Friday, December 02, 2016

Excellent biography: '...Perfect read for football followers of the college and/or pro games..."


Author/sports researcher/retired dentist Bob Gill of Milwaukie, Ore., has Linfield connections as a football quarterback opponent of the Wildcats and his work giving recognition to many former Linfield athletes. Read about Bob here:


After five years researching, writing, editing and rewriting, Bob's book, an authorized biography, Mel Renfro: Forever a Cowboy, was published in 2015. Review of the book from the College Football Historical Society newsletter (Nov. 2016):

(If this review text is hard to read or cut off on the right, click on review for a larger, easier to read version.)








































“Dr. Bob Gill has released his new book entitled ‘Mel Renfro: Forever a Cowboy,’ a biography of the Pro Football Hall of Fame player. The book (227 pp.) covers the athletic days of Mel Renfro in high school and at Oregon and then his 14-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. This book is available online in paperback via Amazon.com (17.95) or information on obtaining a signed copy can be obtained from the author via online at rfgill@comcast.net or at: Bob Gill, 13115 SE Pennywood Ct., Milwaukie 97222”
Source: College Football Historical Society newsletter Nov. 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Linfielder Johnny Bill 'Moon' Self was in filmed in Oregon 1969 movie 'Paint Your Wagon'

Speaking of movies filmed in Oregon … 


… Linfielder Johnny Bill “Moon” Self (Linfield Class of 1969, Napa, Calif., High School Class of 1964), sporting a full beard, had an uncredited bit part in the 1969 movie “Paint Your Wagon,” staring Lee Marvin, Clint  Eastwood (who sings “I Talk to the Trees”) and Jean Seberg. 


It was filmed in eastern Oregon (Baker County) in May-October 1968.



















Johnny transferred to Linfield in 1966 from Napa, Calif. Junior College, now called Napa Valley College. 

Retired after a career as a Napa public school teacher, he has and might still be living in Napa. He has and might still be living in Alaska. 

Read about Johnny as a Linfield football player here:

Johnny was a cover feature story, headlined “ ‘Moon’ Self-his wit and wisdom” in the May 1, 1969, Linews. 

According to the story, Johnny was “born 22 years ago in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.” He came to Linfield after football coach Paul Durham told him to “come on up and bring my own football shoes. I didn’t have any shoes but I came anyway.”
As a Linfield football player, he was JV team captain “because I was the oldest and didn’t cry in the huddle. In my second (year of football) I was named ‘friendliest lineman of the year’ and oldest member of the junior varsity” in the college’s history.”

He was “kicked out of two games that year (by coach Jack Ostlund). Once for not wearing a team with my team blazer and another time for rolling forward in the huddle and doffing my helmet after the crowd gave me an ovation.”

Story says Johnny plays guitar, harmonica, piano and clarinet and also paints, carves and is a poet.

During the summer of 1968 he worked around Baker County doing jobs including bucking hay bales, branding cattle and working on a plywood mill green chain until he was fired for "doing Tarzan yells."


His time in Baker County concluded with landing a job as an "extra" on the ‘Paint Your Wagon’ motion picture being filmed there. According to the 1970 Oak Leaves yearbook, he was an "actor-singer" in the movie.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Linfield’s 'Mac the Wildcat' among mascots wearing hats



Some say a person is never fully dressed without a hat. Is the same true for college/university sports team mascots?
There are many renditions of each mascot mentioned in this insightful/fascinating/somewhat researched story. Depending on the rendition, what is stated/indicated/declared can be proven true or not. Accepting the story as gospel truth is the best for you. Apologies to Pete Seeger:

 

Where have all the mascot hats gone, long time passing?
Where have all the mascot hats gone, long time ago?



It used to be that many college/university mascots wore hats. Some still do. Among the “still do" are:







  • 'Mac the Wildcat,' Linfield
  • 'Benny Beaver,' Oregon State
  • The Duck, University of Oregon
  • 'Butch the Cougar,' Washington State University*

LINFIELD:  “Mac” wears a hat in illustrations and in person. (The illustration shown here has been succeeded by the Cat without what some considered crossed eyes.) You might be interested in Linfield Football’s annual “Cats on a Hat” decals affixed on helmets ritual. 
http://wildcatville.blogspot.com/2013/09/linfield-football-2013-cats-on-hats.html


OSU: Benny of Oregon State was superseded by the angry Beaver. Angry was replaced by the current Beaver. Benny sports a hat, angry and current don’t. The in-person Benny these days doesn’t wear a hat.


UO: Oregon’s in-person Disneyesque (akin to Donald Duck) Duck and the current Duck are hat wearers. 


WSU: 'Butch the Cougar' of Washington State wears a hat in some illustrations, but the in-person Butch does not don a hat. *Officially Washington State's mascot is Butch T. Cougar.













Sunday, November 27, 2016

QB Sam Riddle: Read what he said. Vote for him, too!

Cast your Gagliardi Trophy fan ballot for Sam!






















Cast your Gagliardi Trophy fan ballot for Sam!




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Sam’s 2016 Gagliardi Trophy Online Ballot bio:

Sam Riddle

Linfield (Ore.) senior QB, business management major. Two-time NWC Offensive Player of the Year … finished sixth in Division III in yards per pass attempt (10.01) and tied for ninth with 31 passing touchdowns in nine games … produced 2,714 yards of total offense … set career records for total offense and touchdowns responsible for at Linfield … helped raise money for the team sponsorship of two young men from Africa and Bolivia through World Vision, and to provide food for a local family over Christmas.

OSU's Adley Rutschman: Grandson of Ad & Joan Rutschman

Adley Rutschman, a grandson of Ad & Joan Rutschman, Oregon State University football and baseball player.

==Beaver Football (place kicker):

“Joined the Oregon State football program in August 2016. Signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Oregon State.”

His stats 11/26/2016 UO @ OSU Civil War game, Corvallis:
Kickoffs: 6. No. Yards: 337. Avg: 56.2. TB: 4. OB: 0.

==Beaver Baseball:

“Here are some other notes from the team's first day of fall ball.

“Perhaps the biggest hole the team will have to fill is at catcher. Logan Ice, a three-year starter, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and finalist of the Johnny Bench Award, signed with Cleveland after being selected in second round of the MLB draft. The leading candidates to take the spot appear to be KJ Harrison, Michael Gretler, Zak Taylor and Adley Rutschman, who is also a reserve kicker on the football team.”

Friday, November 25, 2016

Linfield Wildcat football practice at Wildcat Stadium 12/25/2016


Linfield Wildcat football practice at Wildcat Stadium, home of Temple (Texas) High School Wildcats 12/25/2016. Temple is about 10 miles from Belton. Tom McFadden photos



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Linfield Football jet-bound to Texas on Thanksgiving 11/24/2016

Linfield Football will be Texas-bound this afternoon (Thanksgiving 11/24/2016) on chartered jet from PDX for next NCAAD3 Football 2016 playoff game (10am Pacific kick, Sat., Nov. 26, in Belton vs. UMHB). Thanks to Tom McFadden, Linfield Athletics Hall of Famer these photos from team Thanksgiving dinner at McMinnville Covenant Church today.

-Coach Joe Smith addressing team. R
-Running backs Sutter Choisser, Bryan Cassill and Spencer Payne.
-The Boehmes, Coach Smith family, broadcaster Dave Hansen.
-Wait, there’s more. Also thanks to Lance Trantham, Linfield Football specialist, for photos.