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Grin and Barrett: Crazy 8’s

When I first heard that there was eight-man football, I wasn’t sure what to think. I grew up in Florida and the closest thing we had to that was flag football on a Sunday.

As I mentioned in my introductory column, I went to a high school with 2,700 students.

I spent the last two weekends in North Powder and Cove and experienced true small town athletics for the first time.


Hard Facts: A potpourri of football

Potatoes, anybody?

Well you might want to think about it a little more seriously.

There may be something to the meat and potatoes diet. At least for high school kids that play football.

Over the last two seasons Eastern Oregon high school football teams are 1-9 against teams from Idaho. Our area teams have been outscored 391-158.


Hard Facts: Sometimes the truth hurts

In a time when “going green” is the socially acceptable way to go, I plan on going purple.

Yes, despite living amongst the Duck and Beaver fans in Oregon, I remain a faithful Husky follower.

Sure, the Washington program has seen a slight decline in recent years. In that same time frame Oregon has been on the rise. But the catchphrase seems to be that the country needs change. And as Bob Dylan once sung, “Times they are a changing.”


Grin and Barrett: My battle with Seattle

I’m watching Oregon State play Stanford and I’m realizing a few things. One, college football season is the greatest time of the year.

The second conclusion I am coming to is that the Beavers can be cheered for by a University of Oregon fan. Not necessarily screaming, jumping up and down cheering, but a nod or grin when something good happens for them.

For 51 weeks of the year, Duck fans can sit back and watch the Beavers and not mind them winning a game. That 52nd week is when they play Oregon in the Civil War and they become a feisty younger brother


Hard Facts: More than a football game

They’re here.

For the next week 4A/3A/2A/1A Oregon High School Shrine Game football players will make Eastern Oregon University their home away from home.

For three local players it wasn’t such a long journey — well to some degree. Ben Garnett, Joseph, Kaden Titus, Union, and Michael Stephens, Powder Valley, all made the 4 1/2 hour trip to Wilsonville.


Hard Facts: Community continues to show generosity

It’s amazing to see how much generosity is welled up in this valley.

Year after year, sponsors and individuals give donations to ensure Union and Wallowa County athletes have a chance to compete at the state’s highest level.

With the Little League and Babe Ruth State Tournaments wrapping up this past weekend, coaches shared firsthand the gratitude for businesses and people willing to open their wallets.


Mason Minute - Hockey isn’t a game, it’s a way of life

Earthquake? Ha! Some seismologists.

That “trembling” was just me last Thursday, celebrating a Detroit Red Wings playoff goal. They scored. I jumped. The earth shook. Richter scale read 2.1.

And nobody felt it.


Hard Facts: Mouthy fan undermines Blazers

PORTLAND — People who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

This seemingly simple lesson reared its ugly head in Portland.

One person single-handedly beat the Trail Blazers Wednesday.

No, not LeBron James — although he certainly had a hand in it.


Hard Facts: It's gut-check time for the Trail Blazers

Dare we call the Portland basketball team division leaders out loud?

Why not? This young and talented group has earned it.

What worries me is that the Trail Blazers organization may think the grass is greener somewhere else.


Hard Facts: Blazer pride is back

Blazermania is back!

Run as fast as possible to jump on the bandwagon.

The only professional sports team in Oregon is causing the Rose Quarter to bloom again.

Give credit to Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, general manager Kevin Pritchard and head coach Nate McMillian, because the "Jail Blazers" are no more.


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