Impressive thing about the 2014 Ducks is that they keep improving

The most encouraging thing about the 2014 Ducks is that they keep improving. The airwaves and websites this week are full of talk about resumes and projections, who-faces-who and who can run the table, but credit the players and coaching staff at Oregon for remaining committed to becoming a better and more versatile team than […]


Shaw shoulders blame for Cardinal struggles

In a story by David Lombardi of, Stanford coach David Shaw took responsibility for his team’s recent struggles. The Cardinal fell to 4-3 Saturday after a 26-10 loss to Arizona State. Shaw told the reporter, “I’ve done a poor job of structuring our offense so that our guys can be successful.” Stanford’s having trouble scoring […]


The Last Jihad

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in killing of girlfriend –Washington Post news bulletin, 24 hours ago. [Sports brushes up against the real world nearly every day, sometimes in horrible ways. What follows is the most horrible way imaginable. The following fictional story contains graphic images, fear and violence. It's intended as a reminder that […]


Ducks face Bears, this time without the sheets of slantwise rain

Next up for the Ducks is the Cal Bears after an abbreviated week of practice, 7:15 Friday night in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Cal features an improved gun-slinging quarterback in Jared Goff. He’s operated Sonny Dykes’ Bear Raid offense masterfully as a 2nd-year starter, 24 touchdown […]


Playoff picture muddled one week before first vote

Next week the College Football Playoff Committee releases their first ballot, and while the Ducks are clearly in the argument at 6-1, it’s a muddled picture. Action on the field should sort this out but right now there are four undefeateds and 15 one-loss teams in the Top 25. Hopefully the committee takes in to […]


Voice of the fan: any day is a good day to beat the Dawgs

by Mike Hayden “Walking the dog I’m just a walking the dog.  If you don’t know how to do it I’ll show you how to walk the dog”. OK I’ll admit I was a little nervous before the game and now I am embarrassed for being so.  I should have known the Huskies would circle […]


Ducks poised for title run, but have to remain watchful on the wall

Winter is coming. Stark words indeed, and made more so by the realization that there are just five games left in the college football season. The Ducks have put themselves in perfect position to win the PAC-12 North and make the first Division One playoff, but they have to endure some night watches to make […]

Washington at Oregon, game thread

Arik Armstead is in uniform, with his ankle heavily taped, taking warm-up reps with the first unit. Temperature at game time is 79 degrees, 10 percent chance of rain. Ducks are in the 1994 throwback uniforms complete with yellow facemasks.


Day in college football includes several games with Duckplications

Week 8 of college football features several games that impact the Ducks in their chase for college football’s first playoff. Of course the chase no longer has relevance if Oregon slips up against Washington tonight in Autzen Stadium. The Huskies bring a tough defense, a sound running game and two explosive wide receivers to the […]

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A lesson from history, on revenge in full measure

Long before Shakespeare got hold of his legend, Julius Caesar was abducted by pirates on the Aegean Sea. He was 25, on his way to Rhodes to study Rhetoric. The pirates demanded a ransom of 20 talents (620 kilograms of silver) equal to more than half a million dollars at the present price of silver. […]


Oregon football recruiting: Ducks live and die in L.A.

When Oregon went out for the coin toss Saturday afternoon in the Rose Bowl, their captains were Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Hroniss Grasu, Derrick Malone and Tony Washington, all products of Southern California high schools. The Ducks recruit nationally now, but they live and die in L.A. Unlike William Freidkin’s 1985 movie, the game didn’t star Mark […]


The crazy continues as another road team prevails in the PAC-12

Last night in Corvallis, Devontae Booker chugged 19 yards for a touchdown in double overtime as the Utah beat Oregon State 29-23. In all Booker ran for 229 yards and three scores for the victorious Utes, which used a swarming, physical defense to neutralize the Beaver passing game. They led 9-6 at the end of […]


A hero faces a thousand obstacles, the first remaining true to himself

In his seminal 1949 book The Hero With a Thousand Faces mythologist Joseph Campbell explores the hero’s quest, the archetypal journey where an adventurous young man leaves home, overcomes obstacles, achieves great things and returns to bless his tribe with newfound wisdom. It is the journey of a college football player, the universal story that […]