Photo courtesy of David Putzier at Flickr.

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.

GO DUCKS!

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!

Dave

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.

Mike

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.