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30 days to a more optimistic you: Ducks are laying the groundwork for a dream season

Yesterday junior college transfer Dominique Harrison nabbed an interception during a live full-contact scrimmage and raced 100 yards for a touchdown. It was just the latest example of athletes who are making big strides in Oregon spring practice, as a focused and committed team prepares for a season with national and conference title hopes (Scott […]

Anthony Wilkerson talks about “why we play the game”

In an article he wrote about concussions, former Stanford running back Anthony Wilkerson has some interesting insights about the experience of playing football and the risk of serious brain injury:   An activity without a high level of purpose is a waste of your time. –”Life coach” Jim Woods Good football players know the exhilaration […]

A football lesson from the Masters

Bubba Watson tapped in  a one-foot putt to win his second green jacket, hugged his caddy, congratulated his opponent, scooped up his infant son at the edge of the green and kissed the boy’s cheek, near tears (Michael Madrid, USA Today Sports photo). This is the most interesting part of sports: overcoming obstacles and achieving […]


Addison injury challenges Ducks to transform mantras into results and resolve

The game is quick and cruel and demands resilience. Oregon’s conference and national title hopes were dealt a challenge yesterday when Bralon Addison went down in practice with a non-contact knee injury. Today Aaron Fentress of Comcast Sports Northwest and others are reporting that the Ducks leading returning receiver has a torn ACL, out for […]


With improved horizontal leadership, the Ducks won’t take losing lying down

As the news trickles in from Oregon practice, it could always be worse. At Missouri star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is indefinitely suspended after an arrest for first-degree burglary and assault. In Seattle Husky starting quarterback Cyler Miles can’t attend spring practice after an altercation following the Super Bowl, and down in Arizona, Sun Devil coach […]


Athlon lowballs Helfrich–is this just another Duck diss?

Ratings and rankings are the stuff of the long off season. No one worries about rating the major leagues’ top five hitters during the fifth game of the World Series. Come September, the only evaluation of Mark Helfrich Duck fans will care about will be the scoreboard at the end of the Michigan State game. […]


The Ducks get real, go big, and prepare to come home bearing their shield

Oregon’s coaches and players are speaking with a new determination this spring, and it seems to be more than brave spring practice talk, because it’s backed up by some sustained hard work and tangible results. Team leaders like Tyler Johnstone and Hroniss Grasu are talking openly about what went wrong last year and the need […]


Life is what happens while you are making other plans

At Boise State the new slogan is “Attack the Future” and at Oregon the new evolution of the key thought is “You versus yesterday,” the idea being that every one of the coaches and players should be striving every day to be a little better than the day before. Mark Helfrich told the media today […]

View from the Cove: Chip being Chip in Philly

by DSH contributing writer Mike Hayden   Nice to see Chip being Chip, and the big boys of the NFL along with    the raving lunatic fans of Philly are not going to change him.  That to me is like sipping an ice cold mint julep in the shade of a lonely Baobab  tree, somewhere in […]


The most interesting part of the story

Gary Campbell is a wise, gifted coach, at the center of a competition   between three running backs vying to become the focal point of the Oregon running attack in 2014. Marcus Mariota will certainly be the leader and distributor, the savior of Oregon fans’ hopes for a conference and national title, but his principal sidekick […]

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NLRB decision a sad day for fans, a necessary one for players

Yesterday the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, a man named Peter Sung Ohr, ruled that players at Northwestern University were employees of the university and had a right to organize and form a union. A group of players led by former Wildcat quarterback Kain Colter had filed to unionize with the help […]

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The next evolution of the Oregon offense

Jeremy Fowler of has an interview with Urban Meyer of Ohio State today that is so candid and wide-ranging it almost makes me like the Buckeye coach, a precipice of fan heresy that I’m pulling myself back from as decisively as I can. After all, it’s Urban Meyer, who won two national championships on […]


Ducks fall to Badgers, 85-77; end tournament run

  by DSH contributing writer Eric Sloat   On Wisconsin; with their 85-77 win over Oregon the Badgers advance to the Sweet 16; the Ducks leave the tournament with a bitter taste in their mouths. The first half was as good as they played all season. The shots were going in, from outside, from inside, […]