College Football Arriving Soon!

 

College Football Arriving Soon!

by Amy Lignor

 

Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On the same day, fans of Oregon State and Colorado State will see an active match-up, and Portland State vs. BYU will also be a huge viewer draw. Add in the 6:00 p.m. game of Hawaii at UMass and the 7:30 p.m. game of South Florida vs. San Jose State – and you are most definitely looking at a full, much-needed, long-awaited day of the colleges you love getting back to gridiron business.

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So…already have all the answers? Will there be a repeat? Will teams like Penn State come out still riding high on what was most definitely their late-season momentum that fans loved? Many already have answers to these (or, at least, they have their hopes and dreams where these answers are concerned). But it remains that it is far too early to say “this will happen.” It is not too early, however, to take a look at the teams that many experts say are the top contenders this season.

 

Let us start with the Crimson Tide. Alabama has many positive things going for them. With a phenomenal young QB, a RB that is truly a “hit” on the field, and an elite defense, Alabama is in more than just “good” shape this time out.

 

When it comes to Oklahoma, the latest news is that Chris Robison (QB) has been dismissed from the team following a violation of team rules. A four-star member of Oklahoma’s 2017 recruiting class, Robison was arrested in April for public intoxication the night after Oklahoma’s spring game. Will it matter? Not at all, actually. Sooners’ fans were already rejoicing that QB Baker Mayfield chose to return to Norman for this, his senior year. Mayfield just needs a new target to throw to, seeing as Biletnikoff Award winner Dede Westbrook said so long to Norman on graduation day. Running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon are also gone this time around. But even with those departures, Oklahoma was on a proverbial hot streak down the stretch last season, with ten straight wins. Anything can happen.

 

When it comes to Florida State, all eyes are on that freshman QB star Deondre Francois. Ending with a win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl, the Florida State Seminoles’ QB is surrounded by a talented offensive line. Even though losing all-time leading rusher Dalvin Cook will be hard to overcome, they will. And it also helps that the majority of starters on defense will be back.

 

Penn State is truly back to “Happy Valley” status after a remarkable 2016 season that almost ended in a Rose Bowl title. A second-straight Big Ten title is most definitely on their radar, especially with the incredible duo of McSorley and Barkley within a now experienced offense.

Yes, the defense will have to step it up, and the offense has to put a halt to those slow starts that cause them trouble.

 

You can’t write a college football article without mentioning the name Harbaugh in it – fans have proved that to be a fact, so we must mention Michigan. QB Wilton Speight was “good enough” under center for Michigan, before getting hurt, of course, late in the season. But just for fans to wear smiles on their faces once again, which hadn’t happened in a long time until Coach Jim Harbaugh arrived two years ago, is a great thing to see. But Harbaugh will not have an easy time of it. He has some hurdles to jump, seeing as that 10 out of 11 starters on Michigan’s defense are on the departure list, including their weapon, Jabrill Peppers. But it’s not out of the ballpark to say that Michigan could literally do their roster overhaul extremely well and make it to the CFP semifinals. Speight will be back under center, and if they can just best those Buckeyes and get over that rivalry hurdle, Michigan will have a shot at its first conference title in more than a decade.

 

When it comes to a repeat, Clemson is definitely a bet people are already making. Ferrell returns, even though the loss of Deshaun Watson is a big hit. Clemson’s offense shouldn’t fall too far behind, but it is really the gleam of that uber-experienced defense that makes Clemson a prime contender.

 

But whatever happens, all that’s frustrating fans right now is how far away August 26th feels.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

 

Second Installment in Captivating Video Project Chronicles More Flood Survivors\’ Life Stories

 

The Wake of Vanport 2

Film Review by Kam Williams

Second Installment in Captivating Video Project Chronicles More Flood Survivors’ Life Stories

At 4:05 pm on May 30, 1948, a dike failed in the City of Vanport, Oregon situated on lowlands between the Portland and the Columbia River. The ensuing flood swamped the federal housing project, claiming 15 lives and leaving 40,000 citizens homeless.

Last spring, the Skanner Foundation released The Wake of Vanport, a very informative documentary about the incident composed of the riveting recollections of survivors of the Memorial Day disaster. Now we have The Wake of Vanport 2, the second installment in the ongoing historical project designed to preserve exactly what transpired that fateful afternoon from a variety of different perspectives.

Among the welcome additions to the mix is Betty Deulen who was 11 at the time of the tidal wave. She recounts how she rushed home to save her parents and young sisters as soon as the dam failed. Her family didn’t have a car, so they ended up escaping aboard a bus.

The Wake of Vanport 2,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Flood Survivors, Vanport, Oregon

Vanport survivor Betty Deulen tells her story.

Curnel Waldren, who moved to town at the age of 6 or 7, waxes romantic about the freedom he enjoyed while growing up in Vanport. However, he did dislike the fact that they had no air conditioning so he had to suffer on those hot, hazy, humid summer days . 

The Wake of Vanport 2,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Flood Survivors, Vanport, Oregon

Vanport survivor Curnel Walden speaks to documentary producers about the 1948 flood and his family’s rush to get out of the house before the waters hit.

In terms of the flood, Curnel remembers that the hastily-constructed housing units had been built on poor foundations. Consequently, most folks “lost just about everything they had”  in the deluge. Nevertheless, he says the tragedy brought out the best in some people.

  Melvin Osbeck was a teenager who drove with friends from Southeast Portland to assist during the calamity. He recollects finding a sort of “organized confusion” about how to stem the overflowing water. He was asked to fill sandbags but was also warned to be careful to avoid sinkholes which could very easily sweep him away to his death.

In his video memoir, John Beverage (Brother of Betty Deulen) talks about how much he appreciated moving to Vanport in 1943 since until then he’d been raised on his grandfather’s farm without electricity or running water. He soon became a paperboy, saving up to buy himself a bike by selling copies of the Oregon Journal. As far aas May 30th of ’48, what sticks in his mind is how numerous residents ignored “the wail of the sirens” as well as how the residences would float away after being engulfed in by four feet of water.

The Wake of Vanport 2,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Flood Survivors, Vanport, Oregon

Survivors gather on high ground to watch the destruction of Vanport. May 30, 1948. Photo by Allen deLay (1915-2005) ©Thomas Robinson

  The final chapter of this episode revolves around Dorothy and Hurtis Hadley, a couple that’s been happily married for over 50 years and counting. Dorothy’s father had worked in the nearby Naval shipyard before send bus tickets for his wife and kids to join him. Hurtis arrived at the age of 2 but was 6 years-old and flying a kite the day the the dike overflowed.

The two go on to recount how they started dating, with Dorothy stealing her future hubby from a girlfriend while he was playing sax for a popular local band called The Fabulous Majest. However, Hurtis would eventually switch careers and successfully open up his very own bakery.

In sum, kudos to the producers for another fascinating collection of tributes to a beloved hometown that could have just as easily been forgotten forever after being wiped off the map in a flash.

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 37 minutes

Distributor: The Skanner Foundation

To see a trailer for The Wake of Vanport 2, visit: http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/24683-the-wake-of-vanport-to-screen-new-stories 

The Wake of Vanport 2 premieres in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, November 20 at 4:30 PM.

To attend the screening, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wake-of-vanport-2016-series-tickets-29062163714

 
 

The Wake of Vanport to Screen New Stories

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The Wake of Vanport,” oral history documentary project will show ten new stories of Vanport survivors

 

Source:  Baret News