Thursday, June 28, 2007
Each video clip will be about 10 minutes in length. That is mainly due to the restriction of most video hosting sites (YouTube, Metacafe, etc) in terms of the max length of video (10 mins).
I have the ’86 game in the can and I’m currently wrapping up the ’82 game. I’m very excited to crack open the 1984 comeback game vs NW Iowa. What I try to do is capture the high spots of the game that tell the story of each contest. It’s a tough task because there are moments you want to feature but there just isn’t enough time for every huge hit or great run.
The 1982 game will be debuted on Monday, July 9th. 1984 will be released on the 16th and the ’86 game will be out on the 23rd.
The last three weeks of the season will feature the 2000 PLU/Linfield contest and the 2007 offensive and defense preview.
Do me a favor and send an e-mail out to your friends and family with Linfield ties about Catdomealumni.com. Not only do we want to be able to connect our alumni back to Linfield but we want to be able to introduce Linfield to potential Wildcats.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Elliott finishes in Europa and looked good doing it.
The Cowboy took 100% of the snaps in games 7, 8, and 9 for the NFL Europa’s Rhein Fire but Brett Elliott was inserted into his team’s final game, a 17-13 loss to the Hamburg Sea Devils, but BE built some momentum heading into training camp with the San Diego Chargers. The (twice) 1st team Linfield All-American was 6 for 12 on the day but if not for a few drops would have shined even greater.
Brett was sharp all day and looked like a QB who’s made the adjustment to the pro game. Hopefully the time in Europa has prepared Brett to make some noise in San Diego and earn that 3rd QB roster spot for the Chargers.
You can see BE in game 10 action at the mothership: Catdomealumni.com
Boise is flaming out and Haze is out with an injury
Our Boise Burn started out on fire this season with a 4-1 start but 5 losses later has left a bitter taste in the Burn’s mouth as a playoff birth seems more like a reach. Former Linfield All-American Brandon Hazenberg (’05) has been placed on the IR for the next 4 weeks with an injured shoulder. I spoke with Brandon today and he feels the injury is on the mend but very optimistic about Boise righting the ship and making a run for a playoff slot.
It’s not going to be easy as WR Casey Allen (twice Linfield 1st team All-American) will bring the Burn to visit the division leading Spokane Shock (7-4). The two square off this Saturday at 5 pm at the Spokane Arena.
The Wild are roughed up
After being at home the past three weeks the Intense Football League’s Alaska Wild was back on the road as they visited the Odessa Roughnecks. It wasn’t pretty as the ‘Necks just double barrel blasted the Wild by a score of 72-33. Former ‘Cat stand out, Thomas Ford Jr, again pulled his weight with a pair of touchdowns but the Wild just doesn’t have the weapons on either side of the ball to break into that win column.
The Wild are back in Texas this week as they face the San Angelo Stampede Express. This is where I’m hopeful. The Express are 2-7 on the year and have been crushed a few time so if the Wild are going to break out of the yearlong funk…this is the game. So let’s give TFJ about 16 “Catdome’s” before you go to bed for some much needed karma.
Our Hawks will not get bent out of shape
The Arkansas Twisters are visiting our Everett Hawks this week as former Linfield standout Ricky Gaspar (’02) helps lead the AF2’s Hawks improving play. Since Gaspar signed with the Hawks 6 weeks ago, Everett has taken off in avg. 52 points a game as Everett has won 2 out of the last 3. The offensive line is a massive force (6’3”, 310 lbs) and supplying the time needed for the Hawks to get their offense on track.
The Hawks are getting big test as the 7-3 Twisters are no patsy but this is by far the longest roadie for the Twisters. The game kicks off at 7:30 so you have plenty of time to chug some cold ones in the parking lot.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
(WC11) I’d like to talk about your 2001 season (sophomore year). The Raiders really did have a stellar team that year. The only blemish on your regular season was a controversial defeat up at PLU (48-38). Besides that hiccup, the 2001 team was really clicking headed into your first round playoff game. McKendree came to Ashland and you guys just blow the doors off of the Bearcats (54-10). Did you know what to expect that game or was it a little surprising you rolled them so bad? Can you recall what the feeling was like at Raider Stadium that day with the first SOU playoff win since 1987?
(DM) The game at PLU was a heart breaker for me because we moved the ball up and down the field, but the refs just would not give us a break. Anyone who watched that game would know who the better team was that year. We didn’t know what to expect with McKendree. We thought they had an awesome rushing attack and a great defense. This was the first time we had seen another NAIA opponent who was ranked, so we were definitely a bit nervous. We started off with the Raider ground attack and just got our rushing game going early. Our running game always opened up our passing game in 2001, with the help of Travis Mari, our phenomenal quarterback that year. We were playing that game like it was our last game we were ever going to play. We definitely stepped up our level in the playoffs. When that buzzer went off in the 4th quarter, we felt like there wasn’t a team who could beat us. We had just beaten the Bearcats so badly, they didn’t want to play anymore. There DB’s were starting to cower in the 4th quarter when our backs broke through their linebackers. They didn’t want to hit us anymore. The crowd was so fired up about bringing Carrol College to town. Nobody thought the Raiders were going to be beaten at home. We had the biggest turnouts at the playoff games. It was the best feeling seeing the crowd screaming, hollering, and the stands filled.
(WC11) The following week you hosted Carroll College in the quarterfinals in what came to be known at SOU as the “Snow Bowl”. Six inches of snow covers the field just hours before the game. It was a low-scoring affair until the 4th quarter where SOU and Carroll would trade leads 3 times before the Saints would hold off your Raiders on the last drive of the game for a 16-13 win. I know it stinks to recall tough losses but can you give us the details on the match-up and of the action that day? I know a question that had to be in the minds of your fans was, “ how big a part did that snow storm have in slowing down your great offense?” Did that storm changed the offensive game plan that day?
(DM) I hate talking about this game, so I’ll keep this one short. I woke up that morning feeling the best I’ve ever felt. My roommate Toby Walker (DB) says, “go look outside”. I went outside and there was snow covering everything. I thought we were in Montana. We showed up for pre-game walk through and Coach Olson said “Dusty you need to try this dry hands stuff”. I knew they were worried about getting the running game going. We had to change the game plan about mid-way through the first quarter. We tried pounding the ball up the middle and basically just wearing them down like we always do. The traction and cutting ability was very limited that day. We never established the running game. I looked at Travis and said “this one’s up to you, it’s on your shoulders now. I’ll block all day for you”. That was all it took for Travis to step it up and bring us into the game with the short passes. We held on and we were so close. If that would have been a dry field, it would have turned out different. I really believe you would have seen the Raiders holding the National Championship. No excuses though, we lost.
(WC11) Is there any doubt in your mind that if you were able to get past Carroll in 2001 or 2002 that SOU might have won at least one, if not back-to-back, NAIA titles?
(DM) There isn’t a doubt in my mind that we would have been National Champions for sure in 2002. For 2001 I’m almost positive that we would have won it that year, too. If you look at the way Carroll ran through the teams they had after us, they were almost blowouts. I talked to Casey Fitzsimmons from Carroll who was a tight end, and he told me that we were the toughest team that they played against both years. We were also the most feared team to play from what their coaches told the team. Those words make you feel really good, but it doesn’t make a difference if you’re not winning to me.
(WC11) Honestly, in terms of numbers, I’ve never seen a running back have this much success vs the ‘Cats. Linfield coaches still hate hearing your name. You put up a lot of yards and a ton of points on just about every team you squared up against but was there any extra joy in having those great performances versus the ‘Cats?
(DM) Thanks for the questions. I always enjoyed playing Linfield and will always have the utmost respect for that program. I really enjoyed these questions, and definitely enjoyed playing in McMinnville.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
TFJ is only one man.
Former Linfield All-NWC Running Back, Thomas Ford Jr. (2004) is doing everything he can to help keep his Alaska Wild from having the wrong kind of perfect season. As of right now, the Intense Football League’s Wild are 0-8 in their inaugural season and TFJ isn’t too thrilled about it. He recently was featured in the Anchorage Daily News and while being the man is great, but being the man on a 0-8 team isn’t as great.
"It's hard for me to talk about me individually just because we're not winning," Ford told the Anchorage Daily News. "But it kind of is (a breakout season) for me."
TFJ leads the Wild in just about every receiving category (447 yds, 6 td’s) and also has three rushing TD’s to his credit.
The most recent trip up was a loss last Thursday (June 7th) at home vs. Corpus Christi 62-32. The Wild are back on the road the next two weeks vs. the Odessa Roughnecks on the 16th and in San Angelo on the 23rd. Please send TFJ a little karma because a person of TFJ’s caliber should not have to suffer like this.
Our Burn is looking to push the pilot light.
The season started out great for our AF2 Boise Burn as they jumped out to a 4-1 record. But a hard 52-32 loss to cellar dweller Everett had to be a hard one to take. As of right now, Boise is 4-5 and looking up at 5 teams in their division with 7 weeks left. The Burn really needs to kick it high gear if they want to sneak into the playoffs.
Former Linfield All-American’s Brandon Hazenberg and Casey Allen have been stellar for the Burn this season but an inconsistent offense has been a killer over the 4 game skid. Allen is by far the Burn’s greatest offensive asset as The Beast has racked up 19 TD catches on the year to go along with his team leading 632 yards. Haze has been his typical jack of all trades in filling the defensive stat sheet from his safety spot with 23.5 tackles on the year, 7 pass break ups, 2 picks, and 2 fumble recoveries. Haze has also pulled double duty with 4 catches on the year.
If the Burn is going to turn it around it’s going to have to start this Saturday vs. the 8-1 Rio Grand Valley Dorados at Boise’s Qwest Arena.
The Butcher's Europe shop is about closed.
Former 2x 1st team All-American Linfield Quarterback, Brett Elliott is probably itching to get back to San Diego for Training Camp. The 4-5 Rhein Fire of the NFL Europa league wraps up this Saturday but don’t expect Elliott to take a big part. The Fire staff has put the Cowboy behind center 100% of the snaps the past two games leaving BE out of the rotation. Part of me doesn’t blame the Fire staff because that is one of the worse offensive lines I’ve ever seen and Pickett is much more mobile that BE.
However, I don’t think all is lost for Elliott. When he was provided the chance and the protection he looked good to great for the Fire. The problem was the rest of the time Brett was getting slapped around more than Tina Turner by Ike.
I think this fall camp with San Diego is going to be make or break Brett’s NFL career. With Rivers getting a great year under his belt SD will not want to put him in harms way during the pre-season so I think BE will get the chance to show if he has the chops to stick in the league. We’ll keep an eye on him in the upcoming months.
After the victory over our Boise Burn, Rick was sure to drop me a message to remind me that his crew deserved some love for the Linfield v Linfield battle and is very excited about the upcoming Linfield season. So officially ADvanatge Catdome has two AF2 teams we've adopted....Our Boise Burn and Our Everett Hawks.
Anchorage Daily: TFJ is the Wild's Man
Boise Burn: Watch Haze's interview and try not to think about Bud Light
NFL Europa: World Bowl? They should rename it to the "German Bowl"
The games have been great and I hope we can continue the fun. This is actually our 4th Alumni/JV game as we pulled double duty in 2005 with Lewis and Clark pulling a program hammy and dropping their NWC opponents on the year. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
One of my favorite parts of the early summer is the annual Linfield football camp. High School teams from all over the Pacific Northwest and some from California make their way to the Linfield gridiron for great technical instruction from one of the best small college football staffs in the country.
The camp is structured to allow teams plenty of time to work on their offensive and defensive schemes but there is a heavy dose of position work each day where the Linfield led camp staff breaks football down to the core fundamentals. However, the goods are in the evening sessions where the kids get to strap on the lids and have controlled scrimmages.
Over the years the camp has become so popular that they’ve divided up the sessions into two groups and even then the camp is jammed pack with HS’ers. The first sessions doesn’t start until Sunday but the real action of the camp will really kick off on Monday evening.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
However as many Linfield faithful know this isn’t the first Linfield team title that Jackson has been involved with. Jackson was the D-Line coach and defensive run coordinator of Linfield’s 2004 National Football Championship squad. Most recently Jackson was elevated to the defensive coordinator roll in 2006 and this upcoming season he will be the guy calling the defensive plays for the ‘Cats.
Jackson’s hometown newspaper, The Baker City Herald, just ran an interview of his double duty and how he was able to build a power out of his softball program. Here are a couple of quotes from the article: