One game at a time, boys! Supposedly Amos Alonzo Stagg was the first football coach to deliver that admonition to his team. Stagg’s team never played the 2013 Colorado Buffaloes. Oregon’s mantra of “Win the Day” was fulfilled on the very moment that Colorado joined the Pac-12 . . . and immediately bent over for the proctological exam to end all exams.
The point spreads for this game are 38.5 at Bally’s, 40 at Caesar’s Tahoe and “Are you f$%#@*g kidding me?” at The Flamingo Hilton. Look, we at Fishduck Interstellar Marching and Chowder Society like to keep it real. Colorado has a smaller chance of winning this game than General Custer had at Little Big Horn wearing skates and a tutu.
But that’s okay Buffaloes! Football is more than just blocking, tackling and sucking the souls out of your fans in the student body on Saturday afternoons. It’s about learning more of the culture and environment of the team who’s girlfriends are chasing our guys to the airport en masse an hour after the game.
Factoid #1: Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America: Good one, Denver. Of course, it’s also the workplace of several hundred hookers on any given Saturday night. But I have to give it up to Denver on one count. 6715 West Colfax is the address of Casa Bonita; famous for cliff divers, and an episode of South Park. I must also make mention of the enchiladas made with Cheez Whiz! Gee whiz.
Factoid #2: Dove Creek, Colorado, is known as the Pinto Bean Capital of the World: Little wonder that much of the Rocky Mountain region’s supply of methane gas also comes from Dove Creek.
Factoid #3: The State Motto of Colorado is “Nothing Without Providence”: Legend has it that this motto was selected by a group of settlers homesick for Rhode Island.
Factoid #4: A survey by the Centers for Disease Control found that Colorado had more people who exercise than any other state: True enough. Colorado has a ton of folks that walk 10 miles a day! If they keep that up for 130 days they’ll be in a town with a decent football team.
All in all, I’m glad that Colorado is on the schedule. It’s a great and beautiful state in which to take a roady (and I mean that). Also every team needs a bye before they play a real game. Go Ducks! Batter the Buffs!
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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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