More Sports Information Than you can Ever handle

More Sports Information you Can Ever Handle

For those people who are coming here searching the wide world of cyberspace, the post today will be about sports. Some of it you may not understand who, or what I ma talking about, but bare with me. I have to appease the Oregon State University Beaver fans with some more trivia, and ramblings from Beaver sports. Stay with me, there will be a newsletter coming out soon that will be for everyone.

The online newsletter will have three pages. The front page will be about a new book that is near completion. There will be excerpts from the book in the newsletter. The second page will be a travel/resource page and the third page photography (for now).

On the travel page I will be telling about the many travels I have been on. I have been to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Canada. In the U.S.A., I have been to Phoenix and watched spring training; Palm Springs, and watch pro tennis people like Andy Roddick, Andre Aggasi, the Williams sisters, Lindsey Davenport, etc. I have a special story about Andre. I have been through many states including Hawaii, and I have some great memories to share.

The other half of that same page will be a resource page. I will put information there that will help people a great deal. One that is coming up is; 15 ways to save money in a falling economy. Is that timely or not? It will be coming real soon.

The third page will be used for photographs for now. I have many photographs from my travels, sports, and just plain beautiful photos of lakes, mountains, etc, that I have loved over the years. You will be free to download any you want.

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Ok beaver fans let me share some little nibblings of the “other,” things I saw at the game on Saturday.

There were several great signs around the stadium, but the winner for the game was, “Are you ready for a POP Quizz?” Obviously WSU was not.

Well, it is time to put up or shut up!! There is voting going on for the freshman of the year in football. Jacquizz Rogers is one of the people to vote on. At the moment he has 80% of the vote. Sounds fantastic, but people tend to “cram,” the voting at the last minute. I know, not fair. So go to the site below, and vote (as many times as you want) for Jacquizz. Why??? We need to get his name going for the Heisman Trophy. Yes, I think he will be that good!!! I am not talking about this year. The Heisman Trophy voter’s usually only pick juniors or seniors. This is a long range build up to get his name really known by the time he is a junior. Go to:

Vote! Vote! Vote!

I am not making this story up!! Before the game started, there was a band coming in to play. It was an opposing team band. Was it the Cougars band? Nope! It was the UCLA band!!! The band leader thought the Bruins were playing at OSU, not at U. of O! OOOOOPS! They had to scurry out of there quick and take the 45 minute drive to Eugene. How embarrassing is that? What did the band leader tell the President of the college when he got back. “Oh I thought we would take a side trip to Corvallis, and play some songs for the fans there before we went to the Oregon game.” Not going to cut it. He may have a smaller pay check next month.

Our OSU band is looking great!! OSU has the oldest band program in the PAC-10. 118 years!!! They have added 35 new players to the band. It shows. Now if they just could get a large as Penn States band of 300!

There was an impressive half time show with a “band,” that was playing Brazil music, and the OSU band were dancing all over the place. What really impressed though, were the 420 student athletes that came out onto the field. These were all Everyday Champions. You can find out what Everyday Champions are, by going to

These were mostly kids that had over a 3.0 grade point average. Yes these are student athletes. You would think some of them had to have L and R on their shoes to know what foot to put them on. This is not true anymore. The OSU sports program is second only to Stanford, for All American All Academic teams in the PAC-10.

I think the OSU sports videos are superb! They had some great ones on the Jumbotron. (I think that is what it is called) You can see one of them by going to or Google Oregon state athletics. The site opens up with a bang with the video it has.

The volleyball girls are doing great. There are ranked for the first time since 1996 at # 24, and the beat the # 4 team in the nation. Who was it? You got it. USC!! We love to have USC to come to our house.

This is something I do not always do and should. The officiating for the game on Saturday was excellent. Oh sure, there were a few boo bears, but as I watched the replays on the ones they were booing, I thought they made the right call. The head official Jack Wood, did absolutely the best job of any “white hat,” I have seen come to OSU. (Enjoy these praise’s fellas it may not happen much.)

The back-up running backs did a wonderful job. Francis and McCants did miss a beat. They both ran over the defense just like their leader Jacquizz did. I am pleased with the depth we have there.

Speaking of depth….. Sean Canfield came in and showed the fans he is ready to play!! He marched the team down the field and scored a touchdown.

In closing… I told you in the Comcast newsletter that three OSU teams won on Saturday. It is true.

Oklahoma State University 28 Missouri 23

Ohio State University 16 Purdue 3

Oregon State University 66 WSU 13

The team that had the biggest point spread in victory? O – S -U beavers.

The Beavers already have their schedule set for next year. They have shuffled the PAC- 10 schedule around a little bit. The non-conference schedule is as follows:

Home with Portland State

Away at UNLV

Home with…..Cincinnati! Should be a great game!!

The rest of the schedule is like this:

Home with Arizona

Away at Arizona State

Home with Stanford

Away at WSU

Away at USC

Away at California

Home with Washington

Away at Oregon

This is a tough schedule for the PAC-10 games. All the “upper half” of the league will be away games. We only have 5 home games and 7 away games. (We’ve got em right where we what em!!)

2010??? WE have Louisville coming to town. Great game!!!


In the last newsletter I said that Ken Humus was the new tight ends coach. WRONG! Senior moment!! It is Tim Euhus. Remember him? He was a great tight end for the Beavers a few years ago. What a great addition to the coaching staff!

The time is running out. I am slowly shifting to an online newsletter, and you will not be able to see it here on the site. It will come to those that subscribe only. I DO NOT want to lose you. There are actually 723 Beaver fans getting the newsletter through Comcast. That will be stopping when I move to the online newsletter. I now have 145 of you that have subscribed. That is wonderful, but that means 578 of you are still holding out. Why don’t all of you take care of it today? Right now! Then you will be done, and you will have peace of mind that you will continue to get sports news as long as I have a breath. (Not sure if that will be a long time, as many of you know my problems.)

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BTW…… I looked at all of you that have subscribed. I recognized many of your emails, BUT some of you are there but not “confirmed.” You got an email from Constant Contact Emailing that asked you to confirm by clicking on the “Confirm subscription,” or what ever they have there, to let them know you are subscribed, and confirmed. Why do they do this; SPAM. They do not know you are really the email address they want unless you tell them. Check your emails and find an email from Constant Contact, and clear this up so you are really in and not sitting in purgatory


The Rest of the Story, Part III


I feel like I am making a movie like, Rocky 16. This movie has drama. This movie has conflict. This movie has tragedy, and it could have a happy ending.


The tragedy has just happened, so let’s look at how it happened:


1.     Late in the game I saw two different Beavers go out of bounds when they could have gotten a first down with one more step. I saw another Beaver go out of bounds when he should have stayed in bounds!

2.     We are back to tackling like the other teams are greased pigs.  3.     The special teams are faltering at key times. One extra point missed, and two tries for two points missed. If one of those had been successful, game over.

4.     I would swear I saw some ball placements by the officials that helped Utah get first downs. I can’t say that though since I have officiated football for 25 years.

5.     This is another one of those games where we had better statistics in almost every department, but still lost the game. 

6.     The crowd was almost as loud as we were when we beat USC, which caused us to have 5 or 6 false starts.

7.      I can’t blame the offense for this loss, but the defensive secondary must have gone to McDonalds to eat during the game. We did have an interception by Al Afalava that resulted in a touchdown, but other than that Utah was wide open many times for passes.

So, where does this leave us? I will go from game to game for the rest of the year, and suggest what might happen:


  The next week, Arizona State is coming to town! Coach Erickson will be hunting for Beavers! The fact is that it is at home. I suggest we may win it in a close game.


·        Our next game is with Washington State at home. They are probably the worst team in the PAC-10. Any questions?

·        Then we play Washington at their place. We should win that considering that their start quarterback is out with an injury.

·        Guess who’s coming to dinner the next week end? You got it! Coach Erickson and Arizona State. They are a pretty good team. I think if we can play good defense, we could win that one.

·        We travel to UCLA the next week. We have had no luck at beating down there for years. BUT! This year they have started out awful! They lost to BYU 59-0. If we can keep them with less than 21 points, we will win big.

·        We then play Cal. We seem to play well against Cal. They are coming to Corvallis this year. They are ranked, but we can win this one if our defense doesn’t falter because our offense will score points.

·        We then travel to Arizona. That could be a very tough game. They have started out fantastic. I can’t come up with a good suggestion here.

·        THEN, the Ducks come to say hello to us. We are on a roll with them. We have beaten them the last couple of years. Can we make it a threepeat?


      Somewhere in there we have to beat either, Cal. Arizona, or Oregon. It can be done!!



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Let’s finally get to Boston, from the traveling I did when we went to the Penn State game!


When we got to Boston, it immediately transformed our thinking to the beginning of our country. I will be giving you the highlights in short sentences, or very little comment. There was just too much to write about. I am pretty sure you will know what I am talking about when you read each sentence.


·        We drove by a tavern called, Bell in Hand Tavern. It got that name because the town crier owned the tavern. There was a nice gentleman that lived upstairs making candles during this time. His name? Ben Franklin.

·        I was at the spot where Paul Revere gave his signal that the British were coming.

·        We drove by the spot where the Boston massacre happened.

·        We saw a Golden Kettle sign. The oldest sign in the United States. It was a place to come and drink tea, I suppose, since it had steam coming out of the tea kettle. It is now a Starbucks!

·        We went by a grave yard that had Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and the parent of Ben Franklin buried there.

·        John Adams was the first to say, “Everyone has the right to a fair trial.” He said this while he was defending a man no one liked.

·        We drove by the John Quincy Adams, and John Hancock homes.

·        The term “Mutual Funds,” was first said in Boston. A man that needed money to invest in the Market, contacted several men, and they had a “mutual,” agreement to pool their money together to invest.

·        We drove through the oldest residential area in the United States. It even had some of the original gas lights.

·        We went by the home of JFK at 722 Bowdon St.

·        There are tall spires with clocks on them on churches all over the city.

·        The oldest church in the U.S.A. is in Boston. It was there in 1723, 53 years before 1776.

·        We went by the infamous Boston Commons, the oldest park in the United States. I say infamous, because there were people hung there because the people thought they were witches.


(A side bar, to list some interesting observations, but do not need comments.)

1.     Went by the oldest library.

2.     The oldest fire station.

3.     Largest Apple Computer store. I mean huge!!

4.     Saw the Old South Church where lanterns gave people signals.

5.     Gas prices in Boston when I was there: $3.49

6.     Saw the home of Phillip Brooks. He is the one that wrote, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.

7.     Saw a church that had real Tiffany glass in its windows.

8.     Went by the original, Cheers Bar, on Beacon St. “Where everyone knows your name.”

9.     Saw where the Boston Tea Party took place.

10.                         I was able to see something I would rather not have seen. We drove by the spot where the Coconut Grove night club was. Remember it? That is where a fire broke out and no one could get out.

11.                        We rode the first double decker bus in the U.S.A. We were on top of course. “Front row seats!”

12.                         Drove by the oldest underground railway. There is still an entrance that leads to nowhere.

13.                         Saw the Bunker Hill tower. That is the spot where 1,000 British were killed in one day. They eventually still won the hill.

14.                         There are 260,000 students in the city of Boston. (Boston College, Harvard, and many other colleges are there.)

15.                         Speaking of Harvard, there is a grammar school that is just across the street from Harvard. The people that graduate from there can say they graduated from Harvard.

16.                        The first anesthetic was invented there. (I know about that stuff!!)

17.                         There is a hotel remodeled from an old jail. It still has the bars on the windows.

18.                         When Harvard first opened up in 1636, it was a divinity school for future ministers.

19.                         Harvard has the largest college library in the world.

20.                         There was a store selling Tiffany glass. It was wired by Thomas Edison.

21.                         The first barber shop was in Boston.

22.                         Saw Longfellow’s home.


Back to some longer thoughts:

·        In the Civil War area, there is a sign that says, “Here lays the arm of Stonewall Jackson.” He had to have his arm cut off. He wanted it buried right outside of where he was operated on. Wouldn’t that be a strange tombstone?

·        The owners of the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees were drinking buddies. I saw the bar where the Boston Red Sox owner talked the Yankee’s owner into buying the contract of Babe Ruth  for $100,000 dollars, because the Boston Red Sox owner needed money to fund his play called, No, No, Nanette. The play was a success, but it was a very bad deal for the baseball team.



In the next newsletter, I will finalize my trip with my thoughts while standing on the deck of the USS Constitution. I could feel the drama that happened on that ship. When I went down below, I imagined the Captain shouting, “Man your cannons! This is not a drill!”


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