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Friday, December 30, 2005

Oregon 14 - Oklahoma 17

It was a hard fought contest with a lot of twists and excitement. I could play Friday morning quarterback and go on about things that might have changed the outcome but I don't want to take anything away from a great season.

I will just look forward to kicking Oklahoma's ass come next September.


Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Big Game

It's finally here. The Oregon Ducks face off against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Holiday Bowl. Live on ESPN at 5pm PDT. Predictions on the score? As with most bowl games, I figure it will be a mostly offensive match, final score: Oregon 42 - Oklahoma 24.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Force Is With You!

Hi Kids,

Just a couple of pictures of Jake and Max with their new lightsabers. I thought the pictures turned out well, and thought I would share them. I hope Christmas was great for everyone! It was great for me. Happy birthday Dadio!

Love, Dave

More Christmas Pictures

Just uploaded some more Christmas pictures to the Flickr website. Be sure and check them out when you have a chance.

What do you think? Chuck looks pretty good with kids, darned good thing!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Friday, December 23, 2005

Told You So...

Johnny gets his haircut yesterday so that he will be ready for today's press conference in the Bronx. Yanks also signed Bernie Williams to a 1 year deal. Bernie will be a part-time designated hitter and bench player in 2006.

Oregon 72 - Portland 80

The mens basketball team lost last night in Portland. Look on the bright side, it's only 9 months until football season.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Shave and a Haircut?

The Yankees fired the latest shot in their rivalry with the Red Sox, signing Johnny Damon to a four-year, $52 million contract to become their new center fielder.

The two sides agreed to terms on Tuesday night, after the Yankees increased their offer from $48 million to $52 million. The deal, which was confirmed by a Yankees official, is contingent on Damon passing a physical (and getting a haircut with a shave, I hope).

The Yanks have a great lineup but their real concern should be relief pitching.

Polar Express

Max, Jake, Chris & Jolene rode the Polar Express from Hood River last Sunday night and here is a picture of Santa sitting on Jake's lap. See all the rest of Chris' pictures at his Flickr site.

They had a great time even though they had to fight their way through ice and snow to get there. Out of the 250 tickets sold only 30 people showed up because of the weather.

I like the look of 'wonder' in Max's eyes, good pictures Chris!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Listen Up Ye Scurvy Dogs

That ole bilge rat, Cap'n Mike, has went and put this latest pic of Master Max on his Flickr site. All ye land lubbers head over and check it out or ye will be walkin the plank!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Holiday Bowl in HD

I went searching today just to make sure that ESPN will be broadcasting the Holiday Bowl in High-Def and I have confirmed that is the case. I have informed Miss Char that she will be getting Dec. 30th off because we are going to have a bunch of intoxicated Duck fans at our house for the game and it will be too noisy for her to go to bed at 7pm.

Now I just have to start working on getting her prepped to make a bunch of goodies for the game, stay tuned.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Oregon 61 - New Mexico 68

In a sad display of shooting and ball handling the Ducks lost at New Mexico last night leaving them at 5-4 for the season.

Enough said.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Blood For Oil?

Exxon is sending out a mail campaign on the East Coast. Seems kind of ironic doesn't it? I thought we were already giving blood for oil?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Oregon 75 - Santa Clara 66

Maarty Leunen recorded his second double-double of the season, with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks, who broke a three-game losing streak in the their win over Santa Clara on Tuesday evening at Mac Court.

Ivan Johnson and Aaron Brooks scored 16 points each to lead five players in double figures. The first half was marred by poor shooting from both teams, as the Broncos (4-3) missed their first eight shots from the field and finished the half at 30 percent. The Ducks countered by shooting only 32 percent in the half (9-of-28) and missed on their first nine 3-point attempts as Santa Clara led 28-27 at the break.

The Ducks, however, snapped out of their slump in the second half. Trailing 35-29 at the 17:24 mark, a tip-in by Bryce Taylor sparked a 31-8 run to give the Ducks a 60-43 lead with 6:46 to play. Oguchi scored all 10 of his points during that stretch, and made two of the Ducks' four 3-pointers in the run. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Niesen and Calvin Johnson cut the Ducks lead to 66-58 with 2:36 remaining, but the Broncos couldn't get closer.

Field goals from Leunen and Hairston and five free throws sealed the win. The Ducks hit only 6-of-27 3-pointers, but committed just a dozen turnovers while forcing 21.

Seems to me that the Ducks should have won this game by at least 30 points and if they don't get their shooting woes cured it will be a very long Pac-10 season.

Monday, December 12, 2005

New Photos

I added a few new photos to my Flickr website. Very nice family picture of Chris, Jolene, Jake & Max and some cute ones of Will, Hailey & Kaylyn.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Ernie Should Pipe It

Sadly, I watched the Ducks play Illinois last night. It was one of the worst displays of shooting, rebounding, and general team play I have ever witnessed. Prior to the year beginning, I heard many sound bites with Ernie Kent talking about how great this team was going to be. He said they were oh soooo deep. He was so impressed with their athleticism. He said we were going to contend this year.

If this team is so deep, why do we only play our starters for the vast majority of the game? Johnson comes off the bench (he should start), but outside of that, we are looking at Taylor brick his shots, and Brooks struggle to move the ball. That is no good.

The team might be full of atheletes, but we are getting beat all over the floor. I think this team is out of shape. It is the only reason why we can't move the ball downcourt in transition. It is the only reason why we can't play with intensity from start to finish. They look tired, and beat after the first quarter.

This team will not contend for the Pac-10 this year, and that is final. I think Ernie needs to go. He has had a world of talent ever since he has been at Oregon, and has only played one decent team. A different coach should be able to take all of that skill, and push it into the national conversation.

See ya Ernie!


Saturday, December 10, 2005

Ngata Named Consensus All-American

Junior defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been named a first team All-American according to the Football Writers Association of America. Ngata becomes Oregon's first player to be a consensus All-American since Mel Renfro in 1962. Ngata was named to the Walter Camp All-America team yesterday. In order to be a consensus All-American, a player must be named to more than one major All-America team.

Monday, December 05, 2005

College Football Playoff System

After reading the comments on the previous post and much searching on the internet along with reading other peoples blogs I found a great place where we can all meet and make an impact. Go to the Sports Fans of America website, read the different proposals and sign the petition. We can't change the system unless we act together.

They have some good ideas (Dave likes an 8 team format & has for a long time). Personally, I chose the 16 team format on the petition after reviewing proposal # 6 which includes the 16 team format.


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Holiday Bowl for the Ducks

Looks like Oregon will get into the Holiday Bowl vs Oklahoma. The BCS went pretty much as expected with the Rose getting USC vs Texas. Fiesta: Ohio St. vs Notre Dame, Sugar: West Virginia vs Georgia, Orange: Penn St. vs Florida St. Ducks finished 5th in the final standings

Just another BCS let down...

Upcoming ESPN & ABC Events

Today at 2pm PDT on ABC is the BCS announcements and then on Thursday Dec. 8th from 4 to 6 pm PDT comes the Home Depot 2005 College Football Awards on ESPN. Haloti Ngata is a finalist for the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and will be there in person during that live broadcast.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

New Yankee Closer...

The Yankees didn't take much time to replace Tom Gordon, signing Kyle Farnsworth to a three-year contract on Friday. Farnsworth's deal is worth $17 million, as he takes over the role of Mariano Rivera's primary setup man.

Farnsworth, who turns 30 in April, went 1-1 with 16 saves for the Tigers and Braves last season, posting a 2.19 ERA. The flamethrower, who has hit triple-digits on the radar gun, struck out 87 batters in 70 innings, holding opponents to a .180 average in 72 appearances.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Award Season

Junior defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was named Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the Pac-10 Conference on Monday. The honor is the first time an Oregon defensive player has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Ngata, recorded 59 tackles, 32 solo. In addition, he posted nine tackles for losses including three-quarterback sacks and blocked two kicks. Ngata has been named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football, and one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, honoring the best defensive player in the country. Ngata was also named to the Pac-10 First Team Defense, along with his Duck teammate senior cornerback Justin Phinisee .

Senior wide receiver Demetrius Williams was selected Pac-10Second Team Offense as was junior center Enoka Lucas .

Three Ducks were placed on the Second Team Defense, senior linebacker Anthony Trucks , senior cornerback Aaron Gipson and junior safety J.D. Nelson.

ROV Patrick Chung , Fr.; QB Kellen Clemens , Sr.; TE Tim Day, Sr.; WR James Finley , Jr.; DE Devan Long , Sr.; OT Max Unger , Fr.; TB Terrence Whitehead , Sr., were all listed as Honorable Mention.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Chris & His VCC

Chris sent me some pics he took yesterday of his "Vancouver County Chopper". He did all the work himself and he did a great job customizing his Suzuki Marauder. The rest of the pictures are at Flickr.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Sports Illustrated and the Ducks...

Found this little tidbit of info at the website this morning:

With Alabama out of contention and Virginia Tech back in the driver's seat for the ACC's automatic berth, there were really only three realistic choices -- Oregon (10-1), Notre Dame (8-2) and Ohio State (9-2) -- to consider for the two BCS at-large berths. And since the Irish are a mortal lock for one of them if they beat Stanford on Saturday, the question really is, Ducks or Buckeyes? I don't know the answer -- and I don't think Fiesta Bowl officials do yet, either.

"Much will depend on what the Fiesta does with its first pick (this is under the assumption Texas reaches the Rose Bowl). If it takes Penn State (10-1), obviously Big Ten rival Ohio State is out of the question. If, however, the Fiesta takes the Irish, they'll face a tough decision for Notre Dame's opponent. My guess, as of this week, is they'll go with the Ducks, because they have a better record, and because the Buckeyes would be playing in Tempe for the third time in four years. "

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

How Not To Cook Your Turkey

A construction worker's tradition of cooking a turkey for an early Thanksgiving celebration went awry when a deep fryer caught on fire, burning the house he and his co-workers had just finished building.

Cement worker Henry Schmerber bought a propane fryer Tuesday and set it up inside the vacant house's garage. Workers took turns watching the kettle. But the fryer's thermometer was broken, and oil inside the kettle overheated, spilling onto the burner and igniting, workers said. Flames spread through the garage and up the front of the house to the second floor. The men used a fire extinguisher to no avail.

Eugene District Fire Chief Paul Dammen estimated the loss at $75,000. The home, which had not been sold, was insured. Undaunted, Schmerber and his co-workers bought a second turkey and cooked it in the backyard of a house across the street. "We're gonna burn another house down," Schmerber joked.

Bowl Game Politics

Just found this little tidbit on the ESPN website:

According to published reports, the Ducks got their lobbying campaign into high gear Tuesday, when athletic director Bill Moos and coach Mike Bellotti flew to Arizona to wheedle, cajole and/or outright grovel for the bid. Whichever way the Fiesta decides will send a ripple effect throughout the rest of the bowls.


Haloti Ngata up for 2 Awards

The 6-5, 338-pound Haloti Ngata , is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player) and the Outland Trophy (inside lineman award). He has led the Oregon defense in the Ducks' drive to a 10-1 season. He has a 505-pound bench press and the agility to get around blockers. He was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week in a victory over California and also has blocked a field goal and punt this season.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Latest BCS Poll

This might just be a good sign for the Duck's chances of getting that at large berth for the Fiesta Bowl. The Oregon Ducks moved up to #7 today!


This photo that Chris took of their cat's paw reminded me of an alien creature from a Star Wars movie. Chris has put up a Flickr site so check out the nice photos he has taken with his new camera.

Help me Robo-Einstein, you're my only hope...

U.S. President George W. Bush shakes hands with 'Albert Hubo,' a 54-inch-tall, two-legged robot topped with a head modeled after Albert Einstein as leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum toured South Korea's hi-tech exhibition in Busan, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 18, 2005. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

Actually, I think he is looking for a new Secretary of Defense.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Oregon 56 - Oregon State 14

Bring on the Fiesta Bowl baby! The Ducks made a statement in their bid for an "at large" BCS Bowl bid Saturday afternoon in a fog shrouded Autzen Stadium.

The 10-1 Ducks completely dominated the Beavs on both sides of the ball. Senior, Aaron Gipson, shown here returning an intercepted Gunderson pass for the first touchdown in the game early in the first quarter.

The Ducks led at the half, 28-14 and never let OSU score in the second half. Visions of sugar-plums danced in Duck fans heads as they watched Jonathan Stewart return the 2nd half opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. That was Stewart's 2nd return for a TD this year on a kickoff, something no Oregon player has ever accomplished in one season.

There are a lot of Oregon Seniors on this squad, especially on defense and I want to thank them (and the rest of the team) for a truly outstanding season of Oregon football.

Now let's hope and pray that the powers to be recognize this teams potential and we go to the Fiesta Bowl.


Friday, November 18, 2005

Civil War?

There is nothing Civil about it...

Monday, November 14, 2005

Moon & Mars

Just took this photo of the Moon & Mars just after sunset in Eugene, OR.

Go to my Flickr site to view a large size for more detail.

BCS Update

The Ducks didn't move up an iota in this
weeks just released BCS poll, staying at # 10.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Hawaii Sunset

Just uploaded some of my favorite photos that Chuck took while he and Susie were in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago.

Check them out at Flickr...

Oregon 34 - WSU 31

Cameron Colvin heading for the end zone in the 3rd quarter during a 21-0 run that made all the difference in a hard fought game on a chilly evening in Pullman.

Dixon and Leaf shared the QB duties and led the Ducks to a total of 444 yards of total offense and the defense did just enough to hold off a tough WSU offense.

This game was HUGE for the #10 ranked Ducks quest for a BCS spot (combined with the loss for #9 ranked Georgia).

A solid victory next week in Eugene against the Beavers will propel this whole team into the history books of Uof O football. They have stood in the face of adversity and as a group have made their case for a top bowl game.


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ngata named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Haloti Ngata, 6-5, 340 was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his role in the Ducks' 27-20 overtime victory against California on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Ngata had 11 tackles including one for loss (-7) and batted down two passes on the line of scrimmage. The Ducks held the Bears to 14 first downs, 301 yards total offense, with just 2-of-13 on third-down conversion attempts and intercepted three passes.

Most crucially, the Oregon defense only allowed California a solo 2-yard run in overtime before causing California to throw three straight incomplete passes to seal the win.

Statistically, the Cal game was one of Ngata's best in his career. This season he is the team's fourth leading tackler with 49 total tackles (27 solo, 22 assists), 8.0 tackles for loss (-36 yards), three sacks (-20), five pass deflections (batted down at the line of scrimmage). He has also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, blocked two kicks and recorded a safety.

The surprising thing about Ngata's performance on Saturday was that he missed at least one practice last week reportedly for illness.

The Ducks travel next week to Pullman to take on the Washington State Cougars. The kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. and the game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net.


Monday, November 07, 2005

BCS Update

Ducks move up to 10th on the BCS and 11th on the other two polls.

Hood River's Polar Express

Want to do something special for the kids this Holiday Season? Take them on a magical trip on the Polar Express. A 1 1/2 trip from Hood River up towards Mt. Hood. Click on the link below to go to their website.

Chris & Jolene found out about this and I thought it was such a great idea I just had to share.

Website Link

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Oregon 27 - Cal 20 (OT)

Cal's QB Joe Ayoob (18) is hauled down by Oregon's Anthony Trucks, left and Brent Haberly, right, after being flushed from the pocket during the fourth quarter Saturday. You can thank the defense for this win.

Haloti Ngata was a huge factor in the middle, knocking down passes and pressuring the QB. Trucks added 3 sacks and 3 Ayoob passes were picked off by the secondary.

The winning touchdown was thrown by Brady Leaf in OT, to James Finley in the end zone, it was a 4 yard completion but it was the defense that secured the win.


Friday, November 04, 2005

Guidry Named Pitching Coach...

The final pieces of the Yankees' coaching puzzle were put into place on Friday, wrapping up a week in which the club added five new coaches to Joe Torre's staff.

Ron Guidry, who won 170 games in a 14-year career for the Yankees, was named the team's new pitching coach. Guidry replaces Mel Stottlemyre, who served in the position for the past decade, but opted not to return for an 11th season.

Also introduced on Friday was Joe Kerrigan, who will serve as the bullpen coach. Kerrigan joined the organization last season as special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman, doing in-house advance scouting for the team.

Pena Named Yankees' First Base Coach

For the third time in as many days, the Yankees added a former Major League manager to their coaching staff, tabbing Tony Pena as the team's first base coach on Thursday afternoon.

The Yankees introduced Larry Bowa as the third base coach on Tuesday and Lee Mazzilli as the bench coach on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

New Coach...

For the second straight day, the Yankees added a former big-league manager to Joe Torre's 2006 coaching staff, bringing Lee Mazzilli back to the organization as the bench coach.

Mazzilli joins third-base coach Larry Bowa and hitting coach Don Mattingly on the coaching staff, with three more positions -- pitching coach, first-base coach and bullpen coach -- yet to be filled. Bowa was introduced by the Yankees on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Tech Guy Putdown...

Overheard recently between 2 guys arguing at a local tech company.

Cracked me up....


Yanks Sign Larry Bowa...

The Yankees took the first step in filling their coaching staff yesterday as they signed former Phillies manager Larry Bowa as the 3rd base coach.

The next step will be to find a pitching coach to replace Mel Stottlemyre who retired at the end of the 2005 season.

Luis Sojo, who had been the 3rd base coach is expected to stay with the Bombers in another capacity.

As a little side-note, George Steinbrenner is rumored to have had a little chat with Alex Rodriguez about his habit of playing poker in illegal poker clubs, saying "it doesn't good look for your image." Alex was said to have been seen in the company of Phil Helmuth entering an underground club in New York.

Shuffle up and deal!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween 2005

Another succseful Halloween has been completed this year! We had to empty Max's bucket twice!
The kid made a haul!!! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 27, 2005

G. Dubya Speechwriter

The link below will take you to a website where they have a candid interview clip with our President's speechwriter. Try not to laugh too hard...


Video Clip

Told You So...

Chicago White Sox's Jermaine Dye holds up the World Series trophy after the White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in Game 4 to win the World Series for the first time since 1917, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, in Houston. Dye was was also the series MVP.

That's 0-8 for the Nationals in the last 8 World Series games.

Time to put baseball to rest for this year as we have a few months until Spring practice. On a little sidenote, the Yanks have resigned Brian Cashman as GM for the next 3 years


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Can You Say Sweep?

The National League is so pathetic. Any bets on the Sox picking up game 4 today?

It's like playing the Minor League champs every year.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Clemens completes successful ankle surgery

Media Release -
October 25, 2005 at 12:25am ET

EUGENE - Surgery to repair the fractured left ankle of University of Oregon senior quarterback Kellen Clemens was considered a success following the 90-minute procedure performed at Sacred Heart Medical Center Monday morning, according the Ducks' Team Physician Dr. Bob Crist.

Crist said the surgery consisted of inserting a screw toward the top of the ankle to pull the fibula and tibia together as well as attaching a metal plate to aid the healing process of a spiral fracture in the fibula.

Doctors estimate that Clemens' rehabilitation could extend between three and six months however a full recovery is expected.

He is expected to remain in the hospital overnight, however the family has requested that visitors refrain from attempting to see him in the hospital.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Latest BCS Standings

The latest BCS (Bull Crap Standings) have the Uof O ranked at 11th. The top 10 are: Texas, USC, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, UCLA, Miami, LSU, Penn State & Florida State. The AP and USA Today both have Oregon at 14th.

Thought you would like to know...