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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Top 10 Super Bowl Ads

To get you ready for this years version of the Super Bowl here are the top 10 commercials from last year (at least according to this youtuber.)

I have to root for the Cardinals and Kurt Warner. Not only is he an "old guy" but Chris gives me so much crap about the Yankees he decides to become a Boston fan. Now it's my turn to cheer on the Cardinals to beat Chris's favorite the Steelers.

I really don't think Arizona has a chance but you never know. It will be fun no matter who wins and if the game is a bomb we always have the commericals and Springsteen at half time.

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Do you need/want to know who the Ducks sign on Feb. 4th, the National Letter of Intent signing day?

If you already have a Twitter account then just follow "goducksdotcom", if not sign up for a free account and get the news as it happens.

We won't be hearing Adam Hall's name being mentioned anymore. He gave his verbal commitment to Arizona yesterday. You have to figure Arizona had the inside track as he is a local kid.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

John Hunt at Behind The Beat makes a very good point about Chip Kelly and the head coaching job at Oregon.

If Kelly was already the head coach then the Ducks would have made multiple NCAA violations during this recruiting season.

As a head coach you are limited to one visit to a recruits home or school but as an assistant you can visit up to six times.

Kelly is the one making the multiple visits and not Bellotti.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Senior Bowl and the East West Shrine game are history but there is one more college game to be played before the 2008-2009 season comes to an end.

This Saturday will mark the third annual Texas vs The Nation all star game. One more chance for prospective NFL'ers to make an impression on the scouts. Representing Oregon will be Jaison Williams. JWill makes it seven Ducks who have played in one of these "all-star" games.

The game airs at noon local time and will be broadcast on Comcast 412, Dish 152 or Direct TV 613. Good luck Jaison and kick some butt.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Tajh Boyd held a press conference yesterday and announced his decision to play for Clemson.

The number one factor according to Boyd was playing time. Clemson is weak at QB and he figures to start playing earlier than he would have at Oregon or Ohio St.

John Hunt has some more quotes from the press conference at his site. Boyd just doesn't realize the quality of the program he will miss by not becoming a Duck. His loss but I wish him all the best.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

It was announced from multiple sources that Scott Frost (pictured) was hired as the new Duck receivers coach yesterday replacing Robin Pflugrad.

Coach Bellotti is really impressed with the former Northern Iowa coach. “Scott was one of the most impressive young men I have ever had the opportunity to interview,” Bellotti said. “I felt his passion and knowledge for the game was extremely enlightening and believe that will carry over into his ability as a coach and a recruiter.”

Pflugrad may be sticking around as he is being considered for another position in the UO athletic department, Bellotti said.


Visual Test Left vs Right

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Which way does the lady turn for you, counter clockwise or clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

Sometimes I see this as clockwise and sometimes the other way. Char came into my computer room and saw just the opposite of me. Leave a comment with what you see.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

Monday, January 26, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Senior Bowl was on Saturday and although the North didn't win, Jeremiah Johnson did his best for the NFL scouts in attendance. Here he is going around the last defender on the way to a touchdown.

After the game the Carolina Panthers scheduled a meeting with JJ along with some other players. Wouldn't it be entertaining to see JJ and JStew back together again?


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

It was confirmed yesterday that four star prep recruit Cliff Harris (pictured) has committed to the Ducks. Harris, from Fresno, CA is ranked #6 in the country at his cornerback position. So far, this is the Ducks top recruit and will remain that way unless we snag Tajah Boyd or Bryce Brown. Very good news.

There are also rumors that Tajah Boyd has a press conference scheduled for Monday. Hopefully he will choose Oregon.

On the coaching front, it looks more and more like D-line coach Jerry Azzinaro of Marshall will be announced as a Duck in the next few days replacing Michael Gray.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

2008 Oregon Football Highlights

See the video at Vimeo. Click here.

Great work was done on this video from the music to the narration to the editing. Kudos to all the people involved. The narrator sounds like Bill Barrett, be interesting to know if it was. It is 16 minutes long but well worth the time.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

On the recruiting trail again. Ducks Sports Authority reports that prep OL Jamaal Burrell, 6'4", 260 lb. of Compton, CA has been given an offer by the Ducks and committed to join the team.

A three star player, he had offers from Washington, Arizona and New Mexico. He visited the campus back on January 9th and must have been impressed.

Not really Duck news but there was a lot of local interest in Thurston QB Tym Pearson and where he would end up. Rob Moseley reports that he gave his verbal commitment to Portland St. yesterday.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fantasy Football: The Best Players to Pick Next Year?

Something to think about during next years draft? What are your thoughts?

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Another day another verbal commitment. This time it's a prep star from Hoover, Alabama. Moseley reports that CB Brian Jackson of Hoover High, a 5'10" 184 lb. senior with 4.72/40 speed has committed.

After coach Bellotti announced that defensive line coach Michael Gray wouldn't have a job after Chip Kelley becomes the head coach it appears that Oregon has been looking for his replacement.

Super sleuth Moseley reports that according to a couple of his sources, "Jerry Azzinaro has been out to Eugene and has met with Oregon players. " Azzinaro has ties to coach Kelley and hails from Marshall. Nice write up about him here.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller at ESPN has been analyzing next seasons schedules by team and likes the Ducks chances except for having to open on the Smurf Turf.

Another day and another way too early pres-season poll. Dennis Dodd over at CBS Sports has the Ducks ranked #6. His only "issue" is the possible transition from Bellotti to Kelly.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Bruce Feldman over at ESPN has his way too early top 10 list for 2009 posted and has Oregon at #4. He likes Masoli a lot and figures this will be the best time for the Ducks to beat USC as they come to Eugene and have lost key personnel.

Moseley reports that DE Keaton Arden of Piedmont, CA has committed to the Ducks. He is a 6'4", 215 lb who was also considering Boise St.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Need a Good Laugh?

If this doesn't make you laugh then nothing will!

Jairus Byrd Flies to NFL

It was confirmed today by AndyMac what all of us probably feared. Jairus Byrd did not withdraw his decision to enter the NFL draft. I wish him the best of luck with whoever is lucky enough to draft him

Possible replacements for Byrd include, Talmadge Jackson III or Willie Glasper, both have a lot of playing time to their credit.


Duck Trivia

To make it into the 2002 Fiesta Bowl the Ducks first had to get by the Beavers. To seal the 17-14 victory, which Duck defender intercepted an Oregon State pass with only seconds remaining in the game?


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

More news on the recruiting front. Bob Rickert reports that running back Ethan Grant of Florida gave his verbal commitment for the class of 2010. Talk about being sure of yourself, he still has another year of high school left. There is a highlight video here and the kid is quick.

Rickert goes on to say that Tajh Boyd is expected to announce his choice this week, feels confident about Tyrece Gaines and Adam Hall and expects Bryce Brown to hold out until signing day before announcing.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Duck Trivia

It seems like the "world wide leader in sports" has been around forever. It really wasn't that long ago (in my perspective anyway) that they televised their first live college game.

Of course, Oregon was involved in the matchup and came away with a tough road victory. Who did they play, what was the final score and what was the date?


Poll Results

Jeremiah Masoli was the overwhelming favorite as the Duck MVP for 2008 with 78% of the vote. Jeremiah Johnson and Nick Reed each gathered a vote. I have started a new poll asking your choice for the most likely recruit to become a Duck. Let the voting begin.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

US Airways Flight 1549 Surveillance Video

US Airways Flight 1549 Surveillance Video from DuckStud on Vimeo.
Just released by NY City (no sounds.) I edited out the sections with no action. You have to look carefully for the aircraft in the first sequence as it approaches (right to left) along the buildings in the background just above the river. In the second sequence look at the same perspective for the water spray as it hits the water. Third sequence shows the passengers standing on the wings awaiting rescue from the ferries.

Autzen Stadium Trivia

We all enjoy watching the Ducks play in our favorite venue but how are you at history (or googling)?

When was Oregon's first victory in Autzen? Who did we beat and by what score and finally, who quarterbacked the Ducks in that game?

Here is little clue on the QB. He is the father of another Oregon quarterback great.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Civil War 2009

It was confirmed today by multiple sources that the game against Oregon St. has been moved to Thursday Dec. 3rd at 6:00pm local time to accommodate ESPN televising the game.

Better plan on taking a four day weekend if you have a schedule like mine. Bottom line is both schools benefit from the extra revenue.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Andy McNamara over at came out with with his thoughts on why Jeremiah Masoli's chances to win the Heisman in 2009 aren't that far fetched.

He uses stats from the last four games in the season and compares them to Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy. A lot of commenters on other sites have some good points. Namely, the Ducks would need to win the Pac-10. What do you think?

Jarius Byrd is entering the NFL draft but has 3 days to change his mind. This is the same route Patrick Chung took last year. Of course, Chung did change his mind and stay with the Ducks for his senior season. I hope Byrd does too.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

On the recruiting trail again. Other than Tajh Boyd and Bryce Brown, perhaps the best player who might call Oregon home is 6'2", 225 lb. wide receiver Tyrece Gaines.

A 5.9 star recruit from Kansas. He has 4.4 speed and would make an immediate impact for the Ducks. According to Rickert, he "would show up and immediately contribute by running and catching like Demetrius Williams and blocking and playing with the toughness of James Finley."

High praise indeed. Gaines is looking at Oregon, Ole Miss and Oklahoma. He has until Feb. 4th to make a decision. Everybody repeat after me, Quack!


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Walter Thurmond III has decided to stick around for his senior year. Moseley reports that Jarius Byrd hasn't decided if he will be back yet. They were both considering entering the NFL draft.

Glad to see WT3 staying and I hope Byrd does too. We need these guys in the backfield.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Duck Stuff: Evening Dirt

Ted Miller at the ESPN Pac-10 blog has a great piece on the Pac-10 Bowl season. Be sure to check it out.

My favorite quote is; "Oregon's 42-31 bludgeoning of Oklahoma State -- 35-14 in the second half -- which included quarterback Jeremiah Masoli twice pancaking Cowboys defenders, sent a message that you've got to bring your big-boy britches if you want to play out West."

Big boy britches, a classic. Masoli putting the wood on the OSU safety on his way to a 41 yard TD is pictured.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Tajh Boyd (pictured), the highly rated quarterback from Virginia, who the Ducks are recruiting has some interesting ties with a potential new coach.

Tee Martin, a former coach/passing game coordinator from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA has plans on talking with Chip Kelly sometime this week about joining the Ducks coaching staff.

Martin and Boyd know each other from high school QB camps. “We have a strong relationship there,” Martin said. “Tajh is very intrigued about the Oregon situation out there. I think he has Oregon high on the list right now, and we’ll see how that goes.”

Boyd has let it be known that he is down to choosing either Ohio St. or Oregon. In other recruiting news, Bob Rickert has a rundown on the big recruiting weekends the Ducks are putting on. Sounds like we landed some good players and on the short list of several more.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Duck Stuff: Evening Dirt

Can't wait to get back into Autzen and watch the Ducks play? Andy McNamara over at let it be known that the Annual Spring Game will be held on Saturday May 2nd.

Mark your calendars and be there to support Oregon football.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

As you can imagine, there isn't a lot to write about now that football season has ended. My wife gave me a great book on the history of the football program at Oregon so I was amazed to learn that the Ducks actually played a game at Yankee Stadium.

I thought it might be fun to do a little trivia post from time to time so here is the first.

When did Oregon play at Yankee Stadium, who did they play and what was the final score?

If there are no correct answers I will post the answer tomorrow.


Friday, January 09, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Ducks made it into the top 10 in both the AP Poll (10) and the USA/Today coaches poll (9). Well deserved rankings and ahead of Boise St. in both polls (can you tell Boise St. isn't one of my favorites?).

Another tidbit for you, Steve Greatwood remains a coach for the Ducks as Cal Poly hired former Portland St. coach Tim Walsh. Very good news in my opinion.


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Duck Stuff: Evening Dirt

The final AP poll should be out tomorrow and where do you think the Ducks will rank?

Logic says that they should easily pass the three teams directly in front of their #15 ranking as those teams lost their bowl games. They are Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.

That gets them to #12. But what about other teams ahead of them that lost bowl games. Namely, Ohio State, also 10-3, Texas Tech, and Boise State.

Will the Ducks make it to #10? We'll see. I'll check first thing in the morning and if they have it posted before I go to work I will post the results.


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Duck Stuff: Evening Dirt

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times is reporting that Robin Pflugrad (pictured), the Oregon receivers coach, has spoken with Steve Sarkisian , the new coach for the Huskies, about the receiver coach position with the Dawgs.

All speculation at this point, but it will be interesting to see how many Duck coaches flee to Seattle.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Duck Stuff: Evening Scoop

NFL Draft Scout is reporting that Jarius Byrd (pictured) is ranked the #2 corner back for the upcoming NFL draft. Byrd along with Walter Thurmond III (projected #8 CB) are waiting on NFL evaluations before declaring themselves eligible for the draft.

I hope this high ranking doesn't mean we won't them at Oregon next year.

Time will tell, but I hope they both stay put. We need them.


Monday, January 05, 2009

Duck Stuff: Evening Scoop

Mark Schlabach over at has his annual predictions for the coming football year posted. His prediction is that Chip Kelly will be Oregon's new head coach for 2009.

He has some other interesting predictions including two I agree with, Washington will actually win a game under their new head coach. Of course it's not against the Ducks.

Also, Boise St. will lose their home opener against Oregon.


Sunday, January 04, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Is it a sign of things to come? Seems like the exodus of coaches might signal a Chip Kelly takeover this year. Just my opinion of course, but the announcement that Steve Greatwood is interviewing for the head coaching job at Cal Poly this week continues a trend.

It was just on the 1st of January that coach Bellotti said, “I’ve granted permission to Michael Gray and Robin Pflugrad to explore their options, and I’ve told them that I will help them,” Bellotti said. “At some point down the road they recognize they will not have a job here at Oregon.”

There might be some big changes this year, what do you think?

Be sure to check out Dave's piece on the Holiday Bowl here, very well done.


Saturday, January 03, 2009

SEC Wannabes

Bob Rickert over at Ducks Blog has a great piece about the blow hearts who defended Alabama's loss to Utah yesterday. Here is a sample:

"The argument is for a little humility from the SEC and 'Bama fan who thinks he's greater than God Almighty himself on the football field, even after losing on a neutral field and getting your tail kicked when you had a month to prepare for a game in your own back yard."

Bob defends the Pac-10 in this piece and rips the folks at Fox Sports Radio, calling them "SEC whiner, homer announcers."

Be sure to read the complete article, very good stuff and I totally agree.


Friday, January 02, 2009

Holiday Bowl Highlight Video Take 2

2008 Holiday Bowl Highlights from DuckStud on Vimeo.

Thought I would try out the Vimeo service and sure enough the video quality is better. I also added some music and fixed a couple of titles. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Holiday Bowl Highlight Video

Here is my highlight video for the Holiday Bowl. I wasn't too thrilled with the quality but I wanted to get it posted today. I am trying out some different versions so I might update this post a little later.

Thank for a great season of football Oregon!

**1-2-09 I have added a little background music, fixed a couple of titles and tried a different source file. The video quality is better but not as good as Vimeo.


2008 Snooze (Sun) Bowl

As exciting as the Holiday Bowl was, the Sun Bowl was just the opposite. I am glad the Beavers won, keeping the Pac-10 undefeated in bowl games this year, 4-0, but I am glad I didn't have to sit through this defensive battle.

Be sure to catch the Rose Bowl today and let's hope the Trojans can seal the deal against Penn St.

Poll Results

The results are in (click on picture for a larger view) and "The Gun Battle at the OK Corral" was the winner. If that was your choice give yourself a pat on the back.

I have added a new poll to find out your opinion of who should get MVP honors for 2008. Let the voting begin.