Saturday, December 30, 2006
Today for the first time since 2003 I attended a sporting event in Corvallis and left happy. The Ducks beat the Beavers 76-73 to improve to 13-0. If they would have lost today I would have probably never set foot in Corvallis again. Next week we'll find out if the Ducks are for real when they face LA Schools.
Friday, December 29, 2006
THE ASTERISK IS INTENDED FOR OREGON STATE FANS WHO HAVE STATED THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON DID NOT LEGITIMATLY BEAT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA AND THAT THERE SHOULD BE AN ASTERISK NEXT TO THE WIN IN THE RECORD BOOK. THERE WERE FOUR BLOWN CALLS OR NO CALLS THAT WENT OSU'S WAY THAT SWUNG THE GAME IN THEIR FAVOR, HAD THOSE CALLS BEEN CALLED RIGHT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WOULD HAVE WON THIS GAME. WHILE I DO BELIEVE THAT LIKE THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON AGAINST OKLAHOMA THE OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY BEAVERS LEGITIMATLY WON THIS GAME, I AM REQUIRED TO PUT AN ASTERISK NEXT TO IT UNTIL EVERY BEAVER FAN WHO TOLD ME THAT THERE SHOULD BE AN ASTERISK NEXT TO OUR VICTORY OVER OKLAHOMA RETRACTS THAT STATEMENT AND ADMITS THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SUCKS DID IN FACT BEAT THE OKLAHOMA SOONERS.
I HATE THE BEAVERS!!!!!
I FEEL BETTER NOW
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Former President of the United States Gerald Ford passed away this evening. Ford was was 38th President of the United States and was the only President not to be elected to national office. He was appointed vice president after the resignation of Spiro Agnew by President Richard Nixon and became president after President Nixon's resignation in August of 1974. His presidency lasted only 895 days and is best remembered for the pardon of President Nixon, an unpopular move at the time that probably cost him the election in 1976 but history shows that the pardon was the right thing to do as it allowed the country to move forward. Ford restored honesty and integrity to the White House and brought the Nation back together after the embarrassment of Watergate. On a personal note the President of the United States on the day that I was born (January 10, 1977) was Gerald Ford.
Information from AP report on President Ford's passing was used for this post
Monday, December 25, 2006
The Birth of Jesus1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Ohio State 34 Boise State 17
USC 28 LSU 24
Louisville 35 Michigan 31
Florida 21 Wisconsin 17
The semifinal games will be played next week.
Ohio State vs USC
Florida vs Louisville
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Ohio State 48 Troy 13
Boise State 28 Auburn 24
LSU 27 BYU 10
USC 35 Wake Forest 7
Louisville 45 Notre Dame 17
Michigan 21 Houston 13
Wisconsin 24 Oklahoma 21
Florida 24 Central Michigan 10
The second round matchups are as follows:
Ohio State vs Boise State
USC vs LSU
Louisville vs Michigan
Wisconsin vs Florida
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
12-5-06 9:58 AM
I have analyzed the loss and there clearly has to be some changes made. There is no way that ucla team should have been able to hang with us. Yes, I know that the refs did everything they could to give the game to them, but we still should have pulled through it.
1) Someone has to pay for that loss. You can't just let something like this go without setting an example. Carroll knows who is most at fault and he knows which coach is most expendable. He needs to take action against that person. If it is Kiffin, fine, if it is the oline coach, fine, if it is the d coach who let the ucla qb run all over the field (did our coaches learn NOTHING form texas?) fine. Once the other coaches see that their job is on the line, they will NEVER let this happen again. They have become complacent with all the success and have lost their edge. Time to shake them up.
2) As part of the first point, no more hiring coaches because they are friends or relatives of others. Nepotism is the fastest way to bring down the program that I can think of. Trojan coaches should be hired based on their coaching resume, and nothing else. The players and the fans deserve that. We also need to bring in more REAL Trojans as coaches. Bringing in bRuins and others will undermine the program from within.
3) Booty looked like a deer in the headlights all day. Time to let Sanchez start. He was the NUMBER ONE qb in the country and everyone says he is the real leader we need on the field.
4) We need to recruit harder. I thought there was no way ucla could stay with us because we have all talent and they have no talent. I was wrong. We need to recruit players that are so much better than them that mentally the bRuins will be intimidated before the game even starts. It is time to distance us from them talent wise.
5) Someone needs to "coach" our players on how to respond to the media. I am sick of reading in the times quotes from our players about how "ucla just flat out outplayed us." Get a grip. No one outplays us. The result was a combination of things but ucla didn't beat us.
I have already called Garrett's office to let him know where we need to go from here. If you want to call him about the game, his number is:
Remember, if you don't let him know how you feel then you have no right to complain if things continue to go sour.
Trojan Al - esteemed graduate of the generally accepted most ELITE academic institution in the ENTIRE nation - USC entering GPA average a PERFECT 4.0 ( above sister school Stanford), SAT average an astronomical 1370 (towering above fast falling ucla and football factory notre dame, from Princeton Review), ACT average an extraordinary 30 (soaring above academic dinosaur cal, from Princeton Review), and Community Involvement Quotient average 5AA (above Harvard the "USC of the east" ), Time Magazine "Best ACADEMIC University of the Year", ZERO recruits who had to be held back TWO FULL GRADESCHOOL YEARS like the ones at notre dame, and wonderlic scores way above public school texas whose smartest player only got a 4!...and in last four years winner of four national STUDENT-athlete recruiting titles!link to post
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Please note: The author of this blog deos not actually believe that there should be a BCS type system in college basketball. This post is meant to point out how ridiculous collge football's post season is. If you were unable to catch the sarcastic tone in this post, I would suggest that you read a different blog.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
1. the Ohio State (Big Ten) vs 16. Troy(Sun Belt)
8. Boise State (Wac) vs 9. Auburn (at large)
4. LSU (at large) vs 13. BYU (Mountain West)
5. USC (Pac 10) vs 12. Wake Forest (ACC)
6. Louisville (Big East) vs 11. Notre Dame (At large)
3. Michigan (At large) vs 14. Houston (Conference USA)
7. Wisconsin (At large) vs 10. Oklahoma (Big 12)
2. Florida (SEC) vs 15. Central Michigan (MAC)
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Last season I was highly critical of University of Oregon Basketball team and specifically its head coach Ernie Kent. While I still think a change should have been made at the end of last season, I have to give Coach and the team some credit for the way they have played so far this season. The Ducks are now 6-0 after a 57-50 victory on the road over #18 Georgetown tonight. I'm still taking a wait see approach with this team but hope tonight is a sign of things to come.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
There are four main arguments that I have heard against a playoff. The first one I have heard is a playoff will cause players to miss too much class time. Class time is important but players would never have to miss more than one day of class in a given week to go to an out of town playoff game. Plus many schools will be in Christmas break during much of the playoffs so players would miss very little class time. Division 1AA, Division II and Division three all have a playoff format to decide their championship yet missed class time doesn't seem to be an issue to them. The NCAA awards 88 championships in 23 different sports all of which have some sort of tournament in which an athlete may miss class. If it is such a big deal for Division IA football then why isn't it a big deal for the 88 other championships? Sounds like a poor excuse to me.
Another reason is Bowl tradition. For years the minor bowls were played before New Years day and the major bowl games were played on New Years day. This years Bowl Schedule features six games after New Years day. Then there's the Rose Bowl which traditionally has had the Pac Ten and Big Ten team champions. In recent years Texas, Oklahoma and Miami have played in the Rose Bowl. This years Rose Bowl will feature the Big 10 runner up and another team such as Notre Dame or LSU. There are also way too many Bowl Game, is there any tradition in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, The Bell Hellicopter Armed Forces Bowl, The PapaJohns.com Bowl or The Meineke Car Care Bowl. In case you haven't figured it out yet, what I'm getting at here is that there no longer any tradition left in the Bowl Games.
Many people say that a playoff would diminsh the importance of the regular season. A playoff in no way is going to diminish the importance of the regular season. If you had a sixteen team playoff including eleven conference champions and five at large teams, the regular season will remain just as important. If you don't win your conference it's going to be awfully difficult for a team to get in so they better win every game if they want to be guarenteed a playoff spot.
The fourth arguement I commonly hear is that it would make it more difficult and expensive for fans to travel. As a fan I can understand this arguement, with a playoff it would make it difficult to make travel plans but I would argue that Basketball fans seem to have no problem doing it. Under my plan the first two rounds would be played at the stadium of the higher seeded team. Meaning that only half of the fans would have to make travel arrangements. Some fans may have some tough choices to make but I just don't see this as a reason not to have a playoff.
The real reason why there is no playoff in college football is money. There is so much money from corperate sponsors and TV revenue in these bowl games that the conference commisioners and University Presidents are afraid to implement a playoff. It is my belief that a playoff would be just as lucrative or even more lucrative than the current system. Major sponsor would be lining for the right to have their name on the playoff and I'm sure that ESPN/ABC would put up a lot of cash for the right to show the games on TV. The legendary singer/songwriter George Harrison once sang "all things must pass", the bowl system was good for its time but its time has passed.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A Heroic Performance
Year in Review Part I
An Inspirational Story
My Thoughts on Oregon-Oklahoma
Soccer: What a Joke
Monday, November 20, 2006
Last week I bashed Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for showing up to work dressed like he's going for a morning jog. This week I want to give props to San Fransisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan (who happens to be a University of Oregon Alumn) and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio for wearing suits and ties for this weekends games. It used to be common for coaches to wear suits on the sidelines. Hall of Fame coaches George Halas, Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi always wore suits. In recent years NFL rules did not allow coaches to wear suits due to their apparel contract with Reebok. The NFL has agreed to allow Nolan and Del Rio Reebok issued suits for two games this year and hopefully it's something they approve for the whole season next year.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I don't claim to be a fashion expert by any stretch of the imagination but after watching highlights of New Jets and New England Patriots, I feel compelled to comment on the sideline attire of Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
While most coaches where slacks and a team polo or coat when it's cold or wet, Belichick shows up to work wearing warmup pants and an old hoodie with the sleeves cut off at the elbow. I know football can be cold, wet and muddy but is it too much to ask of a guy to show up to work not looking like he just woke up and pulled his clothes from the bottom of the dirty laundry pile?
Monday, November 13, 2006
ESPN has been a part of my life since its inception in 1980. Until last April I don't remember anytime in my life when I did not have ESPN. I saw the network grow from a single station that showed sports such as Australian rules football, Auto racing, Yacht Racing and Hockey to the family of networks it is today.
When I moved to my current residence back in April I decided to go with basic cable which does not include ESPN. What did I do for the last seven months without it? I ran two marathons, started dating a wonderful girl, got a library card and watched network TV shows such as Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor. It was strange not turning on my TV to watch sportscenter every night as I had much of my life but I survived OK.
About two weeks ago while watching television my wonderful cable provider comcast aired a commercial in which they advertising a special. The very next day I dialed 1-800-COMCAST to arrange to have my cable TV upgraded. Last Friday morning the cable guy showed up and got everything installed and now after seven months without it, I once again have my ESPN.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
2005 Oregon vs PSU box score
2006 Oregon vs PSU box score
For a trip down memory lane here's my blog entry after that horrible game in December of 2005.
Duck Basketball December 27, 2005
Monday, November 06, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Now for a random item of business. Tuesday on my way home from work I followed a car with a license plate that read "A POS". I was amused by it because if you don't know POS is short for "Piece of S***" I often reffered to my old Nissan as a POS. I though it was the greatest license plate ever until I passed the car realized that it was from the "Lane Memorial Blood Bank" meaning that the license plate was probably reffering to the Blood type "A Possitive".
Monday, October 09, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
St John's Bridge
Monday, October 02, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
World Strongest Dad
By: Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated
I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay For their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.
But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.
Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in Marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a Wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and Pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day.
Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back Mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. On a bike. Makes Taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?
And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life.
This love story began in Winchester , Mass. , 43 years ago, when Rick Was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him Brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.
"He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors told him And his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him in an Institution.''
But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes Followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the Engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was Anything to help the boy communicate. ``No way,'' Dick says he was told. ``There's nothing going on in his brain.''
"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a Lot was going on in his brain. Rigged up with a computer that allowed Him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his Head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? ``Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the School organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, ``Dad, I want To do that.''
Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker'' who never ran More than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he Tried. ``Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. ``I was sore For two weeks.''
That day changed Rick's life. ``Dad,'' he typed, ``when we were running, It felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''
And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly Shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.
``No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a Single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few Years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then They found a way to get into the race Officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the Qualifying time for Boston the following year.
Then somebody said, ``Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''
How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he Was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick Tried.
Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii . It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud Getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you Think?
Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? ``No way,'' he says. Dick does it purely for ``the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with A cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.
This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best Time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world Record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to Be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the Time.
``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the Father of the Century.''
And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a Mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries Was 95% clogged. ``If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' One doctor told him, ``you probably would've died 15 years ago.'' So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.
Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass. , always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father's Day.
That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.
``The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, ``is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''
Thursday, September 28, 2006
1. Ohio State (4-0)
2. USC (3-0)
3. Auburn (4-0)
4. West Virginia (4-0)
5. Florida (4-0)
6. Michigan (4-0)
7. Oregon (3-0)
8. Louisville (4-0)
9. Georgia (4-0)
10. Texas (3-1)
11. LSU (3-1)
12. Virginia Tech (4-0)
13. pOUt (3-1)
14. Iowa (4-0)
15. Tennesee (3-1)
16. TCU (3-0)
17. Notre Dame (3-1)
18. Cal (3-1)
19. Florida State (3-1)
20. Boise State (4-0)
21. Nebraska (3-1)
22. Clemson (3-1)
23. Arizona State (3-1)
24. Rugters (4-0)
25. Texas Tech (3-1)
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Sure Looks like offensive PI to me
The redline is the ball should have been spotted Notice the playclock
1. Ohio State (3-0)
2. USC (2-0)
3. West Virginia (3-0)
4. Auburn (3-0)
5. Florida (3-0)
6. Michigan (3-0)
7. Oregon (3-0)
8. Georgia (3-0)
9. Louisville (3-0)
11. LSU (2-1)
12. Virginia Tech (3-0)
13. pOUt (2-1)
14. Iowa (3-0)
15. Notre Dame (2-1)
16. TCU (3-0)
17. Arizona State (3-0)
18. Tennessee (2-1)
19. Cal (2-1)
20. Florida State (2-1)
21. Boise State (3-0)
22. Boston College (3-0)
23. Alabama (3-0)
24. Nebraska (2-1)
25. Clemson (2-1)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Fiver years ago today the world was forever changed. It was a day in which we saw the absolute worst in the human race but through that horrible event we saw the best as well. It's important that we all take a moment to remember all of those who lost their lives on that horrible day and all of those who lost their lives since that day fighting for the cause of freedom. Thanks to all of the men and women serving in our armed forces, the fire fighters, police officers and all those who go to work everyday to make the world we live in a safer place.
God Bless America!!!
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Then- I was an 18 year old freshman at Western Oregon State College. I was 6'1" and and weighed in at 222 pounds. My hairstyle of choice was a part to the right and my outfit of choice was a pair of Levis Silver Tab Baggy jeans with a tucked in T-shirt
Now- I'm 29 years old working as a collector for a credit union. I'm 6'2" 227 pounds . My hairstyle of choice is spiked in the front and my outfit of choice is cargo shorts from old navy and a t-shirt.
Number One Song in America
Then- Fantasy by Mariah Carey
Now- SexyBack by Justin Timberlake
Average Price for a Gallon of Gas
Top Grossing Film
Then- Get Shorty
Now- The Covenent
Friday, September 08, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
1. Ohio State
3. West Virginia
9. Notre Dame
13. Florida State
16. Virginia Tech
18. Penn State
22. Boston College
24. Texas Tech
25. Georgia Tech
Sunday, September 03, 2006
After months of anticipation football season is finally here. Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching my beloved Ducks destroy the Trees 48-10. Next up is the Bulldogs of Fresneck State. It should be another win for the Ducks, setting the stage for a showdown with Oklahoma Sooners in Eugene on September 16. Stay tuned tommorrow for my updated top 25 rankings.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
1. Ohio State
2. West Virginia
9. Notre Dame
12. Florida State
16. Virginia Tech
19. Penn State
23. Boston College
25. Georgia Tech
1. USC- They lost a lot of talent from last year's team but most of their bench players from a year ago could have started almost anywhere. I don't think they'll run the table but look for the Trojans in Pasadena on January 1. (10-2)
2. Oregon- A dificult schedule but I think this will be another special year for the Ducks. Remember these two names, Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart. (10-2)
3. Cal- Lynch is a stud at Running Back but the Bears have serious questions at quarterback. (9-3)
4. Arizona State- I originally had them picked for third but with the recent turmoil and the fact that they always under achieve I moved them down to fourth. (8-4)
5. UCLA- Their defense was lousy a year ago and they have to replace both their starting quarterback and running back from a year ago but I still think they're good enough for fith. (7-5)
6. Stanford- Second year for coach Walt Harris and a solid senior quarterback in Trent Edwards. The Cardinal are improved but not by much (7-5)
7. Arizona- Mike Stoops has shown that he can recruit but it remains to be seen whether or not he can coach. (6-6)
8. Oregon State- A Mike Riley coached Oregon State football team has never lost fewer than five games. That trend doesn't change this year (6-7) Note: Oregon Sate plays 13 games this year.
9. Washington State- Bill Doba isn't a good football coach, enough said! (5-7)
10. Washington- The Huskies will double their win total from a year ago but they still finish last (4-8)
Coach of the Year- Mike Bellotti
Player of the Year- Marshawn Lynch RB Cal
Coaches on the Hot Seat- Mike Riley, Bill Doba and Mike Stoops
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Unlike my friends Aaron and Justin who just disappear for weeks at a time, I'm letting you know that I going to take a little break from the world of blogging. Why? Because I can! So for the next two weeks I won't be posting anything new, feel free to read some of my archives in the meantime and check back on August 22 for more blogging excellence.
I will leave you with one thought to ponder for the next two weeks. It's a quote from the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi:
"I am the Fred Astaire of Karate"
Monday, August 07, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
Much like the rest of the country, the state of Oregon was hit with a heat wave this week. In an effort to beat the heat I made almost daily trips to 7-11 to buy a Slurpee. I know they're loaded with sugar and they turn your tounge weird colors, but they taste so good! When it's 105 degrees out there is nothing more refreshing than a slurpee.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
The sports media has been raising the question today whether or not today's news should make us more suspicious of seven time winner Lance Armstrong and I say absolutely not. Lance has been tested over 300 times in his career and has never once had a positive test. Many of the allegations against him have been discredited and he has even won court cases against his accusers. While athletes like Barroid Bonds hide behind attornies, Armstrong has fought every single allegation against him and has been cleared of wrong doing every time. This years tour may have been a fraud but I have no reason to believe that the previous seven were.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Today I decided it was time to get back on my bike. So this morning I got on bike at about 7:50 and headed off to work. Instead of biking in my work clothes I decided to wear shorts and a t-shirt and put my work clothes in my backpack. When I got to work I discovered that I only brought one black sock, so for today I'm wearing black dress pants with black dress shoes and really short white sock that you can't see so it looks like I'm wearing no socks! I have provided a picture of my bike for all of you and unlike Justin's picture this is my actual bike.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
If you look back in the history of sports you will find several stories of athletes who played through injury or illness to lead their team to victory. There was Willis Reed in game seven of 1970 finals playing with a torn thigh muscle inspiring his team to victory. There was Kirk Gibson who leg was hurt so severely that he could barely walk coming in to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth in game one of the 1988 World Series and hitting a two run homer to win the game. There was Michael Jordan scoring 38 points in game five of 1997 NBA finals with the flu. Tonight something happened that will be talked about for years, the performance of Dennis Cook in City League Softball.
Bothered by a problem in my right eye all day I considered sitting out this evening's game. After lunch my eye was bothering me so bad that I had to take out my contacts and put on a backup pair of glasses that I keep in my car. At one point in the day I could barely open my eye, as the progressed I was able to open it but my vision was a little blurry and it felt like someone was sticking it with a needle. Knowing that we were playing the feared Micro Stars who are widely considered the best team in the league, I had no choice but to play.
Wearing glasses instead of contacts for the first time in my softball career I took the field at my usual first base. Through six innings I was 2-3 with three RBI (it is RBI not RBI's because runs batted ins makes no sense). We entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 10-7. I lead off the inning with a single. The next batter got a hit and as I was running to second I felt my hamstring pop. Clutching it in pain I asked for a pinch runner. City League rules allow for the last batter out to run for you and you don't have to leave the game. We scored three runs in seventh sending it to extra innings.
Since we had no subs left, I had to take the field in the eighth. I could barely walk but I made out there and prayed that a ball was not hit in my direction. We gave up two runs in the inning so we trailed 12-10. We scored two runs tying the game up. With two outs and a runner on third I limped to the plate. I could have tried to draw a walk and because of some bizzare rule would have been able to take second and the next batter would have automatically taken first thus loading the bases. Taking a walk in slow pitch softball is just a plain wuss move. I knew if I could just get the ball into the outfield I would be able limp into first before the throw and the runner on third would score. On the first pitch I hit a hard shot to the shortstop and I took off towards first, as I hobbled down the line at about 25% of my normal speed, the shortstop rifled it to first but threw it low and the first baseman was unable to grab it (a skilled defensive first baseman like myself would have gotten it). I reached first base base safely and we scored the winning run. Final score PCFCU 13 Micro Stars 12!
Friday, July 14, 2006
January- It was an uneventful beginning to 2006, I attended a small get together at a friends house, consumed a few alcoholic beverages (not even close to how much I consumed in 2005) and that was about it. I took three days of vacation to begin year and did absolutely nothing, it was wonderful. On the fourth I watched USC choke away that National championship. On January 10, I celebrated my 29th birthday. A few friends took me out for dinner and that was about it. That also the day that I had my official weigh, I hit the scale at 223 pounds thus fulfilling my pledge to be under 225 pounds on my 29th birthday. January ended with a visit from my friends Pablo and Luis from Mexico.
February- This was the month that officially began training for the marathon. On the 5th as I was enjoying the Super Bowl I came down ill and started puking. This began a miserable evening of going between bowing at the porcelain throne and sitting on that same throne. After going to work for an hour to appear in court on behalf of the credit union I went home and slept the rest of the day. After a couple of days I felt much better and resumed my normal schedule. On February 14th my streak of Valentines day’s without a girlfriend extended to 29, I have a feeling that streak is not going to extend to 30. On President’s day I returned to the ski slopes, it was a great day of skiing and honoring dead presidents.
March- Early march was kind of quiet, nothing real exciting happened. Another NCAA tournament began without my beloved ducks and for some reason the coach kept his job. I celebrated ST Patrick’s day with a couple glasses of Irish stout and a cigar. I made my 11th trip to Mexico with First Baptist. It was another great trip it’s amazing to see the work that God is doing down there. I made my triumphant return to the Basketball court in Mexico and had a career high of twenty points one game.
April- I returned from Mexico on the second, I celebrated my return with a Corona. On the third I got sick again with the same thing I had on Super Bowl Sunday. That made for a miserable couple of days. On April 8th my roommate got married. On April 9th I was invited to lunch at a friends house after church, I didn’t think much of the invitation at the time but apparently it was a part of some master plan. I went over to my friend Andrew’s place thinking I was going to have lunch with him and his fiancé Liz, well I did but there was one other person there that I didn’t know was going to be there, her name was Carrie. I had met her a few months earlier but this was the first time I really talked to her. A few days later on the 13th I was invited out for drinks and guess who was there? I talked with her for most of the evening even though there were several others there. On the 15th I got up and ran twenty miles then I moved. That was not a fun day. The sixteenth was Easter, I spotted Carrie in the crowd at church and was going to say hi to her afterwards but I kind of chickened out and just left. On the 20th I was invited out for drinks again, this time there were just four of us and one of them happened to be Carrie.
May- The first couple of days of may were pretty quiet, nothing exciting. On Thursday May 4th I received a text message. I thought that was bizarre because nobody ever sends me text messages. The text message happened to be from Carrie, inviting me to join her and some of her friends for drinks. At this point I was starting to like this girl but was to much of coward to do anything about it. On Tuesday May 9th I was having dinner at my parents when my phone rang, guess who it was? We hung out at Starbucks for about three hours that night. Two days later we hung out at McMenimens for a couple of hours. The next few days were pretty normal marathon training, laundry and eating. May 18th was the first official date, we played miniature golf, loser had to buy ice cream. I won buy two strokes so she had to buy ice cream. After ice cream we ended up at the beach. After hanging out several more times over the next week we finally had our talk. Memorial Day weekend I went up to Portland and helped Justin remodel his kitchen. That was also the weekend that I met Carrie’s parents.
June- On June 3rd I ran my marathon, I finished with a respectable time of 3:25:07. My family and a small group of friends were there to cheer me on at the finish. The rest of June was a pretty quiet month. I hung out with Carrie quite a bit and went to work that’s about it.
Well there’s the first half 2006 stay tuned for part II in January.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Tommorrow is the annual Major League Baseball All Star Game. Of the three major sports Baseball has the best all star game. That being said I do have some issues with it.
First is the rule that every team has to be represented. This is ridiculous, All Star games are for the best players, if a team does not have someone deserving of All Star appearence they shouldn't be represented. The 31-56 Kansas City Royals have no one worthy of being named to the All Star team however because of this rule a 6-4 pitcher with 5.27 ERA was selected to the All Star game.
My other problem is the fact that home field adavantage for the World Series is awarded to the winning league. An exhibition game in July should have absolutely no impact on the World Series. Home field adavantage should be given to the team with the best record, that's the way Basketball doesn't and it seems to work just fine for them.
If those two small issues could be corrected the Major League Baseball All Star Game would be great but for now it just very good which is more than can be said about the Pro Bowl or the NBA All Star Game.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
2006 Butte to Butte Results
Monday, July 03, 2006
One the most debated question in all of sports is, "Who's the world's greatest athlete?". I think we can finally end this silly debate, the world's greatest athlete is none other than competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi. Kobayashi is the five time defending champion in in the sport's most prestigious event, the annual "Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest". In 2004 he broke his world record by consuming 53.5 hot dogs in 12 minutes. In addition to hot dogs he also holds world records in cow brains, rice balls and krystal hamburgers. He is currently the number one ranked competitive eater in the world. Tommorrow he will defend his hot dog eating crown against a field that includes upstart American Joey Chestnutt and I believe in the end he will win the title for the sixth consecutive time, further solidifying his status as the "world's greatest athlete".
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Here comes Carolina-lina.
We hail from NCU.
We've got the spirit in it.
We've got the team to win it.
We wear the colors white and blue,
So it's fight, fight, fight for Carolina
As Davey did in days of old
As we gather round the Well
Cheer that Tar Heel team like hell
For the glory of NCU.
I'm a Tar Heel born.
I'm a Tar Heel bred.
And when I die I'll be a Tar Heel dead.
So it's rah rah Carolina-lina.
Rah rah Carolina-lina.
Rah rah Carolina-lina--go to hell State!
GO TAR HEELS
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Congratulations to what was being touted as the best USA Soccer team ever. Their performance in that soccer tournament over in Germany has set soccer back about twenty years in this country and I couldn't happier about it. It was a brilliant performance by team USA and their coach Bruce Arena.
I must mention that I predicted a three and out on this blog on April 11, 2006:
"If the US doesn't step it up in 58 days (thanks Justin for the countdown clock) it's going to be three and out for Bruce Arena's boys in the World Cup."
Soccer Update Dennis' Daily Rant April 11, 2006
I know I was a little hard on my friend Justin on this blog earlier this week, actually it was his Braves but I feel like I would be doing a disservice to my readers if I didn't post his comment in response to my prediction:
"3 and out. Sounds like Jake Plummeter's Broncos, not the ranked-higher-than-England USA soccer program."
Justin Ubel April 11, 2006
Jake Plummer's Broncos were one win from playing for a championship while that "ranked-higher-than-England USA soccer program." performed about as well as Walter Mondale did in the 1984 Presidential election .
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Oregon Takes Next Step in Uniform Development
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
On a related note despite my readers voting for the lightning yellow shorts I ended up wearing black shorts last night. In the end there was only one vote that counted.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Tony Dungy: Amazing Grace
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Just as I predicted the US lost 3-0 to Czech Republic in that soccer tournament over in Germany. Tomas Rosicky Led the Czech Republic with two goals, the other goal was scored on Jan Koller's header. After the game the US players had Capri Sun and Orange slices provided by Landon Donavan's mom. It is believed that Demarcus Beasley's mom was in charge of the pre and post game carpool in her 1999 Ford Windstar.
The US plays Italy on Saturday, I'm predicting another 3-0 loss for Bruce Arena's boys. In a related note the domain www.firebrucearena.com is still available.