Random thoughts on football officiating, other bad smells

While I know it would be inappropriate to condone what happened last Friday at the Sanger football game with San Joaquin Memorial I can most certainly empathize with the Sanger fan — a mother of one of the players — who vaulted a barrier intended to keep fans in the stands – picked up a penalty flag and threw it in the direction of one of the officials.
You had to be there.
I’m in agreement with many Sanger fans, probably including that athletic flag thrower, who would like to see a rematch with a different set of officials who understand the difference between committing unnecessary roughness and defending against unnecessary roughness.
The rematch could happen down the playoff road if Sanger gets by teams in its bracket, starting with Dinuba this Friday, and SJM does the same in its bracket.
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If the Apaches make the mistake of looking beyond the Emperors when they come to town for a 7 p.m. game in Tom Flores Stadium, it could be the end of the playoff road. Dinuba has a good team and I don’t say that just because I graduated from Dinuba High School back in the 50s. You may have heard of a pretty good Fresno State quarterback who wore an Emperor uniform, Marcus McMaryion. He was named to the Bulldogs’ “Team of the Decade.” By the way, so was Sanger High’s Nikko Motta, now an Apache line coach.
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Wondering about that nasty smell annoying residents in southern Sanger for the past few weeks?
It’s coming from the industrial wastewater treatment plant, according to public works director John Mulligan, “As you may recall, every year around this time Gibson Winery receives grapes to be crushed for wine. During their processing they dispose of relatively ‘heavy’ effluent that tends to overwhelm the biological treatment causing the treated effluent ponds to lose their effectiveness,” said Mulligan.
Among options being considered to solve the problem, according to Mulligan, “is an entirely new treatment plant.”
Not sure how that’s going to happen because the way I remember it the City has never paid off the last bond debt it incurred way back in 1996 to overhaul the treatment plant. A 2012 Fitch Ratings report said there was still $19.5 million in outstanding wastewater treatment facilities lease revenue refunding bonds debt.
I believe the administration back in those days was trying to find a way to finally make a payment or two on the balance, not just on the interest. So perhaps the balance is a little lower now. Also, perhaps that more recent State of California report saying Sanger is in pretty good financial shape will come in handy if the City needs more bond money for a new treatment plant. (Anybody else wonder about what appears to be a contradiction between the Fitch Ratings and the State financial reports?)
Recently retired, sleeping in Dick Sheppard can be contacted at dicksheppard86@gmail.com.