BeaverFootball.com Username: Bald Guy. I think you can guess why this is my username.
How did you become a Beaver fan?
A friend, who has been a long-time season ticket holder, invited me to a game. It was so fun that I split tickets with him the year after that and have been going to all Beaver home football games ever since then. I usually try to travel to Corvallis for a basketball game or two, but it is football that I really love. A basketball game is something you go to, and then leave. A college football game is an all-day event. You go early, set-up eary, and do some serious tail-gating. After the game, you tail-gate again. It truly doesn't get any better.
How long have you been a Beaver fan?
I have been a Beaver fan a little over 20 years. I am an Oregon transplant, or it would be longer.
Did you attend OSU? If so, what years?
No, but I know many who did, and lots who are, including one of my children.
What is your favorite memory as a Beaver fan?
My favorite memory would have to be sitting at the Fiesta Bowl thinking, "This is it; this is what big-time college football is all about. I could get used to this pretty quickly."
What is you least favorite/most humorous moment as a Beaver fan?
It was Jerry Pettibone's home debut as the new head coach. Everybody was pumped up to see the high-powered wishbone offense eat up the yardage. Unfortunately, Kansas University had three huge (300 plus pounds) interior linemen. Everytime the ball was snapped, they would push the Beaver offensive line backwards into the play. It was awful. I'm not sure that the Beavers ever crossed the 50 yard line. Things got better as the seasons went on. Then they got worse. Then the got a whole lot worse. Then, Mike Riley, then Dennis Erickson, then...
Do you prefer the old Benny or the new Benny? Why?
The old Benny was way better than the new Benny. The old Benny looked happy, like a winner. The new Benny looks like a Brown version of Sonic the hedgehog. The old Benny took on a California University Tight-end, the new Benny fought a split decision with the Notre Dame mascot. (Granted, the old Benny did not fare too well with the tight-end on the field, but did okay in the court-room.) The old Benny had Bernice as a romantic interest. The new Benny has had a date or two with the possum but that's about it. The old Benny had a cool hat. The new Benny can't wear a hat because it would mess up his hedgehog hair-do. Both Bennys are better than the in-between Benny. The in-between Benny REALLY looked like a brown Sonic the Hedgehog.
Reser or Parker?
Reser is okay with me. Anyone who ponied up the kind of money Al Reser did should be able to have the stadium named after him.
Wishbone or Spread?
I like both. However, you need a passing game if you are going to win the PAC-10 or a national championship. It has been a long time since a wishbone team won the national championship and that was because of the superior athletic talent of those teams, not necessarily the offense that they ran. The wishbone is for lower division teams or for teams who
know that they can't compete unless they have a "gimmick" offense. The Air Force Academy is a perfect example. They are usually the best military football school because they run an offense that teams will only see once per year. Run well, the wishbone/option offense is hard to stop. I will never forget the Georgia Southern game. Wow, that's how you run the
option. I remember one play where half of the Beaver secondary was going after the quarterback and half of the secondary was going after the halfback. Unfortunately the fullback had the ball and was headed for the goal line.
Orange pants or black pants?
I like the all-black uniforms. The orange pants look like left-overs from the USFL.
A win in the Civil war or a bowl game?
I prefer both, but if I had to make a choice, it would be a win in the Civil War. No win is sweeter than a Civil War win.
Washington Huskies or Oregon Ducks?
You don't even need to ask this question.
Mike Parker or Darrell Aune?
It is a toss-up. I'm happy for Mike Parker because he is a nice guy, but I do miss the, "Holy jumping up and down Martha."
Who is your favorite all-time OSU player? Any sport.
I have two fovorites, Inoke Breckterfield and Tim Alexander. Inoke Breckterfield gave everything he had on every play. An opposing PAC-10 coach said of him, "He plays like his hair is on fire." He was a nice guy, and was always nice to the kids on the field after the games. Which brings me to Tim Alexander. Through the ups and the downs and the in-betweens, Tim Alexander was always a class individual. He had a positive attitude regardless of the situation. He had a great senior year as a receiver and kick returner and I wonder just how good he might have been if he had played receiver for four years. Another great thing about him was the way he stayed around after the games signing autographs and talking to kids and fans. He was usually one of the last Beavers off of the field.
List your top 3 Beaver football players.
Ken Simonton - the record book says it all.
Inoke Breckterfield/Tim Alexander - see previous entries.
Johnny Fienga, center from the wishbone years. I'll never forget Johnny leading the team onto the field for the Civil War game with a duck feather stuck in his helmet.
List your top 3 Beaver basketball players.
A.C. Green - class all of the way.
Lester Conner - he could do it all.
Gary Payton - He had the mouth and he had the game.
Who are your favorite coaches? Any sport.
Mike Riley - a nice guy who finished first, kind of. I mean, he did get to coach in the NFL, but San Diego??? It's kind of like getting drafted by the Lions.