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Football: Count the cliches

December 16, 2009 |  3:39 pm

Marin Catholic Coach Ken Peralta seems like a perfectly nice guy. I spent a few minutes Monday chatting with him about the Wildcats' game against Gardena Serra on Saturday afternoon in the Division III state bowl championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson, and he was engaging and accommodating.

I couldn't help but chuckle, however, when I went back and transcribed the tape of our conversation. Peralta seems tailor-made to teach a class in Coachspeak 101. Consider his thoughts on the matchup: "We're going to come and play hard and the chips are going to fall where they fall, but it's exciting. It's exciting for them, it's exciting for us. It will be a lot of fun. It's nothing but gravy this time of year."

Later, he added, "We have to try to find a way to stay in the game. It's going to be interesting."

It reminded me of a classic Sports Illustrated column by Steve Rushin in which his story is composed entirely of cliches. It's a hilarious read. And it might even prompt a smile from Peralta, who surprisingly didn't say he was just happy to be here.

--Ben Bolch