Pasadena Quarterbacks 2019 Season

Huddle up Quarterbacks and fans!

With the 2019 football season peaking over the horizon, it’s time to unveil The Quarterbacks game plan for the new season.

Venue: Once again home field will be at The University Club of Pasadena with its highly popular buffet and top-notch accommodations. The member price for each lunch will be $30. For non-members and guests, the tab will be $35. Sponsors will cover the valet parking fees.

Schedule: Please note that this season will consist of 13 programs instead of the usual 12. Our first meeting will be on Friday, August 30th. Our season will conclude on Friday, November 22nd, the week prior to Thanksgiving.

Speakers: Coach Harvey Hyde has again recruited a first-rate lineup of speakers at several “positions.” The following is a profile of our lineup by position:

Coaches – 3:  Clay Helton, Head Coach, USC; Al Luginbill, ex-local boy and Director of Player Personnel, Arizona State; Victor Santa Cruz, Head Coach, Azusa Pacific (Division 2)
Athletic Directors – 2:  Dan Guerrero, UCLA; Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma
PAC 12 Office – 1:  Woody Dixon, Head of Football, General Counsel and Sr. Vice President of Business Affairs
Sports Media – 2:  Bill Plaschke, L.A. Times Columnist; Liz Habib, Fox Sports News Anchor
NFL – 1:  L.A. Rams, speaker TBA
Ex-Player – 1:  Anthony Miller, John Muir HS, PCC, Tennessee, several NFL teams
Rose Bowl Game – 1:  Tournament of Roses Game Management with Harvey Hyde as Moderator
High Schools – 1:  Eric Sondheimer, L.A. Times and Fred Robledo of the Southern California News Group (Pasadena Star-News) with Harvey Hyde as Moderator
USC vs. UCLA Rivalry – 1:  Ben Bolch for UCLA and J. Brady McCullough for USC, both beat writers for the L.A. Times, with Harvey Hyde as Moderator

We think this lineup provides a unique array of speakers with interesting and entertaining topics and experiences that should make for a can’t miss series of programs. Recruiting Woody Dixon, the number 2 official in the PAC 12 office, is a real coup! Thanks, Harvey.

As has been our tradition, most meetings also will include a coach and player from one or more of our local high schools. These invitations will be forthcoming.

You can check out the 2019 Meeting Schedule page for details regarding the dates for each of our speakers, changes and additions. You may also print out a schedule from that page.

Sponsors:
I can’t state strongly enough how important our sponsors have been these past two seasons. Their generosity and support have had a critical impact on our game plan and play calling. There are several sponsorship opportunities that I hope many of you will consider, including a Season Sponsor, Meeting Sponsors, a Social Media Sponsor and sponsors for our Quick Picks, Valet Parking, and High School Coaches and Players. A big Thank You to those who already have submitted their “letters of intent”.

Please visit our Sponsor Information page for more detailed sponsorship information and to print out a sponsorship form.

Membership: Once again, the prices for our three membership packages will remain unchanged: $75 for a Basic Annual Membership, $375 for a Season Pass Membership, and $475 for a Gold Club Membership. Detailed information regarding Membership will be emailed shortly, including a full description of each membership package.

Other Features:
As always, there will be donated prizes at the end of each meeting, including tickets to upcoming UCLA and USC home games. Our website will include a listing of all our donors of these prizes.

And what would our meetings be without the weekly pick sheets to test your predictions of upcoming high school, college and NFL games?

A new feature that became a big hit last season was the weekly trivia question or questions. Sadly, Bob Boyd, who introduced this feature, passed away earlier this year, so we are calling on all of you to keep this new tradition going by submitting your questions each week. More details to follow as we get closer to the season kickoff, but it’s not too early to start thinking about these.

Board of Directors Changes: I’m pleased to announce two new members to the Quarterbacks board: Tony Ortega, who will coordinate our high school coaches and players, and Ray Rangel, who will direct our sponsor recruitment.

After three years, the terms for Harvey Hyde and myself are set to expire at the end of the season. I’m pleased to announce that current board member Knox Wasley has agreed to become Vice President, meaning that Knox will become president of the Quarterbacks for the 2020 season. Congratulations, Knox, and thank you! We now are looking for a new board member to assume the Program Chair.

I look forward to seeing all of you for our 2019 season beginning on August 30th.

Jim Gruettner, President
Pasadena Quarterbacks

“The Quarterly” Magazine Visits Quarterbacks

Jason Olson Pasadena QuarterbacksWhen Jake Olson spoke at the Pasadena Quarterbacks’ October 5, 2018 meeting, San Gabriel Valley’s The Quarterly magazine was there to get to know the blind long snapper from the USC Trojans. Click here to read the article about Olson featured in the Winter 2018 edition; go to page 15.

Quarterbacks’ Brick at Rose Bowl

Did you know that your Pasadena Quarterbacks purchased ‘a brick’ as our contribution to the Rose Bowl upgrade? Here’s what it looks like:

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You can check it out in person: The brick is located at Gate “A” (the main south entrance to the stadium), at the northwest corner of the brick garden. Look for the City of Pasadena section. Our brick is in the bottom row, and under the word City.

A fitting tribute to the City, Rose Bowl, and our presence in both.