Author: Canard

FLYOVER COUNTRY—An Eternal Identity Crisis 5

FLYOVER COUNTRY—An Eternal Identity Crisis

In governance, it’s a truism that if you want more of a behavior, all you have to do is subsidize it.  Of course, the dark side of subsidizing something is that it fosters dependency and an entitlement mentality in the...

FLYOVER COUNTRY—Next Man In 4

FLYOVER COUNTRY—Next Man In

This is not my regular column because the topic is not about anything that regularly happens with Oregon Football. Chip Kelly has departed for the Philadelphia Eagles. To that I am inclined to say only, “Thanks Chip and good luck.”...

FLYOVER COUNTRY—Epic Clashes That Enrich The Pac-12 2

FLYOVER COUNTRY—Epic Clashes That Enrich The Pac-12

You might recall the last time I mentioned the Stanford Cardinal because I certainly do.  I gave short shrift to Stanford Cardinal football, and after they beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl I will eat my words, along with a...

FLYOVER COUNTRY: Losing The Right Way 8

FLYOVER COUNTRY: Losing The Right Way

In these times of economic uncertainty and political discord, when one cannot even go shopping at a suburban mall or take in a movie without feeling the need to go armed, it is reassuring to know there is one constant...

FLYOVER COUNTRY—Enemy No One’s 4

FLYOVER COUNTRY—Enemy No One’s

First, a housekeeping matter. I apologize for not providing the readership with a column last month. I had smashed my middle finger on my left hand in an ill fated attempt to repair my malfunctioning garage door and was unable...

FLYOVER COUNTRY: So You Want To See A Gimmick…? 4

FLYOVER COUNTRY: So You Want To See A Gimmick…?

There have been many occasions where the national punditry, and even opposing fans say the Ducks run a “gimmick” offense. The notion is that the Ducks can only beat those hapless programs beneath them through finesse tactics, that they don’t...

FLYOVER COUNTRY—The Hammering Is About To Commence 11

FLYOVER COUNTRY—The Hammering Is About To Commence

I have no direct experience when it comes to facing sports juggernauts, but my eldest now does since this past spring one of our district’s five Little League teams went through the season undefeated. My son’s team only lost six...

FLYOVER COUNTRY—Remembering the Evil Empire 7

FLYOVER COUNTRY—Remembering the Evil Empire

With USC fans gloating uncontrollably over the star magnitude of their 2012 recruiting class, I found myself dragged to the past for a moment. I could almost hear the Soviet leader during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Nikita Kruschev, screaming into...

FLYOVER COUNTRY—The Song Remains Same 5

FLYOVER COUNTRY—The Song Remains Same

Take your mind all the way back to last May. The buzz around the conference then was the details of the television deal that Larry Scott negotiated with Fox and ESPN. Without rehashing all of the particulars, the biggest news...

FLYOVER COUNTRY: The Sports Bra Curse 4

FLYOVER COUNTRY: The Sports Bra Curse

Anyone who has read my various musings over the years knows that I am not into conducting amateur psycho-analysis on opposing fan bases. That said, every so often, the “real world” intrudes and basically confirms what I already suspect about...

FLYOVER COUNTRY—47 Letters 6

FLYOVER COUNTRY—47 Letters

History is replete with famous correspondence between luminaries, some of it philosophical, some religious, and some, shall we say, steamy. In an age when the postal service is fading away due to email, instant messaging, and video chat, and which...

FLYOVER COUNTRY—ON SMOKE AND MIRRORS 3

FLYOVER COUNTRY—ON SMOKE AND MIRRORS

As a society, we Americans have never been serious about ending the “scourge” of intoxicant abuse. We have undertaken some flamboyant half-measures, such as Prohibition and The War On Drugs, but we aren’t really serious about such things despite the...

Flyover Country: Meanwhile, Over in Mayberry. . . . 3

Flyover Country: Meanwhile, Over in Mayberry. . . .

The University of Oregon is one of the few programs in the nation that allegedly has two “rivals.” Opinions amongst Ducks fans differ, but I am in the camp that says Washington, whom we affectionately call the “doogs,” are the...

Flyover Country: An Interview With The Vampire Who Is Killing the doogs Softly 22

Flyover Country: An Interview With The Vampire Who Is Killing the doogs Softly

This past Valentine’s Day there were plenty of opportunities to write cheesy love notes to our rivals in the Pac-12, but only corporate bloggers took that easy and creatively bankrupt idea and ran with it. Like a predator, or a...