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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Mr. Oscar

The Wines Family
What a bummer! I tried to download some bagpipe music because I like bagpipe music (shut up), and when I transfered it into my iTunes folder, the rest of my music magically disappeared (that was 1,487 songs). I had a back-up, on my school computer, so I went ahead and tried to transfer it back it. It didn't work. Long story short, after 7 trials, I finally have my music back. It was a sticky situation.

The real reason for this post is to get some dialouge around the Oscars. I love cinema, and being such a fan of movies, I try to watch all of the best picture nominees each year before the big show. It is also nice to watch all of the best actor/actress films (usually coincide with best picture) so that I cast my own vote. So far I have seen Sideways and Million Dollar Baby. I am going to rent Ray this week, and try to see the Aviator in the theaters. Finally Johnny Depp (that stud muffin) stars in Finding Neverland, and that has been re-released into the theaters. If anyone else wants to try and watch all of the movies, and get into a little debate about the merits of each; that would please me greatly. I enjoyed both Sideways and Million Dollar Baby. To me Sideways was--what you see is what you get. Million Dollar Baby had more layers, and a lot of interpretation. I tend to like movies like that. You leave not knowing exactly everything that is going on, but it gives you something to chew on and think about for a while. They were both excellent movies. Attached is the Roger Ebert's website. Maybe read a few and decide on at least one or two to see before Oscar night. Peace, love, and rabbit fur!


Had to share today's Get Fuzzy. If you follow this funny you enjoy my sense of humor.


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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Asleep at the Wheel?

Apra Harbor, Guam (Jan. 27, 2005) - The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) in dry dock to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam Jan. 8, 2005. The Navy former dry dock known as “Big Blue” is capable of docking ships that weigh up to 40,000 Long Tons. The Navy certified Big Blue for the one-time docking of San Francisco. San Francisco is the second fast-attack submarine to be attached to the forward-deployed Submarine Squadron Fifteen, home ported on board Naval Base Guam. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

2005 Football Schedule

Date Opponent LocationTime(PST) Media
Sept. 1HoustonHouston, TX6 PMESPN
Sept. 10MontanaEugene, ORTBATBA
Sept. 17Fresno St.Eugene, ORTBATBA
Sept. 24USCEugene, ORTBATBA
Oct. 1StanfordPalo Alto, CATBATBA
Oct. 8Arz. St.Tempe, AZTBATBA
Oct. 15Wash.Eugene, ORTBATBA
Oct. 22ArizonaTucson, AZTBATBA
Nov. 5Cal.Eugene, ORTBATBA
Nov. 12Wash. St.Pullman, WATBATBA
Nov. 19Oregon St.Eugene, ORTBATBA

Monday, January 24, 2005

Big Thanks!

The Wines Family

Thank-you to everyone who came up for Max's Birthday. We would also like to thank everyone for the cards for Jolene and Max's Birthday. Well, we are watching the Blazers beat up on the Spurs so I'm going to go root for the Blazers. And don't give me any lip about being a Blazer fan!

Love, Chris

Studdly McStudALot

The Wines Family
Well, what can you say about the picture of the guy below this posting...I mean, what a speciman. I will now begin to count down the days for football with a little more enthusiasm. I have heard a few people discuss and wonder what will be of Whitehead next year. My hope is that they will have a 1-2 combo with both backs next year much like Ontario and Maurice a few years back. It was so effective to always have a running back with fresh legs in the should be awesome.

I had a great weekend of family and slacking. I was supposed to get my report cards started, but instead, I took Sunday off. The lure of football and video games was far too strong. The whole family was present for Max's birthday on Saturday, and it was quite nice to see everyone (love the hair Jolene).

I hope that everyone else had a great weekend, and I will hear from you all soon!


Saturday, January 22, 2005

Oregon Lands Top Prospect

Jonathan Stewart, the No. 1 running back prospect in the country, as rated by multiple recruiting analysts, announced during a Seattle newscast Friday, that he intends to sign with the Ducks on Feb. 2, the first day high school seniors can sign letters of intent with college teams.

As reported by the Saturday Eugene Register Guard. This is some pretty exciting news for Quacker Backers everywhere!


The Daily Show's view on the Inaugural Address. Here is the link to watch the video at Lisa Rein's Site.

The shrub uses the word "freedom" 27 times and "liberty" 15 times during the twenty one minute speech.

Pretty funny clip, thanks for posting it Lisa.


Thursday, January 20, 2005

Instant Toddler...

Baby (?) boy born in Brazil, a whopping 16.7 lbs! Full story at Yahoo News!


Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday Wishes for Jolene & Kathy today!

Hope you two have a very enjoyable Birthday,

Love, Mike

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

None To Soon!

Had to pass this little tidbit on, it is from an article on the website....Mike

Steve Summers -
January 18, 2005 at 6:31pm ET

Media Release

EUGENE -- Gary Crowton, who has engineered offenses that have ranked amongthe best in the country during his 17 years as an offensive coordinator or head coach at the collegiate and NFL levels, has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Oregon, according to the Ducks' head coach Mike Bellotti.

The 47-year-old Orem, Utah , native comes to Oregon after accumulating a 47-36 record in four seasons as head coach at BYU (2001-04) and Louisiana Tech (1996-98), as well as two years as offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears (1999-2000) in the National Football League.

He replaces Andy Ludwig , who resigned his position following three seasons to become offensive coordinator at the University of Utah.

In his first year guiding the Cougars, Crowton devised an offense which led the nation in total offense (542.9 avg.) and scoring (46.8 avg.), while BYU finished 2001 with a 12-2 record and a Mountain West Conference championship. For his efforts, he was named conference and district coach of the year. During his head-coaching tenure in Provo, the Cougars averaged better than 409 yards of total offense while tallying a 26-23 ledger.

In 1999 with the Chicago Bears, his offense ranked third in the NFL in passing (258.5 avg.) while establishing a franchise record with 4,136 yards through the air, as well as eighth in the league in total offense (345.2 avg.).

In three seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech , Crowton built an offenses that tallied 12,745 yards (374.9 per game avg.) and 115 touchdowns passing. In his final season, the Bulldogs passed for a school-record 4,943 yards while leading the country in passing (432.1 avg.) and finishing second in total offense (542.0 avg.). Louisiana Tech also scored 50 or more points in eight of 12 games in 1998 while eclipsing 300 yards passing on 10 occasions.

In 1997, Louisiana Tech ranked third in the country in both passing (360.5 avg.) and total offense (496.0 avg.).

He accumulated a record of 21-13 at the Ruston, La., school, including a 9-2 slate in 1997.

"I've known Gary Crowton for three years and known of him for about 10 or 15 years," Bellotti said. "He's been an excellent football coach, both as a head coach and an offensive coordinator at the Division I level and in the National Football League. He's had great success coordinating offenses, he knows how to make quarterbacks successful, he's very innovative and creative within the offensive structure and his philosophy fits well with mine.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Funk is Right

The Wines Family
If I have learned anything about playing cards it is this; when you sit down and put money on the line, you better do so with confidence. That is why I don't play blackjack, roulette, video poker, or any other game where I know that I will lose money in the long-run. Those games are statistically impossible to beat...however, poker is a game played against others. It is a game played with a deck of cards that requires general skill, psychology, and math. It is your ability against another's.

Despite my successes in the past year, I am not playing with confidence. This is the second time in my short-lived cards career where I feel like I can't make the correct decision. The last time I felt like this, I just kept trying, and eventually the cards came my way. Once the cards started looking better, I began to feel better about my game, and in turn, I played with confidence. Right now, I need to gain that sense of confidence again.

Weekend Update...

Except for having to work a half a day on Saturday it was a pretty dang good weekend. The little ice storm we had melted away and the temps returned to normal.

The Duck's basketball teams went 3 for 4 against the Washington schools. The only loss came to the men's team against the Dawgs. Next up is the Arizona schools on Thursday & Saturday, the women are travelling and the guys are at home.

Played some poker over the weekend, got a first & second on PokerRoom and then we had a house game over at Chuck & Dave's Saturday night. Chuck & I both pulled down some greenbacks during the evening (Dave is in a poker funk right at this time, happens to us all). Chuck also had a great game over at PokerRoom but I will let him tell that story.

Extended my weekend by taking today off. Decided I needed a break from the phones. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like if you called a company about your account and were requesting information, say an address or phone number, wouldn't you have enough common sense to have a pen & paper handy???? You cannot believe the number of people who have absolutely not a clue to some common business phone etiquette. I get people who call me right in the middle of their potato chip eating ( I love that!), or maybe their fighting with their significant other or offspring, or maybe the worst, the folks who speak this foreign language, whether it be street, ebonics or some other form of garbled English, sometimes I need a translator.

Enough about work, this is supposed to be my day off. Guess I better fire up Halo 2 and take out some bad

P.S. Happy Birthday Mom!


Saturday, January 15, 2005

Yanks Pledge Of Allegiance

I saw this at by Thomas Fitzgerald. Just had to post it here, being the die hard Yankee fan that I am.

"I do solemnly swear allegiance to all things New York Yankee. That I promise to ridicule and belittle the accomplishment of any other professional baseball team and
state unequivocally my pledge to believe in the inferiority of all other championship ball clubs, their franchise and their meager history. That winning one out of every four World Series establishes entitlement and if another team wins in our stead, it will be viewed as a fluke. That I recognize that year in and year out, it is for the good of baseball the New York Yankee organization spend like hell and whereas the Yankees shall continue their winning ways and dominate Fall Classics for decades to come, I will insist it isn't because of Steinbrenner's money, it's because other teams don't try hard enough and money has nothing to do with it. That I take this oath freely and without reservation, for the betterment of America and all things baseball."

Thursday, January 13, 2005


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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

They Call Us Poker Family

The Wines Family
Good Morning All,

Well, once again I thought I would drop an early morning note. I wanted to let you all know about my best poker weekend ever!! So it all begins on a boring Thursday night. I sit down to the computer to see what kind of games are running. Occasionally I like to play in multi table tournaments. Basic structure is ten handed tables, and people get knocked down, and moved to keep the tables as full as possible until there is the last man standing. So, I see a five dollar tournament starting in three minutes. I ponder this for a moment, which can be dangerous because when I start thinking there is always the distinct possibility that my superior brain activity can be harnessed into thermo-nuclear fission reactions, thus threatening the existence of the world. That's another story though, let me get back to task here. I decide that it is cheap and plenty of entertainment, so I go for it. Now Dave, buddy Andy, Cary, and I will play these tourneys regularly, often times resulting in top 20 results. However, top 5 is where the money is at. So I believe the best strategy is to get some chips early so you can lean on those with little poker skill, and treat em like the humps they are. Then just keep adding them. So in the first 5 minutes the two hold cards are being dealt, first K. Sweet, I think to myself. Second card is a ......Drumroll please.......K. DAMN, KK. Okay, so I actually am in the big blind, and am waiting for the future volunteer. He emerges three seats behind me, raising the pot. HeeHee. Call. Flop comes Q84, my perfect flop. Of course I allow this fool to hang himself by checking to him. Bam, he bets a third of his stack. Call. The turn comes K. HeeHee, we like to call it the NUTS for Chuck. Check. He goes all in. I sit there, and because I like to let em know they are humps and should consider themseles lucky to sit at my table for a free lesson, valued at over $100 an hour, for those with enough money to give, I type Hmmm, before my decisive CALL B*@#!!!. So it begins. I continue this style of play until we have gone from 300 players to about 20 left. I am in the top five, having gotten some good cards and playing them well. So we get down to the final table, and I have a huge stack, having the cheap lead. I was these chumps dwindle down to five. I have noticed who was strong and who was weak and have sat out the last 20 hands or so, making em think I am a scared little sissy. Then I pounce. Now here is the coup of the day. I knock out #3, and me and the final hump sit across from one another. This guy was weak, and I had already taken him for a ride earlier. Heads-Up time. Then, HE DISCONNECTS!!!! Oh, does it get any sweeter than this. He never came back, so I just made bets, and he fell down to nothing before too long. Then it was over, and your son and brother was the first ever winner of a mutli table tournament!!!!! For my $5 investment I walked away with $455. Not bad for a nights work. So the next day, Dave, Andy and I went to LaCenter WA, to play at the casino. Dave and Andy being overconfident chumps sat at the $4-8 table all night and cut my night short by losing all their money. I was with them, having gone from $200, down to 80, when I decided it was time to sit at the $3-6 tables. You see, at the higher value tables everybody can play, so it is these constant challenges for supremacy at the table. This is exciting and everything, but the stakes are to high. I like it at home cause we can do it on the cheap, $40 max or so. Casino, well you can drop $200 easy. That is NO FUN. Anyways, at the $3-6, all the rookies come. So at my table there was 10 seats. Three of us could play, and the rest just rotated in and out. We basically shared all of these peoples chips. So my stack started to grow, and it was beautiful. Then I get 77. Hmm, I like this. I just call the bet though. Flop 7KK. WooHoo, kind of. If someone has a K, then I am in trouble. This guy bets at me, and I just call. Next card 8, he bets, I call. Last card, 7. That is what we call the MONEY CARD. You see, there are 7 poker tables running at any time, and the best hand every hour wins $250. The catch is you have to go the end and show the cards. So of course I don't want to bet, I check. He bets, but I couldn't help myself, I had to raise, and pray that he would call. He did. I showed my 7777K. The chump was playing a frickin A high. He gave me close to $100 on a stinkin A high. So I had the best hand of the hour, and watched the timer count down from 37 minutes to zero, until it was mine. Anyways, over the weekend I was up over $850. Not bad for a couple days work. So, I thought I would share my stories with you all. I hope you enjoyed. By the way, you can respond and get my Email address to set up lessons. Remember though, $100 per hour, cause I don't play for free. Love chuck

Monday, January 10, 2005

The "Pick"

If anyone is interested in receiving a video file I have created (WMV file 6.65MB) of the touchdown run of Kenny Wheaton in the 1994 Washington vs. Oregon game just send me an
with your request.

This is a clip of the TV broadcast in which I overlayed the radio broadcast of Jerry Allen. Jerry did such a great job of announcing that play that I thought I would share this with anyone who wants it. They still show this play right before kickoff at every Oregon home game.


Good day off.....

Well, because of having to work on Saturday it was a very short weekend to say the least. Made the best of it though. Char & I created a very nice DVD slide show for Jenn, it was her 26th birthday and it even brought out a tear or two when she watched it.

Dave came over and did the grunt work on hooking the Xbox to a router in the computer room. Got the Ethernet cable strung under the house (thanks again Dave!). I promptly got my butt waxed playing Halo2 online but it was great fun.

Had nice visits with Chris & family on the phone (they are proud owners of a new Dell PC) and am looking forward to Max & Jolene's birthday in a couple of weeks. Also had a nice visit with Kathy and Mom & Dad. The birthday's this family has in January is amazing as Mom, my Aunt Margaret and Kathy have January birthdays also.

Love, Dad (Mike-Grandpa-etc)

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Beaver Hunting Trip

A good weekend for Duck fans. The Men's team won last night at Eugene 73-64. The Duck's, now 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10 were led by Aaron Brooks who had 24 points. The Men's team travels to Washington for their next game on Jan.13th at 7 p.m.

The Women's team, led by Andrea Bills, who scored 17 points, walloped the Beaver's 82-58. They are now 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-10. Next up for the girls on Jan. 13th is Washington. The game is here in Eugene at 7 p.m.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Lessons for next season...

Found this piece at Yahoo Sports by Rick Morgan -

A lesson can be found in the game plan used by USC to throttle the OU defense. The Trojans weren't cute or complicated, they set out to establish some speed to the outside but not necessarily stretch the field deep, using Reggie Bush out of the flanker position. Then LenDale White began to slash through the Sooner's defensive line for 6-8 yards a pop. Finally, speed deep was used to bury the Big 12 opponent. A fairly tried and true formula, the success lies not in the creativity but in the implementation - and an intelligent use of talent to best suit the predetermined agenda.

While Terrance Whitehead gained a 1000 yards last season, I don't think opposing defenses were overly concerned about him beating them. That he would get yards but would not break games open was the accurate appraisal. Had the Oregon offensive staff leveraged this into something else, perhaps a more efficient use of talents could have been found.

Place Dante Rosario at tailback, pounding on every gap and linebacker with speed and size. Force the opposition to commit enough of the defensive resources to stop Rosario between the tackles and I will guarantee you will be able find some other, more likely, many other, options now available at your pleasure. Two, three yards, the occasional "original line of scrimmage" type runs are as important as are the rushes that would find him running by the front defense and into the secondary.

Line Terrence Whitehead up at flanker, where his darting style of running would find less cluttered real estate to negotiate after a quick DOWNFIELD (not that blankin' flanker screen for no gain) pass on a three-step drop from Kellen Clemens . Add Tim Day and Demetrius Williams as opportunity allows for middle and deep routes and NOT as a means of developing possession at least until Rosario has left his mark. Incorporate one other receiver for motion or line balance and you would have ANY defense on its heels - in the film room as well as on game day. Plan your work, work your plan.

Extraordinary athleticism would be welcomed, but not required, the only necessity to perform consistently well is basic execution. USC certainly did that each and every game this past season. They fully exemplified the philosophy of imposing their will upon the outcome of the game long before the television cameras were turned on. Offensive coordinator Norm Chow 's game planning was predicated not on what he felt the opposition weaknesses were so much as they were predicated on forcing the opposition to address Reggie Bush and LenDale White out of the tailback slot, then moving Bush to flanker and turning Matt Leinart loose. USC was able to follow that script each and every Saturday.

If other teams in the conference seek to compete with Trojans, and beyond the conference into the national arena, they best be figuring out how it's done. That USC did it with talent that will remain a distinct cut above that garnered by the rest of the conference certainly heightens the urgency, but it also offers a hint or two about how to go about doing so; find kids who are willing to learn, then teach to perform.


We are in the final month of recruiting for the next class of football players. In light of the disappointing recent season, and Coach Bellotti's public emphasis on improved recruiting results, it would be wise for all fans to take a moment and click on the TOP STORIES link at the bottom of this page and read through Grant Gibson's piece, "Keeping Up With Compliance", a summary of the NCAA recruiting regulations. A complicated and contradictory set of rules exist and with Oregon already on probation for inappropriate recruiting practices from two winters ago, any and all who may find themselves in a position to influence a decision by any student/athlete would be wise to read and understand what is permissible and what is not.

And then there's... this:

This space won't often sing the praises of the Orange & Black, but two kudos are appropriate. The first, to the Beaver football team as a whole, is for the finish they put to their season by defeating Notre Dame handily in the Insight Bowl. Some empathy for the Irish players and coaches given the Willingham firing is not diminished by my welcome of another significant defeat for the administration to endure. They got it the old-fashioned way… they earned it! Many long years remain and all indications are the current regime has no clue, doesn't know where to look for a clue, and it is open to debate they would know what to do with a clue if they found a clue.

The second atta-boy goes to senior quarterback Derek Anderson . Objectivity requires I disclose we share the same hometown, though also a gap of MANY years, so a touch of bias is both unavoidable and, hopefully, accepted by the reader. That stated, that kid was so abused by the unsophisticated fan... never understanding or counting how many interceptions were due to improper routes, stone fingers, or unrealistic attempts to establish some offense - ANY offense - with a very one-dimensional attack while operating behind an offensive line that was recurrently porous. I hope he finds someway in real life to include that on his resume, it's a hell of an accomplishment.

Had the Dennis Erickson regime not blown his first year of eligibility - Derek played in five games, going 17-for-41 and 263 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions as true freshman - and redshirted him instead, there is little doubt another year would give Anderson nearly every conference record in the books. Even if you were to discount his sophomore season records, his first as the starting quarterback to allow for the limited game experience he received instead of redshirting, with another season, he would own every record by a lot.

While the two defeats of the Ducks at Burrito Stadium aren't my fondest memories of his career, anything less than a sincere "Well done" would be a negligence on my part, though I will also admit to finding the "fair weather friend" nature of the criticism directed his way by the Orange & Black faithful to be another reason I'm happily a Duck. They didn't know how good they had it and they complained every step of the way; a sorry, sorry statement about the collective wisdom up there.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

The Wines Family

Oh you may not like the snow, but everyone who works at Les Schwab says BRING IT ON!
It's like money in the bank baby! If you have never experienced the warm inviting atmosphere at a Les Schwab with snow on the ground you just don't know what you're missing. My family has been through 13 snow rushes. They are so used to me leaving before they are awake, and getting home at about bed time. I can't thank them enough for their support! Everyone drive safe and PRAY FOR SNOW!


Civil War @ Mac Court

WHAT’S ON TAP . . . Oregon wraps up its five-game homestand by hosting Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. at McArthur Court (9,087) in the 321st edition of the Civil War, presented by Your Northwest Dodge Dealers. The Oregon Sports Network will televise the game live in the State of Oregon.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Weather Outside is Frightful...

The Wines Family
I'm so glad that Mr. Winter has decided to rear his ugly head and freeze my butt off. I don't like being outside when it is this cold, but whatta you gonna do? Just want everyone to drive safely.

On another note, I am also having some misfortune in the poker world. Last night I placed 11th in a $20 buy-in multitable tourney, which payed top 10. It hurts so bad to finish one spot from the money...but oh well.

I like the pictures from Christmas Eve Dad!

Beware, it might snow this weekend. I think that would be fantastically cool, especially if school were cancelled. Even on icy days I wake up and check the website that posts school closures since my school is atop the hill. "Oh please, oh please, no school for me!"

Chuck says he will post this weekend, and loves ya all!


Christmas Eve 2004 Photos

Hi Family,

Here are four of my favorite photos
from that wonderful evening. Thought
you would enjoy seeing them.

Had an enjoyable and quiet New Years
weekend. Watched "Rounders" for the
first time and then promptly lost in
2 ten dollar tournies online.

Guess I'm not going to give up the day job just yet.

Love, Dad

Sunday, January 02, 2005

In the Shadow of What's Real

The Wines Family
Hey kids!

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year, and a fun 2005. Chuck and I spent our new years in Portland visiting with friends from out of town. It was quite nice simply because we had the chance to be with some great friends that we don't get to see very often. Well, be good to yourselves and others.