All those decades of frustration and failure. Then the burgeoning promise of the last 15 seasons. Culminating in the first-ever college football playoff national championship game.
Five years after falling in the last second to Auburn, the Ducks were back.
And lost. Crushed, I find there’s only one thing left to say:
Mahalo, for sharing Marcus Mariota with us.
Mahalo for reminding us, through him, that the world still produces young men of character, humility, and dignity.
Mahalo for inspiring us, through him, helping us remember that greatness does not equal boasting, that leadership and loutishness are not synonymous, that speaking softly while carrying a big stick is a pretty good combination after all.
And mahalo for injecting the mainland, through him, with a much-needed douse of aloha spirit. Lord knows we all need as much of that as we can possibly get.
The Ducks may have lost tonight, but everyone on the planet who follows and loves college football won.
Thanks to him. And you.
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