Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Down the memory lane: Oregon vs USC 1998

24th October 1998.

The previous weekend, the Ducks had lost in overtime at UCLA in a nationally televised game. Lost their starting running back and starting left tackle to injuries. A devastating, dispiriting 38-41 loss.

Fourth-ranked Trojans visited tenth-ranked Ducks on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

That night, without injured running back Reuben Droughns, Oregon's quarterback Akili Smith, ran a 62-yard game winning touchdown that defeats USC, 17-13. He was running alone, toward the west end zone in Autzen Stadium, and looking up at the video screen to see that no one will catch him.

And after the game, the Oregon coach, Mike Belotti’s voice was thick and he admitted that the victory had brought tears.

It was the first of four straight Oregon wins over the Trojans, followed by the triple-overtime win in 1999, a win in LA in 2000 leading to a Pac-10 co-title, and a dramatic win at Autzen Stadium in 2001, leading to an outright Pac-10 title for the Ducks.

And I was part of the story...

Before the game, pre-game show

After the game, Oregon 17 - USC 13

The Star: Who's the star?

This is the front page of The Star today. The picture in the front page shows Najib Razak attending the National Level Christmas Open House in Kota Kinabalu. Is that clear? Picture this in your mind - Najib Razak, Santa Claus, Santarina, Christmas trees, box of presents, the red socks, glittering balls hanging on christmas trees, and the likes... am I right?

But, hey! What the heck with these two ugly faces??? I dont care whether those guys are Najib Razak's bodyguard or Rosmah Mansor's cousin or.. who cares?! They're simply not an image of Christmas, at least put on a santa hat.

And to The Star, this is so bad of a picture selection. Don't your photographers have tonnes or other images to select? Don't tell me your photographers are still using film rolls or they ran out of memory in their digital camera.

Stupid! Terus lost appetite to read the paper!

(p/s: At first I thought the guy in batik is 'the driver in the dock', stupid again The Star!)

Road to Rose Bowl: The Civil War for the Roses

3rd December 2009. It was the biggest college football game in the history of the state of Oregon. The 113th Civil War became a Pac-10 championship game, for the first time ever. A bigger prize at stake - a ticket to Rose Bowl on New Year's day. Oregon went into the Civil War game ranked seventh in the nation, while the Beavers had entered ranked thirteenth.

The War was a slug fest, but the Oregon Ducks finally wrestled away control in the fourth quarter, and they're headed for a Rose Bowl date with Ohio State after a 37-33victory at Autzen Stadium. It was also Oregon’s first Pac-10 title since 2001, when they went to the Fiesta Bowl and formally ended USC’s seven-season reign atop the league.

LaMichael James ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns for Oregon and Jeremiah Masoli threw for 201 yards and a touchdown for the Ducks. Oregon State, vying for its first Rose Bowl berth since the 1964 season, had Sean Canfield throwing for 306 yards and two touchdowns while Jacquizz Rodgers, the Pac-10’s second-leading rusher behind Stanford’s Toby Gerhart with an average of 119.4 yards a game, rushed for just 64 yards and a score.

The Pac-10 Champion, Oregon, will play the Big 10 Champion, Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena on 1st January 2010. Fans in Malaysia can watch the game live on Astro Star Sports, 2nd January 2010 starting at 6am.

Go Ducks!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Road to Rose Bowl: Oregon vs Arizona

On a 70-degree night in the desert, Wildcats faithful packed Arizona Stadium for one of the bigger games in school history. With four teams still alive in the Rose Bowl hunt and the possibility of a six-way tie in place, Arizona's upset against number eleven-ranked Oregon will eliminate any chance for the Ducks to play in Rose Bowl.

Jeremiah Masoli carried Oregon one step closer to the Rose Bowl. The gifted quarterback tied it with a touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with six seconds left in regulation, then won it with a one-yard run in the second overtime as Oregon defeated Arizona, 44-41 on 21st November 2009 in Tucson.

Masoli threw three touchdown passes and ran for three more scores as the Ducks rallied from a 24-14 deficit early in the fourth quarter. He ended up with 26 of 47 passing for 284 yards and ran 16 times for 61 yards, accounting for all six of the Ducks’ touchdowns.

Tucson had been Oregon’s house of horrors. On the past two trips, the Ducks had lost their starting quarterback to season-ending injury – Kellen Clemens in 2005 and Dennis Dixon in 2007. This time, the unflappable Masoli emerged unscathed and will lead the Ducks to a showdown for a Rose Bowl berth against Oregon State Beavers.

The Pac-10 Champion, Oregon, will play the Big 10 Champion, Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena on 1st January 2010. Fans in Malaysia can watch the game live on Astro Star Sports, 2nd January 2010 starting at 6am.

Go Ducks!

Road to Rose Bowl: Oregon vs California

On 26th September 2009, when the Ducks were wearing throwback uniforms from the late 90s, featuring yellow helmets with an entwined UO, Jeremiah Masoli threw 253 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon’s 42-3 upset of number sixth-ranked California. He completed 21 of 25 passes for the Ducks, who had 524 yards in total offense. It was Cal’s most lopsided loss under coach Jeff Tedford—Oregon’s former offensive coordinator—and worst since 55-14 to USC in 2001.

Oregon tight end Ed Dickson had 11 catches for a career-best 148 yards. He caught all three of Masoli’s scoring passes. LaMichael James ran for a 118 yards on 21 carries with one touchdown.

En route to the win, Oregon held California's tailback Jahvid Best to just 55 yards running. Widely considered a top Heisman contender, Best went into the game ranked third in the nation with an average of 137.33 yards on the ground. Overall, California had just 77 yards on the ground and 206 yards in total offense — less than half their average of 488.7 yards which was ranked 11th nationally .

The Pac-10 Champion, Oregon, will play the Big 10 Champion, Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena on 1st January 2010. Fans in Malaysia can watch the game live on Astro Star Sports, 2nd January 2010 starting at 6am.

Go Ducks!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Road to Rose Bowl

The game was played on 19th September 2009. Oregon Ducks were 1-1, after being humiliated by Boise State Broncos in the opening and scrapping for a win against Purdue Boilermakers. On the other hand, number 18-ranked Utah Utes brought the longest winning streak in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision at 16 matches to Eugene, Oregon. Their last loss was on 24th November 2007.

Oregon’s Walter Thurmond III returned a punt 78 yards following a three-and-out on Utah’s opening drive to put the Ducks ahead 7-0. Jeremiah Masoli ran for two touchdowns, but had two fumbles and an interception in the second half. While Masoli struggled, LaMichael James recorded his first 100-yard game and his first touchdown. James rushed for a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown. Oregon won the game 31-24.

The Pac-10 Champion, Oregon, will play the Big 10 Champion, Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena on 1st January 2010. Fans in Malaysia can watch the game live on Astro Star Sports, 2nd January 2010 starting at 6am.

Go Ducks!

Update bernombor je lah

Last weekend

24-13: USC Trojans defeated Boston College Eagles in Emerald Bowl, San Francisco. Pac-10 conference is now 1-2 (win-losses) in postseason with 4 more bowl games to go.

My colleague, Sab is 29 when she wed Naim who is 43 on 25th December 2010. The second wedding reception was held by the lake at Tasek Ampang Hilir. Dress code was white.

3 cab rides in one night: Shah Alam to Kelana Jaya, Jelatek to Tasek Ampang Hilir and Kelana Jaya to Shah Alam. Total cost RM57 - not bad considering I don't have to drive and can relax and enjoying my twitter.

Got (or rather bought) 2 pairs of Crocs sandals with additional 10 buttons (that Crocs' accessories). Total cost RM76. Yupp! They are fake (or reject) Crocs but as comfortable as the originals. Cool!

2696: That's my brother's wedding date, i.e. 2nd June 1996. And he got almost everything in that number, phone numbers, car registration numbers, etc. Currently my brother's mobile phone number is 01X-ABC2696. While wandering around Giant last weekend I saw this 01Y-ABC2696 prepaid number in one telco shop. Called my brother and he asked me to buy it. Cool!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merah putih ho ho ho

Sorrylah if this pic is against the Majlis Ulama's stand on santa's hat. The act of wearing the Santa hat not even misaligned my aqidah and my view on Islam/Christ or what. After all, the Majlis Ulama should be more persistent on declaring smoking as haram as smoking is much more dangerous than wearing santa's hat.

Despite the declaration that smoking is haram, people are still smoking openly, even leaders (politics and religious) are also seen smoking. So, people don't be too jumpy laa when you see people wearing santa hat and right away classify them as 'murtad' or 'lari dari aqidah' or whatever. They might be more 'alim' than you.

Anyway, this pic was taken in December 1997. Yes, it was in December nearing Christmas day but it wasn't cold that I need to put on my winter jacket. It was in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, one of the few states where it isn't cold and you don't need winter jacket in December.

Merry whatever, folks... and happy holiday!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Berbunga bunga

We are nearing the end of 2009. As always, this is the best part of the year, everyone in joyous mood errr... not counting parents who have to think hard about preparing their kids to school, everyone in holiday mood and driving to office seems like driving to botany park.

Boleh dikatakan hati masing-masing berbunga-bunga lah.

Aku dah apply cuti 31st December dan 1st January untuk sambut tahun baru. Hehehe... not really lah. 31st December tu aku akan memantau persiapan sambutan tahun baru di KLCC, wearing tie, carrying document bag containing certs, CV, bla bla bla. Pendek kata, aku gi interview kat errr... the Emerald lah. And on 2nd January, I could watch Oregon playing in Rose Bowl via Star Sports, starting at 6am.

So, roses checked, emerald checked, diamond err... we'll see.

Dan hati aku berbunga-bunga, seberbunganya tulip-tulip di keliling aku...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The G-force

MakanG ikanG denganG kawanG kawanG <-- sure korang pernah dengar orang sebut macanG ni kat Terengganu. Kalau tak pun, to make fun of the Ganu slang. Some people said, orang Ganu stole all the Gs from Perakian. And that is why Perakian pronounced kucing as kucen, Taiping as Tepen, etc. Heh...

And because of too much Gs in Ganu, that's why the G force there is stronger than in other states.

Before in June this year, we've seen the roof of Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin in Gong Badak collapsed just shortly over a year after it was officially opened.

And yesterday, another roof of a express bus and taxi terminal has collapsed in Terengganu, just six months after the roof of the state’s main stadium gave way.

Worse still, the building is yet to open to public. This is not even the case of "sudah siap, pahat masih berbunyi". This is like "belum siap, pahat tak sempat berbunyi." Ekekekeke.

News also said that defects have also been found in Batu Burok Aquatic Complex and Sultan Mahmud Airport terminal. Probably, orang Ganu needs to reduce their G consumption - to avoid another occurence. Macam orang diabetes, kena kurangkan pengambilan gula. And I hope Kementerian Pelajaran could thoroughly investigate this incident just like they did for the suspension bridge incident in Perak. Heh!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Akhirnya kini pasti!

Cerita pasal final bolasepak SEA Games sikit lagi. Waktu game semi final hari tu, aku sempat tengok game Vietnam-Singapore ikut channel 5, Singapore. Dan kalau ikutkan prestasi permainan waktu semi final, aku rasa memang agak sukar Malaysia nak kalahkan Vietnam dalam perlawanan akhir. Tambahan pulak, kita kalah dengan Vietnam 3-1 dalam saingan peringkat kumpulan.

Tapi disebabkan kita berjaya kalahkan Thailand sedangkan Vietnam hanya seri di perlawanan peringkat kumpulan, adalah sedikit terpalit keyakinan yang Malaysia akan menang perlawanan akhir. Dan the hype sebelum perlawanan akhir, di pejabat, di kedai makan, di televisyen, di radio, di tag board, di blog, semuanya tu membuatkan perasaan berkobar-kobar untuk perlawanan akhir dan hati aku macam berkata yang sebelah kaki Malaysia dah menang emas.

Sampaikan petang tu, aku sepatutnya tumpang colleague aku balik ke KL. Aku cakap kat dia, kau nak balik terus lepas kerja, balik lah. Aku boleh balik KL naik bas. Kalau dia nak aku temankan dia jugak, hanya boleh gerak seawal-awalnya jam 8 malam (tu tak kira masa tambahan dan penalti... heheheh). Siap aku cucuk dia, aku cakap, "Lagi 20 tahun baru kau dapat tengok Malaysia menang pingat emas sekali lagi tau." Heheheh... anyway, dia ikut jugak cakap aku dengan housemate aku, balik lepas game bola.

Perlawanan akhir malam tu agak hambar di separuh masa pertama. Rasa macam tak berbaloi for all the hype je. Dan ada jugak lah sedikit hati aku berbisik, Malaysia ni kena tunggu 2 tahun lagi lah nampak gayanya dan Shebby Singh akan terus berbangga sebagai pemenang terakhir pingat emas bolasepak Sukan SEA untuk Malaysia. Namun, selepas Mohd Zaquan Adha dimasukkan, aku nampak barisan serangan ada sedikit berbahaya dan berbisa, dengan asakan demi asakan termasuk goal-line clearance oleh pasukan Vietnam.

Dan walaupun gol kemenangan malam tu hanyalah menerusi gol sendiri pemain Vietnam, tiada siapa dapat pertikaikan yang gol itu berpunca daripada asakan demi asakan jentera serangan Malaysia. Begitu jugalah berakhirnya penantian 20 tahun pingat emas bolasepak Sukan SEA untuk Malaysia.

Dan malam tu jugalah aku punya lah bangga menyanyikan lagu Negaraku, dan pertama kali juga lah aku berdiri tegak menyanyikan lagu Negaraku kat kedai makan. Boleh? Hehehehe... bukan selalu pun, sekali dalam 20 tahun. Oppsss.

Dengan ini juga aku berharap, Malaysia akan terus mendominasi ataupun paling kurang pun dapat bersaing rebut pingat bolasepak Sukan SEA yang akan datang. Dan janganlah sejarah Sukan SEA Manila 1991 berulang bila kita sebagai juara bertahan, tersingkir di peringkat kumpulan selepas tewas dengan Indonesia dan diaibkan pasukan Filipina.

Dan tahniah juga sebab aku tak payah lagi dengar Shebby Singh brag pasal dia menang pingat emas SEA Games tu. Kalau dia brag jugak, aku cantas kondek dia. Ehh... dia memang tak pakai kondek pun.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

20-yr drought - gone or on and on

Many of us Malaysian know that the last time we won the SEA Games Football gold medal was in 1989 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, a waaayyyy 20 years back. I was 13 and could not remember much about the game but I'm very sure I was watching the game on tv. And I kind of hate it when Shebby Singh keep on bragging that he was part of the team that last won the gold medal for Malaysia.

Yes, that Shebby Singh is one of our heroes in 1989 besides Ahmad Yusoff, Azizol Abu Hanifah, Lim Teong Kim, Razip Ismail, Mubin Mokhtar, Yap Kam Choon, See Kim Seng, Mat Zan Mat Aris, Rashid Hassan, Radhi Mat Din, Dollah Salleh, Zainal Abidin Hassan, Subadron Aziz and few more whom I can't remember watching them playing. Most of them are now coaches of different teams in M-League.

Thanks to TEAM MALAYSIA @ SEA Games Vientianne 2009, here are the Malaysian heroes of 1989. Well, they still are!

Sports fans will agree with me that if you win a gold medal in football, it is as good as you're the overall champion of the games, eventhough that is the only gold medal you win.

So, we'll see whether the 20-year gold medal drought will be over or it'll extend to 22 years and counting?

Go! Malaysia! Fight! Fight! Fight! Kalah atau menang? itu belakang kira like Hasbullah Awang once said, "Walaupun Malaysia kalah tetapi di mata saya, Malaysia tetap menang..."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

XXVth SEA Games - Setting the history

Everytime the biennial SEA Games takes place, I just can't stop my memory to drift back to the XXIst SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2001. I was part of the Games back then while working with Proton - one of the Official Partners for the Games besides Petronas, TM and TNB. I still remember having to go to places like Penang and JB to recce games venues, to see best angles/spots to place our promotion/sponsorship items like A-boards, banners, buntings and other facilities like VIP suites/corporate box, VIP parking, hotels, etc.

The best of all is getting the chance to watch the opening ceremony from the corporate box in Stadium Nasional, Bukit Jalil. Awesome view and luxurious foods! Not to forget all-access accreditation that I hold, allows me to simply walk into any venues. Nice!

And I could not forget, watching the Men Football Gold Medal match between Malaysia and Thailand in Stadium Shah Alam. We lost the match but it is nice to see talents like Hairuddin Omar to come out at this level. Then, the Men Badminton Team Gold Medal match between Malaysia and Indonesia in Stadium Malawati Shah Alam. We had not won the team gold medal for a while and I lost my voice that night, cheering for Malaysia which eventually won the Gold. As the mighty Indonesian fell, it was also the night when the World Trade Center in New York fell down to earth.

This XXVth edition of SEA Games in Vientianne, Lao PDR has many of its firsts. It is the first time Lao PDR hosts the SEA Games. And at the very least, Malaysian athletes continue to rewrite our sports history.

So far,
Daniel Bego has become the first male swimmer for Malaysia to win five gold medals in a single SEA Games. For women, I hope you still remember Nurul Huda Abdullah who won some 7 or 8 golds in a Games. Bego strikes gold in 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, and 100m and 200m butterfly.

The women shuttlers won team gold medal after 34 years at the SEA Games - it was at the 1977 SEAP Games in Bangkok. None of the winning shuttlers were born yet in 1977.

And last but not least, the men soccer team ended Thai's reign of 36 years as SEA Games champion by knocking them off in the group stage. The semi final win last night against the host, marks the first time after eight years Malaysia qualify for the Gold medal match. Another win against Vietnam in the final will create another
history, winning the gold medal after the last time in 1989 in KL by beating the mighty Thailand 1-0.

I seriously think it will be a tough battle against Vietnam but until then, let's enjoy the semi-final win! Malaysia Boleh!!!

...and oh ya! It is also the first time in sooooo many years that Malaysian are not able to watch the Games, live or delayed telecast (oh well! except the semi final match last night), due to Malaysia's objection to the broadcasting rights fee imposed by the host nation. Luckily for me, I can still get a taste of the Games through Singapore's Channel 5.

Monday, December 14, 2009

My inputs are not free, Mr. PM!

In newspapers today, your beloved Mr. Please Me invites people to attend open day on the government KPI plan, or the NKRAs. He said, "The National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) is not going to be an all-government affair. In an unprecedented move, the people have been invited to provide input on ways to achieve the six targets. Read here.

Well, what I understand is that in the past two months or so, there were group or high-level people, with almost equal numbers from private and public sectors, roped in (or employed) by the government to sit down and think, think and think in what they call as 'lab' sessions to come out with the initiatives and achievables for each of the 6 NKRAs.

And trust me they are not paid cheaply, ok?! Some of them are my office neighbors in IRDA, who are ex-Shell employees and their positions in IRDA are no less than a Senior Vice President post. And that post simply earns no less than RM20K a month. And do you know that IRDA is one of the highest, if not the highest, paying (salary) government agencies in Malaysia, besides the likes of IRB, etc.

Now, the Mr. Please Me invites the public to give their inputs for the NKRAs. And how much are you going to pay us? And by how much in percentage that the government will take in what the public says? Be clear, Mr Please Me don't waste our time. Be clear for example like in any reality show contest, whereby they have a voting rules - 20% is from the jury and 80% from the public.

Would Mr Please me listen if an unemployed, old pakcik living alone in a near-roboh house in pedalaman Kedah gives his input to upgrade all the near-roboh houses in Malaysia, as an initiative under "Raising the Living Standards of the Poor" KRA, would Mr. Please Me adopt it? What if I tell the government to scrutinize and investigate Mr. Toyo's mansion and limit all goverment officers to only own a maximum of RM1 million of cummulative property (price at the time of buying) as an initiative under "Fighting Corruption" KRA? Would it get accepted?

I've already wasted my time here. Don't waste more of our time lah, Mr. Please Me. Those buggers have been paid very high to structure the KRAs so go abuse them.

Friday, December 11, 2009

10 and is it still counting?

Everyone has heard about that freak accident when Tiger Woods ramped into the fire hydrant and a tree in Florida? And that Elin, his wife, was using an iron to get him out of the car. Apparently the iron was used by Elin to chase (or beat Tiger) for his scandal with, I thought, one woman.

And at the time news of his scandal broke out, I thought, well it's fine for a rich and famous guy like Tiger Woods to have a scandal, with ONE woman. Which guy can resist temptations when girls around the globe were crazing and craving for him, screaming his name when they see him. And you know when he's all lonely in hotel room when he play in a tournament while his wife is back in Florida taking care of the two kids. Sounds acceptable, huh?

So, for me it's ok.. errr... maybe that's not ok but it sounds reasonable that he, Tiger Woods, have extramarital affair with ONE woman. Soon after the revalation, one after another came out to the public declaring they had affair with Tiger. Now, this is not OK, seriously! and not reasonable.

But it's also fools to us that we have been thinking all this while that he's such a good person, a great family guy, you know, a loving husband and great father to two kids, bla bla bla. Even after Elin gave birth to Charlie just after giving birth to Sam a year plus before, I thought wow! he's the man! and that Elin will give birth to more and more cubs!

Instead, those been linked up to Tiger has made me, and others too, rolled our eyes. Lingerie model Jamie Jungers said she had "crazy" sex with Tiger - in his marital bed. Wow! She also said Tiger loved having dirty phone chats. Porn star Joslyn James claimed Tiger liked "freaky" acts in bed.

And so far, 10 women have claimed to have been bedded by Tiger. Are there more coming? We don't know but if there are, I can expect they are the porn stars, lingerie models and likes.

Two lessons here: one for a guy and one for a girl.
1. If you are a guy who has scandals with another woman, make sure that woman's telephone voicemail would not mention her name, just mention the number. Example, don't say, "Hi, this is Rosmah. I'm not at home so please leave a message" instead, just say, "Hi, you've reached 03-8888 8000. Please leave a message." Otherwise, when your wife finds out, you have to leave a message like this, like Tiger does...

"Hey, it's, uh, it's Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Um, can you please, uh, take your name off your phone. My wife went through my phone. And, uh, may be calling you. If you can, please take your name off that and, um, and what do you call it just have it as a number on the voicemail, just have it as your telephone number. That's it, OK. You gotta do this for me. Huge. Quickly. All right. Bye."

2. If you're a girl and you think your husband has an affair with another woman, take Jesper Parnevik's advice, "We probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I would probably need to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of a 3-iron."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Say NO to TNB may increase rates

New electricity tariffs may be introduced from January 2010 if it is approved by the Cabinet.

No way! Sorry Elf! If the Cabinet approves it, I will heighten my hate towards the Government and if they dissapprove it, I will still hate them but moderately. TNB is claiming higher production cost, among all. Oh well, give whatever reasons you have, I still don't buy it.

Just two months ago, TNB announced that they are expecting better profit for financial year ending Aug 31 2009 as the company is projecting higher electricity sales while keeping margins stable. This is basic economy, if you keep the price stable, you still make bigger profits with bigger sales. Got it Che Khalib?

TNB also announced that for financial year 2009, TNB posted a net profit before the forex translation loss of RM2.1bil compared with RM2.54bil in FY08. The lower profit was attributed to the higher cost of coal paid during the year.

Bottom line is, they are still making a profit of RM2.1 billion!! Though people like you and I, who just use electricity for domestic/household consumption, will not feel much effect from the tariff hike, just imagine those factories, companies which have to fork out thousand and tens of thousands ringgit for their electricity bills. And we know that these companies, are squeezing to the last penny to even register a profit in their financial accounts.

And as you know, logically, when operating costs go up (for the factories or service-based companies), price of goods and services will go up. That is equal to double impact to the consumers like you and I - we have to pay higher electricity bills and also higher price of goods and services.

If Che Khalib wants to pass down all TNB's suffering to the people, while still making billions of profits for TNB, I suggest the Cabinet two things:
1. Do not approve the proposal for new electricity tariff
2. Replace Che Khalib with someone else who will think more for the rakyat

Friday, December 04, 2009

Roses for the Ducks

Redshirt freshman LaMichael James ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns Thursday night to send No. 7 Oregon to the Rose Bowl with a 37-33 victory over No. 13 Oregon State in the Civil War. Oregon (10-2, 8-1) claimed the Pac-10 championship with the victory, ending USC's seven-season hold on the title. The Ducks, who have not been to the Rose Bowl since 1995, will face Ohio State in Pasadena on New Year's Day.

Jeremiah Masoli threw for 201 yards and a touchdown for the Ducks, who capped a stunning turnaround from their 19-8 crash in the season opener against the Broncos.

It will be Oregon's fifth trip to the Rose Bowl. The Ducks have not won the Pac-10 championship since the 2001 season, which they went to the Fiesta Bowl. Last season Oregon State was headed to the Rose Bowl with a victory in the Civil War. But the Ducks came to Reser Stadium and romped to a 65-38 victory. The year before, the Beavers visited Autzen and won 38-31 in the second overtime.

The day I'm wearing Scottie Pippen's #33 jersey

I posted this on my birthday last year,

This year, I'm posting this...

and my wishes for this year's birthday:
1. Diamond
2. Emerald
3. Roses

At the moment of writing, the 3rd wish has been accomplished. The 1st one looks like there is hope although it won't be immediate and the 2nd wish still look bleak, but I'll not give up and will continue praying.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

War for the Roses

Two of the top three scoring offenses in Pac-10 conference will face off this Thursday in what’s being labeled as “The War for the Roses.” #13 Oregon State (8-3) travels to Autzen Stadium boasting the conference’s best passer and second best rusher, while #7 Oregon (9-2) will showcase the league’s best ground game and most dangerous dual threat quarterback. Who has the edge?

Oregon has made four appearances in the Rose Bowl, most recently following the 1994 season. The Ducks would have played in the 2002 game but went to the Fiesta Bowl because of the Rose Bowl’s tie with the national championship game that season. Oregon State has not earned a trip to the New Year’s game in Pasadena since the 1964 season. The winner of this game will take on Big-10 Conference champion, Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Year's day.

Oregon Ducks or Oregon State Beavers?

113th Civil War...Who Will Win?

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