Growing up near the city of Champions is too hard to describe unless you were part of the magic. You see, I enjoyed playing all of the “REAL AMERICAN” sports: Football, Baseball and Basketball. In 1971 I was 7 years old and had already become an avid sports spectator as well. You had Al Davis (who I will talk about more later), Charlie Finley, and Franklin Mieuli. These three men were all different in their ways as the owners of my beloved teams.
I became a fan late in the 2008 season after my dad purchased a cable TV service that included ESPN America (known back then as NASN). It was at that time that I was first exposed to college football and fell in love with the sport immediately. But although college football was fun, it was nothing compared to the big boys. So in search of my team, I did what every boy does… ask dad.
When I graduated from UC Davis in 1981, my girlfriend and future ex-wife, had a job in LA at Oscar Meyer so we moved to Westminster. My father at the time was semi-retired and purchasing a small company in Orange County. I had worked warehouse and trucking jobs over the past few years, so he asked me to help out and verify the inventory, meet with the vendors and manufacturers of the product, among other tasks. Five years later, we were bankrupt, but it was a great run.