Kylie Fitts, as expected, made Arizona’s 53-man roster. His first game is Sunday against defending NFC champion San Francisco.

The former Redlands East Valley icon, a defensive end/linebacker, shouldn’t be hard to spot. Fitts, whose collegiate stops included USC and UCLA before finding a home at Utah, will be wearing No. 49.

He’ll be the guy trying to slide past newly acquired 49ers’ tackle Trent Williams, or second-year man Mike McGinley. The guy Fitts’ll be aiming for is S.F. quarterback Jimmy Garappollo.

Believe it or not, the NFL is up for its 2020 season — after all we’ve been going through.

Maybe it won’t be the highly expected opening we were all hoping for, especially with SoFi Stadium set to open for the Rams and Chargers. It’s an elite place, as one who’s taken a tour can validate.

I couldn’t help shake the feeling that I once watched Bill Shoemaker ride a bunch of winners on that piece of land when it was Hollywood Park, a historical race horse facility that has plenty of history.

Now it’s a football stadium. Reminds me that every time I’m at Ontario Mills Mall — and I mean every time — that there used to be a NASCAR track on that site.

At least football replaces horse racing in L.A. In Ontario, shopping replaced auto racing. Not the same.

Wish I could say I’ve seen a game at SoFi.

Fitts’ Cardinals will be at SoFi on Jan. 3.

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Turns out, there’ll be no Pomona stop on this year’s NHRA schedule for Redlands’ Leah Pruett, the Top Fuel racing specialist who’s third on this year’s points standings.

She sputtered in last weekend’s Indianapolis finals to area driver Shawn Langdon, whose 326-mph won the Wally trophy. In the early rounds, Pruett beat Terry McMillan, Tony Schumacher and reigning world champion Steve Torrence, but she cranked it up to only 145-mph against Langdon. Still 89 points behind points leader Doug Kalitta, Pruett moved to within six points of Torrence, who’s still in second place.

Pomona, incidentally, has been cancelled on November 14-15.

Best chance to see Pruett in action is Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the The Strip — outskirts of Las Vegas, north of the city — if they allow spectators.

It’ll serve as the final event of 2020.

Two days after that is something special on a nationwide scale. Results are, of course, pending.

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So how’s it going in those Zoom classes?

One P.E. teacher says it’s driving her/him crazy. It’s virtual P.E.

Said our high school P.E. teacher: “I feel bad for the teachers in science and English — all the classes, really — who have to teach a full day. A lot of us (in P.E.) are just showing videos.”

Nothing anyone can do, really.

Identifying this teacher would do no good. Not interested. “I don’t want everyone on my case. I’m just telling you how it is these days. It’s driving everyone crazy. “Some teachers love (teaching online). Some hate it. Coaches? All I can say is that it’s different for them, too. It’s not easy for anyone.”

It’d be really easy to pile drive on local school districts, but they’re only doing what they can to extend education to as many “interested” students as possible.

A couple of area administrators have confided they don’t expect to be in the classroom at all in 2020-21. That’s unofficial, of course, but it’s also reality. Expect area school districts to balk at this particular report. Nothing has been finalized.

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A chat with former pro minor league pitcher David Quinowski was kind of eye-opening, especially on the differences between spring training camps like San Francisco and Baltimore. Really eye-opening, courtesy of the onetime Redlands High southpaw. Wait for that report to come out in coming weeks.

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All chat with current coaches — basketball, football, soccer, track & field, you name it — is virtually the same. Little have contact with athletes. Mostly online. That’s subject to change on. Hearts pour out for coaches, parents, athletes — all of whom were hoping to take their turn at Varsity-level athletics. Meanwhile, other states are already competing.

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Football schedules are being updated.

Citrus Valley, for instance, will open on Jan. 15 against Victorville Silverado on the Blackhawks’ turf.

Jan. 15? Season opener? Wow!

Redlands has a Jan. 8 game at Perris Orange Vista — a first-time meeting between a 129-year-old campus and one that’s five years into its existence.

Not really aware, yet, on Redlands East Valley’s 2020-21 revised schedule.

Arrowhead Christian has San Diego Maranatha Christian at home on Jan. 8.

Don’t forget, it’s Sept. 11. Under ordinary circumstances, we’d be into our fourth week of playing football games.

Got a sports tip? Want to chat sports? Contact me at obrown@redlandscommunitynews.com.