Author: Gabe Judah

Helfrich Should Stick to the Script 3

Helfrich Should Stick to the Script

Sometimes flexibility is bad.  Sure, it would be handy if I could tie my shoes without my hamstrings stretching like Gumby in the hands of an angry four year old.  But when you’re calling offensive plays, a coach can be...

The Habit of Kicking 0

The Habit of Kicking

You know what’s worse than field goals?  Missed field goals.  Everybody agrees that this is a truism.  Some, however, might take it one step further and say that the only thing worse than missing field goals is attempting them at...

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I Think George Orwell Was a Duck Fan

I make my students sing.  The University of Oregon has a great fight song.  The tune is one I can’t get out of my head.  One day while teaching George Orwell’s Animal Farm I was trying to figure out how...

It’s Time to Panic 1

It’s Time to Panic

  There are times when a calm demeanor and patience help turn a team around.  Now is not that time.  The Duck basketball team lost its second straight game this week, being beaten by Cal.  They were crushed by Standford earlier this week, and...

I Love the Ducks’ Other New Coach–Dana Altman 0

I Love the Ducks’ Other New Coach–Dana Altman

  Dana Altman deserves as much credit for what he has done with a basketball program that was at a low point when he came in as Chip Kelly received taking over an established  winner with the football program.  Both are fantastic coaches, but so far, Altman’s...

A Salute to Bryan Bennett 1

A Salute to Bryan Bennett

There are those fans who always seem to get down on any athlete who chooses to leave the Ducks for another program.  I feel a bit like Chris Crocker, but I just wish people would leave Bryan Bennett alone.  He...

Class is now in session 1

Mark Helfrich: No Substitute Teacher

You know the type.  The kid that sees the teacher is out sick, gives the substitute an overly friendly smile and heads to the back of the class, spitballs already forming in his palm.  Hello, James Scales, redshirt sophomore who...

What it looks like when the Ducks miss a kick and lose to Stanford 2

How the Ducks Will Improve with a New Coach

Despite popular belief, there is room for the Ducks to improve next season.  I believe any new head coach, especially Mark Helfrich, will have a more objective and less contrary perspective about what the Ducks need to do to get...

A Sad Day For Duck Fans 2

Chip Kelly Is Gone. What a Relief.

He’s gone.  Do you feel that hint of relief yet?  You will.  Soon enough.  Get over the pain.  Yes it hurts now, but you brought this upon yourself.  If you had been honest with yourself you would have recognized that...

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In-State Recruits Are Better!

Troy Polamalu played ball at Douglas High School.  My brother-in-law once struck out Troy Polamalu three times in a high school baseball game in which we both played. The valedictorian of my high school had a pick six off a...

I bet the transfers miss a few things about Oregon 1

The Good News About Athlete Transfers

Oregon Duck football linebacker Anthony Wallace is leaving the team, and I’m happy to hear it.  It’s not that I have anything against Wallace.  I, in fact, know very little about him.  I also recognize that any loss of talent...