Thursday, September 27, 2007

Did you know?

The last time Cal won at Autzen Stadium was during the Regan Administration.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Week 4 Pac 10 Rankings

1. SUC- No explanation neccesary

2. Oregon- Rough second quarter on Saturday but the came out and destroyed Stanford in second half. Oregon WILL beat Cal.

3. Cal- An impending loss to Oregon means they'll drop next week.

4. ASU- Looks like Dennis Erickson is working his magic at ASU.

5. UCLA- Nice bounce back victory over Washington. I expect them to beat OS(U) this week.

6. Washington- Not a good team but everyone behind them is worse

7. WSU- See above

8. Stanford- Harbaugh has them heading in the right direction but they're still a long way from being competitive.

9. OS(U)- Memo to Sean Canfield: If you throw to players wearing Orange training bras you will be far more successful.

10. Arizona- Mike Stoops should begin cleaning out his office.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Thoughts from a road trip

As I stated in my previous entry, my wife and I took a road trip to watch our Ducks beat on the nerds from Stanford. Here are few of the highlights from that trip.

After work Friday night we headed to lovely Yreka, CA. Personally I would have preferred to stay in Weed but Yrkea won out in the end. On the way we took a bathroom stop at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Or. Just for the heck of it we joined the players club which entitled us to $5.00 in free slot play. We took a seat at the "Deal or No Deal" penny slots and got work. In addition to free $5.00 I spent $5.00 of my own money and ended up leaving with $7.50. Carrie spent $5.00 of her own money and left with $20.00. In the end it was a profitable stop. After leaving the casino it was off to Yreka. In an effort to save money we stayed at a Motel 6. It may have been the smallest motel room that I've stayed in. The shower was so small that I could barely fit in it and the towels were the size of hand towels. Did I mention that Motel 6 doesn't provide shampoo? In the end the Motel served it's purpose and we got a good night's sleep.

After Breakfast at the Black Bear diner it was time to get on the road. At about Corning which happens to be the Olive capitol of the world, we were due for another bathroom stop. I saw a sign for the Rolling Hills Casino and figured that would be good stop. Of course we had to gamble while we were there. I put $5.00 in a slot and within minutes I was up to $35.00. I played it down to $30.00 and called it good. I believe that Carrie lost $5.00 but it was still a profitable stop. After the Casino it was back on the road. We stopped at an In N' Out Burger in Vacaville, Ca and I enjoyed a Double Double. Our next step stop was the Wild Palms Hotel in Sunnyvale, Ca. A big step up from the Motel 6, it was a trendy Boutique hotel. It had shampoo and full size towels, so I was happy. My only complaint was the sink which looked like a giant salad bowl sitting on the counter.

After checking into the hotel we headed off to Stanford Stadium. Parking was easy and since we had time we took a walk around the campus. I'm sure if someone had found out my SAT score I my have been kicked off the campus. Just being there made me feel smarter. We stopped by the bookstore to buy some souvenirs. My first observation was at the Stanford bookstore the first thing you see is books, you have to go upstairs for souvenirs. That is the exact opposite of the University of Oregon where the first thing you see is Duck apparel and you have to go upstairs if you want books. I was tempted to purchase a shirt that read "Stanford Alumni" but in the end I settled on a Nike shirt from the clearance rack. After a few snapping a few photos and some more wandering around we headed into the stadium. My first observation was that there was as much green and yellow as cardinal and white. After listening to the god awful "Leland Stanford Junior Marching Band" it was game time. In the beginning the game appeared to be a rout with the ducks going up 21-3. Stanford dominated the second quarter and went into halftime leading 31-24. I was never worried and did not panic once during the second quarter. The ducks came out and dominated the second half and ended up winning 55-31. During the game I decided that my first born son would be named Dennis, not after me but after Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon.

The trip home was pretty uneventful. We had a couple unsuccessful bathroom-casino stops and that was about it. In the end it was a great trip and most importantly the Ducks won!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Road Trip Time

This coming Saturday I will be attending my first duck game outside of the State of Oregon in four years. After work Friday we will load up the car and head to beautiful Yreka, Ca for the evening before heading on to Palo Alto on Saturday. I really wanted to stay in Weed but Yreka is cheaper. After watching the Ducks beat up on the smart kids Saturday we will head to a charming boutique hotel in Sunnyvale for the evening before heading home to Eugene on Sunday.

Pac 10 rankings week 3

1. SUC- Looked impressive against Nebraska. I expect the Trojans to keep rolling.
2. Oregon- Dominating non conference season, now the tough games start. Wait they play Stanford.
3. Cal- So far so good for the Bears. Take care of business against Arizona and it sets up a huge matchup against the Ducks on 9/29/07.
4. ASU- 3-0 but they still haven't shown me anything yet.
5. Washington- Hung tOSU for a half but in the end they just weren't good enough.
6. WSU- They suck but just not as bad as the four teams below them.
7. UCLA- Utah? Didn't OS beat Utah
8. Stanford- Nice win over San Jose State!
9. OS- So you beat up on Idaho State, big freaking deal!
10. Arizona- Mike Stoopid might want to start cleaning out his office.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A thought on conference loyalty

I hear this crap about conference loyalty all the time. Conference loyalty is that loony idea that one should cheer for a team simply because they play in the same conference as your team. The reason I bring this up today is because Washington plays tOSU (the Ohio Sate University). If I believed in this concept of conference loyalty I would be cheering for the Huskies. There absolutely no way that I am cheering for the Puppies today, I could care less if it is good for the conference. The Puppies are a hated rival and I avoid cheering for them whenever I can. There are four programs in the Pac 10 that I don't and I won't cheer for ever unless they're one another or they can somehow help the Ducks. Those four programs are OS(U), Washington, Washington State and Arizona. I don't think I need to explain my hatred for OS(U) and Washington but some may question my hatred of WSU and Arizona. I've never liked WSU and Arizona's coach is for a lack of a better term a butthole. So the whole point of this is that I won't be cheering for the Pac 10 today. I'm cheering for Oregon, tOSU and Idaho State!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ripping on Notre Dame is Always Fun

I came across this evening and about spit my drink all over my keyboard.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Rating the Pac 10- Week two

1. USC- Didn't play anyone but they're still the top team. They should roll the Cornhuskers this weekend.

2. Oregon- Impressive victory over once powerful Michigan earns them the number two spot.

3. Cal- Probably the real number two team in the conference but they drop due to their unimpressive showing and Oregon's impressive showing.

4. UCLA- Nice win against BYU this could be UCLA's year but I doubt it because Carl Dorrell is still their coach.

5. ASU- Look for them to make their climb towards the top next year. Dennis Erikson will have them in a BCS game in the next two years.

6. Washington- Nice win against Boise State but the Broncos were last years story.

7. Washington State- If I hear one more person in Eugene say that Mike Bellotti made a mistake by not recruiting Alex Brink I'm going to throw up.

8. Arizona- I predict that Mike Stoopid will not be the coach of the Mildcats next year.

9. Stanford- Stick to academics.

10. OS- Because of their embarrassing performance last week they get the last spot. I hope they stay there.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

People Can Be Delusional- Revisited

Back in May I blogged about a column that I found online comparing the 2007 "OS" football team to the 2004 USC football. I pretty much ripped the column apart and the author of the column actually comented on my blog. In light of "OS's" 34-3 loss to the mighty Bearcats of Cincinatti I figured it was time to revisit this gem by "OS" student newspaper writer Frank Hoaglin. So for your reading enjoyment here it is:

2007 The year?

People Can Be Delusional

PS- Frank, if you're still reading my blog please do not use profanity when commenting

Monday, September 03, 2007

The new "OS" Football Uniforms

I thought the new "OS" football uniforms were missing something. Problem solved.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

An observation from the Oregon - Houston game

In this post I will not be talking about the actual football game on Saturday. I could write plenty about how crappy the defense looked but I'll save that for another time. I want to write about some horrible fashion that I saw at the stadium.

At halftime as I was walking back from the bathroom I saw gentlemen wearing green and yellow hammer pants, a tucked in game jersey from 1990 and to top it off he had a mullet. One of my yet to be published "rules for attending a live sporting event" is to maintain updated gameday apparel. If you can afford a ticket to the game, you can afford the $15-$20 it will cost you for a new t-shirt. Some retro stuff is cool but a game jersey with the 1990 Freedom Bowl patch and hammer pants are not cool. If you are going to a game you must maintain updated gameday apparel!!!!