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Saturday, May 31, 2008

U of O Recruit Escapes Charges

San Joaquin County prosecutors have dropped charges against UO football recruit Dewitt Stuckey yesterday.

Stuckey, a 6 ft. , 213 lb. linebacker from Stockton, CA was highly recruited coming out of Lincoln High School.

He was originally arrested on May 23rd for his alleged involvement in an assault and battery case involving a student from a rival high school in the Stockton area.

He has claimed that he was "simply in the wrong place at the wrong time." Due to a lack of direct evidence the charges were dropped.

This is exactly the kind of media attention that the Ducks do not need. Hopefully, the young man has learned a valuable lesson before he arrives on campus in late June.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Ongoing Phil Knight Controversy



ESPN's "Outside The Lines" aired this piece recently and KEZI showed it in on the news last night. The Oregonian did a series on the subject as well.

Personally, I don't think anyone will deny that "Uncle Phil" has a lot of pull at the U of O athletic department. But let's get realistic, why shouldn't he? Where was Oregon Sports 15 years ago? Have they improved, are the facilities something to be proud of (and still growing)? If the answers to these questions were no, then I say we having something to complain about.

I think the positives outweigh any negatives. Nobody argues with all of the good things that have happened with the football program or Autzen stadium. Nobody complains too much about his donations that went to the Law Center or the main library on campus.

The only real concern I have, is the double standard regarding the hiring of Pat Kilkenny as athletic director. He admits it himself in this OTL video. I think he should complete his education ASAP. I have no idea of how many credits he needs but I think a lot of criticism would vanish if he did.

Leave a comment with what you think.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Big Brown at the Preakness



Just to set the record straight, I don't claim to be anything but an armchair horse race fan. I usually watch the Kentucky Derby and then follow the winner to see if that horse can win the 2nd and 3rd legs of the Triple Crown.

There hasn't been a Triple Crown winner for 30 years. "Affirmed" was the last horse to do it and I watched those races. In 2004, a longshot, named "Smarty Jones" almost made it but had a tragic mishap in the gates at the Belmont Stakes (the last race of the Triple Crown.)

I have never seen a horse as exciting as Big Brown. This horse is amazing. Watch the video and appreciate the ease in which he leaves the field in the dust at the last turn. Impressive. I hope you get the chance to watch the Belmont Stakes on June 7th. You might be watching history.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spring Refresher Course

ESPN's Ted Miller has done an interesting piece on the Pac-10, now that all schools have completed spring drills and their Spring Game's.

He looks at the following skill positions and does a quick analysis on each. Here is a synopsis on how he see the Ducks.

1. Running: Solid, with the return of Jeremiah Johnson and the addition of JC transfer LeGarrette Blount.

2. Quarterback: Questionable, with no one standing out during spring practice and Nate Costa not participating, except during "no contact" drills.

3. Receivers: Questionable, with the "is he going to catch it this time" Jaison Williams, lack of experience for Jeff Maehl and USC transfer Jamere Holland. Ed Dixon is the "rock" of this group.

4. Kicking: Solid, with the return of Josh Syria and Matt Evensen.

5. Secondary: Perhaps the best group in the Pac-10 with the return of Patrick Chung, Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward.

6. Defense: Steady but questionable: Nick Reed stands out among the returners and is joined by Jerome Boyd, Will Tukuafu, Cole Linehan and Ra'shon Harris. The question remains, can they stop the run?

Be sure to check out the complete Pac-10 rundown over at ESPN.

GO DUCKS!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Max Unger Added to Rimington Trophy Watch List


It was announced yesterday that Max Unger, Oregon's starting center, has been added to the Rimington Trophy watch list.

The Rimington Trophy, named after Nebraska's two-time All-America center Dave Rimington, is awarded annually to the exceptional college offensive center in NCAA Division I-A. He is also on the watch list for the 2008 Outland Trophy.

Unger, who is a senior this year, has started in 38 consecutive games for the Ducks.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Reed & Chung Named To Nagurski Watch List

The Football Writers Association of America named Oregon seniors Nick Reed and Patrick Chung to the watch list for the 2008 Bronko Nagurski Trophy. It is awarded to the best defensive player in college football and sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Reed, who is also on the watch list for the 2008 Lott Trophy, led the Pac-10 with 12 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss last season and was named second-team All-America (SI.com).

Chung, a three-year starting rover, was the Ducks' leading tackler in 2007 and earned second team All-America honors along with first team All-Pac-10. His 117 tackles were the most by a UO defensive back.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Early 2008 College Football Top 25 Poll

Mark Schlabach, over at ESPN, has released his very early top 25 poll. He has the Ducks listed at #23 and doesn't think that the departure of Dennis Dixon or Jonathan Stewart will hurt Oregon that much.

He feels that the additions of running back LeGarrette Blount and the multitude of options at quarterback will make it a fairly smooth transition for the 2008-09 campaign.

In his opinion the biggest obstacle for the Ducks this year will be the brutal road schedule. We have away games against Purdue, USC, Arizona State, California and Oregon State. The other Pac-10 teams in his top 25 are; #4 USC and #13 Arizona St.

Check out his complete analysis at ESPN.

GO DUCKS!

Friday, May 09, 2008

PicLens



I am pretty picky about the plug-ins and extensions I add to my browser but PicLens is fantastic. It supports Windows and Mac browsers and if you are an iTunes user, think of it as "CoverFlow" for your browser.

Many popular websites are supported, including; Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa Web Albums, Fotki, FotoTime, deviantART, Smugmug, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, Friendster, Google Images, Yahoo Images and YouTube.

Watch the demo to learn more about it and if you are interested you can get the software for free at PicLens.

Enjoy!

Friday, May 02, 2008

QB Bonanza

Prize JC quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was snagged by the Ducks yesterday. He played for City College of San Francisco last year and led them to the junior college national title.

In his one year with the Rams he amassed over 4,000 yards of total offense. He completed more than 60% of his passes, 31 for touchdowns and ran for another 10 td's.

It will be interesting to see how fall practice sorts itself out now that Oregon has a total of 7 QB's. Masoli won't join the Ducks until June when he will begin the optional summer workouts.

My QB poll has been updated with the latest addition.

GO DUCKS!