Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Go, OSU Beavers!! The Beaver football program has had some troubles lately with players getting arrested for trying to pay a cabbie with a bag of pot, beating up a man because his marriage was interracial, and other rather not-nice things. But I guess if a number of the OSU football players are going to get arrested, there might as well be some levity injected into the situation...

Corvallis, Ore. (AP)
An Oregon State football player had a stolen sheep in the bed of his pickup when he was pulled over for speeding last week, Benton County authorities said.

Defensive tackle Ben Siegert, 20, was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants after failing field sobriety tests. Ninety minutes after being pulled over, the 280-pound Siegert registered a .14 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath analyzer at the Benton County Jail, according to the sheriff's office. Oregon considers drivers with a .08 percent blood alcohol content to be drunk.

Siegert told the (Corvallis) Gazette-Times that he had nothing to do with the stolen ram.
"I don't know anything about that," he said. "I'm from a city. I don't know anything about sheep."

Benton County Undersheriff Diana Simpson disagreed, saying Siegert might have been "too intoxicated to remember."

The 200-pound ram lives at the university's Sheep Center, and is part of a study on homosexuality in sheep, said Sheep Center manager Tom Nichols.

"We have at least one prank a year where we have to go to a dormitory or a sorority house and pick up a ram or a lamb or a ewe," Nichols said. "It's one of those springtime pranks."

The deputy chose not to arrest anybody for taking the sheep.

Coach Mike Riley is still evaluating Siegert's situation, said Steve Fenk, the Oregon State sports information director.

"At this point they're just going to deal with it internally," Fenk said. "I don't know if it's going to affect spring practice."

Note: I was laughing about this with a friend (an OSU grad) this past weekend... not about the DUI, but about the football player stealing the sheep and driving around with it. My friend said that when he was at OSU about 25 years ago, male students would occasionally pull a prank like stealing a weaner pig from the ag center and letting it loose in a sorority or a girls' dorm (afterward they would catch it and take it back to the center). I can think of better ways to impress the opposite sex, but I had a pretty good laugh over that... ! We had all kinds of fun in our dorm at the University of Oregon in Eugene, but never with animals. Heh!


Blogger Sheryl said...

Surely you guys know what the sheep was really stolen for! I guess it will come out in 9 months time (or whatever the gestation period is for sheeple.)

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