Your questions, my answers.
I’d have to say Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Montreal summer Olympics. I was an aspiring gymnast a few years before; unfortunately, in 73 I had my first (of many) dislocated left knee. I know I probably would not have ever gone very far, but I loved the sport and was in awe of her performance.
So, what were you most proud of this past year, and what’s your goal for next year?
Thanks for the Maui restaurant recommendations- I’ve been to a couple on your list, and will make a stop at one or two that I haven’t tried when we visit in the near future! Happy new year John and family!
For me the first event that came to my mind was the 1936 Olympics when Jesse Owens turned in one of the most immaculate performances the Olympics has ever seen.
The Miracle On Ice. I was in 6th grade. Still gives me goosebumps.
Pepsi, John, really? And I thought I liked you. I may have to cancel my subscription!
Have great New Year and thanks for the stories.
Would have loved to experience the Blazers 1977 championship. The other would be the Miracle on Ice.
Happy New Year to you and your family, John!
Why ducks receive more press than the Beavers.... Everyone wants to be a winner and when it comes to the ducks they have a lot of dingleberries or dags (New Zealand talk for the stuff cleaning to the backside of sheep) as fans. Uncle Phil has a lot of money to throw around and the ducks do a good job of showing off the bling. I had several ducks sitting behind me at the civil war. Based on their lack of basic football knowledge and terrible grammar, I doubt they even earned GEDs. Even Therese Bottomly commented why ducks are not listed alphabetical, but rather at the top, on the pull down menu online for the O--they get more clicks. Anyway a lot of folks with not much going on in their life need to be attached to something that makes them feel like winners. Life isn't fair and I'm fine with that. Our mascot actually wears pants and our University prepares a far better group of people to participate in society than whatever degree holders UO is pushing out the door.
Wilts 100 pt game: March 2nd, 1962
Speaking of Secretariat, and having watched all his races on TV,
I watched the Belmont with my ex wives grandfather, who had been a horse man in his youth.
He told me, Tommy, I watched Man O War, and this horse is better!
I think it was one of the greatest sporting events I have ever seen
John. Happy New Year to you and especially to your OSU Beaver daughter . Beaver Nation is proud that she selected OSU over the other Pac 12 schools ! Certainly she could have gone to any of them !
It will be very interesting to watch DJ run the OSU offense next Fall IF he actually beats out Gulbranson and the other OSU QB’s ! It will be fun to watch DJ and Nix compete next year ! Gonna be an exciting 2023 season , and a BIG BIG thanks to you for facilitating the high interest in our Beavers and DuX with your great articles each week ! Our OSU hats are off to you !!!
OSU ‘67 GiantKiller Alumn
Event in sports history I wish I had attended: Baltimore Colts vs. NY Giants in the 1958 Championship Game of the Century. My Dad went to the game but since I was seven he said I was too young to go. And in the days of the blackout I had to listen to the entire game on the radio. Yech!
My answer to the question posed has to do with experiences. My daughter caught bare handed a homerun off of Carl Yastrzemski during a game in Seattle. She was 12. She's 55 now. I ran into Slick Watts of the Supersonics while having a beer in downtown Seattle. I told him both daughters played basketball and he went out to his car which was parked out front, brought back into the bar two jerseys that he autographed for them. I was at the Seahawks headquarters when they were in Kirkland with a friend. He worked for the company that serviced the hot tubs and other equipment. We were in the locker room chatting it up with Rusty Tillman and a bunch of players. Dave Krieg the QB and I had a long chat about salmon fishing in lake Washington. Another time I was walking across the parking lot of the headquarters and was nearly run over by Brian Bosworth. He stopped and bent over backwards in apologizing. The truck he was driving had tires the size of a semi truck. Taking my dad to the only game he ever attended at Husky Stadium to see the Beavers play the Dawgs. Dad was personal friends with the great pumpkin Dee Andros, coach of the Beavers growing up. Those are my memories that come to mind.
Most memorable in-person event;
‘78 Rose Bowl Washington upset over #4 Michigan. Warren Moon and Coach James. Road tripped from Seattle with my friend Jon Horn - EPIC 💪🏼🏈💪🏼
1984 Final Four in Seattle. Udub is the host school, venue was the Kingdome, and my momma is working in the athletic department as AD Mike Lude’s executive secretary. She got me a ticket to the games and an invite to the press dinner at the President’s table.
Met Rollie Massimino, John Thompson, and Bill Russell to name only a few, as they dropped by our table to visit…totally starstruck.
Great question about what sporting event do you wish you had attended. For me, it's not even close: 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics and the U.S.A. 4-3 victory over the U.S.S.R. in hockey. Nothing electrified and unified the entire country like that hockey game...nothing has come close.
Your top QB list includes Akili Smith, but excludes NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon?
Not going to Michigan Stadium and the Horseshoe. l lost my dear Duck wife of 58 years 2 years of high school and two years of college (she was on rally squad) and 54 married. We went to all but a few Bowl games and have been at all PAC 12 team fields and courts
At Auburn Natty I still feel we won. When we stripped and scored Newton the refs gave him forward progress but he definitely retreated in his own volition …. Lock at the tape.
Love you sharing about family which seems only second to mine….ha
Sports history? 1960 World Series, Game 7. Pirates vs Yankees. Bill Mazeroski's walk off homer. Or December 23, 1972 Steelers vs Raiders. The "Immaculate Reception". (Yes, I'm a native Pittsburgher)