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I like this shot of Staples Center, home to four of SoCal’s ten professional teams. Photo courtesy of zanzinger.photoshelter.com

 

CELEBRATING TWO YEARS OF COVERING SPORTS IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA ON THIS SPORTS SITE

While I don’t like clichés, this one is definitely true in this case…

Two years go by fast.

This Saturday, January 21st, marks two years since this site was launched.

I suppose it should go without saying that quite a bit has happened in Southern California’s sports world since I started this venture.

The perfect example of this is the fact that two years ago – and for the previous twenty years – Los Angeles had no teams in the National Football League.

In fact, the very first article on this site lamented that and offered my opinion of whether this city would ever see pro football again.

Here’s the link:  http://www.socalsportsannals.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/will-the-national-football-league-ever-return-to-los-angeles/

Now, with the Chargers officially moving 120 miles north on I-5 and planning to play their home games in Carson’s StubHub Center this fall, L.A. has two NFL teams.

 

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The front facade of the L.A. Coliseum, home to three pro football teams, two college football teams, two Olympics, the first Super Bowl, a World Series, and the Dodgers in its 94 year existence. Photo courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com

 

However…

After writing and posting articles for two established sites, Bleacher Report and Fansided, for seven years, it was high time for me to start my own sports fan blog.

Which I believe has grown and done fairly well for a small independent online page, with help from Nichole Choice, our resident “Hockey Lady”, writing about all things on the ice, and Paul Salerno offering his experiences at USC football and (coming soon!) basketball games.

A significant goal of this site is to cover things in SoCal sports that would not normally be covered on other sports sites and blogs.

That is why we have covered the annual Crosstown Rivalry baseball game at Dodger Stadium between UCLA and USC every March, as well as writing articles featuring UCLA’s outstanding gymnastics team for three years running – the first one being posted a few weeks after this site was launched.

And we will continue to do pieces on those particular Bruins.

 

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A cool pic of the Dodgers and the Angels, as well as a reminder that pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in about a month – can’t wait! Photo courtesy of gentlemensgiudeoc.com

 

That’s also the reason for our articles covering not only the high school sports scene, but also what’s it like at a community college football game and a trip down Nostalgia Road (I still think “Memory Lane” is too overused and corny) to check out the youth baseball and softball leagues that I was so involved with in Santa Monica back in the day.

That goal of paying homage to things you would not see on the sports pages of Yahoo or MSN has not and will not change, as among the sports I plan to write about are high school basketball, volleyball at the club level, youth soccer this fall, and possibly beach volleyball this summer.

Along with covering the ten professional and two (major) college sports teams that call this region home.

To state the obvious, doing this sports fan site has been a good experience for me.

And it will remain that way as it moves forward and continues to grow.

As this site marks its official anniversary this Saturday, I certainly hope and pray that the next two years will be as fulfilling as these first two years.

 

Jan 17, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; General overall view of scoreboard with the Los Angeles Chargers logo at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 17, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; General overall view of scoreboard with the Los Angeles Chargers logo at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Photo courtesy of chargerswire.usatoday.com

 

 

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