An Alternate View of Fall Practice in Corvallis


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Good morning, Ducks, or as they like to call us in Corvallis, “Cheaters that hold every dadgum play!”  This is the second in our three part series about fall (Is August fall?  Then I slept through summer.) practice for the schools in the Great Northwest.  Last week we touched on Washington State.  Today we visit Oregon State University, origin of the word hapless.

Oregon State fans are fond of telling us that they do things the right way.  I’m not sure there is a right way to get your soul crushed each and every November, but so be it.

Probably the biggest news out of Corvallis is the change of logo for the Beavers.  Over the course of the last few years the Beavers have evolved from…

This rather friendly looking fellow...

This rather friendly looking fellow…


To this…

Hideous monstrosity...

Hideous monstrosity…


I must say I do like the swoosh, though.  Cha-CHING for the good guys.

As far as the Beaver football team is concerned, they are excited for their incoming freshman class.  According t0 the latest Beaver rundown (and I don’t mind if I do) Beaver recruit Dashon Hunt hopes to become the next Jordan Poyer.  Pac-12 experts believe that he is more likely to be the next David Poyer.

Operatie Golf - David Poyer ISBN 9789022512258


Sometimes I think that I shouldn’t be so hard on the Beavers.  After all, they do serve a few useful purposes.  They provide the Ducks with a valuable bye the last game of the regular season.

To the their house...which is our house

To the house…in their house…which is our house


They provide excellent cheerleader contrast to the lovely beauties from Eugene.

Oregon State Rally Queen Beth N. Gorge

Oregon State Rally Queen Beth N. Gorge


And they remind us that it wasn’t that long ago when they were relevant…

Oregon State "Student"/Athlete Chad Johnson

Oregon State “Student”/Athlete Chad Johnson


…which gives us the opportunity to remind them exactly how long ago it was that they were relevant, with players that were actually eligible.

Boy, the way Glenn Miller played, songs that made the Hit Parade, guys like us we had it made...those were the days.

Boy, the way Glenn Miller played, songs that made the Hit Parade, guys like us we had it made…those were the days.


I admit that I do feel just a touch of compassion for Oregon State fans, though.  It is my understanding that a very unpleasant malady has struck the residents of Corvallis (Gateway to Verdure) and it is causing some tired eyes when the folks go a plowin’, or a shearin’, or raisin’ a barn or whatever they do when they’re not making eyes at the lambs.  The good folks of Benton County are having nightmares.  They describe them like this…

Here I am Beaver fans.  Can't wait for November 29th.

Here I am Beaver fans. Can’t wait for November 29th.


Next week we will take a look at the Washington Huskies and what they are trying to accomplish this month…besides making bail.



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Kim Hastings

Kim Hastings

Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA. He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as "TacomaDuck."

  • Mispeller

    Wurst peace of righting ever wrote

    • Kim

      Thanks for reading, Wurst. Surely I can do worse, though. Just wait until next week. Kim.

  • ICamel

    no, no, no, no, no……….Corvallis is known as the “gateway” to Philomath (aka Sweet Home west)

    • Kim

      You’re right of course, iCamel. There is just something about the name “Verdure” that says Benton County to me. Thanks for reading, Kim.

  • NCC is a College?

    Standard, a “Duck Fan,” who didn’t graduate from the UO. He even refers to himself as a journalist in the a bio he wrote in the third person. If this is journalism than I will refer to myself as a journalist after writing this. I’m apparently also an analyst for having formed an opinion after reading this ridiculous article. I guess if my journalism and analysis don’t work out for me I can fall back on my software engineering degree from OSU. For all the UO grads out there, remember I wanted a number 2 with a Dr. Pepper. Stop messing up my orders, and wash my windshield while you’re pumping my gas.

    • tarvos0

      Hot shot…you read the whole thing, yes? The web site administrator and the writer both thank you. And, while I didn’t go to either feuding Oregon college, I’m pretty sure that you need to take your software engineering degree and mock the careers UO students enter on a web site where engineering geeks gather. Fix your pocket protector, clean your calculator and … go ahead and read it again. You’re Mr. Big Brain … who’s the winner if YOU read the piece?

      • NCC is a College?

        Let me guess, you also have never graduated or even attended UO. I guess it’s not a guess since I already know it’s true. The engineering degree is just my undergrad. Do me a favor, now that the Ducks lost Kelly and will be on a continual downslide, keep your fair weather fan ass rooting for UO, we don’t need your kind at Oregon State.

        • Mark

          Trust me, Skippy. Our kind won’t be at Oregon State.

          • NCC is a College?

            I know, most likely because you’ll never to go college. Keep it real Duck fans!

  • disqus_41HesI5FtL

    This article seems kind of mean. I do not think that it reflects the level of sportsmanship to which true fans should aspire. I understand that some fans believe their school to be superior to other schools. Suppose, for the sake of argument, that they are correct. What then should be their attitude toward fans of those other schools? One of graciousness and humility, or one of belittlement and hubris? Suppose that the attitude reflected in this article were extended to other facets of life (which, for some people, it often is, I am sorry to say). For example, suppose one man feels that his wife is prettier than another man’s. Should he spend the rest of his life trying to make the other man feel bad about his wife’s appearance? There are better ways to live. If you are a fan of your school (or your adopted school)–great! Why not celebrate your school instead of trying to make other people feel bad about their school?

    • fightigduck

      I disagree. Sports is about fun and slamming your rival. It’s one reason we have sports – so that the crazy masses (like me) can have a safe outlet for my rage which may otherwise spill over into the real world. The world is a plain, boring, gray place without sports and rivalries. Only ivory tower types think that jabs at your rival is “mean”.

      If you wish something productive to do with your time, why not set up safe houses in Corvallis for sheep?

      • disqus_41HesI5FtL

        Thank you for your reply.

        I agree that fun should be a major part of sports, but, as you may have been able to infer from my previous post, I disagree that sports is about “slamming your rival.” Here is the definition of sportsmanship from “conduct (as fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport.”

        However, if slamming your rival is truly your only alternative to letting your rage spill over into the real world, then I agree you have chosen the better option. I wish you well and hope that you can find a cure for your illness.

        I do not know how you reached your conclusion about “ivory tower types,” but I suppose if one broadens the definition far enough, your statement would be true. I do not see how your statement helps the discussion, but if you intended it as a compliment, then thank you.

        I am surprised at your suggestion that setting up safe houses for sheep would be a productive use of anyone’s time. Is a fixation with sheep part of your condition?

        • fightigduck

          You took my bait. Sorry to set you up, but Kidnapping gay rams is what OSU players have actually been found guilty of. Look it up, before failing at an attempted slam on me. Your lack of knowledge of the rivalry is astounding. You don’t get to lecture others about what it takes to be a fan, when you are obviously not a fan of the game.

          Look up fanatic in your online dictionaries pal. Save your sportsmanship lectures for 6 year old soccer players. This is football. A man’s game. Not for the faint of heart or the “lets be nice to our rivals” crowd. Grow up and start enjoying life.

          The Civil War is a great rivalry because of great fans and the passion of the players. When I played at the U of O, it was about dialing it up to crush the man across from me, and hearing opposing fans yell at me (and being mean) was fun.

          Safe houses forsheep, would be wise in Corvallis.

          • disqus_41HesI5FtL

            I accept your apology for “setting me up,” but I think it is unnecessary. I am indeed aware that, several years ago, there was an incident in which one or two OSU football players stole a sheep. This was certainly unfortunate, and I am not attempting to defend the actions of these players (if I recall correctly, one was actually only a former player). So, on the one hand, we have some evidence that one or two people from OSU stole a sheep several years ago. The truly curious thing to me, on the other hand, is this: Although I do not go looking for such things, I cannot help but notice the utter fascination that the subject of homosexual sheep seems to hold for many of those who profess to be fans of the University of Oregon. I do not mean to judge here; if this is what interests you, so be it. I just do not feel inclined to “build safe houses for sheep” myself. Thank you for the suggestion, though.

            I do not know how you are able to conclude anything about my knowledge, or lack thereof, regarding the rivalry, since I have no reason to believe that we have ever met, and our exchange so far has been rather brief. If your sheep suggestion was intended to be a quiz of my football knowledge, I am sorry not to have recognized it as such.

            You are free, of course, to tell me what I may or may not do, but I hope you will understand if I choose not to follow your orders.

            I am glad that you consider me your pal. I think that if fans from different schools considered each other to be friends rather than enemies, the world would be a better place. If we continue our conversation, I hope that we can do it in that context.

            I would take your advice about starting to enjoy life, except that I already do enjoy life. My concern is that those who choose to spend their lives demeaning others are damaging themselves in the process (even though they may think it is fun at the time), and I do not wish to see this happen to you. As I said in my original post, there is a better way to live. I must reject your suggestion that lack of meanness is a sign of immaturity. Indeed, I suggest that the opposite is true.

            I did not realize that you were once a player at the U of O. This is a wonderful accomplishment, of which you should certainly be proud. The U of O has a terrific tradition and a terrific team, which are two of the reasons that I check out FishDuck from time to time.

            Best wishes.

          • fightigduck

            You are obviously a Beaver fan trolling here like most that are jealous of our new facilities.

            This is boring. I played for the Ducks. Being mean to your rival is fine. I didn’t cry about it, so why should you? You disagree. Fine. Who cares. Get a life and don’t read football articles because people will be “mean”.

          • disqus_41HesI5FtL

            I am unable to discern any logical thought processes that would lead you to the various accusations you have made about me and my motives. In short: I am already grown up, I am not trolling, I am not jealous, I am not crying, I already have a life, and we may simply have to disagree as to whether my lack of knowledge is astounding. It is perfectly all right with me if you do not care, but I am sorry that we could not have had a more rational discussion.

            Again, you have my best wishes.

  • Sean

    Kim comments on his own articles like a tool. Get a life dude.