This morning I spoke with Tony Washington in the post-practice press conference for FishDuck.com at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
It’s the week we all wait for every year, the week we all rep our green and yellow more than usual and probably one of the most hostile weeks in Oregon from Eugene to Corvallis. It’s the week leading up to the Oregon-Oregon State game.
In the interview with Washington this morning, he was asked whether or not there is a lot of trash talk with the players this week and on the field throughout the game. Washington said, “Not really, it just kind of depends on the player. For me, I’m not really a chatter kind of guy.”
But do they talk to him? Washington chuckled and said sometimes they do but it really just depends on the player. He said his focus is on practice this week and playing well this weekend. It was brought up that this weekend is Senior Night at OSU, just like it was for our Ducks last weekend.
All last week everyone discussed the different parts of being a Duck that they would miss and asked about how their emotions would play a part on the field that day. Washington said he thinks there will be a lot of passion and emotion, but for him he tried not to think about the fact that it was his last game on that field.
Over the past six years our Ducks have beat the Beavers but last year was a close call. It was mentioned that no class wants to be the class that ends that winning streak, especially not to them. OSU’s season record is 5-6 and it is being whispered around that they will come out on the field with a ‘nothing-to-lose’ mindset. Washington said, “I think when it gets late in the season every team comes out like that.”
But the most important question asked throughout this entire interview was: What is his moms signature Thanksgiving dish that he is looking forward to having the most? Washington smiled and replied that he told his mom exactly what he wanted but what he is most looking forward to is her yams.
Happy OSU rivalry week and Happy Thanksgiving, Ducks.
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McKalie Bellew just moved to Oregon from Arizona. She is a sophomore at Lane Community College and moved here to pursue her dream of studying Sports Journalism and Broadcasting at the University of Oregon. Her passion for sports is admirable and her determination and hunger for success in the sports field is fascinating; if you ever have the chance to talk to McKalie face-to-face about sports, you’ll know how much she loves these games just by the way her eyes light up during the conversation. When unable to attend Ducks home games you can find her in front of a television on the edge of her seat, cheering her crazed-fan-head off. McKalie appreciates your feedback and constructive-criticism to help her become a better writer and reporter.
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