Insiders OSU Report

Insiders OSU Report

Am I an insider? No, but it sounds good!

This will be the most important game of the year! We need

to beat ASU!

This will be the statement for the rest of the year.

“This will be the most important game of the year!”

Every game from now on is the most important game of the year.

We control our own destiny. If we win out, we are

in the Rose Bowl. If we lose the rest we will have one

of the worst seasons in a long time.

Not to worry! I see into the future, and we will win at

least two more games, and we will be going to a bowl.

The ones that are in question of course are the Arizona

game that we play at their house, and the Oregon game

that we play at our house. We have the following schedule:

1. This week: Home against ASU

2. Next week: At UCLA

3. Then we play Cal. at home

4. The following week: At Arizona

5. Then we end up with Oregon at our house.

Yes, I see that we could win all of those, but the game

that I am most worried about is the Arizona game.

They played USC very though. They are a much better

team than in the past. They can beat any team in the PAC-10.

When we play down there, it is always a close, nail biting game.

We should beat ASU and UCLA. Those are the two games

I mentioned as the ones we will win up above. Cal. has beaten

us badly in our own house, but I just have the feeling that we

will prevail this time.

So that comes down to the Oregon game. They have an awesome

offense. They have a “quarterback,” named Jeremiah Masoli

that is leading the team in rushing the last two games. He had

170 yards against UCLA and 147 against ASU. I mean he is almost

rushing as well as our own Jacquizz Rogers. (Almost) They have two Jeremiah’s in the back field,

must be the year for that name.

Wouldn’t it be a dream situation if that final game with Oregon would

be for the Rose Bowl? It could happen. Then when we beat them it

will not only get us into the Rose Bowl, but we will once again send the

Ducks waddling to a lower bowl.

Notice the yardage Jeremiah got against those two teams mentioned

above. The next two games we have is ASU and then UCLA.

Jacquizz will have real fun running against those two teams. If they

concentrate on him, then the passing will have a field day. I really

like our chances in both of those games.

ASU can’t run the ball, andtheir quarterback, Carpenter, gimps around

almost as much as I do. They allow lots of yards rushing. Any questions?

UCLA has had teams score many points on them every game.

I mean like, 59-0 pounding by BYU. Our defense is not going to allow a lot

of scoring. So if we can get in 20 points against them we will win.

The rumor birds are flying all over the place. Is Athletic Director Bob

DeCarolis leaving? Who will replace him if he does go? Can we still

entice him to stay? How long will he stay if he is hired somewhere else?

Forget all of that! He is not being considered for the position at Indiana any more! However,

he is a hot item in the Athletic Director world, so his name will come up any time there is an

opening in the NCAA.


Lute Olson retiring? Yes! Two of the reasons for his retirement; his health, (he had a stroke) and his

personal life.

Olson had a great career. He was always mentioned along side the names of, Dean Smith, Bob Knight,

and Mike Krzyewski. He built a horrible program to one of the elite teams in the NCAA.

No new coaches are being mentioned as his replacement, but it is obvious

that Kevin O’neill should be the front runner. He has gone on to an NBA job, but

the University should do what ever they can to get him back.

We need to do some voting before the presidential election next Tuesday!!

Jacquizz Rogers is the front runner in voting for the national freshman of the

year. However, the gap is closing. He only has 54% of the vote now. The next

closest has 27%. That sounds like a huge lead, but Jacquizz had 98% about two

weeks ago. The bye week may have hurt him So go to:

This Sunday is your first chance to see the “new style,” of play by the men’s

basket ball team. It is an exhibition game, but we will be able to see what type

of offense and defense that Coach Robinson will be using. Show up and show

the team that we are behind them, and get them started on a good note for the

whole season. Their game is against Saint Martins, on 11-2-08 is at 5:30 P.M.

and then they play at home again on 11-8-08 against Concordia (Oregon) University,

at 7:00 P.M.

The sports schedules for all sports for the month of November are:


November 1st- Home against ASU 7:15 P.M.

November 8th- At UCLA

November 15th- Home agaisnt Cal

November 22nd- At Arizona

November 29th- Home against Oregon


November 2nd- Saint Martins 5:30 P.M.

November 8th- Concodia (Oregon) 7:00 P.M.

November 14th- At Howard 4:00 P.M.

November 22nd- At Nevada 7:00 P.M.

November 24th- Yale 7:00 P.M.

November 26th- Montana State 8:00 P.M.

November 30th- At Fresno State 2:00 P.M.


November 2nd- Lewis & Clark 3:00 P.M.

November 11th- Concordia (Oregon) 7:00 P.M.

November 16th- Sacramento 5:00 P.M.

November 19th- Houston 7:00 P.M.

November 28th- At the Bahamas, against Arkansas 3:15 P.M.

November 29th- At the Bahamas, against North Carolina/Pacific TBA

The rest of the teams are either done for the year, or do not have any action

until after the first of the year.


That is about it for the Side Bar this week. Remember there is just this and one more

newsletter, and then the only way you will be able to get it is by subcribing. I am doing this

because of the huge effort that goes into to emailing the “old,” way. I take too many hours

to get it out through Comcast. I know, I am whinning, but I have many other projects that

I am working on, such as writing for magazines and newspapers. I got my first article

published, and received a huge check of $6.07. Times are also tough for the magazines

these days because of the economy.

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Stories From the Rest of the Sports


                    Stories from the rest of the sports



Side Bar


The OSU Men’s basketball team has officially started their practices. Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson had the guys doing a three minute drill of just passing the ball. His lines went like this:


“That’s too high….. Run through the line. Good….Good Seth…Good…That’s it!! It’s starting to look like something now.”


One of the first things Coach Robinson did was to become famous by talking at the Democratic Convention, and saying GO BEAVERS at the end of his speech. He did this on national TV with one of the largest audiences in history. OSU was shouted to the nation!! That caused enough stir that all the news stations presented it over and over again,

on national TV. OSU was shouted to the nation!! We will not know the ramifications of it for a while, but it sure didn’t hurt!!


You should get a real feel for OSU basketball by the end of this season. There are a record number of OSU basketball games televised this year. Seventeen games will be on the tube. Four of those games will be nationally on the FSN national network. Plenty of exposure, but what will people see?


They have their first official game November 14th against Howard University played at 4:00 P.M. at their court. They then play Big 12 teams Iowa State and Nebraska.


One highlight will be seeing Yale come to Gill on Monday November 24th. It will be played at 7:00 P.M.


Who do they play in their first PAC-10 game? None other than UCLA at home on January 2nd. It will be a 7:30 P.M. game. Might as well start at the top, don’t you think?


Did I tell you that Coach Robinson holds 5:30 A.M. practices? Yes, I said A.M. I can’t imagine college age kids even thinking about being awake at that time of the day. We will see how that works out.                       

I guess there is no sense hiding it any more. Bob DeCarolis is being considered for an opening at Ohio State University. Details are pretty sketchy at this point. I will just let you know it is happening, and we will see what unveils.


The Corvallis Gazette Times is covering it pretty closely if you want to check them out online.


News at eleven…..


Some past OSU baseball players are doing quite well in the minor leagues.


Tyler Graham had a banner year for the San Jose Giants. He stole 47 bases, and was injured part of the year.


Cole Gillespie has made quite an impact playing for the AA Huntsville Stars. He hit .281 with 14 home runs, and also had 39 doubles.


Kevin Gunderson pitched for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He was moved up to the Mississippi Braves in AA ball.


Jonah Nickerson had a 12-4 pitching record for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He was named the Florida State pitcher of the week in May, and had one complete game shutout.


Olivia Vivian is a freshman in OSU Gymnastics. She was late to practice at the beginning of the year. Why was that? She was competing in the Olympics for Australia. She had to make it through two different grueling trials to be selected for the Australian Olympic team. She made it and had an experience of a lifetime, competing in the Olympics.


Do you remember that the Women’s Cross Country teams was not in existence about four years ago? Well, they have come a long way, baby!! They got the first votes ever for a cross country team in the national women’s pool. They list the top 30 in this poll. OSU is 32nd. I can’t be prouder of a program, not only for how far they have come, but I also marvel of the effort that Kelly Sullivan has shown to get the program where it is today.                                                                                               

Another OSU athlete has done well. Heinrick Barnes wrestled for OSU last year and had a 22-4 record even though his was injured part of the time, but he didn’t stop there. He competed for his home country of South Africa in the Olympics. He also had to go through several trials to make the team, but he did make it, and had a memorable experience.


The OSU Women’s basketball team is looking good this year. There are three seniors on the team, to give it some stability. Point Guard Mercedes Fox- Griffin; Shooting Guard Brittney Davis and Center Tiffany Tucker give the starting five lots of experience. That pays off when it comes to PAC-10 play. Coach LaVonda Wagner said, “We haven’t had that many seniors since my first year here.” She went on to say that she was excited about the year coming up, because of all the experience. I highly suggest that you check out this year’s team. There will not be any slow ball the whole game.


The football game on the 1st of November is Homecoming Week. It will be not only a great game to watch, but is also a great time to connect with people you went to school with. There is a theme of “Benny for President.” Coach Robinson may have something to say about that.


A profile of Coach Robinson will air on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” this coming Sunday. The problem is that it is being aired at 6:00 A.M. Pacific time. You may want to tape it and wait until you eyes are up and “at ’em.”


Greg Laybourn was named the PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Week. He had 12 tackles in the game. He leads the PAC-10 with 62 tackles.


Jacquizz Rogers leads the PAC-10 in rushing at 116 yards a game. He has a week off to rest his body, and play ASU who isn’t too good on rushing defense. BTW…… ASU is also terrible with their rushing offense. Looks good on paper, but we have to go into that game knowing they will not lay down and go to sleep for us. We will have to play hard.


This Saturday night it is “Fill Gill Night,” for volleyball. They play ASU. The admission is only $1.00. Got to take advantage of that!!!


The Women’s Softball team finished the fall schedule with a perfect record!!


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The Top 15 Ways to Save Money in a Down Economy



The top 15 Ways to Save Money in a Down Economy


Ok! It is time to fight back!! The economy is going down, down, down! It is time to learn some ways to save money, and still have close to the same quality of life.


I saw an article in the Oregon Statesman Journal that has some great ideas for cutting corners, and help you to not feel like you are in “Skid Row”


1.     Reduce the number of trips in your car. There should be a bus route near you somewhere.

2.     Maintain your car, including tires and tune-ups. I go as soon as it shows, “time to change oil.” This really saves you gas and you don’t have to spend a lot on a broken car.

3.     Check your insurance policies to make sure you are getting the best deal. Quite often your deductable can also be adjusted to give you less amount you owe for the premium.

4.     Plan your meals, and stick to your shopping list. Never shop for groceries when you are really hungry. I have and it is far more costly.

5.     Clip coupons, and use those store loyalty cards. This one can be a huge savings. Some of the coupons are as high as $1.00 off. Get organized and do a file small enough so you can carry with you to the store. Have the coupons arranged for in the best way for you to find them quickly. It actually can be fun. You pick up the thing you want to buy, see what it costs, and then you look at the coupon. You say, “There is another 75 cents I have saved!”

6.     Stay away from pre-packaged and convenience food.

7.     Buy in bulk. Some stores do not have this available. Tell them you want it, and that you are going shopping else where that does have them. Win-Co, Cost-Co, Roth’s, and Safeway have them. I do not know about the others. MUCH CHEAPER BY THE POUND!! Make sure you can store it properly.

8.     Get a little less expensive meat. All you have to do is cut the extra fat off. That is the only difference with some of the cuts you buy.

9.     Buy retail store brands. I can’t emphasize this enough. I worked in the grocery business for eight years during my college days. (I know the earth was still cooling then.) What I found out and tried to tell my costumers, was that the store brands as just the better brands with a different label on them. The retail store “hires” Heinz, Dole, De Monte, Nabisco, and Kellogg’s, etc. to package large shipments of their product, except they have put the retail stores name brand on the label. Why pay $3.95 for a box of cereal when you can get the same thing for $2.75 if you buy the store brand. Think about it.

10.                         Shop farmers markets for you produce. Not only is it cheaper     most of the time, but it is certainly a lot fresher.

11.                         Eat at less expensive restaurants. My new favorite restaurant is Applebee’s. They have some great food and their prices are usually lower than other restaurant for the same type meals. They also have special diet items on the menu, for people on Weight Watchers.

12.                         If you are over 50, get your AARP card now. I know some people think it is silly to get one, but I have used it more times then I can name. I have saved up to 25% by showing my card. Especially for traveling, and you KNOW I love to travel!

13.                        Try to turn your thermostat up or down a few degrees to save on heat or cooling.

14.                         Here is a big saver! You do not need to heat every room in your house. Close those doors to rooms you seldom go into, or use. Close the vents in those rooms too.

15.                         Let the clerks/servers everywhere know you are a senior. Department stores, grocery stores, or theatres give discounts.  Restaurants, both fast food and sit down, give discounts to seniors, but they need to know you are a senior before they can give it to you. They seldom ask, because management feels that some patrons may be offended if the server asks you if you are a senior. Tell them you are and be proud of it.


OK, you have had the class: Saving money 101. Now go out there and save money!


Send me an email to let me know if you would like more of this on this site. Make comments on this site to let others know what you did and how much you saved.