Tuesday, April 21, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Looking into my crystal ball

By
January 6, 2011 |

Enterprise columnist

\n

If you read Thursday\’s Enterprise (“Looking to the Future”), you know I had a close encounter last week; a reading with local psychic Paula Mertino.

\n

What was a visit out of curiosity — something that would give me fodder for a breezy sports column — left me scratching my head in wonder, sending me careening into a weekend of study and investigation of the paranormal.

\n

I had dismissed psychics long ago.

\n

But after what Paula told me about myself — about things that actually happened over the 72 hours after I sat with her — well, let\’s just say I sobered somewhat about doing a whimsical look with her into the local sports world.

\n

Mertino, as you know from yesterday\’s visit on the Front Page, has been reading for and working with clients for more than 15 years in town — and long before that in her native Bay Area. Mertino gave me some insight into Davis High and UC Davis athletics (a couple

\n

of things that have since happened already).

\n

Mertino told me her daughter and five sisters share “the gift.”

\n

I still don\’t know what to think, but I left with a great deal of respect.

\n

In the interim, my head\’s been spinning … spinning so fast, that once it stopped a couple hours ago, I had a revelation: If Paula can so accurately be on top of Davis sports after only 15 years, I figure after 32 years in Davis I\’ve — through diligence — acquired my own gift of omniscience.

\n

Sitting with my bubbling Diet Coke and a cupcake, I saw the future …

\n

- Brett Favre, looking for a change of venue, discovers he has two years of college eligibility remaining. NCAA won\’t let him play football.

\n

He enrolls at UC Davis and goes out for baseball. Athletic Director Greg Warzecka runs into Favre at registration and takes his cell phone away.

\n

- Two months from now: The Aggie women\’s basketball team wins the Big West Conference

\n

then, with purpose, rolls through the postseason Big West tournament and is invited to The Dance as a No. 13 seed. The Aggies beat 4-seed UCLA (sweet revenge) and go on to stop Clemson in the second round. Beyond that, it gets fuzzy. (What? You already knew this about the women?)

\n

- The year is 2034. Kevin Austin, who once averaged 27 points and 15 assists a game for coach Dan Gonzalez\’s CIF champion Blue Devils (2014), is named general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Austin and Steve Nash finished their careers tied for the all-time assist lead in franchise history.

\n

- Same year. Paul Ochs, 96, says he can\’t watch anymore. He replaces retiring Davis High girls\’ tennis coach Sally Hosley. Ochs names 124-year-old Herbert Bauer as assistant. “I\’m always looking for people with experience,” Ochs says of the appointment.

\n

- The year is 2015. Blue Devil running back Winfred Roberson and wide receiver C.K. Hicks sign letters of intent to attend Cal. Golden Bear head coach Bob Biggs says he\’s “toying with idea” of moving Roberson to fullback and Hicks to tailback. (I feel like this has all happened before.)

\n

- Despite having seven principals in the past seven years, DHS officials say the process for selecting its new football coach will be “open and immediate.” Twenty-seven candidates apply — none from within the district.

\n

- The year before: Despite a 46-1 record over the past four seasons (after a 1-9 start in his first year), Steve Smyte is removed as Blue Devil football coach. Sac-Joaquin Section officials discover that his four recruiting trips to Tonga and Bora Bora were against CIF regulations.

\n

- April 1, 2020. Ryan Kreidler, whose 21 strikeouts against Franklin (coincidentally, six years ago on April 1) remain a Davis High record, pitches his second perfect game for the Atlanta Braves.

\n

- 2034. Brandon Hassid, who was a role player while a member of the Devils\’ basketball team in 2010-11, is named head coach of the Phoenix Suns by GM Austin. Hassid makes the move after six straight seasons coaching the Sacramento Kings to NBA titles. (Fine, so not everything will come to pass.)

\n

- Sooner than you think. Former DHS, Santa Clara and North Carolina soccer whiz Jalil Anibaba leads somebody to an MLS crown, before moving on to play a key role on the world soccer stage. (OK, you saw that one coming, too, huh?)

\n

Bad news. I just finished my Diet Coke and cupcake. The visions have stopped.

\n

— Bruce Gallaudet is a staff writer for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at [email protected] or (530) 747-8047. Comment on this column at www.davisenterprise.com

\n

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Woodland murder suspect claims history of abuse

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

    Public forum will explore community choice energy options

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

     
    Annual tribute promotes engaging, empowering crime victims

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Log cabin home is a true labor of love

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    The camp around the corner: Day camp benefits kids and families

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Ready to give a resident camp a try? Tips to ease the homesick blues

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Buddhist groups host SanghaFest on Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Vote with your dollars at Davis Food Co-op

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    UCD study: Colorblind bilingual programs can perpetuate bias

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Davis Kids Klub offers a true summer camp

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Immigrant teens share their dreams at YIIN dinner

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    AAUW hosts Yamada speech on Tuesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Round up at the registers for Davis schools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8Comments are off for this post

     
    Free Family Bike Clinic set Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Online courses a cure-all? UCD study says think again

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Alternatives to violence explored

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Show tunes take center stage at sing-along

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Paws for Thought: Hero dogs go above and beyond

    By Evelyn Dale | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Patwin is ‘Where The Wild Things Walk’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Rotary Club hosts whisky tasting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Spend a morning with the mayor

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Celebrate Mexican culture at I-House

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Achievement gap to be addressed at symposium

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    Suicide awareness walk set April 25 at UC Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Tour de Cluck tickets on sale now

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

     
    Court ruling could limit drought-fighting tools

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

    .

    Forum

    Gratitude all around for the Breakfast for Heroes

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Broad new vaccination law is a must

    By Tom Elias | From Page: B4

    Seniors, you CAN get there from here

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    Spread the good word, people

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5Comments are off for this post

    Hey, do you want that glaucoma fixed?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5Comments are off for this post

     
    .

    Sports

    Devils edge closer to Delta League soccer title

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS thunders past the Herd

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Wong leads UCD charge in Big West women’s golf tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD boxing club making a name on the national scene

    By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    DHS girls basketball pioneer Iten dies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    UCD assistant professor to give lecture at de Young Museum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Rockabilly music will fill the park Wednesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    One-man show ‘Buyer and Cellar’ brings non-stop laughter

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Hear Wealth of Nations at winery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    ‘Frozen’ Mini-Musicals to be presented

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Baldini to conduct Camellia Symphony

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    DMTC sets auditions for ‘Evita’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Stories told at Third Space

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Robert Leigh Cordrey

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Ruth Rodenbeck Stumpf

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Alice Catherine Micheltorena

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7