Its Super Bowl Sunday tomorrow, friends. The only game of the year where the pregame is roughly three times the length of the game and your wife shushes you so she can hear the commercials. It’s the game that sells more beer than any other five games put together and you can bet on whether Beyonce will show cleavage during halftime.
This Super Bowl is unique to the Duck fan in that the combined rosters of the two teams show five who come from Oregon. Baltimore has three (Ed Dickson, Haloti Ngata, and Dennis Dixon). San Francisco has two (LaMichael James and Will Tukuafu). No Super Bowl has ever had a more profound Oregon influence. In fact, when the game is in the balance, it may come down to whether Haloti Ngata is laying on top of LaMichael James or whether he is watching him run downfield.
The fact that this game pits Harbaugh against Harbaugh has been mentioned a couple of times (!) but Duck fans can take comfort in the fact that Jim Harbaugh may be the only coach in America that dislikes Pete Carroll more than Mike Bellotti dislikes Pete Carroll.
Regardless of the outcome of the Super Bowl, Duck fans will agree on two things. An Oregon game is twice as exciting as ANY pro football game, and we can’t wait for Wednesday’s Letter of Intent Day.
Go Ducks and, for this week only, Go Niners.
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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