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'RoJo' arrives, but let's keep pressure off
"RoJo arrives in Southern California."
Yes, after a whirlwind winter and spring in which Ronald Johnson played basketball, ran track and then graduated from Muskegon High School, the highest-rated prep football player in area history is back on the football field at USC.
And he appears to have hit the ground running.
Johnson looks ripped and ready in the California sun in his workout photos, with the general consensus that he will not be redshirted and could be contributing right away for the Trojans who, as always, have national championship aspirations.
Web sites are buzzing about whether "RoJo" will play defense (he was among the nation's highest-rated prep defensive backs), or offense (where the Trojans need to replace receivers Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett) or returning kicks (where he is flat-out scary).
The reality is that he just got out there and it will take time to sort things out.
It's cool for all of us back home to see Muskegon-area players putting our brand of football up against the rest of the country. Among the others to watch in what could be the best-ever graduating class of area football players are Whitehall's Ryan VanBergen at Michigan, Muskegon's Ashton Leggett at Michigan State and Muskegon Heights' David Fox at Eastern Michigan.
The best thing area fans can do is be patient, not put unrealistic expectations on these kids who are just freshmen, and celebrate their successes as they come.
It might be 90 degrees outside, but footballs will be flying soon.
A good all-star game
I would rather watch senior mixed doubles from Wimbledon than an all-star game.
Sports without competition is just plain silly -- i.e., linebackers stopping short instead of hitting the quarterback in the Pro Bowl, basketball players dunking at will at the NBA starfest and defensemen standing still while forwards fly past in the NHL midseason party.
The only good all-star game is baseball, which happens tonight in San Francisco.
Pitcher vs. hitter is always going to be a real battle. It's fun to see if the likes of Minnesota's Johan Santana or the Los Angeles Dodgers' Brad Penny can hold up against one star batter after another.
Plus, having five Tigers in the lineup is an extra bonus.
A sailboat race without wind is like NASCAR without gasoline.
Just ask the competitors in the recent Queen's Cup, who took hours to inch away from the Wisconsin shoreline due to dead calm conditions.
There were no such problems at Sunday's Chronicle Cup regatta on Muskegon Lake, where big and always-changing winds were, like a red sky at night -- a sailor's delight.
The dust had barely settled from the New Cars concert on Sunday at Summer Celebration and it was time to meet on Monday and talk about next month's high school football special preview section.
The Heritage Landing concert grounds might rule the summer, but high school football still reigns in the fall.
So, since thoughts of football are starting to circulate, let's close this week with an inspirational quote from ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach:
"There are not traffic jams along the extra mile."
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