sport among those capable with playing without years of rigid rules and practice) moving to takeover former Muni tennis courts (or, at least) paint the ionic tennis courts with different lines.

Tonight at 6 pm, the OB Planning Board meets and will take up the Pickleball push to take over tennis courts.

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Superbowl Fans Mercilessly Mock Trump After LA Rams Win

February 14, 2022 by Source

By Alex Henderson / AlterNet / February 14, 2022

On Sunday, February 13, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2022 Super Bowl. And some Twitter users responded by mercilessly trolling and mocking former President Donald Trump and facetiously saying that former President Mike Pence needs to overturn the game results.

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‘Swish’: The Sweetest Sound to a Hoopster’s Ears

February 7, 2022 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

There’s no single sound
in basketball
sweeter to this old hoopster’s
ear than the sound of “Swish,”
the ball
hitting nothing but net.
It’s a sound
that’s enabled
me to forget
things that have had me down,
and Sister Mary Benedict
swatting my knuckles
to Kingdom Come,

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NFL Awards UCSD Funds for Cannabis Pain Research

February 7, 2022 by Source

By Jacob Aere / KPBS / February 2, 2022

The National Football League has awarded $1 million to two medical research teams — including one at UC San Diego — to research the impact of cannabis and CBD on pain management and recovery from sports- related injuries, it was announced Tuesday.

UCSD and the University of Regina in Canada were selected among 106 submissions for research proposals executed by the NFL-NFLPA Joint Pain Management Committee, with UCSD’s team to assess the therapeutic potential for cannabis for “relief of post-competition soft-tissue injury pain in elite athletes.”

The study will be done on professional rugby players.

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The Widder Curry’s Last Rant for January: ‘Have You Been to a Large Sports Gathering Lately?’

February 1, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

As a new grandmother today (Jan.31) – well, not exactly new as Elliott is my 20th grandchild – I am somewhat mellow. But only a little bit mellow – because there is a lot bothering me that I will be saying in the next few months. But let’s start with the new garbage collection procedure.

Have you watched any of the football games during the past few weeks? Have you attended any concert? Ice Hockey game? Wedding? Large gathering activity?

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Night Time Surfing: The Appeal and Risks of Paddling Out After Dark

November 29, 2021 by Source

By Kylie Capuano /

Whether searching for an uncrowded break, cutting out time within a busy schedule, or chasing after a new experience, adventurous surfers paddle out after the sun sets to partake in nighttime surfing, welcoming the risks and unique experience of paddling out after dark.

Stepping away from the crowds, night surfing offers a more serene experience with less crowded breaks. This allows surfers to have more freedom with chasing after waves, as they don’t have to share them with others.

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The San Diego Gulls Are Back

October 26, 2021 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

It’s been a long time since I have gone to an ice hockey game.

Years ago, when my husband was alive we would attend the games, but I can honestly say that in the past twelve years I have not attended a game. Until yesterday, when my friend Steve asked me if I wanted to go with him for the season’s opener. Of course I said ‘yes’ since I have always liked sports – used to take ice skating lessons at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, with the hope, short lived, of joining the Ice caspades.

When Steve asked me to go to the game, I didn’t realize that he had second row seats behind the goal; that every time a puck would hit the wall or glass in front of us it sounded like a gun being shot off. And it sounded like a zillion of them were going off at one time. It was fun watching the woman in front of me jump and spill her drink almost throughout the entire first quarter when those pucks hit the wall. It is interesting to note that she did not come back after the first period intermission – or if she did she sat somewhere else!

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