Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I've always felt that being a Beaver prepares you for life. You learn not to expect too much.
What do you call a Beaver golfing with an IQ of 120?
What's the biggest lie told in Corvallis?
"I was just helping that sheep over the fence."
Why do Beaver football players only wear Levi 501 jeans?
Zippers make Sheep nervous.
Why is a tornado and a Beaver divorce similar?
You know someone is going to lose a house trailer!
What does a Beaver say to a Duck at MacDonald's?
"Do you want to Supersize that?"
An OSU student walked into a bar in Eugene and ordered two beers. After he paid for the beers he drank one and poured the other one all over his right hand. The bartender was curious to what he was doing so he asked him, and the OSU student replied "I'm trying to get my date drunk."
One day at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter was greeting new comers. The first man was a brilliant engineer Boston College, so he and St. Peter talked about the great structures and buildings of the world. Next was a mathematician from Harvard, so they talked about the most complex mathmatical problems in the history of civilization. The third guy had an IQ of 78 and a six pack in his right hand and St. Peter says, "How 'bout them Beavs!"
What's orange & black and goes 100 mph?
A Beaver in a blender.
Why wasn't Jesus born in Corvallis?
God couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.
How do you make a OSU graduate leave your house?
Pay him for the pizza.
What's black and blue and goes tha-dump, tha-dump, tha-dump?
A Beaver in a dryer.
Why don't they raise chickens in Corvallis?
They plant the eggs too deep.
How do you keep a Beaver out of your front yard?
Put up some goalposts.
Why do OSU graduates put their diploma on the car dashboard?
So they can park in the handicap spots.
Why did OSU decide to put Astro-Turf in Reser Stadium?
To keep the cheerleaders from grazing.
What do you get when you breed a OSU Beaver and a Groundhog?
Six more weeks of bad football.
What does a OSU woman tell her lover when she's done with sex?
"Get off me, Dad, you're crushing my smokes!"
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:46 AM
Rob: The practice was closed to the public, including media, so there's no highlights (or lowlights) to pass along. Chip Kelly was typically upbeat about the workout.
"They had good focus, good concentration," Kelly said. "We got a lot of work in, so we're on track right now."
Chris: Kelly was also asked whether or not he received the apology that Arizona kicker Alex Zendejas issued after he waved his finger in the direction of Kelly after converting a 29-yard field before halftime.
"That's interesting because the official said he didn't do that," stated Kelly who seemed to hint he was looking for an unsportsmanlike penalty on the play. "I accept his apology, he's a classy kid, but the officials in the game said that that didn't happen so it must not have happened."
• LaMichael James has been named an all-American by the American Football Coaches Association.
• Darron Thomas is one of ten finalists for the Manning Award and Mark Helfrich is a finalist for the offensive coordinator of the year as awarded by footballscoop.com.
• Ted Miller still has Oregon on top of his weekly Pac-10 Power Rankings.
• Ken Goe has a nice story on Bo Thran, Oregon's lone home grown starter.
• Rachel Bachman compares Chip Kelly with Chuck Norris and comes up with some good quotes.
When Chuck Norris or Chip Kelly orders a Happy Meal, it cries.
Chip Kelly can kill two stones with one bird.
Some magicians can walk on water; Chip Kelly can swim through land.
Chip Kelly counted to infinity -- twice.
Chip Kelly put out a forest fire using only gasoline.
Chip Kelly is the reason why Waldo is hiding.
• Rob Moseley shares a feature story on the biggest Civil War ever and talked with Coach Kelly.
So, Chip Kelly, any concern your team might be overconfident entering the 12:30 p.m. game in Reser Stadium?
“Nope,” Kelly said Sunday.
Nope? Just nope?
“We don’t let outside influences govern how we prepare for anybody,” Kelly said. “... It doesn’t matter who it is. They all get our full attention. That formula’s worked for us 11 times, and we’ll continue to use that same deal.”
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:28 AM
Monday, November 29, 2010
• Ted Miller recounts what we learned in the Pac-10 this last weekend.
• Rob Moseley sets the stage for the Civil War and compares NCAA stats between the two teams.
• Coach Kelly understand the skepticism when it comes to fans booing injured players.
• Lindsay Schnell reports how some future Ducks did this past weekend in her weekly series, "Friday Night Lights, Oregon Duck style."
• Despite being outmatched on paper and a 15 point underdog, OSU Coach Mike Riley promises the Beavs will be ready to take on Oregon.
• John Hunt looks ahead to the Civil War as Oregon continues their quest for the ultimate prize.
Saturday's Civil War is the biggest game in the history of Oregon football. The reward for victory is a shot at the national championship.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:04 AM
Sunday, November 28, 2010
They (Oregon) just keep flipping the switch, overwhelming opponents, leaving them shaking their heads and saying stuff like this from Wildcats running back Nic Grigsby:
“They can be beat — you just have to play the whole 60 minutes.”
And Oregon, apparently, only needs half as long.
• Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for Darron Thomas.
The Oregon QB accounted for four TDs in the win over Arizona, passing for three and running for another.
• The Oregonian provides pictures and videos of fans and students having fun at the Arizona game.
• Rob Moseley notes that Oregon has secured a verbal commitment from JC DT Jared Ebert, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound four-star recruit.
• Cal suspended defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi for yesterday's game against Washington after the coach admitted he instructed a player to fake an injury against Oregon.
• ESPN College GameDay will be covering the Ducks for the third time this season as they are heading to Corvallis for the Civil War.
• Ken Goe says it has come down to this; the Civil War will have the National Championship on the line but Chip says the team will remain focused.
"This team is winning because they can eliminate distractions," Kelly said. "I have never once talked about the ranking of this football team. I don't have to. That's not why we play. These kids love playing football."
Kelly said the Ducks have a sign with four rules posted on their locker room door.
No. 1: Have fun.
No. 2: Stick together.
No. 3: Eliminate distractions.
No. 4: Flip the switch.
"We're pretty good at flipping the switch," Kelly said.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:21 AM
• KVAL brings you post game interviews with Chip Kelly, Josh Huff, DJ Davis, Brandon Bair, Kenjon Barner, John Boyett, Darron Thomas and LaMichael James. The videos of DT and LMJ contain some of the same material as the ones I posted yesterday but have expanded coverage. Enjoy.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:36 AM
Saturday, November 27, 2010
It's all very surreal to be honest but it sure has been a fun ride. On to the all the pundit stories.
• No shortage of game recap stories so pick your favorite writer or check them all out. In no particular order we have; Ken Goe, Aaron Fentress, John Hunt, Rob Moseley, Ted Miller, Steve Summers, Chris Courtney, Ken Woody, GoDucks.com, and ESPN.
• The Register Guard and the Oregonian provide photos from the game for your enjoyment.
• Andy Mac breaks down all the facts figures and stats from the game.
• Aaron Fentress notes that LMJ and Jeff Maehl both went into the Oregon record book last night, joining some pretty exclusive company.
• Broke my heart that BSU lost last night, how about you?
• Casey Matthews has been named one of four finalists for the Lott Trophy. The awards show will be televised live on FOX Sports at 8pm local time and will be held in Newport Beach, CA.
• John Canzano reminds us that, as it usually does, the Civil War will be huge.
The Beavers play Stanford today....But it's next week's Civil War against No. 1 Oregon that feels like the defining moment of the Beavers season. It will decide everything.
Beat the in-state rivals and save the Beavers season.
Get toasted and end up as state road kill.
The Civil War will decide everything.
• I will be putting together my highlight video later today and it should be up on my YouTube Channel later this afternoon. Stay tuned.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:38 AM
Friday, November 26, 2010
• Ted Miller lists 3 keys to the high stakes matchup today at Autzen Stadium.
• Perhaps you were wondering, as I was, what happened to this weeks podcast from Lord Beverage and Muchas G? Circumstances out of their control were the cause, but they will be back next week with a vengeance.
• Ken Goe says the Ducks are very near post season nirvana but have tough hurdle today.
First things first. A win Friday would be a well-timed birthday present for UO coach Chip Kelly, who turned 47 yesterday.
Happy Birthday Chip!
Posted by Mike Wines at 10:13 AM
The Ducks were in Autzen Stadium this morning for their final workout prior to Friday's 4 p.m. showdown with visiting Arizona.
Lavasier Tuinei still has his arm in a sling and Darrion Weems is in a walking boot, but otherwise the Ducks look ready to go as the try to post just the second 11-win season in school history, and clinch a Rose Bowl berth in the process Friday.
• Going to the game? Bring your rain gear. It's already starting to sprinkle this morning and and the chance for rain increases as the day wears on. It will be a bit breezy with 10-15mph winds. You can find the hour by hour prediction here.
• John Canzano has a very nice story on a Duck fan who lived his life well. I am not a huge fan of Canzano but every once in a while he surprises me, this is a good one.
• Ken Goe says we should be very thankful for out ball-hawking defense and he is right.
• The Oregonian lists two players from each team of today's matchup you should keep your eye on.
• Aaron Fentress ponders the likely BCS matchups if the Ducks win their next two games, Auburn, TCU or Boise St. Aaron also notes that Auburn is taking on Alabama (11:30a) today and Boise St. is at Nevada (7:15p). Big games for sure.
• Adam Jude shares a feature story from the R-G on running back coach Gary Campbell who has the longest tenure (28 years) of any coach in the Pac-10. He builds close relationships with the players perhaps none as close as with LaMichael James. Adam closes the article with this quote from the coach.
“I hear from all of my ex-players frequently, which makes me feel as good as anything else because I know that I’ve been on influence on them, and that I’ve made an impression on them that they want to be lasting,” he said. “That’s important.”
Excellent read, be sure to check it out.
• My prediction: Oregon 38 - Arizona 30 Unis: Yellow helmet, black jersey and yellow pants.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:30 AM
Thursday, November 25, 2010
|This story is courtesy of Dave @ As Seen By Dave|
Can you even imagine it? Can you imagine the Rose Bowl—our ultimate prize for so many years—being the consolation?
I’m coming down from my cloud this Friday to step into the grandeur of Autzen Stadium one last time this season. Once grounded, I have some specific plans that I would like to share with you.
I am going to walk over the Willamette River, and I will stop, and I will look down as the water turns by. Taking a deep breath, I’m going to pour one out for my homies that won’t be in attendance on Friday. Life moves on outside of Oregon football, and not all that want to go will be able. But you won’t be left behind. You’ll be in spirit, in the river.
Moving along, I’ll be walking along the path, enjoying the fall colors, and the fall smells. As I approach the tailgater, I will get down on one knee. From my humble stance, I will look upon the glory that is Autzen, close my eyes, and think of glory-past. I will think of those games that brought us to where we are now, and to the players that soldiered their way with dignity inside Autzen. I’ll remember the first time I attended a shellacking of USC—double overtime. I’ll remember dancing and smiling in the rain as Keenan Howry brought one back to propel a victory over the Beav-Trash. I’ll remember.
And at the tailgater, clear in mind and spirit, I will enjoy the final bantering of the year. There, I will reminisce over the season...but more importantly...I will get to share life with those that call the BMX track home six Saturdays (with the occasional Thursday and Friday) a year. We will stop. We will pour one out for our homies missing but not lost. You will be there—I will see to it.
As the clock ticks, I anticipate a nervous energy falling over the surroundings. We will walk into the stadium, and at that time, the thunder will hover. As I walk up the stairs, as loud as I can, you will hear the word “GO!” I’ll wait for your reply.
This is the time. This is the place. This is our last chance to experience a season unprecedented together, and not a single moment shall be wasted. Not a single defensive play goes by without the roar of my voice. Not a single play is snapped without my utmost attention. All energy falls upon Autzen, and it will be good.
And then to the game.
Arizona will not come to lay down for the Ducks. Arizona is entering this game with a confidence that is undeserved. You see, they are the underdog here. And they smell blood. They watched us battle with Cal, and they are thinking...”Hmmm...we can do that too.”
This is not going to be a blowout. Over the years, one thing that has held true, is that Arizona and Oregon are going to battle. And battle we will.
I have read everything you’ve read, and it all adds up to a great game on Friday. So what is the x-factor in this game? At Autzen? LaMichael not at full strength? So much to win for? So much to lose for? Weather?
Truth is, this is a game that will be decided on the field, in the stands, and in the coaching booths. Both teams are hungry, and both teams will bleed for this win.
But this is the time. This is the place.
I expect this to be the game that we all remember this year. This is the game, at Autzen, where we found out what it’s like to battle, down-to-the-wire. This is the game that we sweat. This is the game where every play, right down to the final one, matters. This is the game where celebrations take on a new life in the stands. Pure joy. Back and forth it goes, until the bell rings. We will remember those USC victories, and what they have meant to the program. We will remember the overwhelming sense of joy at seeing Keenan return a touchdown in the pouring rain. We will remember, because for the first time this year, we will live it again.
Jumping and screaming, it’s time to pour one more out for the homies. In the stands, turning to look at the scoreboard, we will think of you. And we will scream “GO!” You know the rest.
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Posted by Mike Wines at 10:28 AM
Chris: While severe weather conditions aren't necessarily in the forecast for Friday's game against Arizona, Kelly addressed questions as to whether or not he believed his team had an advantage heading in to the game.
"Sometimes I think more is put in to that than it is," remarked Kelly. "It is what it is. They're a real strong team and I got a lot of respect for Mike (Stoops). I don't think the weather is going to be a factor in this game."
Rob: LaMichael James did run plays with the first-team offense today, after being limited Tuesday. Kenjon Barner also took quite a few snaps with the ones, so it will be interesting to see how they share reps come Friday.
• Mark Asper and Bo Thran will have their hands full trying to keep Arizona DE's from getting to DT according to Rob Moseley.
• Ted Miller has his "what to watch in the Pac-10" story posted and wonders if AZ's "D" can hang with the Ducks for four quarters.
• Jason Vondersmith believes the Ducks won't falter against the Wildcats and also says that Oregon is preparing for both of their QB's.
• Bob Rickert lists the many ways the Ducks will beat Arizona.
• Oregon's defense starts with the LB's in this Jason Vondersmith story.
• The Luxurious Armenian Demon gives special thanks on Turkey Day but also doesn't mince any words when it comes to his "warning" this week. Thanks for the mention AD.
• John Canzano provides the audio of his interview with Chip Kelly yesterday on his radio show.
• Ted Miller believes Oregon's rise as a national power is not a temporary situation.
• Nick Aliotti is among the 36 candidates for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.
• George Schroeder shares a feature story from yesterday's R-G that highlights Darron Thomas. Here is a taste of how the story starts.
He didn’t lead Ole Miss to the huge upset, but only because LSU had the football (almost) last.
In case anyone had forgotten, Jeremiah Masoli can really play.
I bring this up not to revisit bad memories, but instead to point out Oregon’s new reality:
Darron Thomas is better.
Which is why Oregon is better, too, with Thomas running (and especially passing) Chip Kelly’s laser-light show.
“No question,” says an ESPN talking head (Mike Bellotti) who should know.
Good stuff so give it a read when you have a couple of minutes.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:12 AM
• As I am sure you have heard by now, the NCAA has already cleared LaMichael of any wrong doing in the vehicle swap that took place quite awhile ago. CK confirms in this short video clip brought to you by Molly Blue and the Oregonian.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:12 AM
• The team enjoyed the little bit of snow on the field before practice yesterday. Around town it is mostly gone today and is supposed to be back in the mid 40's by game time tomorrow with the chance of rain. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:07 AM
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Rob: Kenjon Barner got a lot of chances and sure looked to be moving at full speed, as he continues to increase his workload following his concussion in early October. Josh Huff is working extensively [because of LT injury] with the first team, and the other bit of resulting depth chart shuffling seems to be that Nick Cole is up working with the "varsity offense" after spending stretches earlier this season with the scout team.
Ken: Offensive lineman C.E. Kaiser missed much of practice. He showed up at the same time James did. Kaiser, though, jumped right into drills and looked fine. He was not listed on the injury report.
Receiver Lavasier Tuinei attended practice as an onlooker. His left arm remains immobilized.
• Chip Kelly has been name one of eight finalists for the 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The winner will be announced in NYC on Dec. 6th.
• The BCS has announced the 11 teams still in the running for a BCS berth.
• Rob Moseley has a few highlights from CK's press conference yesterday.
• Kenjon Barner is seeing more action but will he be returning any kick-offs or punts?
• Andy Mac says there is a black and yellow out for the Zona game based on the section your seat is in, odd is black and even is yellow.
• Arizona is savoring their underdog role and practicing at a faster pace.
• Friday is Senior Day and John Hunt along with Adam Jude have articles that feature some of this year's Seniors. Here are a couple of quotes from each story.
John: “We know we’re doing something special this year, and we’ve just got to finish it,’’ Maehl said.
Matthews said he knows just one thing about the Arizona game, whether it leads to the title game or not:
“I can’t go out with a loss.’’
Adam: “I know once I run out there and my mom and my dad and my two brothers are waiting for me at the 50-yard line, that’s when it’s going to soak in that this is my last time playing on this field,” Spencer Paysinger said. “You just have to focus on the game, but you do have it in the back of your head that (for) you and the other seniors, it’s your last time playing next to each other.
“So,” he added, “you want to play all-out.”
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• John Hunt, Adam Jude and Chris Courtney have your Monday practice update.
John: The Ducks had another high-energy practice at Moshofsky Center. And why shouldn’t the energy level be high? With a win over the Wildcats, Oregon would clinch no worse than a spot in the Rose Bowl.
Adam: "Did you see how he practiced today?" running backs coach Gary Campbell said, after being asked if James was "100 percent" healthy. "He looked good to me. He's gotta be in the 90s. ... If a guy is in the 90s (this time of year), he's doing great."
Chris: "I came in with all those guys," said Kelly. "This is my fourth year, their fourth year...I think 'Senior Day' is always (emotional). It's a little bittersweet. You're obviously excited for them to get the recognition they deserve, but you also know it's going to be their last home game. This group right here is the all-time winningest class in Oregon history...I hope our fans turn out the way that they should and really make sure they're in the stands early because we're going to honor them about 15 minutes before the game."
• Ted Miller has an update to his weekly "Power Rankings" and finds Oregon at the top where they have been all year.
• Ken Goe notes that there will be no turkey on Thanksgiving for the Ducks this year because of the Friday game.
• Rob Moseley reports that the U of O will release "several hundred" general admission tickets (in the student section) this morning at 8am due to students going home for the long holiday weekend.
• Mike Bellotti has formally withdrawn his name from consideration as Colorado's next head coach.
• Adam Jude reports that LaMichael James has been named one of three finalists for the Doak Award, presented annually to the nation's top running back.
ESPN will broadcast its annual awards show at 4 p.m. local time on Dec. 9, from the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
No Oregon player has ever won the award which originated in 1990. Good luck LaMichael!
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:32 AM
Monday, November 22, 2010
Rob: Overall, coach Chip Kelly said he was pleased with the workout today. Because the Ducks didn't play Saturday, he said coaches were able to implement a little bit more of their game plan for Arizona than they typically would on a Monday-type practice.
Chris: Kelly also maintains that his team's psyche hasn't changed since their narrow escape from the Bay Area. The Ducks' 2-point victory has been their closest margin of victory this season, though Kelly says his team's attitude has remained virtually unchanged.
• Oregon remains #1 in the AP and coaches poll along with the BCS.
• Lindsay Schnell looks at the weekend action of future Ducks in her continuing series, "Friday Night Lights, Oregon Ducks style."
• Adam Jude reports that Oregon has received a verbal commitment from five star LB recruit Anthony Wallace.
Rivals.com rates the 6-foot, 220-pound Wallace, a senior at Skyline High School in Dallas, as the No. 4 middle linebacker in the country. Scout.com ranks him fifth at that position.
“Oregon wasn’t originally a school on my list at first, but after taking my official visit I learned about their sports marketing program and they jumped to the top of my list," Wallace told the website. "My parents love the idea that I’m picking a school for books and not just for football.”
• Ron Bellamy reports that the U of O will be getting a new football operations center courtesy of Phil and Penny Knight.
The L-shaped, stand-alone six-story structure, which will be “unsurpassed in the country,” according to a UO news release, will be entirely financed by donors Phil and Penny Knight. It will be constructed to the west and north of the Casanova Center, which has housed UO intercollegiate athletics offices for almost 20 years.
• Aaron Fentress looks back and notes that the Ducks have been close to playing for a national championship a couple of times in the recent past.
This is hardly foreign territory for Oregon. In fact, the program has been two victories and a knee ligament from reaching the national championship three times in the previous nine seasons. For players from those teams, seeing these Ducks accomplish what they could not would bring some closure.
"If they win, we all win as alumni," Seattle Seahawks rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond said. "We really want them to go and bring it home."
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:51 AM
• Chip has a little fun at the start of practice yesterday when the music starts to play. FYI -the video player shows the length as 4:04 but it ends around the 1:40 mark. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:14 AM
Sunday, November 21, 2010
• Ken Goe and the Sports Brewery both report that starting receiver Lavasier Tuinei is injured his shoulder and could possible miss the last two games. It happened last week against Cal. Bad news if it turns out to be accurate.
• Rachael Bachman notes that next Friday's game against Arizona will mark the last time we play the Wildcats as a regular conference opponent.
• There shouldn't be many changes in the top ten of the polls as Oregon, Auburn and TCU didn't play this week and everyone else won. There are rumors that Boise State might replace TCU as the number three team after trouncing Fresno State. We'll see later today.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:14 AM
Saturday, November 20, 2010
|This story courtesy of Dave @ As Seen By Dave|
Maybe it’s just me.
When this season started, I was excited, but cautiously so. The heartache of the offseason left me skeptical of exactly what kind of season we would be facing. I was a Nate Costa fan, for reasons outside of football performance, and based on what I had seen, I felt like Costa was the guy. I was happy with that. Outside of sheer football abilities, Costa was somebody that I felt like the team and community could rally around. After all, Darron was with some of our players when they strayed from normal behavior. Maybe it was just me, but I wasn’t particularly excited about our chances this year.
Thrashing Portland State and New Mexico meant nothing to me. They were terrible teams...and although I was glad we put the wood to them, I wasn’t convinced that they had proven anything. Then we went to Tennessee, and again, I wasn’t overly impressed. Sure, we beat an SEC team—but what kind of an SEC team was it? Sure, it was in front of 100,000 fans, but they didn’t seem that loud to me. Maybe it was just me, but I wasn’t certain that the Ducks were anything remarkable.
Rolling into the Pac 10, I was starting to feel a little excited. We got to match up against Arizona State, and although they weren’t picked to be a great team, it would show us a little more about our team. Then boom. We didn’t look good, and although we won, it only added to my negative feelings about repeating as Pac 10 champions. I knew...you knew, the test was coming the following week at Stanford.
Missing the Stanford game was regrettable, but what wasn’t regrettable was the outcome. I watched with pure joy as LaMichael James ran the dagger down the field in the fourth quarter, and given our 21–3 deficit, I knew we had a special team on our hands. Maybe it’s just me, but that was the game that brought the Ducks to the forefront of my thoughts.
Beating Washington State and UCLA didn’t even really matter. What mattered was USC. Traveling down to Los Angeles, and taking the Trojans to the shed for a second straight year was the pinnacle of the season in my mind. It was after that game that I reached a personal euphoria around the Ducks. My first thought in the morning? Go Ducks! After I brushed my teeth? Go Ducks! As I taught a lesson in my classroom? Go Ducks! I read everything, watched everything, and felt that there was nothing more I would rather do than participate in this magical season.
Maybe it’s just me, but then something happened. The world around me became more complicated, and it stripped me of my enthusiasm. Beating Washington 53–16 was commonplace. Unimpressive. Boring. The crowd was nothing short of a sheer disappointment. Was it me, or was I the heartbeat of the larger Ducks Nation?
Last week against Cal, despite traveling to the game, there wasn’t an energy around watching football. I was excited to spend time with friends and family, and the weekend became far more about that than the Ducks. But that can’t be right, because we are on a magical ride...this is our season to shine! This is our season to watch the Duck all over ESPN. This is our season to attend GameDay, and cheer like we’ve never cheered before. This is the season that has been waiting in the wings for years, and it’s finally here, and all of the sudden I feel ho-hum. All of the sudden, the stadium seems to expect everything handed to them in 80-yard spurts. Maybe it’s just me.
Well Duck fans, no more. No more expectations of great things. This is my pledge going into our final two contests. I will not take this season for granted. I will not overlook opponents. I will not waste a single moment in Autzen Stadium sitting quietly, expecting something great to fall into my lap. When the fans file into Autzen Stadium next Friday, I am going to have a short talk with the people behind me. The expectation is to stand. If you don’t, you won’t be able to see beyond me. The expectation is to yell. The expectation is to act like we’ve never been here before, because we haven’t. The fact that we can expect to roll up a ton of points, and beat most of our opponents handily is nothing to take for granted. It could all be over very soon, and I’m not going to be the guy that wishes he had experienced it more fully. Bask in the glow of this...you may not see it again for a long time.
Maybe it’s just me, but there is an energy lacking, and that’s not something I’m okay with. Maybe it’s just me, but some of our opponents have been overlooked, and if we weren’t more careful, we could have been beaten. Maybe it’s just me, but I want to take the final two contests this season and turn them into something truly special. I’ll do my part.
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Posted by Mike Wines at 5:28 AM
• GoDucks.com has the story on the Civil War blood drive. Today is the final day to donate for a chance to win tickets to the Civil War.
• ESPN asked all of their conference bloggers to pick the best rivalry during the last 10 years. Ted Miller didn't even blink when it came to the Pac-10, the Civil War of course.
• George Schroeder looks at LMJ's chances for the Heisman and thinks his pre-season "difficulties" might be giving some Heisman voters second thoughts.
• Ted Miller takes a stroll around the Pac-10 and asks "did you know?"
1. Oregon will clinch the Pac-10 title and a BCS bowl berth -- Rose or national title game -- if California beats Stanford. The Ducks are off this week.
2. If Oregon ends up winning the Pac-10 and playing for the national title, then the Rose Bowl would be obligated to take the highest ranked of Boise State and TCU, assuming one of them is in the final BCS top 12 but not ranked 1 or 2. If one of those teams is playing for the national title, then the Rose has no obligation to take a non-AQ this season.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:08 AM