By Joe Becker
It's the final weekend of 2007 and just a few thoughts. I've got a Friday Night off for a change this week. I'm going to the Blazers game. As Blazer fans know...the team is fun to watch this season. They are also fun to cover.
Here are a few things I'll remember most about 2007. Boise State's victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl may have been the most exciting college football game i've ever seen.
In March, "THE ACE", Sports Photographer Brian Warner and I covered the Ducks Basketball team in the elite 8 in St. Louis. It was one of the best work related road trips I've ever taken.
As many viewers know, St. Louis is my hometown. The weather was fantastic while we were there, the Ducks played well...and all of our Live Shots from the Dome went well. Plus, I was able to see my family which was nice.
When the Blazers won the Draft Lottery...I was at the Venue, to cover the Blazers local Draft party. Not counting games...it was the most exciting moment I've seen covering the Blazers. Blazer fans are watching the franchise change right in front of them. From the front office on down...the Blazers are a Class Organization right now.
In June I saw Norah Jones and M. Ward in concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Great Show. They did an awesome duet cover of "Blue Bayou" during Ward's opening set.
I started Bass Lessons this summer...to get better.
I had a terrific family vacation to California. On the end of the trip, I was at A T & T Park in San Francisco, with my family, the night Barry Bonds hit Career Homer number 756. It was my first time in the park so that was great...and then to see Bonds hit the homer was quite a thrill.
The Ducks made a run at the National Championship until QB Dennis Dixon went down for good in Arizona. Channel 8 was there and I was on the sidelines when it happened.
Dixon's dad was there too and gave me an interview and was very nice and cordial during an emotional time. Dixon's Heisman hopes ended with his knee injury, but he handled himself like a champion and stuck with his team.
And now, the winning streak for the Blazers caps a great year.
I'm looking forward to 2008!
Happy New Year!