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Why haven't the Raiders stolen this idea by now?

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Boise State? Some will say “success” as the Broncos have enjoyed plenty of it under coach Chris Petersen (just ask Oregon fans). But most, including me, think of “blue” when talking about the team from the Mountain West Conference.

Boise State was the first school to install a non-green playing surface in 1986 and it has become the school’s trademark. The field is so blue in fact that in 2011, citing a “competitive advantage,” the Mountain West Conference banned Boise State from wearing their all-blue uniforms for home conference games as a condition of joining the conference. Apparently, their all-blue jerseys blend into the field so well that other teams have said it makes it “hard to see them” when playing.

Why haven’t the Raiders stolen this idea by now?

Boise enjoyed being “different” for more than twenty years until 2010 when Eastern Washington University installed a red turf playing surface. Since then a few high schools have also installed both red and blue fields and now you can add black to the ever growing novelty of colored football fields.

Right here in Oregon, West Salem High School debuted the ominous sounding “The Black Hole” field last Friday with their game against South Medford. The field is believed to be the only black field in use in outdoor football in the country and the reason West Salem went for black instead of the traditional green was to save money.

The school was offered a price break of nearly $150,000 if it installed a black field instead of a green one. The extra savings reflected avoiding having to use dyed synthetic turf in its installation.

Ironically, the West Salem Titans’ uniforms, which used to be black, were changed to green to avoid the “competitive advantage” argument that may have befallen them had they stuck with black.

Who knew that the first Oregon football program to install a first-of-its-kind field would be West Salem? I’m actually surprised Oregon hasn’t done something to their field by now. Just wait a few years. Eventually they’ll have something crazy like a color-changing field every week like their different uniform combinations. It’s only a matter of time.

Netflix Instant Pick: Sunset Boulevard

Netflix added a slew of new films last week and among the additions was a film every cinephile should see.

A Hollywood Classic!

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, this Billy Wilder classic stars William Holden and Gloria Swanson as two Hollywood performers; him the struggling screenwriter and her the fading actress. After his car breaks down in front of a rundown mansion, Joe Gillis (Holden) gets curious and pokes around. He discovers Norma Desmond (Swanson) has been living there for years following her demise in the movie industry.

Desperate for work and money, Joe agrees to stay with Norma and write a script that will get her back into show business. But his optimism quickly deteriarates as he realizes that the old woman is beyond repair. Living in seclution and without anyone but her butler, Norma has become delusional. The only thing keeping her from ending it all is the hope that she will one day be relevant again in Hollywood.

Despite being more than 60 years old, Sunset Boulevard remains the best film about Hollywood ever made. At times thrilling and at others satirical, the film never crosses the line into melodrama. The film works as a noir, a black comedy and a drama.

It’s also timeless. Open any Hollywood magazine or watch a celebrity reality show today and you’ll see people struggling to hold onto some sort of social status in Tinseltown. Everything in Sunset Boulevard is as relevant today as it was in 1950. Will we be able to say that about the movies of today in 60 years?

Angry man shoots golfer who hit his house

Golf is known as a gentleman’s game. Players are expected to dress appropriately (Unless you’re John Daly), follow the meticulous rules of the game and be honest when you break one, and act in a respectful manner when your fellow player is in the middle of the fairway or a put. But what about all the people who decide to live on a golf course? Are they expected to be gentlemanly? Jeff Fleming doesn’t think so.

Fleming, 53, of Reno, is accused of opening fire on a pair of golfers, hitting one man who was treated at a hospital and released. The reason for Fleming’s rage; an errant ball that landed someplace it wasn’t supposed to.

Jeff Fleming

Police say he opened fire at the 16th hole of Reno’s Lakeridge Golf Course after one of the golfers shattered a window of his house with a ball. Fleming had a verbal argument with the golfers before deciding to follow harsh language with a shotgun. Upon hitting one of the men, Fleming fled to a local attorney’s office where he was later arrested and charged with suspicion of battery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Here’s my two cents. You live on a golf course! Isn’t being hit with a few golf balls every year part of the deal? For every professional who hits it right down the middle there’s a middle-aged banker who shanks it left. Fleming no doubt has “Golf Ball” insurance so the window will be paid for, but when you get a few angry white guys dressed in plaid on a golf course, things can escalate.

After Fleming is shown the full judicial process, the judge should order him to shag golf balls at the driving range. That’ll teach him. Oh! Maybe that’s a bad idea. It might enrage him even more until he turns into William Foster from Falling Down. Never mind. Bad idea.


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