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Bill Russell & the Greatest of All-Time in every CIF sport

With the death on Sunday at age 88 of NBA icon Bill Russell, the tributes to him include being called perhaps the greatest team sports champion of all-time since he was part of 11 NBA titles for the Boston Celtics. Russell played as a high schooler at McClymonds of Oakland (where one of his teammates […]

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Tom Brady’s 1st Hall of Fame vote

This will be coming during March for the inaugural class of the new California High School Football Hall of Fame, which is going to open later in 2022 at the Rose Bowl. The newly retired NFL quarterback from Serra of San Mateo only went 4-6 in both seasons of high school football, but there is […]

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State’s All-Time 100 Greatest Athletes (Men)

After Tom Brady of Serra High (San Mateo) earned a seventh Super Bowl title last week, we were inspired to write up our own rankings of the all-time greatest 100 athletes from California high schools. Based on CIF sanctioned sports only, we have Brady at No. 3 behind only Jackie Robinson and Bill Russell. McClymonds...

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Cali Super Bowl Alums 2021

With COVID protocols, it’s a different Super Bowl than any other. It’s also almost unlike any other Super Bowl because there’s the lowest total since the very first game in 1967 for the number of players from California. Injuries have knocked out key players from California for both the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay […]

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All-Time All-Section/All-County Teams (Part 2)

Based on how these players did after high school, here is a look at three more of these teams in another short series we’re doing as we wait for the next football season to hopefully begin in the state. For this group of teams, we have the CIF San Diego Section, CIF Central Coast Section...

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1981, ’94 & ’08 Season Replays (Week 8)

This is how the season looked after the eighth week during our week-by-week replay for three of the most exciting, unpredictable football seasons we’ve covered in our 40-plus years: 1981, 1994 and 2008. No. 1 teams remained Edison of Huntington Beach, Bishop Amat of La Puente and Long Beach Poly. Those coming up included Marina...

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Great Seasons Replayed (’81, ’94, ’08)

Today we introduce one of the features we’ll be doing during this period of time in the fall with no high school sports in the state. It’s a week-by-week replay for three of the most exciting, unpredictable football seasons we’ve covered in our 40-plus years: 1981, 1994 and 2008. We begin with a look at...

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Cali Super Bowl Alums 2019

Thanks to a very high total of 11 players on the Los Angeles Rams who are from California high schools, the Golden State once again is back on top with the most Super Bowl alums in this year’s game after surrendering the mantle to Texas last year. Two of the Rams’ players were teammates at […]

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Tom Brady As A Role Model

(Written by Tommy Pendleton) When you talk about sporting greats from California, Serra High of San Mateo grad Tom Brady is a name that pretty much everyone will mention to you. For many years now, the New England Patriots’ quarterback has been idolized by his many adoring fans in New England and across the nation.

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Cali Super Bowl Alums 2018

It’s another close battle between California, Texas and Florida for the state having the most Super Bowl players but for this year’s game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles it’s a win for Texas. California and Florida are right behind tied for second. Neither of those two states, of course, can claim the […]

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