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Monday, June 30, 2008

I Love The Mountains

I heard this song when I was watching a commercial on the Discovery Channel the other day and thought it would be fun to add a collage of ManCamp photos to it. Enjoy!

ManCamp V Scouting Trip

I took a few photos on Saturday afternoon just before we got hit with a big thunder and lightning storm, you can see the others at Flickr.

Bob, Chuck, Dave and I were about 22 miles above Hills Creek Reservoir on the Middle Fork of the Willamette river. We had a nice secluded spot that Bob remembered from a camping trip many moons ago.

The river in this stretch had some sweet looking holes but the fish weren't biting as Dave caught the one and only fish in 3 days. We consoled ourselves with some liquid refreshments, man stories and lots of poker. Check out some more photos we took with Dave's camera here.

Thanks for a great time everyone!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mr. Duck's Vote For Pac-10 Commissioner

I had the chance to get a rare phone interview with the reclusive Mr. Duck this morning. He was kind enough to email his picture, and while he wouldn't disclose his location, my guess is it's somewhere "tropical."

The blogoshpere is rife with everyone's two cents on who should replace Tom Hansen as Pac-10 commissioner so I asked Mr. Duck his opinion.

"You know Mike, I have given this a great deal of thought. While the usual method has worked fine (?) for the last few decades, a new century deserves a unique approach."

"Pac-10 sports, and especially football and basketball, are big business. Instead of going with a former athletic director or bringing in a commissioner from a different conference why don't we treat it like the business we know it is."

"Now, if I was going to hire someone to run my business, wouldn't I want a proven performer, someone who has started their company from nothing and nurtured it to be an industry leader? Of course I would, and with that in mind, wouldn't I want someone who understand the west coast, lives and works in the area? Makes sense, doesn't it?"

"With that in mind, the best candidate for the job is Phil Knight, yeah that's the ticket."

I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me Mr. Duck, I'll try to catch up with you later (click).

Somehow I don't think the rest of the Pac-10 (or the NCAA) would buy into his plan.


Friday, June 20, 2008

Cade Cooper Says Goodbye

For the second time in as many weeks, another Oregon QB has decided to move on.

Cooper joined the Ducks a year ago and red shirted the season while recovering from a foot injury. He transferred from BYU and was highly regarded for his knowledge of the spread offense that Oregon likes to run.

He will be joining the Southern Utah Thunderbird's program and hopes to play this coming season, although that would require a special waiver, as this is his second transfer from one four year school to another.

Sitting about fifth on the Oregon depth chart and having a lack luster spring practice, I think he could see the handwriting on the wall.

The Ducks will enter summer workouts with five QB's remaining, redshirt sophomores Nate Costa and Justin Roper top the depth chart, followed by true freshmen Chris Harper and Darron Thomas and sophomore transfer Jeremiah Masoli.

I wish Cade all the best in his move to Southern Utah.


Monday, June 16, 2008

Firefox 3.0 Download Day

Tomorrow is the official start of Download Day 2008. Help spread the word to set this Guinness Book of World Records for most software downloads in 24 hours.

Here are a few highlights of this version:

Firefox 3 sets the innovation bar very high with exciting new features, including one-click bookmarking, the smart location bar and lightning fast performance.

Keeping you and your personal information safe is our top priority. Firefox 3 includes phishing and malware protection, plus our new instant site ID info.

With features like built-in spell checking, session restore and full zoom, Firefox 3 makes it possible to work faster and more efficiently on the Web.

Your taste and needs set you apart from the rest. With Firefox 3 you can choose from over 5,000 add-ons that help you customize your browsing experience.

Be a part of the record, go to tomorrow and get your copy for free.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Tiger Round 3 Highlights

If you have been watching the U.S. Open for the last 3 days you have witnessed some incredible golf at the beautiful Torrey Pines golf club in La Jolla, California.

But what Tiger did on Saturday, well watch for yourself, it was amazing, even for Tiger. I hope his left knee will allow him to make it through round 4. He had it surgically repaired 2 months ago and this is his first competitive golf since the Masters.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there, I know I will enjoy mine.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Duck Season Opener Start Time Announced

As reported at

"The University of Oregon's Aug. 30 football season opener vs. the University of Washington in Autzen Stadium has been changed to a 7 p.m. kickoff to accommodate Fox Sports Net television, according to an announcement Monday by the Pacific-10 Conference."

This should allow all the tailgater's an ample opportunity to enjoy the "pre-game" festivities.


Saturday, June 07, 2008

Belmont Stakes Today

The 140th running of the Belmont Stakes is today. The last leg of the Triple Crown will feature Big Brown, who has a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner in thirty years.

Post time will be about 3:15 pm PDT and is televised locally on ABC (channel 9). I hope you all get the chance to watch, it could be history in the making.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Oregon QB Cody Kempt Transferring To Montana St.

Sophomore QB Cody Kempt will be going home to compete for a starting job with the Montana St. Bobcats.

With an uncertain future at Oregon, Kempt felt the timing was right to make the switch. Instead of competing against 6 other potential QB's here in Eugene, Kempt will only have 4 to go against in Bozeman.

Kempt's father played for the Bobcats from 1985-89 as a linebacker. MSU coach Bob Ash stated on Wednesday, "the first thing we're excited about is that Cody is familiar with the Bobcat program because of his family connections. That should allow him to come to Bozeman and plug into MSU easily. Second, his familiarity with the type of offense we're running is exciting. He should be able to make a smooth transition to our program in that regard easily, as well. Most important is that we really like Cody Kempt as a person. He's an excellent student, a tremendous citizen, and he's transferring for all the right reasons. He wants a chance to play. He's a first-class person, and it was an easy decision to welcome Cody to our program."

I'm sure I am not alone in wishing Cody the best of luck.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Oregon Roundtable Discussion

Chris, over at Bleacher Report asked me to participate in a Roundtable discussion for their website. He poses the following questions and asked that I answer each.

• The Oregon pass defense was ranked 86 in the country last year. With Patrick Chung, Walter Thurmond and Jairus Byrd returning and Nick Reed rushing off the edge is this going to be enough to contain the wide-open offenses of the Pac 10?
Answer: The returning corners, Thurmond and Byrd, will be playing together for the third consecutive year and will be impressive. Chung will be playing his senior season and shouldn't have to worry as much about the run with Nick Reed and Will Tukuafu rushing off the ends. The linebacker corps (John Bacon, Jerome Boyd and Kevin Garrett) proved less than inspiring last year but they gained valuable experience. Look for the defense to make a substantial improvement over last year.

• What do you guys think about Quarterback Justin Roper's ability to lead this Ducks team after coming off a 6TD 2 interception freshmen year?
Answer: This is the single biggest question mark in the minds of Oregon fans. I am not so sure that Roper will gain the starters job. While we didn't get to see Nate Costa at the Spring Game, he was leading the depth chart before he tore his ACL in practice last year. There are several other QB's fighting for the job too, Kempt, Cooper, Thomas, Harper, & Masoli. I think Oregon will do more running during the opening games as the starting QB gets his rhythm. Bottom line, I think Roper has the inside track and proved himself in the Sun Bowl.

• Is Andre Crenshaw going to be able to carry the load and keep Oregon's potent rushing attack among the Pac 10's best?
Answer: Crenshaw is going to get a lot of help from LeGarrette Blount, he is impressive. While he may not have the speed of Jonathan Stewart, he is a force to be reckoned with. Combine that with Jeremiah Johnson's quickness, cutting ability and heart and I see no let down in our running game.

• Thoughts on the 2008 Schedule?
Answer: Very tough road schedule against WSU, USC, ASU, Cal, and Oregon State. I think the best we can hope for this year is 8-4 or 9-3.

• Are BCS aspirations realistic?
Answer: Not likely but the Ducks have surprised us before.

• With Chip Kelly's success as offensive coordinator, is defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti under pressure to perform now?
Answer: I think Nick's job is safe as long as Bellotti is the coach. I think the defense will be asked to carry the team during the first couple of games while the new QB and offense gel and I feel the defense, together with Aliotti will respond.


Monday, June 02, 2008

Noah's 2nd Birthday Party

We all had a great time at Noah's 2nd birthday party yesterday. Good grub, dessert and lots of Amelia & Noah has to add up to a good time. I put all of the photos on my Flickr page for your enjoyment.