Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sports Saturday

It's quite a busy day for me today.

First, it's off to just beyond the middle-of-nowhere, to umpire fall league baseball. I'm working today's game, plus the one coming up on Monday, with one of the association's "big dog's." Here's hoping I don't stink up the place! If I make it out of these two games in one piece, I'm hoping my quality of schedule, plus frequency of working, will improve. Wish me luck!

(Well, no such luck for today. About five minutes before I was set to leave for today's game, my assignor called and informed me that today's game was cancelled, because the field was under water. So? Swim fins and a snorkle and I'm ready to work! Oh well, it means I get to spend the day with my family. Time to go fire up the BBQ!!!!)

At 6:00p.m. EDT, it's CFL football at Edmonton between the Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Canada's and Central Florida's team. (Not those hacks in Dallas!) The Eskimos won in Regina Sunday 31-27, scoring late to take the lead, then holding off a last-play chance in the endzone. Omarr Morgan of the Riders set a CFL record in Sunday's game, returning a fumble 108 yards for a touchdown. The live broadcast with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri begins at 5:00p.m. EDT at

At 7:30p.m. EDT, the Oregon State Beavers open their Pac-10 conference schedule with a Reser Stadium contest against the Arizona Wildcats. The Beavers struggled a bit last Saturday against the Cincinnati Bearcats, losing 28-18. The loss snapped a 26-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. Arizona lost 27-17 to the Iowa Hawkeyes last week and as a result, both teams enter tonight's game with 2-1 records. Arizona leads the all-time series with a record of 20-11-1. However, the Beavers have won the last three meeting and nine of the last ten. Oregon State's Justin Kahut nailed a 24-yard field goal on the final play of the game, to help the Beavers win last year's matchup 19-17.

Oregon State has lost five-straight conference openers, while last season's 48-14 thrashing of Washington helped the Wildcats snap a seven-game losing streak in conference openers. A Beavers win tonight would give the team it's best four-game start since 2003, when they started the season 5-1.

Arizona's Nic Grigby's is the second-leading rusher in the Pac-10(133.3 ypg), while Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers(114) is third. Junior receiver James Rodgers is third in the Pac-10 for receiving yards per game at 77.7 and for all-purpose yards at 159, while Quizz is fourth in all-purpose yards at 152.7. The Beavers have committed just one turnover in it's first three game and have the second-best passing attack in the conference, averaging 240 yards per game, while Arizona has the Pac-10's second-stingiest pass defense, allowing just 157.3 yards.

You can hear tonight's game with Mike Parker, Jim Wilson and Ron Callan, at Versus has the live telecast of the game, Oregon State's school-record 22nd consecutive live telecast. And, as they say, check your local listings for the proper channel in your area.

OSU, our hats are off to you
Beavers, Beavers, fighters through and through
We'll root for every man, we'll cheer for every stand
That's made for old OSU.

Watch our team go tearing down the field
Men of iron, their strength will never yield.
Hail, hail, hail, hail
Hail to old OSU!

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