COSTA MESA — Red and black are the colors for Costa Mesa Pop Warner, so there was a lot of red on the field at Jim Scott Stadium on Saturday for the organization's opening day.
This was true even before league president Steve Mensinger pulled out his cell phone, with a red case of course.
"I tried to print out my speech, but my computer crashed," he told the hundreds in attendance. "I'm going to use my iPhone here, hold on a second."
Mensinger wore sunglasses, but he was able to read off his phone only so long before his eyes probably turned a little red, too. He was overcome with emotion for a bit after telling the crowd that this was his final year as Costa Mesa Pop Warner president. Later, after the brief 20-minute opening ceremony, he called the moment "bittersweet" and gave a good indication why.