Michael Conforto – A Pacific Northwesterner With The New York Mets

The 2015 MLB season has been one to remember. We have witnessed some teams reach their goals while others have fallen short of the expectations we had placed upon them. And in the middle of it all, there is a Pacific Northwesterner named Michael Conforto, an OSU alumni. Yes, you heard me right! Michael Conforto, […]

Bob De Carolis

Oregon State Can’t Dream Big Without Bob De Carolis

After nearly thirteen years in charge, Bob De Carolis’ last day as Oregon State athletic director is June 30th of this year. Officially, De Carolis is resigning. Unofficially, he is being swept out the door by a university concerned with health and feeling its oats with a football coaching hire that has everyone excited and […]

Scott Rueck

The Magical Turnaround Of The Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team

It may come as a surprise, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team is in the middle of what could be their best season of all time. After a gutsy win against then #12 ranked Arizona State on Saturday and a total annihilation of Arizona on Sunday morning, the Beavers are in the driver’s seat […]

Gary Payton

The Legacy Of The Glove

When I started playing basketball, my father would often join me on our unofficial and jagged cement court in the barn. There were often carpentry tools in the way or puddles of rainwater that always seemed to find a way through the holes in the metal roof, but we would never use that as an […]

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Oregon State Beavers Win An Ugly One Against UW, Make History

Some things that are significant about the number 12: it’s the number of eggs in a carton, the number of drummers drumming in the Christmas carol, and the number of angry men who served on a jury in Reginald Rose’s 1954 teleplay. Sunday, it was the number of minutes Oregon State kept Washington from a […]

Scott Rueck

Scott Rueck – Doing It The Oregon State Way

Chances are, you don’t know Scott Rueck. More than 4 years ago, Rueck took the reins of an Oregon State women’s basketball program circling the drain.  Former head coach LaVonda Wagner had been relieved of her duties and prior to such, had fleeced the program of nearly all of its talent due to behavior deemed […]


Oregon State Beavers Ice WSU With Red-Hot Defense, Win 55-50

Players slipped on the condensation spots covering the court, Wayne Tinkle draped a Gatorade towel over his shoulder, and Ernie Kent aggressively wiped his face over and over again Thursday night in Corvallis as Oregon State grinded out a 55-50 win against Washington State. “They’re undefeated at home for a reason,” Kent said following the […]


Twinkle, Tinkle, Little Star – Oregon State Beavers Survive UCLA, 66-55

Wayne Tinkle paced back-and-forth in front of the Oregon State bench. His collared shirt was soaked through under both arms, as he discarded his jacket minutes earlier during a heated dispute with an official. This was no time for manners. With 2:35 remaining, UCLA’s Gyorgy Goloman drove in a layup to cut a once 17-point […]

Wesley Edens

Gary Andersen? OSU Needs A “Knight” In Shining Armor

Oregon has arrived.  That isn’t, nor should it be news to anyone.  But while they’ve built a program over the last couple of decades on the foundation of winning and more recently a system born at the hands of Chip Kelly, it was Phil Knight, his resources, and his appetite for winning that made what […]

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Double Double-Doubles And Defense Drive Oregon State Beavers Past Cougars

What a difference two days makes. Barely removed from its worst offensive performance of the season Thursday night in Seattle, Oregon State shut down the Cougars Saturday night in Pullman, 62-47, to split its road trip through the Washington schools. The fatigue and messy ball handling the Beavers struggled with against the Huskies was a […]


A Tale Of Two Halves, Two Legends

SEATTLE – It reigned (and it rained) Thursday night at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. After shooting just 33 percent from the field during the first half (to Oregon State’s 21 percent), Washington snapped a four-game losing streak with a late 10-2 run to sink the Beavers 56-43. The first half would have been hard to watch, […]

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Number Seven Not So Lucky In Corvallis – Oregon State Defeats Arizona

History, as it so often does, repeated itself Sunday night in Corvallis when Oregon State edged No. 7 Arizona, 58-56. After Langston Morris-Walker cruised down the lane to score a go-ahead layup with 28 seconds remaining in the second half, the Beavers settled back in to the same 2-3 zone defense that stumped the Wildcats […]

Gary Payton

Seattle Supersonics’ Offspring Light Up Pac-12 Hoops

Though Seattle’s beloved NBA team departed to Oklahoma City several years ago, causing many a grouch in the Emerald City, two of the team’s best players in the organization’s history have left another legacy in the Pacific Northwest: their kids. Gary Payton (“The Glove”) and Shawn Kemp (“The Reignman”), arguably the best and most dynamic […]

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Oregon State Beavers – Can We Get A Wake Up Call?

The Oregon State offense looked like a lot of the neon orange seats in Gill Coliseum Thursday night: empty. Following an early surge to enter the locker room leading 29-20, the OSU offense lulled itself (the 4,603 in attendance, and myself on the couch) to sleep in the second half when it fell into a […]

MIke Riley

Mike Riley’s Seven Best Games

After 14 years (including his two years in the ‘90s) as the head coach and savior of Oregon State football, Mike Riley is taking over the highly coveted Nebraska head coaching position. The decision was a surprise. It could have been made because of money (he’s making twice as much), angry whispers from the Beaver […]

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Mike Riley Finally Gets His Day In The Sun

In 2002, Mike Riley turned down an offer to become head coach at his alma mater, Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s second choice, Mike Price, was fired before he could coach a game; dogged strip club visits and visits from strippers. Instead, the next year, Riley returned to Oregon State. He’d go on to build a […]

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Breaking Down The Dam Of Inconsistency

Oregon State might be well away from finding the key to ending its ongoing rut. But, after last weekend’s 35-27 upset against (then) No. 6 Arizona State, it seems like the Beavers are at least trying to open the right door. The victory concluded miserable a four-game bender, which hit its lowest point two weeks […]


The Steep Learning Curve

What do you ask of the people who play and coach the sports you love? Do you have an overriding idea of what they should do, or does it go sport by sport? If you look at the big picture you want athletes and coaches to conduct themselves in a similar fashion as you, given […]