Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
My mom, Sue, came down from Fresno to visit me and her best pal, Sue. That's right, the two Sues have been reunited. The last time the two Sues assembled I performed a Thursday Night Football Madness scientific experiment. I had the two Sues make football picks based on what mascots they liked, while I used my vast OCVarsity knowledge to make my picks.
I got crushed by both Sues.
So I'm not about to perform anymore scientific experiments with the CIF-SS football quarterfinals looming on Friday. Instead, I decided to take the two Sues to the movies on Tuesday night. We always try to pick a movie that is an Oscar contender.
On our last excursion to the cineplex, we chose "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The decision was largely based on what I had read about the film. I mean, how could it be a bad flick with Hoffman, Phoenix and Adams?
"The Master" proved to be the wrong movie to watch with the two Sues. There were way too many cringe-worthy scenes with a lack of clothing and colorful language for two grandmas with a combined 11 grandchildren to handle.
This time, we all decided on "Argo," directed by and starring Ben Affleck. The film is set during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The CIA decides to attempt a daring rescue of six Americans that escaped the U.S. embassy while it was being overrun by revolutionaries. The plan is to pose as a Canadian film crew scouting sites to shoot a Sci-Fi action flick.
There's no way this could go wrong, right? It turned out to be a great film. Alan Arkin steals every scene he is in, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston were great, and Affleck continues to impress ever since he survived his "Daredevil" and "Reindeer Games" faze.
The two Sues were happy and agreed "Argo" is going to be up for some major awards.
So, in summation: There's an old saying that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again. I think I got that right.
RANDOM THOUGHTS AND FACTORS HEADING INTO THE CIF-SS QUARTERFINALS:
Is Garden Grove on the verge of making another championship run?
It was just two years ago when Josh Webb flipped into the end zone to give Garden Grove an amazing 31-30 victory over Beckman in the Southern Division championship game. The Argos are back and bring a six-game winning streak into their Southern Division quarterfinal against Segerstrom. They have averaged 51.3 points per game and recorded four shutouts during that streak.
Running wild in the O.C.
The Southern Division quarterfinal matchup I'm really looking forward to is Katella vs. Woodbridge. This game features two of the top running backs in the county with Katella's Y.J. Ashmeade going toe-to-toe with Woodbridge's Austin DeFreitas. Both are juniors. No running back has been more productive since league play began than Ashmeade, who has rushed for a school-record 1,670 yards and 17 TDs. DeFreitas is third in the county in rushing with 1,937 yards and 18 TDs.
The Great Food Truck Race
I covered Laguna Beach's 42-14 first-round victory over Loara last week and the Breakers proved to be as explosive as advertised. Robert Clemons III and Nate Lancaster each had punt returns for TDs, giving Laguna Beach an astounding 17 returns for TDs on the season. RB/S Drake Martinez also played like a man among boys. But my biggest discovery of the night was the food court that featured nine gourmet food trucks. I thought I had landed in the middle of Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race." Laguna Beach plays host to Northwood on Friday at 7 p.m., so bring your appetite.
Sunset League Factor
I predicted the Sunset League would go 4-0 in the first round of the Southwest Division playoffs, but La Habra pulled out a 10-7 victory over Los Alamitos thanks to Jackson Willard's 25-yard field goal with 3:18 remaining. The Sunset League still has top-seeded Edison, Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach in the playoffs. I'm taking Edison over Valencia and Newport Harbor over third-seeded Villa Park, but I believe second-seeded Tustin's high-powered rushing attack will be too much for Huntington Beach.
Diablos might feast on Jackrabbits
Mission Viejo concluded the regular season with a resounding 49-7 triumph over El Toro in a matchup of the top two teams in the county that determined the South Coast League championship. The Diablos followed that up with a 42-10 pounding of Westlake of Westlake Village in the first round of the Pac-5 playoffs. The Diablos might have the best defense, which is led by DE Garrett Marino and FS Max Redfield, in the county and they might have the best offense in the county with QB Ian Fieber, RB Alex Suchesk and WRs Sean Modster and Redfield. That's what Long Beach Poly is walking into on Friday night at Mission Viejo. Oh yeah, the Diablos have beaten the Jackrabbits in the past three meetings.
Say your prayers
I always wonder which team God is pulling for when two Catholic schools play each other. The Lord has a dilemma this week in the Pac-5 Division playoffs because St. Bonaventure of Ventura plays Santa Margarita, Alemany of Mission Hills faces Mater Dei and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks takes on St. John Bosco of Bellflower in three of the four quarterfinals. It's time to get to church.