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Happy last day of summer!

Head first

Football gameday

tra sou football AUGUST FORREST III

Tra Forrest with the QB strip

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football @Tra_MF_Forrest

As mentioned last week, the Raiders 0-3 start does not mean postseason hopes are over. Although SOU isn’t ranked in the coaches’ poll, Massey moved the Raiders up in their rankings to #16 after the narrow loss on the road to #4 College of Idaho. Massey gives the Raiders at least a 42% chance (individually, not in total) of winning their remaining regular season games despite the 0-3 start.

For today’s game, even though it’s at Montana Tech who beat Eastern Oregon easily on the road, Massey favors SOU by 1 point. A win will go a long way to righting the ship and propelling the Raiders onward and upward as they begin an easier portion of their schedule–the hardest schedule in the NAIA according to Massey.

More details on today’s game here.

Happy birthday, Elliott Cook!

Incoming Kill

@SOURaiders @RaiderVB @elli_cook

Crater Lake Chipmunk

Crater Lake Chipmunk

During my ride around Crater Lake last Saturday I pulled over to take a photo of the lake, and this little one came scampering up the side of the caldera, seemingly for the sole reason of getting its picture taken.

Ride the Rim (of Crater Lake)

33+ mile bike ride around Crater Lake

@CraterLakeNPS

I once tried to ride around Crater Lake on my bike. It didn’t go well.

Fast forward many years to yesterday. I heard they were closing the road to vehicles on two Saturdays this year. Maybe this has happened in recent years as well. In any event, I did it!

Anyway, let me share a few observations for those of you doing it on September 21, 2019 or in future years…

Get there early! Before 8 is good; before 7 is even better. When I left Crater Lake for home at 11 something after finishing my ride the car traffic was crazy. People were circling forever and not finding places to park their cars. In addition, the roads may not have cars on them, but do you really want to ride around the lake when the roads are crammed with bikes? The ride was very pleasant, congestion wise, between 7 and 9. Things got a little crowded after that and seemed to be getting very crowded about the time I finished. Besides the crowd size issue, the lake looks fairly different between 7 and 11 a.m. with the sunrise but not so different between, say, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Bring gloves and a face shield. The shield will help with the temperature and wind chill–especially before 9 a.m.–and it will also keep the bugs from entering your mouth and nose at 20+ MPH.

There is plenty of water at the five rest stations so you don’t need to carry too much. I brought three bottles which was two too many.

The ride is over 33 miles (not including Cloudcap) and includes a ton of elevation. Basically, there are no flat spots. You are either climbing or coasting downhill. Therefore, you will want to do some training to make sure you can ride uphill for at least 15 miles.

Cloudcap viewpoint adds an extra mile or two and is a big climb. Feel free to skip it unless you want the extra workout. I did it only because I didn’t realize I could skip it, and the bikes in front of me were heading that way.

You can go in either direction. West Rim Drive (not closed to autos) is best done early, IMO, before the car traffic arrives so if you park at the lodge or visitor’s center a clockwise direction is advised.

I would love to do this again, earlier in the year, when there is still some snow on things. It would be nice if they closed the roads to autos as soon as they open the East Rim Drive some year. I suppose a flexible date, based on the weather, would make planning more difficult though.

Raiders vs. Yotes

sou football addison whitham

Addison Whitham

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football @AddisonWhitham

Details about today’s game can be found here.

A few things…

I’ve heard people talk about how the Raiders season is already over after losing their first couple games. Not true. The Sacramento State game means next to nothing–especially considering how well Sac State fared against Arizona State last weekend.

Southern Oregon has had problems with Eastern Oregon at home over the last several years. Last Saturday wasn’t an exception. SOU lost to EOU at home in 2014 too, and look how that season turned out for the Raiders.

Massey has the Raiders as 7-point underdogs at College of Idaho. However, if the Raiders win (and Massey gives Southern Oregon a 32% chance of doing so), they will possibly be in a tie for first place in the conference. Even if they lose, SOU still gets to face Eastern Oregon again (at a venue they have done very well at) and College of Idaho at home to make amends for the early losses.

In summary, the season is far from over–regardless of what happens today, and a win today can quickly move them back into pole position.

Football in Ashland today

sou football michael chisley

Michael Chisley

@SOURaiders @SOU_Football #NAIAFootball

SOU football set for home opener

Hornet Stadium

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The Raiders open their Frontier Conference season in Ashland on Saturday at 1 against Eastern Oregon University. Massey has favored the Raiders to win by 10 points. (BTW, Massey gave the Raiders just a 4% chance of beating Sac State last weekend, where today’s photo was taken, but gives SOU a 75% chance of victory this week.)

Volleyball in Ashland tonight

sou volleyball myla norvell

Myla Norvell

@SOURaiders @RaiderVB @MylaNorvell

7 p.m. start time against 7-3 Oregon Tech. This will be the first conference match of the season.

Happy birthday, Julia Delucchi!

Sprint

@julia_delucchi

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