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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Oregon 57 - Georgetown 50

Oregon upset the 18th-ranked Hoyas last night 57-50 in Washington.

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

Polar Express & Star Wars

It was a "guy" kind of weekend. Lots of video games, Star Wars and the Polar Express at Hood River.

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

Viva Las Vegas!

Looks like the Ducks will probably be invited to the 15th annual Las Vegas Bowl this year. After yesterdays disappointing loss to the Beavers, Oregon's bowl prospects have dwindled.

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

Noah on Thanksgiving

We had family dropping by all day yesterday so I just had to get out the camera and take a few shots of Noah while he was visiting. All of the photos are at Flickr if you would like to see them.

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

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving and that you get to spend the day with Family & Friends!

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

Duck The Beavers!

Keys to the game:

1. Play like it is your last regular season game.

2. Take no prisoners.

3. Go out winners.

4. Kick their ass.

5. Enough said.


W.I.I. Answer

The previous picture is of this dolls head, sans the wig. Looking down from the top you can see the mechanism for the movable eyes.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Beaver Jokes

Not to be outdone by Dave over at his blog, here are some more Beaver jokes. These came from our good friends at the Washington blog but have been edited by me. Enjoy!

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

Arizona 37 - Oregon 10

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

Homecoming - Arizona vs Oregon

The U of O football team (7-3 overall, 4-3 Pacific-10 Conference) comes home for its final home game of the season to host the Arizona Wildcats (5-5, 3-4), who are coming off a win over No. 8 California last week. The Ducks will be looking to remain perfect at home this season as 19 seniors are expected to make their final Autzen Stadium appearance as they look to rebound from a 35-10 loss at USC last weekend.

• 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

So Close

Hey guys, Jake with another basketball update. We lost our game on Friday. But we shouldn't have. We had a 9 point lead at the begining of the 4th quarter. 3:00 mins later, were down by 1. We just don't show up when we need to. Our defense closes down on us. Now, we are young and less expierienced than some teams but that's no excuse. The one thing that killed us was their 3 pointer with 1:00 left. Total luck shot. Their center shot it. God was with him that day. But were playing a bit of an easier team next week and hopefully get back to .500.

Talk to all of you later,

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Roast Duck

The disappointment runs rampant at The Wines Family. We were totally psyched up for this game. Dave and I drove to Albany yesterday afternoon to watch it at Chuck and Suzi's house. We had some pre-game time with Noah (what a cutie!) and I even scored some photos of the little guy in his Halloween costume. We scarfed down pizza, had a few brewskies and were totally focused for the kickoff.

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

Crunch Time

Well, Duck fans, it all comes down to today. A lot is on the line with this one game. The best bowl game selection, recruiting for the future, numerous team members playing in front of family & friends for the first time.

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

UO Football Update: Dickson’s Return To Offense

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

W.I.I. Answer

It is another creepy, crawly, caterpillar with a head full of pincers.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Oregon vs USC Preview - Around the Net

At the Register Guard Site:

USC's blue chips don't faze Ducks
By Bob Clark
Published: Wednesday, November 8, 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, 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:

Keys To Victory: Protect our Quarterback
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
This one is easy...we have been protecting our quarterback all year long, and I don’t see that changing against USC. Sure, they have talented defenders on the line, and especially at linebacker...but they probably haven’t faced an offense all year that will require them to cover so much of the field. Remember the bad boys of ASU and all the sacks they came out with for their game against Oregon...yeah...well, expect more of the same.

Very nice preview Dave! Be sure to check out the complete piece at: As Seen By Dave

Monday, November 06, 2006

UO Update: Two Seniors In Doubt For USC

Seniors James Finley (pictured) and Dan Kause are considered questionable to be ready to play Saturday when Oregon meets seventh-ranked USC in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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

W.I.I. Answer

Chris won with his answer of "caterpillar." Figured that was close enough.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Puppies 14 - Ducks 34

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.


W.I.I. Answer

Here is the original picture taken on James Bond Island in Thailand. Section that was cropped out is in the upper right.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Close One

We had another game this week against another tough team. Our coach our Big Man Austin is sidelined with a broken finger. At the earliest he'll be back in a month. So in my first season with the team I'm gonna have to step up big. And this game I believe that I did. If my calculations are correct I had 9 points 4 rebounds and a steal. Not bad for only my second game with the team. George is my hero. At the end of the 3rd quarter he launched a half court shot and swished it. It was amazing. We had a 9 point lead going into the 4th quarter and we blew it. If we would have shut down their star player we would have dominated. Without him they're nothing. We won by 1 point but we played sloppy again but we're starting to gel and next game should be a good one.

Talk to everyone later!!!


Huskies and Ducks vie for the Beershoes Cup

Link courtesy of Hairofthedawg!

Full story at

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.


Raw Steak or Puppy Chow?

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

Jake's Turn!!!

Jake had his turn at a little Halloween fun. His church group had a party tonight so, he went as a teenage boy (ha ha.) Anyway, pretty good Zombie don't you think?

Kibbles 'n Bits

Over at the Washington Blog, John and the guys are trying to figure out which Oregon team will show up on Saturday.

"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.