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Baseball History & Its Impact On The Game Today

For more than a century, baseball has been a major part of the American sporting culture. Though it’s hard to trace its exact origin, it has grown to be one of the most watched games in the Unitd States. Today, millions of fans watch the game on television, and it’s now part of the American […]

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Even Unranked Teams Find Success in NCAA Tourney

Since the NCAA expanded its tournament to 64 teams in 1985, only four out of 34 national champions were unranked at the beginning of the season. That’s an average of one team in every eight years. However, it does happen, and it can be very lucrative for anyone betting on the NCAA tournament at college […]

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A History of Baseball In California

Legend has it that a man named Abner Doubleday invented the sport of baseball sometime in the summer of 1839 while living in Cooperstown, New York. The story goes that Doubleday later became a hero of the American Civil War, leaving a double legacy of a veteran and the inventor of one of America’s most […]

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Blake: Arms Race of HS Sports

Op-Ed column sent out to the state’s high school sports media from CIF executive director Roger Blake takes aim at schools doing elaborate college signing ceremonies and hopes for leading high school administrators to stay focused on the overall, general principles of education-based athletics. By Roger Blake Executive Director of the California Interscholastic Federation High […]

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Aaron Judge: Bi-Coastal Standout

Fresno State fans remember him as an all-conference phenom who led the Bulldogs to the Western Athletic Conference championship in 2011. New York Yankees fans know him as an All-Star outfielder who had a record-breaking rookie season in 2017. As one of the many fresh-faced stars in MLB, Aaron Judge is also one of those […]

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All-Time State Player Rankings (QBs)

With this week’s NFL matchup between legendary California QBs Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), we thought we’d re-post our all-time state player rankings for the quarterbacks but this time as a free post for a limited time. These rankings are based strictly on how players have done after high […]


More Mater Dei FB Fun Facts

As the state No. 1 Monarchs of Santa Ana are about to open Trinity League competition, here’s some info compiled for us by Orange County correspondent Chuck Nan. Included are streak records and out-of-state contest results. Mater Dei Out-of-State Opponents Defeated IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 28-24, Sept. 21, 2018 Defeated Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) […]

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Making Work Environments Stress-Free

In today’s world, stress has become something that affects almost every employee across many industries. This can lead to negative effects on their mental well-being, which can, in turn, impact productivity and even the success of a business. The key to making sure stress doesn’t have this effect is by removing it from the workplace. […]

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Best Baseball Betting Sites For 2018

(And a list of the best bookmakers as well) Although not so popular in Europe as it is in North America, baseball is among the best options for sports betting fans who want to be profitable in the long run. Those looking for the best wagers may use the help of comprehensive statistics and once […]

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Preseason All-East Bay FB Team

As is our custom for this team, it includes players from the CIF Oakland Section with those from the East Bay region of the CIF North Coast Section. De La Salle of Concord is actually tied for having the most players on this mythical squad as both the Spartans and Pittsburg have five each. El...

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