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The End of Oregon’s Golden Era

“Success comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law” Pierre de Coubertin

Oregon Football use to be the toast of the college football universe. The program had great facilities, incredible boosters, and an avid fan base. With Nike’s backing, the team had unlimited uniform combinations and tons of media coverage.

However, success is fueled by wins, and when losses mount…well…college football can be a fickle lover.

Following a disastrous Alamo Bowl loss, in which Oregon once lead by more than 30-points, and a 2016 campaign that finished with an abysmal four wins. The once proud program finished at the bottom of its conference and division.

Something needed to be done, so the University of Oregon’s Athletic Department made a drastic move. A maneuver that hadn’t been done since the 1970s. Fire its head coach.

The last firing of an Oregon Football Head Coach occurred in 1976, when Don Reid was dismissed. During the last 40-years, the program has hired head coaches from within its system. A strategy that’s created a continuity unrivaled in college football; however, that streak ended in 2016 with the termination of Mark Helfrich.

Why? Coach Helfrich took over a program that was souring. His tenure as head coach saw a decline in recruiting, a breakdown in discipline, and slippage in fan enthusiasm.

The decline in Oregon’s play prompted an interesting piece by AlmostDailyBrett, which attempts to explain ” The End of Oregon’s Golden Era.”

Oregon alumni and fans can only hope that Oregon’s decline is short lived. Perhaps, the UO’s Athletic Department has taken a step in the right direction by hiring its new head coach: Willie Taggart.

Duck Nation will soon see if Coach Taggart and his new coaching staff corrects Oregon’s woes. Just maybe, he is the shot in the arm that is needed to right the ship and return the Ducks to their Golden Era.

 

 

Bob Sinclair, A True Pioneer

If the Wright brothers hadn’t put their lives on the line, we would not be flying around the world these days. So we need pioneers~Felix Baumgartner

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 9.20.46 PMIt’s been a year since a true skydiving pioneer passed away. He was a man who pushed the boundaries of the sport, yet remained obscure to the general public.

His innovation of the “buddy system” skydiving method, creation of the 35mm helmet-mounted camera and skydiving videography helped to revolutionize the sport. He probably single-handedly introduced skydiving to millions of people.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Sinclair’s worked on scores of television shows, commercials, and motion pictures, along with taking the reigning king of late-night TV, Johnny Carson, on a skydive in 1968.

It would be remiss not to mark his passing without sharing a few blogs and articles about this remarkable man.

Below are links to some of the best written memories of Mr. Sinclair.

Blue Skies,

USPA Blog

Skydiving Museum Article

 

 

Media Blitz: NFL’s Ray Rice Conundrum

There will always be hope for our country as long as more people watch Monday Night Football than…[sitcoms]––Michael Logsdon

Lately the sports media’s attention has been dominated by reports about domestic abuse in the NFL, with the Ray Rice scandal getting a lion’s share of the coverage. The video of Rice knocking out his then fiancé is utterly repulsive. The fact that Rice is a world-class athlete (a strapping alpha male to boot) makes the attack even more reprehensible. However, with all the media attention on this issue, is the NFL missing an opportunity?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s mishandling of the initial response towards this issue was a huge blunder, then when a video emerged showing the attack, Goodell and the NFL took a knee-jerk reaction of throwing Rice out of the NFL. This reactionary response is evidence of a lack of direction and a clear strategy on how to best address this issue.

It is the opinion of A Crow’s View that the steps the NFL took do not help Rice’s wife or others. In fact, absolutely nothing the NFL did to address this situation is going to stop this type of event from happening again. Even worse, the steps taken by the NFL place a hardship on Rice and his wife, while putting pressure on other players’ and their spouses to keep silent, so they don’t face a similar situation.

It is clear the suspension is a move designed to placate the NFL’s critics and to bolster its weak stance on domestic abuse. Based on the continued media coverage and calls for impeachment of Goodell, this approach isn’t working because society sees this tactic for what it is: nothing more than a quick-fix PR attempt.

Appeasing critics or having a zero tolerance policy will not solve this problem. This issue requires the NFL to take a different approach. One that will prevent future occurrences from happening and ensures the safety of players’ spouses and others.

First, the league needs to be upfront about what it knew and when, regarding the Rice video.

Second, bring Rice and his wife into NFL headquarters and address the discipline issues with them.

Third, all fines leveled against Rice by the NFL should be waived, if donations of equal value are made to domestic violence organizations.

Fourth, put in place an option that will allow Rice to salvage his career if he meets strict requirements set by the NFL. This option must be stressed that it is available only if he meets all requirements; however, the team owners will have the option of keeping Rice on their roster.

Fifth, be open about the disciplinary steps and effectively explain how these steps will help victims and the abuser from repeat behavior.

With all the resources at the NFL’s disposal, it should not be taking a reactionary response to domestic violence. It should be dealt with in a manner that will not force those who are trapped in this toxic environment into silence, or force abusers to use their resources to prevent such incidences from becoming public simple to keep their jobs. Helping people should be the goal, not just cleaning up the NFL’s image.

The reasons the NFL should follow these five steps are clear. They immediately help to improve the situation of all women associated with the NFL. First, they remove the fear of losing their financial situation if they are in an abusive relationship, by taking away the need to keep silent or further hide the abuse. Second, these steps will show that the NFL is engaged on the issue of domestic abuse and actively seeking to protect the victims of violence. Moreover, following these steps will demonstrate that the NFL is working with Ray and Janay Rice to safeguard her safety and actively trying to ensure that no future incidences of abuse occurs.

The NFL is missing a golden opportunity. If they use these steps, a situation is created which will prompt a great storyline of redemption and second chance that society eats up. More importantly, they don’t cast a veil of silence over the abused or abuser to hide their faults; in stead, they will create an environment that seeks to improve lives. This is the best way to ensure the safety of Janay and other women of the NFL.

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_types_signs_causes_effects.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Rice

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_tolerance

Eugene Skydivers: Six-Month Milestone Reached

“It’s taken longer than I would have thought. I guess it’s a milestone, but I wish it happened earlier than it did.”–Dan Callahan

The six-month milestone marking the return of skydiving onto the Creswell Airport was reached over the weekend of August 22-24. Urban Moore (owner of Eugene Skydivers) and the City of Creswell agreed to an out-of-court settlement in January of this year. The agreement quickly brought an end to a prolonged legal battle between the two sides, which flared up in August 2006, and paved the way for skydivers to resume landing on a strip of land adjacent to the Creswell Airport on February 22.RonnwkimBradlanding

With the settlement in place, a constructive relationship developed between Moore and the City of Creswell. “I’ve been pleased, overall, with several people in city government for working in good faith to keep the city in compliance with the agreement,” states Moore. “2014 has been a relatively hassle free year.” The newly forged relationship appears reciprocal. Mayor Dave Stram declined to comment directly on the six-month milestone; however, he did congratulate Moore on this achievement, which is a stark contrast to the acrimony of past administrations.

Besides illustrating an improved relationship, the six-month milestone shows an increased ability for Eugene Skydivers to better serve its customers and to provide an enhanced skydiving experience for its students and spectators. “The sport of skydiving is a convivial activity, particularly for students,” Moore continues. “Students jumping with us now can bring a cheering section along to watch them exit the plane and land across the runway from our hangar.”

ElvisesPlaneTo celebrate the milestone Moore and his crew spent the weekend training students for their first skydive, while the experienced skydivers either preformed routine fun jumps or practiced for an exhibition skydive into Cresfest–a local celebration held on private property. “We put jumpers into Cresfest every year, but this year it seems more electric since we have more experienced jumpers showing up to skydive or to practice their demo jumps here at the airport,” states long time parachute packer April Dummert. The general consensus among the skydiving community is that landing on the airport during the last six-month has added a social dynamic that’s been missing for eight-years.

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Eugene Skydivers opened for business in February 1992 and has operated continuously from the Creswell Airport. In August 2006 a dispute over landing rights forced skydivers to land off-site. The issue was resolved in February 2014. During the last 22-years, Eugene Skydivers trained world-class skydivers, performed professional exhibition skydives, and hosted a successful 1998 Oregon State skydiving record. It is estimated that more than 73,000 skydives have been performed since operations began. Business hours are Thursday thru Sunday and by appointment.

Eugene Skydivers

Eugene Skydivers: News Release-Six-Month Milestone

Colonel Joseph Kittinger Awarded Cliff Henderson Trophy

“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” ― Brodi Ashton

A Crow’s View is pleased to learn Col. Joe Kittinger, a true American hero, was honored by the NAA. It is the view of this blog site to encourage people to learn more about this spectacular person.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kittinger

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From left to right: Col. Kittinger, USPA President Sherry Butcher and USPA Executive Director Ed Scott

At a June 18 luncheon in Arlington, Virginia, legendary record-setting skydiver Colonel Joseph Kittinger, USAF, (Ret.) was awarded the Cliff Henderson Trophy by the National Aeronautic Association. The Henderson Trophy is awarded annually to an individual or group “whose vision, leadership or skill made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States.” In one of her first formal acts as USPA’s new president, Sherry Butcher was asked to introduce Col. Kittinger and describe how his record-setting 102,800-foot parachute jump in 1960 still inspires skydivers and others.

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Sharing the Sky

This is an important topic that is relevant to all aviation activities. I am reblogging it to share with everyone.

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You don’t need to be either a pilot or a skydiver to be gripped by the dramatic photos of the recent in-air collision between a departing single-engine airplane and a landing skydiver. The series of photos shows the airplane’s right wing snagging the parachute lines just as the skydiver was preparing to touch down. The jumper was thrown for a vicious loop, and the airplane impacted nose-first and was substantially damaged. Miraculously the pilot and the skydiver received only minor injuries. The sensational photos went viral, and the media propagated the story, demanding to know what happened and who was at fault. And across the country, airport managers sought out their drop zone operators to reassess how to ensure that pilots and skydivers avoid each other.

The truth is that collisions between airplanes and skydivers in the airport environment are extremely rare, occurring less than a handful of times over…

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