Monday, July 30, 2007

Season Tickets are here, Reser looks good, and Fall Practice is days away

Over the weekend I got a nice little present in the mail... My 2007 season tickets have arrived!

The new seats, scoreboard, and the inside stuff looks great! Ready for the season as far as I can tell!

Football is just around the corner! Only days until Fall practice starts!
2007 August Practice Schedule (Subject to Change)

Aug. 3-7, 9, 11 (officials), 14, 16, 18 (officials), 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 – 2 p.m.
Aug. 8, 10, 13, 15, 17– 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 27-28 – 6:30 p.m.

2007 Schedule

Aug. 30 Utah (FSN NW) 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Cincinnati (ESPN) 4:30 p.m. PDT
Sept. 15 Idaho State (FSN NW) 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Arizona State TBA
Sept. 29 UCLA TBA
Oct. 6 Arizona TBA
Oct. 13 at California TBA
Oct. 20 Bye
Oct. 27 Stanford 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 at USC (ABC or ESPN) 5 p.m.
Nov. 10 Washington (FSN) 7:15 p.m.
Nov. 17 at Washington State TBA
Nov. 24 Bye
Dec. 1 at Oregon (ESPN2) 1:30 p.m.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Football is coming....

Football season is almost here...

The Pac-10 media poll is out and here's the verdict:

USC Unanimous Pick to Win Pac-10 in Preseason Media Poll

1. USC (39) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390
2. California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
3. UCLA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
4. Arizona State . . . . . . . . . . . 242
5. Oregon State . . . . . . . . . . . 237
6. Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
7. Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
8. Washington State . . . . . . . . . . . 115
9. Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
10. Stanford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

5th feels a little like a slight with our D. 4th would have made me happy. However, our schedule is pretty tough this year so maybe its accurate.

Bold predictions coming soon.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Oregon can't leave well enough alone. I call Ducks don't beat the Beavs until 2020.

Great logo for the next few years.  A duck swinging and missing.
Yea, its official. OSU gets a whipping boy for the foreseeable future. I've commented on the possibility of the Ducks getting a baseball team before and I still think they should stick to track.

The decision making process is just weird down there.

1. They hire Kilkenny (a big money booster) to build a new basketball arena. And now they are getting themselves distracted from that by reviving a long dead baseball program. Seems like they need to concentrate on getting that arena and not confuse people about the athletic department's main goals.

In resurrecting baseball, Kilkenny cited its revenue potential for his department, both from ticket sales and concessions, along with what he termed the needed infusion of donations from supporters of the sport.

He said adding baseball at a time when Oregon is soliciting support for a new basketball arena was "purely coincidental."
Riiiight. I can't believe more Duck fans don't think this is a problem. Plus, when no one comes to the games because they suck then how exactly will it be better than wrestling which has lower costs overall? Well, there is the OSU series each year. That will make a bunch of money because the OSU fans will take over the stadium. Hey! It will be like an extra home series! (See OSU fans invading SafeCo and Husky field for proof). There are some with reservations.
Kilkenny said Oregon's decision to play baseball also had little to do with Oregon State's recent success in the sport. The Beavers have won two consecutive College World Series championships.

"There's too much attention given to what happened in Corvallis" in relation to "something that we were doing that is totally separate and independent," Kilkenny said.
Does anyone actually believe that. I think the second Phil Knight game Pat Casey money to stay, Oregon started the process. Just admit it! This guy clearly has a future in politics.

2. They kill the wrestling program that has actually been pretty good the last few years. Not only that, but they add varsity women's competitive cheer as a sport. What!? Is that a sport? That actually counts in these Title IX days? Let's go through that thought process.
"What can we add that will cost the least and give us more women's scholarships?"

"Well, we have a bunch of cheerleaders and dance team people. Can we get them on scholarship?"

"Great idea! We'll start a gymnastics program!"

"No, even better. Varsity Women's Competitive Cheer."

"Oh, sweet! Now what will the uniforms look like..."
Totally weak.

3. What does "Track Town, USA" think of this? Now they have competition for the spring sport dollar. Does this mark the end of championship-level track at UO? Clearly if they felt track was their sport, then they would simply focus on that.

Overall, the decision probably helps OSU more than it hurts us for the next 10-15 years. We will get to beat up on UO 3-6 just like UP. It can only help our RPI in the future to beat another Pac-10 team (well, maybe not the first few years....or more).

Also, we have already started recruiting the entire west coast and soon maybe even nationally. This year we signed many of the best kids from Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Washington. And we will still get the best Oregon kids for many years to come.

Its going to be a very tough road for Oregon to even get to respectability in the Pac-10. UC Irvine is a special case. Their location helps them soooo much. We are at a disadvantage in the NW. Oregon can't simply market their way to the top.

In the end, as a Beaver fan, I say bring it on. I can't wait to sweep the Ducks for the next 15 years. That will be awesome.

Tickets, Coach, and Expansion

Since the Beavers were crowned National Champions for a second consecutive year not a lot has happened around Corvallis (Beavers wise). But a few things have been notable so I thought I'd blog my thoughts.

* OSU replaced Dan Spencer who left to go to Texas Tech with Pat Bailey from George Fox University.

Sounds like he's a great guy who will fit right in at Oregon State. He wants to help the players succeed and he wants to win. Perfect. And John Croy played for him!

Philomath resident John Croy played on Bailey’s first West Linn team in 1985 and assisted on Bailey’s 1994 and 1995 Lions’ teams, which advanced to the Elite Eight and championship game of the state 4A tournament, respectively.

“When I played for Pat he always had an extreme passion for playing the game the right way,” said Croy, now a Corvallis businessman and Little League coach. “When I came back and coached with him, he was the same” but had progressed as a coach and teacher.

“The stuff we were teaching in 1995 was way ahead of what he taught us in 1985. He was a student of the game to an extreme. He spends a lot of his spare time thinking, ‘How can I teach baseball better?’ and that’s what makes him so good.

“He relates to the players so well, they love him. And it’s not because he’s a softy, because he’s not. He demands that players do things (the right) way, and guys come ready and willing to give their best for him.”
Nice quote John!

* Goss stadium is expanding, but we already knew that. Go check out the artist renderings: link.

* OSU is starting single game ticket sales on Monday (7/16) at 8:30am. No Civil War this year so I'm not sure how big the rush will be, but you've got to get in the stadium to check out that JumboTron! Plus, there's a good deal on a 3-pack for $105 for 3 games.
To participate fans must select one game from each group listed below:
Group 1: Utah (Aug. 30) or Idaho State (Sept. 15)
Group 2: Arizona (Oct. 6) or Stanford (Oct. 27)
Group 3: UCLA (Sept. 29) or Washington (Nov. 10).
Single-game tickets may be purchased in person at Gill Coliseum or by phone at 1-800-GO-BEAVS starting July 30. Ticket office hours are weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Beavers begin practice Aug. 3 and open the season Aug. 30 against Utah.
* The basketball team has a new recruit from North Carolina. He looks to be an athletic, defensive big man with suspect offensive abilities. He should help with big, athletic teams on the defensive end.

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