Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Standup Person of the Week

This week's award goes to the absolute most important person in my life, my wife Kim. She works so hard to keep our house in order, to take care of the boys and yes, to keep me in line when I deserve a little "reality check." Her support allows me to follow my dreams of being a hockey broadcaster.

It is my extreme pleasure to award this week's Standup Person of the Week award to my wife Kim, the absolute best thing ever to happen to me. Thanks Kim. You're simply the best!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Beavers beat Bears 31-28

Oregon State's defense bent but didn't break at the end, as the Beavers held on to beat the 2nd ranked California Golden Bears 31-28 in Berkeley Saturday night.

The Beavers grabbed the lead early, as Andy Stewart rushed up the middle for a 1 yard touchdown run, grabbing a 7-0 lead after Alexis Serna's PAT. That lead lasted into the second quarter, when Cal's Freshman Quarterback Kevin Riley(from Beaverton, Oregon), making his first career start, hit Lavelle Hawkins with a 12 yard touchdown pass. Jordan Kay's PAT tied the game 7-7. Serna got the lead back for Oregon State with a 21 yard field goal to make it 10-7, then kicked a 52 yarder to bring the Beavers to within a point at halftime 14-13, after the Bears took the lead for the first time on Riley's 3 yard run and Kay PAT.

Yvenson Bernard's 1 yard run and Serna's PAT gave Oregon State a 20-14 lead through three quarters. In the fourth, the lead changed hands twice. Cal went on top 21-20, thanks to Justin Forsett's 7 yard scoring run and Kay's PAT. Bernard's second 1 yard scoring run, this one on a plunge over the top with 8:30 left, put the Beavers up 26-21. Oregon State made it a 7 point lead as Sean Canfield passed to Anthony Brown for the two-point conversion, putting the visitors from Corvallis up 28 - 21. Serna's third field goal of the night, this one from 33 yards out, gave the Beavers a 31 - 21 lead late in the 4th quarter. The Golden Bears, who had a chance to grab the #1 spot in the polls for the first time in 56 years as #1 LSU lost at #17 Kentucky 43-37 in 3 overtimes, responded with a pass from Riley to Hawkins down the middle for 65 yards and a touchdown. Kay's PAT brought California within 3 at 31-28. The Bears got one more crack at the endzone, after a Serna punt gave California the ball at their own 5 with less than 2 minutes to play. Riley led his team into position to either tie or take the lead at the end, but then tried to scramble to the endzone from the OSU 12. He was tackled inbounds, with no time outs left and not enough time to get the field goal unit on the field and the Beavers held on for the 31-28 win. California Coach Jeff Tedford said "It's not his fault whatsoever. He played his heart out down the stretch to get us in that situation. We didn't lose the game because of that play." The Beavers' Joey LaRoque, who made the tackle on the final play said "That was a great finish to a great game. Cal has a great team and it was awesome. That game is all about college football right there. I'm glad to be a part of this. It was amazing."

Yvenson Bernard led Oregon State with 110 yards and 2 touchdowns on 32 carries. Lavelle Hawkins caught 9 passes for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Bears.

California is the tenth Top-10 ranked team to lose to an unranked team this season. For the Beavers, it's the first time they've beaten a team ranked this high, since beating the O.J. Simpson-led USC Trojans 3-0 on November 11th, 1967. The third ranked Ohio State Buckeyes look to move into the top spot after their 48-3 victory over Kent State. After their bye week, Oregon State hosts Stanford on Saturday, October 27th. The Bears play at UCLA next Saturday.

In other Top-10 action, #4 Boston College beat Notre Dame 27-14.,#5 South Florida rolled past Central Florida 64-12, #6 Oklahoma beat #11 Missouri 41-31, it was #7 South Carolina beating North Carolina 21-15, #9 Oregon pounded Washington State 53-7 and #10 USC beat Arizona 20-13.

Friday, October 12, 2007

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame honors 2007 inductees

From http://www.usahockey.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christy Jeffries (christyj@usahockey.org)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Class of 2007 Formally Inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
Ceremony Held Friday Evening at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Class of 2007 - Aaron Broten, Bobby Carpenter, John MacInnes and John Vanbiesbrouck - was formally enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame here tonight at an induction ceremony and dinner, held at the University of North Dakota's Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. A full house of 500+ people were on hand for the night of celebration.

"This was a tremendous night to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of four individuals who have each played a significant role in the advancement of hockey in our country," said Walter Bush, chairman of the board for USA Hockey. "I'd particularly like to thank the wonderful community of Grand Forks for the fantastic job they did in hosting this very special event."

“It is a tremendous honor to be included in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame,” said Broten. “The other inductees are extremely deserving and I am honored to go in with them. I’m very proud that both my brother [Neal] and I are in the Hall – it’s a culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of hockey through the years.”

“This whole experience has been much more than I expected,” said Carpenter. “I think USA Hockey did a great job and it was an unbelievable evening. Nights like this, everything comes back and you remember a lot of the things you’ve accomplished. It’s almost like the finishing touch on my career.”

“We are especially grateful for this recognition of John’s achievements,” said Jerry MacInnes, wife of the late John MacInnes. “John would have been extremely proud to be among this class and this honor belongs to all the people who played a part in his life.”

“Overall it’s a great day to be American,” said Vanbiesbrouck. “It was an honor not only for myself, my family and my parents, but also the coaches, trainers and everybody that has helped me to play this game for such a long time.”

NOTES: The addition of the Class of 2007 brings the total number of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame enshrinees to 134 ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame weekend will conclude with the University of North Dakota taking on Michigan State University in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena at 7 p.m. CDT. Both teams were in attendance at the induction event ... The Hobey Baker Memorial Award was on display at the induction ceremony. Ryan Duncan, the most recent recipient of the honor, and Neal Broten, the first-ever winner, were both be in attendance ... Jim Rich, sports director at FOX 9 in Minneapolis/St. Paul and long-time promoter of hockey in America, served as the master of ceremonies for the induction dinner ... Lou Vairo, head coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and one of the most prominent hockey figures in the United States, was the featured speaker at the induction ceremony ... USA Hockey assumed responsibility for the selection process and induction event associated with the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this past spring.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cover Your Butt

As a colon cancer survivor, any chance I can get to spread the word about getting tested, as a means of detecting, diagnosing and defeating the disease, I jump on as fast as I can. Here's a great website to learn more:


Tell everyone you know about this. And tell your politicians at the local, state and federal levels. Testing should be covered. It saved my life and can save a lot others. But, not everyone has adequate medical insurance, or can cover the cost of a colonoscopy out of pocket.

Let's all work together to fight colon cancer.

Oh Baby Vision

How to watch the videos on Oh Baby Vision

In the upper left hand corner, there's three horizontal lines. Click that once or twice and it'll bring up thumbnails of all the movies. Click on the one you want to watch and it'll start. It may play the next one automatically, or you may have to click the little box to bring the thumbnails back up.

Now with the addition of more videos, just use the scroll bar on the right to choose the one you want to watch.

I hope you like 'em