Prep Impressions: Week 8

I covered the Riverside Christian-CSDR varsity football game for The Press-Enterprise on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, and came away thinking about dichotomies.

On one side there was California School for the Deaf, Riverside. The Cubs are far-and-away the most impressive/inspiring team I’ve seen this season. What coach Rantz Teeters and his staff do must be seen person in order to be truly appreciated — it’s simply effective.

And on the other side there was Riverside Christian. Coach Mark Johnson and his players were fine enough, I guess, but one man (neither a coach or a player) remains my lasting memory from this game. He was perhaps the most disrespectful/ignorant individual I’ve conflicted with in a long, long time.

This man’s shenanigans began in third quarter, moments before CSDR’s Kelvin Nhan (pictured) scored to give the Cubs a 14-6 lead.

With Riverside Christian trailing 8-6 and the Cubs down to within the Cougar’s 5-yard line, this man came and stood in front of me. OK, no big deal. It happens sometimes. But when I shuffled to my right, he shuffled to his right. Nonplussed, I shuffled to my left. He followed, looking over his shoulder to make sure he was effecting his intended result.

This photo had one Riverside Christian supporter convinced I was a spy for the other team.

So I say, “Do you know how rude that is? I’m trying to do a job here.”

His response was something muddled and completely forgettable, something along the lines of, “You’re a spy for CSDR. I can’t let you shoot video of our team.”

After laughing at his retarded comment, I actually bother to tell him that I’m covering for the game for The Press-Enterprise. So he demands to see a credential. Sure. Whatever. Here you go.

But my official CIF Press Credential wasn’t good enough for this guy. He wanted something that read “Press-Enterprise” and had my photo on it.

“I can’t show you that because I’m not an actual Press-Enterprise employee. I’m freelance writer, contracted to cover this game,” I tell him. Again, not good enough for this guy.

He demands that I leave Riverside Christian’s sideline. I refuse. He says that this is Riverside Christian’s property. “No it isn’t,” I say. “You don’t own this land any more than I do. You’re merely standing here, like me, tonight only.”

“Well, it’s our sideline, and I want you to leave,” he says.

“And who are you?” I ask.

“That’s none of your business,” he says.

“Then there’s no a chance I’m leaving,” I tell him.

“You’re not leaving?” he says.

“Nope.”

“Then I’m getting security,” he says.

“Do whatcha gotta do, dude,” I say.

He goes and talks to some coaches. The look at me. I look at them. No one does a thing. Then he tells the side judge (the f’ing side judge!) and he looks at me, shrugs, and I shrug back. He then tells the guy, “Shouldn’t you be more worried about the game than a guy with a camera?”

Hilarious.

Unable to find someone to defend his ridiculous cause, the guy returns to stand in front of me. I laugh in his face. I say, “You’re really doing this, aren’t you?”

“I can do this all night,” he says.

“You’re wasting your time,” I tell him. “And you’re gonna feel so dumb when you read tomorrow’s paper.”

“The Press-Enterprise only shoots still photos,” he says.

“Well, I’m not surprised you’ve never heard of the internet. It’s this fancy new thing,” I tell him, completely irritated and beyond sympathy for his stupidity and/or paranoia.

“HSGameTime.com. You should look it up,” I tell him.

And the thing of it is, I might expect this sort of from a higher-profile team, but not from Riverside Christian. I mean, it’s Riverside C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N. Aren’t they supposed to give you the benefit of the doubt, and have good will, and all that?

Well, not this guy. He was delusional. And a jerk. And now he’s been put on blast. I only wish I would’ve taken his photo, so that his nursing home/loony bin might have a chance of tracking him down.

Riverside Christian coach Mark Johnson:
“They did a good job. They beat us. There’s nothing much else you can say about it. It just wasn’t our night tonight. They kept us from getting to our sweep game. We were able to pass the ball but really, we like to run the ball, and we weren’t able to get to our ends and get our zone blocking. We need to work a lot harder. Now that we’re tied for league, we may be looking a third place, we have to get ready for (Anza) Hamilton next week.

CSDR coach Rantz Teeters:
“I think when they scored their first touchdown we made some adjustments on defense, and we just kept it going. No touchdowns after that. That last drive where they were going for the score… we intercepted it and that changed it. Put pressure on their quarterback. We scouted their team really well. Their quarterback was their key guy so we watched out for him and stayed away from big plays. Obviously, I’d like to see fewer turnovers from my players. I can’t ask for anything more from my players, from what they did tonight.”

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