Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Kahut field goal wins Sun Bowl for Beavers

It's not unheard of for a field goal to decide the outcome of a college football game. But when that deciding field goal is the only score of the game, that is unusual. That was the case today, as Justin Kahut's 44 yard field goal late in the first half was the only scoring of the day, in Oregon State's 3-0 victory over the Pitt Panthers in the 75th edition of the Brut Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas.

Both teams had a lot of trouble moving the ball in the first quarter, as windy conditions played havoc with the passes thrown by both teams quarterback. Finally, late in the second half, the Beavers moved the ball deep into Pitt territory. After the drive stalled, Kahut got his chance and converted from 44 yards out with 2:24 remaining in the first half, giving Oregon State a 3-0 lead. The Beavers had another chance to score, but Lyle Moevao was intercepted in the endzone with 10 seconds left, keeping the score at 3-0 Oregon State, as the first half ended.

In the second half, the wind died down, but both teams played solid defense, stifiling the offenses on both sides of the ball. Kahut missed a 37 yard fieldgoal halfway through the third quarter, after the Beavers had had a first and goal just inside the Panthers 5 yard line. Pitt's best chance to score came with just under 3 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, but Connor Lee barely missed wide right on a 57 yard field goal attempt. Johnny Hekker pinned the Panthers back at their own 11 with 64 seconds left. Pitt was able to advance the ball out to their own 49 with 11 seconds left, but Oregon State's Slade Norris sacked Panthers Quarterback Pete Bostick to run out the clock, preserving the Beavbers 3-0 win.

Moevao was effective at times throwing the ball for the Beavers, completing 21 of 42 passes for 194 yards, no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Johnny Hekker, voted one of the players of the game, punted 10 times for a 45.3 yard average, downing the ball inside the 20 five times. Sammie Stroughter caught 6 passes for 91 yards, Jeremy Francis rushed 15 times for 75 yards. For Pitt, Bill Stull was ineffective, completing just 7 of 24 passes for 51 yards, while getting sacked 3 times. Bostick came on in relief in the 4th quarter, completing 2 of 4 passes for 34 yards, while getting sacked twice.

Oregon State coach Mike Riley won his fifth straight bowl game in command of the Beavers and is now 8-0 all time in bowl games, including a 3-0 mark as offensive coordinator at Southern Cal. Oregon State finishes the season with a 9-4 record. The Panthers also finish at 9-4.

Beavers go bowling today

The Oregon State Beavers, minus the Rodgers brothers, both out with shoulder injuries, take on the Pitt Panthers today in the 75th edition of the Brut Sun Bowl, played in El Paso, Texas.

The Beavers enter today's game with a 2008 record of 8-4, and a Pac-10 Conference record of 7-2. The Pitt Panthers are 9-3 overall, 5-2 in the Big East Conference. Pittsburgh has won the only meeting between the two schools, a 38-13 win in the Insight Bowl at Phoenix in 2002.

The Beavers are led by Quarterback Lyle Moevao, who has passed for 2,341 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. LeSean McCoy leads Pittsburgh with 284 carries for 1,403 yards, while Quarterback Bill Stull has passed for 2,304 yards and 9 touchdowns.

After going 28 consecutive years without a winning season, Oregon State is playing in their 8th bowl game in the past 10 years. Since returning as Head Coach of the Beavers, Mike Riley has won four straight bowl games. Riley recently signed a contract extension as Beavers Coach, keeping him in Orange and Black through 2015.

The game can be heard around the Beavers Sports Network and flagship station CBS has the telecast of today's game, beginning at 1:00p.m. CST.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from Jimmy!

Hewwo evwebuddy! My name is Jimmy! I will be 7 mumfs owd on Satuwday. Tooday is my fuwst Kwismus. Mommy an' Daddy haz towded me dat it's Jeezuz birfday. I wuv Jeezuz! I bewong to him. Mommy sez dat wen I is a yeaw owd I gets to hav a birfday partee too but it won't be as big as Jeezuz birfday. Dat's okay. Jeezuz is weal speshul so I fink evwebuddy shud cewebwate his birfday.

I has had a qwiut day wif Mommy an' Daddy an' da puppees. I has eetud my bottul an' sum babee cewyul. Mommy an' Daddy had big peepuw fud. I has takeded a cupa naps too. Mommy an' Daddy gotted me cwose dat say "Babee's fuwst Kwismus". I stiw a widdle guy but I fink I wike dis Kwismus. I weawwy wike aw da bwite wites! An' I wike sayeeng Happee Birfday to Jeezuz!

My nek pwobwum is geting beddew. Mommy an' Daddy stwech my nek free ow fow times a day. I don't wike it cuz it huwts an' I cwy. Dey aways tew me dey is sowwy. I wish dey wudunt do it but Mommy sez it makes my nek beddew. I hope my nek is aw beddew soon so dey stop doing it. It huwts!

I fink I gonna get a toof soon. An' I has stawted to tawk! Mommy an' Daddy sez dat I gonna say my fuwst wud soon. I can say sumfing dat sownds wike da-da an' ga-ga an' sum uvur sownds. Daddy cant wate fow me to wook at him and say da-da. Daddy awso wantz me to say ma-ma. I wuk on dat!

Happee Birfday Jeezuz! I wuv yew!

An' I wuv aw uv yew too!


Mewwy Cwismus evwybuddy!

Time for pwesints Mommy!

Snoopy and Smoke help Jimmy unwrap presents.

Jimmy gots lots of nice clothes.

Mommy shows Jimmy and the boys the animal book.

Mommy shows Jimmy the Baby Jesus.

Western Hockey League to offer free webcasts

Thanks to Rod Pedersen's blog ( for this one...

The Western Hockey League announced that webcasts of all WHL games on December 27th, 28th and 29th will be available online for FREE.

Every WHL game is webcast live online during the WHL regular season and playoffs and is available through our internet streaming partner INSINC at

The WHL regular-season schedule resumes play on Saturday, December 27th, with a full slate of 11 games, including the Spokane Chiefs hosting the Tri-City Americans in a key U.S. Division match-up and the Lethbridge Hurricanes hosting the Kootenay Ice in a pivotal Central Division battle.

Eight WHL contests are on the schedule for Sunday, December 28th, including the Swift Current Broncos hosting the Regina Pats for an East Division match-up. Monday, December 29th, features a pair of WHL contests, including the Vancouver Giants hosting the Kelowna Rockets for a B.C. Division clash.

To access the FREE WHL Web TV broadcast, fans are asked to visit and click on the WHL Web TV button.

In order to activate the free account, you need to go to the live game, create an account and enter the promotional code as indicated (whltv). Then enter some personal information such as name, address and create a username and password. No credit card information is required.

Friday, December 19, 2008

2008 Year End Appeal

As the year winds down, it is a good time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the future. This past year has brought many hardships on people and the uncertain economy has us all very cautious about the coming New Year. At the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) we take this into consideration as we move forward. But colorectal cancer continues to affect people at all times of the year and it remains the number two cancer killer, taking as many lives as breast cancer and AIDS combined.

This past year has seen some significant changes in the field of colorectal cancer. We are now able to know ahead of time which patients will or will not respond to an entire class of drugs for colorectal cancer. New advances in managing tumors in the liver have changed the way we talk about metastatic disease. New screening techniques have now been approved, offering choices that were not available just a few months ago.

New approaches can offer life and hope, but many patients find out about them too late. We are committed to being sure that every patient has the best chance to live longer and better. And we are pleased to report since CCA started 10 years ago, people with this disease are living longer and better than ever. But we can't do it alone. We need your support to make this possible.

Our awareness campaign has reached new heights with the launch of the Dress in Blue Campaign that will take place this coming March and the Undy 5000 5K run/walk. Thousands of supporters--like you, have participated in, or donated to the Undy 5000 walks to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. We are rapidly expanding the Undy 5000 for 2009, and we hope we can count on your participation and support. The Undy will return to Philadelphia, Dallas and Phoenix. First annual races are slated in Detroit, Denver, St. Louis and we will shortly announce a California location. Stay tuned for announcements of other cities which will host these energizing events in 2009.

CCA is reaching more patients than ever before. We are getting more calls to our toll-free Help Line. We have more volunteers, more Buddies and we are bringing back our popular regional conferences to ensure that patients and their families have the best and latest information about treating colorectal cancer. Finally, we are expanding our ever growing local chapters to help spread the word about this disease and bring CCA's mission to the local level. Now we need your help to ensure these programs can keep growing. Please make your end-of-year donation to help us in our efforts to inform every patient of the latest and best ways to manage their disease.

Thank you very much for your past and future support of CCA, and we wish you and your loved ones a safe and Happy Holiday.

Warmest regards,

Your friends at the CCA

PS. As you look forward to the New Year, please check our website for the latest information and events at You can sign up for our newsletters and communicate online with others in the CCA community. And, you can make your tax-deductible year end donation there too. Thank you.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

HWAA's Great Jersey Giveaway Set

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Hockey Weekend Across America's Great Jersey Giveaway Set
Sweepstakes Registration to Begin Jan. 7

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fans will have a chance to win one of 45 Reebok EDGE authentic National Hockey League jerseys during Hockey Weekend Across America's Great Jersey Giveaway, Feb. 13-15, 2009.

Fifteen prize winners each day during Hockey Weekend Across America will receive their favorite NHL jersey from Reebok.

Entry is open to U.S. citizens ages 13 and older and those eligible may register one time only at, between 12 noon MT on Wednesday, Jan. 7, and 11:59 p.m. MT on Thursday, Feb. 12.

To access a complete list of rules, visit

NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, is set for Feb. 13-15, 2009. It is an initiative led by USA Hockey to celebrate the game and all those involved in the sport at all levels, while also sharing hockey with new audiences … Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including Friday’s (Feb. 13) Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey; Saturday’s (Feb. 14) Bring a Friend to the Rink; and Sunday’s (Feb. 15) Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes … Organizations at all levels, including the NHL, American Hockey League, ECHL, NCAA, United States Hockey League and North American Hockey League are participating in Hockey Weekend Across America ... USA Hockey is conducting a contest for best Hockey Weekend Across America programming with the grand-prize winner receiving 25 sets of OneGoal starter equipment ($4,000 value), plus $2,000. Additionally, five runner-up prizes of $1,000 will be awarded. The entry form can be obtained at ... Entities across the country are encouraged to submit their plans for Hockey Weekend Across America by filling out a short online form at

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Big play Ducks beat Beavers in 112th Civil War

The Oregon Ducks made several big plays Saturday night and defeated the Oregon State Beavers 65-38 in the 112th edition of the Civil War, played at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

Read about it here:

And here:

For Oregon State to go to the Rose Bowl, UCLA must beat USC next week.

Go Bruins!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hapee Fanksgiving fwum Jimmy!

Hewwo evweebuddy! My name is Jimmy! I is 6 mumfs owd today! An' Mommy sez it's a speshul day cawed Fanksgiving. I dont no much ubowt dis Fanksgiving but it wooks wike a day wen yew woch pawades an' footbaw on tv an' eet wots of tuwkee. I is too widdle to eet da tuwkee now but I is now eeting baybee fud! Mommy an' Daddy has feedud me da bananananas an' da peaws wif my wice seeryuw. Dey is pwetty yumy but I wike my fowmuwa beddew. Mommy sez dat hew is gonna giv me vegtubuls to so I gwow big an' stwong wike Daddy!

I is stawting to sit up bi mysewf now an' Mommy is twying to teech me to sit up stwait. I wuv to sit in my exewsawsew an' pway. I jus gotted a hi chaiw cuz I is eeting big boy fud! I wuv to sit in it an' pway wif my wattles an' fwow dem on da fwoow fow Mommy or Daddy to pik up! Hee hee! It's fun! I jus wuv to pway. I is awso stawting to skoot wen I is on my tumee but I weawwy don't wike being on my tumee a wot. I can woll ovew onto my tumee now!

My pupees is giving me wots of kissus now. It feews funee, espeshuwy Snoopys wiskews, but I wike it. Da pupees wuv me an' I wuv dem.

A cupa days agow we had fwee inchus of sno. Its dis wite stuf dats weawwy cowd an' wet but I has a cupa snosoots so I not wowweed.

Dats aw fow now. I fink its tim fow my aftewnoon nap. I wuv aw uv yew!



Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Kahut boots Beavers past Arizona

Justin Kahut's 24 yard field goal on the last play of the game atoned for an earlier missed extra point and gave the Oregon State Beavers their sixth straight win, a 19-17 win over the Arizona Wildcats in Pac-10 action Saturday night.

Kahut's career best 47 yard field goal on the final play of the first half, matched the Wildcats Jason Bondzio, who kicked a 27 yarder just past the midway point of the second quarter, tying the game 3-3 at halftime.

James Rodgers, picking up the offensive slack after an injury forced little brother Jacquizz out of the game in the first quarter, scored on a 7 yard run. Kahut converted and the Beavers led 10-3, with 8:54 remaining in the third. Arizona tied the game with 16 seconds remaining in the third, as Rob Gronkowski scored on a 16 pass from Willie Tuitama. Bondzio's PAT knotted the score at 10-10.

The Wildcats took the lead at the 8:26 mark of the fourth, on a 9 yard run by Keola Antolin. Bondzio kicked the extra point, giving Arizona a 17-10 lead. Oregon State responded, marching down the field for the apparent tying score, as Sean Canfield, subbing for injured quarterback Lyle Moevao, hit Sammie Stroughter with a 7 yard touchdown pass. However, Kahut sailed the convert wide left, leaving the Beavers down a point at 17-16, with 3:58 remaining. Oregon State's defense stiffened and got the ball back for the offense at their own 20, with no timeouts and just 79 seconds remaining. Canfield, running the no-huddle offense to perfection, found tailback Jeremy Francis twice for gains of 20 yards five yards, then fired a 47 yard strike to Stroughter, giving the Beavers a first down at the Wildcats 7 with less than a minute remaining. Ryan McCants, who had 49 of his 52 yards rushing in the second half, carried the ball to the Arizona 3. The Wildcats called timeout to set their defense, but Canfield took the snap and downed the ball between the hash marks at the 7 yard line, setting up Kahut's game-winning attempt. The sophomore kicker from Clackamas High then made up for his earlier missed PAT, with a perfect kick from 24 yards out, giving Oregon State the 19-17 win.

The Beavers had the edge in total offense, 390 to 297. Canfield was 20 of 32 passing for 224 yards and 1 touchdown. Stroughter caught 5 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown and James Rodgers rushed 10 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Freshman punter Johnny Hekker had another strong game, averaging 43.4 yards on five kicks, a long of 50 and downing the ball twice inside the 20. For Arizona, Tuitama was 16 of 22 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown, while Antolin rushed 25 times for 114 yards and one score. Neither team turned the ball over.

The win was Oregon State's six straight, eighth in nine games, and improved their record to 7-1 in the Pac-10, 8-3 overall. The Beavers host the Oregon Ducks in the annual Civil War game this coming Saturday at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Kickoff is set for 6:00p.m. CST. The game can be seen on the Versus Network and heard on

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Defense powers Beavers past Cal Bears 34-21

The Oregon State defense stopped a tough Cal Bears team cold in the fourth quarter, holding them to just one yard total offense while rushing for 161 yards in the second half, on their way to a 31-24 Pac-10 victory in front of a record crowd of 45,969 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

California scored first, taking the opening kickoff deep into Beavers territory, aided by a penalty. The Bears scored 4 plays later, as Kevin Riley passed to Verran Tucker for 5 yards and a touchdown. Giorgio Tavecchio's extra point put Cal up 7-0 1:55 into the game. Oregon State responded quickly, as James Rogers ran the kickoff back 86 yards for a touchdown, the first kickoff return for a score in the Pac-10 this season. Justin Kahut converted, tying the game 7-7. The Beavers then took the lead as Jacquizz Rodgers rushed 2 yards for a touchdown. Kahut's PAT gave Oregon State a 14-7 lead with 1:50 left in the first quarter.

Kahut booted a 28 yard field goal with just under 6 minutes gone in the second quarter, putting the Beavers up 17-7. The Bears answered less than two minutes later, as Kevin Riley pitched to Jeremy Ross, who then completed a 30 yard pass to Nyan Boateng for a touchdown. Tavecchio's PAT narrowed Oregon State's lead to 17-14 at the half.

Kahut kicked a 24 yard field goal just over 3 minutes into the third quarter, increasing the Beaver lead to 20-14. Oregon State extended the lead to 27-14 nearly 4 minutes later, as James Rodgers ran the fly sweep to perfection, staying on his feet and scoring from 18 yards out. Kahut's kick put the Beavers ahead by 13. California struck back 83 seconds later, as Jahvid Best took off on a 65 yard jaunt to the endzone. Tavecchio's extra point was good, slicing the margin to 27-21 in favor of Oregon State.

The Beavers clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter, clinching the game when Keenan Lewis returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown with 31 seconds remaining. Kahut's extra point finished the scoring, the defense closed out the game and Oregon State beat the Bears 34-21.

The Beavers outgained Cal on the day 339 to 232. Lyle Moevao was 14 of 28 passing for 145 yards, with one interception. Jacquizz Rogers carried the ball 27 times for 144 yards and a touchdown. 111 of those yards came in the second half. His brother James rushed 3 times for 22 yards and a score, caught 6 passes for 50 yards and ran back three kickoffs for 117 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Johnny Hekker, who nearly lost his job a week ago had his second consecutive strong game, punting the ball 6 times for a 38.5 yard average, with a long of 51. For the Bears, Kevin Riley was 11 of 25 passing for 117 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Jeremy Ross completed his only pass of the day for a 30 yard touchdown. Jahvid Best rushed 15 times for 117 yards and a touchdown. Verran Tucker and Nyan Boateng each caught a touchdown pass. Oregon State had 20 first downs to Cal's 11, was 4 of 13 on 3rd down to the Bears 2 of 13 and had just one turnover to Cal's two. The Beavers were flagged 7 times for 60 yards, the Bears 5 times for 49 yards. Time of possession favored Oregon State 34:46 to 25:14.

The Beavers won their fifth straight game and improve to 7-3 overall, 6-1 in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears, who have now lost two straight and had won their last two games in Corvallis, slip to 6-4 overall, 4-3 in the Pac-10. Oregon State travels to Tucson next Saturday, for a contest with the tough Arizona Wildcats. Kickoff is set for 6:00p.m. CST. The game can be seen on the Versus Network and heard on The Beavers close out the 2008 season with the Civil War game against the Oregon Ducks on November 29th in Corvallis. That will be a Versus Network telecast also, again starting at 6:00p.m. CST. That game can also be heard on

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dad's life sketch

The following is what I'll be reading during Friday's memorial service for my Dad. I hope you enjoy it and I hope I'll make it through.

Raymond V. Meissner was born on June 27th, 1920 in Philomath, Oregon. His beginnings were quite humble, being raised on a farm by his grandparents and growing up during the great depression. Times were hard for lots of folks, and Dad’s family was no exception. But he was able to rise above it and grow into a fine young man. Dad served his country during World War II. He never saw duty overseas, serving at posts in California.

After his Army service was complete, he married my Mother Barbra in San Francisco in 1945. Three years later, while still in California, his first child Linda was born. The young family soon returned to Oregon, settling in the Portland area, where David, young Raymond and I were all born. Dad spent his adult life working at such places at Esco Foundry, where he used to sit on the roof during breaks, watching the Portland Beavers baseball team play next door at Vaughn Street Ballpark. After the family moved to it’s long-time home in Oak Grove, Dad worked at Burtner’s Auto Parts, then later in life, worked in North Portland at Bingham Willamette and also at Gresham for the Boeing Aircraft Company, from which he retired in 1985. He was a machinist mostly, but also was a foundry worker and at one time, even had a job making bowling pins. If it could be done, our Dad could do it. After his first wife Barbra passed away in 1969, Dad married Esther, who had a son, Toln. Kathy was born soon after. He was also blessed with several grand children, some of whom are here today.

After retirement, Dad enjoyed gardening, doing recycling and car repairs and spending time with his family. Our Dad was a very caring and generous person. He would lend you the shirt off his back and his last dollar if you needed it. One of my favorite memories of my Dad, (I could never bring myself to call him father. Dad always seemed to fit him perfectly) were of the red tricycle he made me, with my initials painted on the front. I hope to do the same for my son Jimmy one day. He also hung a most cherished nickname on my beloved dog Willis. When told Willis liked to watch the Scooby Doo TV show with me, Dad started calling him Gooby Goo. It was a name that I used for Willis’s entire life.

During this time of remembrance and of preparing for not only this service, but the graveside service on Monday, I have greatly enjoyed looking at the pictures of Dad, from the one of him as a baby, (Boy, does he sure look like my Jimmy!) up through his military years and on through his retirement years. Oh how I wish I could share some time with him, looking at those pictures and learning more about what was a truly remarkable and unforgettable person.

Our Dad touched a lot of people in his life, and they touched him as well. He had a sparkle in his eye and a quick smile. I can picture both in my mind right now. Dad loved his family, those he grew up with and those who came later, during his adult years. Relationships weren’t always the best, which isn’t unusual. But, certainly in my case, at the end of the day, Dad knew I loved him and I knew he loved me. That’s what counts the most.

I am also happy in the knowledge that he found the Lord and is now with the Father in heaven, pain-free and catching up with those who preceded him. I don’t know if he ever heard the song I Can Only Imagine by the group Mercy Me, but I think the lyrics are most appropriate for this day.

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side

I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son

I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine

We all knew this day would eventually come, but we sure didn’t want it to. It’s been quite difficult, but in the preparations for this service, we’ve had a chance to remember and reflect on the person who meant so much to us. Our Dad. To you Dad, I say: Thank you for everything. Even though fatherhood came much later for me than I expected it would, I can still draw on the example you set of love, compassion and friendliness, to help my son grow up to be as proud of me, as I am of you. God’s blessings on you Dad. I miss you, I love you and I’ll carry your memory in my heart forever.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More pictures of Dad

Here's some more pictures of my Dad. For those of you interested, his memorial service will be held on Friday, November 14th, at Gladstone Seventh Day Adventist Church, 8372 Cason Road in Gladstone, Oregon, beginning at 2:00p.m.

UPDATE: Graveside service, with military honors, has been scheduled for Monday, November 17th, at Willamette National Cemetary in Portland, Oregon, beginning at 10:00a.m. For directions, or more information on each service, call Linda Pierce at 503-925-1494 or write me at

Dad as a baby. He sure looks like my son Jimmy!

Dad at seven years old.

Dad's high school class, circa 1936.

Dad as a young man.

Dad skiing with his dog.

Dad in the Army during World War II.

Here's Dad at work. He spent most of his life in foundry and machine shop work, retiring from Boeing Aircraft Company.

My parents.

Here's Dad at the beach.

Here's a picture of Dad with all us kids.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My Dad

Here are some pictures I found of my Dad, while beginning the task of cleaning out his house. There are no descriptions, but I just wanted to share them with you. He wasn't perfect, but he was my Daddy-o. Words cannot adequately describe how much I miss him.

I love you Dad!!!!

Beavers beat UCLA 34-6

The Oregon State Beavers remained in the hunt for the Pac-10 football crown, by breaking open a close game and defeating the UCLA Bruins 34-6 Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Read all about it right here:

And here:

Riders season is over

The B.C. Lions defeated the defending Grey Cup champion Saskatchewan Roughriders 33-12 Saturday at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, ending the season for the Green-and-White and sending the Leos on to the West Final against Calgary next Saturday.

Read all about it right here:

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dad is gone

My Dad, Raymond V. Meissner, passed away at appoximately 4:30a.m. PST today. Your thoughts and prayers during this time will be most appreciated.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Please pray for my Dad

My Dad, Raymond V. Meissner, is in declining health. He's 88 years old and has been the one constant throughout my entire life. And now, the possibility has arose, that he might be in his last days. I don't always get along as well as some people do with their fathers, but I know he loves me and he knows I love him. The picture above is from the last day we were together, just over 3 1/2 years ago. And the thought that I might never get to see him again, or introduce him to his grandson, is as crushing a weight as I have ever had to bear.

Please pray for my Dad. Pray that he'll get better. We all need him and we love him very much! Thank you.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Jimmy's BIG day

Today was the day! James Harper Meissner was baptized into the family of God at the 10:00 service this morning at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. One of my best friends, Debbie, Jimmy's godmother, came up from Florida this weekend. We had a great time. Here are Jimmy's impressions of the day:

Hewwo, evwebuddy! My name is Jimmy. I am 5 mumfs owd. I had wots of fun dis weekind. My Ant Deedee comed up fwum da pwace wewe Mommy koms fwum cawed Fworda. Her is wots and wots of fun. Her pwayed wif me an' feeded me an' changeded my didees. I weawwy wuv hew!

Toodae wuz a speshul day fow me. I gotted baptizedud an' I bewong to Jeezuz fowevew an' evew! We gotted to wok in behyn da cwoss in fwunt uv da kwier. Mommy cawed it da pwosesun. We gotted do sit in da fwunt wow uv da chuwch an' aftew Favuw Bwian pweeched da surmun Mommy an' Daddy an' Ant Deedee gotted up wif me in fwunt uv da chuwch an' dey maded pwomusus to Jeezuz to ways me as a Kwischun. Den we woktud to da bak uv da chuwch an' wile Mommy an' Daddy hewded me Favuw Bwian poorded watew on my hed an' baptizedud me! Den he putted dis oyul on my hed an' towded me I wuz seeled by da Howy Spiwit in Baptizum an' markded as Cwist's (dat's Jeezuz) own fowevew! Yay! Mommy an' Daddy has towded me aw ubowt Jeezuz an' I wuv him cuz he wuvz me! Mommy an' Daddy sed Jeezuz sended me to dem. I'm gwad cuz I wuv dem so much! Aftew chuwch we haded a pawty fow me! I wuv aw uv da peepul at chuwch an' dey wuv to howd me an' pway wif me. It makes me feew speshul. I'm gwad Mommy an' Daddy takes me to chuwch dewe. I wike heawing aw ubowt God an' Jeezuz an' seeying aw my fwends dewe. I wuvs dem!

Dat's aw fow now. I is vewy tiwurd. Mommy sez I needs to go to bed. I don't wanna but I gotta do wat Mommy sez cuz I'm a widdle guy. Gud nite evwywun. I wuv aw uv yew!


Beavers edge Arizona State

The Oregon State Beavers remained in the hunt for a Rose Bowl berth Saturday, with a thrilling 27-25 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

Read the game notes here:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More news from Portland

Boy, are things-a-hoppin' in my old home town these days!

From the Portland Tribune:

In the second linked article, Rob Gagne gets a mention as the team's new equipment manager, a position that has never officially been filled before in the team's history. I got to know "Gags" during the past two USHL seasons, when I was the play-by-play guy for the Tri-City Storm and he was the equipment manager with the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets. Rob is as nice a guy as you'd ever want to meet, knows his stuff (He's worked in the NHL and AHL) and is an outstanding hire for the Hawks. It's a shame that Innes Mackie was let go, as he was well-liked by the fans, as one of the three founding members of the team when it moved from Edmonton in 1976. But adding Gagne, along with Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Campbell, are two moves that will undoubtedly pay dividends in the future, as the franchise moves back towards the respectability it once had.

Riders top Argos in thriller to wrap up regular season finale

The Saskatchewan Roughriders pulled off another one of their amazing 4th quarter comebacks Thursday night, scoring 28 points in the final frame, for an exciting 45-38 win over the Toronto Argonauts in front of 28,654 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Toronto opened the scoring in the first quarter, as Kerry Joseph threw a 42 yard touchdown passs to Arland Bruce III. Mike Vanderjagt's convert with 1:11 gone put the Argos up 7-0. Saskatchewan tied the game as Michael Bishop scored on an 11 yard run and Loca Congi converted 3:04 later. Toronto went back on top with a 20 yard scoring strike from Joseph to Andre Talbot and a Vanderjagt convert with 8:48 remaining, then a Joseph 9 yard touchdown pass to P. K. Sam and another Vanderjagt convert with 3:20 remaining, putting the Argonauts up 21-7.

Congi kicked a 9 yard field goal for the Riders 1:36 into the second quarter to cut the gap to 21-10, but Toronto responded with a 14 yard field goal from Vanderjagt with 8:04 remaining in the half, restoring the 14 point lead at 24-10. Bishop's second rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 20 yards out, plus the Congi convert with 2:29 remaining for Saskatchewan, reduced the Argos lead to 24-17. Toronto gave the ball away, but took it right back on an interception in their own endzone late in the half, and the score stayed 24-17 into halftime.

The Argos regained the two-score lead 4:57 into the third. Joseph threw his fourth scoring pass of the night, finding Talbot again, this time from 12 yards away. Vanderjagt's convert put Toronto on top 31-17 after three quarters.

The Argos punted from their own goal line on the final play of the third, setting the Riders up with good field position to open the final quarter. Saskatchewan took advantage, driving deep into Toronto territory, scoring on a 20 yard dash by Stu Foord. Congi's convert with 13:08 remaining in regulation time, drew the green-and-white to within 7, at 31-24. The Riders' Anton McKenzie knocked the ball loose on the ensuing kickoff with James Patrick recovering, giving Saskatchewan first and 10 at the Argos' 19. Neil Hughes scored two plays later on a six yard run. That score, combined with the Congi convert, tied the game 31-31 with 11:57 remaining. To their credit, Toronto drove from their own 35 yard line for the go ahead score on their next possession. Joseph threaded a pass through the arms of the Riders' Omarr Morgan to Reggie McNeal from 12 yards out. Joseph's fifth touchdown pass of the night capped a 10 play, 75 yard drive. Vanderjagt's convert with 6:23 to go, putting the Argos back on top, 38-31. Congi missed a 42 yard field goal with just under three minutes remaining, but Toronto went two and out, giving Saskatchewan the ball on the Argos 53, with 1:47 left in regulation time. Bishop, under heavy pressure, connected with Rob Bagg to the 1 1/2 yard line on the first play. Foord was stopped on the next play, but Toronto was called for offside on the play. Bishop tried to sneak in from the one, but after a long delay while the pile was unstacked, the play was ruled a touchdown. Congi converted, tying the game 38-38 with 1:25 left in regulation time. Toronto took the kick out to their own 39, but went two and out, then amazingly turned the ball over on a fumbled fake punt, giving the Riders one last chance, starting at the Argos 40. Foord went 7 yards on the first play and 5 yards on the second play. Bishop threw an incomplete pass to Andy Fantuz, but Toronto interfered, giving Saskatchewan first and goal at the two yard line. Hughes scored from there, his second score of the quarter, Congi converted with 12 seconds remaining and the Riders held on from there for the 45-38 win.

For Saskatchewan, Michael Bishop was 18 of 32 passing for 292 yards with 4 interceptions. He rushed 8 times for 58 yards and three touchdowns. Neil Hughes carried the ball 4 times for 18 yards and those two fourth quarter touchdowns, while Stu Foord had 8 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. Andy Fantuz led the receiving corps with 8 catches for 98 yards. Tad Kornegay and Sean Lucas led the defense with 7 tackles apiece. For Toronto, Kerry Joseph completed 25 of 38 passes for 307 yards and 5 touchdowns. A Bruce caught 6 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, Andre Talbot had 6 passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns, P.K. Sam had 6 catches for 42 yards and a score and Reggie McNeal had 3 catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. Jamal Robertson had 12 carries for 97 yards and on defense, M O'Shea had 7 tackles.

The Riders, defending Grey Cup champions, finish the regular season with a 12-6 record.

This is the final week of the CFL's regular season. Division semi-finals take place next weekend. For Saskatchewan to host the first playoff game against B.C. in Regina, the Lions must lose at Calgary this Saturday. If B.C wins, then they'll host the Riders in the West semis in Vancouver. Wherever the game is played, it will take place on Saturday, November 8th, beginning at 3:30p.m. Central time on The Grey Cup playoff finals are held on November 15th, with the Grey Cup title game being played at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on November 23rd, at 5:00p.m. Central time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Changes begin in earnest in Portland

The long-rumored installation of Mike Johnston as Head Coach/General Manager of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winter Hawks has taken place.

From the Portland Tribune:

From the Western Hockey League:

Jimmy is five months old!

Yesterday was Jimmy's 5 month birthday! Can you believe it? Here is his update in his own words:

Hewwo evwybuddy! My name is Jimmy. I is 5 mumfs owd now. I is getting weawwy big an' I is eating wike a widdle bawacooda (watevew dat is), at weest dat's wat Mommy sez. I is now wowwing ovuw bof wayz fwum my bak to my tumee an' fwum my tumee to my bak. I is pwaying in my exursawser now. It's fun! I wuv to waff an' smiyul wots.

Mommy haz startud a noo job (watevew dat is) so I is staying home wif Daddy wen hez not doing hokee stuff. Day aw wooking fow a baybeesitur fow me fow wen Daddy haz to go owt uv town. Dere is a wady at chuwch dey aw gonna ask.

I is vewy, vewy exsitud! I is geting baptizeded on Sundee! My Ant Deedee is fwying up hewe fwum Fworda (wer Mommy is fwum) cuz her is my godmuvuw! Her huzbun Unka Wic cant com. We is gonna hav wots of fun! Is is gonna get to bewong to Jeezuz fowevew! I weawwy wuv going to da chuwch. Aw da wadies wuv me!

Daddy tooked me an' Mommy to a hokee game wast Fwidee nite. We went bak to dat pwace cawed Gween Bay. We seed dese gize fwum da weeg Daddy usta wuwk in. Dey wuz cawed da Gween Bay Gambwers an' da Fawgo Fowce. It wuz fun! Daddy seed sum kidz he nowed fwun da teem he usta wuwk fow. I weawwy wike hokee!

Dat's aw fow now. Daddy hasta take Mommy to wuwk so I gotta go get dwessed. I wuv aw uv yew!


Monday, October 27, 2008

The latest from Portland

The sale of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winter Hawks is expected to be finalized in the next couple of days. Here's the latest from the Portland Tribune:


More to come on this situation. Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Riders blast Edmonton 55-9

The Saskatchewan Roughriders played tough defense and ran up and down the field, blasting the Edmonton Eskimos 55-9 Saturday night in CFL action, in front of 30,945 fans at Regina's Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan opened the scoring early in the first. After turning the ball over themselves, the Riders got it back and got on the board, as Kitwana Jones scooped up a loose ball and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. Luca Congi converted, to put Saskatchewan up 7-0 with 11:59 remaining in the first. The Eskimos crawled back into contention, getting a 33 yard field goal and a 71 yard punt single from Noel Prefontaine, then a safety touch in the final minute, to trail 7-6 after one quarter.

The Riders blew the doors off the game with 26 points in the second quarter and 15 more in the third. Congi kicked a 41 yard field goal, Renauld Williams scored on a 51 yard interception return, Corey Grant caught a 3 yard scoring pass from Steven Jyles, Wes Cates ran one in from 10 yards out and Prefontaine gave up a safety touch. Congi converted after each touchdown, to put Saskatchewan up 33-6 at the half. Weston Dressler caught a 41 yard touchdown pass from Michael Bishop, Congi converted, J Boreham's kickoff resulted in a 71 yard single, Cates hit paydirt from a yard away and Congi converted, putting Saskatchewan on top 48-6 through 45 minutes.

Bishop tossed a 6 yard touchdown pass to Andy Fantuz, with Congi converting, to open the 4th quarter scoring 53 seconds into the period, putting the Riders up 55-6. Edmonton rounded out the scoring, with Kevin Challenger getting credit for a safety touch and Prefontaine getting a 75 yard punt single, resulting in the final score of 55-9 in favor of Saskatchewan.

For the Riders, Jyles was 7 of 13 passing for 99 yards, a touchdown and two picks, while Bishop, who came on at the start of the second half, went 9 of 10 for 198 yards and 2 scores. Fantuz caught 4 passes for 62 yards and a score, Dressler 3 catches for 83 yards and a score and Cates ran the ball 16 times for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns. For the Eskimos, Ricky Ray was 10 of 18 for 99 yards with 2 interceptions and Jason Maas was 6 of 16 for 57 yards. Kamau Peterson caught 5 passes for 53 yards and Calvin McCarty had 11 rushes for 62 yards.

Saskatchewan improves to 11-6 for 22 points, good for second in the West. Edmonton slips to 9-8 for 18 points, 4th in the West. The Riders wrap up their regular season schedule on Thursday, October 30th in Toronto against the Argonauts, while the Eskimos host Montreal on Friday, October 31st. For Saskatchewan to get home field in the West semis, they must win at Toronto, while the B.C. Lions must lose to either Toronto at home tonight, or at Calgary on Saturday, November 1st. The Riders regular season finale from Toronto can be heard with Rod Pedersen ( and Carm Carteri calling the action on beginning at 6:30p.m. Central time next Thursday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This book will look AWESOME on your coffee table!!!!

If you're looking for an early (or on time, if you don't shop early) Christmas present for the football fan in your home, you can't go wrong with Green Magic, the story of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' 2007 CFL Grey Cup championship season. Written by the Voice of the Riders, Rod Pedersen, ( you'll get the entire story of the Riders and their exciting march to the Grey Cup championship last season.

Rod is the radio voice of both the CFL Roughriders and the WHL's Regina Pats, has the #1 sports blog in all of Canada, reports sports for CKRM Radio in Regina and can tell a story with the best of them. Besides, he likes dogs, so what's not to like about ol' Roddy?

Order your copy today, as a gift or for yourself. Knowing how well Rod calls a game on the radio, I'll bet this book is a good one and a big seller. Whether you like CFL football or not, this is a book you'll want to read and re-read. Order your copy today, by clicking this link:

Go Riders!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The results are in

The results are in on the biopsy of the polyp taken during last week's colonoscopy and I get to keep my title.

I am STILL NED!!!!!!!! (No Evidence of Disease)

The 800lb gorilla is in the other room, packing his bags!

Now, perhaps at next Wednesday's follow up appointment, we can start to get an idea of what's going on inside.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Last second miss preserves Rider win over Ti-Cats

A last-minute field goal by Saskatchewan's Luca Congi, plus Weston Dressler's return of a missed field goal on the game's last play, helped the Roughriders defeat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30-29 today in CFL football at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Hamilton got on the board first, as the Riders conceded a single point on an 83 yard punt by Nicholas Setta in the opening minute of the game. Saskatchewan tied the game with 11:11 remaining in the first quarter, as a Congi miss of a 34 yard field goal was not run out of the end zone. Quinton Porter put the Ti-Cats in the lead with a 52 yard touchdown pass to Chris Davis. Setta's convert, with 9:05 remaining, put Hamilton on top 8-1 after one.

Saskatchewan tied the game early in the second, as Darian Durant hit Chris Getzlaff from 22 yards out. Congi's convert knotted the game 8-8 with 1:54 gone in the 2nd quarter. Setta kicked a 38 yard field goal for the Ti-Cats with 4:51 gone, then Congi answered for the Riders with a 55 yard field goal with 2:16 left. A Setta 58 yard punt with 32 seconds left in the half resulted in a single, giving Hamilton a 12-11 halftime lead.

Saskatchewan took charge with 9 points late in the third quarter. They stopped Setta for a 16 yard loss and a safety touch with 5:22 left, Steven Jyles, on in relief of Durant threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Neal Hughes and Congi converted with 2:57 left, putting the green-and-white on top after three, 20-12.

The Tiger-Cats, just 3-12 entering the game, roared back with a pair of 4th quarter touchdowns. Scott Mitchell caught a 40 yard touchdown pass from Porter 15 seconds into the final frame, then Jykine Bradley returned an interception 22 yards for a score, with 1:24 gone. Setta converted both times, giving Hamilton a 26-20 lead. Setta pushed the lead to 29-20 with 9:29 remaining with a 30 yard field goal. The Riders weren't about to send the 30,945 fans home without a reason to celebrate however. Wes Cates, seeing his first action after missing several games with injury, scored on a 15 yard touchdown run. Congi converted with 6:37 left, cutting the Ti-Cats lead to 29-27. Saskatchewan completed the come back on their final possession, as Congi kicked a 36 yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining. Hamilton had one last chance, however. Porter completed six straight passes, to set up a Setta 54 yard field goal attempt on the games final play. The kick missed and Dressler preserved the win by returning the ball 18 yards, sealing the Riders 10th win of the season, 30-29.

Steven Jyles led Saskatchewan, completing 12 of 14 passes for 149 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Durant started, completing 7 of 16 passes for 92 yards and a score, but was lifted after throwing three interceptions. Wes Cates, coming off injury, rushed 17 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, while local product Chris Getzlaff led the receiving corps with 5 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. For the Tiger-Cats, Quinton Porter completed 26 of 40 passes for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, Chris Davis and Scott Mitchell each caught touchdown passes and Tre Smith caught 7 passes for 62 yards and rushed 9 times for 63 yards. The Riders had a pretty balanced offense, with 254 yards rushing and 241 yards passing, for 491 yards total offense. Hamilton had 367 yards total offense, on 83 yards rushing and 300 yards passing. Saskatchewan allowed 2 quarterback sacks and turned the ball over 4 times.

The Roughriders advance to 10-6 on the season for 20 points, good for a second place West Division tie with the B.C. Lions. The Ti-Cats slip to 3-13, last in the East Division, 16 points behind first place Montreal. They host West leading Calgary this coming Friday night. On Saturday, Saskatchewan hosts the Edmonton Eskimos, who trail the Riders by just 2 points in the West standings. Kickoff is set for 6:00p.m. Central time. As always, the game can be heard online, with Rod Pedersen ( and Carm Carteri calling the plays on The Riders, defending Grey Cup champions, then wrap up their regular season schedule with a visit to Toronto, for a 6:30p.m. Central time contest against the Argonauts. The CFL playoffs open with the playoff semi-finals on Saturday, November 8th and the playoff finals on Saturday, November 15th. The Grey Cup championship game will be played at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on Sunday, November 23rd, beginning at 5:00p.m. Central time.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Beavers run past Washington

Receiver James Rodgers rushed 3 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and caught 3 passes for 53 yards and another touchdown, to lead the Oregon State Beavers to a 34-13 Pac-10 win over the Washington Huskies Saturday night in Seattle.

Washinton opened the scoring with 4:54 left in the first, as Jared Ballman kicked a 45 yard field goal. Then, with 2:23 left, James Rodgers went around right end on the fly sweep, scoring from 52 yards out. Justin Kahut kicked the extra point, putting the Beavers on top after one 7-3.

In the second, Kahut kicked a 37 yard field goal with 51 seconds gone, then James Rodgers caught a 33 yard touchdown pass from Lyle Moevao. Kahut's kick with 8:43 remaining in the half, pushed the Oregon State lead to 17-3. Ballman booted a 44 yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining and the Beavers went to halftime with a 17-6 lead.

Oregon State scored two second half touchdowns to take command. Jacquizz Rodgers scored on a 1 yard run, Kahut converted with 8:29 left in the third, then James Rodgers scored on a 55 yard run with 12:52 left in regulation. Kahut's PAT gave the Beavers a 31-6 lead. The Huskies, who hit several plays for considerable yardage throught the game, finally scored on one, as Terrance Dailey run up the middle for 59 yards and Washington's only touchdown of the game. Ryan Perkins kicked the extra point and with 11:59 left in the 4th, the Oregon State lead was 31-13. However, the Huskies could get no closer. Kahut tacked on a 23 yard field goal with 5:20 to go and the Beavers held on from there, for the 34-13 win.

For Oregon State, James Rodgers rushed 3 times for 110 yards and 2 scores, while his brother Jacquizz had 20 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Lyle Moevao was 18 of 22 passing for 191 yards a one touchdown. Shane Morales caught 4 passes for 61 yards, James Rodgers 3 for 53 yards and a touchdown, Sammie Stroughter had 6 catches for 51 yards. For the Huskies, Terrance Dailey had 16 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, Ronnie Fouch completed 17 of 32 passes for 276 yards and no touchdowns, while being intercepted 3 times. D'Andre Goodwin caught 5 passes for 136 yards. The Beavers outgained Washington 421-377, were 4 of 11 on third down to the Huskies 3 of 11 and had 19 first downs to the Huskies 16.

Oregon State is now 4-3 on the season, 3-1 in the Pac-10. Washington falls to 0-6 on the year, 0-3 in the Pac-10. The Beavers have a bye next week, returning to action on Saturday, November 1st for homecoming, as they host Arizona State. The game kicks off at 9:15p.m. Central time and can be seen on Fox Sports Net. The Huskies are home against Notre Dame next Saturday.

It's football weekend

The Oregon State Beavers look to stay in the Rose Bowl race tonight as they meet the Washington Huskies in Seattle. The Beavers are 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Pac-10, 1/2 game behind conference leading California. Oregon State rolled to a 66-13 win over Washington State. The Huskies, who had the bye last week, are 0-5 on the year, 0-3 in the Pac-10. The game can be seen on the Versus Network beginning at 6:00p.m. Central time.

In the CFL, the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday. The Riders, 9-6 for 18 points, trail West co-leaders Calgary and B.C., both with 20 points, after losing at Calgary 42-5 this past Monday. Hamilton is last in the East with a 3-12 record for 6 points, trailing first place Montreal by 16 points. The Ti-Cats lost 42-11 at Montreal on Monday. The game can be heard on with Rod Pedersen ( and Carm Carteri calling the action beginning at 2:00p.m. Central time.

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