Sunday, September 27, 2009

After Further Review....Cats Still Win!!!!!!

You just had a feeling that everything was going to be great! After more than twenty years in this league and going to Corvallis for that long, NEVER has the weather been so GREAT. It was like a nice January day in Tucson.

Other than the usual weather, this is one of my favorite trips. Easy load in and out of the locker room, you can park right outside the locker room, Steve McCoy, Arnold Alcantar and Tom Williams are some of the BEST help and great guys in the business (OSU Equipment Staff), locker room is spacious, especially the coaches area (which I LOVE). It is a long haul to the field and the managers hate pushing trunks up the steep ramp after the game, but other than that, it is a great trip. There are a lot of pipes going through the locker room area and you may notice all kinds of signs of leaks in the pictures below. It is a little dark and dirty in the locker room.

The injuries are starting to pile up and it has Tim, Benny and me getting stressed out. We realize injuries are going to happen, but we take it personally and we have a lot of pride in protecting our players. Seems like in all my years of doing this, injuries always come in bunches and almost become epidemic. Just like some years you go weeks and weeks and have no injuries. We just have to keep working hard and see if there is anything additional we can do. It is very frustrating!!!!

Thank goodness our coaches have done a GREAT job of recruiting and build a lot of depth on the TEAM! So many players stepped up yesterday and did a great job of winning this game. It made the drive back to Eugene and having to go through their airport so much more tolerable.

I know our TEAM needs a bye week, but I am sure going to miss being on the sideline next Saturday!

This banner summed up everything about the game. The Wildcats played a great game as a TEAM:
Benny Conger helping out with pulling jerseys:

Tailgating a lot different than in Iowa!!!!!!

Radio Technician, Eric Thomae, sets up radio head sets in coaches locker room for post game interviews before the TEAM leaves the hotel:
Ben Hulka cleans a pair of shoes before the game:
Ben Hulka and Mike Harlow push big 'ol Trunk #6 down to the field:

Ben Hulka worked extremely hard to clean up the white marker boards that OSU provides. It was hard because previous teams used permanent markers in some places!

How the lockers looked after the managers set up the locker room:
Not only did the managers do a great job in the locker room before the TEAM left the hotel in Salem, they had fun doing it!
A look at the very spacious coaches' locker room at Gill Coliseum. It was nice not having to set out all kinds of foul weather outerwear!

Tim Pfennig, Robert Lloyd and Benny Conger waiting on our TEAM buses to arrive:

Benny and the managers set up Coach Comm early on Saturday morning:
Mike Reed (left) and Robert Lloyd assist Benny in setting up Coach Comm more than 5 hours prior to kickoff:

A close up of our NG Coach Comm system:
Beaver fans line "Beaver Blvd" to watch their team walk from their buses to their locker room:

As mentioned before, our TEAM dresses in Gill Coliseum which is a long walk to the stadium. Horizon Moving's beautiful truck sits right outside our locker room:

Nice shot of the recently renovated Reser Stadium. OSU did a nice job of turning their old small stadium into a nice looking stadium:

Benny and the managers have Coach Comm all set up and waiting on the coaches to get on the field from the locker room:
The two best truck drivers in the world, Bob Keith and Bob Caprari, of Horizon Moving here in Tucson take in the game from the sidelines:

TEAM goes through pre-game warm-ups:

Tim is handy with some game balls for Coach Stoops during post game talk:

Nick Foles listens to Coach Stoops post game talk with the rest of his TEAM mates:

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