ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Oregon Ducks fans react during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ducks making progress in spring, my golf swing, not so much

It’s amazing how many ways there are to hit a golf ball badly, how awkward a bad swing can feel, and how many hours of obsessive practice it takes to repair it. I’m currently on my third layer of thumb skin, but the swing is coming along. I can produce the results I want on […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Johnny Mundt #83 of the Oregon Ducks, Jake Pisarcik #76 of the Oregon Ducks and Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks celebrate a third quarter touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats during the PAC-12 Championships at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The spring practice Concern-O-Meter: offensive line

Manufactured in a Beaverton basement by a former engineer from Textronix, the Concern-O-Meter is a precision instrument, painstaking crafted to measure smoke, heat, hype, seismic vibrations, cosmic interventions, cheerleader hip swivels, coaching indigestion and 40 times to a thousandth of a second. It is calibrated and certified, inspected annually by the U.S. Department of Sports […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 24: Wide receiver Chris Harper #6 of the California Golden Bears catches a pass against safety Reggie Daniels #8 of the Oregon Ducks in the first quarter on October 24, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The spring practice Concern-O-Meter

In the spring of 1958 Ernest Hemingway gave an interview to George Plimpton of the Paris Review, who asked him about the novelist Graham Greene and what he said a writer most needed to succeed. The author of A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises  responded with his customary brusqueness. What a writer […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball in the first quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Ducks turn page to spring with optimism and work to do

Oregon opened spring practice under a mix of sunshine and high clouds, with beat reporters getting to watch the first ten minutes. Conference titles aren’t won in the spring, but the 15 allowed practices set the tone and occasionally produce setbacks, like last spring when star returner and receiver Bralon Addison went down with an […]

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 22:  (L-R) Joseph Young #3 of the Oregon Ducks hugs Dillon Brooks #23 after leaving the game against the Wisconsin Badgers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the CenturyLink Center on March 22, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Ducks suffer Wiscy hangover for second straight year, fall 72-65

By Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent For the second year in a row, Wisconsin sends Oregon home in the 3rd round of the NCAA’s, this time by a score of 72-65. Not bad for a team picked to finish 8th in the conference and with luck landing in the NIT. Instead, the Ducks gave the […]

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Don’t Miss the Madness! Slingbox has the solution for Duck fans on the go

College basketball is just the beginning of the Madness. The next six weeks are sports fan heaven, with the NCAA tournament, Opening Day of baseball season, the NFL draft, the Masters, the Kentucky Derby, the NBA playoffs, Oregon football practice and the Spring Game. Trouble is, it’s also tax time, spring vacation, the season for […]

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 20:  Dwayne Benjamin #0 of the Oregon Ducks dunks over Le'Bryan Nash #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the CenturyLink Center on March 20, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

For now, Cinderella is wearing a crystal pair of Nikes

By Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent And the Ducks march on. With their 79-73 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the Oregon Ducks accomplished what no other Oregon basketball team has ever done; namely go to the NCAA Tournament 3 straight years; and win the first game. This was not an artistic success by any […]

Oregon Heads to Omaha for NCAA Tourney Opener With Tickets Starting at $61

After winning seven straight games, including two rounds of the Pac 12 conference tournament, the Oregon Ducks saw their streak snap to the No. 1 seed in their region, the Arizona Wildcats. But the Ducks were never in question of missing out on the NCAA Tournament, and received an eight seed for their efforts in […]

during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona won 80-52.

Ducks face Oklahoma State in West Regional

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent The Ducks are dancing…with some old friends. Back in 2013, Oregon was a 5 and Oklahoma State was a 12. This time, the Ducks are an 8, and the Cowboys are a 9. The winner, will most likely face, #1, Wisconsin, just like the Ducks did last season. Obviously […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 13:  Joseph Young #3 of the Oregon Ducks shoots a game-winning 3-pointer against Jakob Poeltl #42 of the Utah Utes in a semifinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oregon won 67-64.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Mighty Joe Young sinks Utes with 30-foot buzzer beater

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent Oregon 67 Utah 64, as Rgyle predicted, this one was a thriller! Tie game, Joe Young dribbled the ball, keeping his eyes on the clock as the seconds wound down, 4, 3, 2, then from deep behind where an NBA 3 point line would be, Young let the shot […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Joseph Young #3 of the Oregon Ducks calls out a play against the Colorado Buffaloes during a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oregon won 93-85.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ducks turn back Buffaloes, face Utah in PAC-12 semi

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent The Ducks get to stay in Vegas at least another night after beating the Buffaloes 93-84. It looked really bad at times, but never hopeless; as the Oregon showed exactly why Joe Young and Dana Altman were voted as the best at what they do this season. It didn’t […]

SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 30:  Linebacker Derrick Malone #22 of the Oregon Ducks returns an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns during the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome on December 30, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Leaders are born in the spring, and the Ducks need some new ones

Football is unique among team sports because leadership is so important, and every year there is a rebirth of leadership within a team. The Ducks have avoided a down year over the last seven because the culture is so strong, and a chain of memorable players have stepped into the leadership void. For fans it’s […]

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