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Top 25 most influential people in Sports
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Most Influential list by John Conzano (Number 24)
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List of the Top 25 most influential people
in Oregon sports
1. Tom Potter (NR): Portland mayor, 64, has big-time clout when it comes to the Major League Baseball in Portland and goes down as the go-to guy for all parties in the Trail Blazers ownership saga. Potter's influence extends to city-owned PGE Park, Portland International Raceway and other popular venues.
2. Phil Knight (1): Nike founder, 68, has a net worth of $6.9 billion, buying him huge influence. Donated more than half of the $90 million needed to expand Autzen Stadium. Knight is now the pivotal player in the University of Oregon's basketball arena project.
3. Paul Allen (2): The 53-year-old Trail Blazers owner controls the only major league professional sports franchise in the state. Allen is the sixth-richest man in the world.
4. Mike Bellotti (7): University of Oregon football coach, 55, has a contract that guarantees him a percentage of the Ducks' season-ticket sales revenue. The team's Holiday Bowl appearance last season locks up his status as the state's most influential coach.
5. Nate McMillan (15): The Blazers coach is in year two of a $27.5 million contract and commands enough juice to remain his own man, even with the franchise future cloudy. He's also an assistant for USA Basketball's top team.
6. Tom Jernstedt (3): Native Oregonian and NCAA executive vice president holds two degrees from UO. He negotiated the NCAA's $6 billion television contract, runs the men's basketball tournament, and is a board member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
7. Mike Scanlon (NR): Rose Garden Arena general manager has made the venue profitable and attractive to a potential buyer. Scanlon proved his clout by engineering a successful bid to host the 2009 men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.
8. Bob De Carolis (5): The Oregon State athletic director, 53, spearheaded the $80 million "Raising Reser" stadium-expansion project and successfully fought off Notre Dame for baseball coach Pat Casey's services.
9. Pat Casey (23): The OSU baseball coach led the Beavers to the College World Series national championship, increasing his in-state juice overnight.
10. Steve Patterson (10): The Blazers president, 48, enters the final year of his contract holding the "interim general manager" title. He also sits on the board of directors at OHSU.
11. Mike Riley (8): The Oregon State football coach, 53, saw his consecutive bowl-game streak snapped with a 5-6 record in 2005.
12. Bill Moos (11): The -UO athletic director, 55, has an icy relationship with top booster Knight. His legacy now rests with a shaky basketball arena project.
13. Jay John (16): The OSU basketball coach, 48, needs to break the school's 16-year NCAA Tournament drought to increase clout.
14. Vin Lananna (NR): The UO director of track and field has Knight's backing and is rumored to be the frontrunner to someday replace Moos as athletic director.
15. Garrett Smith (NR): The University of Portland women's soccer coach led the program to a national championship in 2005.
16. Joey Harrington (14): The former Ducks quarterback now with the Miami Dolphins is so popular in Oregon that he should run for governor.
17. Larry Williams (NR): The University of Portland athletic director is full of bold moves, including claiming TV rights for the Gonzaga-UP basketball game and hiring men's basketball coach Eric Reveno.
18. Martell Webster (NR): The Blazers guard quickly emerging as the authentic, talented young face of the franchise. He led the team in "Read to Achieve" appearances.
19. Angela Batinovich (NR): The Portland LumberJax majority shareholder and managing partner, 24, became the youngest owner in pro sports last year. She's also a member of the Portland YWCA Board of Directors.
20. Kevin Pritchard (NR): The Blazers' player personnel director engineered a draft-day frenzy that resulted in a league-record six trades. He's a leading candidate for the team's vacant general manager position.
21. Peter Jacobsen (18): Since 1988, Peter Jacobsen Productions has produced more than 250 events ranging from charity events to major national championships.
22. Kevin Love (NR): The Lake Oswego High School basketball player finds himself at the center of a fierce UCLA-North Carolina recruiting battle.
23. Ernie Kent (17): The UO men's basketball coach survived a dismal season, but didn't get his annual contract rollover from Moos. The Kent Watch begins in October.
24. LaVonda Wagner (25): The OSU women's basketball coach led the Beavers (16-15) to the National Invitation Tournament in her inaugural year at the helm.
25. Jennie Logsdon (NR): Owns and maintains a Web site (www.ifish.net) that helps organize and inform state anglers. The state fish and wildlife department visits the site to stay on top of things.
John Canzano: 503-294-5065; [email protected]; to read his Web log, go to www.oregonlive.com/canzano Catch him on the radio on "The Bald-Faced Truth," KFXX (1080), weekdays at 5:25 p.m.
2008 John Canzano's list:
The 25 most influential people in Oregon sports
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My 2008 rankings:
* (2007 rank in parentheses)
2. Phil Knight (2)
3. Paul Allen (3)
4. Kevin Pritchard (7)
5. Tod Leiweke (NR)
6. Pat Kilkenny (4)
7. Bob De Carolis (8)
8. Greg Oden (1)
9. Mike Bellotti (10)
10. Brandon Roy (12)
11. Larry Miller (14)
12. Mike Riley (11)
13. Nate McMillan (9)
14. Galen Rupp (17)
15. Merritt Paulson (23)
16. Ernie Kent (16)
17. Sarah Mensah (NR)
18. Darius Miles (NR)
19. Craig Robinson (NR)
20. Pat Casey (6)
21. Vin Lananna (13)
22. Jerry Glanville (15)
23. Ken Bone (NR)
24. Jennie Logsdon (25)
25. Sam Adams (NR)
8/31/2006 11:16:00 AM
By CASSANDRA PROFITA
You don't have to wait for the next Fish and Wildlife report to get the buzz on fishing at Buoy 10.
You don't have to be anywhere near the Columbia River, either.
Anglers throughout the region are getting the sport fishery "411" from Buoy 10 fishers themselves on a real-time message board online.
Though their data are not exactly scientific, "Ifishers" on www.ifish.net with names such as "Salmonator," "Tacklebuster," "Baitslinger" and "Fishful Thinking" are spreading the word on which spots are hot faster than the state agencies can compile statistics.
"We put out a weekly fishing report," said Curt Melcher, director of the Columbia River and marine resources program for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. "But some of these people are literally coming off the boat and posting as soon as they get in."
Either that, or they're posting right from the estuary using handheld devices equipped with satellite Internet and Global Positioning Systems, said Jennie Logsdon-Martin, creator of the Ifish site. You can even find videos of anglers reeling in their catches in live reports, she said.
Logsdon-Martin launched the Ifish site nine years ago while living in Astoria. Her first year she had 20 registered members, the second year she had 50 and by the third year there were around 200 members.
Now Logsdon-Martin oversees a 10,000-member community from her home in Tillamook. Together, the tech-savvy sport fishers are challenging the traditional approach to fishing Buoy 10, the salmon fishery open from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Tom Neill, who has been a fisheries biologist with the ODFW in Astoria for six years, said more anglers are now consulting online reports before they venture out into the Buoy 10 fishery.
"It used to be people would arrange a vacation around it and come down the third week in August or Labor Day and whatever fishing there was, they did it," said Neill. "Anymore, people are waiting to hear something on Ifish."
With the high cost of fuel, online information is helping anglers decide whether it's worth driving to Astoria to test the waters, said John North, Columbia River and ocean salmon manager at ODFW.
"We're seeing all of our fisheries become more advanced," he said. "They don't just come down to see if the fishing is good. They check it out first. You didn't have that two years ago."
Responding to the interest in up-to-the-minute fish data, last week ODFW began posting catch rates on its Web site at the end of each Buoy 10 fishing day. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has links to Web cameras on the north and south end of the Astoria Bridge and outside the Columbia River Maritime Museum so fishers can take a peek at weather conditions and maybe even watch an angler reel in a fish.
Logsdon-Martin said as more people have joined Ifish, anglers generally share fewer intimate details of their favorite fishing holes with the entire crowd - except when it comes to Buoy 10.
"Buoy 10 isn't a secret," said Logsdon-Martin. "There's enough room there for everybody, so you can talk about it. It's wide open."
A search for "Buoy 10" on the site pulls up 200 entries, with titles such as "Do I need a new rod for Buoy 10?" and "Buoy 10 opens tomorrow - who's going?"
Starting July 28, postings full of anticipation, excitement, doubt and disappointment fill the message board.
"Oh boy, is the fishing gonna be good!" says one optimistic Ifisher.
"Stay away and brush up on late season golf," recommends another.
Early in the month, when the fishery was slow, the board was packed with dismal reports.
"I fished the river from above Megler (Astoria) Bridge to the church on the Washington side today," one said Aug. 11. "Two rods, four hours of fishing yielded ... nothing, zip, zero, zilch, nada. Did not see or hear of a fish caught on the river."
As the days drew on, though, the outlook improved.
On Aug. 17, one posting included a photo of a man with two fish reaching nearly to the ground from his outstretched hands. Another offered further encouragement: "A co-worker of mine has a friend that's been nailing the chinook on the straits," it said.
By the end of the day, excitement resounded.
"Heads up, boys," one Ifisher wrote. "They're headed your way."
"What happened to our fish and who or what is responsible?" one posting read last Friday.
Posters have shared theories on what could be happening to deter the fish from biting at Buoy 10.
One ruled out the possibility of salmon filling up on bait fish before they could feast on angler's lures.
"I have had very good days fishing down there when even more bait fish was present," the posting said.
Another agreed, saying when he checked the "belly contents" of his salmon he found no bait fish.
Many of the Ifishers who posted last week were circling around the same conclusion fish and wildlife officials found in their data.
Biologists have found chinook are not feeding at the mouth of the Columbia but are biting later in their run on the lower Columbia, which has been dragging the Buoy 10 catch rates down over the past two weeks.
Several Ifisher theories paralleled those findings.
"Those big fish are out there across the bar," one posting said. "You just have to work a little harder than normal. They are not feeding in the river."
Logsdon-Martin said collectively Ifishers give a good sense for the state of the Buoy 10 fishery "even if they don't tell the absolute truth." The site also includes links to fishing resources and data on the tides, wind patterns and weather, for those looking for hard facts.
Some veteran Ifishers such as David Jackson, an Astoria resident, have been recruited to help Logsdon-Martin monitor the discussions, respond to inquiries and remove inappropriate conversations or arguments from the site.
"They are a godsend," Logsdon-Martin said of her volunteers. "I have two baby boys personally. With the site it's like I now have 10,000."
Jackson said he volunteered to be a moderator nine months ago after "Ifishing" for years.
"I felt it would be a great way to give back to the site, which has given me so much information and entertainment," he said.
He said the occasional gifts of Tillamook County jerky he and other volunteers receive from Logsdon-Martin are "more than payment enough."
It doesn't hurt that he's usually among the first to know when there's an open seat on an outgoing boat.
"When I have a morning to burn, I may just take advantage of that generosity," he said. "That's one of the cool things about Ifish. It brings people with a common love together."
The conclusion never got printed...
but in the end, they found me disabled, and I have kept my health insurance.
A Bill Monroe Column about fishing and ifish.net
American Profile "Angling For Life"