The Oregon Ducks got the kinks out offensively last week against Eastern Washington (and played defense somewhat offensively at the same time, but we’re not going there today) in preparation for the meatier part of the schedule. This week, the Michigan State Spartans host the Mightys at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. FishDuck.com sent their crack staff (me and an acne-scarred intern with a flip phone) on the road to research Michigan State.
Oregon and Michigan actually have a lot in common. The largest cities in the state are vibrant hubs of culture and artistry. Smaller cities house the government offices. In other words, Detroit is Portland and Salem is Lansing. Unfortunately the similarities end there.
One of the things I like to do when I visit another team’s hometown is to get a handle on the uniqueness to be found there. Who can forget our trip to Knoxville where we learned about the local industry?
Or the first time I went to Corvallis and saw what passes for a good time there.
So you can imagine how excited I was to have a chance to see what makes Michigan State University special. Oregon is well-known for Fulbright Scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners (humbly I won’t name names) and even a Nobel Laureate or two. What can MSU offer? My intern and I dug in to find out. What we found shocked us to our core.
Like in the case of the State of Oregon, the “State” university has been a drain on society from its inception. While the University of Michigan has produced some of the nation’s finest minds and Harvard is known as “Oregon with an Amusing Accent” OSU and MSU have combined to produce…
So, when Oregon takes the field on Saturday evening know the team against whom we strive is made up of talented and trained athletes.
Go Ducks! Splatter the Spartans!
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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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