About seven years ago a doctor told me that I should have a colonoscopy pretty soon. Since soon is subjective I haven’t had one done yet.
If she is walking around in there I don’t want to know.Today, though, is a unique day. I have espn.com on auto refresh to stay up to date on any facts. I have a… ahem… competing site on auto refresh to stay up to date on any rumors. I’m slowly driving myself crazy. And it’s all because of a man that I’ve never met.
You see, fans around the country think that we love Chip because he wins. Heck yeah, that’s part of it. Who wants to be mediocre (would someone turn off that infernal barking)? They think that we love Chip in spite of his peculiarities. Things like closed practices, abrupt answers to stupid questions, giving short shrift to those who believe because they are donors that he should carry their golf clubs.
They are wrong. Oregonians (and Duck fans smart enough to be Duck fans even if they live outside of Oregon) are a peculiar lot ourselves. We love Chip because of his peculiarities. We love his unique brand of courtliness.
We love his play cards.
We love going for two.
We love everything about Duck football right now.
That’s why I have this annual introspective day. What can I do to keep the winning alive? Could I offer to come to Chip’s house sometime this summer and varnish his deck? Or maybe he wants something a bit more…personal…painful. Say the word Chip, and I will let a doctor, who hasn’t even taken me to dinner, perform medical acts of infinite humiliation on my person.
Just don’t leave me.
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.”
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