The “What If” Statement

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Craig Strobeck 

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, Ducks and haters, we have officially come to the halfway mark of the 2013-2014 season.  So far, so good wouldn’t you say?  Competition has grown tougher as time has gone by, and our team has pushed through some boring, and some exciting, dominating wins.  We have reached that time of the year when we start to feel invincible as fans, as though nothing could ever go wrong.  The Ducks seem to be shoving the football down each opponent’s throat, as they drive on, seemingly as if no one else is out on the field.

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Is a 13-0 season a possibility for the Quick-Quack Ducks?  Of course.  However, a sense of doubt could creep into the minds of the most devoted fans, no matter if we are aware of it, while living on a high just from looking at the win/loss column. That feeling makes us cringe a bit and say, “what if?”

What if we have a three-peat of missed late game field goals to ruin our perfect seasons? What if one of our stars receives a devastating injury that demolishes any hope at a national championship, or even a worse bowl?

We can’t forget, the only team that went undefeated in Ducks’ history is the 2010-2011 group that was “that close” to winning its first national championship. So really, we can’t say we’re there until we truly arrive.  The confidence level of fans has to fly high, that’s what makes Ducks fans the greatest on Earth, but we also have to stay realistic.  We aren’t better people because our team might be better than another fan’s team, and we don’t have the right to brag about the team until Coach Helfrich lifts that crystal ball in the air in front of thousands of Ducks fans.

Two teams play the game to win, but one has to unfortunately come out a lesser winner.  Fans need to appreciate the team for what it is today, and not what it could be in January, and maintain the same mentality as the team — Win The Day.

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Dean Davis

Dean Davis

Dean Davis grew up for most of his life in the Bay Area. A huge 49er and Warrior fan. After moving to Eugene in 2010 he couldn't resist the urge to add the Ducks to his list of favorites, and is now aDuck fan for life. Dean is a Human Physiology student at the U of O who loves to play basketball and stay in shape during his free time. His favorite Duck of all time is Anthony Blake, a warrior on and off the field. You can Tweet Dean at @DeanDavisDaDuck

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Can’t write it any better than the way you’ve done this article, and yes we’ve all said in the past no one will b eat this Team, and in reality on any given Saturday or yes Thursday, a Team can beat another Team if they did not come to play the Game. This Team though for which I have watched from the time Reggie Ogburn ran the Option, this Team has truly evolved and I use that term very discreetly No offense to my Grand creator, is that this is NO DOUBT the BEST Team the Oregon Duck’s have ever fielded on both side’s of the Ball, and even Special Teams. So dare I say it as long as we do not have any injury’s like last year and especially to Mariota, we should easily go undefeated through the pac 12 this year, and I’M watching UCLA and Stanford right now and neither of these Teams are a threat to stop the Ducks on either side of the Ball. So this must be the Duck’s year I would think the Stars are aligned, this Time because we missed the mark 3 different time’s, once to injury, once to the BCS and a 2 loss Nebraska, basically got robbed and once to a Coach that lost to terrible Play calling. That will not happen this time, and I’ve made the best point’s possible for all the reasons for us to finally get over the hump.