Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
What most Linfield fans didn’t know is that they were watching a quarterback, in Franklin, that was severely hampered most of 2009 with a bad ankle injury that limited Cole’s legs and ability to scramble. You may not believe that after watching him pick up huge chunks of yards and scrambling for TDs this season but yes…he wasn’t nearly 100% in 2008.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Believe it or not leading the break can sometimes lead to an uncomfortable moment. The player that "breaks us down" sometimes just has a brain-fart and picks some odd ball slogan or screws up the cadence of the break. Something that seems so simple can sometimes be so hard.
Linfield Senior Dean Kongslie had an epic flub breaking down the defensive group right before the last game of the year vs PLU. Dean's was a three-part’er with the "play" gaff and then changes the slogan mid-sentence and then hits the group with a surprise cadence. Dean recovered quickly but too bad for him the camera was rolling and captured this fantastically bad break.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Choosing where to go to school isn’t the easiest thing to do. There were a lot of different voices all hitting me at one time it seemed and it really made things confusing. I didn’t stress it too much though because I knew it would all fall in place sooner or later.
Deciding on a college fell down the list on my priorities because of my senior year of school, sports, and of course good old video games. However recruiters from schools from all around continued to drop in every week which was a constant wake up call to me to start narrowing down my college choices. Schools like Southern Cal and the Florida Gators were pretty impressed I must say, but they had nothing on what is now 53 consecutive winning seasons here at Linfield so it was an easy decision. But really, schools such as Willamette, Whitworth, Puget Sound, and Western Oregon were the schools that had been talking to me the most to come play some ball for them.
Leading up to my decision on choosing Linfield some key connections played an important influence. First and foremost there are three coaches back home in Gresham at Centennial high that are some of the greatest people I have ever known that went to none other than Linfield. Of course, I always had to listen to all of their stories about the glory days at the Catdome but it always made for a good laugh so it wasn’t that bad.
I had the great opportunity to spend the first week of my summer vacation every year at Linfield for the Wildcat team football camp where I not only received an early taste of hitting some opposing players, but it was nice to get a good look at a college campus and talk to some coaches about playing football. I talked to former players, Coach Smith, and this guy who thinks he’s pretty big time that goes by Coach Fendall. I talked to Coach Fendall in person at camp a few times about coming here to play for the ‘Cats, but Coach’s real game is his cell phone. Once you’re a recruit here they really know how to reel you in. I remember Coach calling me many times and listening to lots of voice mails basically telling me good night and sweet dreams. I got calls at lunch, during practice, heck I even talked to Coach Smith while he was skiing down the mountain with his kids. It just goes to show you how dedicated and determined these guys are out here to get what they want in order to bring the ‘Cats back to Salem Virginia and reclaim that title.
After all the recruiting and a lot of thought I came to the conclusion to give Linfield a go and experience what exactly it feels like to be a Wildcat.
This first year being a part of the Catdome has been a time to remember for sure. From the grinding practices and daily doubles to finding out I’m going to Texas an hour before the bus left for PDX, there has been quite the number of memories already. Making friends with the flying Hawaiians and playing next to some future Catdome greats has been a sweet deal. It’s been a wild trip getting to play on Saturdays with guys that love to play the game and have fun as much as I do and it’s only going to get better as the years go on. The ’09 season is more than promising for the ‘Cats and it can’t come soon enough.
Class of 2012
(photo courtsey of Linfield SID Kelly Bird)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Class of 2011
Monday, January 12, 2009
Just came across this gem on YouTube. Now I'm not sure when this happened during this season but the Southern Oregon Raiders where on the road to play somebody and one of their charter buses caught fire. Now this is a dangerous situation and I don't want to rip on any institution of higher learning but why would YOU RUN TOWARDS A BURNING VEHICLE LET ALONE A BUS!? I understand they were trying to get their equipment out of harm’s way but forget that. I’m ok with my shoulder pads going up in flames rather than having a bus blow up in my face. Call me crazy.
(Warning: A few curse words are uttered in this clip so skip this one if you're easily offended by a few “S” words)
***edit note: This actually happened in 2007 when SOU was headed up to play Willamette (thanks LoonyLarry from the O-live board)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
This is really a tremendous deal that is put on by the football program and I'm so very proud of this senior group and their efforts on and off the field! Go 'Cats!
From Linfield Senior Defensive Lineman Joe Seifert
This year Linfield Football’s holiday family adoption program expanded from our normal Thanksgiving Feed to this year’s special Christmas edition. We decided not to do our traditional Thanksgiving feed because of the way the academic schedule worked out this fall. Students were not on campus or around town during Thanksgiving because we had the entire week off this year instead of just a few days. We also decided we needed to do a Christmas program that could involve not only large amounts of food but Christmas gifts as well.
-Your 2008 Senior Class.