How lucky was I. Growing up in Anaheim, California meant having Huntington Beach as my swimming pool and Disneyland as my backyard.

But, it even gets better.

Didn't have xbox but had the Mad Hungararian and 6 others that made it to the majors as every weekend pickup games.

The Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, Angels, USC and UCLA (football, baseball and basketball)happen to be my teams.

They didn't play in stadiums.

They played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The fabulous Forum. Dodger Stadium, Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion.

Not a bad set of owners. Carroll Rosenbloom, Walter and Peter O'malley , Jerry Buss,Gene Autrey and Jack Kent Cooke.

Two of the greatest GM's of all-time. Jerry West and Don Klosterman.

I fell asleep with Vin Sculley and Jerry Doggett. Chick Hearn simulcast of the Lakers and on Sunday Dick Enberg for the Rams.

Records that will last forever. UCLA winning 7 straight Basketball championships. The Rams holding the Seahawks to -7 yards for the entire game. The Rams winning 7 straight divisions starting 7 different QB's. USC winning 5 straight baseball championships.

You have to have your soul ripped from your body when they lost to truly cherish the wins. USC losing to Texas. UCLA losing to Florida. The Lakers losing to the Celtics in the 84 Finals. The Dodgers losing to the Yankees in 78. The Rams losing to the Vikes.

The Angels 1 strike away from their first World Series in 1986.

So USC demolition of Oklahoma, Edney's full court layup for UCLA against Missouri, The Lakers beating the Celtics on their floor for the first time in 1985, the Rams beating the Cowboys in in 1979 and the Angels beating the giants in the 2002 world series is so much sweeter.

Southern California sports were second to none.