Monthly Archives: December 2014

Girl reader no fan of Grinch

Our Page 2 columnist, Tony Cheong (“Tony on the Town”) is taking this week off.

But she told me she received an email regarding last week’s column (“On difficult days, The Grinch gives me hope,” Dec. 17). Tony stated that she was a fan of the Grinch because he represented what Christmas is all about: redemption. She ended the column with this: “Whenever I start to feel jaded, I think of the Grinch.”

But a 10-year-old gal from Garden Grove wasn’t having it. She wrote to Tony, saying that we should never celebrate the Grinch because he was mean to his dog.

Tony will probably tell the full story, and her reaction, in next week’s column, so stay tuned.

–Brady Rhoades

It bears repeating: Let’s have a safe holiday season

Please don’t drink and drive. In fact, don’t get behind the wheel if you’re intoxicated and/or compromised in any way.

Police are seeing an uptick in drivers driving while under the influence of not just illegal drugs but LEGAL ones.

We never want to see tragedies that could have been prevented. Seeing them during the holidays — which is supposed to be a festive season — seems to make them that much more tragic.

Happy, and safe, holidays to all our readers!

–Brady Rhoades


Carving out my second career as a football analyst…

I was right.

And I was wrong.

Last week, I predicted — rightly — that perennial powerhouse Garden Grove High would beat Rancho Alamitos High in the CIF finals on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Orange Coast College.

I wrongly forecasted the score as 31-17.

I knew the Argos’ defense was good, but THAT good? Rancho had been averaging 42 points a game. Vaqueros quarterback Nick Brown set an Orange County record this season with 52 touchdown passes.

Anyway, I’ll keep working on my second career as a football analyst.

–Brady Rhoades

Rivals ready to rumble

Two Garden Grove teams will face off in the CIF title game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Orange Coast College.

Read all about it in the game preview on this site or in Wednesday’s (Dec. 3) Orange County News print edition.

I don’t have a dog in this fight. I wish both teams – who are great – could win. But they can’t. And like any other reporter (especially sports reporters), I’m prone to making predictions.

Final score: Garden Grove High 31, Rancho 17.

If the Argonauts do win, it will be their second CIF title in the past four years. If the Vaqueros are victorious, it will be the first time in history they’ve captured a CIF title in football.

The stage lights don’t get any brighter than this. Good luck, gentlemen.

–Brady Rhoades