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Banner Tuesday Propels 2017 Class Forward

A trio of 3-Stars provided OSU’s 2017 recruiting class a much-needed boost Tuesday.

David Morris, a LB from Sherwood, verbally committed to the Beavers early that morning, followed by Illinois OL Fabian Kratz in late afternoon. Kolby Taylor, a WR out of Beaver-friendly Chandler High in Arizona, pledged to OSU that evening to cap off a banner day for Gary Andersen and Co.

Their commitments increased OSU’s class to six so far, by far the most the program has secured before June 1. But beyond the numbers and rankings, the three signings gives Beaver Nation something to cheer about, especially in wake of Derrick Bruce leaving the hoops teams, 2017 commitment Xavier Davis getting in trouble, and the baseball team being snubbed from the NCAA tournament.

Morris is a stud who could push for playing time sooner rather than later. Plus, to beat out Cal and WSU for his services is a coup for the coaching staff. Morris also appears to be a standout person who I could see becoming a leader down the road for the Beavers. He’s arguably the second best defensive prospect this year in the state. Landing him is the first step toward Andersen’s goal of keeping in-state talent at home.

The Beavers have known about Taylor for awhile, due to the Chandler pipeline. And while he was overshadowed last season due to the likes of Chase Lucas, some say Taylor might be more polished and has greater upside. He’s also a high-character kid. At first glance, he reminds me of Sammie Stroughter. Not a burner, but can create in space after the catch for big gains. Also, he’s a returner like Stroughter was. I don’t think any Beavers fans would complain about having another Stroughter-type player!

Kratz is more of a wildcard. He’s only been playing football for a year. He’s got the size and mean streak to succeed. But he will need to work on his technique. I think it’s safe to say that he’s a project and should redshirt, with the hope being he could be starter his junior or senior years. The main thing is the Beavers need OL badly in this class, and if they can land some of their bigger targets, Kratz will be a nice piece, at the very least for depth.

It’s early, there’s a lot of work remaining, and it’s not over til LOI day (sometimes, even after that point), but Tuesday marked a huge step forward for the Beavers in recruiting and building for the future. Remember that, as the Beavers embark on what could be another tough season. Sometimes, it’s really about baby steps.

Go Beavs! (RW)

When it Rains, it Pours, Right?

Sorry for the cliche, but after today’s news that Derrick Bruce is transferring, is there a better way to describe how OSU hoops fans must be feeling right now? After all, it comes right on the heels of the announcement that Tres Tinkle will need surgery on his injured foot.

Losing Bruce is a huge blow for the Beavers, as he came on strong at the end of last season, In his last four games, he averaged nearly 15 points a game, while hitting 10 of 20 thee-point attempts. It was a pleasant surprise, as in limited minutes earlier in the year, he had displayed great handles and speed, but not much offensively.

And after his 25-point outburst in just 31 minutes against Cal on March 10, in which he showed off a nice mid-range game as well, I began thinking that Bruce’s upside was greater than Stevie Thompson, because of his length and speed. In fact, he was my pick to lead the Beavers in scoring in 2016-17.

But Bruce leaves a bigger void than just his scoring. His departure really hurts the Beavers because it leaves them without a true point guard. His speed and ball-handling skills enables him to break presses, penetrate lanes and dish off, and all that jazz. He was by far the Beavers’ best returning ball-hander and facilitator. Now who is it? Thompson Jr? Malcolm Duvivier?

Those two are going to have to step up, especially early this season while highly-touted freshman JaQuori McLaughlin adapts to D1 basketball. And for Duvivier, Bruce transferring presents him with a great opportunity to put last year’s up-and-down season behind him and shine as a senior. Thompson has good handles, but I’d rather he focus on shooting. However, all bets are off if McLaughlin isn’t able to be a primary ball handler this season.

Here’s my predicted starting lineup now that Bruce is gone (and assuming Tinkle is healthy):

W- Duvivier
W – Thompson
W – McLaughlin
F – Tinkle
C – Drew Eubanks

With the Beavers now having three open scholarships, you have to wonder if Coach Tinkle will use one of them on a point guard. Or if he waits. Speaking of which, recruiting has been quiet of late, which is frustrating because the Beavers could really use an established post player. Especially in wake of fact that incoming PF Ben Kone is recovering from a major injury and may have to redshirt.

Whew, all of this is a lot to swallow right now. Or should I say deflect with an umbrella. But the good news is the Beavers have the coaching and enough talent to keep building on last year’s success. It just might be a little bit of a bumpier road. Here’s hoping Tinkle’s recovery from surgery goes well, as that would go a long ways toward taking some of the damper off this offseason.

Go Beavs! (RW)

Spring Game Thoughts

Sorry for the delay with this post. Then again, you always have to take Spring Ball with a grain of salt, and the Spring Game is no exception. With so many key players sitting out and several potential defensive starters not arriving until fall, it’s important to not too read too much into what you saw Saturday. So, I thought I’d sum up my thoughts by answering the three questions I posed heading into the game about the Beavers.

1. Granted it was against a defense that has many questions, but Darrell Garretson looked solid, completing 21 of 32 passes for 263 yards and three TDs. Most impressive was his willingness to go downfield, something that the offense sorely lacked last season. He showed good touch on his two TDs to Jordan Villamin. That said, I would like to see him pushed into fall camp as well. If the Beavers want to surprise this season, the offense has to be way more consistent. The good news is Garretson looks like he will move the offense down the field with more variety. But again, it will be interesting to see how he fares against stronger defenses.

2. There’s been a lot of concern about the WRs lately, as it can be argued they were inconsistent last year, but there’s no denying that Villamin (4 catches, 108 yards) can be one of the Pac-12’s best if he gets the ball thrown his way. His two receptions were beauties. I also liked what I saw from Hunter Jarmon. I hope him getting looks (5 catches) carries into fall camp and the season because he’s good in space. Early enrollee Trevon Bradford showed some great athleticism and speed. He could be a Stroughter/Ja. Rodgers-type player down the road. But the star of the game was TE Noah Togiai, who hauled in seven balls for 107 yards. He could be the breakout star this season for the offense.

3. There’s still a lot to be settled defense-wise by the start of the season, but Treston DeCoud and Dwayne Williams did nothing on Saturday to make me think they shouldn’t start at the cornerback positions this season. Williams displayed great explosiveness on his 46-yard interception return for TD, Meanwhile, DeCoud broke up several passes. But I think Kendall Hill and Jay Irvine will get plenty of reps this season. Safety, however, could be up for grabs, and don’t forget, two 4-stars will arrive on campus in the fall. So this unit is still a work in progress.

All in all, I think I walked away from the Spring Game thinking that if the line can come together and Garretson adjusts well to Power 5 football, the offense could be markedly improved from a year ago. Maybe fall camp will provide more confirmation of my gut feeling. Of course, you never truly know until the real games are played. And who knows, maybe this week, other players will make a push and we will see them emerge in a few months.

Who stood out to you on Saturday? Go Beavs! (RW)

Will Spring Answer These 3 Questions For OSU?

It’s so hard to have expectations when it comes to Spring Ball. Because in the immortal words of a recently enshrined HOF basketball player:

“We’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice.”

And truer words have never been spoken. That said, here are five questions that I hope are answered by the end of Spring Ball next week.

Is Garretson the Guy? Did anyone raise an eyebrow when Darrell Garretson was named a team captain prior to Spring Ball and seemingly anointed starter? I thought it was strange considering Marcus McMaryion’s performance in last year’s Civil War. Should’ve helped his case more. But, from what I’ve seen and read, I am not so sure Garretson is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. So I have to wonder if the coaches will really be able to name a starter after Spring Ball, as they hoped to do. It seems to close to call at this point But in an ideal world, it would nice if one of the QBs distanced himself from the pack this Saturday and in the next week.

Are the WRs ready to Step Up?: Yes, you can make an argument that they didn’t have a reliable QB throwing to them most of last season, but any way you slice it, the Beavers WRs struggled last season. But the trio of Jordan Villamin, Victor Bolden, and Hunter Jarmon have the talent. And they will need to be better this season, because there’s youngsters already pushing them such as Trevon Bradford and eventually Seth Collins. Bradford and JUCO transfer Timmy Hernandez have been impressive this spring, and you can bet Andersen won’t hesitate to play them over more tenured players. It’s all about who can make the plays, and more importantly, be consistent. I am hoping the three returning starters will head into fall camp confident and ready to shine.

Who emerges in the secondary? There’s been some turnover, and last year injuries left this group resembling a game of musical chairs. And more recently, Justin Strong transferred. So there’s definitely spots up for grab. But who will end up with them? I’d say the only lock might be one of the corner spots by Treston DeCoud Hopefully, at least another spot will be settled in a few weeks, though. As giddy as I am about the talent arriving in the fall, my expectations are tempered by the fact that the learning curve will be steep no matter if you are a two-star or a four-star player. The good news is that there will be a lot of players to evaluate and choose from.

I have questions about the offensive line and linebackers too, but felt that they would be better asked during fall camp when the incoming freshmen and other JUCOs arrive. What were you hoping to see addressed this spring?

Go Beavs! (RW)

Collins’ Return is Good News For Beavs

Big news in Beaver Nation today! Worried about who would emerge as the Beavers’ big playmaker on offense this season? Never fear, a familiar face is back and is a prime candidate to fill that role.

Monday afternoon, Coach Andersen announced that Seth Collins is returning to the Beavers — strictly as a WR (for now…)! And guess what? I love this reunion. There’s no denying that Collins is one of the best athletes OSU has seen — he’s a threat every time he touches the ball.

And while I was never sold on him as a QB, I thought he could become a Slash (Kordell Stewart)-type for the Beavers. He showed off his ability to thrive in such a role in last year’s Civil War, scoring three touchdowns, and nearly making a highlight-reel catch for a TD as well.

But apparently, he was set on playing QB and shortly after the season ended, announced he was transferring to Northern Illinois, even going as far to sign a non-binding financial aid agreement with NIU. Life has a funny way of working out, though.

Collins, who was seen at several OSU practices this spring, had a change of heart, and Andersen and Co. were willing to take him back. Good on both sides to handle their decisions well. I sincerely hope Collins can put the ups and downs of last season behind him and move forward.

Because if he can truly embrace playing WR, the sky’s the limit for him. He’s got the athleticism, speed, and size to be a really good receiver. The biggest challenge for him will be getting routes down and developing his blocking skills. Remember, Collins is just a sophomore. He’s got plenty of time to hone his skills. And for him, staying with OSU in a Power-5 conference is the best move. If he can excel, I think he has a shot at the next level.

In the meantime, Collins provides OSU with a much-needed and proven playmaker. We know he can throw the deep ball, we know he can run very well, and we know he has the skill set to be a good receiver. So it’s exciting to think about Collins in a Slash-type roll for an entire season.

It’s too early to pencil Collins in as a starter since he’ll be playing catch up. But I bet he will push for playing time, and from all accounts, it sounds like OSU’s WR corps could use some healthy competition.

As someone who was critical of Collins last season, I humbly eat some crow and confess that I am excited to have him back as WR. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that Collins could be the difference between a few wins. And if you’ve read my doom and gloom posts, you know that’s saying something… So, welcome back Seth!

Go Beavs! (RW)

Orange & Black Bits Part 1

Editor’s Note: From time to time, we will run roundups of OSU-related odds and bits. These posts will contain quick thoughts on news that don’t warrant an entire blog post, or honestly, we don’t know enough about to write.

Women’s Hoops: Losing to UCONN didn’t hurt the Beavers too much in the eyes of the voters — they finished the season ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches’ Poll! It eclipses the program’s previous high of No. 6 prior to the NCAA Tournament. It’s the exclamation on a fantastic season and a springboard to next year. Also, this can only help in recruiting, hopefully, a lot with a certain prospect from California…

Football: Hey! We beat the Ducks at something finally. Jaydon Grant, son of former Blazers star Brian Grant, flipped from UO to the Beavers on Monday night. He’s a 6-2, 170 pound cornerback out of West Linn. While he’s walking on, if he has the heart, toughness, and determination that his father had, Jaydon will earn a scholarship quickly. He appears to be a good athlete and it must be noted last year was his only year playing high school football.

Baseball: Tough break losing ace Drew Rasmussen for the season, especially in a conference as loaded as the Pac-12. It appears Jake Thompson, Travis Eckert, and Luke Heimlich will make up the Beavers’ rotation. Eckert is coming off a Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week performance against UW during which he struck out a career-high nine batters in five innings. If the offense can step up and take pressure off, I think the Beavers can survive the loss of their ace.

Dam City Showcase: In my previous blog post, I lamented not feeling connected to the OSU football program. Saturday’s event in Hillsboro is a step in the right direction, combining a football scrimmage, BBQ, and OSU baseball game. Here’s all the details. Coach Andersen and several of his assistants are scheduled to speak during the BBQ. This event will also help engage Portland-Metro area fans more, hopefully.

Go Beavs!

Anyone feel Disconnected?

Beaver Nation was spoiled under former coaches Dennis Erickson and Mike Riley — when it came to access. Their open-practice policies allowed fans to watch the Beavers up close and personal just about every day. It was easy to feel connected to the program and even get to know the coaches and players on a certain level.

How many of you spent a sunny afternoon or 10 at Pothro Field taking in a practice back then? If you did, you likely remember the family-like atmosphere. Fans of all ages and backgrounds, from children to college students, enjoying the coaches and players working together on technique, plays, and chemistry.

That kind of access went a long way toward creating excitement around the program, even when it was apparent the season could be a long one. When you feel like a part of something, it helps you whether the highs and lows.

Allowing open practices made the Silver Fox and Riles rarities in their profession, as many coaches close them off to fans and even the media due to wanting to keep a tight lid on things, as well ease their rampant paranoia (OK, I am kind of kidding about that, or am I?). Count current OSU coach Gary Andersen as one of those coaches who closes practices.

It’s Andersen’s program and he can do as he sees fit, of course. And I totally get why he favors closing practices. These days it seems like everything ends up online and out there for everyone to see. And would you put it past the Yucks to implement a spy at open practices? 🙂 But I got to be honest, closed practices at OSU feels weird.

It’s perhaps one of the reasons there seems to be a lack of buzz or whatever you want to call it around OSU football. I can’t see Andersen and Co. opening more than an occasional Saturday practice, so I am curious to see how the program and Beaver Nation build that connection that fostered so much enthusiasm and goodwill in the past. Maybe it won’t ever be the same. Maybe that’s the price to pay for more wins.

And of course, winning solves everything… Go Beavs! (RW)

Reflecting on an Amazing Run

That tough loss to UCONN doesn’t take away from the fact that this was a heck of a season for the OSU women’s basketball team. Heck of a season is an understatement. It was really a magical one — 32 wins (school record), Pac-12 regular-season champs, Pac-12 Tournament winners, and a Final Four berth against arguably the most storied program in women’s sports.

Let all of that that sink in for a minute. And consider that Just six years ago, this program was in shambles in wake of the LaVonda Wagner era. Numerous players had transferred out, forcing first-year coach Scott Rueck to hold open tryouts.

And here the Beavers are now, coming off their third straight NCAA tournament appearance, cementing their status as one of the top teams not only in the Pac-12, but the nation. Sometimes, it seems so surreal. But make no mistake, the Beavers are here to stay under Rueck. He’s built a strong foundation and there’s nowhere to go but up.

Huge kudos to the amazing senior class of Jamie Weisner, Ruth Hamblin, Deven Hunter, and Samantha Siegner for all their hard work to build the framework and set the bar high for program for years to come. Each of them brought skill, toughness, leadership, teamwork, and heart to this team.

It was a treat watching Weisner blossom into one of the best players in the country, Hamblin develop into a defensive force, Hunter become a inside-out threat, and Siegner being a vital cog off the bench the past four years. They will be sorely missed next season, and that’s why there could be some growing pains next season as the Beavers adjust to life without this group.

But the future looks bright, even next year. Sydney Wiese should fill the scoring void left by Weisner. Katie McWilliams, who sank all three of her 3-point attempts against UCONN, can play PG, and allow Wiese to play more off the ball. Gabby Hanson will be the defensive stopper, a role she excelled in this season.

Post wise, Marie Gulich is only an inch shorter than Hamblin, and I think she is more athletic than Hamblin and has a lot of offensive upside. Defense will be the question. Who replaces Hunter is the biggest question for me… I’d love to see Kolbie Orum emerge. She’s a solid athlete and seems to be aggressive offensively. Tarea Green, a 6-4 post, will also be one to watch.

And then there’s the matter of that incoming recruiting class that features three ESPN Top-100 players in Mikayla Pivec (24), Katharine Tudor (57) and Madison Washington (91). While Weisner is irreplaceable, I can see Pivec playing a lot like Weisner did. And OSU is still in play for the No. 4 player in the country, Sabrina Ionescu. Of note is that her and Tudor are close. Landing her would be icing on the cake, and she’d probably be a Day 1 starter.

While Sunday didn’t end the way we’d hoped, let’s not get too down. Cherish the remarkable turnaround this program has made and celebrate the fact that the Oregon State Beavers now  are a team to be reckoned with… It’s a great time to Beaver! (RW)

5 Reasons to Get Excited for 2016

 

In wake of my previous “Boo Bird” post, Peter has been trying to amp me up for this season — which is a seemingly impossible task. After all, I looked at the schedule again today, and dang, it’s brutal, especially later in the season. But a college philosophy professor once stressed the importance of being charitable when attempting to make a point, so here’s five reasons I am looking forward to watching the Beavers this fall.

A Nall/Cook Punch. Ryan Nall seemingly has switched positions too many times to count in his short OSU career, but appears to be entrenched at running back in wake of his strong late season performance last season. He, combined with a healthy Tim Cook, could form a dynamic combination in the backfield, one that combines power and toughness. I’m also interested to see what Kyle White brings to the mix.

Linebacker Infusion. The loss of Rommel Maego hurts, and the Beavers could have all new starters at linebacker, but two incoming players give me hope, lots of it actually. Shemar Smith, who is participating in Spring Ball, and Andrzej Hughes-Murray, already have the the weights you like to see at OLB, and are two of OSU’s more impressive recruits. Add Wesley Payne to the mix, with returners such as Jonathan Willis, and the Beavers might not miss a beat and be much improved here.

A Home run Threat. It seems like it’s been awhile since the Beavers had a player who was a threat to take it to the house anytime he had the ball. Please forgive me because I have a gut feeling I am overlooking someone, but I am thinking Brandin Cooks was the last big-play threat. But guess what, I think Paul Lucas can be that guy for the Beavers this season. He’s got the speed, agility, and vision to be a serious threat. So I look forward to seeing what the receiver turned running back can do.

Collins’ Departure. Seth Collins is a freak athletic and was a huge playmaker for the Beavers last year, but I think the Beavers will be better without the drama that came with him — and that’s why I am not going to dive into it or speculate. I think Darell Garretson and Marcus McMaryion will benefit a lot from this change, and yes, I am not giving up on McMaryion. May the best QB win.

Nowhere to go but Up. I’ve mentioned this before, but a wise co-worker once told me that expectations are the first step toward disappointment. If you read my previous post, clearly, I am not too thrilled about the Beavers right now, but you know, having low expectations means i can celebrate the small victories more and not get too crushed about any crushing defeats.

So, there you have it. While I think the Beavers will be hard-pressed to double last year’s win total, there are several things I am looking forward to this season. Go Beavs! (RW)

Beaver Nation, What Gives?

Disclaimer: The following post contains sweeping generalizations that in no way represent Peter’s views. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this rant are solely Raju’s.

To say I look forward to OSU football season is an understatement.

Recruiting barely tides me over until Spring Ball, where I read every practice report I can get my eyes on. The summer months are excruciating, while I wait for my season tickets to arrive. Fall camp spikes my adrenaline levels, and then by Wednesday of game weeks, I am ball of frenzy for the weekend.

For me, heaven on Earth is a nice, crisp fall day at Reser Stadium with my friends and thousands of Orange and Black Faithful wildly cheering on the Beavers.

But for the first time since becoming a Beavers fan in 1992, I am not excited about OSU football. In fact, I am downright apathetic… To the point that I am seriously debating whether to renew my season tickets. What the hell is wrong with me?

Well, last year’s 2-10 performance doesn’t help. Neither does the coaching turnover. Or the reassigning of several current coaches. And what’s the deal with the all-over-the-place approach to recruiting QBs right now?

The biggest culprit when it comes to my boo-birdness, though, is none other than Beaver Nation.

When did so many fans become so unbearable? So quick to eat their own. So soon to dismiss the contributions of former coaches and players? And seriously, why all the disdain toward anything Mike Riley-related?

Look, I get it 100 percent that Riley and OSU both needed a change. Guess what? He made things easier by leaving on his own accord. Yes, he was too loyal to his assistants and recruiting had slipped under him in recent years. But damn, guys…

Riley’s highs far exceeded his lows. Don’t forget, OSU had the second most wins among Pac-12 teams from 2000-10, behind USC. More importantly, he ran a clean ship and represented the program, university, and community very well. Yet, reading message boards and listening to fan banter, you’d swear Mike Riley sucked at OSU, and not just a little, but majorly. Seriously?

Even worse, why are Beavers fans jumping all over players? As a journalist, my rule was to not criticize players, but that coaches are fair game because they get paid the big bucks. Would it kill fans to adopt a similar mindset? Especially considering that a large handful of them weren’t recruited by Gary Andersen and were adjusting to his style and schemes. Let’s see how Year 2 goes, even if wins are hard to come by.

What gets me the most about all this hand-wringing is how many fans are blindly worship the ground Andersen walks on — that he can do no wrong and any of his struggles can be blamed on Riley and Co. Umm, I’m sorry, did you see what I saw this past season? I saw a mess that I guarantee you wouldn’t have happened under Riley.

The real head-scratcher of the Andersen tenure? Hiring Gary Crowton midseason as a consultant, despite having a two highly-regarded offensive minds on staff already in Dave Baldwin and Kevin McGiven. What a slap in the face to Baldwin, considering Crowton hasn’t been relevant in years. Plus, he quit as Southern Utah’s OC to take the role at OSU. Weird.

And having essentially three OCs on staff didn’t prevent Andersen’s hand-picked quarterback from struggling and eventually losing his starting job, anyhow. I know Andersen is more of defensive guy for sure, but come on…

What’s that you say? This was a transition year. Bull crap. I don’t recall the Beavers stinking it up so bad when Dennis Erickson took over from Riley and vice versa. Hell, was Riley’s first year after taking over Jerry Pettibone as deflating as last season?

Think about this for a moment. If Andersen is as good as everyone is making him out to be, shouldn’t he have been able to coax a few more wins out of the Beavers, even if some of the players didn’t fit his schemes? Good coaches are able to win anywhere, right? Based on Andersen’s credentials alone, I think most fans expected at least 4-6 wins last season — not a complete reboot of the team halfway through.

And so, Beaver Nation I ask of you, what has Andersen done so far that makes your faith in him so steadfast and unwavering? See my points above the abysmal record year and this perplexing offseason. How does that make you want to proclaim him a savior?

Sure, Andersen talks the talk. But wins against two subpar teams don’t back those words well, no matter how you spin them. Yes, this year’s recruiting class is impressive on paper. However, recruiting is a crapshoot, especially when it comes to JUCO players. While OSU has enjoyed success with JUCOs (Chad Johnson, Keith Ellison, etc.), it’s also seen a lot of them not pan out too. Besides, they always say you can’t really evaluate a class until four or five years later.

Also, do you find it interesting that instead of letting coaches go this offseason, he decided to re-assign them? Isn’t that what we expect Riley to do? Hold onto coaches too long? Well, he fired his defensive line coach after one year and promptly made what looks to be a home run hire. Who is the alpha male now?

So, sorry, I don’t get all the love for Andersen right now. I hope he’s the guy, but at this point, I’ve adjusted my expectations. Before last season, I thought we could be competitive and bowl bound by 2017. Now, I am thinking that’s five years out. And part of me wonders if Andersen can get it done at OSU.

Let’s get real, Corvallis is never going to be a hot destination for blue-chippers. Also, while OSU is making strides in the facilities race, it still lags behind most of its Pac-12 peers. A renovated or new West Side is sorely needed, but I think it’s safe to wonder if that will ever become a reality. As a result, I believe it takes a special kind of coach to win here. Time will tell if that’s Andersen. In today’s instant gratification society, five years is an eternity…

I know my opinion is unpopular. How dare I not be all in? Why do I not see Andersen’s better than Riley in every way? What kind of Beavers fan am I? But am I really the only one that feels this way? I doubt it. If you take a hard enough look, there’s reason for skepticism, or at least concern.

Optimism is a great thing, but sometimes its OK to take off the orange-colored glasses. Try it sometime. You might find it easier to cherish the past, embrace the now, and look toward the future.

Go Beavs! (RW)