Prison Sports Ministries has been involved with the sports program at CSP-SQ for almost 18 years. It began with Pastor Earl Smith and the San Quentin Pirates Baseball Team in 2002. That evolved into the San Quentin Warriors Basketball Team in 2004, followed by The Q’s All Madden Flag Football Team in 2007. Athletes who play sports against prisoners at The Q say it’s one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.. When asked their reaction to an email inviting them to play ball at San Quentin, the usual answer is, “Sign me up! I … [Read more...] about What does Sports @ The Q mean?
Keiandre Arrington and Ronny Murillo are cousins who are housed in West Block at The Q. They both play for the Intramural League team “Hit Squad.” However, in the All-Star game, they played against each other. Murillo scored 32 points, three rebounds, one assist, five steals and was voted the All-Star game’s Most Valuable Player. Arrington scored 31-points, 21 re- bounds, three blocks and was voted Most Outstanding Player of the losing team. “I felt unstoppable. I was knocking everything down,” said Murillo, who also goes by A.I. … [Read more...] about Cousins get MVP & MOP at I.B.L. All Star Game
It was a normal Saturday evening at The Q during an ab- normal baseball season. A team came in for the second game of a double header. Earlier in the day, The A’s won the game by their usual double digit margin. Except, this evening, Au- gust 31st, 2019, with The A’s 33-0 and looking to get to 34-0, a young 21yr old pitcher from Pacoima, Ca. took the mound. They called him “Bucky.” He wore glasses and looked very studious on the mound, warming up and seemingly nonchalant. Bucky threw a curve ball and a 2-seam fast ball … [Read more...] about SQ A’s end streak; 35-2
‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler ‘Downtown’ Freddie Brown Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini Roberto Duran ‘Hands of Stone’ David Klinger ‘The Gun- slinger’ Andy ‘The Red Rifle’ Dalton Pete Rose: ‘Charlie Hustle’ Randy Johnson: ‘The Big Unit’ Roger ‘The Dodger’ Staubach ‘Frantic’ Fran Tarkenton Stacey Augman: ‘Plastic Man’ ‘Mr. Big Shot’ Chauncey Billups Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins Robert ‘Big Shot Bob’ Horry Rik Smits: ‘The Dunkin’ Dutchman’ Giannis Atentoukompo: ‘The Greek Freak’ ‘Big Game’ James Worthy Tim … [Read more...] about Sports Quiz Answers for July, August & September
Kenneth Dozier Sr. is 49 years old from Los Angeles. He was convicted for attempted murder in 1997 and is serving a 38-to-life sentence, having served 24 years thus far. He and I met on an unusually hot Saturday morning on West Block yard to do this interview. I had approached him about being featured in the newspaper a few months back, but I also wanted the timing to be right. This interview was conducted in the midst of the Intramural League playoffs, where his former team, The Franchise, is in the second round of the playoffs and have an … [Read more...] about In Depth: Kenneth Dozier Sr.
Judge Craig Mitchell with Coach Frank Ruona (back) An award winning coach, a humanitarian judge, and two former San Quentin residents came together at The Q July 20, 2019 to participate in the 2nd Annual Skid Row Running Club One Hour San Quentin Fun Run. The Skid Row Running Club was founded by Los An- geles Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell, whose mission is empowering the most marginalized. Mitchell believes that by giving people more opportunities, they make better decisions. The Skid Row Running Club seeks to elevate the human … [Read more...] about Skid Row Club returns to the Lower Yard for “OneHour Fun Run”
Jerry Brown is the head coach of the Intramural League team Hit Squad. Before Brown arrived, the team was a group of players that didn’t have any direction. After he agreed to coach the team, he taught them the fundamentals of playing a 2-3 zone defense. He also taught the team basic dribbling and passing drills, as well as in- fusing his decades of experience with local Oakland players (some who have went on to play professional) and AAU. Brown is 52 years old, and in December 2009, he was sentenced to 44 years to life for kidnapping, … [Read more...] about The other “Jerry Brown” offers some insight
The United States Women’s Soccer team are champions of the world again. It’s the fourth time. ’91, ’99, ’15 and ’19. Their co-captain, Meagan Rapinoe, is the coolest of them all. No, not the Swaggiest, she’s the Coolest. Meagan Rapinoe exudes The Cool. The shades. The hair. The self-confidence. The articulation. As an athlete, Rapinoe is a fierce competitor and a leader on and off the field. During her post-game interviews, she resonates the definition of “Cool.” No, not “Swag,” she’s “Cool.” Miles Davis had an … [Read more...] about The ReBirth of Cool
Brandon Riddle-Terrell I have a lot of opinions about sports, especially on the professional and collegiate level. However, I’m going to use this opportunity to talk about a team inside The Q. For the past several seasons, San Quentin State Prison had two baseball teams, The Giants and The A’s. Over those seasons, both teams were mediocre at best. Splitting the teams meant splitting the talent and both teams struggled. However, during the 2018 off-season, the program made a radical shift. There would be one team. That team would … [Read more...] about The A’s Are Undefeated 17-0!
Bowling on the yard Test your knowledge of sports players by matching them to their nicknames. Names: Marvin Hagler Freddie Brown Ray Mancini Roberto Duran David Klinger Andy Dalton Pete Rose Randy Johnson Roger Staubach Fran Tarkenton Stacey Augman Chauncey Billups Bernard Hopkins Robert Horry Rik Smits Giannis Atentekompo James Worthy Tim Hardaway Isaiah Thomas Reggie Miller David Ortiz Wayne Gretzy Drazen Petrovich Larry Bird Joe Namath Nicknames: The Great One Greek Freak Zeke Plastic Man Downtown Charlie Hustle Big … [Read more...] about Sports Quiz