Outside the Cage: Max “Pain” Griffin

The West Coast Fighting Championships return to Sacramento’s Jackson Sports Arena at McClellan Park on Friday, January 18. Local fighters Dave “Badman” Huckaba and Max “Pain” Griffin headline the fight card. Training at Marinoble’s Martial Arts gym in Roseville - where pro fighter Uriah Faber once trained, I sat down with Max Griffin for an interview. Griffin is known for his appearance on Dana White’s The Ultimate Fighter TV show on FX.  Nicknamed Max Pain, Griffin is 27 years old.  He was born in Santa Barbara, California, but calls Sacramento home.  With an amateur record of 22-1, and a professional record of 4-1, the 5’11”, 170 lb. welterweight has a trove of sponsors and is confident he can successfully step up to the UFC soon. AA: What is your favorite pre-fight ritual? MG: I go to Denny’s in the morning and have a Grand Slam breakfast. Then I go home and relax all day. I don’t think about the fight. I just keep my headphones on. AA: What songs or artists pump you up the most? MG: Reggae. I like listening to reggae. I also like the music they played at Mandalay Bay in Vegas when I fought there, the UFC theme song, “Face the Pain.” I listen for about 20 minutes before the fight, and then it’s go time. AA: Do you have any favorite […]

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Poor Diet Explains Odd Duck Deformities

The next time you tear off a piece of white bread and pop it into a duck’s beak at the city parks remember that ducks and geese in the wild feed on large amounts of protein, greens and unprocessed grains. Worms, crustaceans, grasses and vegetables––not processed breads, cookies or candy. The ubiquitous duck has a cosmopolitan distribution and is often a young city dweller’s introduction to wildlife. Watching a little one feeding ducks never loses its charm. So how to keep the ducks healthy and give kids the wildlife interaction that feeding provides? Here are some tips to keep the feeding fun and the ducks healthy: •    Don’t overfeed. Take a small bag of treats. •    Explain to the kids that the ducks are on a special diet to help them stay healthy. •    Feed dark, leafy greens (not iceberg lettuce), some corn, carrots, and peas for extra treats. •    Feed stores carry fowl scratch, pellets and corn. This commercial food is nutritionally designed for birds.  •    You can make small feed balls with brown rice, hardboiled eggs and greens. •    Avoid feeding goslings or ducklings. Misfeeding waterfowl has heartbreaking consequences. Wings of baby fowl can become deformed from a processed-carbohydrate diet. The unusual deformity called ‘angle angel wing’ can be a symptom. Adults can also become sick if […]

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First city park eligible for historical register

William Land Park is eligible for listing as a historic district – making it the first Sacramento park eligible to be listed on its own merits, independent of its location within a neighborhood historic district. The eligibility finding is the result of a recent landscape cultural survey conducted by independent researchers between April and December 2011. City Councilman Rob Fong said the survey conclusions will be helpful in future planning for the city. “The city and Land Park are well-served by having a document that will live on to the future and inform decisions that we want to make around the park,” Fong said Tuesday. Researchers conducting the survey found that numerous features – including the design, land use and small-scale structures within the park qualify it for historical registry designation in the Sacramento register, the California register and the National register. According to J.P. Tindell, park planning and development manager, historical research and review must be done before any improvement projects can be started in the park. Having a completed historical survey of the entire park at once will save time for groups that are anxious to get under way with projects because the need for doing one review at a time is eliminated. William Land Park includes Fairytale Town, Funderland, the William Land Golf Course, and the Sacramento Zoo within its 238 acres […]

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Sign of spring

A female wood duck was spotted leaving Marshall Park with 11 ducklings in tow Tuesday morning. Mom duck led the babies across I street and then 28th street – in the direction of the pond at nearby McKinley Park.    The troupe travelled in a tight bunch down a street gutter until mom duck hopped the curb. Most of the peeping ducklings then summitted the curb and rejoined mom.   Peeping loudly, the last duckling wandered up and down the gutter several times without finding a way to get up. Following a little encouragement from two humans watching nearby, the duckling finally jumped up the curb and wandered off with mother and siblings.

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Mountain Lion Meet & Greet and Player Signing Party Tonight

On Friday August 20, the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions held a special Meet & Greet event for season ticket holders and fans at the team’s facilities on the campus of the California State University, Sacramento. Information provided by the Mountain Lions Ticket Sales staff indicated the event was scheduled to take place from 6-9pm. Initial pictures and autographs for fans were followed by player introductions by Head Coach Dennis Green, and performances by the Mountain Lions cheer and dance squad. Thereafter, players and fans reconvened for more pictures and autographs. By about 7:30pm, a few players needed t leave in order to tend to other commitments. Wide receiver Fred Otis Amey, who played college football at CSUS, before signing with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and several other teams, hosts "The UPrising" every third Friday of the month at 2230 Arden Way in Sacramento, just behind Arby’s. The event goes from 8:30-10:30pm, and combines spoken word, soul, hip-hop, dance, music from live bands, and more. It is a combination of ministry and nightlife that offers young people an alternative to being on the streets, while engaging in public freestyle promotion of the talent of the young people already in FOA’s My Generation Now organization. Wide receiver Cameron Colvin, a University of Oregon Duck Alum who previously played for the San Francisco 49ers, also departed early, […]

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Interview: Paris Warren Talks About Football

West Sacramento, CA – Paris Warren held a brief press conference Friday afternoon alongside River City Gators Head Coach Charlie Ruiz and the Gators owners group regarding his decision to return to Sacramento and to sign with the Gators. After the conference, he sat down for an exclusive Sacramento Press interview. SP: When did you return to Sacramento, and what have you been doing since your return? PW: I came back to Sac in early December 2009. I’ve been training ever since. Been playing lots of basketball, trying to get into basketball shape; football shape is easy. SP: Basketball, are you a Kings fan? PW: Of course I’m a Kings fan, I’m from Sac. I’m looking forward to going to games next season. SP: There’s a UFL tryout at Natomas High School on the 15th, are you going? PW: I used to play in the UFL with the Florida Tuskers. I played for Jim Haslett and Jay Gruden. My agent, Derrick Fox, who also represents Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers, is doing the talking. If it all works out, I’ll play for Dennis Green and be a Mountain Lion. SP: What’s the UFL like, and what can we expect at the tryouts? PW: The UFL is definitely competitive. There’ll be lots of guys showing up. Overall, the UFL might be a half step slower […]

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Former NFL Wide Receiver Paris Warren Joins River City Gators

West Sacramento, CA – The River City Gators announced the signing of Sacramento native, and former NFL wide receiver, Paris Warren today.  The actual signing took place on the Gators’ practice field Wednesday night at 8:30pm.  Warren was drafted in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005, and remained with the team until 2008.  Thereafter he spent time with the Dallas Cowboys (2008), again with Tampa Bay (2009), and the New Orleans Saints (2009).  He also played for the UFL’s Orlando-based Florida Tuskers in 2009. Prior to his professional career, Paris Warren attended for the University of Oregon, where, as a freshman, he played football for the Ducks.  In accordance with NCAA rules, he sat out the 2002 season after transferring to the University of Utah.  As a member of the Utes, Warren was named first team All-MWC in 2003, second team All-MWC in 2004, and he was named Offensive Co-MVP of the 2005 BCS Fiesta Bowl.  Warren finished that night with a Fiesta Bowl-record 15 receptions and 198 yards.  He also holds the University of Utah single-season reception record, logging 80 receptions during the 2004-05 season. River City Gators Head Coach, Charlie Ruiz says the addition of Paris Warren "is really going to raise the level of motivation since he’s coming from the pro leagues.  That someone of his caliber and talent is motivated to […]

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Rick Adelman possible candidate for Head Coach position at University of Oregon

On Monday, April 12th, while at Arco Arena, when asked about rumors that former Sacramento Kings Head Coach, and current Houston Rockets Head Coach, Rick Adelman, had been mentioned as a candidate for the University of Oregon Men’s Basketball Head Coach position, Rockets Assistant Coach, R.J. Adelman, seemed to brush off the question and the rumor by saying "yeah, I heard about that. Who hasn’t been named?"  However, a source has indicated that the senior Adelman may in fact not only be a candidate, but that an announcement may come in the next several days.  Again, the Rockets/Adelman camp seems to dismiss the possibility. Pictured below: current Houston Rockets Head Coach, Rick Adelman, current Houston Rockets Assistant Coach, R.J. Adelman, and current Houston Rockets (and former University of Oregon) point guard, Aaron Brooks.     The 63 year old coach was a 7th round selection of what was then the San Diego Rockets in the 1968 NBA draft.  He played for several teams in the league, including the Kansas City – Omaha Kings, who moved to Sacramento in 1985.  Adelman was the Head Coach of the Portland Trailblazers from 1989 to 1994.  He was the Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors for two years beginning in 1995.  He then became the Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings in 1998, and remained in Sacramento until 2006.  He has […]

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