| Jun 21, 2011
| 9:07 PM
ANAHEIM — Cheta Ozougwu is as much a fan of the characters at Disneyland as he is of an animated one on the NFL Network. He wanted to meet Mickey Mouse before Warren Sapp on Tuesday.
A trip to Disneyland was in store before Ozougwu rode to Culver...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 10:48 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Mr. Irrelevant met the Nigerian Nightmare for the first time. Cheta Ozougwu was just happy to hear his name pronounced correctly by someone other than his Nigerian parents.
Christian Okoye said "oh-ZOO-goo" just once. To the...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 11:24 AM
Even though there is a lockout in the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell was able to provide a highlight during Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach.
Goodell sent a personal letter to Cheta Ozougwu, nicknamed Mr. Irrelevant for being the final pick in the NFL...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 11:01 PM
Wednesday night's All-Star Lowsman Banquet offered plenty of laughs, but there was a serious moment before the dinner began.
In the VIP room at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, a 19-year-old entered in a wheelchair to mingle with the Hall of...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 11:52 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Cheta Ozougwu walked into the bar at the Balboa Yacht Club on Thursday with his hands in his pockets. What use did he have for his hands? He doesn't drink alcohol.
Plus, without the hands inside the pockets of his jean shorts,...
| Jun 24, 2011
| 11:29 PM
I have been covering sports for more than a decade and in practicing journalism, we're conditioned to focus on the champions; to seek interviews with the athletes who are the most successful, accruing the loftiest awards and achieving their ultimate...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 9:16 PM
COSTA MESA — Alipa Peters has experienced a lot of adversity, from financial hardship to the death of loved ones. Tuesday afternoon was a time to celebrate his ability to rise above it all.
At Estancia High's training center, teammates applauded...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 11:13 PM
Orange Coast vs. Riverside
When/where: Tonight, 6 at Riverside
Key Pirates: So. So. SS Bryan Pali (31 tackles, one INT); So. OLB Travis McNaughton (29 tackles, one INT); Keali'i Doll (16 catches, one TD).
Key Tigers: Fr. QB Dalton Livingston (1,...
| Oct 16, 2010
| 5:42 PM
When I looked up "winning" on the computer, the individual most often quoted was Vince Lombardi. We are all aware of the legendary NFL coach's passion for winning. Who was it who said "show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser"?
I grew up in the...
| Oct 19, 2010
| 8:50 PM
COSTA MESA — Don't ever underestimate the impact that professional sports has on the psyche of the American people, especially those who live and breathe athletics.
When Lennox Lewis, the professional boxer, announced in a commercial that "Real...
| Oct 28, 2010
| 7:14 PM
I've learned the hard way to listen to John Moorlach.
In 1994, when he was running for Orange County treasurer-tax collector, Moorlach walked into my office at the Daily Pilot with a foot-high stack of documents.
"It's all here," said Moorlach, then a...
| Oct 29, 2010
| 8:33 PM
It was arguably the most personal charitable event on the Orange Coast so far this season.
The Diamond and Pearl Ball benefiting the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation was an evening of heartfelt anecdotes of survival infused with life-affirming...