Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Semifinal Results

USC 35
Oklahoma 31

Florida 31
Texas 30

Playoffs Round 2

Oklahoma 35
Penn State 14

USC 28
Virginia Tech 14

Texas 42
TCU 24

Florida 42
Texas Tech 38

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


A great day to be a DUCK!!!!!!!!!

Playoffs Round One

I apologize for my lack of updating you all on my playoffs. Here are the first round results:

Oklahoma 59
Buffalo 12

Penn State 24
Boise State 21

USC 35
Cincinnati 14

Virginia Tech 24
Alabama 17

Texas 55
East Carolina 10

Utah 17
TCU 20

Texas Tech 49
tOSU 21

Florida 49
Troy 7

Friday, December 19, 2008

Playoff time

Since the very start of this lame blog of mine I have pushed for a playoff in college football. My very first post three years addressed this exact subject. Now even the President Elect is calling for a playoff. No disrespect to President-Elect Obama, but my 16 team playoff is better than his 8 team plan. The plan is quite simple. Each of the eleven conference champions will get an automatic birth, and there will be five at large teams as well. I have taken the time to seed all sixteen teams and ever I will post the winners. On New Years Day I crown the Champion.

1. Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion)
16. Buffalo (MAC Champion)

8. Penn State (Big 11 Champion)
9. Boise State (WAC Champion)

5. USC (Pac 10 Champion)
12. Cincinnati (Big Least Champion)

4. Alabama (At Large)
13. Virginia Tech (ACC Champion)

3. Texas (At Large)
14. East Carolina (Conference USA Champion)

6. Utah (Mountain West Champion)
11. TCU (At Large)

7. Texas Tech (At Large)
10. Ohio State (At large)

2. Florida (SEC Champion)
15. Troy (Sun Belt Champion)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Final Pac 10 Rankings

1. USC- I'm getting really sick of them winning the Pac 10 every year
2. Oregon- Early prediction for 2009: Oregon Ducks Pac 10 Champs!
3. Oregon State- I have a couple of things here. Mike Riley did not deserve Pac 10 coach of the year. My second complaint is How is Jaquizz Rodgers the pac 10 Offensive Player of the year when he's only the third best running back in the State of Oregon?
4. Cal- Memo to Jaquizz Rodgers: Please send Jahvid Best his Pac 10 Offensive player of the year award.
5. Arizona- I finally found a coach that's crazier than Mike Stoops. It's Kansas State Basketball Coach Bill Martin.
6. ASU- Weren't the Sun Devils supposed to be good?
7. Stanford- The Cardinal improved this year but....
8. UCLA- It won't be long before the Bruins rise to the top but NCAA may be knocking on their door shortly after that.
9. WSU- Co-Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach Chris Ball was on the staff at Western Oregon during my brief career with the Wolves. I didn't like him. Washington State ranked 97th in scoring defense, 67th in rush defense, 93rd in pass defense and 85th in total defense out 119 teams.
10.Washington- 0-12 is quite the accomplishment.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pac 10 Rankings

1. USC- If the Trojans somehow lose to UCLA then the rodents would go to the Rose Bowl. Please don't let that happen USC.
2. Oregon- 65-38!!! One of the most satisfying Civil War victories in my lifetime.
3. OS(U)- I saw a bunch roses on the ground after Saturday's game.
4. Cal- The Bears are the only thing that stands between Huskies and perfection.
5. Arizona- Looks like the mildcats are heading to San Francisco for Bowl Season.
6. ASU- The Sun Devils are the Pac 10's most dissapointing team.
7. UCLA- The Bruins have an opportunity to really mess things up in the Pac 10. I doubt they do it.
8. Stanford- They have pretty good Women's Volleyball team.
9. WSU- I didn't bother to check if they beat Hawaii or not. I'm assuming they didn't.
10. Washington- One defeat away from perfection.

Another Great Picture from the Civil War

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Oregon 65 OS(U) 38

Needless to say, I'm in a much better mood than this guy.

OS(U) Joke of the Day

A young man hired by a supermarket reported for his first day of work. The manager greeted him with a warm handshake and a smile, gave him a broom and said, "Your first job will be to sweep the store." But, I'm a OS(U) graduate," the young man replied indignantly, "I even played football
there!" "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know that," said the manager. "Here, give me the broom, I better show you how"

Friday, November 28, 2008

OS(U) Joke of the Day

One day in an elementary school in Corvallis, OR, a teacher asks her class if the OS(U) Beavers are their favorite football team. The whole class says yes, except for Little Jimmy.

The teacher asks, "What's your favorite football team Jimmy?"

Little Jimmy says, "The Oregon Ducks "

The teacher asks, "Well, why is that?"

Little Jimmy says, "Well, my dad is a Duck fan, my mom is a Duck fan, I guess that makes me a Duck fan."

The teacher angered by his reply says, "If your dad was a moron and your mom was an idiot what would that make you?"

Little Jimmy says, "Well, I guess that would make me a OS(U) fan."

Thursday, November 27, 2008

OS(U) Joke of the Day

A guy in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and says, "Wanna hear a Beaver joke?" The guy replies, "Well, before you tell that joke, you should know something. I am 6' tall, 200 lbs. and I am an OS(U) graduate. The guy sitting next to me is 6'2", 225 lbs. and he is an OS(U). The guy right next to him is 6'5", 250lbs. and he is also an OS(U). Now, you still wanna tell me that joke?"

The first guy says, "No, not if I'm going to have to explain it three times"

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

OS(U) Joke of the Day

It was reported that OS(U) head football coach Mike Riley will only be dressing twenty players for the Oregon game. The rest of the players will have to get dressed by themselves.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pac 10 Rankings

1. Washington State- As pathetic as the apple cup was, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Cougars beat the Huskies.
2. USC- They may the best team in the country but they're not going to get a shot at a National Title.
3. OS(U)- Only the Ducks stand between the Beavers and the Rose Bowl.
4. Oregon- The Ducks will spoil the Beavers Rose Bowl dreams on Saturday.
5. Cal- The Bears have an extra week to prepare for the Mighty Washington Huskies.
6. Arizona- When did Mike Stoops start taking defensive pointers from Nick Allioti?
7. UCLA- As bad as they are the Bruins could still go to a bowl.
8. ASU- See Above
9. Stanford- Basketball Season is here!!!
10. Washington- One game from perfection!!!!!!

OS(U) Joke of the Day

Q: What's the only sign of intelligent life in Corvallis?

A: Eugene: 47 Miles

Monday, November 24, 2008

OS(U) Joke of the Day

Q: Why do OS(U) fans wear orange?

A: They can wear it to the game on Saturday…They can wear it

hunting on Sunday…and they can wear it to work on Monday

when they’re picking up garbage at the roadside!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

OS(U) Joke of the day

In honor of Civil War week my "OS(U) Joke of the Day" segment returns for the third consecutive year. So here is my first OS(U) joke of the Day for 2008:

Q: What does a OS(U) grad call an Oregon grad?

A: Boss

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pac 10 Rankings

1. USC- I don't care that the Trojans lost to OS(U) early in the season, they're still best tean in the Pac 10 and it's not even close.
2. OS(U)- The Beavers are dangerously close to Rose Bowl. I think they'll blow it.
3. Oregon- The Ducks are still mathmetically alive for the Rose Bowl. Please click here to see what it would take.
4. Cal- Losing to the Beavers helped the ducks.
5. Arizona- I got sick of that number 48 on Saturday.
6. UCLA- If UCLA beats ASU and USC the Bruins will go bowling.
7. Stanford- The Cardinal need to just beat Cal and they're going bowling.
8. ASU-They were considered a threat to challenge USC at the beginning of the season.
9. Open
10. WSU and Washington-I cannot justify ranking either school 9th.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pac 10 Rankings

1. USC- No explanation needed
2. OS(U)- The Rodents are three wins from making my worst nightmare a reality. I have faith that they won't do it.
3. Cal- The Bears could end the Beavers run for the roses. I think they will.
4. Oregon- The Ducks have yet to beat anyone with a winning record. That will change on Saturday.
5. Arizona- Stoops is an idiot.
6. Stanford- The Cardinal are one win from Bowl eligibility but I don't think they'll make it.
7. ASU- I guess they belong here.
8. UCLA- Nice second half against Rodents.
9. Washington- I think they should just cancel the Apple Cup this year.
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Thursday, November 06, 2008

A brief thought on the election of Barack Obama

Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States. It has been a remarkable rise for a man that just over four years ago most people outside of Chicago had never heard of. I did not vote for him, but on January 20, 2009 he will become my President for at least the next four years. I look forward to what the next four years hold for this country and I wish the President-elect nothing but the best.

Senator McCain's concession speach

November 4, 2008

Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.

My friends, we have -- we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.

In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.

This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.

I've always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too. But we both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.

A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African American to the presidency of the United States. Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.

Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer in my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day, though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise.

Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.

I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.

It is natural tonight to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. We fought as hard as we could.
And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours.

I am so deeply grateful to all of you for the great honor of your support and for all you have done for me. I wish the outcome had been different, my friends. The road was a difficult one from the outset. But your support and friendship never wavered. I cannot adequately express how deeply indebted I am to you.

I am especially grateful to my wife, Cindy, my children, my dear mother and all my family and to the many old and dear friends who have stood by my side through the many ups and downs of this long campaign. I have always been a fortunate man, and never more so for the love and encouragement you have given me.

You know, campaigns are often harder on a candidate's family than on the candidate, and that's been true in this campaign. All I can offer in compensation is my love and gratitude, and the promise of more peaceful years ahead.

I am also, of course, very thankful to Governor Sarah Palin, one of the best campaigners I have ever seen and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength. Her husband Todd and their five beautiful children with their tireless dedication to our cause, and the courage and grace they showed in the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. We can all look forward with great interest to her future service to Alaska, the Republican Party and our country.

To all my campaign comrades, from Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, to every last volunteer who fought so hard and valiantly month after month in what at times seemed to be the most challenged campaign in modern times, thank you so much. A lost election will never mean more to me than the privilege of your faith and friendship.

I don't know what more we could have done to try to win this election. I'll leave that to others to determine. Every candidate makes mistakes, and I'm sure I made my share of them. But I won't spend a moment of the future regretting what might have been.

This campaign was and will remain the great honor of my life. And my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for the experience and to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Senator Obama and my old friend Senator Joe Biden should have the honor of leading us for the next four years.

I would not be an American worthy of the name, should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century. Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant. That is blessing enough for anyone and I thank the people of Arizona for it.

Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.

And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.

Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history, we make history.
Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you all very much.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Pac 10 Rankings

1. USC- The Trojans continue to roll
2. Cal- The Bears are in control of their own destiny
3. OS(U)- The Beavs Rose Bowl pipe dream will come to an end soon.
4. Oregon- Please give Justin Roper a shot
5. Arizona- The mildcats appear to be headed to a bowl this year.
6. Stanford- The Cardinal will lose big this weekend.
7. UCLA- I am actually cheering for the Bruins this weekend.
8. ASU- Judy almost lead the Sun Devils to victory against OS(U).
9. Washington- The Huskies are four losses from perfection.
10. WSU-The Cougs have been outscored 350-33 in Pac 10 play.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Special Color Scheme

In honor of the upcoming election I have changed my background color to red. Hopefully we'll see a lot of red on the Electoral map come Tuesday night.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vote Cook

If you live in the 4th Congressional District in the State of Oregon, write-in Dennis M. Cook for Congress. Peter Defazio is only facing token opposition from two minor party candidates so why not vote for me?

Weekend Picks

After a long hiatus the weekend picks. I'm never right on these so please don't use these for gambling purposes. There are to picks that I sincerely hope I'm right on this week. Try to guess which two those are.

Buffalo 28 Jets 21
Chicago 35 Detroit 17
Jacksonville 21 Cincinnati 10
Baltimore 21 Cleveland 17
Tennessee 24 Green Bay 21
Tampa Bay 28 Kansas City 17
Arizona 24 ST Louis 10
Minnesota 17 Houston 14
Denver 35 Miami 28
Atalanta 24 Oakland 21
Giants 31 Dallas 27
Philadelphia 35 Seattle 31
New England 24 Indianapolis 21
Pittsburgh 28 Washington 24

Pac 10
Oregon 31 Cal 21
Stanford 45 WSU 10
USC 59 Washington 17
Oregon State 45 ASU 35

Top 25
Texas 42 Texas Tech 38
Florida 31 Georgia 28

Upset Special
McCain-Palin 273 Obama-Biden 265

Week 8 Pac 10 Rankings

Washington and Washington State are back in my rankings. I'll explain below.

1. USC- Survived a scare from Arizona. I don't expect Washington to put up much of a fight.
2. Oregon- Could this year be the opposite of years past? Slow start, Strong finish.
3. OS(U)- I would love to see ASU go into Corvallis and get a victory.
4. Arizona- The Wildcats put up a fight against the Trojans but fell short.
5. Cal- The Bears got a win but they were playing UCLA
6. Stanford- Could the Cardinal go Bowling this winter? Yes, there is strong possibility that some Stanford football players will go to a bowling Alley this winter.
7. UCLA- The Bruins just aren't very good.
8. ASU- I thought Judy Carpenter was supposed to be good?
9. Washington- They fired Ty Willingham. That alone gets them back into my rankings.
10. WSU- The Cougs didn't lose!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Week 7 Pac 8 Rankings

1. USC- My gut tells me they'll be in the BCS Title Game
2. OS(U)- I wish someone in the Pac 10 would beat the rodents so irrational beaver fan will shut up.
3. Oregon- Oregon is something like 13-1 coming off bye weeks in the Bellotti era.
4. Arizona- The Mildcats are one win from Bowl eligibility
5. Cal- Memo to the Bears- They play two halves in college football.
6. UCLA- The Bruins finally showed up for a game.
7. Stanford- Stick to Academics!!!
8. ASU- Bad news for the Sun Devils, Oregon is 13-1 coming off of bye weeks under Bellotti.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Running Update

It's been over a week since I completed the marathon and my body is mostly healed. On Saturday I ran in the Duck Dash 5k. I ran it about 24 minutes, which is really slow but since I was sick and still recovering from the Marathon I'll take it. My next race is a half marathon on October 25 in Phoenix, AZ. I was planning on leaving the running shoes at home when I went Phoenix but I discovered there was a race so I figured I'll give it a shot. You can keep track of all my running adventures on my new page on

Week 6 Pac 8 Rankings

Neither Washington or Washington State has earned their way back into my rankings, so for the third straight week it is the Pac 8.

1. USC- Duh
2. Cal- Should have no problem with the lowly Bruins
3. Stanford- This the highest the Nerds have been ranked in my weekly rankings
4. OS(U)- Great win against Pulman Community College
5. Oregon- They may be 5-2 but they've beat five terrible teams.
6. Arizona- The Mildcats are two wins from Bowl eligibility
7. ASU- Judy Carpenter and the Sun Devils were supposed to compete for the Pac 10 title. now they'll be lucky to play in a bowl game.
8. UCLA- If not for a gift from the officials the game in Eugene wouldn't have been close.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Week 5 Pac 8 rankings

Last week I excluded the Huskies and Cougars from my weekly rankings. I have decided to continue that this week because neither team has showed they belong in the Pac 10.

1. USC- The Trojans made quick work of Nick Aliotti's pathetic defense.
2. Cal- The Bears look to be the team to beat in the Pac 10 after the Trojans.
3. OS(U)- Nice choke job against Utah!
4. Oregon- If Mike Bellotti won't fire Nick Aliotti then Pat Kilkenny should fire Mike Bellotti.
5. Arizona- The four teams the Wildcats have beat are a combined 4-17.
6. Arizona St- The Sun Devils are the biggest disappointment in the conference.
7. Stanford- At least they beat the Beavers.
8. UCLA- I must admit that I enjoy watching a Rick Neuheisel coached team struggle.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

26.2 x 5

Most people will never run a single Marathon in their lifetime. As of today I have completed five of them. This one was nothing impressive. I ran it in four hours and twelve miute.s but I finished. It was short of my goal, but 18 minutes faster than my disasterous Eugene Marathon. Eventually I'll get back to running them in 3:30 but for today I'll take 4:12.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Weekend Picks

Before I get to my picks I have another rant on OS(U). Enough of the Thursday night games, Beavers!! College football is played on Saturdays. I can think of four duck games in the last ten years played on Thursday. The Beavers are playing their third Thursday game this season.

New York Giants 30 Seattle 14
Philadelphia 24 Washington 21
Miami 24 San Diego 20
Carolina 31 Kansas City 17
Tennessee 35 Baltimore 20
Indianapolis 17 Houston 14
Chicago 13 Detroit 10
Green Bay 24 Atlanta 14
Denver 35 Tampa Bay 31
Dallas 45 Cincinnati 14
Buffalo 24 Arizona 21
New England 17 San Fransisco 14
Jacksonville 17 Pittsburgh 10
New Orleans 21 Minnesota 20

Pac 10
Utah 31 OS(u) 14
Stanford 24 Notre Dame 21
Cal 24 ASU 21
Arizona 31 Washington 24
Oregon 35 SUC 31 (Homer pick of the week)

Top 25
Auburn 17 Vanderbilt 13
Wisconsin 21 tOSU 17

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Week 5 Pac 10 Rankings

Before I get started I'm got a few words for Beaver fan. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You played and beat the number one team in the country on national TV and you still could not sell out your stadium. There's a reason why you're still considered "little brother" by Duck fans. Sell out your freaking Stadium for once!

1. SUC- Sure they lost to OS but I still can't justify putting any one else in this spot
2. Oregon- The Ducks just edge the Beavers this week.
3. OS(U)- Stop complaining about being number three, you still to Stanford.
4. Cal- Not much to say about the Bears
5. ASU- Same as a above
6. Stanford- I guarantee that the Cardinal will remain atop the Pac 10 for another week.
7. Arizona- Can't begin to tell you how excited I am about that epic battle in Tucson with the Huskies this week.
8. UCLA- I will almost guarantee a Bruin victory this week over WSU.

please note: Due to the inept play of both Washington Schools I've decided to leave them out of the Pac 10 rankings.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Weekend Picks

Before I give you my picks for the weekend I have to call out Beaver fan. You guys have the number one team in the nation coming to your house tonight and as of this morning there were still 2800 tickets left! I don't want to hear any excuses about it being too expensive or it being a Thursday night. Get off your lazy butts and get to the game Beaver fan!. Oregon had a sellout against one the worst teams in college football, I see no reason why you can't get sell out against USC!.

Now onto my picks. Last week was another crappy week so I'm not even going to bother adding my record up. Here are the picks:

Tennessee 35 Minnesota 21
Denver 42 Kansas City 14
New Orleans 24 San Fransisco 17
Arizona 24 New York Jets 10
Green Bay 31 Tampa Bay 21
Carolina 21 Atlanta 10
Jacksonville 24 Houston 7
Cincinnati 17 Cleveland 10
San Diego 35 Oakland 14
Buffalo 24 ST Louis 10
Dallas 28 Washington 21
Philadelphia 28 Chicago 14
Pittsburgh 14 Baltimore 10

Pac 10
USC 42 OS(U) 17
Fresno State 24 UClA 10
Cal 31 Colorado State 24
Oregon 45 WSU 10
Stanford 17 Washington 13

Top 25
Oklahoma 42 TCU 10
Alabama 24 Georgia 21
Penn State 35 Illinois 24

Monday, September 22, 2008

Week 4 Pac 10 Rankings

1. USC- The only Pac 10 team worthy of anything.
2. BYU- Two wins over Pac 10 competition gives them the number two spot.
3. Penn State- The Nittany Lions made Oregon State look like, well a Pac 10 team.
4. Boise State- The Broncos may be cheap shot artists but they still beat the Ducks.
5. Georgia- The Bulldogs are overrated but they still beat ASU.
6. Maryland-Beat up on Pac 10 pretender, Cal.
7. TCU- A win over Stanford isn't too impressive but it's still a win.
8. Oklahoma State- "Come after me! I'm a man! I'm 40!"
9. UNLV- I didn't know they even had a football program.
10. New Mexico- I'm not sure Mike Stoops will have a job past this year.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Weekend Picks

Last week I was 16-11 with my picks. This week I promise better results so here it goes:

Atlanta 10 Kansas City 3
Buffalo 31 Oakland 17
Tampa Bay 21 Chicago 10
Carolina 17 Minnesota 10
New England 21 Miami 13
NY Giants 24 Cincinnati 3
Tennessee 21 Houston 10
Arizona 31 Washington 28
San Fransisco 17 Detroit 13
Seattle 20 St Louis 13
Denver 24 New Orleans 14
Philadelphia 38 Pittsburgh 35
Indianapolis 24 Jacksonville 20
Baltimore 14 Cleveland 10
Green Bay 31 Dallas 28

Pac 10
UCLA 13 Arizona 10
Oregon 31 Boise State 20
Portland State 24 WSU 21
ASU 27 Georgia 24
Stanford 31 San Jose State 21

Top 25

LSU 24 Auburn 17
Florida State 21 Wake Forest 20

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Week 3 Pac 10 Rankings

2. Oregon- A win is a win
3. ASU- How do you lose to UNLV at home?
4. Cal- I guess they belong here but how the heck did they lose to Maryland ?
5. Stanford- They lost to TCU but there's really no one else I can put.
6. OS(U)- One of three Pac 10 teams to win but lets be honest here, Hawaii sucks.
7. Arizona- New Mexico?
8. Washington- I hope Ty Willingham has his resume updated.
9. UCLA- Did the Ruins forget they had a game on Saturday?
10. Washington State- Portland State is all that stands between WSU and perfection.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Weekend Picks

This season I am going to pick every NFL, PAC 10 and college games matching two top 25 teams. Keep in my mind that I am not an expert and you shouldn't be laying down bets based on my picks. I'm just a hack that loves football.

Cincinnati 24 Tennessee 13
Green Bay 35 Detroit 10
Kansas City 13 Oakland 6
New York Giants 17 St Louis 10
Indianapolis 24 MinnesotA 21
New Orleans 31 Washington 24
Carolina 17 Chicago 10
Buffalo 24 Jacksonville 17
Seattle 10 San Francisco 7
Tampa Bay 21 Atlanta 13
Houston 17 Baltimore 13
New England 21 New York Jets 20
Arizona 17 Miami 10
Denver 35 San Diego 31
Pittsburgh 24 Cleveland 21
Dallas 42 Philadelphia 38

Pac 10
Cal 31 Maryland 7
Baylor 17 WSU 10
Oregon 31 Purdue 20
UCLA 21 BYU 20
Oregon State 28 Hawaii 14
Stanford 21 TCU 13
Oklahoma 42 Washington 14
Arizona 28 New Mexico 7
ASU 42 UNLV 10
USC 42 Ohio State 17

Other NCAA
Kansas 31 South Florida 20
Fresno State 28 Wisconsin 24

Thursday, September 11, 2008

7 years ago today

Seven years ago today the world was forever changed. It was a day in which we saw the absolute worst in humanity but through that terrible series of events 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 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!!!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Week 2 Pac 10 Rankings

1. SUC- I am almost ready to declare the Trojans the National champs.
2. Oregon- Set a school record for total offense but they were playing a high school team.
3. ASU- They accomplished what OS(U) couldn't, they beat the nerds.
4. Cal- I would be impressed but WSU is terrible.
5. UCLA- There first game was against No. 18 Tennessee. Their second is against No. 18 BYU.
6. Arizona- The Mildcats have outscored their opponents 111-16.
7. Stanford- I hear they have a good volleyball program.
8. OS(U)- Two of my co-workers told me on Friday that the Rodents were going to beat Penn State. Both of them were Mysteriously absent today.
9. Washington- As much as I hate the dawgs, I must admit that was lame call by the officials.
10. WSU- If this was European Soccer, the Cougs would be facing demotion at the end of the season.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Pac 10 Rankings- Week 1

1. Sarah Palin- The Next Vice President of The United States of America!!!!
2. SUC- Next week they will return to their rightful spot at the top
3. Oregon- Anything less than a 40 point victory over Utah State will be a dissapointment.
4. ASU- Sun Devils will roll Stanford
5. Cal- Impressive victory of Michigan State
6. UCLA- They got lucky
7. Stanford- I called it
8. Arizona- 70-0 over Idaho. Big deal!
9. Oregon State- Soon to be 0-2
10. WSU- They're terrible
11. Washington- They may be worse than the Cougs.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Preseason Pac 10 Rankings

Thank God football season is almost here. Now I can go back to blogging about I blog about best and that's the Great American Sport of Football. Being an election year, I may have a few random musings about the presidential election (which I'm saying is a tossup as of now) but the majority of my blog entries from now until January will be about football. Since weekly Pac 10 rankings were wildly successful last year, I've decided to bring them back for another year. So here are my first weekly Pac 10 rankings for the 2008 college football season:

1. SUC- The Trojans are just too good

2. Oregon- No Costa, No problem! Roper (Maybe Masoli) and the Ducks will shine in 2008.

3. ASU- Look for a big year out of Judy Carpenter and the Sun Devils but it won't get them any farther than El Paso.

4. OS(U)- Tough choice on Thursday night. OS(U)-Stanford or Barack Obama's convention speech.

5. Cal- Another mediocre year for the Bears.

6. Arizona- Mike Stoopid and the Mildcats finally go Bowling.

7. UCLA- The Bruins will struggle in 2008 but watch out for them in 2009.

8. Washington- The Dawgs will improve but not enough to save Ty Willingham's job.

9. Stanford- Watch out for my week one upset. Stanford will beat OS(U)

10. WSU- The Cougs will go for perfection in the Pac 10 but might just blow in the Apple Cup.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The 1:00 AM text message

I'll admit that curiosity got to me and I signed up to recieve Barack Obama's big text message announcement. There was a small problem with this whole text message thing though, his choice got leaked to the media last night. It was all over the news that Joe Biden was the choice last night. I figured that I would recieve a text message this morning around say 8:00 or 9:00 making the announcement but at 1:00 AM this morning I got the text message announcing what the whole world already knew! Why would a campaign wake people up at a ridiculous hour to announce something that everybody already knew? I must be honest and say that my phone was on silent so it did not wake me up but what about his millions of followers who signed up for this? Did it wake them up? Any chance of me voting for the Junior Senator from the State of Illinois (which allready was almost zero) has now been flushed down the toilet with the campaign's attempt to wake me up at 1:00 AM! I got a piece of advice for you Barack instead of being hip with the whole text message thing, next time just use an old fashioned press release or news conference because nobody wants to be woke up by old news.

Now a small thought on the pick itself. I wouldn't say he struck out with this pick but it certainly isn't a home run either. I'll score at a single and as a McCain supporter I'm quite happy with that.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Text message?

Senator Obama is going to tell his supporters who his running mate is, via text message. I've got one response to that:


Sunday, August 10, 2008

A word to runners

If your T-shirt hangs lower than your shorts, that means your shorts are too short.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Get lost Brett!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know about any of you but I am sick an tired of Brett Favre. The guy held an an emotional press conference less than six months ago, saying that he was done. Now he says he wants to play again but his team doesn't want him back. Good for the Packers! For that alone the Packers are my new second favorite team after Denver. Brett Favre is a higher maintnence individual than Paris Hilton and I'm not exagerating when I say that. Personally I have no desire to watch "the old gunslinger" play again but if he does get traded and plays again I'll enjoy watching him as throws 20+ picks and destroys an entire franchise with his enormous ego.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Another political post

Here I go talking about politics again despite my pledge not to when I first started this silly blog. I guess you could call this a "flip-flop" on my part but I don't care because it's my blog and I can do whatever I want. I'm getting sick and tired of hearing about "hope" and "change". Before you left leaning individuals who read my blog get upset, I must mention that I'm not referring exclusively to Senator Obama. While Senator Obama's speeches seem to be pretty heavy on the "hope" and "change" rhetoric, I've also heard Senator McCain bust out with "change" rhetoric from time to time. I really don't want to here about about "hope" and "change", I want to hear real ideas on how you can make this great country even better. Enough of this "hope" and "change" crap, give me substance!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Training Update

In just twelve short weeks I'll be running in my fifth Marathon. Allergies, illness and life have negatively affected the early stages of my training. Now that two of those three things are in my rearview mirror (there's nothing that I can do about the third one) I feel that I'm good to go. Today I ran my first ever official half-marathon. Despite having not run a mile above seven in the past month, I went in with one goal and that was to finish in under two hours. I know two hours in half marathon really isn't anything special but the last three races of any distance that I've run, I've fallen well short of my target time. In order to finish under two hours, I knew that I had to keep my pace at around a nine minute mile throughout the race. Nine minutes feels really slow to me and my instinct was to crank it up a notch but I new if I did that I'd burn myself out as I have many times before. For much of the race I ran 8:40 splits. At mile 11 I hit a small wall but I regained my strength by last mile and cruised to the finish in a time 1:55:25. Not my best race by any means but a signal to me that I've still got something left.

Friday, July 04, 2008

The Declaration of Indepence

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Track Town USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In case you missed it Monday night, here's the video of the Classic 800 Meter final from the Olympic Trials in which three runners that train in Eugene took the top three spots (note: it is not an Oregonian Sweep as the announcer says because none of the guys are Oregonians). While I didn't have a ticket for that particular night, I did watch it outside of Hayward field on a bigscreen with about 4000 other fans. Keep in mind that 20 year old Andrew Wheating of the University of Oregon did not run track until he was a high school senior.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A quote from John Adams...............

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

John Adams July 3, 1776

I guess he was off by a couple days

On this date 232 years ago

The Second Continental Congress approved the Lee Resolution declaring the Thirteen Colonies independent from the British Empire. It was two days later that the document announing this action was approved.

Monday, June 30, 2008

A message to "some" Obama supporters

The other day I came across a facebook group which more or less makes light of the percieved Messianic qualities of Barack Obama. I laughed pretty hard at it but it also got me thinking. There are actually people out there that believe that he is something more than a man running for President. I have many friends and family that in all likelihood will be voting for Barack Obama in November. They have their reasons and that's fine with me, they're not the ones that I'm directing this toward. I'm directing this post to those people that think Barack Obama is more than he actually is.

As I took a stroll around the streets surrounding Hayward Field during the Olympic Trials on Saturday, I came across several street vendors selling Barack Obama merchandise. These weren't your typical Obama 08 items. I came across pictures of the guy looking to the heavens with the light shining on him kind of like the old pictures of Jesus with his neatly groomed mullet and beard. I came across T-Shirts that made him out to be some kind of savior for this terrible world. Now I am sure that some these vendors are capitalizing on an opportunity to make a buck and don't really believe the crap they're selling but the fact that people will buy this stuff is sad. Thousands of people flock to see this guy and you hear people talk afterwards you would think they attended some sort of Religious Revival and that to me is scary.

Barack Obama may be a charismatic individual that can deliver some inspiring speeches but lets not forget what he is. He's not a savior, messiah or even a religious leader, he's a politician. He can't walk on water, give us salvation and he won't change the world. No president in the 232 year history of this great nation has been able to do what some Obama supporters think he's capable of and Barack Obama is no different than any of the men who held the office before, he's a politician and nothing more than that.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

One rule if you are attending a live Baseball game this summer

If you are over twelve and you do not have a child with you, do not under any circumstances bring a glove with you.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A bit of History

231 years ago today the flag of the United States was adopted by resolution of the Second Continental Crongress.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Things that annoy Dennis: Volume IV

After taking a few days off I'm back with more things that annoy. Today's item is Target. Now I really have nothing against Target, it's actually a good store. My issue is their advertising campaign. Shame on Target and whoever that lame band is attemping to sing the classic Beatles song Hello, Goodbye on their commercials. It is painful to listen to a bunch of hacks ruin a great song.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Things that annoy Dennis: Volume III

Today's thought is on the outdated political bumper stickers. I have no problem with people who have Obama or McCain stickers on their cars, it's the ones who have stickers from past elections that annoy me. Living in fairly liberal town I see way too many Kerry-Edwards still on cars, get over it people that was four years ago and you lost! Get a life and move on. I also see a handful of Bush-Cheney stickers still on cars as well, those annoy me too. Get over it people, that was four years ago and you won! Get a life an move on.

Four years is bad enough but I regularly see much worse. In recent months I've seen a number of bumper stickers for former Oregon Governers John Kitzhaber who last ran for office in 1998 and Barbara Roberts who last ran for office in 1990. Eighteen years is a lot of years but the oldest one I've seen was actually four summers ago when I was following an old beat up car with a sticker that said "Reagan-Bush 84" at the time that sticker was twenty years old. Any of my readers who have outdated political bumper stickers on their cars please do everyone a favor and remove them. The general rule should be that you have one week after an election is completed to remove your bumper stickers.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Things that annoy Dennis: Volume II

Today's item of discussion is that annoying window paint bragging about a child's athletic accomplishments that you see on minivans and SUV's all over town. Don't get me wrong, I think parents should be proud of their children but I could care less that Tommy wears #14 and plays for the South Willamette Valley regional all star soccer team. When Junior (my yet to be named possible future son) is kicking butt on the football field, you won't see me driving around an oversized SUV with window paint saying something like "Go Junior Quarterback #11, Northeast Eugene Thunderbolts football". This trend needs to stop now!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Things that Annoy Dennis

Those who know me, know that there are many things that annoy me. Because of that I'm starting a regular blog entry called "Things that Annoy Dennis". Today's item of discussion is drivers who don't yield to pedestrians. The following comes from the Oregon Driver's Manual :

"A green light means you may proceed,
but first you must let any vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians
remaining in the intersection get through before you move
ahead. All movements—straight ahead, left or right turns—
are permitted. Remember, if you are making a left or right
turn, you must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians"

I'm an avid runner and on numerous occassion have almost been hit by a driver who blatantly disregards the law. It is really starting to annoy me, so drivers please obey the law and yield to pedestrians before sombody gets hurt.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Training update

Today I ran the "Ridgeline Ramble" 20K race as a part of my ongoing Marathon training. The majority of my running is done on flat roads or paths, so this was something entirely new for me. There were very few flat spots on the course, it was mostly uphill and downhill. The course kicked my ass, but I pressed on and finished in an extremely slow 2 hours and 20 minutes. I think for now I'm going to stick to nice flat runs.

Thank you

Thank you to all the men and women who have served or are currently serving this great nation in the armed forces. A special thanks to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, you are the true American Heroes.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

You can't alway trust technology

For Christmas this year I got the Nike + for my Ipod. It's a pretty cool thing that I attach to my Ipod and then put a chip into my shoe and it tracks my time and distance on my runs. When I finish my run I just sync it to my computer and it uploads the data to A website in which I can track my progress. Yesterday I finished a 12 mile run in 1 hour 38 minutes, a pretty reasonable time and I know I went the full twelve miles because because I have measured that route out before. When I synced my Ipod and visited the website it showed the details of my run time and all. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until I looked at some of my mile splits. According to my Ipod, I ran mile four in 4 minutes and 6 seconds. The world record in the mile is 3:43.13, so if my Ipod is to be trusted (which it can't be), I ran a mile that was only 23 seconds slower than the world record in the middle of a twelve mile run! If that is the case then I shoud be training for the Bejing Olympics.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Back in training

After a week of being lazy and eating anything I wanted, I decided that it was time to get back to work. After getting home from a weekend in Portland, I put on my running shoes and shorts and went out for a five mile run. Despite my feet feeling like there were cinder blocks strapped to them, I managed a nice easy eight minute mile pace. My training aproach for my next marathon will be a little different as I'm including more races this time. My next race is on Memorial day when I will run 20K (12.4 mile) Ridgeline Ramble along Eugene's famed Ridgeline Trail. After the Ramble I will run the 35th annual Butte to Butte (10k) on July 4 and nine days later I will run in the Coburg Run in the Country (Half Marathon). I may throw in a few more races in the summer as I prepare for the Portland Marathon on October 5th.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

One more thing on workplace coffee

When you make a pot of coffee it should not look like tea. Make it strong, if you don't like your coffee strong you can always add a little hot water to your cup to dillute it. Please don't ruin it for everyone.

Coffee Etiquette

I know that I've blogged this before but since this is a subject that is near and dear to me, I find it neccesarry to blog about it again. This morning I went to get my cup of coffee as I normally but when I pressed the button on the coffee pot nothing came out. That really upset me because I had to make a new pot wait several minutes while it was brtewing before I could enjoy my fresh hot coffee. If the last person hadn't been so lazy, I wouldn't have had to wait for my coffee. There is an unwritten rule in the workplace that if you take the last cup of coffee, you're supposed to make a new pot. I call on everyone to please follow this unwritten rule, It will make the workplace a better place!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

It just wasn't my day

Today I ran my fourth marathon. I knew going in to it that it wasn't going to be my best run. Two years ago I ran a 3:25:07 which to this day stands as my PR. My training for this one didn't go as well as my first and I'm a lot heavier than I was two years ago. I went out with a goal of four hours and for about 17 miles I was right on pace for that. Shorthly after mile 17 I hit my wall and for nine miles I struggled in pain. I crossed the finish line in 4:30:49, well short of my goal but hey I finished. I'm fully committed to pressing on and doing this again in Portland on October 5. Eventually I'll get back near 3:30 mark and I do believe that some day I'll get that Boston qualifier. The big question is do I do it now or do I wait until I'm 35 when it gets easier?

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Vote for Me

Ok Republicans that reside in the 4th Congressional District in the State of Oregon, I've got a challenge for you. Since our party has no canidate for congress filed, I ask that you all write-in my name. When your ballot arrives in the mail, simply write-in Dennis M. Cook for Congress. Let's get me the nomination and then we can take down Defazio in the fall!!!!!

paid for by Cook for Congress 2008.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Quote of the week

I read today that former major leaguer and current "author"Jose Canseco is about to have his 7300 square foot home foreclosed upon. Should I feel sorry for Jose? Absolutely not, especially considering this wonderful quote:

"You know my life, this financial thing, is a very complicated issue. Obviously when you make all that money people think that, OK, let's assume it is $35 million. People have to understand that $35 million, you're paying the government 41 percent. That leaves you with about $17 or $18 million, not even. Then you're taking care of your whole family."

Obviously math is not one Jose's strengths because if you pay the gorventment 41% of $35 million that leaves you with $20.65 million. Since I'm a nice guy I'll give Jose the benifit of the doubt and say that he had only $17 million to live on. I can't imagine what it would be like to support your whole family on only $17 million, that's got to be tough on the guy. Poor Jose...................

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Some random thoughts

I apologize for my lack of blogging lately, there really is no excuse other than I haven't felt like it. I have a few things on my mind that I would like talk about today, so here it goes.

My wife is leaving me home alone for the next five days. She decided to take a mini vacation to go see her sister in Missouri while I'll stuck at home working. This will be the longest time that we've been apart probably since we started dating two years ago. It will be just like my bachelor days for the next five days with a few exceptions. First and foremost is that I'm married, second I no longer live in the world's smallest apartment and third there's candles all over my apartment. I just wish that I still had my old brown recliner so I could sit back with a cold beer and watch sports like I often did in my bachelor days.

This Saturday I will return to Autzen Stadium for the first time since that horrible day back in December of 2007. While the spring game isn't a real game, it will give me something that resembles football and might be enough to get me through the next few months.

I woke up on Sunday and there was snow on my car. Normally that wouldn't be a problem but Sunday was April 20! It's spring dangit! I want sunshine!

That brings me to my next subject, global warming. I haven't really researched it enough to have an opinion one way or the other but I do question what makes Al Gore an expert on it. The dude has degree in government and journalism or maybe it's the year of divinity school that he attended, I don't know. Now to my main point here. Why did Time Magazine see it fit to change one of the great photographs in American history for their special environment issue? The Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima is an Iconic photo and the fact that Time replaced the flag with a tree for the cover of one their issues is disgusting and the editors should be ashamed of themselves. It's not the fact that it was used for an issue on global warming that makes me mad, it's the fact that they changed a great American photo.

Next Sunday I will be running my fourth marathon in the last two years. I'm not in peak Marathon shape, actually I'm kind of fat to be running a marathon right now but I'm going to do it anyways. I have no illusions of beating my pr of 3 hours and 25 minutes, actually if I can get my fat butt across the finish line in four hours, I'll probably do cartwheels. Realistically I just want to finish, which should not be a huge issue.

That's all I've got for now, I promise that I'll try to update my blog more in the future.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Thursday, April 03, 2008

My wife's blog

My wife has finally updated her blog please visit.


For the most part I've stayed away from politics on my blog, it was a decision that I made early on for many reasons. That being said it is an election year and I do have some strong opinions so I am warning you now that from time to time I may express a political opinion. You won't see long rants about a particular person or issue but you'll probably see little blurbs every once in awhile between now and November.

Whith that in mind I have a made a decision on who I will be supporting in November. If you look at my links you can probably figure it out and I doubt it will surprise those who know me. He wasn't my first choice but of the three remaining major candidates, I feel that he is best prepared to be president and will do the best job leading this country through this all important time. One final thing, my candidate is NOT too old to President.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Once March rolls around I'm ready for spring, it's time to get the shorts out and enjoy the sun. This morning I got up to go to the eye doctor and I walk outside to go to my car and it was snowing. It's March 29! Why the heck was it snowing? If I want snow, I can get in my car and make the short drive to Willamette Pass. I don't need snow in the valley, especially when it's almost April. I thought that fat guy that used be vice president said the earth is getting warmer? What gives? I want sun dangit!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Who needs a movie?

Thank you to my friend Jeff for bringing this amazing piece of work to my attention. Watch and enjoy.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Going Dancing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After three days of waiting, my Ducks are in the dance! I was expecting a twelve but we got a nine seed and face the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Friday!

Saturday, March 15, 2008


I know this is a little late but I want to congratulate the OS(U) Beavers on becoming the first team in Pac 10 history to go 0-18. The Beavers have now lost 20 straight Pac 10 conference regular season games. The record of 21 is held by the University of Oregon Ducks, so you can bet that I will be cheering for USC and UCLA when they play the Beavers next January when the Pac 10 season opens.

please note that if you include their two Pac 10 tourney losses the Beavers have already lost 22 straight Pac 10 games, however most Beaver fans still say the record belongs to Oregon. Hopefully the Beavs remove all doubt next January.

Life on the Bubble

For the first time in my lifetime the Oregon Ducks are a "bubble team". The previous five times they made it to the tournament in my life they either had a an automatic birth or they had done enough to be a "lock". Tomorrow will be the first time I've ever tuned into the tournament selection show not knowing whether or not the Ducks are in. Hopefully their bubble does not burst.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Another coach goes crazy

This Michigan Women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth. Not quite as good as the Mike Gundy rant from football season but still good.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Duck Basketball

One of my favorite whipping boys over the past couple years has been Oregon Head Basketball Coach Ernie Kent. Two years ago I called for him to be fired and was outraged when then AD Bill Moos decided to keep him. Last year I laid off a bit as the Ducks made a run deep into NCAA tournament but even with that run I wasn't giving Coach Kent a ringing endorsement. That brings us to this year, as it stands now the ducks will not be playing in the NCAA tournament. With four starters returning from a team that made it to the elite 8 a year ago this is unacceptable. With Knight Court opening at the start of the 2010 season something needs to change. One good year every four years isn't going do much to help fill the new arena. If the Ducks finish strong, I'll be okay with him getting another year but If they don't I'll have a "Few" reasons why a coaching change is necessary.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Big Purchase

On October 31, 2007 I took Carrie's car for a quick trip to the Grocery Store. That trip ended up not being so quick as the car died right after I pulled out of the store parking lot. The car was on it's last leg anyway but we were hoping it would survive just a bit longer. Not wanting to put another dime into "Carcia" as Carrie so affectionatly called it, it sat parked in the parking lot of our apartment until I finally sold it to someone on Craigslist. From October 31 until today we were a one car family. I can honestly say that it sucked only having one car, since I went back to work in January I've been walking to work most days which isn't fun considering that I have to be to work at 6:00 AM. We've been looking for a second for a while now and after visiting a couple shady dealerships I was tired of car shopping.

Yesterday my wife found a car online, she called on it and scheduled a time to go look at it. I ran some books on it and determined that we were getting a pretty good deal on it. We showed up at the dealership after work, took the car for a test drive and decided to go for it. When we walked inside the nice salesman named Jerry got us started on the paperwork. Then came the nervous moments waiting for the financing to come through, which I knew would be no problem whatsoever but I still hated sitting there waiting. Once the financing was all approved Jerry passed us off to the finance manager Will to close the deal. Since Will was a former Duck Offensive Lineman I like him right away. He went over all the terms of the deal, tried to sell us on backend product (industry lingo for extended warranties ect)which I respectfully declined and then closed the deal. We signed all the paperwork and Carrie got her new car a 2005 Mazda 6 and I get my 2002 Protege back. Here is a picture of Carrie's (mine too) new car.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Why you shouldn't propose in front of large crowds

While I do feel bad for the poor guy but unless you're absolutely 100% sure she'll say yes you should never propose in this manner. One more thing, I understand she didn't want to marry him but she have said yes and then told him no later when 20,00 people weren't watching.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

OS(U) Basketball

I've resisted ripping on the OS(U) basketball team because it would be too easy. OS(U) is so bad most of their fans deny the existence of a basketball program. As of today the beavs are 0-13 in the Pac 10 and are on track to become the first 0-18 team ever in the Pac 10. Personally, I am cheering for them in their pursuit of history. 0-18 would be an impressive accomplishment that the whole state of Oregon could take great pride in. With all that success they've been having up Corvallis, one would think that their players would lay off the trash talk. Not the Beavers, instead of me rehashing what happened last weekend I'll let Jim Rome tell you. You'll have to hear about Kelvin Sampson and Coach K first but it's worth watching.

What's wrong with this picture?

I purchased this from the dollar section at Target but there's something that I find really disturbing about it. Can you figure out what I'm referring to?

Monday, February 11, 2008

Who will I vote for?

Since my party's nominee for President will have long been decided by the time I vote on or around May 20, I've decided that I will write someone in on my ballot. First I don't want anyone critcizing me for not taking the proccess seriously because I do take this proccess seriously. I'm just a little ticked that unless I switch parties my vote on May 20 will be completely meaningless. After much thought and consideration I've made a decision on who I will be voting for. I guess you could call this the official presdential endorsement.

The individual I'm voting for resides in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has arguably been the most successful person in his line of work this decade. Considered a genius by many he is the finest strategist there is in his line of work. Although he recently suffered a stunning defeat, I feel he is the right man to lead this country. Through his career shown the abilty to be an outstanding leader. On top of those qualities he has always been on the cutting edge of fashion. I ask all members of my party in the State of Oregon to join me on May 20 in voting for Bill Belichick for President of the United States of America.

Marathon Update

While I haven't forked over the entry fee yet, I have made the decision to run the Eugene Marathon. I've been training for now for three weeks and while I not entirely happy with my progress I'm making strides and I feel that I can certainly beat my my time from Newport a year ago. A PR will have to wait until Portland in the fall. My goal is to get myself back to my 2006 form, to accomplish that I'm using the same formula I strategy that I used back then which is to reduce calories and increase my workout volume (for the record I'm drinking a beer while typing.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Thought on Primaries

For the most part I've stayed away from Politics on this blog however something is really annoying me right now so I am going to blog about it. On May 20, 2008 the state of Oregon will hold it Presidential primary on or around that day (Oregon is vote by mail state) I will cast a vote for the particular person I want representing my Party in November. Here's the problem, yesterday someone practically wrapped up my Party's nomination, meaning that when I cast my vote for President in May it will be meaningless. Hopefully something changes is the next four years because this is ridiculous. If it doesn't I might move to Iowa in 2012 so that my vote actually means something (don't worry Carrie, I'm not really considering a move to Iowa).

Monday, February 04, 2008

So Long Bobby Knight

Today the legendary and highly contreversial Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight resigned. In honor of coach Knight here is a collection of some of his memorable soundbites.

Saturday, February 02, 2008


Here is the very disturbing you tube video that I posted a year ago.

Super Bowl prediction

Keeping with long standing tradition I have once again changed the color scheme of my blog to represent the team that I'm cheering for in the Super Bowl. This year year I'm cheering for the Patriots and predicting not only a win but a huge win. The third born son of Archie Manning has no chance against the Patriots. The score will be Patriots 42 Giants 13.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Back in training

Over the last few months I've seen myself begin to revert back to the 2004 version of Dennis or fat Dennis. In order stop this I've decided to do another marathon. So this week I began my training for the 2008 Eugene Marathon on May 4th. This is going to be tough because I'm not in the great shape, the most I've ran in the past four months is six miles. So instead of jumping right into this, I'm easing my way into it. This won't be about getting that elusive Boston qualifying time this is about finishing. Did I forget to mention that I might run the Newport Marathon which on May 31st as well?

A new blog

My lovely wife Carrie has ented the wacky world of blogging. I'm not sure how often she'll blog but I definately urge you check out her blog at

I'm Back

I want to apologize for my lack of blogging lately. I've been taking in so much new information at work that by the time I get home at night my brain is on overload. Those who know me know that I am not a techie. I know how to turn a computer on and surf the internet and that's about it. A week and a half ago if you would have asked me what an Exchange server is I would have said "I have no clue". It's safe to say that I know a lot more now than I did a week and a half ago. I'm by no means an expert nor will ever be but I do know the basics of a network. Once my training is complete and brain isn't overloaded I will resume blogging more regularly.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Long and Winding Road

Eleven or so weeks ago I was called into my boss's office at work and was let go (I hate the term fired). As much as I would like to rip apart my former employer I won't but I do reccomend that if you have an account with them that you close it. That meeting started an eleven week trip down this long and winding road.

After the initial shock of being let go, I actually kind of enjoyed the time off work. Of course there were a few stressful weeks when my unemployment was initially denied, however after a successful apeall to the state I was granted the benefits. Many days were spent looking for work, applying for jobs left and right with no luck. I must of tweaked my resume about 27 times before I finally found a version I was happy with. My wife referred to me as her "house husband" as I attempted (not always successfully) to do household chores such as laundry, taking out the trash, doing the dishes and running errands such as grocery shopping and going to the dry cleaners. I saught out work with a temp agency in order to supplement my unemployment. They were supposed to find me jobs closely related to the skills that I have but they didn't. I spent one day in December at a factory that makes cereal and three days this week at the same place working graveyard. That was loads of fun spending eight hours a night pouring buckets of dried fruit and other products into big bins and stirring them. Through that I kept thinking to myself this is why I went college so I didn't have to do jobs like that. I was scheduled to work there all week however this morning while I was sleeping the temp agency called and said they didn't need me anymore this week and needless to say I am happy about that. Now I can just sit back and enjoy these final days of unemployment because earlier this week I recieved a job offer for a job that I believe will be much better than the one I lost eleven weeks ago. The best part I'll no longer be a bill collector!

At the end of this week it will be eleven and a half weeks that I was without a job. That was longest period time since I started working as a Junior in High School that I was without a job. While I enjoyed not working at times I hope to never be in that position again until I retire or win the win the lottery. It will be weird returning to the 9-5 world on Monday but I'm ready to do it and happy because I finally reached the end of this Long and Winding Road.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 National Championship Game

USC faced West Virginia in the third national championship game. Pat White and Steve Slaton were no match for the Trojan defense. On offense John David Booty had a career day, throwing for 412 yards an four tochdowns as the Trojans routed the Mountaineers 45 to 10. Cogratulations to the real champions of college football the USC Trojans.


It's not what I had envisioned less than two months ago when the Ducks were 8-1 and #2 in the nation but yesterday the Ducks won a bowl game for the first time since 2002 Fiesta Bowl. While the Sun Bowl is nothing special it's a win and I'll take it. The future is bright in Eugene and I honestly believe that sometime in my lifetime I'll see a Duck national championship in the greatest sport in existence, football (I'm talking about the American Variety so shut up Soccer fan!).