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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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