Thursday, December 29, 2011
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Nick Aliotti talks with reporters at a press conference yesterday and Rob Moseley has an Aliotti companion story.
• Lindsay Schnell notes the Oregon defensive unit likes playing for the slightly "crazy" Aliotti.
"He might be a little crazy but I think it's a good thing," lineman Brandon Hanna said. "It allows him to push us and drive us in ways other coaches can't. I think what the media sees is what we see -- he's very transparent. You're going to know how he's feeling; he's a really emotional and passionate guy, and I think our guys respond to that. You see his energy and you want to play hard for him."
• John Canzano has a good story on the relationship between Nike's Phil Knight and the University of Oregon.
Knight gets his share of fair criticism. He's opinionated. He didn't build the bold Nike empire by tip-toeing around. But as the uniforms were unveiled on Tuesday, and the eyes darted from the Blazers and everything else on the planet to photographs of a Rose Bowl uniform, it was plainly obvious how wise the guy is.
Also, how smart the Ducks must be to listen to him.
• The Pac-12 and the Big Ten announced a collaboration yesterday that will see the two conferences play each other annually in all sports. The announcement received applause from both sides.
• Ken Goe and Rob Moseley both have a story on Anthony Gildon who has found ways to contribute while battling injuries this season.
• Aaron Fentress and Tom Mulhern compare the matchup between Oregon and Wisconsin coaches and give the edge to Chip Kelly and the Ducks.
• GoDucks.com has their Rose Bowl football release posted. Learn all you need to know about the big game.
• Darron Thomas might not have the stats he did last year but he manages the game better according to Stephen Alexander.
• Alexander also has a nice piece on true freshman Colt Lyerla.
• Are you down in the greater LA area and want to know about all the Duck events being held? Keeerrrtt1 has you covered.
• Dale Newton lays out his "dream scenario" in a story titled: "Rose Bowl facts and friction: Wisconsin versus Oregon." (and yeah, I could go for some "reality" like that too)
To win, the Ducks need consistency, execution and some big plays. Dream scenario: they get LaMichael James loose in the running game and he outduels or negates Ball. Meanwhile, De'Anthony Thomas, playing at home for the first time in Southern California, has a breakout, big day to cap his marvelous freshman season, scoring three times on a kickoff return, a pass and reverse, launching his campaign for the 2012 Heisman. Nick Aliotti puts together another good plan for a big game defense, and the Ducks outlast a very good Wisconsin team for their first BCS win since the 2001 Fiesta, their second Rose Bowl trophy ever.
Happy are those who dream dreams, and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:50 AM