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Looking into my crystal ball

By January 6, 2011

Enterprise columnist

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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.

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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.

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I had dismissed psychics long ago.

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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.

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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

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of things that have since happened already).

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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?)

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.)

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.)

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– 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?)

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

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— 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

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