Saturday, December 30, 2006
Bryce Taylor led Oregon with 22 points as the 20th ranked Ducks kept their win streak alive at 13.
Maarty Leunen added 14, Aaron Brooks had 13 and Chamberlain Oguchi came off the bench to contribute 12.
The Ducks went into half-time with a 7 point lead and led the Beavs the entire second half.
Opening the year with 13 wins is something Oregon hasn't done for 69 years and this is the first win at Corvallis in the last 4 seasons.
I watched this game, the Ducks played as a team instead of every man for himself. With Malik Hairston coming back in another week from an injury, I look for the Ducks to have a better season than they have had in awhile.
There are only 3 undefeated teams left in the nation, Oregon, UCLA and #25 Clemson. The LA schools come to Mac Court next week. Thursday is USC at 5:30pm and #1 UCLA take on the Ducks Saturday at 11:00am (televised on FSN).
Friday, December 29, 2006
Maarty Leunen (pictured) scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 20 Oregon to a 76-49 win last night at Mac Court.
The Ducks, one of four Division I teams still undefeated, are off to a 12-0 start for the first time since the 1946-47 season. They have started 14-0 twice, the last coming in the 1937-38 season.
Now comes the real test for Oregon, which opens Pac-10 play against Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, with a potential showdown at McArthur Court against No. 1 UCLA one week later.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The Pac-10 season opener will be against the Beavers in Corvallis on Saturday. Game time is 1pm and it is being televised by FSN.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
We got pretty lucky with the weather for todays
game. It is supposed to be partly cloudy and in the mid 40's. It never rained a drop once we arrived yesterday. We walked around for about 8 hours yesterday afternoon and evening and enjoyed a good meal at McCormick & Schmick's in the Pioneer Square district.
The room at the Pioneer Square Best Western is really nice and is central to the whole area. We are located on 1st & Yessler for those that know the area. We are only about 4 blocks from Qwest Field to our south or Pike Market which is about the same distance to the north.
It should be a good game and I am excited to see LT do his thing. Take care everyone & I will see you tomorrow!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thanks for being a part of this blog. Enjoy the Holidays with family and friends and if you travel, be safe!
Friday, December 22, 2006
We looked helpless against the Cougars to end the season with 4 straight losses. Time to think about next year and what it will take to reverse the glaring flaws we possess.
From play calling to execution this game was both humiliating and undeniably the worst coached game of the season.
The good news? The mens basketball team is on a roll baby!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sanders missed Saturday’s practice in Eugene for the same reason but participated in most of Sunday’s workout after arriving late.
The line was further weakened by the absence of Matt Toeaina, who missed his second straight practice with a calf strain.
The BYU defense is also dealing with injuries, particularly at cornerback.
Reserve safety Cole Miyahira has been practicing at cornerback in place of the injured Criddle.
Nearly all of Oregon’s regulars wore the new yellow-green helmets for practice Monday. Bellotti didn’t commit to using them in the bowl game.
“We’ll make a final decision before the game, but we have that availability,” Bellotti said.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Oregon improved to 10-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 team also opened at 10-0.
Aaron Brooks scored 18 points and Bryce Taylor added 14 for the Ducks, who shot 53.3 percent from the field. It was their third consecutive game shooting better than 50 percent. Oregon matched a season high with 23 assists, led by Taylor's career-high seven.
Akbar Abdul-Ahad had 15 points and David Schroeder added 11 for the Bengals (4-6), who shot 36.7 percent.
Hairston's 12 rebounds tied a career high and helped Oregon to a 44-26 rebounding edge, its largest margin of the season (plus-18). The junior from Detroit, Mich., also matched a career-high with three blocks.
Oregon used a 16-4 run to open the second half, building a 61-32 lead on Churchill Odia's 3-pointer with 14:22 left.
Hairston's layup with 56 seconds left gave the Ducks their largest lead at 84-53.
Hairston had 17 points in the first half to lift Oregon to a 45-28 halftime lead.
The Ducks played without their leading scorer, Tajuan Porter, a 5-foot-6 freshman who sprained his toe in Oregon's victory over Eastern Washington on Friday. Oregon was also without guard Chamberlain Oguchi, who has missed the last four games due to a sprained left ankle suffered Nov. 29 at Georgetown.
Next up for the Oregon Men: Mercer comes to Mac Court on Saturday at 1pm.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
The win in the schools' first meeting keeps the Ducks undefeated at 9-0 and off to their best start since winning the first 10 games of the 1996-97 season.
Taylor, who scored a season high, was 8-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Malik Hairston also scored a season-high with 20, Aaron Brooks added 16 points, and Tajuan Porter and Maarty Leunen had 10 apiece.
The Ducks shot almost 60 percent from the field, making 37-of-62 shots and 8-of-17 3-pointers. The Eagles, who were fourth in the nation at 90.3 points per game, shot 46 percent from the field, but were held 16 points below their average.
The next game for the Ducks will be against Idaho State this Sunday at Mac Court, game time 5pm.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Bryce Taylor scored 21 points to lead the Ducks to a 92-64 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Monday night.
The Ducks (8-0), who moved into the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since January 2003, are on their longest winning streak in coach Ernie Kent's 10 seasons.
There were 35 points scored by the UO reserves, a season high that included 15 from freshman Joevan Catron and another nine from sophomore Churchill Odia (pictured) in his playing debut at Oregon.
The Ducks play host to Eastern Washington on Friday at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
The Ducks are now 7-0 for their best start since 1996-97 when they started 10-0.
"We're going out there and having fun, playing together and playing Oregon basketball," Hairston said. "The way we're playing, I think we can play with anyone."
The Ducks were able to hold Nebraska's top scorer, Aleks Maric, to 12 points and six rebounds. The 6-foot-11 Australian was averaging 20.7 points and 7.7 rebounds going into the game.
Leunen and Brooks finished with 15 points each for Oregon. Porter had 10 points."It was another great game of grinding it out," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
This year’s edition is a Pac-10/Big XII challenge, with the men’s game starting at noon on Saturday, Dec. 9. FSN will televise the Oregon-Nebraska game live nationally.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Harrington also got the last laugh against his former team. During introductions, the Dolphins had their defensive unit announced, but the Lions also chose to introduce Harrington while playing Billy Joel's Piano Man -- a direct shot at Harrington's well-known love of piano playing.
Harrington said "it was clever," and he is proud of his piano-playing skills. He started playing when he was 2 and has played with Blues Traveler, Jason Mraz and Third Eye Blind.All Harrington wanted was a chance in Miami, and so far it's been better than expected. Right now, life's a song for the Piano Man.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Aaron Brooks scored 15 points, and Bryce Taylor scored nine of his 14 points in the second half for the Ducks, who are 6-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
Oregon shot 28 percent in the first half and 54 percent in the second, but the bigger story was the way the visitors dominated nearly everything else: They moved the ball well, scrapped for loose balls, got more offensive rebounds and neutralized the fearsome front court of Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert despite playing a much smaller lineup.
Monday, November 27, 2006
I had a great time with Max, Jake & Chris. Jolene was working Saturday afternoon and went shopping Sunday so it was just me and the boys.
Saturday night we rode on the Polar Express which was a good time and something you should do if you have young children. See all the photos at Flickr.
Sunday morning we went to OMSI in Portland for the Star Wars Memorabilia show. They had some great displays, interactive challenges and even the local fan club showed up in full costume. See all the Star Wars photos at Flickr also.
May the Force be with you!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
The game will be held on Thursday, December 21st at 5:00 PST against BYU. Make your travel plans now if you want to watch the Ducks in the final game of the year. If you are going to stay home you can catch the game on ESPN or ESPNHD.
I could go on about the Civil War yesterday and what should have been a 10 point victory, but let's just hope Bellotti can patch together some kind of special team improvements in the next 4 weeks. Kudos to Leaf and his performance, the offense kept it exciting right down to the last play.
Friday, November 24, 2006
By the way, look for rain showers at Corvallis today when the Ducks travel to Reser Stadium to take on the Beavs.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
I have been blessed with the best family a man could have. Here is a toast to my parents, wife, children, grandkids, friends and co-workers who make everyday a day to be thankful for!
Be safe out there if you are traveling, and just so we don't forget what tomorrow is....
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
I've always felt that being a Beaver prepares you for life. You learn not to expect too much.
Why is a tornado and a Beaver divorce similar?
You know someone is going to lose a house trailer!
What does a Beaver say to a Duck at MacDonald's?
"Do you want to Supersize that?"
A OSU student walked into a bar in Eugene and ordered two beers. After he paid for the beers he drank one and poured the other one all over his right hand. The bartender was curious to what he was doing so he asked him, and the OSU student replied "I'm trying to get my date drunk."
One day at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter was greeting new comers. The first man was a brilliant engineer Boston College, so he and St. Peter talked about the great structures and buildings of the world. Next was a mathematician from Harvard, so they talked about the most complex mathmatical problems in the history of civilization. The third guy had an IQ of 78 and a six pack in his right hand and St. Peter says, "How 'bout them Beavs!"
What's orange & black and goes 100 mph?
A Beaver in a blender.
Why wasn't Jesus born in Corvallis?
God couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.
How do you make a OSU graduate leave your house?
Pay him for the pizza.
What's black and blue and goes tha-dump, tha-dump, tha-dump?
A Beaver in a dryer.
Why don't they raise chickens in Corvallis?
They plant the eggs too deep.
How do you keep a Beaver out of your front yard?
Put up some goalposts.
Why do OSU graduates put their diploma on the car dashboard?
So they can park in the handicap spots.
Why did OSU decide to put Astro-Turf in Reser Stadium?
To keep the cheerleaders from grazing.
What do you get when you breed a OSU Beaver and a Groundhog?
Six more weeks of bad football.
What does a OSU woman tell her lover when she's done with sex?
"Get off me, Dad, you're crushing my smokes!"
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Oregon wide receiver Jordan Kent sits on the bench with his head in hands during the final minutes of Oregon's 37-10 loss to Arizona yesterday.
Pretty much sums up the day for the Ducks. It was painful to watch, especially for the Seniors.
Some of the so called "fans" around us should have moved to the Arizona section. Dave, Jake & I had a hard time controlling our frustration as these people kept berating the players. Real fans never boo their own team. I wish they would have kept their negativism at home.
Hopefully, we will see the real Ducks next week in Corvallis.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
• Oregon has won the last seven meetings between the two teams; The Ducks have lost only once to the Wildcats under head coach Mike Bellotti (38-3; 1998), winning 10 of the last 11 meetings.
• The Ducks have never lost to Arizona at home under Bellotti and their last loss to UA at Autzen came in 1986 (41-17).
• Oregon is 5-0 at home this season and dating back to last season have won eight consecutive games; The Ducks’ last home loss was a 45-13 loss to then-No. 1 USC last season.
• The Ducks will be searching for their 13th perfect home slate and their first since 2000.
The Ducks are 19-12 all-time vs. Arizona. Oregon is 10-1 vs. Arizona in head coach Mike Bellotti’s tenure. Oregon has won the last six meetings, including the last six in Eugene. In the last five meetings, the Ducks have outscored Arizona, 198-87.
Look for the Ducks to come out of the gate running on all cylinders this week. After each of the first 2 losses, Oregon has come back to Autzen looking for revenge. I see nothing different this week as Oregon will win by 20. The weather looks to be a non-factor on Saturday with a prediction of cloudy skies and temps in the mid 50's with only a 10% chance of rain.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Talk to all of you later,
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Fox Sports Net decided to delay the start of the telecast because the Oklahoma - Texas Tech game wasn't quite over (first bad sign). They join the Oregon - USC game in progress. Looking good, the Ducks are moving the ball down the field on the first possession. We get down to about the 12 yard line of USC and get stopped. Fourth and 2 yards to go, do we go for the field goal (not quite a sure thing with Martinez lately) or make a statement and go for it? We go for it and get stopped (2nd bad omen).
We match yardage in the first half with SC, but a couple of turnovers lead to 2 easy scores by the Trojans and the Ducks cannot put it away in the Red Zone. Oregon had every opportunity to make this a great game. Turnovers, untimely penalties, questionable play calling at times and dropped balls led to our demise. USC is very beatable but you cannot hand them points. Halftime score, USC 14 - Oregon 0.
Oregon finally gets on the scoreboard in the 3rd quarter with a field goal and SC leads 28-3. Our first touchdown comes in the 4th quarter on a Leaf to Stewart pass play that got reviewed not once, but twice. Calling out the refs by Bellotti (he was the one who called for the 2nd review) was the highlight of the game. Final score USC 35 - Oregon 10.
Back to Autzen next week to face a resurgent Arizona team (how huge was their win over Cal?). By the way, the photos of Noah and all the Grandkids are available at Flickr.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
How will the Ducks handle this kind of pressure? If you ask Dave, he would tell you; "In the end, the Ducks rack up 62 points, including two field goals by Martinez...trying to avoid rubbing it in. The Ducks give up 17 points, and strike the fear of God into USC for the remainder of the season." Check out Dave's complete post at his blog.
I think we will see a lot of different looks today. USC has been studying game films and of course Bellotti knows this. Expect the unexpected on both sides of the ball. John David Booty (pictured) will be crushed in the jaws of the Oregon defense. I will be a little more conservative with my prediction.
Oregon 30 - USC 17
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Oregon redshirt freshman Ed Dickson’s (pictured, white jersey) switch to defense in fall camp was made as a temporary fix, UO coach Mike Bellotti said Wednesday, two days after Dickson moved back to tight end, where he practiced last season.
Dickson had nine tackles with two sacks as a reserve defensive end this fall, after switching sides of the ball following a spate of injuries to the UO defensive line in fall camp. But a move back to offense was always in Oregon’s plans, Bellotti said.
“We need him on offense now,” Bellotti said.
A day after expressing displeasure with his punters, Bellotti offered a positive assessment of Josh Syria, the transfer who is sitting out this season as a redshirt.
“He shows promise,” Bellotti said. “He might be the most consistent of all our guys right now.”
The Ducks practiced in the Moshofsky Center for a third straight day Wednesday.
Story from the Register Guard
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
If recruiting rankings decided the outcome of Oregon's game Saturday night against USC, it would be all over already.
The Trojans win in a rout. It's not even close when the recruiting stars are added up, and the blue chippers are stacked against the Ducks.
"On paper, we don't match up," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti agreed. "A lot of people tell us that every year, but we don't let that affect the way we think about the game.
"The game is won on the field, it's not won by what somebody did in high school or what (recruiting) rating they were given."By the unofficial count of Scout.com, an Internet recruiting service, there are 27 Trojans who listed Oregon as one of their final five choices for a college before picking USC. The Ducks counter with five players who had USC in their final five choices for a college: receivers Derrick Jones, Jaison Williams and Cameron Colvin, linebacker A.J. Tuitele and running back Jonathan Stewart (pictured). (Complete article at their website....Mike)
Seen at Dave's Blog:
Very nice preview Dave! Be sure to check out the complete piece at: As Seen By Dave
Monday, November 06, 2006
Bellotti said defensive reserves Jerome Boyd, a linebacker, and Terrell Ward, a cornerback, could be cleared to rejoin the playing roster after lengthy rehabilitations from injuries.
The Ducks moved up to 21st in The Associated Press poll of the media, and was 20th in the USA Today voting by coaches. Oregon is also 20th in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, which factor in the evaluation of six computers. Among the computers, two have the Ducks at 17th while three put Oregon 20th. The other computer ranking has Oregon 22nd.
USC is seventh in both the media and coaches voting, and seventh in the BCS poll. That’s one spot ahead of California. There is a fourth Pac-10 team listed in the BCS poll this week, with Oregon State moved up to 24th.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
The Oregon "D" won this game. Washington was held to just 13 rushing yards, 125 passing yards, and 10 first downs.
Jonathan Stewart (pictured) ran for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns.Patrick Chung opened the scoring with a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown and had an interception for Oregon. Dennis Dixon completed 14 of 25 passes for 109 yards for the Ducks, but the Huskies capitalized on his two interceptions for their only scores.
The rain never did show up, not that we would have noticed. "Jose" never tasted so good! We sat with some amiable Huskie fans, but they left in mass after the Dawgs, on 4th and 33 punted. Down to LA next week to take on the Trojans.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Talk to everyone later!!!
Link courtesy of Hairofthedawg!
Full story at Scout.com
While most people only care who wins the annual football game between the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks, there is a new element to the rivalry between these two Northwest schools.
Since the WhiskeyDawg (or also known as The Godfather) introduced Beershoes to the tailgating culture at Washington, the passionate fans of these two schools have figured out a way to decide school bragging rights in the parking lot.
Pretty fun read if you have time to check out the complete story. I will look for the action tomorrow in the parking lot at Autzen. Thanks for the link Dick.
Just behind the Civil War, the game against the Dawgs ranks as a classic rivalry. While Washington leads the series 58-35-5, the Ducks have won the last 2 meetings.
This years version probably won't be the blowout that last year was, Oregon 45 - Washington 21, as both teams have been hurt by injuries. The predicted rainy weather will also keep the game closer and the scores lower.
Over at the Washington Blog, John sees it like this:
"The team that makes the least mistakes will win the game. Oregon has better talent, but is more banged up than Washington which is an equalizer. Washington has also shown a propensity of playing up to the level of it's opponent on the road. UW has it's back to the wall in this one and will leave it all on the field. I predict the game goes down to the last play with Washington pulling the upset on a Johnny Durocher touchdown pass as time runs out. I just think Washington is due, and no better place to do it than Eugene. ...Washington 31-30."
Sorry to burst your bubble John, but as every Duck fan knows, the Quackers pull out all the stops when the Dawgs come to town. I agree with John on one point, turnovers will be the key to this game. Limit them, control the O line, and come away with a victory.
Puppies leave Autzen with their tails tucked between their legs. Oregon by 3.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
"The one who annihilated Arizona State looking like one of the best teams in the country, or the team that lost in Pullman, and was embarrassed in Berkeley?"
Well guys, I can tell you. This will be the Oregon team that loves Dawg Food. A big factor this weekend will be the weather. It is supposed to start raining tomorrow and not let up for at least a week. The running game will be a big key for both sides and the Ducks should prevail on the ground.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Well, guess who it is! Captain Jack Sparrow and Jason from Friday The 13th. We all had a ton of fun "Trick or Treating" last night. It was a little cold but we managed to haul in a cubic butt load of candy.
We made a trip to the mall after "Trick or Treating" and Max wanted to stop by the Disney store to show them how his costume looked. They said it was the best they had seen all day. The people at the Disney store liked his costume so much they took his picture to hang up on their wall.
The loss of Brown also means it is likely that true freshman Andre Crenshaw will be brought out of his redshirt status. Jones has been hampered all season after injuring his ankle prior to the opening game. After continued evaluation, there is now the recommendation for surgery, though Bellotti said Jones was going to get a second opinion before going ahead with the operation.
Oregon linebackers Jerome Boyd (knee) and Brent Haberly (arm) were in drills Monday, though only Boyd is considered a possibility to play Saturday against Washington. Also back in drills were starting offensive linemen Geoff Schwartz (back) and Josh Tschirgi (ankle), who missed the Portland State game.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Andiel Brown (pictured), who made a strong claim to the job of returning punts for the Ducks on Saturday against Portland State, suffered a broken bone in his left hand during the second half, though he continued to play.
Brown will be out a minimum of two games, and then "will play with a splint or cast of some type" on the hand, UO coach Mike Bellotti said during his Sunday teleconference.
The punt returner will now be Jeremiah Johnson, Patrick Chung or Walter Thurmond III, coach Bellotti said.Jonathan Stewart is "sore" in the abdominal area, with either a muscle strain or possible rib cartilage damage. With Stewart's status in obvious question and with Brown now out - along with Chris Vincent being lost earlier to an injury - it brings true freshman Andre Crenshaw closer to making his college debut.
The Huskies also have some definite injury issues, highlighted by whether Carl Bonnell will be recovered enough from a concussion suffered Saturday in a loss to Arizona State to be able to play against the Ducks. If Bonnell isn't cleared to play - and he also has an ailing shoulder - then the Washington quarterback will be Johnny DuRocher, who transferred from Oregon two falls ago.
More updates as the week progresses and players status made public.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Stewart suffered an abdominal strain after his first carry when he was dragged well out of bounds by Portland State safety Charles Manigo.
The constant chorus of boos and chants of BS after the play didn't sway the refs to throw a flag on the play either. Bellotti was more that a little "p.o. ed" that no penalty was enforced.
Jeremiah went on to run for 86 yards and 3 touchdowns. The offensive play calling in the first half was a little suspect (in my opinion) but the defense came to play. Especially in the second half , PSU could only come up with 62 offensive yards and never made it beyond their own 46 yard line.
Jaison Williams had eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown, his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season. Dennis Dixon was 13/23 for 150 yards and a TD. Brady Leaf was 4/9 for 34 yards and ran for a TD. It was good to see Andiel Brown returning punts for the Ducks, he did a great job and earned some playing time at RB also.
Kudos to the Beavers as they took down #3 USC 33-31! Next week Washington comes to town and Autzen should rock. It is always a raucous affair when we play host to the Dawgs.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Today’s 4:00 pm PDT game at Autzen Stadium is all about how big the point spread will be. Looking in from the outside, you would think that #25 Oregon would come out firing and never let up.
Last weeks exasperating loss to Wazoo fresh in the back of their minds should make for some good times today for the Ducks. Oregon may give additional work to backup quarterback Brady Leaf (pictured) against the Viks, although Dennis Dixon will still be the starter, coach Mike Bellotti said.
The I-AA Vikings (5-3, 3-2 Big Sky) will be hungry for another win after coming off a 34-0 shutout of Eastern Washington. Senior running back Mu'Ammar Ali ran for 160 yards and two scores. Tremayne Kirkland had five catches for 120 yards and Sawyer Smith completed 11 of 19 passes for 199 yards and a score.
Game time weather in Eugene should be perfect, 61 degrees and sunny. Oregon by 38.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
You could assemble a pretty decent defense with the Ducks currently battling long-term injuries. Cole Linehan, Ra'Shon Harris, Jeremy Gibbs and Victor Filipe on the line. Haberly, Jerome Boyd and Jason Turner at linebacker. Jackie Bates, Jameel Dowling and Terrell Ward in the secondary.
It's not quite 11, but it's a substantial number. Throw in a few offensive players - running back Chris Vincent, a couple of receivers, two offensive linemen - and the Ducks are a hurting bunch entering Saturday's 4 p.m. game with Portland State in Autzen Stadium.
If there is a silver lining, Bellotti said, it's that many of the injured Ducks out for multiple games are at least expected to return this season. Harris and Gibbs might play Saturday, Boyd and receiver Cameron Colvin are projected back for the Washington game a week later, and Haberly hopes to play a week after that at USC.