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The Linfield football team ground down the Pacific University Boxers with touchdowns on offense and special teams to cruise to a 49-6 victory Oct. 15 in Forest Grove, Ore.
The ’Cats kept the Boxers out of the end zone for the first time all season while limiting them to 228 yards of offense, including -five yards rushing. Despite this, Pacific was able to stay competitive through the first two quarters due to Linfield penalties and mental mistakes. The ’Cats piled up 10 penalties for 96 yards, both season highs.
Junior quarterback Mickey Inns got the scoring started on a 14-yard touchdown strike to junior receiver Lucas Jepson early in the first quarter. Pacific answered right back with a 37-yard field goal that was set up by a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Wildcats to make the score 7-3. Special teams took over the game for the rest of the quarter, with sophomore safety Colin Foreman returning a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown and senior safety Drew Fisher blocking a punt and recovering it for a score, setting a 21-3 margin after one quarter.
“Special teams played a huge role,” Fisher said in an email. “They scored twice and provided good field position all day.”
Pacific converted again on its drive to open the second period, helped by four more Linfield penalties. A 22-yard field goal pulled the Boxers within 21-6, but Pacific did not score again for the remainder of the game. Inns tossed his second of three touchdown passes for four yards to senior receiver Buddy Saxon, widening the lead to 28-6. An interception by Fisher wiped out a Pacific drive and kept the score the same at the half.
“Even though we won by a sizable margin, we just didn’t play the game in an emotionally involved way,” sophomore tight end Jacob Priester said in an email.
The Linfield starters remained in for the third quarter to put away the Boxers. Inns fired his deepest touchdown pass of the season, a 65-yard catch-and-run to Jepson, to increase the score to 35-6. On a later drive, four consecutive passes into the end zone fell short, two of them on dropped balls by the receiver. Fisher said these mental mistakes must be eliminated for the team to succeed in the second half of the season.
“We have a lot of work and improvement to do if we want to get to where we want to,” Fisher said in an email. “We need to work on tackling, knocking balls down, intercepting passes, causing fumbles, knowing our assignments better and playing with enthusiasm and passion.”
Linfield’s defense continued to shut down Pacific while backup quarterback sophomore Josh Yoder ran in a score from four yards to cushion the lead further. Third-string quarterback freshman Matt Yarbrough capped the game’s scoring with a 24-yard pass to freshman receiver Colin Nelson. On defense, the ’Cats finished with five sacks for 46 yards and 25 tackles for a loss that added up to 72 yards. The victory assured Linfield a winning season, preserving and extending “The Streak” to 56 consecutive seasons. Fisher said, however, that the team still has a long way to go before reaching its potential.
“The outcome was of course a solid margin of victory,” Fisher said in an email, “But we don’t feel as a team we played to our potential and ability.”
The ’Cats will next face Pacific Lutheran University at home at Maxwell Field on Oct. 22. The Lutes are 4-1 on the season and undefeated at 2-0 in NWC play, and will seek to challenge Linfield’s bid for a third consecutive conference championship. According to Priester, the game against Pacific may have sent an important message to the team about what it will take to succeed in the post-season.
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It’s been a busy fall semester for me, so I haven’t been able to make it to many movies at the theater. To make up for it, I wanted to put together a Top-5 list of movies coming up in the next few months. Here is my best of the rest, the Top-5 Movies Still to Come Out in 2011.
#5—“ Dangerous Method”
“A Dangerous Method” stars Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. It’s the strange story of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and the birth of psychoanalysis. It looks like an edgy, powerful film. I’ve always thought Freud was kind of a weird guy, and I was hesitant about including this in the Top-5. It has a good cast and an interesting story, so I hope it doesn’t disappoint. Expected release date: Nov. 23.
“Carnage” stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. It tells the story of two sets of parents who get together for a meeting to discuss a brawl between their two sons. It looks like the entire movie will be set in one scene, a home of one of the families, which always makes for an interesting movie. These types of movies are either hit or miss for me, but “Carnage” looks to me like it’ll be a hit. Expected release date: Dec. 16.
#3—”Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”
“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. Ethan Hunt and his team are back in action, this time to clear their names after they’re blamed for a bombing. Seriously, who isn’t a fan of the “Mission Impossible” movies? Even the second is enjoyable during some points. The third installment revived the franchise, and the fourth one looks to be the best yet. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, I strongly recommend taking a visit to haydensmovies.com! Expected release date: Dec. 21.
#2—”Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and many others. It’s a Cold War story about an agent who is asked to come out of retirement to help find a Soviet mole in the agency. It was hard for me not to put this as my #1, but I know that this will be a great movie. It has an outstanding cast and a gripping story. I hope this ends up being a box office success and rakes in some trophies come award season! Expected release date: Dec. 9.
“J. Edgar” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts. It appears to be the entire life story of J. Edgar Hoover. It is directed by Clint Eastwood, so I know it’ll be solid. And it seems like anything that DiCaprio touches ends up being pure cinematic brilliance. I don’t think it’ll have any over the top action, but it should be an outstanding film with incredible depth. Is it too early to say Oscar-worthy? Expected release date: Nov. 9.
Honorable Mention: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Anonymous,” “The Descendants,” “Immortals,” “The Sitter,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “We Bought a Zoo, and In Time.”
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The smooth acoustic vibes of Tyler Stenson that filled the air this summer, opening for famed rocker Chris Isaak at the Oregon Zoo, will now be filling the radio waves of KSLC.
Born in Lander, Wyo., but raised in Oregon, this bold singer/songwriter mixes acoustic melodies, similar to Jack Johnson, with authentic folk-style lyrics like that of a western Bob Dylan.
Deriving influences from his humble roots in the Beaver State, Stenson’s album, Bittersweet Parade, provides tracks of wholesome, inspiring music that begs listeners to find themselves within his words.
Stenson’s early career saw him as the front man/songwriter for the bands Lander and Rhetoric Tuesday in the early 2000s. Filling beer-soaked bars proved to not be enough for the artist and he pursued a solo career in Portland by 2007.
His authentic music has been well received around the Portland-Metro area ever since Stenson was honored as “Best Male Artist” at the 2011 Portland Music Awards.
The opening track, “Welcome the Change,” personifies the artist’s philosophy of constant growth as a human to better understand oneself. The track sets up the motivating, feel-good music that comprises the rest of the album with clean acoustic guitars providing the only instruments used in the song. The simplicity of this song seems to illuminate Stenson’s words as great Western poetry that is well-received in the Pacific Northwest.
A track title “A Great Man’s Funeral” gives even more support to Stenson’s ability to combine humble music with fantastic lyrics that tell a story that draws the listener in. The use of more Country-style instruments (lap steel-guitars, fiddles, etc.) shows the diversity and reach of Stenson’s music and his capabilities of becoming a prominent music figure even beyond his homeland of the Northwest.
“Push That River” is a slow moving ballad that may be the best example of Stenson’s “Poetry to Music” style that makes him so appealing. His acoustic riff throughout the song gives a soothing flow to the track and lets his words come through to the listener in clear fashion. An echoing steel-guitar in the background adds depth in a modest way that perfectly fits the style of the song.
In an industry in which authenticity is hit or miss, Stenson gives his followers musical motivation to “welcome change” and never forget to find the good within the world.
His music can be found on iTunes as well as www.tylerstenson.com, and is definitely worth a listen or two.
Look for Stenson’s tracks to hit the KSLC rotation with great potential for staying-power.
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Linfield hosted the free performance of actor Timothy Mooney’s one-man production, “Lot o’ Shakespeare” on Oct. 14 in the Marshall Theatre. The performance itself
included Mooney performing already memorized Shakespearean monologues chosen at random from a bingo cage.
The audience was able to engage with Mooney as they each had their own bingo cards, which were referred to as “iago” cards in reference to Shakespeare. Those who achieved an “iago” were given prizes, such as a t-shirt, tickets for Linfield’s upcoming production of the “5th of July,” and even Mooney’s own book, “Speed of Life.”
Mooney attracted so many people that the Marshall Theater received a full house, even after bringing in extra seats. They had to start turning people away.
“I was amazed at the memorization,” freshman Cody Meadows said after the event.
Mooney memorized 44 different monologues, some of which being Shakespeare’s most famous works, such as Macbeth, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.
Meadows said some of his favorite scenes were Henry V and Macbeth.
“He made it work,” Meadows said.
Mooney was able to perform every monologue perfectly, which the audience could see due to the set up of a projection of the monologues with the words on the wall, so the audience was able to follow along while he performed.
In addition to this performance, Mooney also held a theater workshop earlier in the day where he gave lessons on acting.
Mooney described to the class that the most important thing about acting was simply to be seen and to be heard.
Overall, Mooney’s performance was widely appreciated by the audience.
“He owned the stage,” Meadows said.
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Students were kept laughing all night by a guest comedian Oct. 15 in Ice Auditorium.
Myq Kaplan had a joke for just about everything and didn’t hold back, even cracking a few jokes about audience members.
Kaplan was definitely a good pick for a young adult audience.
He told several raunchy jokes that got the whole crowd laughing, covering everything from gay to incredibly sexual jokes.
“This guy was hilarious. I loved that all his jokes related to each other in some way. He had an awkward presence but that just made him even more hilarious,” freshman Caitlynn Fahlgren said.
“He was so funny. I seriously laughed the entire time. I loved that he had a joke about absolutely everything. His level of inappropriateness wasn’t too far, but just far enough. He was really engaging with his audience. He kept making fun of one guy for his laugh and me for being late,” said freshman Laura Lichti.
Even after his performance, Kaplan kept cracking jokes.
During my interview with him he referred to me as “the Socrates of journalism” because I’m aware that I have a lot to learn, but still tried to fake being the best writer out there.
“I really liked Linfield. Most of the people here seemed really into the show and looked like they were happy to be here,” said Kaplan.
Kaplan is a 2010 Last Comic Standing finalist and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central Presents, and The Late, Late Show with Craig Fergusen.
He tours the country regularly, and has preformed at more than 1,000 destinations
His CD, Vegan Mind Meld, was one of iTunes top best-selling comedy albums in 2010.
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