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A Senior Day Festivus for the rest of us

Game time temperature in Eugene will be 49 degrees with 10 mile per hour winds and a 90% chance of a joke that will only work in Autzen Stadium, a steady rain from a darkening western sky. For all his brilliance, Marcus Mariota doesn’t throw particularly well in the rain. The ball sails on him […]

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85 problems: how the Ducks cope with the loss of their star tight end

Pharaoh Brown emerged from a suspension last December to become a team leader and a clutch performer for the 2014 Ducks. It was a redemption story of the first order. He came to spring football with renewed determination and quickly established himself as the budding star in a trio of 4-star tight ends. By the […]

Ducks hold on to #2 spot in playoff committee’s fab four despite bye

Oregon held on to the #2 spot in Tuesday night’s College Football Playoff Committee rankings, behind #1 Alabama and ahead of undefeated, defending national champion Florida State. Seminole fans are seething and fomenting in the Twitterverse and Social Media, decrying the logic of a system that discounts wins and emphasizes arcane concepts like game control […]

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State of the blog address, November edition

I was offered a new job the other day, as a personal trainer, and went in for a 6-hour session of shadowing the members of the existing staff, to learn a little more about how they did their jobs. Two and a half hours into the session I went home for the day, because all […]

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November slate adds to the misery for battered Buffs

Ralphie doesn’t do road games, which is too bad. Colorado is so young and beat up with two games to go in a 2-8 season that they could use her at nose tackle. Alfred Williams’ old jersey should fit. The Buffs field the fifth-youngest team in college football. They’ve lost six games in a row, […]

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Beaver comeback caps wild day in college football, OSU 35, ASU 27

Down by six to #6 Arizona State with 10:55 to go in the fourth quarter, facing 3rd and 8 at their own 33, Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion took a shotgun snap and dropped back against a seven-man jailbreak blitz from the ASU front line. The Beavers hadn’t converted on third down all night. The […]

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Ducks idle but big games abound in college football with playoffs looming

For the Ducks this was a much-needed bye week, needing a break from the grind, time to heal some banged-up players, and time to prepare Evan Baylis, Johnny Mundt, Koa Ka’ai and Doug Brenner to replace injured stars Pharaoh Brown and Hroniss Grasu. For fans it’s a reminder that college football is winding down. There […]

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Based on reader feedback, this is the only story I should write for 9 days

Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. The Colorado Buffaloes are 2-7. Their mascot weighs 1500 pounds. They rank 120th in points […]

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Trojans top Bears in penalty-marred laugher, 38-30

USC is the sea monster in a creepy children’s story, yellow eyes and gleaming, lethal red head lurking just above the murky water. Last night in the Coliseum they pummeled California in the first half, building a 31-9 lead by the break before closing badly and escaping with a 38-30 victory. The Bears had an […]

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Voice of the fan: sucks to be U., SEC

by Jeff Newcomb, DSH Correspondent On a quiet night in Eugene, if you tilt your head to the east and cup a hand to your ear, you can hear Alabama’s biggest fan Phyllis screeching “Roll Damn Tide!” or Keith Olberman sniveling about the playoff committee being neophytes. Yeah. Neophytes. “Have they no respect for tradition? […]

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