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The Dam Links 1/28/2014: Super Bowl Week

This is where we would celebrate any Beavers playing in the Super Bowl, but there aren't any, so instead you get a picture of Brandon Browner.

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Yes, I'm aware Brandon Browner's not on the Active Roster for the Super Bowl, and is, in fact, probably never going to play on the Seahawks again.  But he's the closest thing the Beavers have to a participant in this year's game as he is still a Seahawk, and frankly, it gives me an excuse to post a Seahawk uniform on a Beaver blog.

I realize that many of you don't care about the Super Bowl other than for betting purposes.  Or maybe you hate Peyton Manning, Pete Carroll, or Richard Sherman.  I am not one of those people.  The first game I can specifically recall rooting for the Seahawks was the 1984 AFC Championship game, when they were only two wins away from winning a Super Bowl.  That was two weeks shy of my ninth birthday.  Thirty years later, I'm still waiting for that second win.  I've been looking forward to a Seahawk Super Bowl win my whole life, and I'm not sure what will happen if they do win.  I'm right on the edge, I don't know what comes next.

17 days until first pitch...

214 days until kickoff vs. Portland State...

The Pac-12 blog is counting down the Top 25 players in the Pac-12.   Two Beavers have made it so far:  Sean Mannion is at #21, and Scott Crichton at #19.  That's a little higher than I expected for Mannion, and lower than I expected for Crichton.  As of this writing, they're only up to #15, and at their pace of two a day, I expect to see one more Beaver, probably not until early next week.

The Pac-12 blog also ranks Rashaad Reynolds as having one of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 this year, against Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.  Reynolds had a good East-West Shrine game, and was the West's leading tackler with 3.5 tackles, despite not being in the starting lineup.

Finally, the Pac-12 Blog considers how the teams in the Pac-12 North are going to replace their early entries.

The Danny Langsdorf move to the New York Giants' quarterbacks coach position is official.

The Beavers may not have anyone playing in the Super Bowl, but Johnny Hekker did play in the Pro Bowl for Team Rice.  He had four punts, averaging 49 yards, and his orange Nike clad Team Rice beat the green Nike clad Team Sanders by a score of 22-21.

Despite the Beavers' loss to Washington last weekend, the team is still seeing improvements, and Devon Collier is back to feeling like his old self.

The 2014 OSU Baseball media guide is now available.

Baseball opened practices late last week;  included in that article are pictures of the Beavers' new orange and white uniforms for the 2014 season.

As Andy reported yesterday, Baseball America has released their preseason Top 25, and Oregon State comes in at #2, and Perfect Game's Preseason Top 25 has been released as well.  The Beavers are at #3 in that poll, behind Virginia and Cal State Fullerton.  UCLA at #8, Oregon at #9, and Arizona State at #18 round out the Pac-12 teams.  Which brings me to a question -- why can't we get a weekend series with Fullerton?  The Beavers and Titans have only ever played five times -- twice in 1972, once in Omaha in 2007, and two other single games in that spam.  You'd think it would behoove both of these teams to make a home-and-home series happen.

Baseball America also has mini-capsules for each of their Top 5 teams.  They've got Trever Morrison (FR, SS) and Michael Howard (JR, DH) projected as starters amongst newcomers.  Hopefully, Howard is more productive than Jared Casper was last year.

The womens' basketball team picked up a sweep over the weekend of the Washington schools.  That moves the Lady Beavers to 12-8 overall, 4-4 in conference, with a fantastic 8-1 home record.  With six of their last ten games at home, at least some form of post-season participation seems like a reasonable goal at this point.

The wrestling team lost a close home match to sixth-ranked Oklahoma, 20-18, last Saturday.  That was the last home dual meet of the season.  Three more dual meets and a tournament await before the Pac-12 Championships in Stanford in early March.

The gymnastics team won their first home meet of the season, defeating Iowa State last Saturday.  The win was the 318th of head coach Tanya Chaplin's career, setting a new school record.

You might recognize the following play, but you probably will recognize the sound from something else entirely.

As always, vote in the poll below, and if I missed anything, leave it in the comments.